Download and read online Mighty Mighty Matadors in PDF and EPUB Strongly inviting comparisons with the movie Remember the Titans, this book by veteran sports journalist and author Al Pickett is an inspiring, insider account of the Lubbock Estacado Matadors, who came together for love of a sport to become Texas State AAA High School football champions in their first year of eligibility. In the late 1960s, the Lubbock Independent School District was pressured by the courts to address its still-segregated system, and its response was the new, integrated Estacado High School. Estacado's first head football coach, Jimmie Keeling, formed and fielded a team of young men who had never played together before and who came from widely differing parts of the social spectrum. Remarkably, he forged a unit that was not only cohesive but highly competitive, rolling undefeated toward a historic championship finish. Mighty, Mighty Matadors features action-packed accounts of Estacado's championship season, but even more, it offers heartwarming glimpses of the lifelong friendships formed by players who joined hands across racial and social divides to accomplish a goal. In the process, they helped bring pride and unity to their hometown.
Download and read online Mighty Mighty Matadors in PDF and EPUB Strongly inviting comparisons with the movie Remember the Titans, this book by veteran sports journalist and author Al Pickett is an inspiring, insider account of the Lubbock Estacado Matadors, who came together for love of a sport to become Texas State AAA High School football champions in their first year of eligibility. In the late 1960s, the Lubbock Independent School District was pressured by the courts to address its still-segregated system, and its response was the new, integrated Estacado High School. Estacado’s first head football coach, Jimmie Keeling, formed and fielded a team of young men who had never played together before and who came from widely differing parts of the social spectrum. Remarkably, he forged a unit that was not only cohesive but highly competitive, rolling undefeated toward a historic championship finish. Mighty, Mighty Matadors features action-packed accounts of Estacado’s championship season, but even more, it offers heartwarming glimpses of the lifelong friendships formed by players who joined hands across racial and social divides to accomplish a goal. In the process, they helped bring pride and unity to their hometown.
Download and read online Strong and Mighty Max in PDF and EPUB Strong and Mighty Max was written by a mother of a child who was born with achondroplasia. Achondroplasia is a rare condition affecting 1 in 25,000 births. Children born with the condition have shorter upper limbs and a slightly larger head than their peers, and have normal intelligence. Strong and Mighty Max is just like any other child his age, apart from his shorter limbs. He explains how the doctor first told his parents that he was born with achondroplasia and what this actually means. “When I was born the doctor told my mummy and daddy that I had achondroplasia. This is a big word; it’s not a special superpower, it just means that my bones grow differently.” – Max This beautifully illustrated book encourages children to celebrate that each one of us is unique and different in some way. It encourages people to not focus on outward appearances, but to look at the heart. We can all dream big, and, just like Max, your life can be a great adventure. Aimed at 0-7 year olds, Strong and Mighty Max will particularly appeal to families affected by rare genetic conditions, and specifically a form of dwarfism. It will also appeal to a religious audience, as woven through Max’s delightful story is the Christian value that the heart matters – not just the outward appearance.
Download and read online Mighty Minds in PDF and EPUB Meet the Mighty Minds team – Liam, Harry, Ollie, Annabel, Chin, Dominic, Yusef and, of course, Liam’s ever- loyal black Labrador puppy Jack – a team destined for a truly mighty adventure. Liam and his friends are transported to a place where dreams become reality. Liam’s dream is not too dissimilar from that of many other aspiring boys of his age. Liam wants to be the best he can be, he wants to be the world’s greatest footballer. Who is the magical character that appears to them? What will they learn in this mysterious place called the higher pitch? It is indeed the World’s Greatest Footballer and he will teach them the secrets to playing the most wonderful and beautiful game. A secret that will make the Mighty Minds team truly mightier than they could ever imagine. It comes complete with the trickiest tricks, talking footballs, flying eagles, roaring tigers – together with the power of breathing and the power of believing. Is it all a dream? Or is their adventure as real as it seems? With a bump and bounce they land feet first into their first real game having learnt the first lesson in the greatest game on earth.
