Truffle's Sad Song is a beautiful and timeless tale of a pudgy pika named Punch who strives at all cost to help his new friend, Truffle, overcome his great sadness by showing him all the beauty and magic nature has to offer. J. F. Cicci wrote this story for her brother, Michael, in the summer of 2011. Based loosely on Michael's life, J. F. Cicci now shares her brother's story so that it can inspire more children to help those in need of peace and happiness.
There were, and still are, great restaurants all over Europe, but the greater part of Blue Trout and Black Truffles is devoted to the eatingplaces and vineyards of France. It is a vicarious experience to read about the culinary wonders of the notable establishments of another era that have become the last epicurean haven in this materialistic, mechanized world of fastfood chains and frozenfood dinners. Mr. Wechsberg reaches back to the twilight days of the Habsburg monarchy, when those splendid monuments to the haute cuisine in central Europe, Meissl and Schadn of Vienna and Gundel's of Budapest, were in their prime.
Truffles have a mysterious appeal about them, but the gourmet treats from a certain shop in New York have become dangerous, even deadly. In Imogen L. Jacobs' first case as a covert agent, she delves deep into the twists and turns of a global truffle business run by members of her family. Flesh and blood relationships, lifelong friendships, as well as nefarious connections with spy agencies, governments, and terrorist groups are interwoven into a multilayered tale of international intrigue, betrayal, and love. Join Imogen as the author's vivid imagination sweeps readers along on an entertaining ride--one that produces plenty of laughs and is generously peppered with steamy romance.
The final book in William Nicholson’s award-winning epic fantasy series, Wind on Fire. ‘Gloriously cinematic and completely enthralling’ – Independent In the time of cruelty, the Manth people march back to their homeland. Ira Hath is the only one who knows the way, but she is dying. Bowman eagerly awaits his calling to join the Singer people, but when Kestrel is taken by bandits, he must use his powers to find her. Together they fight, until their destinies tear them apart. And all the while they wait for the wind to rise. Only one will sing the firesong . . . Fantasy books for children don’t get more spectacular than Firesong. Since first publication, William Nicholson’s Wind on Fire trilogy has been translated into over 25 languages and won prizes including the Blue Peter Book Award and Smarties Prize Gold Award. One of the greatest writers of our time, William Nicholson’s has not only sold millions of children’s books worldwide, he also written for the screen and the stage, including the Oscar-winning film Gladiator and the BAFTA-winning play Shadowlands.
Twins Bowman and Kestrel have saved their family and the rest of the Manth people from slavery and helped bring about the downfall of the cruel city-state of the Mastery. Now, led by their mother, a prophetess, they are free to seek their promised land. But the journey is long and hard, filled with many dangers, enemies, distractions, and temptations. And each of the travelers is preoccupied with his or her own worries. Hanno Hath, the twins' father, is troubled to see his beloved wife weaken as they draw close to the promised land. As well, he must bolster the endurance of the often doubting and disgruntled Manth people. Bowman is torn between his attraction to Sisi, a former princess, and his destiny, as he perceives it, to sacrifice himself for the good of the people. Kestrel also feels a pull toward a mission, toward something-but for some reason, she cannot envision her life beyond the journey. This is the satisfying and profound ending to the trilogy, which began with The Wind Singer, winner of the coveted Smarties Prize in England.