Rainbows in the Mud

Inside the Intoxicating World of Cyclocross
Author: Paul Maunder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472925963
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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Cyclocross is no longer cycling's hidden gem. Its rapid growth in the USA and UK means this intense and dramatic sport is exploding into the mainstream. With a season running from September to February, cyclocross is cycling's only purely winter discipline, demanding a combination of athleticism, supreme technical skill and ruthless tactics for the muddy conditions. In the sport's heartland of Belgium, major races attract crowds of thousands and have a carnival atmosphere fuelled by heavy drinking, ringing cowbells and pumping airhorns. Many top riders have enthusiastic fanclubs and are national celebrities – one even had his own reality TV show. On race day, Belgian and Dutch television coverage is akin to a major football match in the UK, stretching for hours with prerace interviews, pundits and behind-the-scenes films. In Rainbows in the Mud, Paul Maunder spends a season soaking up the sport's rich culture and history, and mixing with the obsessive fans, celebrity riders, and old-fashioned patriarchs of the sport. Following the riders – novices, veterans, American, British – as they slog their way through the season, he captures the spirit of this flamboyant cult sport, and paints a picture so vibrant you can almost feel the mud under your feet and taste the beer, mulled wine and frites.

Secrets in the Emerald Forest

Author: Bill D
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491747951
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 58
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In the Olympic Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, there is a giant rain forest that stretches as far as the eye can see. Rising from the woods are two mighty mountains with peaks that reach so high that they sometimes magically disappear in the clouds for days and then return with a whole new look. In the valleys there are lakes named Cushman and Upper and Lower Lena, places called Lillywamp and Potlatch. There's even a river called the Hamma Hamma. Living in this beautiful and whimsical place is a family of extraordinary creatures known only to us in legend?Bigfoot. Two of these Bigfoot are babies?Youngers?WiiLo and his little sister, LiLee. They are not only Youngers but twins, making them even more special. Along with their older brother, Rocc, WiiLo and LiLee frolic throughout the Olympic Mountains. On their adventures they learn important lessons that every Bigfoot must know, things like how to find your way home, how to become invisible, and how to hunt for big, red, juicy apples. Join WiiLo, LiLee, and Rocc as they explore their beautiful home and learn about survival in the great outdoors.

The Kingdom of the Rainbow

Author: Robert W Luck
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595210015
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Beneath the waters of the mysterious Lake Warma, an epic struggle has begun. Their sacred spawning grounds destroyed by humans, King Tulan and his clan of wild trout face extinction. Birds of prey hunt them from the sky. Humans capture them with their "trickery and Vines of Death." A rival king torments them. The clan's only hope is the courageous Makar, King Tulan's estranged son who risks banishment by his father because of his love for Reka, a member of the outcast Secolas. In this enchanting tale, Robert W. Luck creates a mythical world that weaves together themes of courage, betrayal, spiritual truth and forbidden love. The Kingdom of the Rainbow is wise and unforgettable story that that reminds us of the true source of inner strength.

To Touch the Wind

Author: Paul Deal
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595246958
Category: Fiction
Page: 216
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Like a piece of the night, the giant stranger came into the cabin. Roaring like a beast and brandishing a knife that flashed like a moon-bright sword, he attacked the children sheltering there. Taken by surprise, Carl and Traci fought like cornered cubs. Carl hurled a lighted gasoline lantern at his attacker, and through a shower of flames, he and his sister raced into the forest. For days the giant, like an evil shadow, hounded them, driving them ever deeper into the wilderness. When at last they were alone, they found themselves in a wild and beautiful land and on a journey of adventure and self-discovery that lasted through a long and glorious summer.

The Center of Everything

A Novel
Author: Laura Moriarty
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1401394590
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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"A warm, beguiling book full of hard-won wisdom."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times "The Center of Everything is as realistic and familiar as a summer day in Kansas--brave and gritty, strong voiced and spare."--O, The Oprah Magazine Set in Kerrville, Kansas, The Center of Everything is told by Evelyn Bucknow, an endearing character with a wholly refreshing way of looking at the world. Living with her single mother in a small apartment, Evelyn Bucknow is a young girl wincing her way through adolescence. With a voice that is as charming as it is recognizable, Evelyn immerses the reader in the dramas of an entire community. The people of Kerrville, stuck at once in the middle of nowhere but also at the center of everything, are the source from which Moriarty draws on universal dilemmas of love and belief to render a story that grows in emotional intensity until it lifts the reader to heights achieved only by the finest of fiction.

