Triple Spies by Roy J. Snell, Fiction, Action & Adventure
Johnny Thompson dreamed of the Russians battling in the night, the Japanese girl, and the line of footprints through the endless snow . . . and now he woke with a sense of peril tugging at his heart. His first blurry thought was that the aperture above him had in some way darkened -- and now what he saw there made his heart pause and his eyes bulge.Directly above him, poised for a drop, was a vicious looking hook. With a keen point and a barb fully three inches acroabove him, poised for a drop, was a vicious looking hook. With a keen point and a barb fully three inches across, and with a shaft of half-inch steel driven into a pole three inches in diameter and of indefinite length, it could drive right through Johnny's stomach, and pin him to the planks beneath. And, as his startled eyes stared fixedly at it, the thing shot downward!… read more
As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
Subscription boxes are the perfect gift for the fun-loving kiddos in your life. With options including everything from science to cooking, kids will love receiving their very own monthly packages filled with fun activities and toys. Don't know which subscription to choose? Read on to discover 12 of our favorites.
Learn why the Parenting.com editors (and hundreds of reviewers) can't stop raving about the Molekule air purifier. Spoiler alert: Not only does it clean the air like never before, but it's also off-the-charts stylish. Parents, this is one nursery essential you won't want to miss.
There are times when we don't want glitter or ruffles or confusing designs splattered all over our kids' clothes. That's why we love Primary. Their clothes are basic and simple and can be worn over and over again. Another reason we love Primary? They're also making Halloween easy by inspiring parents to take matters into their own hands to create clever and adorable DIY Halloween costumes without having to pick up a needle and thread. Best of all, the costumes can have a second life—the hoodie your little guy wore for his dragon costume can be the same hoodie he wears to school the following week — minus the scales, of course. Scroll to see our favorite Primary DIY costume picks, along with details on how to make them and where to buy the essential pieces.
Summer vacation means one thing: Your yard is about to become a sea of kids' toys that have found a new home in the outdoors. If you're struggling to keep up with the chaos, shop this list of genius finds from Houzz that make staying organized a breeze.
Whether you're looking for baby bottles to help prevent colic, sturdy glass baby bottles, soft silicone bottles or something in between — we've rounded up the very best baby bottles for newborns
Between the swollen ankles and that growing belly, pregnancy is no joke! Don't limit yourself to restricting pants and try these comfy maternity leggings instead.
Much like the still-hot onesie trend favored by bump-free fashionistas for the past few years, maternity rompers and jumpsuits are all the rage with the mother-to-be set as well. Casual, elegant, sporty and most importantly — comfortable! — these all-in-one outfits are nothing but versatile and especially easy to wear. Check out this collection of maternity one-piece jumpsuits; there's something chic for every mama at every phase of her pregnancy.
Send your kids off to class in style this fall with the trendiest back-to-school clothes from Zappos. From Mamma Mia-inspired bell-sleeves to World Cup-approved casual wear, these latest looks will have them dressing to impress all year long.
This school year will be even more incredible than the last with the help of the Incredibles 2 gang. From backpacks to lunch time all of your back to school essentials are covered.
You signed your aspiring wide receiver up for football. Now what? Finding the best football cleat that's touchdown-worthy—no pressure. Don't worry, Nike has you covered when it comes to providing a reliable cleat and safety gear that you'll need to get your little athlete's football career started.
Choosing a reliable football cleat for your child can help prevent injuries and further their ability to achieve their goals at such a young age. Whether your active kiddo dreams of being the next Carson Wentz or Rob Gronkowski, start from the ground up. Be sure to choose a cleat that gives their ankles the support they need, helping them look and feel good on and off the field. Not only will you find your child in the end zone quite frequently while wearing the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 Football Cleat, but you'll also feel like a true winner knowing your player is safe and secure breaking through tackles and jumping for interceptions.
When school's out for summer and your kids are home during those long, hot days, sometimes a cool treat is just what you both need. But why not make an activity out of that afternoon snack and get your kiddos involved in the kitchen? From popsicles to hand pies, here's our top kitchen gadget picks for making summer treats with your kids.
Thinking of taking a trip to Adventure Bay? Does your little pup squeal with delight whenever her favorite rescue dogs help a friend in need? Whether you're a fan of PAW Patrol or just a parental bystander, those precious pups' paw prints are all over the fabric of your daily life. It's only natural that for your little one's birthday, she'd want to celebrate in a big canine way. So, we dug deep and took to the skies searching for the best PAW Patrol party ideas. Remember: No party is too big, no celebration too small. If you need the paw-fect party ideas just yelp for help — or read on for some inspiration. We're on the case!
Whether your child's school uniform is a sweater and khakis or a sweet dress, these classic pieces earn an A-plus for style.
