Saturday, November 14, 2009

In My Mailbox (11)

Thanks to The Story Siren for this meme!

I had a great week at the library! Here's what I got:

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.
Aslaug is an unusual young woman. Her mother has brought her up in near isolation, teaching her about plants and nature and language—but not about life. Especially not how she came to have her own life, and who her father might be.

When Aslaug’s mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes. For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother’s death. And the more her story unravels, the more questions unfold. About the nature of Aslaug’s birth. About what she should do next.

About whether divine miracles have truly happened. And whether, when all other explanations are impossible, they might still happen this very day.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.




The Chosen One
by Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.



Waiting For Normal by Leslie Connor

Addie is waiting for normal.

But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way.

All or nothing never adds up to normal.

All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day.

In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she'll find normal.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

You can read my review here.

So that's what I got! I'm so excited to read all of them! What did you guys get in your mailboxes this week?

Side note: Everyone should check out Kami Garcia's blog post about building a library. Michelle Wright is creating a library in a community that doesn't have one. I think it's such a great cause! So if you have 1 or 10 books to spare you should send them her way to help kids who love to read get the library they deserve!

Happy Reading!

13 comments:

Laughing Stars said...

What a great haul! :-) By the way, I'm a new follower.

prophecygirl said...

I keep thinking about buying When You Reach Me and Going Bovine, but can't decide. I'll keep an eye out for your reviews!

Misty said...

I want to read an abundance of Katherines, and I LOVED Madapple. Be warned, it's a bit on the tough, weird side, but it is really unique and fantastic.

Morgan @ BLT said...

Nice library load! You have an award on my blog!

elnice said...

Great mailbox. I will be watching for your reviews.

Elie (Ellz Readz)

BrittLit said...

Madapple was great, the others look good especially Going Bovine.

Zombie Girrrl said...

An Abundance of Katherines is sooo good! It's where I got the idea to use footnotes on my blog. :)
That was a great haul, BTW! All of your books sound really good. I wish my library was so well endowed.

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. I have Going Bovine sitting on my shelf. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Becky said...

I definitely want to get my hands on The Chosen One. I read such a great review of it the other day. You must have an awesome library!

Bookalicious said...

Woo, talk about a great book haul! Happy reading! :)

Lauren said...

I'd read any of these in a heartbeat! Especially Madapple and An Abundance of Katherines. They both look awesome.

The Story Siren said...

awesome books this week! yay! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

EternalJade said...

Great finds!
John Green is amazing! He and his brother practically own vlogs. Haha. Happy reading! :)

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