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The Orpheus Obsession
Dakota Lane
0060741732
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 10 Up–This lyrical, angst-filled story of a 16-year-old girl's obsession with a musician will appeal to teens looking for an edgy love story. Anooshka Stargirl lives in a small New York town with her mentally unstable mother; her father left long ago, and her beloved older sister, ZZ Moon, lives in New York City. Moon introduces her to the music of a 21-year-old singer called Orpheus, and Anooshka feels an instant sense of connection. In one of the novel's several too-good-to-be-true coincidences, she immediately stumbles upon a photo shoot during which she meets Orpheus and gets his autograph. Soon she is consumed by the performer's lyrics and spends hours reading the journal entries on his Web site. She seeks him out in person and convinces herself that their developing...


The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream
Paulo Coelho
0062502182
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who...



The Orpheus Obsession
Dakota Lane
0060741740
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 10 Up–This lyrical, angst-filled story of a 16-year-old girl's obsession with a musician will appeal to teens looking for an edgy love story. Anooshka Stargirl lives in a small New York town with her mentally unstable mother; her father left long ago, and her beloved older sister, ZZ Moon, lives in New York City. Moon introduces her to the music of a 21-year-old singer called Orpheus, and Anooshka feels an instant sense of connection. In one of the novel's several too-good-to-be-true coincidences, she immediately stumbles upon a photo shoot during which she meets Orpheus and gets his autograph. Soon she is consumed by the performer's lyrics and spends hours reading the journal entries on his Web site. She seeks him out in person and convinces herself that their developing...


The Greatest Salesman In The World
Og Mandino
055327757X
January 1983
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
The Greatest Salesman in the World is a tiny book, and it is a treasure. First published in 1968, Og Mandino's classic remains an invaluable guide to a philosophy of salesmanship. Mandino's clear, simple writing style supports his purpose: to make the principles of sales known to a wide audience. A parable set in the time just prior to Christianity, The Greatest Salesman in the World weaves mythology with spirituality into a much needed message of inspiration in this culture of self-promotion. Mandino believes that to be a good salesperson, you must believe in yourself and the work you are doing. It is a simple but profound spiritual philosophy about how to succeed in the world's marketplace, easily understood and easy to take to heart. --Jodie Buller

From AudioFile
The power...


2012 : The Return of Quetzalcoatl
Daniel Pinchbeck
1585424838
May 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Pinchbeck, journalist and author of the drug-riddled psychonaut investigation Breaking Open the Head, has set out to create an "extravagant thought experiment" centering around the Mayan prophecy that 2012 will bring about the end of the world as we know it, "the conclusion of a vast evolutionary cycle, and the potential gateway to a higher level of manifestation." More specifically, Pinchbeck's claim is that we are in the final stages of a fundamental global shift from a society based on materiality to one based on spirituality. Intermittently fascinating, especially in his autobiographical interludes, Pinchbeck tackles Stonehenge and the Burning Man festival, crop circles and globalization, modern hallucinogens and the ancient prophesy of the Plumed Serpent featured in his subtitle. His description of...


Strange Happenings

0152057900
May 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8 These stories vary in tone from grimly humorous to quietly ironic to stately formal. In The Shoemaker and Old Scratch, a tightfisted tradesman tries to outwit the Devil, but discovers too late that Satan has many guises. In Bored Tom, a boy wants excitement, so when a talking cat offers to switch places, he agrees but then the cat refuses to switch back. Curious combines sports and science fiction. Jeff wants to know more about the Alien, the mascot for the local baseball team particularly since no one seems to like it or to know how it was employed in the first place. Babette the Beautiful and Simon incorporate folkloric elements. After her queen mother asked a wise woman for a flawless baby, Babette is born invisible. Mirrors are banished from the land, and no one will admit that the princess...


Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah
Richard Bach
0440204887
October 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda--former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar....

In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places--like hay fields,...


The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
James Redfield
0446671002
September 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Find out for yourself why virtually everyone you know has this book, described as an "adventure in pursuit of a spiritual mystery", on their coffee table. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan.

From Publishers Weekly
Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine...


Zenda and the Gazing Ball
Ken Petti
0448432234
Mar 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6–Zenda lives on Azureblue, a planet where each youth receives a gazing ball that reveals his or her lifelong magical skill. She participates in a scheme to peek at hers before the ceremony and it shatters. With sound guidance from her parents and a helpful psychic, she figures out how to start restoring it and finds the first of the 13 crystal fragments. Zenda is a likable yet flawed heroine, tending toward poor decisions and histrionics, but able to accept reasonable consequences. The authors set a brisk pace, keeping the focus on the protagonist and her story. Although this book doesn't have the dense atmosphere of many successful fantasies, it does have a lighthearted quality that affirms the girl's sense of intelligence and responsibility. Zenda is for those who prefer a fantasy with a New...


