Tears of Mermaids

In Tears of Mermaids, Stephen G. Bloom travels 30,000 miles in an effort to trace a single pearl—from the moment a diver off the coast of Australia scoops an oyster containing a single luminescent pearl from the ocean floor to the instant ...

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Author: Stephen G. Bloom

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429923636

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

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A round, luminescent pearl is the simplest and most perfect gem. Columbus sought—and found—this precious jewel coveted by his Spanish sovereigns, sparking popularity throughout Europe. Fashion icons Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Grace, and Michelle Obama cherished them, making them iconic. And designer Coco Chanel raised them to new heights, bringing pearls— fake and real—to women everywhere. In Tears of Mermaids, Stephen G. Bloom travels 30,000 miles in an effort to trace a single pearl—from the moment a diver off the coast of Australia scoops an oyster containing a single luminescent pearl from the ocean floor to the instant a woman fastens the clasp of a strand containing the same orb. Bloom chronicles the never-before-told saga of the global pearl trade by gaining access to clandestine outposts in China, the Philippines, French Polynesia and Australia. He infiltrates high-tech pearl farms guarded by gun-toting sentries, farms for pearls in rural China, and even goes backstage at Christie's for a fast and furious auction of the most expensive pearl ever sold. Teeming with rogue humor and uncanny intelligence, Tears of Mermaids weaves a nonstop detective story whose main character is the world's most enduring jewel.

The Secret story of Shy Shelly

There were not a lot of stories about Shelly.

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Author: Justine Hail

Publisher: OMF Literature

ISBN: 9789710094400

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There were not a lot of stories about Shelly. No one talked about her. No one knew her. She had no friend exept Huey Louie, her pet turtle of five years. One night, Shelly wrote on a paper star: I WISH TO HAVE A REAL FRIEND. Her wish comes true when she easily becomes a part of the group called Butterfly Club. For the first time, Shelly sat in the cafeteria with lunch buddies. But when she becomes the seatmate of the mysterious class outcast Vanna, Shelly also discovers a sweet and patient friend in her. But Vanna could never be part of the Butterfly Club. With friends on opposing sides, Shelly must learn what it means to be a true friend.

Breaking the Jump

For the first time, Julie Angel tells the story of Parkour's beginnings - the diverse, intriguing and unusual characters who went to the rooftops, hung off the stairwells and drain pipes as they trained through the night, often risking ...

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Author: Julie Angel

Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781781315545

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The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez

Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born.

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Author: Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781423140191

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

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Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born. Her father has three Social Security numbers, her mother is pregnant (again), and neither of them speaks English. Sonia's mother spends most of her time in bed, watching soap operas, and letting Sonia clean up after her brothers. Sonia's father works dutifully to support his family, but he knows that his daughter's dreams are bigger than making tamales for family get-togethers. When Sonia attempts to put school work before her familia, her mother decides that it's time for Sonia to visit her grandmother in Mexico to learn "the ways of the old world." While in Mexico, Sonia gets to know her wise grandmother and her cousin Maria, who teach her that while familia is important, the most important thing is to follow your heart. Sonia returns to the States determined to succeed in school, but the birth of her new twin siblings, inappropriate advances from her drunk uncle (Drunkle), and a forbidden relationship with an El Salvadorian boy push school to the back burner. If only Sonia can find the time to cook dinner, secretly meet with her boyfriend, avoid her Drunkle, AND finish her homework, she just might be able to graduate from high school. . . .

Mates Dates and the Secret Story

At last the full story of Tony and Lucy's romance can be revealed

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Author: Cathy Hopkins

Publisher: Piccadilly Books

ISBN: 1848120184

Category: Dating (Social customs)

Page: 196

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Tony has no idea that he is about to fall for the lively, elfin Lucy. But the course of true love never did run smoothly - and reading his side of the story as well as hers is an irresistible treat for all 'Mates, Dates' fans.

Cloak and Dagger

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Author: Corey Ford

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015012862473

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 216

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Bombshell

Profiles Ted Hall, the American physicist who spied for the Soviets and who gave them American atomic secrets

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Author: Joseph Albright

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: UOM:39015040552732

Category: Political Science

Page: 399

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Profiles Ted Hall, the American physicist who spied for the Soviets and who gave them American atomic secrets

Weapons of Peace

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Author: Raj Chengappa

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub India Pvt Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015049695490

Category: Political Science

Page: 489

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Stalag Luft III

This work covers all aspects, from the mundane drudgery of the prisoners' daily lives to their harrowing struggle for survival against an enemy responsible for the deaths of millions.

