Control. Jealousy. Isolation. Blame. Anger. Violence. The inspiring true story of a young woman who suffered a terrifyingly abusive relationship culminating in a horrific acid attack from the man who claimed to love her. Adele was just 23 years old when she was scarred for life by an acid attack arranged by her ex-boyfriend, Anthony. The attack left her partially bald, and she lost her right ear. This was Anthony´s attempt to stop her from ever being attractive to another man - a final act of control over her and the horrific end to a terrifying case of domestic abuse. The acid attack came after she had ended her relationship of several years with Anthony Riley, the man who said he couldn´t live without her. Riley was convicted in October 2015 and was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years in prison. This is Adele´s brave story, the story of one woman´s incredible fight to recover from the most appalling injuries and to decide that she would not be controlled. She would be strong. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Talulah Greggs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002589/bk_hcuk_002589_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A beloved sculpture is stolen by an acid-spitting rock creature in Barcelona. A smart, brave 13-year-old girl deals with her father’s ditzy girlfriends in Seattle. A doleful sandstone gome battles wolf hounds and guard geese at Cragganbogle Castle on the Western Isles of Scotland. When Finnley and Hadley’s seventh-grade class is invited to spend a vacation in Spain, these unlikely events are drawn together into an adventure filled with more danger, weird food, snooty popular girls, underground cave cities, and evil bog witches than they could have hoped for. Can they survive the Rock Pit of Torture and Justice, attacks by a cloud of midges and dive-bombing bonxies, and the embarrassment of Hadley’s mother’s naked Druid dance under the midsummer moonlight? Only if their scruffy, rude, ill-tempered companion, Wullie, can do the impossible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David K. McCulloch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115893/bk_acx0_115893_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting first tale of the Lock and Key trilogy about the origins of the rivalry between literature´s most famous enemies - Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty - told from the perspective of James´ observant little sister, Moria. Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes (´´Lock´´ to his friends). An heirloom Bible donated by the Moriarty family more than 100 years ago has gone missing, and it doesn´t take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal. The school is on lockdown until it´s found, strange clues keep finding their way to James, and a secret society lurks behind it all. It´s a brave new reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. As Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says, ´´This tale will change the way you see Sherlock Holmes and leave you dying to know more´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicola Barber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005577/bk_harp_005577_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE ? Winner of The New York Public Library´s Helen Bernstein Book Award ? ´´A new classic of science reporting.´´-The New York Times The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of New Jersey´s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town´s namesake river. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn´t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND KIRKUS REVIEWS ´´A thrilling journey full of twists and turns, Toms River is essential reading for our times. Dan Fagin handles topics of great complexity with the dexterity of a scholar, the honesty of a journalist, and the dramatic skill of a novelist.´´-Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies ´´A complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller.´´-NPR ´´Unstoppable reading.´´-The Philadelphia Inquirer ´´Meticulously researched and compellingly recounted . . . It´s every bit as important-and as well-written-as A Civil Action and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.´´-The Star-Ledger ´´Fascinating . . . a gripping environmental thriller.´´-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ´´An honest, thoroughly researched, intelligently written book.´´-Slate ´´[A] hard-hitting account . . . a triumph.´´-Nature ´´Absorbing and thoughtful.´´-USA Today