New Release Books by John Stephens

John Stephens is the author of The Routledge Companion to International Children's Literature (2021), The Black Reckoning (2015), Retelling Stories, Framing Culture (2013), The Italian Renaissance (2014) and other 135 books.

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The Routledge Companion to International Children's Literature

release date: Sep 30, 2021
The Routledge Companion to International Children's Literature
Demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, political, and intellectual diversity of children''s literature across the globe, this companion is the first volume of its kind to focus on the undervisited regions of the world.

The Black Reckoning

release date: Apr 07, 2015
The Black Reckoning
The final book in the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy that began with The Emerald Atlas, which the New York Times called “a new Narnia for the tween set.” The adventures of siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma come to a stunning conclusion when they must find the last Book of Beginning—the Book of Death—before the Dire Magnus does, for when all three books are united, their combined power will be unstoppable. Soon Emma is on a journey to places both worldly and otherworldly, confronting terrifying monsters and ghosts, and what is darkest within herself. As the fabric of time begins to fray, she becomes the final piece of an extraordinary puzzle. Only if she can master the powers of this most dangerous book will she, Kate, and Michael be able to save the world from the dramatic, deadly final confrontation between magical and ordinary people that the Dire Magnus has in store.

Retelling Stories, Framing Culture

release date: Jan 11, 2013
Retelling Stories, Framing Culture
What happens to traditional stories when they are retold in another time and cultural context and for a different audience? This first-of-its-kind study discusses Bible stories, classical myths, heroic legends, Arthurian romances, Robin Hood lore, folk tales, ''oriental'' tales, and other stories derived from European cultures. One chapter is devoted to various retellings of classics, from Shakespeare to "Wind in the Willows." The authors offer a general theory of what motivates the retelling of stories, and how stories express the aspirations of a society. An important function of stories is to introduce children to a cultural heritage, and to transmit a body of shared allusions and experiences that expresses a society''s central values and assumptions. However, the cultural heritage may be modified through a pervasive tendency of retellings to produce socially conservative outcomes because of ethnocentric, androcentric and class-based assumptions in the source stories that persist into retellings. Therefore, some stories, such as classical myths, are particularly resistant to feminist reinterpretations, for example, while other types, such as folktales, are more malleable. In examining such possibilities, the book evaluates the processes of interpretation apparent in retellings. Index included.

The Italian Renaissance

release date: Jun 23, 2014
The Italian Renaissance
In this fascinating study, John Stephens inteprets the significance of the immense cultural change which took place in Italy from the time of Petrarch to the Reformation, and considers its wider contribution to Europe beyond the Alps. His important analysis (which is designed for students and serious general readers of history as well as the specialist) is not a straight narrative history; rather, it is an examination of the humanists, artists and patrons who were the instruments of this change; the contemporary factors that favoured it; and the elements of ancient thought they revived.

THE RAISING OF WILLIAM WALLACE, JUNIOR

release date: Dec 01, 2014
THE RAISING OF WILLIAM WALLACE, JUNIOR
The main character, William, is a boy born to a hopeless single parent in Glasgow, Scotland, unwanted and largely ignored. Life is always a struggle for her. In the course of time she dies, leaving William with the man she had been living with. William is mistreated and bullied, and eventually runs away from home, penniless and with no idea where to go. He hides in a lorry going to London, where he begs in the streets for money or food. One day he meets up with a couple who are planning to make a documentary world-wide on animals and creatures in their habitat. The two people he meets in London, Jim and Anne, can see a potential in William and agree to take him on as an apprentice. Anne is also a teacher and spends much time helping William with the education he has missed, and he proves a willing learner. They travel to many parts of the globe, Zambia, Botswana, Christmas Island and other places filming and making notes, during which time they have a series of adventures.

The Fire Chronicle

release date: Oct 09, 2012
The Fire Chronicle
After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is. The children are soon discovered by their enemies, and a frantic chase sends Kate a hundred years into the past, to a perilous, enchanted New York City. Searching for a way back to her brother and sister, she meets a mysterious boy whose fate is intricately—and dangerously—tied to her own. Meanwhile, Michael and Emma have set off to find the second of the Books of Beginning. A series of clues leads them into a hidden world where they must brave harsh polar storms, track down an ancient order of warriors, and confront terrible monsters. Will Michael and Emma find the legendary book of fire—and master its powers—before Kate is lost to them forever? Exciting, suspenseful, and brimming with humor and heart, the next installment of the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy will lead Kate, Michael, and Emma closer to their family—and to the magic that could save, or destroy, them all.

