Pdf ebook: The Mystery of Meerkat Hill

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Summary: Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people’

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  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0345804473
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Language: English
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Description: Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people’s lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, and—even more exciting—that Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi. One day, Teb and Pontsho’s family’s cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.


Pdf ebook: The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

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Summary: THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 030774390X
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1296
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Description: THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn’t it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn’t always right. She also learns how to be a detective.


Pdf ebook: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

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Summary: A detective in the wild. Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0804173281
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 112
  • Language: English
  • Views: 907
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Description: A detective in the wild. Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a new lion arrives. But this is no average lion: Teddy is an actor-lion who came with a film crew. When Teddy escapes, Precious and her resourceful new friend Khumo decide to use their detective skills to help track him. They will brave the wilds of the bush—and its hippos and crocodiles—as they try to find where Teddy has gone. With a Reader's Guide and a Special Recipe


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Summary: 'That,' said Mr Borthwick, 'was the best hamburger I've ever tasted!' Joe has just created the yummiest, juiciest, most delicious hamburger ever - and his

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141927844
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1916
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Description: 'That,' said Mr Borthwick, 'was the best hamburger I've ever tasted!' Joe has just created the yummiest, juiciest, most delicious hamburger ever - and his friend Mr Borthwick wants to sell it in his hamburger shop to try and win back customers from the new fast-food restaurant across the road. But there's a problem - Joe has completely forgotten the recipe... A pinch of this, a touch of that and a spoonful of something else...the race is on for Joe to remember!


Pdf ebook: School Ship Tobermory

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Summary: The author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency draws from his own sailing experience to deliver this rip-roaring adventure on the high seas. Th

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0399552634
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Language: English
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Description: The author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency draws from his own sailing experience to deliver this rip-roaring adventure on the high seas. The first volume in a middle-grade adventure-mystery series perfect for boys and girls! Ben and Fee MacTavish are twins who’ve been homeschooled on a submarine. Now they’re heading to the School Ship Tobermory. This is no ordinary school—it’s a sailing ship where kids from around the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nautical. Come aboard as the kids set sail for their first adventure. Ben and Fee make friends as they adjust to life aboard the Tobermory. When a film crew arrives on a nearby ship, the Albatross, Ben is one of the lucky kids chosen as a movie extra. But after a day’s filming, his suspicions are aroused. Are the director and crew really shooting a film? Or are they protecting a secret on the lower decks of the Albatross? Ben, Fee, and their friends set out to investigate. Are they prepared for what they might find?


Pdf ebook: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Summary: The final novel from one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Most of the Blackwoods are dead. They were poisoned by arsenic, and the suspected m

  • Author : Shirley Jackson
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
  • ISBN: 1551999528
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 124
  • Language: English
  • Views: 335
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Description: The final novel from one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Most of the Blackwoods are dead. They were poisoned by arsenic, and the suspected murderer – Constance Blackwood – still lives in their family estate. In fact, she never leaves. Nor does her Uncle Julian, who is confined to a wheelchair. The only person to leave the house is her sister, the third remaining Blackwood, Merricat, and even she keeps her visits to town to a minimum. The townsfolk don’t like the Blackwoods; understandable, when one of them could be a mass murderer. Constance, Merricat, and Julian maintain a semblance of a normal, if highly reclusive, life, aided – if Merricat is to be believed – by several magical wards and charm. But when one of these charms is disrupted, her estranged cousin Charles turns up for a visit, and threatens to throw the Blackwoods’ fragile peace into chaos. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.


Pdf ebook: Chance Developments

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Summary: WITH A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR TO HIS CANADIAN READERS It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada
  • ISBN: 0345811682
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Views: 761
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Description: WITH A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR TO HIS CANADIAN READERS It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, McCall Smith casts his eye over five “orphaned” photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. A dapper, roguish-looking man perching on a lady’s knee sparks the story of a ventriloquist and an animal handler who work in a circus, and who, under the most delightfully unexpected circumstances, fall in love. The image of a woman haloed by light in a train station becomes the lighthearted tale of a nun’s decision to leave the sisterhood and discover what and whom the big city has to offer. Some will find joy and fulfillment; others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters. Romantic, wistful and poignant, Chance Developments brims with flourishes of grace and humor that could only come from the pen of Alexander McCall Smith.


