The Teddy Bear Stories - Teddy Bear Discrimination

The Teddy Bear Stories - Teddy Bear Discrimination

Tom Germann

Science Fiction / Academic / School

Teddy Bear Discrimination" Are only Teddy Bears good enough to be Guardians? They know it!But what do you do when there are less and less Teddy Bear Guardians as time goes on?Will they adapt or are all the young ones in serious trouble?Have you ever wondered what happens when the children go to bed at night and what keeps them safe from the Night Terrors that are under their bed?The Guardians keep them safe from the darkness and shadow under the bed.The Teddy Bear Stories are what have happened at night when the Teddy Bear Guardians stand guard over their young charges. Night Terrors want the two things that they can not have: The warmth of the human cubs and revenge on their creators.The Guardians are all that stand between the children and the Terrors that come from under the bed.They do not stop, they will not give up, they will guard their young ones and keep them safe.That's what Guardians do.
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In Isolation We Are All Parasites

In Isolation We Are All Parasites

Pastoria Levior

Science Fiction / Academic / School

There is a story that floats around Norway, passing from ear to ear - of a man, an old musician, who lives alone on the isle of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, maintaining the largest Global Seed Vault on Earth. Forlorn with the death of his wife, he spends his days obsessing over the Seedbank, wasting away until bitter death greets. But death does not have to be bitter.There is a story that floats around Norway, passing from ear to ear - of a man, an old musician, who lives alone on the isle of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, maintaining the largest Global Seed Vault on Earth. Forlorn with the death of his wife, he spends his days obsessing over the Seedbank, wasting away until bitter death greets. But death does not have to be bitter. For Florin Natvig, the subject of such a tale, life is hard. Day by day he battles the cruel elements of the Arctic Circle, while confused and disorientated in his psychological state. And when death finally does approach he must choose; die with closure, or die with pain. But for an elderly man alone in Svalbard, such emptiness and isolation before death, can destroy.
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Terra Incognita Book one: The Abyss

Terra Incognita Book one: The Abyss

J Mays

Textbooks / Academic / School

An unremarkable teen finds a magical book that pulls him into another dimension. One filled with mythical people and monsters. Follow Ben on this journey to stop the coming evil, and find his way home.Benjamin was an unremarkable teenager, a nobody with few meaningful ties in his life. Keeping to himself, he found a life of vicarious adventure in his books. This worked out well until he found a different type of book; one filled with stories of demons and dark magic. Before he knew it, this powerful tome had pulled him into another world. It isn't long before Ben was thrust on a quest for a set of magical items that would help him get home. Journey by his side on this whirlwind trip as he travels to Eden and Atlantis; scraping and scrounging to survive long enough to save this unfamiliar world from an awakening evil that’s older than the stars themselves.
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The Haunted Corn Maze

The Haunted Corn Maze

Eric Carlson

Nonfiction / Academic / School

Every Halloween, thousands of kids across the nation frequent "haunted" corn mazes looking for a good scare. But for a group of teenagers in rural Kansas, an innocent night out turns into a horrific ordeal. And it's up to one detective to solve the case and figure out what's really going on at the corn maze.Did Norse explorers journey to Minnesota in 1362, and carve a 200 lb stone with a runic message found by a Swedish farmer in 1898? Or, was it an elaborate hoax? The controversy has been swirling for 115 years. The Kensington Rune Stone remains an enigma because, while it cannot be proven authentic without corroborating evidence, neither can it be proven a forgery.“Far to the West of Vinland,” is a scenario that I believe to be consistent with the best evidence. In its fictionalized human context, it is a story of money, power and pride, and how they combined to produce the Kensington Rune Stone. For objective investigators, perhaps it can illuminate how some apparently anomalous pieces of the KRS puzzle, may have fallen into place. I leave its relative believability up to you.
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Dis-Membered

Dis-Membered

UBW Authors

Textbooks / Academic / School

The members of the Unblocked Writers Group were challenged to write their best fictional murder story in flash-fiction format.The result: 'Dis-Membered: They Had it Coming'When an online writing group full of sick and twisted people, decide to take on the subject of murder… this is what happens.‘The Unblocked Writers Group’ was started on facebook in 2010. On most days, they are content with the usual activities—sharing writing tips, posting excerpts of their current projects, hi-jacking posts with what they believe to be witty commentary and generally finding newer and more creative ways to drive each other nuts. However, once they were challenged to create their best fictional murder story in flash-fiction format, all hell broke loose.‘Dis-Membered’ is a collection of short narratives from 12 writers with one mission: crafting the untimely and gruesome demise of whoever they felt had it coming. With tactics ranging from subtle acts of deceit and trickery to raw and savage depravity, they combined to leave a trail of bodies on the page. In the end, no one was safe from their wrath—not even their fellow group members.
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The  Wildest Kind of Pretty

