" In the Florida Everglades, gator-park Swamplandia! is in trouble. Its star performer, the great beauty and champion alligator-wrestler Hilola Bigtree, has succumbed to cancer, and Ava, her resourceful but terrified 13-year-old daughter, is left in charge with her two siblings. But Ava's sister has embarked on a romantic relationship with a ghost, her brother has defected to a rival theme park, and her father is AWOL. And then a mysterious figure called the Bird Man guides Ava into a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld, promising he can save both her sister and the park... "
" An orphan poses nervously for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena, and an artist's servant girl in seventeenth-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles. In a Victorian photography studio, a woman holds a book that she barely acknowledges while she waits for the exposure, and in a Shoreditch bar in 2008 a woman reading catches the eye of a young man who takes her picture. "
|"The Dragon Book"|
" Whether portrayed as fire-breathing beasts at war with humanity, or as noble creatures mystically bonded to the warriors who ride them, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. And in The Dragon Book today's greatest fatasists reignite the fire with legendary tales that will consume your imagination. "
" These stories make up an incredible collection that will challenge your perceptions of dragons - and leave you watching the skies... "