Haun has been principal of elementary and high schools in Kentucky, and was a superintendent for nineteen years in two districts of that state. He served as president of his state administrators association and in he was president of the American Association of School Administrators. He retired as executive secretary of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and now teaches school administration classes at Eastern Kentucky University. His varied experiences in the field have led to the accumulated wisdom of the chapters in this book. In a down-to-earth personaltone, he provides help to the new administrator under the four sections of Community Relations Tools, Time Management Tools, Administrative Tools, and Motivational Tools.
The goal is to guide potential great leaders along the rock-strewn path of growth as they gain the experience necessary to become a good administrator. ISBN and After 20 years as a military wife, mother of five, and community volunteer, Marcy Meffert retired from full-time homemaking in to begin a new career - first as a free-lance writer and editor, then in in what she calls the ultimate volunteer job of serving on the Leon Valley, Texas, City Council. She served four years as a councilmember and six as mayor and currently writes a column for the San Antonio Express News.
On behalf of her city she was active on regional and state levels in leadership positions, including chairman of the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities, chairman of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, and president of the Texas Municipal League Region 7. She writes with an inimitable sense of humor and shows the human side of politics at the grassroots level. This novel tells a wonderful story of a teenage orphan boy in the Czech district of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in How he learns to adjust to the new life is a fascinating and moving story of the way he learns to handle the war within himself and find his place in the loving new-found family.
The book's editor said, "I found myself blotting frequent tears as I followed the development of this young man and saw how a profound faith in God reached him through his uncle's ministering and dedication. The long and successful life of John Crichton began in Minden, Louisiana, in , the descendent of an affluent family in a smalltown where all the barefooted kids enjoyed the same happy semi-rural existence. World War II altered his course as he joined the army and became an infantry officer, a company commander, th Infantry, and an Intelligence Officer in the 6th Army, before being assigned as aide-de-camp to General Walter Krueger in the South Pacific.
Discharged with the rank of major at war's end, he earned a law degree at LSU, then began a progression in the business world which brought him wealth and successes in corporate management from coast to coast. Finally he has settled in San Antonio, where he and his wife, Flo Cameron Crichton, enjoy a well-earned retirement and the pleasure of watching the growth of their progeny. His "life of grace" has been full of instances of the special providence which seems to hover over him.
His book has been produced in limited editions in paperback and in cloth and slipcase. Neither is for sale. This is Clyde Pulley's third book on his native South and issues of race and color. A retired military man, prison official, and professor of criminal justice and sociology, he has now written the story of his father, a Black tobacco farmer and carpenter who endured the years of segregation and abuse, disrespect and violence which were the conditions below the Mason-Dixon line during the Depression years.
The brutality his father endured is set against the deep friendship between his family and that of their White neighbors. The story tends to destroy many stereotypes that portrayed all Blacks as poor, ignorant, and impoverished and Whites as violent bigots and oppressors. Discrimination and violence against Blacks are dealt with forthrightly, but the influence and acts of many compassionate Whites bridged the two worlds.
Pulley's introduction states, "This book is not an effort to defend the South duringits violent, turbulent history of the Jim Crow era. Instead, it tries to give a fairer, accurate, objective and balanced portrayal of real people, their lives and events in the s and s. Pastrana with his many years of experience working with very challenging clients, to include perpetrators as well as victims, together with his compassion and belief in the goodness of humanity provides us with a provocative and necessary literary work.
I congratulate him for having the courage to go beyond the simple understanding of a profoundly complex issue. Pastrana helps us to understand that the abuser, as well as the victim, suffers and needs help. What is more profound than this? Perhaps even the abuser or potential abuser who reads this book will benefit and engage in the ever-possible road of development and change. Agnes Catholic Church bell at 5 a. It's about a boy who used that early morning rise and long run to teach himself discipline while rounding into condition for future greatness. It's about a small town country boy who found fame in big cities as he climbed countless ladders to success.
It's about an athlete who became a coach and earned many awards and at least a dozen trophies. It's about an educator who earned more degrees than you'll find in an old stove. This then is about an old friend, Dr. The town of Snyder in West Texas presents this survey of their historic buildings as "a step back in time. Separate chapters tell the stories of these structures and of the people who built them, and in so-doing give a picture of life in the early days of the settlement of West Texas.
A map shows the location of the buildings, and material from the annals of the local newspaper add historical details. Design and drawings are by Paul Hudgins.
It is a forthright recall to the things that really matter. His book is named in reference to Thomas Cranmer, the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the newly formed Church of England, "my reluctant hero. With discussion questions appended to each chapter, the book is an excellent text for new members of the Episcopal Church, and serves also to help older members "who have forgotten the strength of our heritage. To celebrate the th anniversary of its founding, the San Antonio Country Club undertook to compile its history, and found amongits own members an expert researcher and writer to plumb the files for facts and gather photographs from members.
