An adaptation of the novel by John Gardner, that tells a parallel tale to Beowulf about the character Grendel and how he became the monster of the epic poem.
Gemma leaves her home in India to go to an English boarding school after her mother mysteriously kills herself. Once there, she is plagued by clairvoyant visions as she looks into the magical secrets of her school, her mother, and herself with her three friends: Felicity Worthington, Pippa Cross and Ann Bradshaw. However, a furtive Indian boy isn't the only thing lurking in the shadows...
"For all of Danica Shardae's life, her people, the avian shapeshifters, have been at war with the serpiente, another shapeshifter group. Danica, soon to be the queen of her people, is offered a chance to stop the bloodshed by marrying Zane Cobriana, the leader of the serpiente. But making peace proves to be harder than either of them had expected. The avians and the serpiente are not ready to trust one another- and some people will do anything to keep it that way..." -Emma, Resident Scholar-
"Seventeen-year-old techno-geek “w1n5t0n” (aka Marcus) bypasses the school’s gait-recognition system by placing pebbles in his shoes, chats secretly with friends on his IMParanoid messaging program, and routinely evades school security with his laptop, cell, WifFnder, and ingenuity. While skipping school, Markus is caught near the site of a terrorist attack on San Francisco and held by the Department of Homeland Security for six days of intensive interrogation. After his release, he vows to use his skills to fight back against an increasingly frightening system of surveillance. Set in the near future, Doctorow’s novel blurs the lines between current and potential ...
As Nick Carraway visits his old friend Tom Buchanon and his cousin Daisy he also meets the man named Jay Gatsby, who is very mysterious. Events unravel revealing hidden pasts, betrayal, and eventually lead to tragedy.
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