"In this remarkable journey, Mark Woods captures the essence of our National Parks: their serenity and majesty, complexity and vitality--and their power to heal." --Ken Burns Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter. But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.
This is the emotional story of a young man's search for paradise at the turn of the century. He travels with his family from Eastern Europe to South America, then to Hawaii, and finally to a permanent home in San Francisco. Tragic events, caused by both man and nature, alter the path of his journey; and in the aftermath his life is forever changed.
Written and illustrated by a 7-year-old, this book is a true story of Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa, a Pakistani computer prodigy who in 2004 at the age of nine, became the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. This not only surprised her family, the management of the institute but also bewildered the Microsoft team. Bill Gates was so impressed by her that he invited her to the company's US headquarters. She has multiple awards and achievements that are discussed in this book. She wanted to graduate from an Ivy League school and work as a software developer. Unfortunately, she died in 2012, at the young age of 16, due to a heart attack. This book depicts how a child finds inspiration and courage to achieve something big.
An American Library Association Notable Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year:Twelve-year-old Arilla goes on a quest to discover who she is and where she fits into her family—and the world Arilla Adams is tired of being the moon to her older brother’s sun. Sixteen-year-old Jack has rejected being part of an interracial family and identifies only with his Native American heritage. But Arilla, also part African American and part Native American, isn’t so sure where she belongs. She knows there are people who care about her. Old James False Face tells her stories. Her mom, who’s as beautiful as a queen, wants Arilla to learn to dance. And her classmate Angel Diovalad, the star of the girls’ basketball team, tells her secrets about the boy she loves, whom she meets with on the sly. Arilla also has secrets: She sneaks out to the roller rink to practice figure skating. And she’s afraid of horses. But she’s about to discover her inner courage on a daring rescue mission that will transform her relationship with her family and earn her the name Arilla Sun Down.
Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson's debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor's powerful testimony, and a love letter "to those who lie awake burning."
Recounts how Maui uses his magical powers to slow the path of the sun across the sky, thus allowing crops more time to grow, fishermen more time to fish, and children more time to play.
Thomas feels like he doesn't fit in with the rest of the kids in his neighborhood because he is tall, has red hair and freckles, and likes to dress as a cowboy. But by the end of one unusual day, Thomas learns that it's OK to be just who you are and that a friend accepts you as you are.
Every year Maui makes and often tops travelers' lists of the best islands in the world, and it's not just because of the great resorts and golf courses. Perfect beaches, green rain forests, and dramatic cliffs, along with spectacular marine life and rich Hawaiian culture, make Maui irresistible. EXPANDED COVERAGE: New restaurant listings highlight the best local favorites as well as top resort restaurants. Also included are the latest updates on nearby Lanai, now owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, who plans to make the island a model of sustainability. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: It's easy to plan a vacation for any interest using the book's Top Experiences and Great Itineraries sections; best bets for restaurants and lodgings; water-activities comparison chart; top beaches list; and tips for families and for weddings and honeymoons. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Maui ebook edition offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS: Our experts' hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their Maui stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.