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Model Misfit (Geek Girl, Book 2)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780007489473
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.” MODEL MISFIT is the sequel to award-winning No. 1 UK debut GEEK GIRL.

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    Geek Girl: Model Misfit
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780062333629
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • You can make a geek a model, but you can't make her chic. More hilarity and high fashion await in the second book in the internationally bestselling Geek Girl series! Harriet Manners is a model—but she feels even less popular and more awkward than she did when she was just a geek. So a summer modeling job in Japan sounds like the perfect vacation, even if she has to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and even if she might run into Nick, her gorgeous supermodel ex-boyfriend. No one is going to ruin Harriet's fabulous Tokyo adventure—unless she accidentally ruins it herself. . . . This sequel to Holly Smale's #1 bestselling debut novel, Geek Girl, is perfect for fans of Mag Cabot's Princess Diaries series and Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series.

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    Geek Girl: Model Misfit
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperTeen
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 0062333615
  • Reader Reviews : 16
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • You can make a geek a model, but you can't make her chic. More hilarity and high fashion await in the second book in the internationally bestselling Geek Girl series! Harriet Manners is a model—but she feels even less popular and more awkward than she did when she was just a geek. So a summer modeling job in Japan sounds like the perfect vacation, even if she has to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and even if she might run into Nick, her gorgeous supermodel ex-boyfriend. No one is going to ruin Harriet's fabulous Tokyo adventure—unless she accidentally ruins it herself. . . . This sequel to Holly Smale's #1 bestselling debut novel, Geek Girl, is perfect for fans of Mag Cabot's Princess Diaries series and Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series.

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    Geek Drama (Geek Girl)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 9780008135003
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” A brand new World Book Day story from the no. 1 bestselling and award-winning GEEK GIRL series!

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    Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines, Book 1)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780008254155
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Introducing The Valentines – Happy Girl Lucky, the first book in the hilarious new romantic-comedy series by Holly Smale, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Geek Girl books.

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    Geek Girl books 1-3: Geek Girl, Model Misfit and Picture Perfect (Geek Girl)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 1572
  • ISBN : 9780008154455
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” The first three hilarious novels in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series – now available as a 3-book collection.

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    Misfits
  • Author : Michaela Coel
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Pages : 74
  • ISBN : 9781250843456
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  • Genre : Self-Help
  • From the brilliant mind of Michaela Coel, creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum and a Royal Society of Literature fellow, comes a passionate and inspired declaration against fitting in. When invited to deliver the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Michaela Coel touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class and gender, but the person most significantly impacted was Coel herself. Building on her celebrated speech, Misfits immerses readers in her vision through powerful allegory and deeply personal anecdotes—from her coming of age in London public housing to her discovery of theater and her love for storytelling. And she tells of her reckoning with trauma and metamorphosis into a champion for herself, inclusivity, and radical honesty. With inspiring insight and wit, Coel lays bare her journey so far and invites us to reflect on our own. By embracing our differences, she says, we can transform our lives. An artist to her core, Coel holds up the path of the creative as an emblem of our need to regard one another with care and respect—and transparency. Misfits is a triumphant call for honesty, empathy and inclusion. Championing “misfits” everywhere, this timely, necessary book is a rousing coming-to-power manifesto dedicated to anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

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    Geek Girl and Model Misfit (Geek Girl books 1 and 2) (Geek Girl)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 756
  • ISBN : 9780007561216
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” The first two hilarious novels in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series – now available as a 2-book collection.

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    The Misfit Economy
  • Author : Alexa Clay,Kyra Maya Phillips
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781451688825
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • A book that argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society. Who are the greatest innovators in the world? You're probably thinking Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The usual suspects. This book isn't about them. It's about people you've never heard of. It's about people who are just as innovative, entrepreneurial, and visionary as the Jobses, Edisons, and Fords of the world. They’re in the crowded streets of Shenzhen, the prisons of Somalia, the flooded coastal towns of Thailand. They are pirates, computer hackers, pranksters, and former gang leaders. Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black, grey, and informal economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges. Far from being "deviant entrepreneurs" that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and practices that we can learn from and apply to move formal markets. This book investigates the stories of underground innovation that make up the Misfit Economy. It examines the teeming genius of the underground. It asks: Who are these unknown visionaries? How do they work? How do they organize themselves? How do they catalyze innovation? And ultimately, how can you take these lessons into your own world?

