Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing , this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Jenny Han, and Morgan Matson. Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured outshe's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down. Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummerand the inspiration to write music again. Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
Get straight to the heart of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ; students' confidence and understanding develop faster as they explore the plot, themes and Shakespeare's language, which is supported throughout this abridged play text from Globe Education. This title: - Reduces the length of the play by a third, while preserving the intricacies of the plot, enabling students to engage with the whole story in the class time available - Builds understanding of Shakespeare's language by providing a detailed glossary alongside the text for quick and easy reference, plus a range of language-focused activities - Offers a tried-and-tested approach to introducing Shakespeare, based on Globe Education's shortened 'Playing Shakespeare' productions that have been seen and appreciated by over 150,000 students - Helps students form their own personal responses to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet , stimulated by stunning photographs from Globe productions and questions that reflect on context, characters and themes - Lays the foundations for GCSE success by including activities that target the skills needed for the assessment objectives Free teacher support Shorter Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet is supported by free online teaching resources for each scene: - Teaching notes with guidance on how to approach the scene - Practical group activities to use in the classroom - Questions on language, context, themes, character and performance - Web links to extra resources including photographs from Globe productions, interviews with actors and contextual information This title is also accompanied by 10 video clips from Globe Education's shortened 'Playing Shakespeare' production of Romeo and Juliet .
From a folk-rock legend comes a tender, comic story of family, music, and second chances. "Wayward Saints is funny, smart, poignant, the prose so clear, so direct, so true. This book is a joy." --Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World Mary Saint, the rule-breaking, troubled former lead singer of the almost-famous band Sliced Ham, has pretty much given up on music after the trauma of her band member and lover Garbagio's death seven years earlier. Instead, with the help of her best friend, Thaddeus, she is trying to piece her life together while making mochaccinos in San Francisco. Meanwhile, back in her hometown of Swallow, New York, her mother, Jean Saint, struggles with her own ghosts. When Mary is invited to give a concert at her old high school, Jean is thrilled, though she's worried about what Father Benedict and her neighbors will think of songs such as "Sewer Flower" and "You're a Pig." But she soon realizes that there are going to be bigger problems when the whole town--including a discouraged teacher and a baker who's anything but sweet--gets in on the act. Filled with characters that are wild and original, yet still familiar and warm--plus plenty of great insider winks at the music industry--Wayward Saints is a touching and hilarious look at confronting your past and going home again. Praise for Wayward Saints "Wayward Saints is full of wonderful observations about family, fame, guilt, aging, the stupid music business, and the power and glory of performing and creating. Most importantly, Suzzy Roche has written a book about love and redemption. And it's funny I loved the little details and the big surprises." --Loudon Wainwright, Grammy-winning songwriter " Roche's] language is dazzling--unpredictable, supremely funny, irreverent, and full of authority. Wayward Saints is the best and most surprising debut novel I've read since I can't remember when." --Rosellen Brown, author of Half a Heart and Before and After "If you've ever had the privilege of hearing Suzzy Roche sing, you know all about her perfect pitch, her angel's voice, her subtle wit. Her masterful debut novel, Wayward Saints, mines these same prodigious gifts. When Mary Saint, a once-promising indie rocker, is invited to perform in her hometown, where her mother, Jean, still holds court, the two are forced into a long-deferred reckoning: with each other and with the demons of their past. This is a golden-threaded tale of redemption, of the transformative powers of art, and of the mysteries, pains, and sacrifices of love." --Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Hell Is Other Parents and The Red Book "Spoiler alert: this book is wonderful from beginning to end. I loved every page." --Patricia Marx, author of Starting from Happy
Like the popular second edition, Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques offers a thorough grounding in machine learning concepts as well as practical advice on applying machine learning tools and techniques in real-world data mining situations. Inside, you'll learn all you need to know about preparing inputs, interpreting outputs, evaluating results, and the algorithmic methods at the heart of successful data mining?including both tried-and-true techniques of today as well as methods at the leading edge of contemporary research. Complementing the book is a fully functional platform-independent open source Weka software for machine learning, available for free download. The book is a major revision of the second edition that appeared in 2005. While the basic core remains the same, it has been updated to reflect the changes that have taken place over the last four or five years. The highlights for the updated new edition include completely revised technique sections; new chapter on Data Transformations, new chapter on Ensemble Learning, new chapter on Massive Data Sets, a new ?book release? version of the popular Weka machine learning open source software (developed by the authors and specific to the Third Edition); new material on ?multi-instance learning?; new information on ranking the classification, plus comprehensive updates and modernization throughout. All in all, approximately 100 pages of new material. * Thorough grounding in machine learning concepts as well as practical advice on applying the tools and techniques * Algorithmic methods at the heart of successful data mining?including tired and true methods as well as leading edge methods * Performance improvement techniques that work by transforming the input or output * Downloadable Weka, a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks, including tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualization?in an updated, interactive interface.