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A House Of Light And Stone

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It's 1967 East Los Angeles. Duffy Chavez is ten years old and from a large, mixed-race, single-parent family. Growing up is never easy, but for young Duffy Chavez, whose childhood is anything but innocent, the journey is particularly painful. Swimming against the tides of her troubled family as well as her own cultural identity, she struggles with the cards she has been dealt. Buoyed up by the belief of a select few, she strives to achieve the kind of self-knowledge that comes so naturally to the 'real girls' all around her. As gaps in the narrative begin to fill, and the truth surrounding Duffy's birth is unearthed, her determination to succeed is rendered all the more astounding. Told in uncompromising clarity through the eyes of a child, A House of Light and Stone is at once full of heartbreak and hope, offering respites of warmth in the coldest of places.


Minoan Stone Vessels With Linear A Inscriptions

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Inscribed Minoan stone vessels are ritual gifts that index their dedicants' intention that both their gift and their name should survive permanently at the place of dedication. These vessels contained offerings, yet the vessels themselves were also offerings, serving as permanent records of a ritual act. These rituals were most likely communal, incorporating group feasting and drinking. The seasonality of these rituals suggests that they were focused on the cycle of life: fertility, birth, death and renewal. Offerings left with the vessels suggest that these rituals also addressed other, more personal concerns. As for Linear A itself: the language behind the script appears to contain a fairly standard phonemic inventory, though there are hints of additional, more exotic phonemes. The morphology of the language appears to involve affixation, a typical mode of inflection in human languages. The presence of significant prefixing tends to rule out PIE as a parent language, while the word-internal vowel alternations typical of Afroasiatic verbal inflection are nowhere to be found in this script. In the end, Linear A appears most likely to represent a non-IE, non-Afroasiatic language, perhaps with agglutinative tendencies, and perhaps with VSO word order.


Stepping Stones Along The Journey Of Life With God

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This collection of poems covers many topics, from God's Creation to the Queen's jubilee. A recurring theme highlights the different aspects of humanity's path through life from birth to adult maturity and beyond, and many of the poems have been inspired by Margaret Harper's experiences of bringing up a family and her struggles with severe depression and hearing loss.


A Magical Birthday Surprise

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Learn to read with the Rainbow Magic Fairies!

Learning to read is fun with the Rainbow Magic Fairies! Developed in conjunction with Early Years reading consultants and based on the most up-to-date educational research, the Rainbow Magic Beginner Readers are the perfect way to introduce your child to the magical world of reading.

About the Author

Daisy Meadows is the author of over 150 Rainbow Magic books.


Yellowstone National Park For Kids, Preteens, And Teenagers

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Are you interested in Yellowstone or planning a trip to the park? If so, you'll love "Yellowstone National Park for Kids, Preteens, and Teenagers," Inside this detailed travel guide geared toward children, you'll learn all you need to know about America's first national park. For example, did you know that:

    Yellowstone was discovered by John Colter in the early 1800s but for over fifty years, most Americans did not believe the reports of steaming hot springs and bubbling mudpots?
    Yellowstone is one of the worlds biggest active volcanoes? The hot underground magma is what causes the geysers to erupt and when you visit Yellowstone you actually go inside the volcanic caldera.
    Both black bears and grizzly bears can be found in Yellowstone and they are omnivorous which means they eat both plants and animals?
    Old Faithful erupts about every ninety minutes to heights of over one hundred feet?
    Early visitors to Yellowstone used to catch fish in Yellowstone Lake then dip them into Fishing Cone Geyser to cook them?
"Yellowstone National Park for Kids, Preteens, and Teenagers" includes easy-to-read descriptions, photographs, and diagrams of the park's wildlife, history, and geology and it highlights some of the best hikes and attractions for children visiting Yellowstone. It also includes several Yellowstone themed word games and puzzles, an animal checklist, and a packing list geared toward children, preteens, and teenagers. Even parents and other adults will benefit from this entertaining and educational book.

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