Fitting in is very important when you’re young—whether you’re a kid or a colt. But what if you feel as if you’re different from al...l your friends? I Want to Be You is the illustrated story of Zip, a young horse who doesn’t look like the others. A yellow palomino, Zip stands out among the black and chestnut horses at his ranch. Although his family and friends assure him that his buttery coat is beautiful, Zip still feels out of place. Zip tries to change his color by rolling in mud and spilling paint on himself. Then he meets Cowboy Gus, who sees something special in the young horse. With Gus’s help, Zip discovers amazing talents that have nothing to do with his outward appearance. With lovely illustrations and a powerful message about self-confidence, I Want to Be You is the perfect story for any child who feels different. As Zip learns as he grows older, it’s not what’s on the outside that defines you—it’s what’s on the inside. Even though there may be times when you wish you were someone else, the best thing you can be is yourself. read more
Excerpt from The Pledging of Polly: A Farce in Two ActsEleanor. How about the rest of the dinner? You can hear the animals roaring... now. (sees nan just putting roast in oven.) Nan Carrington! It's no use putting that in now, it's half-past soup time.Char. It's a bit too late to cook anything. Let's follow that charming Japanese custom and serve them with raw fish.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more
Excerpt from The Overland Monthly, Vol. 11: January-June, 1888IT was nearly nine o'clock in the evening, and I had an all night's ...ride before me. The prospect was not' a cheering one, and somehow the proposed railroad to Fall River seemed to me just then the one thing Of all others most to be desired. I parted from my new friends with sincere regret that my stay was not longer. Who has not felt for hours after a farewell the warmth and stimu lus of hands that last clasped his?About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more
The Cyborg Jungle Monkeys were forced to leave their planet Trynor because it was filling up with dangerous gases. Many monkeys we...nt to other planets, but twelve of the monkeys from the planet Trynor used a spaceship to come to Earth and live hidden away in a forest. They lived quietly in the forest, then things started to change. read more
The political situation of the time is portrayed from different viewpoints, and the Scottish Highlanders are treated sympathetical...ly. If you ever read this tale, you will likely ask yourself more questions than I should care to answer: as for instance how the Appin murder has come to fall in the year 1751, how the Torran rocks have crept so near to Earraid, or why the printed trial is silent as to all that touches David Balfour. These are nuts beyond my ability to crack. But if you tried me on the point of Alan's guilt or innocence, I think I could defend the reading of the text. To this day you will find the tradition of Appin clear in Alan's favor. If you inquire, you may even hear that the descendants of "the other man" who fired the shot are in the country to this day. But that other man's name, inquire as you please, you shall not hear; for the Highlander values a secret for itself and for the congenial exercise of keeping it I might go on for long to justify one point and own another indefensible; it is more honest to confess at once how little I am touched by the desire of accuracy. This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams. read more
The prolific author set up the perfect crime with no idea how to solve it, and worked the case himself along with his fictional de...tective, Paul Harley. In Fire-Tongue, Harley sees a man die at the dinner table. (Something in the soup?) The detective's "uncanny sixth sense" tells him it was murder. But he can't prove it, let alone catch the killer. The trouble was, neither could Rohmer. And the story already had started running as a magazine serial! As Rohmer told it, he was desperately stumped when the magician and escape artist Houdini appeared at his door. Houdini slipped him - what else? - the secret way out. The story continues with all the clues, exotic suspects, slinky gowns, disguises, chases and resolutions that Rohmer's fans expected, and still find, in his fantastical fiction. read more
"You must fetch me a bottle of Carasoyn," says she, haughtily."And what is that?" asks the boy Colin, pleased that he has won the ...favor of the Queen of the Fairies, even if by accident."Why, it's the kind of wine that makes people happy!"The lonely Colin has grown up by his own wits -- and they have served him well so far! But this Queen is out to fool the boy . . . and can even the best human wits suffice in such a contest? read more
Written in 1906, BEFORE ADAM is a bit of a departure from London's other novels. Still an adventure novel, this one revolves aroun...d the dreams of a young boy, dreams that involve racial memories and the knowledge of his prior existence as a manlike creature named Big Tooth living in prehistoric times. "These are our ancestors, and their history is our history. Remember that as surely as we one day swung down out of the trees and walked upright, just as surely, on a far earlier day, did we crawl up out of the sea and achieve our first adventure on land." read more
WILL THIS YOUNG POET AMOUNT TO NOTHING? His Aunt Ann certai...nly thinks so. "Walter is a drain on your finances!" she states self-righteously. But Richard Colman, a farmer, doesn't think so. He loves his son, Walter Colman the young poet, and supports his ambition. Walter is his link to his dead wife. And besides . . . However Richard Colman's finances fail and the young poet must fend for himself. At first Walter finds some success -- but he meets the seductive Lufa and endures trouble. Should he return to the simple life of father, farmland and childhood friend Molly -- and his love of God Himself? Find out in this heartfelt parable of faith and art by the nineteenth century Scottish Christian master! read more