SACC was one of the first country clubs organized in Texas, and played a major role in the development of golf and tennis in the early twentieth century, both locally and at the state level. The Club has weathered fire, wars, the Depression, and recessions, and its membership rolls through the decades list the names of many of the "first families" of the city - those who have quietly kept the Alamo City going and growing from then to now.
A big beautiful book chock full of photos, the strong emphasis on sports shows the club's origins, and the extensive color picture section covers everything from early buildings and golf groups to recent parties and the extended and devoted staff who run today's institution. Following his earlier volume on Avinger, Texas see listing below , Mr. McKenzie here continues the story of the area where he arrived in as a baby and still lives today.
He has produced the kind of town history which tells it all - the folks who settled the area, their background, their businesses, and their progeny, and the relationships and connections that developed among them. Anyone who grew up in a small town in America will see their own childhood reflected in the story of Hickory Hill. Austin St. The author moved to Avinger at the age of four months, and has become its historian and chronicler.
McKenzie first published his two volumes of regional history in , this first volume covering the town of Avinger and the second about the village of Hickory Hill. He now issues an updated fourth edition of Volume I, and plans to reissue Volume II in the near future. A big handsome book packed with photos and drawings, it has been called "an exemplary history of an East Texas town" in the "East Texas Historical Association Journal. Ralph Wood.
McKenzie is a semi-retired real estate broker, turned book merchant, who at the age of 85 still enjoys flying his Cessna Commentary and illustration by Paul Hudgins. This engaging booklet was prepared for Paul's grandchildren, but we persuaded him to expand the printing to a limited edition of numbered copies. The story was one his father told of a cattle drive in - possibly the last big cattle drive of the Old West. His father was five years old when his own grandfather took him on a cowpony a mile or so from home to see the trail herd gathered from small ranches around Post in West Texas on the "high plains" - ready to set out for the railhead at Colorado City.
Recording the story as his father wrote it for him, Paul has added a word picture of the time and place, and fine drawings of the chuck wagon, the cattle, cowboy gear, the Hudgins home in Snyder, and the faces of his grandfathers, his father, and himself. In thirty pages, this is a story of West Texas as it was a hundred years ago. This biography of Julius Splittgerber, written by his great-granddaughter, provides fresh insight into existing accounts of both the mid-nineteenth century German colonization endeavor in Texas and the subsequent role of these German settlers during the Civil War and Reconstruction years.
Splittgerber, a Prussian army officer, came to Texas in as a messenger for Prince Carl Solms Braunfels, and served the Verein in the capacity of courier until its demise in He became a U. Mary Lewis Turner has also compiled a companion genealogy of the Splittgerber family which she published in Her books are well researched, and though scholarly in preparation are enjoyable reading for everyone interested in the early days of Texas and especially the Hill Country. Andrew's Episcopal Church, , Seguin, Texas.
In , St. Andrew's in Seguin celebrates its sesquicentennial, and Elizabeth Hollamon has written a history of its years of existence. Andrew's began with six people in , and now consists of over members and covers a block and a half in downtown Seguin. The book's 12 pages of color photos include all of the bishops, from Leonidas Polk in to Bishop James Folts, who presides over the Diocese of West Texas today.
Hollamon discovered that much of the early records of this church had vanished, but as a fourth generation member herself, she had much family history and newspaper files to lean on, and has accomplished a wonderful - and entertaining - story which could serve as a prototype of how to produce readable history. This beautiful little book contains personal poems, some glad but many sad, straight from the heart. In the Epilogue, the author says, ". Designed and illustrated with line drawings by Paul Hudgins, the book is printed on pale blush paper and quarterbound in blue buckram with bonded leather.
In , these authors published a book called Commonsense. Com [see listing below] in which they told a "fable" about a school superintendent, a principal, and a classroom teacher receiving e-mail instruction from a mentor which enabled them to improve their job performance. In their new book, Houlihan and Phillips use the setting of a whitewater rafting trip to give further instruction using an Aligned Management System. With the Garth Brooks song "The River" as inspiration, the lessons of the raft trip are applied to the processes of school teaching and administration in a lucid and exciting manner.
Partnership for Excellence. Revised edition COM Real answers for real educators from an unlikely source. The authors, both professional educators, tell us this book is about hope. They call their story a fable - but it could happen. If a school superintendent, a principal, and a classroom teacher should all receive an email message one evening from a mysterious person directing them to a website called "CommonSense.
