Description : We all come to crossroads in our lives where a step in one direction or another can dictate the rest of our time on the planet. It can happen just once for some, or like Stephen and his son Terry, it can happen often and each time they make a choice they are half a chance to make the right one. If it is wrong then the next choice even though it may be fuelled by alcohol or drugs may be a little more complex, and so it goes, life unfolds and we take what we get. Half a Chance is just one such story of a family influenced by everything that was Australia from the 1950's through to the 1970's. The good and the bad, the ecstatic highs and the dreadful lows, to survive all this is their challenge as life goes on.
Description : A moving middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of Rules. When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough. As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives...including her own.
Description : Sir Charles and lady, and Sir Charles' party have expressed, Captain Macpherson, the desire to obtain permission to visit the prisoners' deck.Captain Macpherson looked toward Sir Charles and his lady, the other passengers lounging around them, a little girl, at the rail, her hair, blown windward, a splash of gold against the blue sky. What for? Said the skipper bruskly.
Description : Presents the author's techniques and philosophy on training horses, advocating a concept of the "passive leader" as the preferred approach which results in horses that are more dependable and responsive to their riders.