Download and read online Cream of Plankton Soup in PDF and EPUB Cream of Plankton Soup is a witty, sharply written collection of short stories that is a mixture of modern humour, surreal topics, educational nuggets and hidden deep meanings. Each story within this book is followed by a ‘reader’s blog’, where readers are encouraged to add their own comments about their thoughts and feelings of each story on www.planktonsoup.co.uk. Some stories include readers’ comments during the story in the same way that old cartoon comics had readers’ voice bubbles incorporated into the picture. Sutton fuses recurring themes such as life, death, religion and war, spanning to more obscure areas of everyday life including vaudeville theatre, black magic and microbiology. Among the references to culture, art, Cream of Plankton Soup also delves into science and history, ensuring that there is something for every reader to enjoy. This collection is designed to be dipped into by the reader until overcome with laughter. Readers will be amazed, astonished and bewildered, but above all you won’t be able to help but laugh. This book will appeal to those who enjoy the likes of Monty Python, The Mighty Boosh and Spike Milligan.
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Download and read online The Diamond Fund in PDF and EPUB A morning in October 1830 - in the Polish town of Bialystok, then part of the Russian Empire. The day is starting normally for Murad Amrad Galperin, a well-respected member of the town’s thriving population of Ashkenazi Jews. On this day however, a sequence of events begin to unfurl that will later culminate in Murad Amrad being accused of the murder of a young Russian Viscount who owes him a considerable amount of money. Shortly before his death, the Viscount secretly gave Murad Amrad a gold bejewelled box topped with a priceless diamond as collateral against his loans. It belonged to his mother, the Countess, and was not his to give, but Murad Amrad assured him of its safe return once his debts were repaid. After the Viscount’s body is found however, and the Russian authorities seek to make him a scapegoat, Murad Amrad is reluctant to reveal the presence of the jewel box for fear of incriminating himself further. Assisted by his friends and the rabbi, and seeing no other option, he decides to flee, taking his extended family and the jewel box with him. At a time when harsh discriminatory legislation was forcing thousands of Jews to leave their homes and seek employment elsewhere, and when the repercussions of the Polish rebellion against the Russian authorities was still reverberating around Eastern Europe, the Galperin family set out on a journey that ultimately transforms their lives. But there’s a cost to pay. Set amongst the turbulent history of the 19th century, when the mighty Russian Empire ruled much of Europe, and the Ottoman Empire the Middle East, The Diamond Fund is a story of human resourcefulness under enormous pressure, the hardships of reinvention and the pain of loss. The reader is taken through decades and great distances from Poland to Palestine and beyond, meeting some extraordinary characters along the way. This book explores the complex mingling of global and family history and will appeal to all readers of historical fiction, as well as those interested in the politics of Europe, Russia and Palestine during the 19th century
Download and read online Snake Ring at Risk Other Stories in PDF and EPUB Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories is a heartwarming collection of fantasy short stories that will appeal to readers age 9 and above. Continuing on from John Holroyd’s previous book, The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring, this collection centres on the story Snake Ring at Risk which sees Thomas and Gerda’s most treasured possession, the magic snake ring, being the centre of a feud with Gruninax, a mighty wizard. After making a promise that the ring would never leave his family, Thomas is put under immense pressure when Gruninax goes to extreme lengths to secure ownership of the ring. Plagues of locusts and beetles are unleashed, livestock is killed and houses demolished. What happens will surprise you..! Other stories include Pie and the Witch, Like Nothing on Earth and Jack’s Revenge. Each story includes strong moral messages for children, whether it’s to think about the consequences of their actions or to not judge a book by its cover. The stories are focussed on younger children allowing a direct comparison between reader and character and will appeal to children aged 9 and over, as well as parents who enjoy reading with their children.