The three are soon in daily contactwith their "mentor" and with each other about ways to do their jobs better, to teach the students, handle administration, deal with their publics - and make their own careers more successful and satisfying. The principles being used are the basis for this fable. The story of the suffering of U. Joe Lajzer, one of the survivors of this terrible experience, endured near starvation, hard labor, and torture as a prisoner in the Philippines and then on Formosa until his rescue in At age87, he is one of the dwindling number of men who still live to tell us what it was like, and remind us of what it means to be free.
Joe has spoken to schoolchildren and other groups and finds that too many people today have no idea of where Bataan is or what happened there in With the help of Alfred Evans and Raul Solis, he has put before us a story we should never forget. Of the many illustrations in the book, the photos of Joe before and after his imprisonment are startling evidence of what he endured. This is a story of hunger, misery, and homesickness, all of it recorded by Carlson inside cigarette package covers which he obtained from the Red Cross.
For a farm boy from Central Texas, spending his 22nd birthday behind barbed wire was the worst experience of his life. Their prison camp on the Baltic Sea was liberated by the Russians on May 1, , but it was June 12 before Carlson boarded a ship at Le Havre and late July before he was released from a Norfolk hospital and headed home to Texas. His story is a telling description of what war is like, and a vivid story of the courage of young Americans who went to battle, endured, and survived. A must-read for anyone interested in our nation's history. The late Jesse Gaytan was a year-old quartermaster on the USS Walker in the South Pacific in , seeing action throughout the area, and facing attack from Jap subs, surface ships, and Kamikazes.
After his death in December , his son George began to research the history of the Walker and its survivors. As he found his father's shipmates, he obtained interviews and photographs, and has put them together into this remarkable story of a US Navy destroyer and its crew in combat. George Gaytan is a well-known and accomplished classical guitarist, performing throughout Texas, and is on the music faculty at a private prep school in San Antonio, Texas.
The author first became acquainted with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein when his mother read the story to him on his tenth birthday. For years he was captivated by the tale and his interest grew even more when he studied the classic as an undergraduate student. This sequel to the Frankenstein story is an ambitious attempt to recapture the soul of one of the greatest literary tales of sorrow ever told. For a quarter of a century, the author was headmistress of Trinity Episcopal School in Galveston, Texas, then spent a year as the only female head of Texas Military Institute in San Antonio.
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His mates are going to be so jealous. Going up is awesome, but when disaster strikes, Spencer will need to be nothing short of amazing. Amber amulet, The Twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent.
Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness? Anaconda ambush Sam Fox is on a field trip with his uncle in the Amazon when he's swept over a waterfall into an underground lake and discovers a fortune in gold. But, there's an enormous anaconda lurking in the cave and the snake is just the first obstacle Sam will have to overcome if he's to get out of the Amazon alive.
Ancient starship, The When an ancient starship has been discovered in the Egyptian desert, Amelia's dad is whisked away to help. Meanwhile, the first human guests have arrived at the hotel and they're turning out to be the strangest visitors yet. Are the spaceship and the odd guests connected? Amelia and Charlie may be the only ones who can solve this puzzle And the ocean was our sky "Call me Bathsheba. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men.
Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men. Angel creek There are only two things that Jelly likes about the new house on Rosemary Street, the old apricot tree and the creek over the back fence. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek's dark waters.
At first, they think it's a bird but it's a baby angel with a broken wing. Jelly decides to keep it. But, she soon discovers that you can't just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won't be missed. Angel: through my eyes The gripping tale of a teenage girl who has been separated from her family in the typhoon ravaged city of Tacloban in the Philippines. Battling looters, rubble, water damage, and the underlying fear that her family has been lost to the typhoon, Angel is desperate to find them again.
Anila's journey Menace and mystery lie in wait for Anila Tandy who secures a job drawing birds for an English naturalist, travelling on a river boat up the Ganges River. Anila will use this journey to search for her father, missing for years and presumed dead. Anila must test herself in the man's world of India, in the late s. Animal planet Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman.
But can he save the last animals on earth? The deadly rat flu virus has changed - humans are catching it and nobody is sure why. But he and Birdy are trapped in the sewers, and the man who holds the key to it all is being held prisoner at DoRFE Headquarters. Is this the end of the road - not just for the circus, but for all of humankind? Apothecary, The In , after her parents are identified as communists, Janie must move from Los Angeles to the safety of London.
The war has ended but it's a tense time, and Janie is uncomfortable at her new school. She notices Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy, who dreams of becoming a spy. When his father, an apothecary, is kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie are embroiled in a plot involving real espionage and nuclear threats.
Apprentices, The It's two years since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary's defiant son who stole her heart. Benjamin has been experimenting with a new formula, allowing him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When a mystery threatens them all, Janie, Benjamin and their friend, Pip, are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while trying to unravel the mystery. Ariki and the giant shark Ariki is not like the other children on Turtle Island.
