Perfect for fans of Amulet, Sidekicks, and Zita the Spacegirl, this graphic novel series debut introduces Stretch and Brella, a pair of ordinary brothers whose extraordinary yard sale discovery turns them into superheroes Tuck and Hudson are just two average suburban brothers—until their mother buys them a scarf and an umbrella at a yard sale. Quickly, the brothers realize that these ordinary-looking objects are full of magic, and that, with the help of their squirrrothers realize that these ordinary-looking objects are full of magic, and that, with the help of their squirrel sidekick, they can use that magic to fight evil. As the boys move from fighting their neighborhood nemesis to facing bigger foes, they become Stretch and Brella, the unstoppable brother superhero duo. Soon, Stretch and Brella find themselves in another realm, where they take on enormous dragons and an evil knight in an incredible graphic novel adventure.… read more
Graduation season is upon us and children, teens and young adults everywhere are getting ready to take that next—and very big step—in their lives. Whether your kids are getting ready to go to school for the first time or saying goodbye to school for the very last, this time of year is full of emotions, especially for parents. As we aim to arm our kids with all the knowledge and inspire them as much as we can, we also know that sometimes the best encouragement can come from none other than a wonderful book. Books about graduation are not only written to rouse good feelings and spark creativity, but also are meant to calm those jitters about the impending future. Whether your little one is embarking on the their first days of kindergarten or your 20-something is jetting off into the adult world all on their own, these 12 books aim to excite, energize and shed a light on what lies ahead. Congrats grads!
National Donut Day is June 7 and while we are totally looking forward to indulging in a donut (or two), we also love the idea of celebrating the delicious treat all year round! While places like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts will be handing out free donuts to customers, you can also score some great donut gear with these 10 awesome donut-themed gifts. From pool floats to shoes and even a mini-donut maker, we've got you covered for this sweet day and beyond!
It's no secret that moms struggle with looking well-rested, and the reason is that they just simply aren't! Whether you have a newborn, a teen or anything in between at home, chances are you are not getting as much sleep as you should. And while we advocate for resting and self-care, sometimes it's just not possible. That's why taking care of your skin is of the utmost importance. Lack of sleep can make your skin dull and make your fine lines more pronounced, but these 10 amazing anti-aging products will give your skin the boost it so badly needs. Do you know what the best part is? It's that they are all under $25 at Walmart! These moisturizers, serums, cleansers and more will help moms fight off wrinkles and make it look like they got a full night's sleep!
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To mark the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup on June 7th, we've stepped away from the sidelines to select the coolest soccer gear that your girl is sure to get a kick out of on and off the field. "We're so excited for the Cup, as it is a great reminder of not only why we love the sport of soccer, but it is a showcase some of the best athletes in the world – strong, positive female role models for young girls," says Katy Slater, Director of Product Development for Soccer Shots. "Participating in soccer provides girls with the opportunity to set tangible goals and work to achieve those goals. Being able to see themselves work hard and accomplish something builds self-confidence on the field and in life."
We've rounded up the best gear guaranteed to score some major cool points for mom and dad. Check out these fab finds to help your soccer star make some smooth moves.
Whether it's kindergarten, elementary school, high school or college, watching someone you love takes that next step in their future calls for a party! After all that hard work, your graduate deserves a celebration to remember. We've rounded up 10 great graduation party decor ideas to make it the best fete ever! From banners to cupcake toppers, these decorations are sure to send your graduate off in style!
Forget trying keeping those emotional Real Housewives calm and collected, Bravo TV host and new dad Andy Cohen has learned a thing or two about how to soothe his four-month-old baby boy, Benjamin thanks to a few fabulous finds he discovered soon after his short stint on the job. "As a first-time dad, I was a little overwhelmed with what products my son and I would need. I'm still figuring out this maze of parenthood, but I wanted to share my list of essentials (for baby and me!)."
