Today Amazon offers All Cry Chaos (Henri Poincare) by Leonard Rosen just for $1.99.
All Cry Chaos, a debut thriller by the immensely gifted Leonard Rosen, is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens.
The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high- stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.
Together with his chain-smoking, bon vivant colleague Serge Laurent, Poincaré pursues a long list of suspects: the Peruvian leader of the Indigenous Liberation Front, Rapture-crazed militants, a hedge fund director, Fenster’s elusive ex-fiancée, and a graduate student in mathematics. Poincaré begins to make progress in America, but there is a prodigious hatred trained on him—some unfinished business from a terrifying former genocide case—and he is called back to Europe to face the unfathomable. Stripped down and in despair, tested like Job, he realizes the two cases might be connected—and he might be the link.
This first installment in the Henri Poincaré series marries a sharp, smart mystery to deep religious themes that will keep both agnostics and believers turning pages until the shattering, revelatory end. Anyone who enjoys the work of John Le Carré, Scott Turow, Dan Brown, and Stieg Larsson will relish Rosen’s story telling and his resourceful, haunted protagonist. Others will appreciate his dazzling prose. Still others, the way he bends the thriller form in unconventional ways toward a higher cause, in the vein of Henning Mankell in The Man From Beijing. In short, All Cry Chaos promises to become a critical success that garners a broad readership throughout the nation and across the globe.
Some words about the Author
Leonard Rosen is a bestselling and widely respected nonfiction author among educational publishers. He has written radio essays broadcast by NPR’s Morning Edition, Only a Game, and All Things Considered, as well as op-eds published by the Boston Globe. He has taught writing at Bentley University and Harvard University. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
In the section for kids Amazon offers The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn.
When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents’ death.
But Florence doesn’t expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it’s too late?
Some words about the Author
Mary Downing Hahn is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories and mysteries, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous, The Old Willis Place, and Closed for the Season, which won the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. A former librarian, an avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is an application which can hepl you to attract attention of your kids and free some time for you.
Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you? This Halloween, hang out with Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang to find out for yourself!
While Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin, you can join Charlie Brown at his first-ever Halloween party! Trick-or-treat with Lucy, Pigpen and the rest of the gang. Play a little ditty on Schroeder’s piano and bob for apples with Snoopy — just watch out for dog germs, blech!
Narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, everyone’s favorite Halloween special is beautifully re-imagined in this interactive storybook designed for smartphones and tablets.
Digitally remastered illustrations are brought to life with the voices, dialog and music from the original 1966 animated TV special. Whether your family sings pumpkin carols and waits in pumpkin patches or you’re introducing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to your kids for the first time, everyone will love this magical interactive Halloween classic!
As the rumors grew more intense and details began to leak from production line sources about the reality of Apple’s new device, it became fairly common to see “hold off on any purchases until the iPad Mini is ready” posted as advice. There is even reason to believe that many people took that advice, it turns out. Amazon put out a statement recently indicating that the 24rd of October (One day after Apple’s iPad Mini launch event) was “the $199 Kindle Fire HD‘s biggest day of sales since launch”.
Some of the lack of interest in the iPad Mini has to come from its shockingly high price. At $329 for the basic unit it is hard to compete with the $199 Kindle Fire HD in a market oriented toward people wanting to spend less for their tablet. That extra $130 is a huge step above the prices of 7” tablets that Apple has openly shown they intend to compete with.
More importantly, the Kindle Fire HD has a superior display. Now display isn’t everything, but it’s a lot. Apple has largely maintained their advantage in tablets by offering some of the best visual performance money can buy. A tablet, like a smartphone, is basically a handheld screen; nothing could be more apparent as a selling point. Amazon and Google have had to price their tablets at cost in order to compete with the iPad up until now, but with better prices AND better visuals the competition is more than weighted against Apple for once.