Just a Couple of Days
Tony Vigorito
0970141947
September 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
You are invited to the party at the end of time... An ambitious and exuberant antidote to the end-of-the-world blues, Just a Couple of Days has established itself as the underground classic of this generation. Hilarious, poignant, and delightfully subversive, this visionary satire of the apocalypse has been called "a Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century." If words could dance, this is the story they would tell.

From the Inside Flap
WINNER, BEST VISIONARY FICTION, Independent Publisher Book Awards "Tony Vigorito's brilliant novel is a Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century, a witty and wise end-of-the-world romp that manages to be optimistic - even joyous - yet cynically dystopian at the same time. Just a Couple of Days is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing....


Mutant Message Down Under
Marlo Morgan
0060926317


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From Publishers Weekly
Morgan's much-hyped first novel, a fictionalized account of a "walkabout" she took in the Outback with a group of Aborigines, gains from the use of authentic detail, although the storytelling is hindered by the author's heavy New Age agenda and incessant cultural proselytizing. A 50-ish alternative health practitioner from the American Midwest, Morgan was working with underprivileged Aborigine youths in the inner cities of Australia when a group of Aborigines offered her a chance to learn firsthand about their culture. Morgan's account of the tribe's customs, healing methods, food-finding tactics, etc. is absorbing, and her willingness to forgo Western luxuries and to relish the experience is courageous and touching. Less compellingly, the author claims that she was "chosen" by the Aborigines to tell the rest of...


Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
James Redfield
044651862X
March 1994
Hardcover
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Book Review
Find out for yourself why virtually everyone you know has this book, described as an "adventure in pursuit of a spiritual mystery", on their coffee table. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan.

From Publishers Weekly
Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine...


A New Dimension
Cassandra Westwood
0448432544
Mar 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
Reviewed with Ken Petti's Zenda and the Gazing Ball.Gr. 4-7. Gazing Ball sets the scene: children on Azureblue receive gazing balls at birth, but the powerful balls, which reveal 13 messages about a child's destiny, are locked away until a child is 12 1/2 years old. Headstrong Zenda can't resist sneaking in to look at the balls, and when she handles hers, it shatters into 13 pieces that immediately disappear. A desperate attempt to recover the shards nearly ends in disaster before Zenda comes to understand the consequences of her actions and mysteriously receives the first shard and its magical message. In A New Dimension, Zenda is mysteriously transported to a parallel world where all her problems appear to have been solved. Unfortunately, that's not quite the case, but Zenda learns from her mistakes...


The Secret of Shambhala : In Search of the Eleventh Insight
James Redfield
0446676489
November 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Author James Redfield takes readers to the mountains of Tibet in search of the mythical place called Shambhala, otherwise known as Shangri-La. Like his previous bestselling books, Redfield holds the tension between an adventure travel story (in this book, armed Chinese soldiers doggedly pursue him) and divine encounters. Rather than preach his spiritual beliefs, Redfield likes to portray himself as a naive pilgrim, receiving wisdom and insights from the various guides and teachers he meets on his metaphysical journeys.

Shambhala is indeed a paradise, just as it was lovingly portrayed in the famous James Hilton novel Lost Horizon. It is also a spiritual utopia, and Redfield takes great pleasure in pondering the possibilities of living in a culture that is entirely "focused on the life process." Residents explain their...



Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom
1401308589
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures...


The Crystal Planet
Ken Petti
0448432552
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
When Zenda visits her cousins on the planet Crystallin, she is dazzled by this sparkling world of jewels. It's amazing to spend time on a world so unlike her own. The brilliant jems and dazzling people around her almost make Zenda forget about her own special gift for working with plants. But Zenda's talents are called upon when a shocking event helps her remember that all that glitters is not gold.


The Little Soul And The Earth I'm Somebody!: A Children's Parable Adapted From Conversations With God (Chil)
Neale Donald Walsch, Frank Riccio (Illustrator)
1571744517
August 2005
Hardcover
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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, December 2005
Filled with truly stunning artwork. Read with children and use as a means of discussing what we believe and why.

Book Description
The collaborative team that brought you The Little Soul and the Sun (Hampton Roads, ISBN 1-57174-087-2, 1998) returns with an uplifting follow-up. The first book in a new series of Little Soul adventures, The Little Soul and the Earth finds our favorite little soul being asked by God to return to Earth in order to "experience who he really is." Walsch’s first picture book, The Little Soul and the Sun, has sold more than 120,000 copies. Walsch, who has authored more than 20 books, is the bestselling author of The Conversations with God series. Frank Riccio is the Parents’ Choice Award-winning illustrator of...


J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and the Complete Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King/Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
0345340426
October 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Hobbits and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in Paradise Lost), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring. The four books' characters--good and evil--are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast...