Download and read online Invincible Voices Medium Shorts in PDF and EPUB Legendary beasts and mythological monsters: a Quadropythonus, a Kraken and a Colosollus to name but a few; a shipwrecked rabble of pirates; a seventeenth-century tennis-playing ghost; a witch whose pungent feet are more evil than her spells; a miniscule yet mighty dragon; bad guys and robbers with super-spies and heroes at their heels, a football star with a confidence crisis; and a boy left alone in the future with just his malfunctioning mechanical tortoise for company… These are just some of the ideas that our children have storified for you, in their most invinciblest of voices. These stories are for children by children. We know this is the stuff that children want to read because children have chosen to write it.
Download and read online Scotland s Northwest Frontier in PDF and EPUB The western coastal lands of the Northern Highlands are squeezed between the northern Hebrides and Drumalban, the mountainous spine of Highland Scotland. This is a region justly famed for some of the finest and most unspoilt scenery in the British Isles – but what happened here in times past? Scotland's Northwest Frontier provides the answer. For a long time, this area was a frontier zone between the medieval kingdoms of Norway and Scotland, and then between the Gaelic Lords of the Isles and the Scottish kings. In the 18th century, this remote seaboard was Britain’s ‘Afghanistan’, a dangerous region often beyond the control of London and Edinburgh. It was the last hiding place of Bonnie Prince Charlie before his escape to France after his Jacobite army had been crushed on Culloden Moor. A land of clans and lost causes, this is the story of powerful lords and warrior chiefs, Presbyterian soldiers of the Covenant and Hanoverian redcoats, Highland Clearances, road and railway builders, whisky smugglers and opium traders, from Viking times to the beginning of the 21st century. Scotland's Northwest Frontier is the entertaining story of what was for long a lawless region, followed through eight turbulent centuries. Backed by comprehensive appendices and glossary, this is one for the fireside, a travelling companion and an invaluable reference source for the bookshelf. Scotland's Northwest Frontier will appeal to those interested in Scottish history, and people who descend from Scottish clans and families.
Download and read online The Republic of Football in PDF and EPUB Anywhere football is played, Texas is the force to reckon with. Its powerhouse programs produce the best football players in America. In The Republic of Football, Chad S. Conine vividly captures Texas’s impact on the game with action-filled stories about legendary high school players, coaches, and teams from around the state and across seven decades. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Conine offers rare glimpses of the early days of some of football’s biggest stars. He reveals that some players took time to achieve greatness—LaDainian Tomlinson wasn’t even the featured running back on his high school team until a breakthrough game in his senior season vaulted him to the highest level of the sport—while others, like Colt McCoy, showed their first flashes of brilliance in middle school. In telling these and many other stories of players and coaches, including Hayden Fry, Spike Dykes, Bob McQueen, Lovie Smith, Art Briles, Lawrence Elkins, Warren McVea, Ray Rhodes, Dat Nguyen, Zach Thomas, Drew Brees, and Adrian Peterson, Conine spotlights the decisive moments when players caught fire and teams such as Celina, Southlake Carroll, and Converse Judson turned into Texas dynasties. Packed with never-before-told anecdotes, as well as fresh takes on the games everyone remembers, The Republic of Football is a must-read for all fans of Friday night lights.
Download and read online The Baseball Whisperer in PDF and EPUB From an award-winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America's heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ballplayers — and men Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything. There, between the corn fields and hog yards, is a ball field with a bronze bust of a man named Merl Eberly, a baseball whisperer who specialized in second chances and lost causes. The statue was a gift from one of Merl’s original long-shot projects, a skinny kid from the ghetto in Los Angeles who would one day become a beloved Hall-of-Fame shortstop: Ozzie Smith. The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A’s baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Ozzie Smith, future manager Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, Merl developed scores of major league players (six of which are currently playing). In the process, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity, and responsibility. More than a book about ballplayers who landed in the nation's agricultural heartland, The Baseball Whisperer is the story of a coach who puts character and dedication first, and reminds us of the best, purest form of baseball excellence.
