The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 142998094X
  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Number of pages: 615
  • Author: Wilbur Smith
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

In Wilbur Smith's The Sunbird, Dr. Ben Kazin is a brilliant archeologist. Louren Sturvesant is rich, impulsive, and physically imposing, everything Ben is not. Now, the two men--friends, competitors and partners--are searching for the legendary lost city of Opet, built by an Egyptian culture that reached Africa two thousand years ago, then vanished completely. For Ben, the expedition is a chance to prove a controversial thesis. For Louren, it is a chance to spend millions--and make it all back in gold and glory. But what awaits them is an astounding discovery, a siege of terror, and an act of betrayal that will tear the two men apart and bind them together forever... Hidden beneath water, jungle, and blood-red cliffs is a lost world where two men and a beautiful woman were caught in a furious battle of passions two thousands years ago, but which has begun once again....

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 9781480460072
  • Release Date: 2013-12-17
  • Number of pages: 190
  • Author: Elizabeth Wein
  • Publisher: Open Road Media

A deadly plague rages through Aksum, and only one boy can uncover the traitor who spreads the disease and threatens to destroy the kingdom Telemakos, a descendant of both British and Aksumite rulers, has always been an outcast, but his resolve, loyalty, and bravery have never failed his royal heritage. When a plague spreads through the kingdom of Aksum, his aunt Goewin, British ambassador to Aksum, calls upon Telemakos to travel to the Afar desert and discover who has been a traitor to the crown, spreading the plague through the shipment of salt from port to port. Traveling in disguise as a deaf-mute slave, Telemakos is captured and subjected to cruelty and suffering. Now more than ever, he must call on his extraordinary courage and his gift for silence—for if he fails, it will cost him his life. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

Echoes of the Sunbird

  • Filename: echoes-of-the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015029467118
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 198
  • Author: Donald Burness
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press

This volume presents a broad overview of the work of seven of Africa's leading poets. Five of them have received international recognition: Niyi Osundare and Chinua Achebe, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; Osundare and Antonio Jacinto, the Noma Prize; and Jose Craveirinha, the Camoes Prize. The poems concern political, personal, and social themes and are written with aesthetic simplicity and lyricism. The contributors believe that poets, rather than being exiles from their communities, are prophets, seers, and singers and have a place in everyday life. Most of the poems have been published previously. Several, however, are new, and their appearance in this volume along with an introductory essay written by each poet, makes this anthology important, original, and fresh.


  • Filename: sunbirds.
  • ISBN: 9781408135686
  • Release Date: 2010-07-30
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Clive F. Mann
  • Publisher: A&C Black

The insect-eating sunbirds of the Old World are amongst the most glamorous of all bird families. This guide provides a comprehensive resource on the sunbirds and their allies, with 48 colour plates portraying all major plumage variations and many species depicted on typical food plants.

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 1741401704
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 24
  • Author: Warburton Aboriginal Community
  • Publisher: Pearson Library

"Indigenous Australian stories from local communities."--Provided by publisher.

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 9789956727049
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 152
  • Author: E. F. Fonkeng
  • Publisher: African Books Collective

The travails of day-to-day existence notwithstanding, Scolastica is an ordinary woman in Tobeningo who has struggled to carve a fairly successful life for herself. She is not a novice when it comes to putting out fires, thanks to a bubbling teenage daughter, a sugar-daddy chairman of the local Native Authority and the sudden re-appearance of a former sweetheart. But when her son sets out to commemorate his father's passing, on a false alarm, it is her life skills and sense of purpose that are tested to the limit. As the sole privy to the true situation, she is in a race against time to avert a calamity from befalling her son and her people. In her path, besides the vicissitudes of daily living, are the high-handedness and ineptitude of local politics, as well as the straightjacket and mysticism of both religion and tradition. How will she fare?

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

  • Filename: tiny-sunbirds-far-away.
  • ISBN: 9781849163743
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 419
  • Author: Christie Watson
  • Publisher: Quercus

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD. 'Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.' Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos. Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, occasionally tragic, it is peopled with characters you will never forget.

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 1537292676
  • Release Date: 2013-12-14
  • Number of pages: 418
  • Author: John Griffin
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Forty years ago, in a remote corner of the US, a simple but fateful experiment was conducted. Ten thousand miles away, in an even more remote corner of Australia, something profoundly beautiful was lost. Like everyone else in the world, Chris Ryan, itinerant stonemason, would-be writer and recluse, is now living with the consequences-without even realizing it. Unlike everyone else, one woman believes she knows how the two events connect and what she must do about it. And she is desperate they meet up. By the time he realizes she is more than she appears, their lives are entangled. Uncovering secrets, it seems, is her forte and a centuries-old conspiracy is her passion. Her far-flung quest has become his too-a quest now perilous, and destined to end in the unlikeliest of places. The Sunbird is an intricate and moving exploration of the dark ends to which we are drawn when the nobility of the feminine spirit is crushed. Both tragic and heartening, it is a redemptive myth for our times.