The spec comparisons largely go in this direction. Apple cut so much out of their device that just about all it has going for it is the slightly larger screen size (7.9” vs 7”) and the name “iPad”.
It’s possible that the iOS ecosystem will overcome these deficits. It certainly will be the biggest factor in driving sales. As more and more developers optimize their apps for the iPad 3’s A5X processor and the iPad 4’s A6X processor, however, people using the iPad Mini’s A5 processor might find their experience increasingly lacking. Anecdotes of iPhone 4 owners unhappy with the problems created by iOS 6 performance are common enough to make this particularly important. We’re talking about a device using roughly the same technology as the iPad 2 at a time when the iPad 4 is headlining.
There is still every reason for Amazon to be concerned about their chances in the larger tablet market. The 4th Generation iPad was updated to compete with the sort of powerful Windows 8 tablets beginning to hit the market and it is hard to imagine that even the $200 price difference in favor of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” will be enough to drive sales in the face of those competitors unless Amazon does some serious expansion of their content ecosystem before the November 20th release date.
In terms of smaller tablets, it’s fair to say that the big names to watch right now are Google, Amazon, and maybe Barnes & Noble. Apple has priced their option right out of the running, given what it’s made of. As much as I like the Kindle Fire, it would have been great to get some even more intense competition to push things forward. It’s a disappointment that Apple didn’t come through here.
In Steve Jobs’ biography, he repeatedly stressed the importance of creating fewer, top of the line products, rather than a slew of mediocre ones. Apple has always thrived on branding and staying ahead of the game.
It surprised me that the iPad Mini is not only real, but it is named exactly what rumors called it. Is Apple getting too predictable? Now we have a big variety of sizes for tablets and smartphones in the Apple lineup. Most people can reconcile having both an iPad and an iPhone, but can you do that for the iPad Mini and the iPhone?
I don’t see it taking the hold of the 7″ tablet market like the original 10″ iPad currently has on the larger tablet market. Obviously, price is one factor. The iPad mini is $329, whereas the Kindle Fire HD, Nook Tablet, and Nexus 7 are all $199. So, they will attract different types of consumers.
For thee moment, I don’t think the Kindle Fire HD has too much to worry about from that end. The Nexus 7 is proving to be a solid competitor, but competition is good because it make the devices strive to get better and better with each generation.
It used to be that the major tech giants excelled in different areas. Google held the monopoly on search engines, Amazon was the pioneer for ebooks, Microsoft reigned over the PC market, and Apple took control over computers, and later music.
Now, they’re all trying to one up each other by creating competing products. This can be quite overwhelming for the consumer! Maybe it is best to just let them duul it out, and see what the winners are.
As far as choices go, longevity is a good thing to consider. The Kindle Fire is in its second generation, and has ironed out some issues that the first generation had. The new Kindle Fire family includes better display, better designed hardware, and a camera. Amazon also has a good sized marketplace with a free app every day.
For the 10″ inch tablets, the iPad still dominates that market, and has had a couple of years to improve. Apple of course has a huge appstore, and includes a number of business apps.
Only time will tell what the winners will be in the tablet market. It is sure to be a wild ride.
Today Amazon offers Against His Will by Trish Jensen just for $1.99.
They tried to resist each other, but it was impossible. Soon their passions were unleashed, and their self-control went to the dogs . . .FBI agent Jake Donnelly is not the kind of man who names a dog “Muffin.” Especially not a jowly bulldog. But now Jake’s Aunt Sophie has left him her beloved Muffin, along with a sizable inheritance that has some strings attached. Jake and Muffin have to attend a two-week therapy course designed to work out any bonding issues they may have.Enter Leanne Crosby, a pet shrink and owner of a luxury pet spa complete with private counseling sessions, a doggie dating service, and plenty of quirky advice on proper pet parenting.When the gorgeous and brilliant Dr. Crosby sets out to help Jake and Muffin become soulmates, it soon becomes obvious that she and Jake are falling in puppy love.