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    Misfit
  • Author : Charli Howard
  • Publisher : Puffin
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0241328829
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  • Genre : Clothing trade
  • A beautiful and brave book - Emma Gannon Everyone should read this book - ModelTypeFace A thoughtful, honest and articulate voice - The Observer Witty - The Sun Packed full of honesty and insight - Dr Radha So, how did a slightly bonkers misfit with anorexia, bulimia and anxiety decide to solve their problems? I became a model. As you do. Charli Howard had always wanted to be normal - but for some reason, she couldn't quite find out how to do it. As a teenager, she felt like the only one who struggled with anxiety and self-esteem issues when everyone around her seemed to fit in. So she tried to embrace standing out: by becoming a model. Believing it would make her happy and envied, she set out single-mindedly to make it - and she achieved her dream. But the reality wasn't quite as glamorous as she'd hoped. The pressure on Charli to look a certain way took an extreme toll on her body and self-image, and no matter how thin she got, she was never thin enough. When Charli, though medically underweight, was fired by her modelling agency for being too big, she decided she'd had enough. She used her platform for good and spoke out about the insane standards of the modelling industry, whose images influence young women and girls all over the world. Now, Charli is comfortable in her skin for the first time ever, working happily as a plus sized model in New York. Here, she shares her journey, from anorexic and bulimic teenager to happy, healthy twenty-something.

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    Forever Geek (Geek Girl, Book 6)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780007574674
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever... The FINAL book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series is here!

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    An Investigation of Model Misfit in IRT and a New Approach Based on Simultaneous Parametric and Nonparametric IRF Estimation
  • Author : Craig Stephen Wells
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : WISC:89087459558
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  • Genre : Books
  • Read and download full book An Investigation of Model Misfit in IRT and a New Approach Based on Simultaneous Parametric and Nonparametric IRF Estimation

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    Convenience Store Woman
  • Author : Sayaka Murata
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9780802165800
  • Reader Reviews : 53
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction—many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual—and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action... A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

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    Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, Book 5)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9780007574643
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • “My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.” The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series.

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    All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 9780007574605
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • “My name is Harriet Manners, and I have always been a geek.” The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series.

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    Blessed Are the Misfits
  • Author : Brant Hansen
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780718096366
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Religion
  • Warning: If modern church culture makes perfect sense to you, and you always fit in seamlessly, don’t read this. As for the rest of us… While American church culture (and American culture at large) seems largely designed for the extroverted, it’s estimated that half of the American population is introverted, and they’re often left wondering how, even if, they fit in the kingdom of God. As one of them, popular radio host Brant Hansen brings news. It’s wonderful, refreshing, and never-been-said-this-way-before good news. In his unique style, Hansen looks to answer questions that millions of people carry with them each day: If I don’t relate to God as emotionally as others do, is something wrong with me? How does one approach God, and approach faith, when devoid of the “good feelings” that seem to drive so much of evangelical church culture? How does God interact with those who seem spiritually numb? Is the absence of faith-based emotion a sign of that God has moved on or was never there? What if we aren’t good at talking to people about our faith, or good at talking to people at all? What if I’m told I’m too analytical, that I “think too much”? Where does a person who suffers from depression fit in the kingdom? Is depression a sure sign of a lack of faith? This book is good news for people who are desperately looking for it. (And for their loved ones!) It’s also for those who want to believe in Jesus, but inwardly fear that they don’t belong, worry that don’t have the requisite emotion-based relationship with God, and are starving for good news. Blessed Are the Misfits is going to generate discussion, and lots of it. It’s simultaneously highly provocative and humbly personal. It’s also leavened with a distinct, dry, self-effacing humor that is a hallmark of Hansen’s on-air, writing, and public speaking style.