She belongs heart and soul to the sea, where she plays all day with the dolphins and turtles. One day, a giant shark appears and the fishermen are too afraid to go out. Without fish the people will starve - and only Ariki can save the day! Art fraud detective The security guard at the Town Hall Gallery has a big problem. Some of the priceless masterpieces have been stolen and replaced with cunning forgeries. The guard needs your sharp eyes and patience to identify the fake paintings.
Ash princess Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield. Asterix series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Asterix versus Caesar When the chief's niece, Panacea, is captured by the Romans with her fiance, Tragicomix, the Gaulish warriors Asterix and Obelix join the Roman legion in order to find them.
Astrid Spark fixologist: the girl with the incredible, magnetic fingers The silly, inventive and fun adventures of a girl with a magnetic finger. Aurora rising The year is , and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch.
And Ty's squad isn't even his biggest problem. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy. Austere academy, The The Baudelaire orphans are sent to a terrible boarding school where they meet the Quagmire triplets and watch their backs for Count Olaf.
Bad beginning, The After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits to outsmart a distant relative who is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. A story of misery. Barney and the secret of the french spies In orphaned Barney Bean now has a flourishing farm in the New South Wales colony and everything he ever dreamed of But when Elsie falls ill and Barney rushes to be by her side, he finally learns the deadly secret she has been hiding.
Who is this strange and beautiful girl who will not speak? And could France ever attack the isolated colony? Barney and the secret of the whales Barney Bean is keen to make his fortune and he hears a secret. A sailor's secret about the treasure of the colony. But, Barney wonders how chasing whales can make you rich, and whether an adventure at sea is worth leaving everything he loves.
Batman: Nightwalker Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal's getaway - disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase. Sentenced to community service in Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city's most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City.
She's a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce's name is next on their list. Battle boy series Easy to read adventures that time travel to some of the most intereting historical events to meet real people. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Battle of the heroes Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have defeated the black witch, Githa, and found the last crucial piece of the prophecy, the sea serpent's scale. Back now at Wolfhaven, they search desperately through the castle crypts for the sleeping heroes, whom they hope will save them all, before the dark moon rises and they lose everything.
Battlefront One hero lost in a raging tsunami. One sign pointing to a deadly battle. One day left until the end of After escaping from security officers, they must race to their final destination- Felix Scott's mega-ship Infinite Horizon- and decode one last deadly sign. If they don't get this right, then it's game over- not just for them, but for the whole world. But after a mind-blowing secret is revealed in Antarctica, they're in for a heart-stopping final face-to-face battle with a unimaginable enemy. Who will live and who will die?
Bear Grylls: Spirit of the jungle Mak and his family are in India. Things are going well until their raft is capsized on a wild river and Mak is separated and lost deep in the Indian Jungle. Can Mac survive long enough to find his way out of this strange, unfamiliar and dangerous landscape of bugs, bats, monkeys, snakes, bears, wolves, panthers and worst of all poachers?
And if he can survive, will he really want to leave? Sebastian and Elanor seek help from Crowthorne Castle but both allies and enemies will reveal themselves. Tom and Quinn venture into the mysterious moors where a hideous beast lies in waiting. Beast of Hushing Wood, The Ziggy Truegood feels a threatening presence in her tiny town of Hushing Wood, which is deepened by a recurring nightmare she has. When Raffi, an exotic young boy, and his grandfather come to town Ziggy's fears intensify.
Unfortunately, her own wise and knowledgeable grandfather is ill, unable to help her. She wonders are the pair there to save her or to hunt her? Beetle boy When his dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum, Darkus Cuttle moves in with his eccentric uncle. Next door live two lunatic cousins with an enormous beetle infestation. But, the beetles are anything but ordinary. They're an amazing, intelligent super species, and they're in danger of being exterminated. Darkus and his friends must save the beetles.
But, they're up against the mad scientist of fashion and haute couture, Lucretia Cutter, who has dastardly plans for the bugs. Behemoth The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. The Darwinists will need it now they are at war with the Austrian Clanker powers. Alek, heir to the Austrian throne, is posing as a commoner while Deryn Sharp, a girl, is posing as a boy in the British Air Service.
Despite their different philosophies, the pair unite aboard the airship Leviathan, hoping to end the war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. See Series lists for individual titles. Their business of scavenging fishing tackle leads to a very dangerous encounter.
Beowulf Beowulf, the fearless warrior battles three evils that terrorise the entire kingdom of Denmark. He slays Grendel the merciless ogre and his vengeful sea hag mother. In his old age, Beowulf faces a bloody struggle with the deadly dragon of the deep in which he may not be as successful as in his youth. Your aunt and uncle told you to stay out of their basement.