Download and read online The Rule of 72 in PDF and EPUB Charismatic Edward van der Linden runs Eleventh Hour, a massive global enterprise committed to solving the world’s environmental problems. The company is funded exclusively by super-rich philanthropists, who use its influence for their personal crusades, making it an exclusive, powerful and highly secretive club. Detective Chief Inspector John Cavey, the Met’s most successful murder detective, is investigating a rash of killings amongst London’s homeless community that is looking less like a serial killing and more like mass extermination by the day. Twenty-six-year-old Caroline Hartley joins the Eleventh Hour corporation as Edward van der Linden’s speech writer, but it isn’t long before she starts to suspect that everything is not as it seems at the company, as she accompanies her new boss to the world’s environmental hotspots. Caroline learns that Eleventh Hour is conducting ground-breaking medical research in a laboratory deep in the jungles of Guyana and starts to question the company’s benevolence. As she struggles to thwart Edward van der Linden’s deadly intentions, her mission cuts across DCI Cavey’s murder investigation, which has drawn him to the doors of the mighty Eleventh Hour corporation, where both of them discover the significance of ‘the rule of 72’.
Download and read online The Wolf of Dalriada in PDF and EPUB ‘Gaelic calls spin a web through the mist in arcs of soft sound. Fear unsteadies the unseen flocks on the scrub heather hillside as men and dogs weave a trap around them in the darkling night. Once the flocks are penned, then the lanterns are turned towards the south. The watchers wait in silence.’ It is 1793... As Europe watches the French Revolution’s bloody progress, uneasy Scottish landowners struggle to secure their wealth and power. And, in Dalriada – the ancient Kingdom of Scotland – fractured truths, torn loyalties and bloody atrocities are rife. Can anyone ride the maelstrom of these dangerous times? Only, it seems, Malcolm Craig Lowrie – the legendary Wolf of Dalriada. In remote Argyll, people cry out to the young laird for protection against the evil of the Clearances. And there is also a beautiful Frenchwoman – staked as a child on the turn of a card – now living in thrall to her debauched captor, Sir William Robinson. But can the Wolf of Dalriada safeguard his people? Can the Wolf defeat enemies who, like the spirit of Argyll’s Corryvrecken Whirlpool, threaten to engulf them all? Written with a blend of mysticism and intrigue, the psychological realism of the characters is exhibited in their reaction to tremendous cultural change. The Wolf of Dalriada is a truly fascinating historical novel that will be enjoyed by fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel. ‘Just stunning writing, historical turmoil and romance at its very best.’ – Rhona Whiteford, author and independent publisher, Wild Dog Books Ltd ‘A fascinating blend of romance and intrigue set in the highlands of Scotland. Thoroughly recommended.’ – Jacqueline Farrell, author of Sophronia and the Vampire, The Wild Rose Press ‘A novel with a wealth of historical detail as well as a great sense of time and place.’ – Cath Cole, author of Home from Home!, Corazon Books
Download and read online The Sword Summoner in PDF and EPUB The Sword Summoner: History Repeats is a fun, action-packed re-imagining of the fantasy genre based around a boy’s struggle to free his mother after his city is attacked by monsters who kill and enslave everyone within. Trey Sted is an ambitionless boy in his early teens who lives a boring life in a fantasy world that is quickly becoming a more ordered realm. When the city is attacked by monsters known as Forukks, only Trey, his friend Billy Delb and their insane classmate Zak Malma are able to escape. Determined to save his mother whatever the cost, Trey travels the land to the mighty city of Onlasar to rally support against the Forukks. During the journey they are pursued by Forukks, captured by desert tribes and forced into helping a young tribal princess flee her home. The rest of the land has also been thrown into chaos by dark plans and nothing is certain. When everything seems to be lost, Trey's true destiny is forced upon his shoulders.