The Rainbow Garden

Author: Petrea King,Deb Warren
Publisher: Jane Curry
ISBN: 9780980475821
Category: Gardening
Page: 32
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Many thousands of children have found Petrea King’s rainbow stories full of love and magic and this her third book in the series is no exception. These books all feature a simple story for children to enjoy which conveys a deep message to help with any anxiety or fears.'Rainbow Garden' is a story about Old Jack and his rainbow garden and the children who play there. They love playing with the mud and the worms. When the worms start to feel unloved they leave the garden and it starts to fade away. However, when the children understand what has happened, they start a search to bring the worms back and the rainbow garden shines bright once more.A simple story of love and compassion with a strong eco theme, this book will appeal to all children who love rainbows, nature and especially worms.

An Angel in Stone

Author: Peggy Nicholson
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 142685448X
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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She's equally comfortable in silk and heels or khakis and boots--but it's Raine Ashaway's sheer nerve and gut instinct that have made her a name in the dinosaur hunting world. Her family's famous archaeological firm, Ashaway All, hasn't hurt, either. Until Raine is thrust into a mysterious contest for a priceless opal fossil and the competition seems as intent on destroying her family name as he does beating her to the bones. Raine's not about to let the sexy, deceptive man known as Kincade win this round. But when the game turns deadly, the two rivals might just have to work together or lose everything, including their lives....

Chasing Rainbows

With Just Us Two
Author: Rosalie Marsh
Publisher: Christal Publishing
ISBN: 1908302003
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 198
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Chasing Rainbows is the second in the Just Us Two series by Rosalie Marsh and the real end to Rosie's Gold Wing story. A peep into Rosie's life as, with tongue-in-cheek humour, she pokes fun at herself while she conducts a love-hate relationship with a hidden controller. You know boys and their toys? Rosie pleads for maps as they return to Ireland across Cavan, Sligo, Galway, beautiful Westport and Ballycroy in County Mayo which Rosalie describes evocativally and with feeling. The fun then really started when the phone rang and another trip was on the horizon. Rosie with her usual 'let's go' stuck pins into maps which almost became redundant... Chasing Rainbows includes detailed routes and photographs to guide you as 'Just Us Two' return to awe-inspiring Andorran mountains to meet with Gold Wing friends; explore the majestic French Alps and Spanish Pyrenees; retrace their steps through the notoriously challenging Pas de la Casa, Tet Valley and Central Massif, north to Versailles where Rosie has another adventure planned. Chasing Rainbows (also available as an e-book) is the sequel to Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery published in 2009 as soft cover and e-book.

Mathematics in Nature

Modeling Patterns in the Natural World
Author: John A. Adam
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400841011
Category: Mathematics
Page: 392
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From rainbows, river meanders, and shadows to spider webs, honeycombs, and the markings on animal coats, the visible world is full of patterns that can be described mathematically. Examining such readily observable phenomena, this book introduces readers to the beauty of nature as revealed by mathematics and the beauty of mathematics as revealed in nature. Generously illustrated, written in an informal style, and replete with examples from everyday life, Mathematics in Nature is an excellent and undaunting introduction to the ideas and methods of mathematical modeling. It illustrates how mathematics can be used to formulate and solve puzzles observed in nature and to interpret the solutions. In the process, it teaches such topics as the art of estimation and the effects of scale, particularly what happens as things get bigger. Readers will develop an understanding of the symbiosis that exists between basic scientific principles and their mathematical expressions as well as a deeper appreciation for such natural phenomena as cloud formations, halos and glories, tree heights and leaf patterns, butterfly and moth wings, and even puddles and mud cracks. Developed out of a university course, this book makes an ideal supplemental text for courses in applied mathematics and mathematical modeling. It will also appeal to mathematics educators and enthusiasts at all levels, and is designed so that it can be dipped into at leisure.

Outdoor Learning through the Seasons

An essential guide for the early years
Author: Ann Watts
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135135339
Category: Education
Page: 208
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Outdoor play experiences have a crucial role in young children’s learning and development and should be a daily part of their lives. Planning and facilitating rich play and learning opportunities outside can, however, be challenging, especially in difficult weather conditions. Outdoor Learning through the Seasons provides detailed guidance on how we can encourage young children to engage with the natural world throughout the year. Using the four seasons as a framework, the book aims to help all adults to feel confident about taking children outside everyday and developing their awareness of the world around them. It suggests a wide range of experiences and looks at the various ways in which children can interact with the environment to further their learning and development. There are ideas to brighten grey winter days as well as summer sunshine, snow, wind and rain. Features include: reference to recent research on the significance of outdoor play in early childhood; guidance on how to encourage effective learning outdoors practical tips to offer high quality provision in layout, design and planting; suggestions for planning outdoor experiences in the seven areas of learning in line with with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage; advice on working with parents and the role of adults; ideas for all seasons, weather conditions and working with the four elements: earth, air, water and fire; useful reference lists of further resources including stories, poems and websites; an appendix of seasonal recipes. Including a full colour photo plate section to illustrate good practice, this practical book is essential reading for all those looking to provide rich and stimulating outdoor play provision for children in early years settings on a daily basis.

