Viviana Pacheco is five years old when she sees footage of the first moon landing on television. A year later, the circus comes to town and Viviana's life will never be the same again. Set in on Colombia's Atlantic Coast, The First Colombian in Space imagines the life of a child who attends a Funky Frog Children's Club. The Funky Frog Clubs exist to help churches reach out to the children in their communities with the love of Jesus. All the proceeds from the sale of this short story will go towards the work of the Vive Foundation and the Funky Frog Clubs.
Short stories by the author of The Great Gatsby, including the Jazz Age classic “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” Bernice is pretty but awkward—she can’t dance, flirt, or hold her liquor. When her sophisticated cousin, Marjorie, finally decides to help the poor girl, the results are dramatic—suddenly the boys are interested in Bernice. Too interested, thinks Marjorie. So she decides to play a cruel trick—but Bernice gets the last laugh. First published in the Saturday Evening Post, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is a classic tale of the Jazz Age and just one of the highlights of this classic story collection. Other gems include “The Ice Palace,” “The Cut-Glass Bowl,” and “The Offshore Pirate,” a delightfully clever story about a spoiled young girl who falls in love with an unlikely suitor. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) was a Polish-born writer who learned to write in English in his twenties. He is best known for his stories and novels with a nautical setting, depicting the struggle of the human spirit against a detatched and wholly inscrutable universe."The Brute" is the tale of a jinxed ship, a ship which seems to have its own malevolent personality. A ship which deliberately murders its own crew and passengers...
“Seven perfect short stories” from the award-winning author of Antarctica—“a writer who is instinctively cherished and praised” (The Guardian, UK). Claire Keegan’s brilliant debut collection, Antarctica, was named a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and earned her resounding accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. She continues her outstanding work with this new collection of quietly wrenching stories of despair and desire in modern-day Ireland. In “The Long and Painful Death,” a writer awarded a stay to work in Heinrich Böll’s old cottage has her peace interrupted by an unwelcome intruder whose ulterior motives emerge as the night progresses. In the title story, a priest waits at the altar to perform a marriage—and battles his memories of a love affair that led him to question all to which he has dedicated his life. And in “Dark Horses,” a man seeks solace at the bottom of a bottle as he mourns both his empty life and his lost love. A masterful portrait of a country wrestling with its past and of individuals struggling toward their futures, Walk the Blue Fields is a breathtaking collection from “that rarest of writers—someone I will always want to read,” and a resounding articulation of all the yearnings of the human heart (Irish Times).
Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling fashion) highly moral Anglo-Indian boy who becomes enmeshed the "the Great Game" - the competition between Britain and Russia for control over Asia. Taking time off from his role as the traveling companion of an aged Tibetan lama, the boy is trained as a spy, matches wits with various evildoers, and wins out in the end. So much more than just a spy story, Kim is one of the most enjoyable books that you will ever read - or have read to you.
'Pere Goriot' is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat, Rastignac, come to Paris from the provinces to make his fortune, who befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters. The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for money
“Snow-White and Rose-Red” is a German fairy tale. The best-known version is the one collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 161.Snow-White and Rose-Red are two little girls living with their mother, a poor widow, in a small cottage by the woods. Fair-haired Snow-White is quiet and shy and prefers to spend her time indoors, doing housework and reading. Dark-haired Rose-Red is outspoken, lively and cheerful, and prefers to be outside. They are both very good little girls who love each other and their mother dearly, and their mother is very fond of them as well...
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