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    Sigh, Gone
  • Author : Phuc Tran
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781250194725
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature. In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents. Appealing to fans of coming-of-age memoirs such as Fresh Off the Boat, Running with Scissors, or tales of assimilation like Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Displaced and The Refugees, Sigh, Gone explores one man’s bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the ‘80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes—and ultimately saves—him.

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    Handbook of Item Response Theory Modeling
  • Author : Steven P. Reise,Dennis A. Revicki
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 484
  • ISBN : 9781317565697
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Psychology
  • Item response theory (IRT) has moved beyond the confines of educational measurement into assessment domains such as personality, psychopathology, and patient-reported outcomes. Classic and emerging IRT methods and applications that are revolutionizing psychological measurement, particularly for health assessments used to demonstrate treatment effectiveness, are reviewed in this new volume. World renowned contributors present the latest research and methodologies about these models along with their applications and related challenges. Examples using real data, some from NIH-PROMIS, show how to apply these models in actual research situations. Chapters review fundamental issues of IRT, modern estimation methods, testing assumptions, evaluating fit, item banking, scoring in multidimensional models, and advanced IRT methods. New multidimensional models are provided along with suggestions for deciding among the family of IRT models available. Each chapter provides an introduction, describes state-of-the art research methods, demonstrates an application, and provides a summary. The book addresses the most critical IRT conceptual and statistical issues confronting researchers and advanced students in psychology, education, and medicine today. Although the chapters highlight health outcomes data the issues addressed are relevant to any content domain. The book addresses: IRT models applied to non-educational data especially patient reported outcomes Differences between cognitive and non-cognitive constructs and the challenges these bring to modeling. The application of multidimensional IRT models designed to capture typical performance data. Cutting-edge methods for deriving a single latent dimension from multidimensional data A new model designed for the measurement of constructs that are defined on one end of a continuum such as substance abuse Scoring individuals under different multidimensional IRT models and item banking for patient-reported health outcomes How to evaluate measurement invariance, diagnose problems with response categories, and assess growth and change. Part 1 reviews fundamental topics such as assumption testing, parameter estimation, and the assessment of model and person fit. New, emerging, and classic IRT models including modeling multidimensional data and the use of new IRT models in typical performance measurement contexts are examined in Part 2. Part 3 reviews the major applications of IRT models such as scoring, item banking for patient-reported health outcomes, evaluating measurement invariance, linking scales to a common metric, and measuring growth and change. The book concludes with a look at future IRT applications in health outcomes measurement. The book summarizes the latest advances and critiques foundational topics such a multidimensionality, assessment of fit, handling non-normality, as well as applied topics such as differential item functioning and multidimensional linking. Intended for researchers, advanced students, and practitioners in psychology, education, and medicine interested in applying IRT methods, this book also serves as a text in advanced graduate courses on IRT or measurement. Familiarity with factor analysis, latent variables, IRT, and basic measurement theory is assumed.

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    Picture Perfect
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN : 0007574576
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Harriet Manners knows more facts than most.She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States.She knows that its official motto is 'Ever Upward'.She knows that one in thirty-eight people living in the US lives there.But she knows nothing whatsoever about modelling in the Big Apple and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or 'becoming a brand' as the models in New York say. And even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures coming your way aren't from your boyfriend...Does geek girl go too far this time?

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    Inverse Problem Theory and Methods for Model Parameter Estimation
  • Author : Albert Tarantola
  • Publisher : SIAM
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN : 0898717922
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  • Genre : Mathematics
  • While the prediction of observations is a forward problem, the use of actual observations to infer the properties of a model is an inverse problem. Inverse problems are difficult because they may not have a unique solution. The description of uncertainties plays a central role in the theory, which is based on probability theory. This book proposes a general approach that is valid for linear as well as for nonlinear problems. The philosophy is essentially probabilistic and allows the reader to understand the basic difficulties appearing in the resolution of inverse problems. The book attempts to explain how a method of acquisition of information can be applied to actual real-world problems, and many of the arguments are heuristic.

