The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Vintage Canada

ISBN:0307375455

Total Pages:352

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The village was asleep, with all the people behind the walls and through the windows and up the stairs of the little houses blind and deaf in their beds while anything might happen. Lewis headed down the middle of the road and he kept falling and had to remember to get back on his feet. He reached the churchyard and stood in the dark with the church even darker above him. –from The Outcast by Sadie Jones It’s 1957. Nineteen-year-old Lewis Aldridge is returning by train to his home in Waterford where he has just served a two-year prison term for a crime that shocked the sleepy Surrey community. Wearing a new suit, he carries money his father Gilbert sent — to keep him away, he suspects — and a straight razor. No one greets him at the station. Twelve years earlier, seven-year-old Lewis and his spirited mother Elizabeth are on the same train, bringing Gilbert home from war. Waterford is experiencing many such reunions, alcohol lubricating awkward homecomings and community gatherings. The most oppressive of these are the mandatory holiday parties hosted by the town’s leading industrialist Dicky Carmichael, Gilbert’s employer. With the Carmichael estate backing onto the Aldridge property, the attractive and popular Tamsin Carmichael and her precocious kid sister Kit are Lewis’s playmates, along with a gaggle of neighbourhood boys who (like Lewis) are fascinated by Tamsin. The children play thrilling and cruel games, mirroring the adults’ inebriated dysfunction. Though pleased to be reunited with Elizabeth, Gilbert is appalled by the coddling his son has received in his absence. No longer permitted to skip church for picnics by the river, Elizabeth and Lewis are steered back under the ever-judgmental gaze of Waterford society. Lewis continues to flourish, a naturally capable golden child. But iconoclastic Elizabeth, disappointed by Gilbert’s insistence on conformity, seeks refuge in the bottle. Then a sunny riverside picnic ends with Elizabeth dead and ten-year-old Lewis the only witness. A shattered Gilbert is incapable of providing comfort to his young son and the community of Waterford turns away from the traumatized child, now rendered a pariah by tragedy. Lewis is sent to boarding school, summoned home only for holidays. Gilbert remarries five months later to Alice, a compliant beauty who is not up to the task of parenting a damaged child. Years pass and Lewis, now a troubled teenager, is lost in dangerous and self-harming behaviours. When an incident with a local bully causes Lewis to be even further estranged from the community, Gilbert and Alice stand idly by as Lewis is tormented by the tyrannical Dicky. Enraged, Lewis commits a shocking crime against the whole of Waterford and is sent to prison. Two years later, upon his shamed return, the town continues to treat Lewis as an outcast. Only Tamsin’s little sister Kit, now a young woman, sees in him the golden boy he once was. She had become infatuated with Lewis years earlier when he had casually protected her from bullies and broken bicycle chains. But she now faces a much darker and more dangerous sort of bullying at the hands of her father. It is up to Lewis once again to rescue her, redeeming himself through tremendous courage and terrible sacrifice. And perhaps Kit holds the power to rescue him, too. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award and a finalist for the prestigious Orange Prize, Sadie Jones’s The Outcast introduces us to a clear and brave new voice in British fiction. The novel is a clarion call to us all, daring us to stand up to the bullies of our world, in whatever form they may take and — above all else — to love our children.

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The Outcast

Author:Taran Matharu

Publisher:Feiwel & Friends

ISBN:125013868X

Total Pages:352

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The thrilling extension of the eBook novella Origins, The Outcast continues Arcturus's story into a feature length novel. When stable boy Arcturus accidentally summons a demon and becomes Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden. Whisked away to Vocans Academy so he can be kept watch over, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies. But he has little time to settle in before his life is turned upside down once again, for Hominum Empire is in turmoil. Rebellious intent simmers among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over. Arcturus must choose a side . . . or watch an Empire crumble. The Summoner Trilogy The Novice The Inquisition The Battlemage Also in the Summoner series The Outcast (Summoner: The Prequel) The Summoner’s Handbook (coming Fall 2018) A Fine Welcome: Othello’s Journey (A Summoner Short Story)

The Outcast

Author:Jolina Petersheim

Publisher:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN:1414386052

Total Pages:400

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2014 “Christian Retailing’s Best” award finalist! Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most. She is eventually coerced into leaving by her brother-in-law, the bishop. But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, however, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.

The Outcast Girls

Author:Alys Clare

Publisher:Severn House Publishers Ltd

ISBN:1448304555

Total Pages:256

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Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham get more than they bargain for when they take on a case in a girls' boarding school, in the latest World's End Bureau Victorian mystery. London, 1881. Lily Raynor, owner of the World's End Investigation Bureau, is growing increasingly worried. Work is drying up, finances are tight and she cannot find enough for her sole employee, Felix Wilbraham, to do. So when schoolteacher Georgiana Long arrives, with a worrying tale of runaway pupils, it seems like the answer to her prayers. The case is an interesting one, and what could be less perilous than a trip to a girls' boarding school, out in the Fens? Disguised as the new Assistant Matron, Lily joins the Shardlowes School staff, while Felix - suppressing his worries about his cool, calm employer - remains behind. But there are undercurrents at Shardlowes, and the shadowy, powerful men who fund the school's less fortunate pupils loom larger as Felix's own investigations unfold. Felix can't shake off his fear that Lily is in danger - and soon, his premonitions come frighteningly true . . .