The Splitting of the World

Author: Susie Haberfeld
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN: 0741435241
Category: Fiction
Page: 500
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Drakara must save her world (and ours!) from annihilation. But first she learns something even more horrifying than murder, superstition and warfare-the world was destroyed once before.

Cirque Diabolique

Fourth in the Brothers Series
Author: Clara M. Miller
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469109670
Category: Fiction
Page: 353
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Cirque Diabolique, the fourth volume in the BROTHERS SERIES, continues the story of the inhabitants of the little town of Scajaquada and their war with Lucifer. Lucifer is out to destroy those who have displeased him. He expects this will gain him control of his natural son, Matthew, who is being raised by his mother, Cathie and his real father, Michael Angeli--aka Michael the Archangel. As his weapon, he choses a method he has tried before in ancient Rome--a Circus. The little band of friends must, once again, find a way to defeat him and save Matthew.


Author: Patricia A. McKillip
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110165998X
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 304
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This omnibus edition combines the acclaimed Patricia A. McKillip's two science-fiction novels, Moon-Flash and The Moon and the Face. Kyreol's small world begins at the Face, a high rock cliff, and ends at Fourteen Falls, a series of rapids. Each year, her people celebrate Moon-Flash—a spark of light that seems to come from and go into the moon, a symbol of life and joy. When a mysterious stranger arrives, Kyreol wants to know more about him, as well as the Moon-Flash, and soon she and her childhood friend Terje leave their home to look for answers. Those answers will pluck Kyreol from Riverworld and transform her life forever—by fast-forwarding her into a future she can barely comprehend.

The First Book of Short Stories

Author: Lyn Funnell
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1849893373
Category: Fiction
Page: 62
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A collection of easy reading short stories that cover a variety of situations, places and characters. Another Fine Mess, Dining Out, If Britain became the new Venice, My Best Friend Jake and more will keep you entertained while your on the move or reading in bed.

The Orpheus Descent

Author: Tom Harper
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444731386
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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I have never written down the answers to the deepest mysteries, nor will I ever... The philosopher Plato wrote these words more than two thousand years ago, following a perilous voyage to Italy -- an experience about which he never spoke again, but from which he emerged the greatest thinker in all of human history. Today, twelve golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes, working on a dig in southern Italy, has just found another. But this tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself. And then Lily vanishes. Has she walked out on her job, her marriage, and her life -- or has something more sinister happened? Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police, and not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig. All Jonah has is belief, and a determination to do whatever it takes to get Lily back. But like Plato before him, Jonah will discover the journey ahead is mysterious and dark and fraught with danger. And not everyone who travels to the hidden place where Lily has gone can return.

Fly-Fishing in Southern New Mexico

Author: Rex Johnson,Ronald Smorynski
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826319821
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 192
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This unique guide leads the fly-fisherman to little-known trout waters in the remote mountains and canyons of southern New Mexico. Part One reviews trout species in southern New Mexico, fishing regulations, and safety tips. Part Two describes trout streams and lakes in southwestern New Mexico: the Gila National Forest, Pinos Altos Range, Black Range, Mogollon Creek System, San Francisco River system, and Blue River. Part Three is devoted to the waters of the Sacramento Mountains, Zuni Mountains, and the Rio Grande. All descriptions of major drainages include a chart listing the location, available maps, elevation, length, best times to fish, fish species, and fishable tributaries. A map accompanies each drainage system. The authors offer directions to the streams and lakes, describe both main stems and fishable tributaries, and offer tips on how best to fish them. An appendix describes the important aquatic insects of the Gila National Forest.