Pdf ebook: Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave

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Summary: Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeare

  • Author : Deron R. Hicks
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547928467
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1073
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Description: Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeare’s tomb before it’s too late? Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, a four-hundred-year-old treasure, and a cast of quirky (and some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun original adventure. Readers will revel in a whirlwind journey through literary time and space in real-world locales from Mont St. Michel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to Central Park!


Pdf ebook: McTavish Takes the Cake

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Summary: When Pa Peachey becomes comically ambitious about entering a town baking competition, family dog McTavish wisely cooks up a plan to rescue him from himself

  • Author : Meg Rosoff
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 1536218189
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Language: English
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Description: When Pa Peachey becomes comically ambitious about entering a town baking competition, family dog McTavish wisely cooks up a plan to rescue him from himself. Pa Peachey has gotten it in his head that he is going to be the baker in the family, and the Peacheys and their dog, McTavish, are more than a little surprised. Stunned, in fact. Ever since Ma Peachey declared herself free of the cooking responsibilities, Betty, Ava, and Ollie have taken turns making inventive and delicious meals. But Pa thinks he can do better, even though his cakes are as flat as manhole covers and his cookies turn to charcoal. When the town announces a baking competition with a big prize, Pa is convinced he will enter an absolute masterpiece. Now the Peacheys have to decide: should they be honest with Pa and tell him his confections are contemptible, or should they support his high-flying dreams? Or could McTavish have a last-minute option at the ready?


Pdf ebook: The Green Turtle Mystery

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Summary: To rescue a friend’s pet turtle, Djuna must solve the riddle of a haunted house His new shoeshine box under his arm, boy-sleuth Djuna is looking for cust

  • Author : Ellery Queen
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1504003942
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 238
  • Language: English
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Description: To rescue a friend’s pet turtle, Djuna must solve the riddle of a haunted house His new shoeshine box under his arm, boy-sleuth Djuna is looking for customers when he meets a young reporter named Socker Furlong. Socker assigns Djuna and copyboy Ben Franklin to investigate a haunted empty house. Djuna, Ben, and Ben’s pet turtle are having a lot of fun creeping around outside—until the place turns out not to be so abandoned after all. Djuna sees people inside the house, and when he knocks, a young girl answers the door—only to slam it in his face. Djuna and Ben run for help and are halfway down the block when Ben notices that his turtle is missing. To get him back, they will have to crack the mystery of the haunted house, no matter what ghosts may stand in their way. Ellery Queen is one of the world’s finest detectives, but his adventures are nothing compared to the Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories. Join Queen’s apprentice, Djuna, and his trusty Scottie, Champ, on adventures filled with danger, suspense, and thrills. The Green Turtle Mystery is the third book in the Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.


Pdf ebook: Against the Grain

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Summary: For eighteen years, Norman Baker was one of the most distinctive, outspoken and campaigning members of the House of Commons, uncovering the biggest parliam

  • Author : Norman Baker
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing
  • ISBN: 1849549931
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Number of Pages: 432
  • Language: English
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Description: For eighteen years, Norman Baker was one of the most distinctive, outspoken and campaigning members of the House of Commons, uncovering the biggest parliamentary scandals of recent times. MPs’ expenses, the death of David Kelly, and the ill-fated flight BA 149 were all investigated by the man Nick Clegg referred to as ‘a cross between Gandhi and a battering ram’. Against the Grain is Baker’s fascinating account of Westminster and constituency life, from the absurd to the deadly serious. His observations and investigations confirm how well-deserved his reputation is as one of the most dogged and persistent parliamentary interrogators the modern House of Commons has known. Amongst much else, this compelling tale reveals the truth about Baker’s successful campaign to force the resignation of Peter Mandelson, and lifts the lid on the inner workings of the coalition, laying bare the divisions and the surprising alliances at the heart of the Department for Transport and the Home Office. Insightful, honest and very funny, Against the Grain is a must-read for anyone interested in the machinations, the misunderstandings and the frequent missteps taking place behind the Westminster façade.