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Author: Arthur A. Durand

Publisher:

ISBN: 0807124435

Category: History

Page: 412

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Stalag Luft III is the camp most commonly associated with the Allied prisoner of war experience in World War II Germany. Housing mainly British and American flyers, it was the historical setting for the movie The Great Escape. As with most Hollywood treatments, however, the film blurred the line between fact and fiction. In Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story, Arthur A. Durand offers the first comprehensive historical examination of what camp life was actually like, from the mundane drudgery of the prisoners' daily lives to their harrowing struggle for survival against an enemy responsible for the deaths of millions. Relying on coded records kept by appointed camp historians, as well as personal interviews, letters, logs, diaries, and recently declassified government documents, Durand expertly combines impressive scholarship with dramatic narrative.

Mr Frog Went A courting

Illustrations and supplementary text elaborate on the story of the wedding of a frog and a mouse in a traditional folk song.

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Publisher: Dk Pub

ISBN: UOM:49015002630177

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 31

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Illustrations and supplementary text elaborate on the story of the wedding of a frog and a mouse in a traditional folk song.

A Life in Shadow

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Author: Vappala Balachandran

Publisher:

ISBN: 9351941728

Category: Europe

Page: 344

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Ultra Goes to War

But they were broken by Station X at Bletchley Park. Ronald Lewin's classic account tells the full story behind this crucial operation by the Allies during the Second World War.

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Author: Ronald Lewin

Publisher: Penguin Uk

ISBN: 0141390425

Category: History

Page: 397

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A book about Ultra, the code name for the war-winning secret that did not emerge for 30 years. This is an account of how, in World War II, the Allies intercepted German radio transmissions, broke their codes and transmitted the information to the battle field. In preparing the book the author consulted more then 2,000 previously secret Ultra intercepts.

The Secret Story

Find out by reading this secret story of a not-quite Cinderella, whose closest thing to a Fairy godmother is, alas, old Granny Earwax.For magical mayhem that flies off the page faster than a witch's broomstick, get your copy of The Secret ...

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Author: A J Ponder

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798654158673

Category:

Page: 178

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A horde of rats A coven of witches desperate to stay hiddenA ball to die for, and a ball that must remain secret at any costAs a smithy's daughter, Amarinda can only dream of going to the ball. She loves the fine gowns and imagines the feisty Princess Sylvalla falling in love with the visiting prince. Amarinda's daydreaming must end when her father is injured and she discovers her family is in debt to Lady Dragonheart. With her father becoming more and more ill, she must take extraordinary measures to pay back the debt. But first, to save her father, she must infiltrate castle Avondale and steal a 'cookbook' with secret recipes everyone wants to get their hands on.The harder she tries, the more Amarinda is drawn into a hidden world of witches and power-not to mention Lady Dragonheart's schemes to infiltrate the Avondale ball and seize the kingdom.Will Amarinda's father survive the night? Will she get to dance with the prince? And who will be turned into a rat? Find out by reading this secret story of a not-quite Cinderella, whose closest thing to a Fairy godmother is, alas, old Granny Earwax.For magical mayhem that flies off the page faster than a witch's broomstick, get your copy of The Secret Story today!

The Secret Story of Santa Claus

This book contains the untold story of how Kris Kringle became Santa Claus. Within its pages you will learn how he met the elves and how the reindeer learned to fly. You may NOT read this tale if you are on the naughty list.

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Author: Jeremy Yablan

Publisher:

ISBN: 1630843717

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

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This book contains the untold story of how Kris Kringle became Santa Claus. Within its pages you will learn how he met the elves and how the reindeer learned to fly. You may NOT read this tale if you are on the naughty list.

The Secret Story of Life and Death

"Daddy, I wonder why people live.

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Author: Yoh-Chang Yoon

Publisher:

ISBN: 0578836270

Category: Fiction

Page: 178

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"Daddy, I wonder why people live." I suddenly remembered a question my daughter asked as a middle school student. I thought, 'You wouldn't have asked such a question if you thought your life was filled with joy.' What is the point of repetitive daily life: going to school, coming back home, and going to after-school programs out of a sense of obligation and responsibility? She might have thought that she was not going to be happy even when this period ended and she became an adult.' (Chapter 01: A Leopard and the Meaning of Life); "Turn ordinary life into art. Carry on with the hardships in life that the gorilla talked about, solve life's riddles that the eagle mentioned, and make a world of coexistence like the leopard said where creatures help each other." (Chapter 07: A Bat and Global Pandemics)

The Plot

Presented in graphic-novel format, an examination of the 1905 plot fabricated by anti-Semitic secret police that was used to accuse Jewish leaders of wanting to take over the world discusses the contributions of such individuals as Tsar ...

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Author: Professor of Semiotics Umberto Eco

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393060454

Category: History

Page: 148

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Presented in graphic-novel format, an examination of the 1905 plot fabricated by anti-Semitic secret police that was used to accuse Jewish leaders of wanting to take over the world discusses the contributions of such individuals as Tsar Nicholas II, Henry Ford, and Adolph Hitler, tracing how Protocols became an internationally accepted truth and tragically succeeded far beyond propagandistic ambitions. 50,000 first printing.