Some words about the Author
Trish Jensen never meant to become an author. Never aspired to it, in fact it wasn’t even in the top ten of jobs on her, “If you could do/be anything, what would it be?” list.
But after seven years in corporate America, she recognized climbing that particular ladder wasn’t what she wanted, either. So while she figured out what truly felt right, she decided to go back to school for her MBA. After one semester of THAT, she recognized it would still be the same ladder, just made of better wood, a better view from her office, and yet still a desk job.
So she made a leap to another, really rickety ladder, taking English and creative writing classes just to clear her head and make her brain work in a completely new way. When she tackled the final for her creative writing class, the first chapter of a novel, a crazed writer was born.
Also Amazon offers a book for kids. Today it is Rise of the Wolf: Book 1 (Wereworld) by Curtis Jobling for $2.99.
A thrilling new series for Ranger’s Apprentice fans!
Imagine a world ruled by Werelords–men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he’s not only a werewolf but the long-lost heir to the murdered Wolf King’s throne, he must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies. Drew’s the only one who can unite the kingdom in a massive uprising against its tyrant ruler, Leopold the Lion. But the king is hot on Drew’s tail and won’t rest until he’s got the rebel wolf’s head.
Some words about the Author.
Curtis Jobling is best known as the designer of the BAFTA-winning BBC show Bob the Builder. He is also the creator/director/producer of Nickelodeon’s Curious Cow animated shorts and the author and illustrator of several picture books. He resides in Warrington, United Kingdom.
Wonder Witches (Ad-Free) is a funny game for your Kindle Fire. Today it is free to download.
Woohoooo! Welcome to the world of Wonder Witches! This is the full version without advertisements. Collect magical potions, unlock witches with special broomsticks and enjoy the scenery. Watch out for those clouds in the sky and most important, have fun!
- Unlock additional witches;
- Broomsticks with magical powers;
- Changing backgrounds while you fly and progress through the world. Can you make it to the moon?
- Collect potions to gain magical powers
- Fun sound effects and graphics!
Enjoy the game and please provide feedback and if you like it, please tell your friends and family about it! Thank you very much and have fun playing!
The move away from physical keyboards gave Amazon an easy route into any number of non-Anglophone markets for the first time. They’ve made good use of that since the Kindle Touch was first released. In addition to being able to find a Kindle practically anywhere in the world, localized versions of the popular eReader can now be found for a number of language options. Now, for the first time, Amazon is pushing their efforts into Asia with the first ever Japanese Kindle.
Amazon.co.jp will now have its own Kindle Store and will be offering the Kindle Paperwhite for sale. Preordering is now open for both the WiFi and 3G versions of the device. The prices are currently ￥8,480 and ￥12,980 respectively. They will begin shipping on November 19th.
Japan has proven a hard market for Amazon to move the Kindle into so far. Their site has been operating successfully there for twelve years now, but it has been reported that they had trouble getting Japanese publishers interested in doing business with them after all of the conflict between Amazon and the Big 6 publishing houses in US markets. It seems that terms have now been reached that are considered satisfactory. The press release for this announcement indicates that over 50,000 Japanese-language titles will be available at launch and that these will include the largest selection of Oricon best sellers anywhere.
Naturally all of these titles will be accessible through Amazon’s various distribution channels. Kindle Paperwhite owners will be able to make use of the new store, but so will Kindle Fire owners, Kindle app users, and anybody with a web browser.
Introducing the Kindle line to Japan is a particularly important move for Amazon if they want to keep expanding the customer base. While geographically small, Japan is home to one of the most literate cultures in the world. It also enjoys the widest newspaper circulation anywhere and may prove a useful place to renew interest in digitally distributed newspapers and magazines.
There is also a large market for graphic literature to be exploited. This launch will include over 15,000 manga selections. Kindle Format 8’s Panel View will come in handy for this and the high contrast Kindle Paperwhite display could prove an ideal medium for these books.
