Best Selling Books by James Riley

James Riley is the author of Sufferings in Africa (2007), An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce, The Timeless One (2021), Secret Origins (2017) and other 95 books.

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Sufferings in Africa

release date: Feb 01, 2007
Sufferings in Africa
Previously published: New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1965. First published in 1817 under title: An authentic narrative of the loss of the American brig Commerce.

An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce

The Timeless One

release date: Mar 02, 2021
The Timeless One
Fort becomes entangled with legendary creatures and foes in this thrilling fourth novel in the fantastical series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves! The future has been saved, but at a cost: Fort Fitzgerald has been expelled from the Oppenheimer School, and some of Fort’s friends have been lost in time. But time is the one thing Fort, Rachel, and Jia don’t have, as they’ll soon be facing one of the eternal Old Ones, the Timeless One, for the fate of the world. If they lose, the Old Ones will return, and humanity is doomed. If they win, the Old Ones will still return, and humanity is doomed. Because the Timeless One can see every possibility, and plan for it. How can Fort and his friends defeat a creature like that? And what does this all have to do with the real-life Merlin, from King Arthur’s days?

Secret Origins

release date: Jan 17, 2017
Secret Origins
Aided by old friends and new, Owen and Bethany try to bring the light back to Jupiter City, a comic book world where they discover a link between the Dark and Bethany's father.

Story Thieves

release date: Jan 20, 2015
Story Thieves
This “clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is the first in the New York Times bestselling series from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy. Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores. But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character. Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father… …Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure.

My Name Is Jared

release date: May 18, 2015
My Name Is Jared
How was it possible that such a magnificent creation as a child could slip through the cracks of a modern society time and again, until there was no clear sign pointing to the place he came from? How was it possible there could be no one to care enough to watch over him along the way, no one to come after him when he was lost, to protect him from whatever it was that brought him to my doorstep? These questions have weighed on Dean Evelyn Hartin in the fourteen years since she adopted her son Eric off the streets. Now Eric lies in a near-comatose state, and the answers continue to elude her. Eric is searching for his past, too; in his hospital room, he is dreaming-and those dreams are manifesting in strange and tangible ways in the lives of all who know him. What secrets are locked in Eric Hartin's mind? What happens when those secrets start changing the world?

The Stolen Chapters

release date: Jan 19, 2016
The Stolen Chapters
Mysteries abound as memory-erased Owen Conners, boy magician Kiel Gnomenfoot, and their half-fictional friend Bethany confront secrets, stolen memories, hidden clues, surprising twists and endings, and some very familiar faces.

Loss of the American Brig Commerce, Wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Month of August, 1815

Sociology: Syllabus, Department of Political Sciences, DePauw University

The Chosen One

release date: Mar 02, 2021
The Chosen One
Fort and his friends face more perilous ancient magic as they race towards the final battle to save humanity in this fifth and final installment in the fantastical series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves! Fort Fitzgerald is finally reunited with his father and wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, the way things were before magic burst back into the world. But normal isn’t an option anymore. Not when the Old Ones could still return to enslave humanity and Damian is dead set on making that happen. Convinced he’s the Chosen One the prophecy says will save the world, Damian has mastered all six books of magic and plans to summon the Old Ones to destroy them. Fort knows better though—Damian has no chance of defeating the Old Ones once they arrive. Maybe Fort could stop Damian if he could use the magic from the dragon dictionary, but he’s consumed with strange visions each time he tries. The only hope left is for Fort, Jia, and Rachel to recruit the help of old friends—and enemies. But how can they know who to trust? Because unless they can find the truth behind the web of secrets and lies surrounding the prophecy of the Chosen One, Fort’s visions, Arthurian legends, and even magic itself, they've already lost.

Twice Upon a Time

release date: Apr 16, 2013
Twice Upon a Time
Jack, of the village of Giant's Hand, is now accompanied by a prince as he continues trying to help a reluctant princess find her family, while also attempting to save a city full of fairies from a nameless curse.

The Future King

release date: Oct 20, 2020
The Future King
Fort’s continued adventures take more surprising twists and turns in this third novel in a thrilling series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves! Dealing with monster attacks and his missing father has been hard enough for Fort Fitzgerald in his first month at the Oppenheimer School. But there’s another school for magic, this one in the United Kingdom, that’s about to create even bigger problems. Six of the Carmarthen Academy students found themselves lost in time when they first started learning magic. Now they’ve returned, with news of a coming war that the students claim only they can stop. But their new plan for the world might lead to an even worse future, one that Fort and his friends are destined to help bring about, no matter how much they might want to fight it. Can Fort change the future that the Time students have already seen play out? Or is he destined to pay for his past mistakes for all of time?

Half Upon a Time

release date: Sep 13, 2011
Half Upon a Time
In the village of Giant's Hand Jack's grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.

