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  • Keeping secrets - Read On
    two pencil she told me that I m okay I m just extremely undisciplined that s all She also told me that it s quite possible that I ll never amount to anything if I don t start doing better in my classes Never mind that I was just relieved that I wasn t going home with a prescription for Ritalin One of my favorite fantasies is about Richard Branson and me in Paris Just because I ve never been to France doesn t mean I can t imagine it So sometimes during a really long boring AP History lecture I ll sit staring at the chalkboard so my teacher thinks I m listening I ll even nod occasionally and scribble stuff on paper like I m actually soaking in real knowledge but what I m really doing is imagining myself in the Virgin Megastore cafe in Paris I m seated at a small table in the back and I m wearing a devastatingly sexy little black dress strappy high heeled sandals and black Gucci sunglasses which are like completely de rigueur en Paris I m delicately sipping a glass of champagne nibbling on a salmon burger and reading Paris Match when Richard Branson walks in I look up our eyes meet But the truth is I m nowhere near Paris I m at school standing in front of my vomit green locker and I ve got exactly three minutes between now and my lunchtime appointment with my mom and my guidance counselor Mrs Gross I swear that s her name You see Mrs Gross wants us all to meet and discuss my academic goals that s how she worded it and I m wondering if I should tell her that I really don t have any Well my mom is pretty unhappy about having to take time off work cause I screwed up and I know this because she doesn t even want me to meet her in the parking lot and walk her to the office This morning when I was leaving for school she just gave me that look the one that tells me she s this close to giving up on me and said I ll see you in the office at noon Alex Then she lifted her coffee cup and fixed her gaze on an earlier disappointment of mine a faded red circle in the middle of the kitchen table the result of a spilled bottle of Revlon Cherries in the Snow nail polish I slam my locker shut and head for the administrative offices and when I pass the student parking lot I briefly contemplate making a run for it even though I know I can t really do that So I tell myself I ll just go in sit down let the adults talk nod my head a lot because they always read more into that than there really is and soon it will be over I see my mother as I m entering the building but I just glance at her nervously and follow her inside I mean we don t smile and hug or even say hello because it s not like I m about to receive an award or anything When we go into the office I just stand there all nervous as I watch my mom and my counselor exchange names and shake hands Mrs Gross says hello and motions to two chairs facing her desk And as I sit down and look around I give myself a mental lecture for letting it get to this point It s your basic school administrator s office You know sickly looking plant in the corner college degrees in gold shiny frames on the wall and an obsessive compulsive fake walnut desk that holds a picture of what looks to be a very happy if oddly posed family Mrs Gross walks over to a filing cabinet and I watch her fingers deftly crawl over several manila folders until she comes to a big overstuffed one that she lifts with both hands and places solidly in the middle of her desk It has my name on it and it lies between us heavy and foreboding And I can t stop staring at it while I wonder what I had possibly done up until now that could fill up a folder like that I mean I d always considered myself and my high school experience as pretty mediocre She starts leafing through it giving us a briefing on my entire academic career and it feels like the moment right before you die when your whole life flashes in front of you The beginning is all good Well as I m sure you know she says mauve finger nails scraping between the layers of papers Alex was maintaining an A average even with a challenging schedule of AP classes and several extracurricular activities such as ninth grade class vice president tenth grade class president homecoming princess French club member Blah blah blah I can barely recognize the overachiever she s going on about But lately she says I ve noticed a disturbing trend My mother leans in closer but I just sit there crouched in my chair staring at Mrs Gross s sensible shoes peeking out from under her desk Alex s grades are dropping at an alarming rate During her junior year she slipped from A s to C s Last semester she had C s and D s and I m afraid her current midterm results are much much worse She flips through a couple of papers and shakes her head And I m not aware of her currently participating in any school sponsored extracurricular activities She removes her glasses and rubs the area on the bridge of her nose where they ve branded her pink then puts them back on and continues Because of the drastic drop in her grade point average her lack of involvement and her troubling attendance record Alex

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  • Keeper of the black stones - Read On
    that allows him to jump through time A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place and any time that he chooses But along with that gift comes the responsibility of stopping the man who is using those very stones to travel through time and change history for his own purposes A man who is now holding Jason s grandfather hostage and threatening

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  • Presumed guilty - Read On
    Richard Tremain her rich and married ex lover 151 until she discovers him stabbed to death in her bed With her knife Miranda is the obvious suspect and she looks even guiltier when her bail is posted by an anonymous donor Was this an act of kindness designed to buy her time to clear her name Or is someone trying to manipulate Miranda and draw her into the dark and

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  • Home & decor renovate. - Read On
    Details Home Fiction H Home decor renovate Home decor renovate Author Publisher SPH Magazines Pte Ltd 2011 ISBN Find in Library Reader Reviews

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  • Improvised medicine providing care in extreme environments - Read On
    in global disaster or other resource poor settings FEATURES Simple to follow directions diagrams and illustrations describe practical techniques and the improvised equipment necessary to provide quality care during crises Contains improvisations in anesthesia and airway management dentistry gynecology obstetrics infectious disease laboratory diagnosis internal medicine otolaryngology pediatrics and malnutrition orthopedics psychiatry and surgery Also includes basic disaster communication techniques post disaster forensics a model hospital disaster plan and innovative

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  • The library catalogue as social space promoting patron driven collections, online communities, and enhanced reference and readers' services - Read On
    Librarian this work is organized into seven chapters beginning with a discussion of the library catalog as a social space followed by an exploration of Next Generation catalogs Controversies and concerns surrounding these catalogs are next addressed followed by readers services and the catalog and the impact of social catalogs on traditional library services Tarulli then discusses social features that can be attained without social catalogs and she ends with

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  • Design, development, and management of resources for digital library services - Read On
    9781466625006 hardcover Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary In the past decade technology and the digital age has continued to shape our society As corporations and universities continue to transition into the digital world developments of the same type of information retrieval have modernized library resources and services Design Development and Management of Resources for Digital Library Services offers a global perspective on the development and design of digital

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  • Elegy for Kosovo / Ismail Kadare ; translated from the Albanian by Peter Constantine. - Read On
    the Albanian majority in Kosovo there took place on the Fieldof the Blackbirds a battle shrouded in legend A coalition of Serbs AlbanianCatholics Bosnians and Romanians confronted and were defeated by the invadingOttoman army of the Sultan Murad This battle established the Muslim footholdin Europe and became the centerpiece of Serbian nationalist ideology justifying the campaign of ethnic cleansing of Albanian Kosovars that the worldwitnessed with horror at the end

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