The Outcast Girls

Author:Shirley Dickson

Publisher:Bookouture

ISBN:1838882499

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‘I just couldn't put this one down. I loved every page and I went through an entire box of tissues before I was done. You will keep turning the pages until the very end because you just won't be able to put it down at all.’ Crossroad Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An utterly heartbreaking tale of two young girls, worlds apart, who are thrown together when they have lost everything. Fans of Wives of War, Before We Were Yours and Diney Costeloe will absolutely love this poignant and moving World War Two novel. Germany, 1939: Eleven-year-old Frieda is boarding a ship bound for England with her little brother, Kurt. Life at home is perilous, with synagogues set alight and innocent lives lost to the Nazis, and they have no choice but to flee. But as Frieda stands on the deck crammed with frightened children, her brother jumps off, back to land. England, 1939: After a devastating childhood at Blakely Hall Orphanage, seventeen-year-old Sandra longs to put her past behind her. But when war breaks out and her brother Alf is sent to fly bombers, she’s completely alone. 1943: When Sandra and Frieda’s paths cross in the remote countryside, each girl finds a home at last. Facing long, terrifying nights in bunkers, they huddle together as planes roar above them and distant explosions shake them to their cores. They console one another – Frieda, with no idea whether her family have been captured or if her brother survived, and Sandra praying that Alf will live to see tomorrow. The darkness of war may shroud them but as long as they have each other, they can keep a little light in the world. Will Frieda and Sandra ever be reunited with their loved ones? And will the two handwritten letters bound their way hold news of happiness… or heartbreak? Readers are losing their hearts to The Outcast Girls: ‘Wow. I was totally gone from Chapter 1… The story of Sandra and Freida is one I will not forget for a long time. Written with so much love! While this is my first book by this author it won’t be my last!’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Heartbreaking and poignant… Best read with a box of tissues handy as this book is sure to make readers tear up and up again.’ Bookish Jottings ‘Outstanding… What a page-turner this beautifully written, heart-wrenching story… This is a real tug-at-your-heartstrings book.’ Chapter Chatter Pub, 5 stars ‘I can honestly say I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Impossible to put down… I unquestionably loved this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I didn’t want to put it down!... A beautifully written story that pulls at your heart strings. Another 5-star read from Shirley Dickson!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wonderful… I loved every page. A heartwarming story of love and sorrow and an endearing friendship.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Rips at your heartstrings.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Definitely tugged on my heartstrings… I turned the pages quickly.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars ‘Will warm your heart… Will bring tears to your eyes… I truly enjoyed every page. So well worth the stars, and loved it all to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A captivating and emotional wartime saga which pulls on your heartstrings right from the first page… Mesmerising.’ Stardust Book Review, 5 stars ‘I loved it!... Brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Wonderful… I was extremely invested, hanging on to every last word… It left me longing for more… A captivating story you can get emotionally invested in!’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘I have literally just finished this and had to come and start writing straight away! I loved it! Honestly what a story, I am a sucker for World War 2 books and this, well I couldn't help get invested in Sandra and Frieda's lives, their heartbreak and their joy.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘I love WWII historicals and The Outcast Girls was just perfect for me. I am now looking for Ms Dickson's backlist, as she is a new author to me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I became totally invested in this story almost immediately. I know that I will read this book again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

The Outcast Hours

Author:China Miéville,Marina Warner,Frances Hardinge

Publisher:Rebellion Publishing Ltd

ISBN:1786181983

Total Pages:408

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These are the stories of people who live at night: under neon and starlight, and never the light of the sun. These are the stories of poets and police, tourists and traders; the hidden and the forbidden; the lonely and the lovers. This is their time. The Outcast Hours gathers over two dozen brand-new stories from award-winning writers across genres and continents, including bold new fiction from Marina Warner, Frances Hardinge, China Miéville, Sami Shah, Omar Robert Hamilton, Kuzhali Manickavel, Will Hill, Indrapramit Das, Silvia Moreno Garcia, Jeffrey Alan Love, Maha Khan Phillips, and many, many more.