The Last Dragon

release date: Oct 08, 2019
The Last Dragon
Fort Fitzgerald is determined to uncover the truth, but a new student at school and the secrets he has to keep complicate matters in this second novel in a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves! Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before. Could there still be one left alive? And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret? Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel, if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless, the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down…

The Story of Captain Riley, and His Adventures in Africa, Etc

Education for Work

release date: Jan 01, 1985
Education for Work
This study provides an overview of the history of distributive education in America. It summarizes major trends and is a combined history, bibliography, and survey guide designed to encourage and further our understanding.

Hill People

release date: Sep 01, 2011
Hill People
Hill People reveals the startling secrets at the heart of the still-unexplained mass disappearance of the residents of Cheronkin County, California, providing an account of the lives of one Cheronkin family in the nine months prior to the vanishing.

Once Upon Another Time

release date: Apr 05, 2022
Once Upon Another Time
A "fairy-tale twist set in the world of the ... Half upon a time series"--Dust jacket flap.

Tall Tales

release date: Sep 20, 2022
Tall Tales
The second book in a new trilogy of twisted fairy tales from New York Times bestselling author James Riley, set in the world of his popular Half Upon a Time series, that’s perfect for fans of Fablehaven and Chris Colfer’s A Tale of Magic series! Lena might finally be accepted by the other giants after helping to defeat the Golden King and his faceless army in the Cursed City, but that doesn’t mean life has become any easier for her. The power-hungry Golden King wants revenge and has begun spreading shadow magic out over the kingdoms, taking over the minds of anyone it touches, and instilling fear and hatred as it goes. The fairy queens, the most magical beings in the kingdoms, say their sacred book, Tales of All Things, claims that there is one person who can defeat the Golden King and his dark spells: Lena. But only if she first proves herself worthy by completing three challenges. All Lena ever wanted was to prove she is really a giant. Now she has to be so much more. Can she and her genie friend, Jin, save the human world that doesn’t trust them, or will they fall prey to shadow magic, and doom everything?

The Revenge of Magic

release date: Feb 04, 2020
The Revenge of Magic
When long-dead magical creatures are discovered all around the world, each with a buried book of magic, the governments of the world want to unlock the power the books, but need the help of kids to harness the magical power.

Helping Children with Mathematics

release date: Aug 01, 1995
Helping Children with Mathematics
Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!

The Moral World of James

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Moral World of James
In The Moral World of James, James Riley Strange compares the moral system in the Epistle of James with other Greco-Roman and Judaic texts. The author of the epistle prescribed moral practices in a world in which other people, both pagan and Jewish, had long been expressing similar concerns, and more would continue to take up the task centuries after Christianity was well established in the Roman Empire. In this fresh and thick analysis, Strange's systemic comparison of texts (among them works of Plato, Plutarch, Epictetus, and Aelius Aristides, as well as Greek Magical Papyri, tractates of the Mishnah, and the Community Rule of the Dead Sea Scrolls) reveals how James's vision of a distinctive way of community life was both part of and distinct from the moral and religious systems among which it emerged.

Super Sudoku Fusion

release date: Apr 01, 2006
Super Sudoku Fusion
All the puzzles in the three volumes of Super Sudoku are collected in this single edition. A total of 228 puzzles from easy to hard (levels 1-6).

Pick the Plot

release date: Sep 26, 2017
Pick the Plot
Owen is trapped in a time travel plot-your-own-adventure book, controlled by the reader, and a bizarre fellow prisoner, Kara Dox, might be his only hope for escaping to save Bethany.

Math Challenge

release date: May 01, 2004
Math Challenge
Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!

Practicing Christian Education

release date: Jul 18, 2017
Practicing Christian Education
This accessible introduction to the broad scope of Christian education focuses on its practice in the local church. Two leading experts argue that Christian education encompasses all of the intentional practices of the local church, including worship, mission, sacraments, and teaching. They explore Christian education not only as a field of study but as a vital congregational ministry, showing how congregations can engage in discipleship and formation for spiritual growth. The book features exercises and other pedagogical devices and includes reflection questions and suggestions for further reading.

Once Upon the End

release date: Jan 07, 2014
Once Upon the End
"Knights, fairy godmothers, giants and beanstalks--all of these and more fill the pages of the conclusion to the Half Upon a Time trilogy"--

Mapping Out Curriculum in Your Church

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Mapping Out Curriculum in Your Church
Taking into account biblical, theological, and historical perspectives, leading ministry and education professionals identify the best approach to curriculum formation for the local church, using the metaphor of mapmaking throughout.

Jim Jennings Architecture

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Jim Jennings Architecture
Sketches, full drawings, floor plans, black-and-white photographs, explanatory text, and technical notes document recent designs by the California-based architect. They include several private residences, a sculpture studio, artist suites, and a cemetery building. An introduction and afterword by ot
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