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    The Reviewer’s Guide to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Author : Gregory R. Hancock,Laura M. Stapleton,Ralph O. Mueller
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 502
  • ISBN : 9781317627791
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  • Genre : Education
  • The Reviewer’s Guide to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences provides evaluators of research manuscripts and proposals in the social and behavioral sciences with the resources they need to read, understand, and assess quantitative work. 35 uniquely structured chapters cover both traditional and emerging methods of quantitative data analysis, which neither junior nor veteran reviewers can be expected to know in detail. The second edition of this valuable resource updates readers on each technique’s key principles, appropriate usage, underlying assumptions and limitations, providing reviewers with the information they need to offer constructive commentary on works they evaluate. Written by methodological and applied scholars, this volume is also an indispensable author’s reference for preparing sound research manuscripts and proposals.

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    Saints and Misfits
  • Author : S. K. Ali
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781481499248
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

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    Misfit Mage
  • Author : Michael Taggart
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN : 1709666099
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  • Genre : Books
  • He went searching for a fresh start. He didn't expect to find unusual friends, fierce enemies, and primal powers. Jason thought that it was the end of his life after being attacked and hunted by a band of ruthless thugs. Instead, he tapped into the source of creation and emerged from his Death Experience with magical powers. Rescued by a mountain troll and a battle mage, he becomes part of an unlikely group of housemates, defending a mystical old mansion from those who want to destroy it. Joined by a cheerful granny, an incubus who is entirely too attractive, and a tiny fierce kitten, Jason finds a new sense of belonging and purpose. The band of misfits are on the losing side of the mage war until Jason discovers the rules of magic are not as set in stone as they appear to be. Jason has little power, but he discovers he can see magic and manipulate it at a microscopic level. What he detects begins his journey into discovering how his new powers really work, and just might be the edge they need to survive. If you like witty dialogue, diverse characters, magic that feels real, and intense action, then you will love this LGBTQ urban fantasy. If you like Harry Dresden or Iron Druid, or enjoy a thriller grounded in magic, then buy Misfit Mage today and step into a whole new enchanted world. "I liked this book so much I read it in a day." - Suzanne Reed "I enjoyed the improvements in his magical path that was so different than anything else I've ever read." - Melissa Jane "Characters draw you into their world. Looking forward to the next one. Author has a good sense of humor." - Samantha Vincent "I was caught by the characters and plot right away. I enjoyed it from start to finish and look forward to the second book. This book pulls you into itself and you can't put it down." - Tina Kinkade

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    Blissed
  • Author : Jamie Farrell,Pippa Grant
  • Publisher : Jamie Farrell
  • Pages : 409
  • ISBN : 9781940517056
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "This story is everything I love about romantic comedy!" - USA Today Bestselling Author Kylie Gilmore An out-of-place single mother and a thrill-seeking widower collide in the Wedding Capital of the Midwest! Natalie Castellano didn't have the wedded bliss experience typical of her hometown, but that won't stop her from ensuring this year's bridal festival goes off without a hitch. Even if it means she has to play nice with the man who broke her fairy tale. World adventurer and reluctant local hero CJ Blue doesn't want to be in Bliss anymore than Natalie wants him here. But family obligations have brought him back, and now, Natalie is using every trick she has to rope him into helping save a tradition he'd rather forget. Despite their rocky past, these two wounded souls have more in common than they expect. They've both loved and lost, they've both tried to move on, and now they've both locked up their hearts. But by joining forces for the sake of Bliss, they might find the courage to risk love one more time. Praise for Blissed: "Farrell marries warmth with tongue-in-cheek wit in this marvelous romantic comedy...Natalie and CJ's journey toward love, filled with scenes of high hilarity and vivid emotion, resonates with warmth and realism. A cast of quirky characters adds just the perfect touch to a heartwarming comedy of errors." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW "Jamie Farrell will have you laughing out loud with her fun, quirky characters from her Misfit Brides series." - USA TODAY HEA Blog "A romantic romp that's both smart & sassy." - Christie Craig, NYT Best Selling author of The Divorced & Desperate series Blissed is a standalone romantic comedy. Be sure to check out the rest of the Misfit Brides series! Blissed (CJ and Natalie) Matched (Will and Lindsey) Smittened (Mikey and Dahlia) Sugared (Josh and Kimmie) Merried (Max and Merry) And for more fun from Jamie Farrell, check out the Officers' Ex-Wives Club series! Southern Fried Blues (Jackson and Anna Grace) Moonshine & Magnolias (Zack and Shelby) And sign up for Jamie Farrell's newsletter to stay up to date with Jamie's latest releases! JamieFarrellBooks.com Note: BLISSED was previously published as THE HUSBAND GAMES. Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Second Chances, Small Town Romance, Bridal Romance, Smart Romance, Quirky Romance