As the proud pop and scores of dads get set to celebrate their first Father's Day, Cohen has teamed with Amazon to compile a list of his must-haves to make life easier for fellow parents. Put that Prime account to good use and be sure to stock up your nursery and have Cohen's favorite baby items delivered to your door before they're all gone!
If it's time to purchase your child a phone, you need to know your options. Whether you're getting a beginner phone for your elementary-aged kid or upgrading to a more high-tech phone for your teen or tween, here are the best options.
One scroll through your Instagram feed, and you will be sure to see a baby (or two) next to a chalkboard or letterboard sign that rattles off his or her milestones. Parents everywhere are proudly displaying their baby's height, weight, likes and dislikes each month, and while the trend is everywhere, we don't see it going away anytime soon. Plus, with stars like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend hilariously trolling themselves with a stat sign, they have become more popular than ever. Here we've rounded up the best stat signs to document your growing baby.
The prequel to the number one bestselling Attack on Titan and winner of the Diamond Gem Award for best manga continues! KEEP YOUR ...FRIENDS CLOSE As the days dwindle before the Survey Corps' last chance at an expedition, the need to train with their new... read more
Liz works for Cam, an entrepreneur who owns businesses all over Australia. Usually Liz is cool and composed on the job, but this t...ime she's in trouble. The woman who was supposed to escort Cam to a party that night cancelled at the last minute! Cam... read more
Et si Wonderland, le pays des merveilles, existait…Dans la réalité, Alice est une icône sex & drugs & rock n’roll, que ses excès o...nt menée où elle se trouve aujourd’hui, entre la vie et la mort, entre rêve et réalité... Au pays des merveilles, la... read more
Step into the Bestiary for all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device and its guardians! This first issue contains the start of a six-...part serial written by Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT) and Ben Meares (HELLRAISER ANNUAL 2013), and drawn by... read more
Perfect for fans of Amulet, Sidekicks, and Zita the Spacegirl, this graphic novel series debut introduces Stretch and Brella, a pa...ir of ordinary brothers whose extraordinary yard sale discovery turns them into superheroes Tuck and Hudson are just two average suburban brothers--until their mother buys them a scarf and an umbrella at a yard sale. Quickly, the brothers realize that these ordinary-looking objects are full of magic, and that, with the help of their squirrel sidekick, they can use that magic to fight evil. As the boys move from fighting their neighborhood nemesis to facing bigger foes, they become Stretch and Brella, the unstoppable brother superhero duo. Soon, Stretch and Brella find themselves in another realm, where they take on enormous dragons and an evil knight in an incredible graphic novel adventure. read more
Fans of Amulet, Zita the Spacegirl, and Hilo will love this second volume in the Secondhand Heroes graphic novel series. Two ord...inary objects turned a pair of brothers into superheroes. Now they must fight the evil Trench right in their own neighborhood. When Tuck and Hudson return from their first adventure as the superheroes Stretch and Brella, they’re still reeling from the shock of their newfound powers. But there’s no time to slow down. Trench, a supervillain whose powers came from the very same garage sale where Tuck and Hudson found their magic scarves and umbrella, lives around the corner—and he’s out to get the brother superhero duo. With help from their squirrel companion, Steen, and another newly minted superhero, a neighborhood girl named Elvira, the brothers keep fighting the good fight, with plenty of action and adventure along the way. read more
Two ordinary objects turned a pair of brothers into superheroes. Now they're banding together with their neighbors to take down th...e evil Trench once and for all in the final volume of this graphic novel trilogy.Tuck and Hudson have figured out how to wield the superpowers they got when their mom bought them an ordinary-looking pair of scarves and an umbrella at a yard sale. But Trench, their supervillain archnemesis, is only getting more powerful. Slowly, the brothers have discovered the others in their town who have superpowered objects from that same yard sale. Now Tuck and Hudson, along with their friend Elvira and their squirrel sidekick, Steen, are leading a band of heroes in the fight against Trench. This final volume of the graphic novel adventure series features the heroes' last stand, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. read more