Chronicles of the Fists

The Complete Series
Author: Joseph J. Bailey
Publisher: Joseph Bailey
ISBN: 0989458261
Category: Fiction
Page: 1350
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Yip Chi Chuan, a young martial and spiritual ascetic, must flee as the only home he has ever known, the ancient monastery of the Priests of K'un Lun, is destroyed by a newly ascendant extradimensional evil. Cast out and alone, Yip strikes out on a quest spanning the breadth of his home world of Ea'ae and into the greater macroverse beyond in an attempt to unseat an all-consuming Darkness rooted in his once vaunted order's distant past. Will Yip, the last of his kind to walk the wide world beyond his fallen sanctuary, succeed where his mighty brethren failed in ages past? Unfortunately for Yip, the answer appears all too clear... Without the guidance and teachings of his lineage, pursued by malevolent supernatural agents of the Cabal, unable to fully defend himself in a world steeped in magic, his quest may fail before it ever begins. Unfazed by his limitations, guided by his inner vision and direct experience of the energies of life, the radiant chi suffusing and enlivening the world all around, he is determined to triumph where others have faltered. To win forward, he will need help...but first he must survive. A blend of Western fantasy and Eastern martial arts and mysticism, the Chronicles of the Fists is an epic trilogy recounting Yip's adventures against all odds. Edited by Ashley Davis, Priestess of K'un Lun Tags/Related Terms: Coming of age, young adult, ya, trade, fantasy, sff, sf, sf, asian, japan, china, science fiction, magic, martial arts, meditation, religion, war, adventure, alternate history, ancient text, chinese, doctrine, doctrine, gardens, government, hierarchy, hierarchy, high fantasy, invasion, love, martial, mmpb, modern fantasy, morality, mysticism, oriental, philosophical, political, power, religious orders, speculative, speculative fiction, strategy, temple, Shadow's Rise, Shadow's Descent, Lords of Light, Chronicles of the Fists, Joseph J. Bailey, chi, qi, magic, qigong, chi kung, chi gung, fantasy, sorcery, action, adventure, epic, book, books, epic fantasy, high fantasy, sword and sorcery, martial arts, wuxia, internal alchemy, meditation, haiku, ebook, ebooks, writing, writer, author, authors, novel, novels, trilogy, series, magical, humor, satire, nerd, nerds, rpg, rpg's, wizard, wizards, warrior, warriors, evil, geek, self-help, sorcery, mage, mages, fantasy, tropes, memes, roleplaying, sword, swords, comedy, magic, magical, jest, joke, elf, elves, elfs, elven, elfin, fey, mmo, mmorpg, d&d, dragons, dragon, Dwarf, Dwarfs, Dwarves, Dwarven, hero heroes, heros, villain, villains, fun, Gnome, Gnomes, Gnomish, guide, guides, manual, manuals, technowizard, technowizardry, Paratechnology, tinker, tinkering, steampunk, science, clockwork, technology, technological, metaphysical, metaphysics, metaphysicist, monk, monks, kung fu, wu shu, karate, poetry, knight, knights, arcane, divine, abyss, Cabal, tao, Taoism, zen, Buddhism, shaolin, asia, Asian, spell, quest, adventure, mystic, master, alchemy, neigong, nei kung, neigung, nae gong, demon, daemon, shadow, shadows, void, peace, enlighten, enlightenment, realization, kensho, satori, insight, shikanataza, koan, haiku, fiction, literature, novel, novella, paladin, light, holy, holy sword, Light, Indural, Yeren, Dracodaeran, Dracodin, K'un Lun, Priest, Priests, Priest of K'un Lun, Maeth Onai, fang shi, Bor'Banna, Darkness, Tides of Darkness, Return of the Cabal, Ascension of the Four, Ea'ae, seal, seals, extraplanar, planes, dimensions, extradimensional, supernatural, supramundane, Yip, Aroganji, Wrindanneth, Slate, Spreesprocket, beard, mustache, tome, treatise, Fists, Flaming Fists, Four, the Four, the Fists, faerviage, airship, gate, portal, Tellanon, Illdrassil, yuan qi, yuan-chi, yuan chi, celestial, celestial qi, life, energy of life, one light, ka, dalaren ka, Joe Bailey, Joseph Bailey, Joseph J. Bailey

The Tenderness of Wolves

A Novel
Author: Stef Penney
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416571302
Category: Fiction
Page: 371
View: 1979

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When her teenage son disappears in the aftermath of a brutal murder, a determined mother sets out from her snow-covered nineteenth-century settlement to find him, an effort that is hampered by vigilante groups and the harrowing forces of nature. A first novel. Winner of the 2006 Costa Book of the Year. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

A Very Simple Crime

Author: Grant Jerkins
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101444762
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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A twisting debut novel of murder and dark family secrets from a riveting new voice in crime fiction. A murdered woman. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped adult with a history of violent outbursts. A very simple case. Or is it? Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA once blamed for setting free a notorious child-killer, is eager to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs below the surface he discovers more than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed wife, a husband who'd do anything to escape his disastrous marriage, and an accused young man with no apparent means of defense. But with each shocking new revelation, Leo is only led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable trap of blood bonds and twisted family secrets.