In My Mailbox (33)

Sunday March 27, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.

So, without further adieu, the following are books I received this past week...enjoy!

For review:

Ostrich boys
by Keith Gray
March 23, 2010
Random House
Ross is dead, and Blake, Sim, and Kenny are furious. To make it right, they steal Ross's ashes and set out from their home on the English coast for the tiny village of Ross in southern Scotland, a place their friend had always wanted to go.

What follows is an unforgettable journey with illegal train rides, bungee jumping, girls, and high-speed police chases--all with Ross's ashes along for the ride. As events spin wildly out of control, the three friends must take their heads out of the sand long enough to answer the question: What really happened to Ross?

The Deadly Sister
by Eliot Schrefer
May 1, 2010
Scholastic Press
Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Tabitha isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Tabitha is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's obsessed with her tutor, Clyde Andrews...until he ends up dead. Tabitha runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Tabitha, but it also appears that Clyde had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with...until he falls under suspicion.

Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?

by Di Toft
June 1, 2010
The Chicken House
"Wolven" is a fantasy firmly rooted in the mysterious present. A boy and his eccentric grandparents live near a strange wood - apparently cursed. He longs for a dog - but the dirty ungainly farm creature finally found by his grandfather hardly fits his image of the perfect pet. And it howls in the night. But it's only when his dog starts to grow human ears that he realizes that something is seriously wrong.

The truth is stranger than his wildest dreams - the boy who appears, alarmingly unpredictably, is a kind of special werewolf in reverse. A noble, almost heraldic breed of Wolven - the king's own werewolves from ancient times, who have been in hiding until rediscovered by evil government scientists who are trying to breed werewolves as weapons.

Junior Library Guild Selection!

The Keepers' Tattoo
by Gill Arbuthnott
May 1, 2010
The Chicken House
Ten years ago, Alaric, leader of the Shadowmen, killed most of the Keepers--teachers of ancient knowledge that threatened his barbaric rule. Young Kit was captured, but his twin sister, Nyssa, escaped. Only later will she learn that both she and her lost brother bear the secret words of their people: three lines each of strange, unintelligible writing tattooed on their scalps.

Now the Shadowmen are on the attack again, determined to quell a growing rebellion. Nyssa must find her brother, and together they must unlock the meaning--the power--behind the mysterious words.

by Allan Stratton
March 9, 2010
Harper Collins
Fifteen-year-old Sami Sabiri is a typical suburban teen. He is a good student, has a close group of friends, and struggles to live up to his father's expectations. He faces some bullying at school because of his Muslim faith, and does not get the support from the administration to stop it. When his dad cancels a planned trip to Toronto with him, Sami begins to suspect he might be having an affair. He checks up on him and unknowingly stirs up a completely different investigation of the man's behavior.

Is Sami's dad a terrorist? What ensues is a tautly paced thriller with well-crafted characters and realistic teen dialogue. It is the plausibility of the plotline that makes it, ultimately, so disturbing. The FBI breaks into the Sabiris' house one night, destroys their belongings, and takes Sami's father away.

The Suburb Beyond the Stars
by M.T. Anderson
June 1, 2010
Scholastic Press

Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not The Game of Sunken Places - Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. But still . . . when they go to visit a relative in the Vermont woods, they find many things are . . . off. Like, people aren't where they're supposed to be. And houses are everywhere. In fact, the houses seem to be taking over.

If anyone in the universe can make high adventure out of supernatural urban sprawl . . . well, it's M. T. Anderson. And in The Suburb Beyond the Stars he brings both humor and intelligence to a thrill ride that's part quest, part mystery, part fantasy, and part Abbott and Costello.


Amber Skye said...

Wow, I hadn't heard of any of these. Hope you enjoy them!

Maria the Bookworm said...

Great books. Enjoy them :D

Michelle said...

These all sound really good. A bunch of them I'd never heard of either. I really want to read Borderline. I look forward to your review! :D

Happy reading!

The Library Lurker said...

These look great! I hope you enjoy them!

Rosey said...

Great list! I got some more books to add to my never ending TBR list :-)

ladystorm said...

Great books I haven't heard of any of these but The Deadly Sister and Wolven sounds pretty good. I am putting them on my wishlist!

Happy reading!

The Book Owl said...

I can't wait to read The Deadly Sister! Enjoy your books. :]

BrittLit said...

Wowzers! So many great sounding books I hadn't even heard of... The Deadly Sister looks especially excellent. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy!

fredamans said...

They all look amazing!
My post is not up till later on today.

Happy Palm Sunday!

Christina T said...

The Deadly Sister and The Keepers' Tattoo both sound really interesting. I hadn't heard of either title before. I hope you enjoy your books!

Falling Off The Shelf said...

Looks like you got a bunch of great reads this past week! Looking forward to your reviews :)