Two ordinary objects turned a pair of brothers into superheroes. Now they're banding together with their neighbors to take down th...e evil Trench once and for all in the final volume of this graphic novel trilogy. Tuck and Hudson have figured out how to wield the superpowers they got when their mom bought them an ordinary-looking pair of scarves and an umbrella at a yard sale. But Trench, their supervillain archnemesis, is only getting more powerful. Slowly, the brothers have discovered the others in their town who have superpowered objects from that same yard sale. Now Tuck and Hudson, along with their friend Elvira and their squirrel sidekick, Steen, are leading a band of heroes in the fight against Trench. This final volume of the graphic novel adventure series features the heroes' last stand, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. read more
This poignant coming-of-age story is set against the verdant landscape and sultry atmosphere of the Florida KeysBen Floyd has a lo...t on his mind. In only eighteen months he will be old enough to get a learners permit to drive, but that seems a lifetime away. Ben enjoys the close-knit group of friends in his small neighborhood, but lately he has been longing for a taste of adventure. Keeping an eye on his younger brother Cody is getting to be a big responsibility. And he is confused by complicated feelings he has for his lifelong friend, Cass.An unexpected turn of events finds the Floyd family in the Florida Keys over Christmas vacation and offers Ben a welcome opportunity to escape the neighborhood routine. Here he meets Mica, an independent, strong-willed girl who lives a nomadic life aboard a boat with her marine biologist father. Mica teaches Ben and Cody to fish, sail, and snorkel, and together they explore the interior canals and coastal waterways. But Ben soon realizes that adventure sometimes brings danger, and that at the center of Micas seemingly charmed life lies a mysterious loneliness.Young readers will relate to Bens conflicting feelings and growing restlessness as they experience this realistic, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous portrait of adolescence by award-winning author Adrian Fogelin. read more
Originally serialized online in 2008 with a readership of over 60,000, Secondhand Memories pioneered the Japanese cell phone novel... phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a moment in history and re-envisioning technology, youth culture, community and literature. The unique fusion of simple haiku-like poetic technique and prose narrative together forms a coming-of-age journey about Seiji and Aoi: high school sweethearts, who are separated by a tragic chasm of frozen time. As the rest of the world moves on, Seiji discovers that life is more complicated than he thought - and that the heart and mind is quite vulnerable to change. The novel contemplates the meaning of growing up, love, loss and sacrifice. read more
Perfect for fans of Amulet, Sidekicks, and Zita the Spacegirl, this graphic novel series debut introduces Stretch and Brella, a pa...ir of ordinary brothers whose extraordinary yard sale discovery turns them into superheroesTuck and Hudson are just two average suburban brothersuntil their mother buys them a scarf and an umbrella at a yard sale. Quickly, the brothers realize that these ordinary-looking objects are full of magic, and that, with the help of their squirrel sidekick, they can use that magic to fight evil. As the boys move from fighting their neighborhood nemesis to facing bigger foes, they become Stretch and Brella, the unstoppable brother superhero duo. Soon, Stretch and Brella find themselves in another realm, where they take on enormous dragons and an evil knight in an incredible graphic novel adventure. read more
Secondhand Summer begins in Ninilchik, a tiny Alaskan community where the Barger family fishes for salmon. The father's death forc...es a move from their homestead to an apartment in a poor section of Anchorage. Written in the first person and based on the authors own experiences, the tale is about Sam, a fourteen-year-old boy who loved the homestead fishing life he left behind. Like most kids his age, his physical abilities and his imagination exceed his judgment and knowledge.The story focuses on the boys adventuresome adjustments to the big city, the loss of his father, and becoming a teenager. Sams new friends lead him on forays into vandalism, petty theft, and trespassing. An abandoned nightclub, which Sam and his friends take over as their fort, absorbs Sams attention and energy as an escape from an adult controlled world, but his time runs out when the teenagers take over. By the end of the summer, Sam loses his club, one of his new friends, and his idealism, leaving him feeling forever changed as he enters seventh grade, both wilder and wiser. read more