Some little friends of mine, named Girlie and Boy, have been there, however, and I can tell you, if you like, the way they went. T...his is the way to Why:Just go to bed and shut your eyesAnd count one hundred, one by one;Perhaps you'll find to your surpriseThat you're at Why when this is done.I say perhaps, because this only happens when you have been particularly good all day, and sometimes boys and girls are not quite as good as they -- but there, I won't say what I was going to, for I am quite sure that it would not apply to you. This is the way to Zum:Not when the moon is at its full,But just a tiny boat-shaped thing,You may see Pierrot sitting thereAnd hear the little fellow sing.If so, just call him, and he'll comeAnd carry you away to Zum.There, now, I've told you the way to go to both places! read more
Young Princess Irene, sent away to the country to be raised in a place nestled into the side of a mountain that's half farmhouse a...nd half castle, has stumbled into a conspiracy -- of Goblins! Really, Goblins! Their evil plot threatens the king and his palace and of course Irene and her friend and her great-great-grandmother (who is a witch, just for good measure). This book has been famous fun for generations, and you ought to come see why. Highly recommended. Jeffrey Holdaway, in the New Zealand Art Monthly, said that both books start out as "normal fairytales but slowly become stranger", and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll's work. read more
The whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language, were originally created for his own daughters. Gim...me the Ax decided to let his children name themselves. "The first words they speak as soon as they learn to make words shall be their names," he said. "They shall name themselves." When the first boy came to the house of Gimme the Ax, he was named Please Gimme. When the first girl came she was named Ax Me No Questions. And both of the children had the shadows of valleys by night in their eyes and the lights of early morning, when the sun is coming up, on their foreheads. And the hair on top of their heads was a dark wild grass. And they loved to turn the doorknobs, open the doors, and run out to have the wind comb their hair and touch their eyes and put its six soft fingers on their foreheads. read more
No more than the whispering suggestion upon the wind -- then the clear sense comes to Duncan's ears:The rushing of a horse across ...the heath -- with an odd tinkling, as of one loose shoe . . ."Tell me that was not what you heard!" says his nurse, when Duncan tells her. The youth is just making his way into the world -- heading to London to become a gentleman -- when this ill portent comes to his ears.The Portent is one of seven tales of mystery, imagination and the Scottish "second sense," by the northern master of the magical, George MacDonald. read more
The hero of the sun-drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field an...d wood. Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self-assurance and bravado fade with the light . . . and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign. Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night -- for within the depths of his fears he encounters a strange, beautiful creature who offers him comfort -- a girl, who is as much a creature of the dark hours as he is of sunlit days. Watching over both their lives is red-haired witch Watho -- who with guilt and malice in her heart first cares for the two youths -- then jealously plots their destruction! read more
In these vivid stories, London pits nature at its most extreme against men who must struggle violently to survive. Whether describ...ing ore cables strung across a valley in Sacramento gold-mine territory or the straining boards of ships battered by gales, London's eye for realism keeps his dramatic tales vivid and fresh -- even now, nearly a century after his death. read more
"I wud hae ye promise to merry me, Kirsty, come the time," says the young Francie Gordon to Kirsty; "and that ye ken as well as I ...du mysel!"Kirsty of Corbyknowe leads a simple life among the hills of Scotland, raised by a farming family and blessed with the patient wisdom of the country folk. Frank Gordon is of higher blood, his father having risen to military distinction -- as his widowed mother reminds him, keeping him from his lower-born childhood friend. Yet Frank knows his father would have approved: for Kirsty's father was his own father's best friend. read more
She had hair of yellow gold, waved and rippled; her skin was fair -- and her eyes were of the blue of the heavens when bluest; and... her features were delicate but strong -- her mouth large and finely curved and haunted with smiles.Her husband being away on a difficult mission for the court, Aurora, pregnant, takes lodgings in the castle of Watho -- the red-haired witch who longs to learn all that can be known about the world.When Aurora gives birth, Watho convinces her the boy was born dead, and then hides him away -- to raise in pitch darkness! read more
The Wise Woman kidnaps Rosamund beneath her immense cloak and takes her to a very strange cottage in the middle of nowhere. This c...ottage is bigger inside than outside and here the Wise Woman tries to teach the girl that she is not the center of the universe. Through a picture, Rosamond enters another world and changes places with another spoiled child, Agnes, daughter of a shepherd. Can either be saved from herself? read more
