Stories exploring the fascinating realm of Elfhome, a world where modern-day Pittsburgh has collided with the kingdom of the Elves. A special entry in the best-selling Romantic Times Sapphire award-winning Elfhome series. Contains some of Wen Spencer´s best shorter works, including the gems ´´Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood´´, ´´Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden´´, ´´Peace Offering´´, and more tales set in the world of best-selling Elfhome series entries: Tinker, Wolf Who Rules, Elfhome, and Wood Sprites! Pittsburgh: a sprawling modern Earth city stranded in the heart of a virgin forest on Elfhome. Sixty thousand humans, 20,000 black-winged tengu, 10,000 elves, an unknown number of invading oni, four unborn siblings of an elf princess, three dragons, and a pair of nine-year-old geniuses. For every story written, there´s a thousand others not told. Lives interweave. Fates intersect. People change one another, often without realizing the impact they´ve made on others. They come together like a mosaic, little pieces creating a greater picture. Project Elfhome tells the stories of those impacted by Tinker and Windwolf, as they struggle to make Pittsburgh a safe haven. Some of the characters are familiar: Stormsong, Pony, Blue Sky, and Lain. Others are new to listeners. Law forages for wild plants and fish to sell to elf enclaves. A social misfit, she drives a 100-year-old Dodge, has a pet porcupine, and saves damsels in distress in her spare time. A mysterious phone call sets her on a collision course with danger, as she races to save a young female elf. Jane Kryskill is the producer for the popular TV series Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden. She spends her days keeping her host, Hal Rogers, from getting himself killed as he takes on man-eating plants. She´s not happy when the network drops famed naturalist Nigel Reid and his cameraman in her lap to film Chased by Monsters. Olivia i 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Eby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026825/bk_adbl_026825_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The minute the school bus carrying Nate Chance and his little sister, Junie, pulls up in front of his family´s farmhouse, Nate can tell something´s terribly wrong: Somehow his father has been wounded by a gunshot. Nate sees him stagger across the yard, then watches as the police take him away.Then, nothing. Nobody in the family will say what happened, or where Nate´s dad has gone. At school, his best friend, Larry, won´t talk to him, and kids whisper that his dad´s a ´´psycho´´. Back home, police keep showing up with questions for his mom; and then there´s Junie, worried that Mom will sell her beloved pony and counting on her big brother to figure out a way to reach their dad.But the science fair is coming up, and Nate has a plan. If he can just win first prize with his amazing cloud chamber project, he´ll get to go to the state finals, near the hospital where his dad´s been locked away. And since it was his dad who taught him to love science, and the stars, it seems like maybe the magic of the cloud chamber can bring the family together again, too.Too bad he has to work on it with the weirdest, most unpopular girl in school, Naomi, with her goofy hair and nutty idea that the two of them should be best friends. The craziest part is, she just might be right. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Johnstone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000247/bk_lili_000247_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reporter Dave Davies and Aaron Copeland biographer Howard Pollack on this edition of Fresh Air. Dave Davies talks about Philadelphia and next week´s Republican National Convention. He´ll talk about what the city did to get the convention, what image the city is trying to project, and what the city is doing to prepare for the delegates, the protestors, and the media. Davies will also talk about the current controversy surrounding the Philadelphia police. Davies is a long time reporter in the Philadelphia area. He covers City Hall and city politics for the Philadelphia Daily News. Biographer Howard Pollack is the author of Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Copland´s birth. Though Copland was Jewish, gay, and raised in Brooklyn, his work came to personify the American West, with such well known compositions as Billy the Kid and Rodeo. Copland also wrote Appalachian Spring, and Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland also wrote the film scores for The Red Pony, and The Heiress. Pollack is professor of music history and literature at the University of Houston. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000760/rt_whyy_000760_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.