The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are also now available in Japan and should be shipping on December 19th, one month after the Paperwhite goes out. While this caters to a different market, having options is never a bad idea. The Kindle Fire HD might not be quite as good for reading as its single-purpose eReader counterpart, but it does provide a greater versatility and convenience for the money.
Today Amazon offers Blackberry Winter: A Novel by Sarah Jio for $2.99.
From acclaimed novelist Sarah Jio, a new “mystery-slash-love story [that] will have you racing to the end”
Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the nightshift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning—even though it’s the second of May—a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow.
Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Times reporter, Claire Hanson, awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this “blackberry winter” and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth—only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.
Some words about the Author
Sarah Jio lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, Washington.
Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman costs just $1.99 today only.
Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house–a house so huge that other people live in it, too… round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers (“We trod the boards, luvvy”) and the mustachioed old man under the roof (“‘The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,’ said the man upstairs, ‘is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'”) Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored–so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that–sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks–opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. Now, if you’re thinking fondly of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you’re on the wrong track. Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is far darker, far stranger, playing on our deepest fears. And, like Roald Dahl’s work, it is delicious.
What’s on the other side of the door? A distorted-mirror world, containing presumably everything Coraline has ever dreamed of… people who pronounce her name correctly (not “Caroline”), delicious meals (not like her father’s overblown “recipes”), an unusually pink and green bedroom (not like her dull one), and plenty of horrible (very un-boring) marvels, like a man made out of live rats. The creepiest part, however, is her mirrored parents, her “other mother” and her “other father”–people who look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin… and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door. To make creepy creepier, Coraline has been illustrated masterfully in scritchy, terrifying ink drawings by British mixed-media artist and Sandman cover illustrator Dave McKean. This delightful, funny, haunting, scary as heck, fairy-tale novel is about as fine as they come. Highly recommended. (Ages 11 and older) –Karin Snelson
Some words about the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors andFragile Things. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Newbery Medal. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Face Frenzy: Monster Edition is a game which you can download free of charge.
Use your creative makeover skills to pretty up gory ghouls in Face Frenzy: Monster Edition. If you thought getting ready for a night out on the town was tough, imagine how hard it must be for Frankenstein. These faces don’t just stich themselves! Help a monster out.
All of these monsters are in a frenzy to get their faces ready for a night out on the town. Stitches need sewing and fangs need sharpening. Use a variety of tools to remedy everything from unique monster ailments to typical annoyances, like pimples and runny noses.
While you work your magic, do your best to keep them in a good mood before it’s time to go. Nobody wants to leave grumpy; it will ruin the night. Keep track of your high scores, which depend on how quickly you work–so work fast. These are three monsters you definitely don’t want to disappoint.
Use a variety of tools and vibrant colors to fix these scary monster faces. Get creative and have fun. Choose from three classic characters and move through various difficulty levels.
Bringing Windows 8 into the Kindle App family didn’t take long. Amazon has already got a polished version of the reading software in the Windows Store and ready to use. As always, it’s free of charge. Those familiar with the workings of Kindle apps, including the Kindle Cloud Reader, will find themselves right at home here. There are, however, some peculiarities that make the Windows 8 offering stand out.
All of the standard features are present here. The app can open any document associated with your Amazon account in either Cloud view or locally once you’ve downloaded it. Whispersync takes care of updating your notes and maintaining your position in the document. There are a number of options to customize parts of the display including the margins, font size, and color scheme. A selection of fonts would have been nice, but that’s my only major complaint.
Basically you can assume that this app is a portal for the Kindle Cloud Reader without being too far off. The visual style of the library is more in line with the Windows 8 aesthetic and some of the capabilities the app offers are specific to Windows 8, but once you are reading a book all of that falls away and it’s the same familiar experience.
The Windows 8-specific features are worth bring aware of, though. Amazon has done a good job of integrating the hooks that make Microsoft’s new interface distinct.
