In My Mailbox (28)

Sunday January 31, 2010

In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a way to share what you new books get each week. So, the following books are all ARCs I received in the mail this week for review or bought :o)

For review:

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
by Abby McDonald
April 13, 2010
Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the author of SOPHOMORE SWITCH.

Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mom suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads instead to visit her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched at the chance to commune with this nature she’s heard about — and the cute, plaidwearing boys she’s certain must roam there. But after a few run-ins with local wildlife (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth stepdaughter to a hot but hostile boy named Reeve), Jenna gets the idea that her long-held ideals, like vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so well with this population of real outdoorsmen. A dusty survival guide offers Jenna amusing tips on navigating the wilderness — but can she learn to navigate the turns of her heart?

Leaving Gee's Bend
by Irene Latham
January 7, 2010
A young girl sets out to save her sick mother and records her
adventures in quilt pieces.

Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong.

But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won’t help. That’s when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic—leave Gee’s Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn’t stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other. What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of
Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee’s Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
by Ron Koertge
March 9, 2010
Candlewick Press
Fielding his social life is a bigger challenge for Kevin than hitting a fastball in Ron Koertge’s funny, insightful sequel to SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland has a passion for playing baseball, a knack for writing poetry — and a cute girlfriend named Mira who’s not much interested in either. But then, Kevin doesn’t exactly share Mira’s newfound fervor for all things green. So when Kevin signs up for open mike night at Bungalow Books and meets Amy, a girl who knows a sonnet from a sestina and can match his emails verse for verse, things start to get sticky. Should he stay with Mira? Or risk spoiling his friendship with Amy by asking her out? Ron Koertge, master of snappy dialogue and a deft poet, offers a fast-paced, sympathetic story that interweaves two narrative voices with humor and warmth.

Hope you a had great book week too!


Corrine said...

These all look like interesting reads! I haven't heard of any of them... I look forward to your reviews!

I have a contest running on my blog right now for the book Break by Hannah Moskowitz. Feel free to check it out. :)

LovesSam said...

These all look really good! Especially Boys, Bears and a serious pair of Hiking Boots sounds really funny! Enjoy :-)

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

OMG, I can't believe you actually got Boys & Bears! So lucky, I can't wait to read that one myself! :D

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I just read Leaving Gee's Bend. I look forward to reading what you thought of it. And Boys & Bears looks fantastic!

Sarah said...

These sounds good...thanks for posting! and Happy reading

prophecygirl said...

Wow, you got the new Abby McDonald! I cannot wait for that book, I'm so excited to read it.

Hope you enjoy it :D

fredamans said...

They all interest me, based on looks.

Alayne said...

The first one sounds so cute. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

brizmus said...

Boys, Bears, and a serious pair of hiking boots - what an AWESOME title! Seriously!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. They all look really interesting. I hope you enjoy reading all your books.

The Book Owl said...

I loved Sophomore Switch! I totally need to check out her newest title. Happy reading!

Brooke Reviews said...

Great books! Happy reading :)