The Outcast Dead

Author:Elly Griffiths

Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN:0547792808

Total Pages:240

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“Elly Griffiths draws us all the way back to prehistoric times . . . Highly atmospheric.” — New York Times Book Review The service of the Outcast Dead is held annually in Norwich commemorating the bodies in the paupers’ graves. This year’s proceedings hold special interest for forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, who has just unearthed the notorious Mother Hook, hanged in 1867 at Norwich Castle for killing multiple children. Now Ruth is reluctantly starring in a TV special, working alongside the alluring historian Dr. Frank Barker. Nearby, DCI Harry Nelson is investigating the case of three children found dead in their home when another child is abducted. A kidnapper dubbed the Childminder claims responsibility, but is the Childminder behind the deaths too? The team races to find out — and after a child close to everyone involved disappears, the stakes couldn’t be higher. “An uncommon, down-to-earth heroine whose acute insight, wry humor, and depth of feeling make her a thoroughly engaging companion.” — Erin Hart, Agatha and Anthony Award–nominated author of Haunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as “gripping” (Louise Penny), “highly atmospheric,” (New York Times Book Review), and “must-reads for fans of crime fiction” (Associated Press). She is the winner of the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award.

The Outcast Blade

Author:Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Publisher:Orbit

ISBN:0316193445

Total Pages:464

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As the Byzantine and German emperors plot war against each other, Venice's future rests in the hands of three unwilling individuals: The newly knighted Sir Tycho. He defeated the Mamluk navy but he cannot make the woman he loves love him back. Tortured by secrets, afraid of the daylight, he sees no reason to save a city he hates. The grieving Lady Giulietta. Virgin. Mother. Widow. All she wants is to retire from the poisonous world of the Venetian court to mourn her husband in peace. But her duty is to Venice: both emperors want her hand in marriage and an alliance with Europe's richest city. She must choose, knowing that whichever suitor she rejects will become Venice's bitterest enemy. Lastly, a naked, mud-strewn girl who crawls from a paupers' grave on an island in the Venetian lagoon and begins by killing the men who buried her. Between them, they will set the course of history.

The Novice

Author:Taran Matharu

Publisher:Feiwel & Friends

ISBN:1250067138

Total Pages:368

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He can summon demons. But can he win a war? Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.

The Writings of Hesba Stretton

Author:Elaine Lomax

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1351880217

Total Pages:252

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Highly respected as a writer by critics and commentators, Hesba Stretton (1832-1911) was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of oppressed minorities and a founding member of the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Though she is known today primarily as a writer of evangelical fiction for young people, including Jessica's First Prayer, this characterization fails to acknowledge the extensive range of her writings and social activism. Elaine Lomax re-examines Stretton's writing for children and adults, situating her body of work within the broad social and cultural context of its production to expose the depth and complexity of Stretton's engagement with contemporary ideas, debates, and discourses. Mining nineteenth-century periodicals, archival materials, and the minutes of the Religious Tract Society, as well as Stretton's own revealing log books, Lomax demonstrates Stretton's preoccupation with those at the bottom or on the margins of society. At the same time, she advances our understanding of the intersection of cultural and literary representations of the child and childhood with wider images of the colonized or excluded, and our knowledge of the history and development of juvenile literature and women's writing.

The Outcast

Author:Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Publisher:Sphere

ISBN:0748133089

Total Pages:608

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Benedict Morland's comfortable life is overset when an old enemy's dying wish leaves him guardian of an orphaned boy. No-one, including his wife Sibella, can understand why Benedict accepts Lennox Mynott into his household and, amid growing hostility at Morland Place, he takes the boy to America, to join his daughter Mary at Twelvetrees Plantation. Here, Benedict, as well as Lennox, fall in love with the Southern way of life, just at the moment when bitter civil war is about to destroy it forever.

The Outcast: Gold Town

Author:Luke Cypher

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:1440637768

Total Pages:256

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Once he was Tom Cade, lawman and gunfighter. Now, he is Amos Hood, preacher. He left the way of the gun to spread the Word of the Lord. When Hood rides into Gold Town, it’s clear the place is badly in need of two things: the law of God and the law of man. With miners and cowboys feuding and killing each other in the streets and the saloons, someone has to bring order. Now a man of peace, Hood sets about building a church and gathering a flock. But the townsfolk, desperate to control the miners and cowboys, hire a shootist with a trail of corpses behind him to wear a badge. With rustlers re-branding cattle stolen from neighboring ranches and miners trying to stake claims to land near water, Gold Town is poised to explode into a range war. And if that happens Amos Hood may not have a prayer of keeping the peace—or of keeping his own violent past a secret.

Guardians Of Ga'Hoole #8: The Outcast

Author:Kathryn Lasky

Publisher:Scholastic Inc.

