Meet Charlie, Katie, Grace, Jamila and Ellie - they're five best friends and they've just joined the Brownies! When the 1st Badenbridge Brownies decide to hold a dance event to raise awareness for a local children's charity, it's Grace's moment to shine. She offers to plan a special dance routine which will be performed in different locations around Badenbridge. All the Brownies spend every spare moment practising, but will the girls learn the steps in time?
After years of peace, China has awakened. Slowly, it has grown in power, extending its sphere of influence beyond the Asian continent. Now, it has launched a final assault against the only possible obstacle to world domination...The United States of America.
Faster, higher, stronger: winning words are those that inspire you on to Olympian goals. From falling in love to overcoming adversity, celebrating a new born or learning to live with dignity: here is a book to inspire and to thrill through life's most magical moments. From William Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, our most popular and best loved poets and poems are gathered in one essential collection, alongside many er known treasures that are waiting to be discovered. These are poems that help you to see the miraculous in the commonplace and turn the everyday into the exceptional - to discover, in Kipling's words, that yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.
One hundred years ago, a Russian physician named Nicholas Russel (alias Nikolai Konstantinovich Sudzilovskii) stormed the Golden State from San Francisco to Soapweed and penned an unvarnished account of campers and cranks, country dances and cutthroat capitalism. Russel's testy travelogue - entertaining, outspoken, often outraged, sometimes outrageous - was unearthed a century later in a Moscow archive by Stanford historian Terence Emmons, who oversaw its translation. Emmons's further inquiry into Russel's bizarre background yields the portrait of a man whose cantankerous spirit eventually led him into a dogfight with the Russian Orthodox Church, election to the presidency of the Hawaiian Senate, paternity at age 68, and a plan to incite an invasion of pre-Revolutionary Russia by Mongolian partisans.
The result? Around California in 1891 - a feisty slice of California history the Chamber of Commerce may have forgotten to mention.