The Emerald Atlas

release date: Apr 05, 2011
The Emerald Atlas
"A strong . . . new trilogy, invoking just a little Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events along the way."—Realms of Fantasy Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world . . . a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is true—what they do can change history, and it''s up to them to set things right. "A new Narnia for the tween set."—The New York Times "[A] fast-paced, fully imagined fantasy."—Publishers Weekly "Echoes of other popular fantasy series, from "Harry Potter" to the "Narnia" books, are easily found, but debut author Stephens has created a new and appealing read . . ."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

Children as Partners for Health

release date: Mar 01, 2000
Children as Partners for Health
The Child-to-Child health education approach, now in use in more than 80 countries, views children as active promoters and not just receivers of health. This is an exploration of how far such child-centred philosophies can work in cultures where people do not necessarily share Western assumptions about the role of the child in society. They analyze the theories and concepts underlying Child-to-Child and the reasons for its rapid spread. Theory is then compared with practice, drawing on case studies from both industrialised and Third World countries. Lessons are drawn from its successes and failures; implications made clear for policy makers, planners, implementers and evaluators; and recommendations made for future action and research.

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer
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A Sermon, on the Advantages Which Man Derives from Woman; With Hints to the Single and Married of Both Sexes, in Relation to Conjugal Duties

release date: Aug 06, 2019
A Sermon, on the Advantages Which Man Derives from Woman; With Hints to the Single and Married of Both Sexes, in Relation to Conjugal Duties
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The Creation

release date: Mar 30, 2021
The Creation
A book about the magnificent construction of the Universe and the amazing design of life on Earth. It is based on recent scientific discoveries and is presented in short chapters for those who want to learn about the power and wisdom of the Creator.

The History of the Boroughs and Municipal Corporations of the United Kingdom

release date: Mar 17, 2020
The History of the Boroughs and Municipal Corporations of the United Kingdom
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The Rise and Progress of the English Constitution

release date: Mar 24, 2019
The Rise and Progress of the English Constitution
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A Sermon on the Advantages Which Man Derives from Woman

release date: Mar 04, 2019
A Sermon on the Advantages Which Man Derives from Woman
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Return to the Water

release date: Nov 01, 2012
Return to the Water
Imagine you are on the opposite coast of the country, San Diego-a ve hour plane ride from your home-it''s Mother''s Day and your family back East is settled in for the night. You''ve traveled this far to make amends with your past, to forgive and move on, to assuage your conscience. But a ringing phone in the night will bring news that your life has changed, utterly. Meet John Stephens, the quintessential "everyman," he''s no hero, no man of visions, but his is a modest quest to keep home together, to keep faith beyond hope and to nd peace beyond consolation, leading him to water''s healing edge.

Ancient Mediterranean Religions

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Ancient Mediterranean Religions
This book offers a clear and concise historical overview of the major religious movements of the ancient Mediterranean world existing from the time of the second millennium BCE up until the fourth century CE, including both the Judeo-Christian and pagan religious traditions. Recognizing the significant role of religious institutions in human history and acknowledging the diversity of religious ideas and practices in the ancient Mediterranean world, religion is defined as a collection of myths, beliefs, rituals, ethical practices, social institutions and experiences related to the realm of the sacred cosmos. Without focusing too much attention on technicalities and complex vocabulary, the book provides an introductory road map for exploring the vast array of religious data permeating the ancient Mediterranean world. Through an examination of literary and archeological evidence, the book summarizes the fundamental religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Near Eastern world, including the religious traditions of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel. Turning westward, the fascinating world of ancient Greek and Roman religion is considered next. The discussion begins with a description of Minoan-Mycenaean religion, followed by a consideration of classical Roman and Greek religion. Next, the numerous religious movements that blossomed during Hellenistic-Roman times are discussed. In addition, the fundamental theological contributions of various Greco-Roman philosophical schools of thought, including Orphism, Stoicism, Pythagoreanism, Platonism and Neo-Platonism, are described. Greco-Roman philosophy functioned as a quasi-religious outlook for many, and played a decisive role in the evolution of religion in the classical and Hellenistic period. The theologi

Folkestone Ritual Case

release date: Feb 28, 2019
Folkestone Ritual Case
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The History of the Rise and Progress of the New British Province of South Australia - Scholar's Choice Edition

release date: Feb 17, 2015
The History of the Rise and Progress of the New British Province of South Australia - Scholar's Choice Edition
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The Adventures of Wynn the Wiener Dog.

release date: Apr 16, 2014
The Adventures of Wynn the Wiener Dog.
Join Wynn the Wiener dog on storybook adventures! Spark your child''s imagination with 26 pages of color and fun!