Lost on Aquaria
Ken Petti
0448432560
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Zenda's school is taking a weekend trip to Aquaria, one of Azureblue's watery moons. Everyone else is excited about the trip, but Zenda can't shake the terrible feeling that something bad is going to happen. Sure enough, Zenda finds herself separated from the group with her nemesis, Alexandra. The two girls must put aside their differences to brave the dangers of Aquaria-as well as escape from the mysterious monster born of their own doubt and fear. Besides finding her musings, Zenda must also find her way home-but first, she must confront her fears.


Celestine Prophecy: A Pocket Guide to the Nine Insights
James Redfield
0446912069
September 1996
Hardcover
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The Thin Place : A Novel
Kathryn Davis
0316735043
January 26, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Davis stretches relationships over centuries and species in this loopy follow-up to her historical, Versailles. When three schoolgirls come upon a seemingly dead neighbor, Mr. Banner, prostrate on the beach, he is revived by the uncanny spiritual powers of one of the girls, Mees Kipp, a strange fatherless waif who is also able to communicate with dogs. The narrative's point-of-view jumps among various characters (including a dog) as Davis explores the teeming, deceitful, hidden lives of the small church-going community and teases out its history via the journal of a late 19th-century schoolmarm who harbors a secret passion. (She perished with her pupils in what has become known as the Sunday School Outing Disaster; the 1870s tragedy still haunts the town.) Meanwhile, in the Crockett Home for...


The Impossible Butterfly
Cassandra Westwood
0448432579
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
It’s back to school for Zenda and upon her arrival in the classroom, she finds two surprises waiting for her. One is a new classmate named Willow, who is friendly, sweet, smart, and instantly popular—and Zenda feels threatened. The other is a butterfly of impossible beauty that Zenda must care for. But when Zenda has trouble with her butterfly, will she have the strength to put her jealousy aside and turn to Willow for help?


Opening Love's Door : The Seven Lessons
Diana Kirschner
0595333869
December 13, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
"An extraordinary self-help book that reads like a romantic adventure."
--Jana Nestlerode, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, West Chester University

Luscious dreams of love plague Janna, a dedicated therapist who gives all to her clients and little to herself. Only when a husky male client begins following her, does she seek out help--in the form of the mysterious and magical Raphaela Love.

Raphaela teaches Janna seven life-altering lessons. As Janna takes on the first lesson, Fear Lights the Way to Mastery, she faces the stalker, confronts her incestuous uncle and midwifes the death of a loved one. These courageous steps are part of a momentous journey out of her ordinary, constricted reality and into Raphaela's world of unlimited possibilities.

"Fear is the signal, the alpha point, while mastery...



A Test of Mirrors
Cassandra Westwood
0448432587
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
It’s the night before the gazing ball ceremony and Zenda has yet to recover her last two musings. Desperately wishing to escape from her problems, Zenda finds herself in a strange dimension where she must undergo a test. Does Zenda have what it takes to pass the test and receive her last two musings?


El alquimista: Una f¿bula para seguir tus sue¿os (The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream)
Paulo Coelho
0062511408
September 1994
Paperback
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Book Description

La mÁgica historia de Paulo Coelho, que trata sobre Santiago, un niÑo pastor andaluz que viaja en busca de un tesoro material, nos enseÑa la importancia que tiene el saber eschuchar lo que nos dice el corazÓn, a aprender a leer los presagios dispersados por el camino de nuestras vidas y, sobre todo, a seguir nuestros sueÑos.El Alquimista, ahora por primera vez disponible en EspaÑa en Norte America, ha sido aclamado en EspaÑa y en America Latina como una de las novelas mas importantes de la dÉcada.

Language Notes
Text: Spanish (translation)
Original Language: Portugese

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Zenda 7
Ken Petti
0448437457
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Zenda has finally retrieved all the pieces of her gazing ball, but her journey is far from over. Thrust into a new school and new-coed-social situations, Zenda finds herself facing many of the challenges of a typical tween. She also has discovered that in addition to her kani, she has the power to read people's auras! Will Zenda be able to balance the strain of growing up as well as growing psychically stronger?

About the Author
Ken Petti and John Amodeo live in New York, New York. Cassandra Westwood lives in Pearl River, New York.


My Ishmael
Daniel Quinn
0553379658
October 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this sequel to Quinn's controversial best seller, Ishmael, the telepathic gorilla has another pupil intent on saving the world: 12-year-old Julie Gerchak.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews
Another irresistible rant from Quinn, a sequel to his Turner Tomorrow Fellowship winner, Ishmael (1992), concerning a great, telepathic ape who dispenses ecological wisdom about the possible doom of humankind. Once more, Quinn focuses on the Leavers and Takers, his terms for the two basic, warring kinds of human sensibility. The planet's original inhabitants, the Leavers, were nomadic people who did no harm to the earth. The Takers, who have generally overwhelmed them, began as aggressive farmers...

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