'. . . A debut novel by Dan L. Walker, a lifelong Alaskan and former schoolteacher who lives near Seward. Set in 1965 and loosely ...based on Walker's own experiences, it tells of Sam Barger, a 14-year-old from Ninilchik whose fisherman and homesteading father dies, prompting his mother to move the family to Anchorage. While innumerable Alaska novels -- for kids and adults -- follow characters from the city into the wilds, 'Secondhand Summer' goes the reverse direction. Sam finds himself torn from a remote cabin overlooking Kachemak Bay and in a low-rent apartment on Government Hill. Unaccustomed to the city and largely unsupervised as his mother works long hours, he heads for the streets to figure out life on his own. Sam falls in with some rough kids including Taylor, a bully and instigator, and Macek, a would-be tough guy with an inferiority complex that has him ping-ponging between lashing out at others and getting pushed around. Sam also meets Billy, a mostly good kid with a penchant for mischief, whose mother has left him in the care of his grandmother while his father is in Vietnam. The four boys start pushing their boundaries and, as the summer progresses, find their way into serious trouble. Walker has written this in the first person and Sam's voice reminded me at times of the narrators in S.E. Hinton's classic stories of troubled adolescents such as 'The Outsiders' and 'Rumble Fish.' While the gang activity Hinton focuses on is absent here, the sympathy for the struggles of kids on the wrong side of the tracks is similar. This well-plotted and believable story for teens will also appeal to adults and is one of the best novels I've read all year, northern-themed or otherwise.' --David James, Alaska Dispatch News read more
A moving novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love, for fans of Everything, Everything and All the Bright Places....Jonny knows better than anyone that life is full of cruel ironies. He's spent every day in a hospital hooked up to machines to keep his heart ticking. Then when an organ donor is found for Jonny's heart, that turns out to be the cruelest irony of all. Because for Jonny's life to finally start, someone else's had to end.That someone turns out to be Neve's twin brother, Leo. When Leo was alive, all Neve wanted was for him (and all his glorious, overshadowing perfection) to leave. Now that Leo's actually gone forever, Neve has no idea how to move forward. Then Jonny walks into her life looking for answers, her brother's heart beating in his chest, and everything starts to change.Together, Neve and Jonny will have to face the future, no matter how frightening it is, while learning to heal their hearts, no matter how much it hurts.(Features select graphic novel illustrations from Jonny's sketchbook.) read more
A moving novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love, for fans of Everything, Everything and All the Bright Places.... Jonny knows better than anyone that life is full of cruel ironies. He's spent every day in a hospital hooked up to machines to keep his heart ticking. Then when an organ donor is found for Jonny's heart, that turns out to be the cruelest irony of all. Because for Jonny's life to finally start, someone else's had to end. That someone turns out to be Neve's twin brother, Leo. When Leo was alive, all Neve wanted was for him (and all his glorious, overshadowing perfection) to leave. Now that Leo's actually gone forever, Neve has no idea how to move forward. Then Jonny walks into her life looking for answers, her brother's heart beating in his chest, and everything starts to change. Together, Neve and Jonny will have to face the future, no matter how frightening it is, while learning to heal their hearts, no matter how much it hurts. (Features select graphic novel illustrations from Jonny's sketchbook.) read more
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Introducing Orly Gel FX + Orly lacquer duo kits matched to our best-selling Orly shades, these new duo kits are the perfect pair!O...rly Gel FX is a vitamin infused gel manicure system that is kind to the nail plate, cuticles and skin. The inclusion of... read more
Camille OBrien is one of Baltimores best detectives, but she has a secret. A secret only a few knowshe sees and speaks to the dead.... So when teenage runaways start turning up brutally raped and murdered, only her special connection with the dead can help her and her partner, Jimmy, solve this case. However fate has much in store for Cam when a mysterious and intriguing stranger enters her life and heart, but an obsessed and crazed stalker threatens their delicate new bond. And faced with the unusual connection with a victim, Cams life is forever changed. As Cam delves deeper into the case, her abilities begin to change and she realizes she cant trust anyone, including herself. Will she stop this madman before he kills again? Or will the next body in the morgue be hers? read more