Pdf ebook: Portuguese Irregular Verbs

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Summary: A deliciously entertaining new series by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency The many fans of Precious Ramotswe will find furthe

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0307370372
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Views: 896
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Description: A deliciously entertaining new series by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency The many fans of Precious Ramotswe will find further cause for celebration in the protagonist of Alexander McCall Smith’s irresistibly funny trilogy, the eminent (if shamefully under-read) philologist Professor Dr. Mortiz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute at Regensburg. Unnaturally tall, hypersensitive to slights, and oblivious to his own frequent gaucheries, von Igelfeld is engaged in a never-ending quest to win the respect he knows is due him. Portuguese Irregular Verbs follows the Professor from a busman’s holiday researching old Irish obscenities to a flirtation with a desirable lady dentist. In The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, von Igelfeld practices veterinary medicine without a license, transports relics for a schismatically challenged Coptic prelate and is mobbed by marriage-minded widows on board a Mediterranean cruise ship. In At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, the final novel in the trilogy, we find our hero suffering the slings of academic intrigue as a visiting fellow at Cambridge, and the slings of outrageous fortune in an eventful Columbian adventure.


Pdf ebook: Judy Moody Gets Famous!

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Summary: "This sequel to JUDY MOODY handily matches the original in zip and wit. . . . Even Judy could spell two words that describe both the plot and its heroine:

  • Author : Megan McDonald
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763652008
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 144
  • Language: English
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Description: "This sequel to JUDY MOODY handily matches the original in zip and wit. . . . Even Judy could spell two words that describe both the plot and its heroine: f-r-e-s-h and f-u-n-n-y." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) Everyone knows that Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and this time she’s in a jealous mood. Jealous of classmate Jessica Finch, that is, who gets her picture on the front page of the newspaper, just for winning a spelling bee. But when Judy Moody sets off in pursuit of her own fame and happiness, watch out! She is so determined, she just might find it - or will she merely become more infamous than ever?


Pdf ebook: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

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Summary: A detective in the wild. Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0804173281
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 112
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1386
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Description: A detective in the wild. Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a new lion arrives. But this is no average lion: Teddy is an actor-lion who came with a film crew. When Teddy escapes, Precious and her resourceful new friend Khumo decide to use their detective skills to help track him. They will brave the wilds of the bush—and its hippos and crocodiles—as they try to find where Teddy has gone. With a Reader's Guide and a Special Recipe


Pdf ebook: Freddie Mole: Lion Tamer

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Summary: From the bestselling adult author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series as well as the middle-grade series School Ship Tobermory comes an exciting ta

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 1524713791
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Views: 755
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Description: From the bestselling adult author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series as well as the middle-grade series School Ship Tobermory comes an exciting tale of bravery set in and around the circus, with fun, energetic illustrations throughout. Freddie Mole loves his family They are tight-knit, but they struggle day to day to make ends meet. Times are tough, and Freddie is determined to help. Then Freddie finds out about a job opening at a local circus--and he can't believe his luck when he is hired. At the circus, Freddie sweeps and cleans and is praised for his work. One thing leads to another, and he's asked to be understudy for some of the acts. The trapeze stunts are daunting enough--can Freddie face the lion's cage?


Pdf ebook: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Box Set (Books 2-4)

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Summary: Here are three heartwarming books in Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series—now available in a convenient ebook box set. This

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0525565027
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 768
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1871
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Description: Here are three heartwarming books in Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series—now available in a convenient ebook box set. This box set includes books 2-4 of the series: Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, and The Kalahari Typing School for Men. Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.