The Charm Bar, largely the way you handle searching, sharing, and settings in any Windows 8 app, is the first thing to be aware of. Searching the Kindle App will first pull up your library, making it handy for anybody with a large selection on hand, but will also show the top twenty search results from the Kindle Store. Clicking on any of these will open a browser for shopping. This searching is available even if the app itself isn’t currently open thanks to the way the Charm Bar works, taking a step out of the process of opening or shopping for a book.
Since Charms are the way that all sharing is handled, this is also where you go for that. My first attempt allowed me to share the title of the book I was reading, a note to go with that title, and a link to the book in the store. This function will probably get more robust once Amazon figures out how to handle the even-handed treatment of all social sharing options in Windows 8.
It is also possible, and quite obvious, to “pin” a title to your Start Screen. Any time you select a book or open the app bar while reading, this option is presented. What this means is that the book will show up as a tile in the Start Screen, allowing you to jump directly into your book without worrying about navigating the library. It’s a handy way to keep your current books readily at hand.
Basically, while the Kindle for Windows 8 app doesn’t accomplish anything revolutionary it also doesn’t have any obvious problems. For a launch app, you’re not going to find many better implementations. Check out win8review.com for more information.
Amazon has now introduced the Whispercast service, which allows for organizational management of Kindle devices. This includes both Kindle eReaders and the Kindle Fire tablet series. Using this service it is possible to distribute content, manage available functions, and generally maintain control over your organization’s device even when it is in the hands of an authorized user.
One of the main markets that Amazon initially tried to target with the Kindle was education. The fact that it is difficult to manage these devices is one of the major factors that has held up institutional adoption. Parents have reason to be uncomfortable with the idea of their children being handed anything with unrestricted internet access, teachers have plenty of reason to wonder if that same internet access would be abused during school hours while also having doubts that it would be possible to ensure uniform content across entire classes, and the issue of potential theft is an ever-present concern in as poorly funded an organization as your average public school.
Business customers, meanwhile, have largely had better options than the Kindle Fire when it comes to device management for employees. The alternatives on the market today make it possible to run a sophisticated Bring Your Own Device(BYOD) program in a way that Amazon has until now failed to match. This is a big step forward.
Right now the benefits seem to be restricted to company/school owned Kindles. There are plans for further features that make Whispercast more versatile for BYOD programs, but that’s still listed as “Coming Soon”.
The available management features are fairly straightforward and fall into two categories: Access and Distribution.
Access controls cover anything having to do with user privileges. Through Whispercast it is possible to determine whether a device is able to connect to the internet, how much access they have to things like Facebook and Twitter integration, and if they are allowed to make purchases through the Kindle Store. Blocking the ability to deregister or reset to factory settings is of course part of the package. All of this is managed from a central control screen and it removes the need to individually configure every Kindle. It is even possible to send WiFi details directly through the cellular signal of compatible devices so that users are able to connect with no trouble when in range of your home network.
Distribution is fairly obvious. You can distribute content to all devices on your account or break them down into subgroups in order to get people exactly what they need. This could mean sending one class or grade level only their own content for the school year or keeping each department of your business supplied with the latest relevant documents. Eventually apps will be included in this control scheme, though at present they are not.
Basically, if there is any intention of turning the Kindle eReader or Kindle Fire tablet into a regularly used part of your organization, things just got a lot easier. Schools and libraries will definitely find this handy, but it certainly won’t hurt business management.
Today Amazon offers A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter by Rachael Herron just for $1.99
In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, shows how when life unravels there is always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron s tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the reader who loves to knit.
Some words about the Author
Rachael Herron is the creator of Yarnagogo.com, which receives over 90,000 hits a month, and the author of the novel How to Knit a Love Song. She lives with her better half in Oakland, California.
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst is the second book in today’s deal pack. It costs $1.99.
Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and Biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: * Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. * Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. * Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. * Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode or react somewhere in between. * Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control. Sessions include: Session 1: Grace for the Unglued Session 2: Freedom for the Unglued Session 3: Four Kinds of Unglued Session 4: A Procedure Manual for the Unglued Session 5: Lingering Words for the Unglued Session 6: Imperfect Progress for the Unglued
Some words about the Author
Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith. She is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of 15 books, and encourages nearly 500,000 women worldwide through a daily online devotional. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across America, including appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children. SPANISH BIO: Lysa Terkeurst es autora de doce libros (incluyendo la Medalla de Oro como finalista y el premio People Choice Award) asi como numerosos articulos en revistas. Ella ha contado la extraordinaria historia de su vida en television y radio nacionalmente, incluyendo el show de Oprah y Good Morning America. Reside en Carolina del Norte con su esposo y cinco hijos.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is book for young readers with special price $1.99.
“Monster” is what the prosecutor called 16-year-old Steve Harmon for his supposed role in the fatal shooting of a convenience-store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who gave the “all clear” to the murderer, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time? In this innovative novel by Walter Dean Myers, the reader becomes both juror and witness during the trial of Steve’s life. To calm his nerves as he sits in the courtroom, aspiring filmmaker Steve chronicles the proceedings in movie script format. Interspersed throughout his screenplay are journal writings that provide insight into Steve’s life before the murder and his feelings about being held in prison during the trial. “They take away your shoelaces and your belt so you can’t kill yourself no matter how bad it is. I guess making you live is part of the punishment.”
Myers, known for the inner-city classic Motown and Didi (first published in 1984), proves with Monster that he has kept up with both the struggles and the lingo of today’s teens. Steve is an adolescent caught up in the violent circumstances of an adult world–a situation most teens can relate to on some level. Readers will no doubt be attracted to the novel’s handwriting-style typeface, emphasis on dialogue, and fast-paced courtroom action. By weaving together Steve’s journal entries and his script, Myers has given the first-person voice a new twist and added yet another worthy volume to his already admirable body of work. (Ages 12 and older) –Jennifer Hubert
Some words about the Author
Walter Dean Myers is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, New York Times bestselling author of Monster, and winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. The critically acclaimed author of Kick, Lockdown, Dope Sick, Game, Street Love, The Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Handbook for Boys, and Bad Boy, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. Walter’s novel shooter is the inspiration for the film Case 219.
His latest picture-book collaboration with his son, Christopher Myers, We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, is a love letter to the United States that reimagines what it means to be an American. Visit www.who-is-america.com to find out more!
Walter lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.
Witches’ Brew – Halloween potion making fun! is a small game which is free today only.
Witches’ Brew offers action-packed Halloween fun for the whole family. In this game, you’ll help the funniest witch you have ever seen collect the correct ingredients for her spells. But make sure you avoid touching the mushroom and the voodoo doll while you master all the potions. Witches’ Brew includes a physics-enabled collision system, a cinematic soundtrack, funny animations, HD graphics, easy tilt control gameplay, two difficulty settings, 100 levels….that’s one witchin’ app!
- This app does not collect any personal information
- Test your skill through 100 levels
- Play with a physics-enabled collision system
- Easy one-handed tilt control gameplay
- Choose from 2 difficulty settings suitable for players of all ages
Today Amazon offers The Great Crash of 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith. It costs only $1.99.
Rampant speculation. Record trading volumes. Assets bought not because of their value but because the buyer believes he can sell them for more in a day or two, or an hour or two. Welcome to the late 1920s. There are obvious and absolute parallels to the great bull market of the late 1990s, writes Galbraith in a new introduction dated 1997. Of course, Galbraith notes, every financial bubble since 1929 has been compared to the Great Crash, which is why this book has never been out of print since it became a bestseller in 1955.
