A Penguin Rolling Down a Hill is a young adult/crossover fantasy adventure set in a land where the dreams we have at night, while we are sleeping, are actually produced and performed. Up near the Zenith Territory lies the magnificent Palace of Somnium. Ever since the beginning of time, the palace has been the residence of the dream ambassador, Mr. Good, and the place where all the nice, pleasant, happy dreams were conceived. Vile, another dream ambassador who specializes in nightmares, did all his scary stuff down in the Nether Regions in a dark and gloomy place called Torment Towers. All that was, until recently. With the advent of 3D computer-animated dreams up at the palace, Vile found himself lagging behind in the technology stakes. And he didnt like it. So he marched over to the palace and kicked Mr. Goods butt out. Vile is now in total control of Dream World, and everyone, everywhere, every night faces the prospect of horrible nightmaresnightmares that will lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and lack of sleep all across the world. The consequences could very well be catastrophic. Vile must be stopped, and Mr. Good has a plan. He calls for help from the physical world. But can two sixth-form students really save the world?
Powerful elemental magic sleeps in the soul of a pauper in the slums of medieval Dongguan. Jian, a boy with no past and no identity, must find his answers in the wild labyrinth of the underworld. The mystery of Xu is guarded from the majority by the wealthy and powerful royalty of the D’Quan. The caste structure of society rigidly forces the masses to keep their place. No one from the bottom caste is ever expected to make an impact in this cruel, harsh society. No hope – no future – Choon Guay – the Forgotten. Who will speak for those who have no voice? Jian, Choon Guay boy, must find his identity, his calling, and his destiny.
Irwin mirrors the aesthetic impact of the genre by creating in his study the dynamics of a detective story—the uncovering of mysteries, the accumulation of evidence, the tracing of clues, and the final solution that ties it all together.
Vampires who dwell deep within forbidden crypts, lost souls who wander mist-shrouded cemeteries, and gargoyles of living stone... Tales From The Dark Tower is an original collection of 13 sinister stories, lavishly illustrated by Joseph Vargo. Based upon characters depicted in Vargo's classic gothic paintings, each story in this unique anthology is woven together to create a new and exciting saga of vampire lore. Abandon hope all ye who enter here... deep within the shadows of the Dark Tower.
"Dazzling and unmistakable in style, resonant in meaning, Jorge Luis Borges' The Aleph and Other Stories contains the best of Borges' fiction. Included also is a lengthy autobiographical essay written especially for this volume. The twenty stories in this book cover the whole span and all the various facets of Borges' forty-year career as a short story writer. The collection is the most definitive and comprehensive available in English"--Jacket.
Don’t miss the epic, action-packed finale of the middle grade series School Library Journal called “extremely entertaining and sure to be popular with fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books and the 39 Clues series.” Five elements. One terrifying new world. One final stand. Gabe and his friends thought they had finally discovered a way to destroy the shadow dimension of Arcadia forever. But they were tricked—and instead of saving San Francisco, they’ve merged it and Arcadia into one nightmarish reality. To undo their mistake, they’ll have to risk the ultimate sacrifice in a high-stakes battle that will unite all five elements…one last time.
Minoan Crete is the last stronghold of the Goddess of Ten Thousand Names. In a world torn asunder by invaders, the wealthy island nation is peaceable and sophisticated, but how can it defend against aggressive would-be conquerors without succumbing to what is most dreaded, the glorification of the warrior culture? And now, the great volcano on Santorini (Heria) rumbles too. Ansel is a gifted yet reserved girl who just came of age. Omens suggest that she is chosen to lead her people, but to what end? And how? Theseus is a troubled young man who is capable of both violence and greatness. Can he overcome his past to become a man of wisdom? Or is he doomed to perpetrate evil within the heart of a nation who gambled everything on trusting him? She Who Walks the Labyrinth tackles difficult questions made poignant through the eyes of women and men who face the ruin of everything they care for, yet still struggle heroically to salvage the way of life they so love.