The Emerald Atlas Gift Bundle

release date: Nov 06, 2012
The Emerald Atlas Gift Bundle
After living in orphanages after their parents'' disappearance, Kate, Michael, and Emma learn that they have special powers, a quest, and an enemy, and while Michael and Emma seek a magical book, Kate must find a way back to the present from 1899.

The Journey

release date: Mar 19, 2014
The Journey
The Journey is a fictional tale filled with the adventures of two runaway teens during the 1400''s. Immerse yourself into the action as life-long friends accidentally entangle themselves in the turbulent climate of Medieval Europe and discover the transformation of selfless love. Ages 10-14.

Hawaii Bathroom Book

release date: Nov 01, 2012
Hawaii Bathroom Book
We all enjoy light reading to pass the time in waiting rooms, to relax, or to help us fall asleep. Here is Hawai''i''s first-ever collection of over 200 flash pieces served in consumable bites. They will amuse, educate, and entertain and they don''t require deep thinking. There is something for all tastes with a vast array of subjects, compiled from many sources. Included are short sayings, anecdotes, little-known facts and historical stories that will broaden your understanding and knowledge of Hawai''i. Sit back and enjoy your wait reading about ghosts, Pele, shaved ice, World War II, paniolo, baseball, island geography, night marchers, Kona nightingales, parrotfish, Barking Sands, early Honolulu luau, and much, much more.

The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning 2

release date: Oct 11, 2012
The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning 2
It''s been six months since Kate, Michael and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-lost family remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find the man who was the last person to see them. He knows about a secret map of a distant, mysterious land - maybe this is the clue that will lead them to their parents... Meanwhile, Kate''s connection to the Book of Time grows ever stronger, and when a dangerous trick traps her in the past, she must find new friends to help her return home. Once more the children must embark on a daring and perilous quest to find the second Book of Beginning and harness its power. But will it be enough to save them all?

The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1

release date: Apr 14, 2011
The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1
The first thrilling book in the most exciting children''s fantasy series since Harry Potter. They were taken from their beds one frozen night, when the world was covered in snow. The silhouette of a tall, thin man has haunted Kate ever since. Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded to a blur. Arriving at Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something different about this place - and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark, crooked house before. As they explore, they discover an old, empty leather book. The moment they touch it, an ancient magical prophecy is set irrevocably in motion, and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate reality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters. Only they can prevent the terrible event that will ruin Cambridge Falls - and stop the world from falling into complete devastation.

Battle for Destiny

Battle for Destiny
A Welsh youth, imprisoned in a monastery and outcast from his lands, is befriended by countryman Harry Tudor whose allegiance he pledges through adventures that end on Bosworth Field in a battle that terminates the Wars of the Roses and puts Harry on the throne of England.

Centennial Campaign

release date: Jan 01, 1988
Centennial Campaign
“A fine book…In the twenty-two chapters that comprise the background and the campaign narrative, the author is at his best when he moves away from the Washington scene to detail the field operations. But it is the second part of the book—seven chapters labeled “Facets”—that moves Centennial Campaign into the realm of the exceptional. Here Dr. Gray combines impressive research, careful analysis, and sound deduction to reconstruct Indian movements, locations, and concentrations.”—Western Historical Quarterly

Rude Promenade

release date: Feb 01, 2006
Rude Promenade
The end of the world has never been portrayed in quite this way. One man left on the face of the earth, left alone and desperately in search of a partner. His answer will come to him in the form of a beautiful woman, but will this woman live up to his expectations, or will she be different in some way? Follow Clint as he struggles to find the compassion he so desperately sought after and determine for your self if what he finds is Saint or Satan. Follow him as the nightmare unwinds in front of his very eyes, and hang on for the suspense roller coaster of your life.

Guardians Upon the Walls of this Terrestrial Jerusalem

release date: Jan 01, 1999
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