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1850s Rome. Goffredo, Sandor, and Eleonora, selfless idealists fighting for Italian unification, find a medallion after a violent face-off with French soldiers on the last day of battle for the new Italian Republic. The medallion is connected to an elusive treasure which, if found, could help the French Emperor Napoleon III secure his place in history. Ignorant of these connections, and desperate for money, the three friends consider having the medallion melted down; but circumstances have it otherwise. Meanwhile, Eleonora, Goffredo, and Sandor continue their fervent fight for freedom: first in Italy, on the side of Garibaldi, Margaret Fuller and Cristina Belgioso, and then in America in the Civil War wherein they re-find themselves years later. Meanwhile, Eleonora and Sandor fall in love; but only Eleonora and Goffredo get married. And through it all, they keep finding themselves in strange moments of danger which connect them to the medallion. They live the rest of their lives in an uncertain truce masked in the mystery contained in the medallion—a mystery finally resolved in the twenty-first century by their great-great granddaughter, Angie Cebrelli. The source of the mystery goes back to a caste of Northern Italian merchants who specialized in moving trade-route gold and silver from one place to another, and in lending credit at trade fairs in Europe between 12th and 15th centuries: What town or city, in the Western World today, doesn't have a Lombard Street to remember them by? And yet they were not from Lombardy but from Piedmont—a peaceful Barolo-wine-producing area, the casane and the Monferrato; that dynasty once ruled the world, achieving its zenith of power under Pope Boniface I, the benevolent ruler of Constantinople in the immediate aftermath of its brutal sacking by Crusaders in 1204. Previously, only Boniface I and the casane were aware of the existence of an ancient treasure—a fragment of Alexander the Great's last treasure buried nearby with the Roman Emperor Aurelian. This is the treasure that comes to light in Rome in the 19th century. 2008s America. Angie Cebrelli, wearing her inherited medallion during a Gettysburg Civil War reenactment, receives a bullet in the arm. A photo of her medallion is found a few days later in Rome next to the mutilated body of Father Kevin, a priestly scholar of Ancient Art and a student Mithraism, a lost religion. She joins forces with the unconventional Italian police detective, Filippo Dardanoni, who has been tailing her for clues about the priest's murder. Moving in on the treasure for reasons of its own, Dardanoni has to also deal with the dangerous and powerful Vatican Bank. Questions: Who will find the treasure? Can it be right under our noses and us not able to touch it?.

Juvenile Fiction

The Apprentices | Maile Meloy

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Two years have passed since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary’s defiant son who stole her heart. On the other side of the world, Benjamin and his father are treating the sick and wounded in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. But Benjamin has also been experimenting with a magical new formula that allows him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When Benjamin discovers that she's in trouble, he calls on their friend Pip for help. The three friends are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while unraveling the mystery of what threatens them all. Acclaimed author Maile Meloy seamlessly weaves together magic and adventure in this breathtaking sequel with stunning illustrations by Ian Schoenherr..

Language Arts & Disciplines

Immersion Education | Dr. Diane J. Tedick,Donna Christian,Dr. Tara Williams Fortune

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This volume builds on Fortune and Tedick’s 2008 Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education and showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program design, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and indigenous programs. Contributors present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Questions explored include: What possibilities for program design exist in charter programs for both two-way and indigenous models? How do studies on learner outcomes lead to possibilities for improvements in program implementation? How do existing policies and practices affect struggling immersion learners and what possibilities can be imagined to better serve such learners? In addressing such questions, the volume invites readers to consider the possibilities of immersion education to enrich the language development and educational achievement of future generations of learners..


The Virgin of the Wind Rose | Glen Craney

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A mysterious Templar code has eluded scholars for centuries. Does the key to unlocking its explosive message lie buried with Christopher Columbus? Rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane was never much good at puzzles. But now, assigned to investigate the ritual murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, she must solve the world's oldest palindrome—the infamous SATOR Square—to thwart a religious conspiracy that reaches back to the 15th century and a secretive monastic order of Portuguese sea explorers. Separated by half a millennium, two espionage plots dovetail in this breakneck dual-narratives thriller, driven by history's most closely guarded mystery.... ... the shocking secret that Columbus took to the grave. If you're a fan of monastic cryptography, secret societies, relic heists, and esoteric conspiracies, don't wait to join the search for The Virgin of the Wind Rose. What readers are saying: "Impeccably research, high velocity! . . . If you love Steve Berry, Dan Brown or Umberto Eco, you may have a new author favorite in Glen Craney." -- BEST THRILLERS "An exciting journey across time, with more twists and turns than a strawberry Twizzler.... Highly recommended." -- QUARTERDECK MAGAZINE "Grips you in its teeth and whirls you through history... Naturally this novel will be compared to the books of Dan Brown but the quality of writing in The Virgin of the Wind Rose has the edge for me." -- ROSIE AMBER REVIEWS "Fantastic and enthralling.... [W]ill keep you glued to your couch. Most certainly a tour-de-force." -- DAVID BEN EFRAIM, QBR REVIEWS "I stayed up all night to finish this great read and was left wanting more... Mr. Craney is a master of holding back and building the suspense." -- ONE BOOK SHY OF A FULL SHELF "Move over, Dan Brown!" -- SWEET MYSTERIES * * * Books and Benches Magazine Book-of-the-Year Finalist * * * * * * indieBRAG Medallion * * *.