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Summary: 44 Scotland Street -- Book 10 Excitement abounds when the revolving door of life brings fresh faces and hilarious new developments to the residents of 44 S

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0345811712
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Views: 757
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Description: 44 Scotland Street -- Book 10 Excitement abounds when the revolving door of life brings fresh faces and hilarious new developments to the residents of 44 Scotland Street. Things are looking up for seven-year-old Bertie Pollock. The arrival of his spirited grandmother and the absence of his meddlesome mother—who is currently running a book club in a Bedouin harem (don’t ask)—bring unforeseen blessings: no psychotherapy, no Italian lessons, and no yoga classes. Meanwhile, surprises await Scotland Street’s grown-ups. Matthew makes a discovery that could be a major windfall for his family, but also presents a worrisome dilemma. Pat learns a secret about her father’s fiancée that may shake up her family, unless she can convince the perpetually narcissistic Bruce to help her out. And the Duke of Johannesburg finds himself in sudden need of an explanation—and an escape route—when accosted by a determined guest at a soirée. From the cunning schemes of the Association of Scottish Nudists to the myriad expressive possibilities of the word “aye,” Alexander McCall Smith guides us through the risks and rewards of friendship, love, and family with his usual inimitable wit and irresistible charm.


Pdf ebook: At the Reunion Buffet

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Summary: In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada
  • ISBN: 0345810899
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 50
  • Language: English
  • Views: 722
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Description: In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life. Isabel Dalhousie--philosopher, mother and friend--has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her Edinburgh home, bringing with them new names new looks, and old reputations. While some see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate the treacherous waters of mean "girls", with mercy and forgiveness.


Pdf ebook: The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture

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Summary: This is the first volume to consider the popular literary category of Early Readers – books written and designed for children who are just beginning to r

  • Author : Jennifer Miskec,Annette Wannamaker
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317394771
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 246
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1975
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Description: This is the first volume to consider the popular literary category of Early Readers – books written and designed for children who are just beginning to read independently. It argues that Early Readers deserve more scholarly attention and careful thought because they are, for many younger readers, their first opportunity to engage with a work of literature on their own, to feel a sense of mastery over a text, and to experience pleasure from the act of reading independently. Using interdisciplinary approaches that draw upon and synthesize research being done in education, child psychology, sociology, cultural studies, and children’s literature, the volume visits Early Readers from a variety of angles: as teaching tools; as cultural artifacts that shape cultural and individual subjectivity; as mass produced products sold to a niche market of parents, educators, and young children; and as aesthetic objects, works of literature and art with specific conventions. Examining the reasons such books are so popular with young readers, as well as the reasons that some adults challenge and censor them, the volume considers the ways Early Readers contribute to the construction of younger children as readers, thinkers, consumers, and as gendered, raced, classed subjects. It also addresses children’s texts that have been translated and sold around the globe, examining them as part of an increasingly transnational children’s media culture that may add to or supplant regional, ethnic, and national children’s literatures and cultures. While this collection focuses mostly on books written in English and often aimed at children living in the US, it is important to acknowledge that these Early Readers are a major US cultural export, influencing the reading habits and development of children across the globe.


Pdf ebook: Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine

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Summary: A Knopf Canada Original E-Short, and a spin-off story from the Isabel Dalhousie series. Philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie has an unstinting c

  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada
  • ISBN: 0345812190
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 60
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1008
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Description: A Knopf Canada Original E-Short, and a spin-off story from the Isabel Dalhousie series. Philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie has an unstinting commitment to her principles. Sticking to her promises has always been one of them. Then Isabel runs into an old classmate facing marital and financial troubles, who reveals a secret about a painting up for auction that becomes more and more difficult for Isabel to keep. In the meantime she comes across a revealing note accidentally put in the pocket of her son's jacket at daycare, and obviously intended for another classmate's parent. Thankfully, Isabel's devoted husband, Jamie, is there to help our heroine navigate her competing moral obligations. Beautifully perceptive and witty, this original short story by Alexander McCall Smith shows Isabel calling upon all of her intelligence, charm, and tact.