In the thirty-second installment of Donna Leon’s bestselling series, a connection to Guido Brunetti’s own youthful past helps solve a mysterious murder
On a cold November evening, Guido Brunetti and Paola are up late when a call from his colleague Ispettore Vianello arrives, alerting the Commissario that a hand has been seen in one of Venice’s canals. The body is soon found, and Brunetti is assigned to investigate the murder of an undocumented Sri Lankan immigrant. Because no official record of the man’s presence in Venice exists, Brunetti is forced to use the city’s far richer sources of information: gossip and the memories of people who knew the victim. Curiously, he had been living in a small house on the grounds of a palazzo owned by a university professor, in which Brunetti discovers books revealing the victim’s interest in Buddhism, the revolutionary Tamil Tigers, and the last crop of Italian political terrorists, active in the 1980s.
As the investigation expands, Brunetti, Vianello, Commissario Griffoni, and Signora Elettra each assemble pieces of a puzzle—random information about real estate and land use, books, university friendships—that appear to have little in common, until Brunetti stumbles over something that transports him back to his own student days, causing him to reflect on lost ideals and the errors of youth, on Italian politics and history, and on the accidents that sometimes lead to revelation.
How does a dinosaur learn to be kind? Does he roar about everything that is on his mind?
Does he wake up at midnight and make lots of noise? Does he take his big sister’s new shoes and her toys?
A dinosaur knows how to be very kind, always keep other folks firmly in mind.
Being kind can be a little difficult, even for dinosaurs. But with a little practice and some heartfelt humor, our prehistoric pals can develop empathy and compassion for others. Join in the hilarity as the bestselling duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague teach young readers and dinosaurs that being kind is important and cool!
With over 24 million copies in print, each dino-mite How Do Dinosaurs...? book is a combination of hilarious situations and sing-song rhymes that show young children how to be more successful every day and in every way. The How Do Dinosaurs...? series will help children become confident readers while teaching them little life lessons. And as an added bonus, the names of each dinosaur are hidden on each page. Look for all the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs...? books by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Mark Teague.
Baby boy. Precious boy. Yes! You’re a STAR!
A joyful, poetic celebration and ode to all bright brown baby boys. With bouncing, rhythmic text from New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney and tender, charming illustrations from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, this tender affirmation is the perfect way to rejoice and teach your child that they truly are a star!
This board book is part of the Bright Brown Baby publishing program, a celebration of Black and brown joy, babies, and families. And if you're looking for a gift-able picture book, be sure to also check out the beautiful picture book treasury, Bright Brown Baby, to read "Baby Boy, You’re a Star!" alongside four more poems. Just-right for new and expectant parents, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and more! This is a perfect addition to every child's growing Bright Brown Baby bookshelf!
An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!
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Return to the opulent world of Elfhame, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and dangerous desires, with this first book of a captivating new duology from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black.
A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both.
Eight years have passed since the Battle of the Serpent. But in the icy north, Lady Nore of the Court of Teeth has reclaimed the Ice Needle Citadel. There, she is using an ancient relic to create monsters of stick and snow who will do her bidding and exact her revenge.
Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, and the one person with power over her mother, fled to the human world. There, she lives feral in the woods. Lonely, and still haunted by the merciless torments she endured in the Court of Teeth, she bides her time by releasing mortals from foolish bargains. She believes herself forgotten until the storm hag, Bogdana chases her through the night streets. Suren is saved by none other than Prince Oak, heir to Elfhame, to whom she was once promised in marriage and who she has resented for years.
Now seventeen, Oak is charming, beautiful, and manipulative. He’s on a mission that will lead him into the north, and he wants Suren’s help. But if she agrees, it will mean guarding her heart against the boy she once knew and a prince she cannot trust, as well as confronting all the horrors she thought she left behind.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
* “A stunning, tender testament to the idea that small acts of kindness, one by one, make a huge impact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “The resolution ‘each time you do something good, you save the world a little bit,’ is inspiring.” — Booklist, starred review
* “…An intriguing, intimate-feeling peek into the pandas’ household…they show respect for each other, their surroundings, and all living beings, in an effort to take care of the world and each other.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Today feels full of opportunities! “What would you like to do?” Stillwater asks Koo.
“Something important! Fix all the things that are wrong! Let us save the world,” says Koo (who always speaks in haiku).
But this is a very big idea for a little panda.
During the course of the day, Koo discovers that it’s the little acts of kindness that all add up to help make the world a better place.
In a story brimming with love and light, Jon J Muth shows how we can all heal the world a little bit at a time — just the right message for now, and for always!