It's New Zealand, 1914, and the Great War is raging on battlefields in Europe. King and Country are calling! William eagerly enlis...ts for the army but his younger brother, Edmund, is opposed to the whole idea of war and he refuses to join up.While William trains to be a soldier, Edmund is arrested and put in prison as a conscientious objector. Both brothers discover that the shocking realities of war are a far cry from what they had imagined.And what they experience challenges each of their tightly-held beliefs to the maximum.This book is a triple award-winner by acclaimed New Zealand writer of YA fiction, David Hill.'...there are stories that need to be told over and over again, to introduce a new generation of readers to important ideas and to critical times in their country's history...' --New Zealand Post Book Awards'Real, raw ... and fabulous all at the same time.' --Adele Broadbent, writer/reviewer'Beautifully written and deeply engrossing...' --Otago Daily TimesDavid Hillis one of New Zealand's leading writers for children and young people. He studied at the Victoria University of Wellington and initially became a high school teacher, teaching both in New Zealand and the UK. David's books have been published internationally and his short stories and plays for young people have been broadcast worldwide.He has won numerous awards for his writing in New Zealand and overseas and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. read more
Find out what happens when long-lost son Tucker Cahill returns home to face the demons from his past in the next Cahill Ranch nove...l, HERO'S RETURN, from New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels! The prodigal Cahill is back.The discovery of a brutal murder is just the beginning... Tucker Cahill destroyed everything he touched. He disappeared from Gilt Edge, Montana, to become a better man. But time never erased the past and when a teenage girl's remains and a mysterious stranger are found on his family's ranch--he has no choice but to face his demons. The truth that sent him running years ago could take away his freedom now. Serena Culbertson came to town in search of a killer. What she finds is a tortured and irresistible man who's not what he appears. Unconvinced that Tucker is a cold-blooded murderer and drawn deeper into twisted game that's not over yet, she must prove his innocence. If she doesn't, the consequences may prove fatal for them both. read more
DEBUT SOLO NOVEL FROM THE CO-AUTHOR OF DEAD SIX. Air Force weapons expert Mike Kupari, co-author of Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, an...d Alliance of Shadows offers up science fiction action and adventure on a grand scale. When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet. It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny. But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood. It seems Catherine's brother, the heir to the Blackwood fortune, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood's plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom by a fearsome local warlord. Augustus, knowing his daughter is the only one who can be trusted to return his son safely, swallows his pride and hires Catherine to bring her brother home. Catherine takes the job--but it won't be easy. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making. About Her Brother's Keeper "After cowriting Dead Six and Swords of Exodus with Larry -Correia, Kupari makes his solo debut with this space opera that is bound to attract fans of Mike -Shepherd's Kris Longknife series or Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War books. An excellent choice for both teen and adult sf readers."--Library Journal "[P]age-turning action . . . may be Kuperi's best book yet."--Galveston County Daily News "A big, sweeping space adventure, with heroic characters you care about. Mike Kupari is an awesome storyteller."--Larry Correia read more
What if you suddenly had everything you thought you wanted? Would your life be perfect? Or would something still be missing?When C...hristines powers stop working, she is lost. But she soon realizes that she can now lead the normal life shes wanted for the last year. However, she soon discovers that normal isnt all its cracked up to be. She is bored and frustrated, especially when her friends leave her behind to chase down a dangerous and mysterious villain who may or may not be Christines grandfather. Christine knows she cant sit on the sidelines while her friends put themselves in danger to protect her. She knows that no matter what, she needs to get her powers back. So, she sets out on a journey across the country to find the one person who can possibly give them back to her: Quinn. What she discovers though, is that the M.H.D.A.s plot runs much deeper than she believed. Smith and his minions have been amassing an army, and in their ranks, Christine sees more than a few familiar faces. Will Christine make a deal with the devil to get her powers back? Or will she watch as Smith and Quinn destroy the world? read more
Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he's a basketball star, his high school classmates keep their distance. They h...ave picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can't escape his father's history. Hal Creed was one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And he's been asked to join the League -- the very organization of superheroes that disowned Hal. But joining the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes:* Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger, * Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch, * Ruth, a wise old woman who can see the future. Together these unlikely heroes become friends and begin to uncover a plot to kill the superheroes. This groundbreaking and widely acclaimed novel read more
Are we responsible for the well-being of our neighbors and our friends and family? Obeying the command of God is detrimental in ou...r efforts to reap, eternal life. I have attempted to share my efforts from personal experiences through the power of the Holy Spirit guiding my actions. The Psalm, in 37:25, says, I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread (NKJV). The author, Andrew Earl Stafford, took years to chronicle his experiences for over seventy years as he interprets how the Holy Spirit guided him to be a leader to his family, community, and nation in sharing the presence of God in our everyday lives. Andrew became aware of the presence of God at an early age as he observed how God protected and provided for his mother, Maezell, who in the 1940s, turned down welfare because she viewed it as a trap to create dependence, rather than an opportunity to succeed. Four boys and one girl to raise, Maezell was told by the welfare department that she could not own a car because it was considered a luxury. Well, Maezells response was that, she needed a car to transport her children to school, besides, she worked at a laundry until she retired. Their father, Clifford, after leaving the navy, had no choice but to try and earn a living playing baseball in the, Old Negro Baseball Leagues. His absence from the family created a situation of divorce. Though they face possible economic challenges, Maezells goal was to make sure all of her children finished high school. They all did, and most with honors and all with perfect attendances. Andrews book covers his struggles in poverty, racism, family, society, and in the realm of spiritual warfare. Although you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, theres no reason to fear evil. Andrew learned firsthand how God will empower each of us to make this world a better place to live if we are willing to wait on him. read more
In a story that parallels today's political and social unrest, there are no taboo subjects. Readers will follow the sexual and pol...itical evolution of a gay activist and his husband's quest for the White House. Washington shenanigans, rabid politicians, relentless media, social change and the remedy for today's non-functioning legislature are fair game. In Chapter 1, Marine Corps fighter pilot Lt. Ricardo "Rocky" Chambers receives the Medal of Honor in the White House East Room. Rocky is the man most men would like to be and the epitome of what many women want. But things are not always as they appear. A searing scene between Rocky and the president, rife with sexual tension, shows readers immediately there is no looking away from this dynamic character.Flashback to Rocky's high school years, idyllic until a forbidden love and its tragic loss take his life down a painful road. Through sexual discoveries, sports and military success, corporate maneuverings, political intrigue and, ultimately, love, Rocky learns his heroism and prowess do not clear a path for happily-ever-after. Adversaries are lying in wait, ready to destroy what they covet and hate.Startling, surprising and dramatic scenes, blended with characters one really cares about, make this debut novel a must read.Everett Hale: Perfectly timed for the 2020 election! The author grabs hold of today's politics, social issues, and diversity. Hugely poignant and entertaining. Strayve weaves chapter after chapter into a page-turning web of action, reality, suspense, and reason. There'd better be a sequel! Elena Bazhenova: Gender neutrality in the White House! Finally! I hated and loved the characters so artfully crafted. It was easy to embrace humanity, strengths, and frailties rampant in all the characters. There are heroes and villains with shocking agendas all their own. Rocky, my favorite, is full of surprises and a guy I would so like to meet. Does this kind of guy really exist? Somewhere? Michael Norton: Politics! Great Politics and an insightful perspective on what could be. Politicos and social advocates will put this novel on the top of the trending list. The run for president is a captivating rollercoaster ride. The NYC experience spun me around as did the end of the book. DO NOT read ahead. You'll be glad you stayed with the story and saved the ending for the end. Super read! read more
Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his... girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea--except that everything seems very wrong.Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on? Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all--including Leo--related to a god. read more