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    Bunny Misfit
  • Author : Eve Langlais
  • Publisher : Eve Langlais
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781773840604
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Being a bunny in a family of wolves leads to Claire running away from home. But when her BFF needs someone to investigate a possible lead on her missing parents, Claire hops to the rescue. My name is Claire, and I am a bunny shifter who happened to be born in a pack of wolf shifters. Which, needless to say, didn't go over well. Before the people I thought of as family made me their next dinner, I ran away, and I might have stayed away forever if my best friend hadn't needed my help. A secret organization has been kidnapping shapeshifters, experimenting on them, too, and someone has to stop them. Not me, I should add, because I'm a rabbit, not a soldier, but I am good at poking my cute little nose into places I shouldn't and getting information. My mission is to locate the bad guys' HQ so the cavalry can ride in and put a stop to it. What I didn't expect was to run into an old crush of mine. A werewolf by the name of Derek who isn't bothered at all by my large floppy ears. Lucky me, the only kind of nibbling he wants to do is the delicious kind. Before we can find out if a bunny can have a happily ever after with the big bad wolf, we've got to stay out of the clutches of some mad human scientists. Genre: paranormal romance, shapeshifter romance, bunny shifter, werewolf romance, romantic comedy, supernatural thriller

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    Anatomy of a Misfit
  • Author : Andrea Portes
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780062313669
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • “It’s rare that a book can be as funny and absolutely delightful as it is moving and thought provoking, and Anatomy of a Misfit is both.” —Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall Anika Dragomir is the third-most-popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled, and off limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose—ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? Part Morgan Matson, part Nicola Yoon, this incredible YA voice narrates a story Teen Vogue calls “perfection in book form.”

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    Exact and Approximate Modeling of Linear Systems
  • Author : Ivan Markovsky,Jan C. Willems,Sabine Van Huffel,Bart De Moor
  • Publisher : SIAM
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 0898718260
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Approximation theory
  • This title elegantly introduces the behavioral approach to mathematical modeling, an approach that requires models to be viewed as sets of possible outcomes rather than to be a priori bound to particular representations. The authors discuss exact and approximate fitting of data by linear, bilinear, and quadratic static models and linear dynamic models, a formulation that enables readers to select the most suitable representation for a particular purpose. This book presents exact subspace-type and approximate optimization-based identification methods, as well as representation-free problem formulations, an overview of solution approaches, and software implementation. Readers will find an exposition of a wide variety of modeling problems starting from observed data. The presented theory leads to algorithms that are implemented in C language and in MATLAB.

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    Imaging Convection and Magnetism in the Sun
  • Author : Shravan Hanasoge
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 131
  • ISBN : 9783319273303
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  • Genre : Computers
  • This book reviews the field of helioseismology and its outstanding challenges and also offers a detailed discussion of the latest computational methodologies. The focus is on the development and implementation of techniques to create 3-D images of convection and magnetism in the solar interior and to introduce the latest computational and theoretical methods to the interested reader. With the increasing availability of computational resources, demand for greater accuracy in the interpretation of helioseismic measurements and the advent of billion-dollar instruments taking high-quality observations, computational methods of helioseismology that enable probing the 3-D structure of the Sun have increasingly become central. This book will benefit students and researchers with proficiency in basic numerical methods, differential equations and linear algebra who are interested in helioseismology.