Secrets in the Stones | Tessa Harris

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Within the mysteries of the body, especially those who have been murdered, 18th-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone specializes in uncovering the tell-tale clues that lead towards justice... Newly released from the notorious asylum known as Bedlam, Lady Lydia Farrell finds herself in an equally terrifying position--as a murder suspect--when she stumbles upon the mutilated body of Sir Montagu Malthus in his study at Boughton Hall. Meanwhile Dr. Thomas Silkstone has been injured in a duel with a man who may or may not have committed the grisly deed of which Lydia is accused. Despite his injury, Thomas hopes to clear his beloved's good name by conducting a postmortem on the victim. With a bit of detective work, he learns that Montagu's throat was slit by no ordinary blade, but a ceremonial Sikh dagger from India--a clue that may be connected to the fabled lost mines of Golconda. From the mysterious disappearance of a cursed diamond buried with Lydia's dead husband, to the undying legend of a hidden treasure map, Thomas must follow a trail of foreign dignitaries, royal agents--and even more victims--to unveil the sinister and shocking secrets in the stones... Praise for The Devil's Breath "Excellent...Both literally and figuratively atmospheric, this will appeal to fans of Imogen Robertson's series during the same period." --Publishers Weekly (starred review).


The Stones of Resurrection | Tameri Etherton

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Otherworldly portals. Mysterious powers. Evil hungrily awaits her return. Taryn’s simple life is all she’s ever known. Living above a busy London pub with her grandfather, they’re ripped from their reality and plunged into a strange world to jumpstart an ancient prophecy. And when he’s killed defending her from a vicious intruder’s magic, Taryn’s left nearly alone… and forced to trust a rugged savior. Rhoane has one job. Sworn to protect the young woman who has returned to fulfill her destiny, the assassin dare not let his feelings get in the way of her training. But he knows the time will come when she accepts her power and recognizes he’s her fated mate. As Taryn learns her life on Earth was a lie, she must unlock her hidden talents to save an entire world from destruction. And though Rhoane will show no mercy to anyone who stands in her way, he fears her biggest threat comes from the family she has never known. Will the destined pair rise to stop the annihilation of a vast kingdom? The Stones of Resurrection is the enthralling first book in the Song of the Swords fantasy series. If you like ensemble casts, intense action, and dark family sagas, then you’ll love Tameri Etherton‘s epic tale. Buy The Stones of Resurrection to step into a deadly new realm today!.


The Time of the Dark | Barbara Hambly

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A California medieval scholar is pulled into a far-off magical world—and a fight to save mankind—in this novel by a New York Times–bestselling author. As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat. Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help. For mankind to survive he must protect an infant prince, whom he plans to hide in Gil's world. The student of history is about to get much closer to evil than she ever imagined. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection..


Scared to Death | Rachel Amphlett

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Dead Inside (Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller, Book 1) | Noelle Holten

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‘Hugely confident ... harrowing, visceral ... recommended’ Ian Rankin ‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons ‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole 'Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning series – from a huge new talent..


Nauti Nights | Lora Leigh

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Second in a hot and naughty trilogy from the author of Nauti Boy. Angela Knight says, "When I'm in the mood for steamy romance, I read Lora Leigh." So do readers who devoured the author's first novel in the Mackay Cousins trilogy, Nauti Boy. Now, in Nauti Nights, Leigh delivers an even hotter tale of a Kentucky marine who'll anything to get the woman he wants. Luckily for him, she wants it bad. James "Dawg" Mackay has lusted after sweet Crista for years. Just as many as she's spent running from him-and from a dangerous attraction. But for Crista, running isn't an option anymore because Dawg's got a plan to get her and keep her. It's kind of low-down-but completely hot..