The Sunbird

  • Filename: the-sunbird.
  • ISBN: 9781783336555
  • Release Date: 2014-03-25
  • Number of pages: 403
  • Author: Susan Fairfoot
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

The story is set at that time of economic collapse in Europe when men, desperate for work, flocked to the colonies from all over Europe. Many thousands travelled to South Africa in the hope of making a fortune from the new gold fields. Newspaper articles suggest a bonanza of husbands and employment for the many single women left behind. Without the dependence upon a husband, there is little support and a very narrow entitlement for women in these days. Upon arrival in South Africa, these women found the situation much more difficult than they ever imagined. Those unable to find employment or husbands were forced into prostitution which flourished in the boom towns in the 1890s where pimps, “white slavers” and gun-toting gangsters controlled the brothels. They were exploited by organized gangsters who had been driven from the seamier side of European cities by sweeping anti-vice laws. This is one girl’s story about her parting from her island life in the Hebrides, to survive those treacherous situations that luckless women fell foul to in South Africa during these trying times.

Moshling Collector s Guide

  • Filename: moshling-collector-s-guide.
  • ISBN: 9780545348409
  • Release Date: 2011-03-01
  • Number of pages: 173
  • Author: Steve Cleverley
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Buster Bumblechops shares his secrets for collecting Moshlings in a book with profiles on each Moshling and tips for attracting and keeping each little monster.

The Lion Hunter

  • Filename: the-lion-hunter.
  • ISBN: 9781480460089
  • Release Date: 2013-12-17
  • Number of pages: 227
  • Author: Elizabeth Wein
  • Publisher: Open Road Media

Telemakos may have survived his capture in Afar, but his dangerous journey is far from over . . . Twelve-year-old Telemakos—the descendant of British and Aksumite royalty—is still recovering from his ordeal as a government spy in the Afar desert, where he uncovered the traitor who spread the plague through Aksum. But before Telemakos is fully healed, tragedy strikes. For their own safety, Telemakos and his infant sister, Athena, are sent to live with Abreha, the ruler of Himyar—a longtime enemy turned ally of the Aksumites. Telemakos’s aunt Goewin, British ambassador to Aksum, warns him that Abreha is kind but dangerous. Telemakos promises he will be mindful—but he does not realize just how serious Goewin’s warnings will prove to be. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection

  • Filename: skylanders-universe-the-complete-collection.
  • ISBN: 0141351527
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Cavan Scott
  • Publisher: Puffin

Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection contains every single Skylander in one book! For the first time ever, Skylanders fans can look up their heroes from all three smash-hit video games, including SWAP Force! Includes character bios, battle cries and all 256 possible SWAP Force character combinations.

Unnatural Creatures

  • Filename: unnatural-creatures.
  • ISBN: 9780062236319
  • Release Date: 2013-04-23
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology. Sales of Unnatural Creatures benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

The Seventh Scroll

  • Filename: the-seventh-scroll.
  • ISBN: 9780330473194
  • Release Date: 2008-09-04
  • Number of pages: 708
  • Author: Wilbur Smith
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Two archaeologists find themselves in a desperate race for ancient treasure in Wilbur Smith's fascinating tale of Egypt, The Seventh Scroll. A fading papyrus, nearly four thousand years old. Within it lie the clues to a fabulous treasure from an almost forgotten time . . . a riddle that becomes a savage battle across the unforgiving terrain of North Africa. When her husband is brutally murdered, beautiful half-English, half-Egyptian Royan Al Simma is forced to seek refuge in England. With eminent archaelogist Nicholas Quenton-Harper, she can pick up the pieces of her shattered life and find the courage to return to Ethiopia. For Duraid. And for the dreams of an ancient Pharoah . . . Because others will stop at nothing to claim the prize as their own. 'A desert sandstorm couldn't get pages turning faster than Smith' Independent On Sunday 'Full blooded, muscle-on-bone-crunching treasure hunt . . . it is non-stop action' Daily Express

Short Stories

  • Filename: short-stories.
  • ISBN: 0521406536
  • Release Date: 1993-07-29
  • Number of pages: 101
  • Author: Joanne Collie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Short Stories is a collection of vivid and memorable short stories, written between the nineteenth century and the present day. The stories are mostly very short, and have been selected for their powerful impact and also because they suggest many possibilities for creative activities in upper-intermediate and advanced level classrooms. The stories can therefore be used to stimulate reading and fluency skills, as well as to explore literary aspects of English. Short Stories contains: - stories by a wide variety of authors from very different backgrounds, including Leonora Carrington, Alisdair Gray and Peter Carey - creative activities both before and after reading and between parts of the longer stories - a Creative Development section at the end of each unit to extend the themes and the reader's involvement with the story - notes on the authors and stories, and notes for the teacher on using the material. The book is accompanied by a cassette containing recordings of all the stories as well as extra material for listening activities.

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