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    Modeling Dyadic and Interdependent Data in the Developmental and Behavioral Sciences
  • Author : Noel A. Card,James P. Selig,Todd Little
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 461
  • ISBN : 9781135703943
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Psychology
  • This book reviews methods of conceptualizing, measuring, and analyzing interdependent data in developmental and behavioral sciences. Quantitative and developmental experts describe best practices for modeling interdependent data that stem from interactions within families, relationships, and peer groups, for example. Complex models for analyzing longitudinal data, such as growth curves and time series, are also presented. Many contributors are innovators of the techniques and all are able to clearly explain the methodologies and their practical problems including issues of measurement, missing data, power and sample size, and the specific limitations of each method. Featuring a balance between analytic strategies and applications, the book addresses: The Actor-Partner Interdependence Model for analyzing influence between two individuals The Intraclass Correlational Approach for analyzing distinguishable roles (parent-child) or exchangeable (same-sex) dyadic data The Social Relations Model for analyzing group interdependency Social Network Analysis approaches for relationships between individuals This book is intended for graduate students and researchers across the developmental, social, behavioral, and educational sciences. It is an excellent research guide and a valuable resource for advanced methods courses.

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    Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit
  • Author : S. K. Grunin
  • Publisher : Austin Macauley
  • Pages : 78
  • ISBN : 1528912284
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Ivy Sue Klutz (Little MisFit - LMF) finds one of her first memories confusing. This is when she is three and a half years old and is at her sister Lynn's birthday party. Their cousin, Janet, asks the partygoers to guess what Lynn's birthday present is as the truck delivering the present is backing up to the front porch of their house. Unbeknown to LMF, Janet told the other kids not to really guess that it's a bike. You guessed - LMF guesses that her sister is getting a bike for her 5th birthday present. But instead of everyone being happy that LMF guessed the right thing, everyone is mad at her and none more than her mother. LMF runs off to her soon-to-be baby brother's bedroom and tries to hide behind his dresser, with her mother hot on her heels, yelling at her all the way. From this experience and many others through her 4th grade years in school, LMF learns the Life Lesson that Life Isn't Always What It Seems.

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    Handbook of Diagnostic Classification Models
  • Author : Matthias von Davier,Young-Sun Lee
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 9783030055844
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  • Genre : Education
  • This handbook provides an overview of major developments around diagnostic classification models (DCMs) with regard to modeling, estimation, model checking, scoring, and applications. It brings together not only the current state of the art, but also the theoretical background and models developed for diagnostic classification. The handbook also offers applications and special topics and practical guidelines how to plan and conduct research studies with the help of DCMs. Commonly used models in educational measurement and psychometrics typically assume a single latent trait or at best a small number of latent variables that are aimed at describing individual differences in observed behavior. While this allows simple rankings of test takers along one or a few dimensions, it does not provide a detailed picture of strengths and weaknesses when assessing complex cognitive skills. DCMs, on the other hand, allow the evaluation of test taker performance relative to a potentially large number of skill domains. Most diagnostic models provide a binary mastery/non-mastery classification for each of the assumed test taker attributes representing these skill domains. Attribute profiles can be used for formative decisions as well as for summative purposes, for example in a multiple cut-off procedure that requires mastery on at least a certain subset of skills. The number of DCMs discussed in the literature and applied to a variety of assessment data has been increasing over the past decades, and their appeal to researchers and practitioners alike continues to grow. These models have been used in English language assessment, international large scale assessments, and for feedback for practice exams in preparation of college admission testing, just to name a few. Nowadays, technology-based assessments provide increasingly rich data on a multitude of skills and allow collection of data with respect to multiple types of behaviors. Diagnostic models can be understood as an ideal match for these types of data collections to provide more in-depth information about test taker skills and behavioral tendencies.

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    The Wiley Handbook of Psychometric Testing
  • Author : Paul Irwing,Tom Booth,David J. Hughes
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 1064
  • ISBN : 9781118489703
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  • Genre : Education
  • A must-have resource for researchers, practitioners, and advanced students interested or involved in psychometric testing Over the past hundred years, psychometric testing has proved to be a valuable tool for measuring personality, mental ability, attitudes, and much more. The word ‘psychometrics’ can be translated as ‘mental measurement’; however, the implication that psychometrics as a field is confined to psychology is highly misleading. Scientists and practitioners from virtually every conceivable discipline now use and analyze data collected from questionnaires, scales, and tests developed from psychometric principles, and the field is vibrant with new and useful methods and approaches. This handbook brings together contributions from leading psychometricians in a diverse array of fields around the globe. Each provides accessible and practical information about their specialist area in a three-step format covering historical and standard approaches, innovative issues and techniques, and practical guidance on how to apply the methods discussed. Throughout, real-world examples help to illustrate and clarify key aspects of the topics covered. The aim is to fill a gap for information about psychometric testing that is neither too basic nor too technical and specialized, and will enable researchers, practitioners, and graduate students to expand their knowledge and skills in the area. Provides comprehensive coverage of the field of psychometric testing, from designing a test through writing items to constructing and evaluating scales Takes a practical approach, addressing real issues faced by practitioners and researchers Provides basic and accessible mathematical and statistical foundations of all psychometric techniques discussed Provides example software code to help readers implement the analyses discussed

