A blizzard was blowing wildly over the American prairies one winter day in the earlier part of the present century. Fresh, free and straight, it came from the realms of Jack Frost, and cold-bitterly cold-like the bergs on the Arctic seas, to which it had but recently said farewell. Snow, fine as dust and sharp as needles, was caught up bodily by the wind in great masses-here in snaky coils, there in whirling eddies, elsewhere in rolling clouds; but these had barely time to assume indefinite forms when they were furiously scattered and swept away as by the besom of destruction, while earth and sky commingled in a smother of whitey-grey. All the demons of the Far North seemed to have taken an outside passage on that blizzard, so tremendous was the roaring and shrieking, while the writhing of tormented snow-drifts suggested powerfully the madness of agony. Two white and ghostly pillars moved slowly but steadily through all this hurly-burly in a straight line. One of the pillars was short and broad; the other was tall and stately. Both were very solid-agreeably so, when contrasted with surrounding chaos. Suddenly the two pillars stopped-though the gale did not.
Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature animals from the ocean to Africa to Australia. Child adventurers become wildlife tourists and make firsthand observations about the animals. According to Booklist, "This engaging and original take on a perennially popular subject will be a welcome addition to school and public library collections." A child goes on an African safari and observes the behavior of Cape buffalo in the wild as they defend their herd.
East West Michigan City is the hometown of Northville homicide detective Xander Nicholson. While his partner Dan Gold deals with the Chicken Man in Northville, Xander assists his old friend Suzie and Kyle, her current boyfriend. Obviously, East West Michigan City is not the ideal place for a wild animal safari park, but while investigating the odd crime that has landed Kyle in jail, Xander discovers one being built in the small town. Smelling trouble, Xander rallies his friends and family to assist him. And he has plenty of help: Dennis, his retired, septuagenarian father; Calico, his younger bipolar depressive sister; Suzie, still attractive as ever; and Clyde, the lost bloodhound. Only this unique team can uncover the corruption and sheer stupidity driving the leaders of East West Michigan City to allow the buffalo to roam the shores of Lake Michigan.