Galbraith writes with great wit and erudition about the perilous actions of investors, and the curious inaction of the government. He notes that the problem wasn’t a scarcity of securities to buy and sell; “the ingenuity and zeal with which companies were devised in which securities might be sold was as remarkable as anything.” Those words become strikingly relevant in light of revenue-negative start-up companies coming into the market each week in the 1990s, along with fragmented pieces of established companies, like real estate and bottling plants. Of course, the 1920s were different from the 1990s. There was no safety net below citizens, no unemployment insurance or Social Security. And today we don’t have the creepy investment trusts–in which shares of companies that held some stocks and bonds were sold for several times the assets’ market value. But, boy, are the similarities spooky, particularly the prevailing trend at the time toward corporate mergers and industry consolidations–not to mention all the partially informed people who imagined themselves to be financial geniuses because the shares of stock they bought kept going up. –Lou Schuler
Some words about the Author
John Kenneth Galbraith wrote more than 30 books, spanning four decades. He was awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Oxford, the University of Paris and Moscow University. He was the Paul M Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard University. He died in 2006.
For young reader Amazon makes a good deal: today only, six of Lucy Cousins’s award-winning Maisy the Mouse picture books are just $1.99 each (up to 85% off). Featuring a sweet cast of characters and bright illustrations, these endearing books are popular around the world. (Available on Kindle Fire, Kindle Cloud Reader, Kindle for iPad, and Kindle for Android). Here the list of these books with direct links to them:
1. Maisy Goes to Preschool
Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye. There’s painting and snack time, stories and nap time (and a bathroom break in between). Soon everyone’s ready to haul out the instruments and make some noise, then head outside for a turn at the sandbox or slide. In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that newcomers and seasoned pros alike will be happy to share.
2. Maisy Goes Camping
When Maisy sets off to go camping in the country, it’s only natural that all her friends come along, too. But they soon find that pitching a tent is not an easy thing to do. Even if they do manage to keep the tent up, there’s the matter of fitting them all in — Maisy, Charley, Cyril, Tallulah, and finally, the huge elephant, Eddie. What a squeezy squish-squash! Good night, campers! Uh-oh-what’s that popping sound?
3. Maisy Goes to the Library
Maisy likes going to the library. She loves to read a book in a nice, quiet place. Today, Maisy wants to read a book about fish, but she can only find books about birds or tigers. So she explores some of the other things to do in the library, like using the computer, making copies, listening to music, or looking at fish in the aquarium. Aha! Finally Maisy finds a sparkly book all about fish. But just as she settles into a corner to read, along come Cyril, Tallulah, Eddie, and Ostrich — and they all have noisier activities on their minds!
4. Maisy Goes on Vacation
How exciting! Maisy has put her sun hat, pajamas, toothbrush, and camera into a bag, and she’s off to the train station with Panda and Cyril. They’re headed for the seashore, but getting there is only half the fun. Coloring and snacks help pass the time on the ride to the beach, where Maisy can’t wait to swim, collect seashells, build sandcastles, and lots more. At nighttime it feels special to go to bed in a hotel—knowing that tomorrow another vacation day awaits!
5. Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth
Maisy’s friend Charley has a wobbly tooth! He’s going to the dentist for the first time, and he’s a little nervous. Luckily, Maisy, Tallulah, Eddie, and Cyril are happy to accompany their toothy friend to the dentist’s office, where they make some fun discoveries: a twirly chair that goes up and down, a special cup to spit in, and a proper tooth-brushing demonstration. Charley gets an x-ray, a smiley button, and a book to take home, but what will happen with his wobbly tooth?
6. Maisy Goes to the City
Broom, vroom, beep! Maisy and Charley are in the city visiting their friend Dotty, and there are many things to get used to – noisy traffic, enormous buildings, and sidewalks so crowded they have to walk very slowly (all the better for looking in store windows). Riding the escalator and elevator – and hanging on tight in the subway – are almost as much fun as exploring the giant toy store and eating pizza in a cafe. Even the playground is busy in the city!
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