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    Statistical Models in Epidemiology, the Environment, and Clinical Trials
  • Author : M.Elizabeth Halloran,Donald Berry
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN : 9781461212843
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Medical
  • This IMA Volume in Mathematics and its Applications STATISTICAL MODELS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY, THE ENVIRONMENT,AND CLINICAL TRIALS is a combined proceedings on "Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials" and "Statistics and Epidemiology: Environment and Health. " This volume is the third series based on the proceedings of a very successful 1997 IMA Summer Program on "Statistics in the Health Sciences. " I would like to thank the organizers: M. Elizabeth Halloran of Emory University (Biostatistics) and Donald A. Berry of Duke University (Insti tute of Statistics and Decision Sciences and Cancer Center Biostatistics) for their excellent work as organizers of the meeting and for editing the proceedings. I am grateful to Seymour Geisser of University of Minnesota (Statistics), Patricia Grambsch, University of Minnesota (Biostatistics); Joel Greenhouse, Carnegie Mellon University (Statistics); Nicholas Lange, Harvard Medical School (Brain Imaging Center, McLean Hospital); Barry Margolin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Biostatistics); Sandy Weisberg, University of Minnesota (Statistics); Scott Zeger, Johns Hop kins University (Biostatistics); and Marvin Zelen, Harvard School of Public Health (Biostatistics) for organizing the six weeks summer program. I also take this opportunity to thank the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Army Research Office (ARO), whose financial support made the workshop possible. Willard Miller, Jr.

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    All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl Special, Book 1)
  • Author : Holly Smale
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 9780008165635
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • All I want for Christmas is . . . a new GEEK GIRL story!

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    The Misfits
  • Author : James Howe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781442449428
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of us. We do it to keep people on their toes. Make 'em wonder. Or maybe we do it because we figure that there's one more kid out there who's going to need a gang to be a part of. A misfit, like us. Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby -- they've been friends forever. They laugh together, have lunch together, and get together once a week at the Candy Kitchen to eat ice cream and talk about important issues. Life isn't always fair, but at least they have each other -- and all they really want to do is survive the seventh grade. That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. Starting with Addie's refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance and her insistence on creating a new political party to run for student council, the Gang of Five is in for the ride of their lives. Along the way they will learn about politics and popularity, love and loss, and what it means to be a misfit. After years of getting by, they are given the chance to stand up and be seen -- not as the one-word jokes their classmates have tried to reduce them to, but as the full, complicated human beings they are just beginning to discover they truly are.

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    Learning Progressions in Science
  • Author : Alicia C. Alonzo,Amelia Wenk Gotwals
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9789460918247
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  • Genre : Education
  • Learning progressions – descriptions of increasingly sophisticated ways of thinking about or understanding a topic (National Research Council, 2007) – represent a promising framework for developing organized curricula and meaningful assessments in science. In addition, well-grounded learning progressions may allow for coherence between cognitive models of how understanding develops in a given domain, classroom instruction, professional development, and classroom and large-scale assessments. Because of the promise that learning progressions hold for bringing organization and structure to often disconnected views of how to teach and assess science, they are rapidly gaining popularity in the science education community. However, there are signi?cant challenges faced by all engaged in this work. In June 2009, science education researchers and practitioners, as well as scientists, psychometricians, and assessment specialists convened to discuss these challenges as part of the Learning Progressions in Science (LeaPS) conference. The LeaPS conference provided a structured forum for considering design decisions entailed in four aspects of work on learning progressions: de?ning learning progressions; developing assessments to elicit student responses relative to learning progressions; modeling and interpreting student performance with respect to a learning progressions; and using learning progressions to in?uence standards, curricula, and teacher education. This book presents speci?c examples of learning progression work and syntheses of ideas from these examples and discussions at the LeaPS conference.