ISBN:9780545283397

Total Pages:224

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To prove his goodness, young Nyroc will renounce his name, his mother, and his inheritance to seek the holiest of relics from The Beyond the Beyond. Nyroc has exiled himself from the Pure Ones. He flies alone, feared and despised by those who know him as Kludd's son, hunted by those whose despotism he has rejected, and haunted by ghostly creatures conjured by Nyra to lure him back to the Pure Ones. He yearns for a place he only half believes in -- the great tree -- and an uncle -- the near-mythic Soren -- who might be a true father to him. Yet he cannot approach the tree while the rumor of evil clings to him. To prove his worth, Nyroc will fly to The Beyond the Beyond seeking the legendary Relic and bring it, a talisman of his own

The Outcast

Author:Deke Rivers

Publisher:Book Venture Publishing LLC

ISBN:1944014632

Total Pages:208

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The story of a nobody, interested in the Old Indians of British Columbia, Canada and his encounter with the drug runners and their connection to Columbia.

Outcast

Author:S L H

Publisher:S L H

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Total Pages:200

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When Fire and Ice collide! Jaxson and Krystal are on the run from the Academy with the Superhero Team, The Brigade, hot on their tails. Team Leader, Andre/Wolf Man, will stop at nothing to rescue Krystal and get her away from Jaxson’s negative influence. Teenage Roxy finds a way to tag alongside her older crush Andre, even though her father, the Headmaster of the Academy, disapproves of their relationship. Jaxson is determined to find the sinister Surgeon and regain his Fire power while Krystal secretly wants The Surgeon to remove her uncontrollable Ice power. Even though Jaxson and Krystal want separate things, their once hatred for each other turns into something else...something more. Will their newfound connection turn ice cold or will it be a slow burn? Outcast is the second book in A Krystal Blaze Theme. Lots of laughs and drama unfolds in this enemies to lovers Academy novel with a bunch of angst!

Child of the Outcast

Author:Elizabeth Dunlap

Publisher:Elizabeth Dunlap

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Total Pages:214

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Captured and imprisoned, Lisbeth is prepared for whatever fate the council chooses for her. Exile. Execution. Without Knight it doesn't matter. But, alarmingly, they release her on technicalities. Suspicions on high alert, she doesn't know who to trust. Then the humans who have been turned to vampires start an uprising against their masters. Lisbeth is the pillar before the storm and when the waves come crashing down, vampires will find themselves on the brink of civil war.

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

Author:E.L. Konigsburg

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1442439718

Total Pages:304

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E.L. Konigsburg revisits the town of Epiphany to tell the story of Margaret Rose Kane, Connor's older half-sister. It's about the summer when Margaret Rose turned twelve--the same year that Cabbage Patch dolls were popular, that Sally Ride became the first woman to go into space, that El Nino turned the world upside-down. Margaret Rose begins her summer with a miserable experience at camp, from which she's rescued by her beloved, eccentric uncles. Little does she know that her uncles, in turn, need rescuing themselves--from a tyrannical city council determined to tear down her uncles' life work--three spectacularly beautiful towers that her uncles have been building since before Margaret was a baby. A rousing book about intelligence, art, and the fierce preservation of individuality, from EL Konigsburg.

The Social Outcast

Author:Kipling D. Williams,Joseph P. Forgas,William Von Hippel

Publisher:Psychology Press

ISBN:1135423377

Total Pages:392

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This book focuses on the ubiquitous and powerful effects of ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and bullying. Human beings are an intrinsically gregarious species. Most of our evolutionary success is no doubt due to our highly developed ability to cooperate and interact with each other. It is thus not surprising that instances of interpersonal rejection and social exclusion would have an enormously detrimental impact on the individual. Until 10 years ago, however, social psychology regarded ostracism, rejection and social exclusion as merely outcomes to be avoided, but we knew very little about their antecedents and consequences, and about the processes involved when they occurred. Furthermore, the literatures of ostracism, social exclusion and rejection have not until now included discussions of the bullying literature.

The Current and the Outcast

Author:Jay Allen

Publisher:WestBow Press

ISBN:1512700363

Total Pages:438

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Fifteen-year-old Jack Allen is like other teenagers, going to school, hanging out with his friends, listening to music, and playing video games. His daily life is focused on trying to fit in. But Spaw, an ambitious and high-ranking demon, has other plans. Posing as a beautiful spirit named Rachel, Spaw uses Jacks desire for acceptance to try to lure him to his destruction. As Jack experiences worldly temptationsincluding violence, sex, drugs, and thefthe receives demonic encouragement to let go. Doing so, hes told, will help him fit in and progress spiritually to the point where he can rejoin Rachel, who awaits him in the real spiritual world. Jacks natural teenage desires have set him drifting into dangerous waters, and he is in serious jeopardy in his faith journey. While his loved ones pray for him, Jack must decide whether to enjoy new found popularity or turn away from evil and choose the righteous path, even if it means becoming an outcast. The Current and the Outcast, a work of religious fiction for teens, tells a story of redemption against strong demonic influences.

The Outcasts

Author:John Flanagan

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:1101545399

Total Pages:464

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From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice! They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.