The Wildest Kind of Pretty

R.J. Abell

Romance / Academic / School

It’s freshman year, and Lexi’s never felt more nauseous. Thanks to the change that took place over the summer, the one with the sprout of legs and boobs, she doesn’t feel comfortable in her skin. Lexi’s always been wild and free, until she becomes insecure about how the boys at school will perceive the changes in her body.Lexi lives with her cousin Trevor. They’re closer than siblings, more like twins than anything else. It’s the start of Lexi’s freshman year, with four years difference, as a senior Trevor takes Lexi under his wing. Trevor’s a free bird if there ever was free bird. He’s always telling Lexi how they’re too young to settle because ther’re too many wild and pretty things out there. It’s freshman year, and Lexi’s never felt more nauseous. Thanks to the change that took place over the summer, the one with the sprout of legs and boobs, she doesn’t feel comfortable in her skin. Lexi’s always been wild and free, until she becomes insecure about how the boys at school will perceive the changes in her body.Lexi’s first day starts out as a mess and Trevor seems to be going out of his way to embarrass her. Whether he realizes it or not, it’s not cool to put your cousin on blast for wearing Ninja Turtle underwear, especially not in front of his hot friend. Blake’s the prettiest wild thing Lexi’s ever seen. His eyes are the color of the sky caught in a storm, a girl could get lost in eyes like that. Blake coins her with a lousy nickname that makes her feel bad about herself. Lexi accepts that Blake’s out of her league and moves on.It’s hard for Lexi to move on when her best friend and Blake become an item. Now Lexi’s down in the dumps, at her lowest of lows. Everything changes when Trevor throws a party. Lexi meets Evan, he’s sweet with dimples and eyes of velvet, a girl could get lost in eyes like that. The party’s epic, the party’s a mess. It’s a night full of firsts and regrets. Blake gives Lexi her first kiss in a harmless game of spin the bottle. After the kiss Blake starts to show interest in Lexi, but he’s still with her best friend and she’s still with Evan. Always divided in two, like most 15-yearold’s, Lexi finds herself constantly confused about what’s right or wrong. She loves the boy with the eyes of velvet, but she can’t stop thinking about the boy with a storm in his eyes. Lexi finds there’s something to Trevor’s logic when it comes to all the wild and pretty things. Like sometimes, boys are the wildest kind of pretty; the kind that are all wrong for you, but you fall for them anyways. Those boys are nothing but distractions, but sometimes a distraction is what you need.
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The Teddy Bear Stories - The New Guardian

The Teddy Bear Stories - The New Guardian

Tom Germann

Science Fiction / Academic / School

This is the Second story in the series.The New Guardian.Not all Teddy Bears are brave enough to be Guardians. Are they?What do you do when a new Teddy Bear faces the challenge of becoming a Guardian?Will Snuggs be up to this task?What will happen if she fails?Have you ever wondered what happens when the children go to bed at night and what keeps them safe from the Night Terrors that are under their bed?The Guardians keep them safe from the darkness and shadow under the bed.The Teddy Bear Stories are what stories that have happened at night when the Teddy Bear Guardians stand guard over their young charges. Night Terrors want the two things that they can not have: The warmth of the human cubs and revenge on their creators.The Guardians are all that stand between the children and the Terrors that come from under the bed.They do not stop, they will not give up, they will guard their young ones and keep them safe.That's what Guardians do.This is the second story in the series.
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Dug For Victory: Poems from RIP-TV

Dug For Victory: Poems from RIP-TV

Liz Mackie

Academic / School

Epitaphs and obituaries for the age of digital confession. Artists, athletes, activists, entertainers, evil-doers, rich widows, philosophers: here are 40 sharply observed, often humorous poems by the author of Famepunk.A memorable collection of epitaphs and obituaries for the age of digital confession. Artists, athletes, activists, entertainers, evil-doers, rich widows, philosophers. . .40 poems from eight years in a lesbian novelist's on-line diary salute the famous dead—and tackle onslaughts of the ambition, desire, daydreaming, self-berating, fear of aging, loneliness and faithless women common to contemporary America. Sharply observed, often humorous, Dug for Victory also offers an anti-war record of existence in Brooklyn, New York during the days and years following the attacks on nearby Lower Manhattan.
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What Answer?

What Answer?

Anna E. Dickinson

School / Classics

his first and only novel by Anna E. Dickinson, a well-known 19th-century orator, abolitionist, and advocate of racial equality and women's rights, attracted tremendous interest when it first appeared in the fall of 1868, and was enthusiastically endorsed by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Set in the midst of the Civil War, this controversial work of fiction traces the tragic history of an interracial marriage, which is doomed to disaster by the intolerance of a northern society that refuses to accept racial equality. The central love story provoked strong reactions from supporters and critics alike. Dickinson's friends praised the power of her tale and the poignancy of the lovers' fate, while some critics voiced disgust at the very notion of miscegenation. To portray such a relationship only three years after the Civil War was to many an act of remarkable audacity. Though the work will never be praised as a masterful literary creation, its themes of racial tension and justice have given it enduring value. Also lending the story interest are Dickinson's impassioned descriptions of two infamous historical incidents - the terrible New York City Draft Riots of July 1863 and the storming of Fort Wagner by black troops of the famed 54th Massachusetts regiment. Even more important is the glimpse she provides into the conflicted attitudes of average white Northern citizens toward blacks just after the War. A scene on a Philadelphia streetcar depicting the mixed reactions of the passengers to a confrontation between a drunken white bigot and a wounded black soldier seems to forecast the Rosa Parks bus incident and the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement almost one hundred years later. With an interesting and informative introduction by J. Matthew Gallman (Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, Gettysburg College), this new edition of a unique work long out of print will be welcome in courses on African American and American history.
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Picturing Alyssa

Picturing Alyssa

Alison Lohans

Cultural / Canada / Academic / School

Who is the girl staring out of the old photograph? Every time Alyssa Dixon looks at it, even by accident, she finds herself on an Iowa farm in 1931. The past is nothing like Alyssa's unhappy life -- her mother severely depressed after the stillbirth of Alyssa's baby sister; escalating bullying by Brooklynne, a popular girl; and a teacher who is unsympathetic toward Alyssa's family's pacifist beliefs.Why can't Alyssa live in the past with her new friend, Deborah? Yet Alyssa is always pulled back to the present, where things only get worse. Maybe the farm isn't so idyllic, though. Deborah's mother is ill with a difficult pregnancy, and there's so much work. A series of old family photos shows Alyssa unsettling things about Deborah's family -- things Deborah seems not to know. Can Alyssa help the baby be born safely, and at the same time work through the overwhelming problems at home?
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