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    Handbook of Research Methods in Social and Personality Psychology
  • Author : Harry T. Reis,Charles M. Judd
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781139867368
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Psychology
  • This indispensable sourcebook covers conceptual and practical issues in research design in the field of social and personality psychology. Key experts address specific methods and areas of research, contributing to a comprehensive overview of contemporary practice. This updated and expanded second edition offers current commentary on social and personality psychology, reflecting the rapid development of this dynamic area of research over the past decade. With the help of this up-to-date text, both seasoned and beginning social psychologists will be able to explore the various tools and methods available to them in their research as they craft experiments and imagine new methodological possibilities.

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    Handbook of Item Response Theory
  • Author : Wim J. van der Linden
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Pages : 453
  • ISBN : 9781315362816
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  • Genre : Mathematics
  • Drawing on the work of internationally acclaimed experts in the field, Handbook of Item Response Theory, Volume Two: Statistical Tools presents classical and modern statistical tools used in item response theory (IRT). While IRT heavily depends on the use of statistical tools for handling its models and applications, systematic introductions and reviews that emphasize their relevance to IRT are hardly found in the statistical literature. This second volume in a three-volume set fills this void. Volume Two covers common probability distributions, the issue of models with both intentional and nuisance parameters, the use of information criteria, methods for dealing with missing data, and model identification issues. It also addresses recent developments in parameter estimation and model fit and comparison, such as Bayesian approaches, specifically Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods.

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    Effective Groundwater Model Calibration
  • Author : Mary C. Hill,Claire R. Tiedeman
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780470041079
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Technology & Engineering
  • Methods and guidelines for developing and using mathematical models Turn to Effective Groundwater Model Calibration for a set of methods and guidelines that can help produce more accurate and transparent mathematical models. The models can represent groundwater flow and transport and other natural and engineered systems. Use this book and its extensive exercises to learn methods to fully exploit the data on hand, maximize the model's potential, and troubleshoot any problems that arise. Use the methods to perform: Sensitivity analysis to evaluate the information content of data Data assessment to identify (a) existing measurements that dominate model development and predictions and (b) potential measurements likely to improve the reliability of predictions Calibration to develop models that are consistent with the data in an optimal manner Uncertainty evaluation to quantify and communicate errors in simulated results that are often used to make important societal decisions Most of the methods are based on linear and nonlinear regression theory. Fourteen guidelines show the reader how to use the methods advantageously in practical situations. Exercises focus on a groundwater flow system and management problem, enabling readers to apply all the methods presented in the text. The exercises can be completed using the material provided in the book, or as hands-on computer exercises using instructions and files available on the text's accompanying Web site. Throughout the book, the authors stress the need for valid statistical concepts and easily understood presentation methods required to achieve well-tested, transparent models. Most of the examples and all of the exercises focus on simulating groundwater systems; other examples come from surface-water hydrology and geophysics. The methods and guidelines in the text are broadly applicable and can be used by students, researchers, and engineers to simulate many kinds systems.

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    The Arsonist
  • Author : Chloe Hooper
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN : 9781644210017
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : True Crime
  • The true story of one of the most devastating wildfires in Australian history and the search for the man who started it. On the scorching February day in 2009, a man lit two fires in the Australian state of Victoria, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. What came to be known as the Black Saturday bushfires killed 173 people and injured hundreds more, making them among the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in Australian history. As communities reeling from unspeakable loss demanded answers, detectives scrambled to piece together what really happened. They soon began to suspect the fires had been deliverately set by an arsonist. The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the puzzle of his mind. But this book is also the story of fire in the Anthropocene. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species, and now, as climate change normalizes devastating wildfires worldwide, we must contend with the forces of inequality, and desperate yearning for power, that can lead to such destruction. Written with Chloe Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in the age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.