Violence was a way of life for the girls of Mott Middle School in the South Bronx. Some woke up to it at home, and others dodged it on the way to school. Vicious physical fights broke out in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms. These girls filed their fingernails into sharp points because they had to be ready to go at any time. Then a new coach joined the ranks at Mott Middle, and a new program began: girl's softball. Astacio offers the girls the time and attention they need to take their first steps to success. As they learned to throw, hit and field, they also dealt with the foul balls life threw at them: unwanted pregnancies, abusive boyfriends, and unsupportive families. But the biggest challenge they faced was learning to think and act like a team, not just a bunch of fierce girls against each other—and the world. Lady Tigers is a story of coming together with faith, courage, and new-found values to overcome fear, violence, and doubt. These girls have ushered in a new confidence and pride not only in themselves, but in their school, the faculty, and their friends. And while not all of them have continued down this new path, many are now the first in their families to go to college and are beginning to see how being a Lady Tiger will always be a part of their lives.
In this alternative guide to Magick for Pagan city folk, the authors include practical recommendations not found anywhere else in a tone that is humorous and irreverent but full of serious information.
"Maria's school has a concrete playground with concrete walls. Her cousin's school in the country has grass and trees. Maria thinks it's time her class did something to change their school"--Back cover. Suggested level: primary.
New York City's Detective Schaefer has seen it all, from domestic murders to drug-gang executions. But Schaefer's never seen the Big Apple awash in so much blood as tonight, with flayed bodies hung like meat being cured for mealtime. When Schaefer has a close encounter with one of the murderers, he realizes he's run into something much bigger than the police suspect. Can even the toughest cop stand up to the ultimate hunter? Penned by screenwriter Mark Verheiden (_Smallville, Heroes, Battlestar Gallactica, Falling Skies_), _Predator: Concrete Jungle_ is the hit comics sequel to the blockbuster film and the beginning of the long-running Predator comics franchise.
Nia loves to dance around. She'll bust a move to any sound! She'll dance to any noise she hears, like construction workers in her ears. She loves tap, breakdancing, and hip hop too! But most of all she loves her concrete jungle boogaloo!