Blessed with quiet but keen dark eyes and a complexion given a white-rose tinge by the fresh Scottish air, Maggie MacLean has grow...n to learn and love the trade of her father, the village's soutar, or shoemaker.A friend of her childhood has returned, she learns -- James Blatherwick, home from Edinburgh, where he was a divinity student. Yet the proud young man speaking so ably from the pulpit has a secret -- one he almost conceals from himself.Then an even stranger arrival startles her, when she stumbles upon the crying bairn -- a baby, abandoned upon the moor. read more
This collection is named for Guy Boothby's "A Crime of the Underseas"; but there are other tales in this book as well -- "The Phan...tom Stockman," "The Treasure of Sacramento Nick," "Into the Outer Darkness" and "The Story of Tommy Dodd and 'The Rooster'.""Callingway was tracking an absconding Argentine Bank Manager, and, as it afterwards transpired, was, when we came in contact with him, on the point of getting possession of the money with which the other had left the country. Needless to say he was not a Government servant, nor were the Banking Company in question aware of his endeavors. Lastly there was myself, Christopher Collon, aged thirty-six, whose walk in life was even stranger, if such a thing were possible, than those of the two men I have just described. Had I been the possessor of a smart London office, a private secretary, and half a dozen corresponding clerks, I should probably have called myself a private detective . . ." read more
George Macdonald, the author of Phantastes and Lilith, provides a somewhat different tale, here, with the story of Hector Macintos...h, a young Scotsman, son of a banker, and a poet consumed by the ideal. But his verse is strictly private: "His mind would dwell much upon love and friendship in the imaginary abstract, but of neither had he had the smallest immediate experience." That is, until he meets Annie Melville, who takes service as a parlor maid in his household to help support herself and her mother. Annie is beneath his station -- but Hector is oblivious to such concerns. Under Annie's influence, he blossoms as a writer. But will he blossom into a man with the courage to let her know his feelings for her? And what might occur if he does? read more
She might call and shout, And no one about Would ever call back, "Who's there?"On the wide road leading straight into the country,... the wise old woman unfolds her cloak -- and releases from within its folds the Princess Rosamund.When the girl opens eyelids swollen from weeping, she sees nothing familiar. City and palace -- gone! Soon she and the wise old woman arrive at a cottage . . . one that seems to have a mind of its own -- to the infinite displeasure of the spoiled young girl! read more
From "The Strength of the Strong":Their heads were matted with uncut hair, long locks of which often strayed before their eyes, be...ady and black and glittering like the eyes of birds. They were narrow between the eyes and broad between the cheeks, while their lower jaws were projecting and massive.It was a night of clear starlight, and below them, stretching away remotely, lay range on range of forest-covered hills. In the distance the heavens were red from the glow of a volcano. At their backs yawned the black mouth of a cave, out of which, from time to time, blew draughty gusts of wind. Immediately in front of them blazed a fire. At one side, partly devoured, lay the carcass of a bear, with about it, at a respectable distance, several large dogs, shaggy and wolflike. Beside each man lay his bow and arrows and a huge club. In the cave-mouth a number of rude spears leaned against the rock. . . . read more
The Faith of Men is a short story collection originally published in 1904 and contains eight of Jack London's adventure tales, all... of them set in London's favorite milieu -- the Yukon Territory. "A Relic of the Pliocene" concerns a "homely, blue-eyed, freckle-faced" hunter named Thomas Stevens and his tracking and eventual killing of a prehistoric mammoth. "A Hyperborean Brew" also concerns Thomas Stevens and his schemes. "In Batard," an evil master makes a monster of an evil dog. read more
Young Ranald has three brothers, and many friends in the neighborhood. Ranald and his brothers hear the tale of the Kelpie, a myst...ical, terrifying monster, from their maid Kirsty, a Highland lass full of character and wonderful verve. The Kelpie appears in the boys' lives as a woman who supplants Kirsty's place in their household -- a terrible, but very human monster. As Ranald grows, he triumphs over this adversity and many others. This story of spiritual and moral growth is as charming as any of the great fantasist George MacDonald's less realistic tales. A tale of a boy's passage from childhood to young man, MacDonald's writing is as lyrical today as the day it was written. read more
When he had been at school for about three weeks, the boys called him Six-fingered Jack; but his real name was Willie, for his fat...her and mother gave it him -- not William, but Willie, after a brother of his father, who died young, and had always been called Willie. His name in full was Willie Macmichael. It was generally pronounced Macmickle, which was, by a learned anthropologist, for certain reasons about to appear in this history, supposed to have been the original form of the name. . . . One evening in winter, when he had been putting coals on his grannie's fire, she told him to take a chair beside her, as she wanted a little talk with him. He obeyed her gladly. "Well, Willie," she said, "what would you like to be?" Willie answered without a moment's hesitation . . read more