In My Mailbox (38)

Sunday May  16, 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.... :)

The Evil Within: A Possessions Novel
by Nancy Holder
June 10, 2010
Evil is a lot harder to fight when it comes from within

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder’s Possessions, Lindsay finds out that she, too, is possessed, and must return to creepy Marlwood Academy in order to rid herself of the spirit. Lindsay’s afraid of what the spirit is telling her to do—kill Mandy!

But the secrets of Marlwood go much deeper than Lindsay thought. Sometimes the girls who seem like enemies are actually on your side. And the voices you trust the most—the voices that come from within—are the ones that want you dead.

by Marthe Jocelyn
May 11, 2010
Wendy Lamb Books
Three fates intertwine in this moving and passionate love story set in Victorian London.

Mary Finn: country girl, maid to a lord in London

Caden Tucker: liar, scoundrel, and heart's delight

James Nelligan: age six, tossed into a herd of boys

When Mary Finn falls into the arms of handsome Caden Tucker, their frolic changes the course of her life. What possesses her? She's been a girl of common sense until now. Mary's tale alternates with that of young James Nelligan, a new boy in an enormous foundling home.

The Beautiful Between
by Alyssa b. Sheinmel
May 11, 2010
If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how.

If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful.

The Hard Kind of Promise
by Gina Willner-Pardo
June 7, 2010
Clarion Books
Sarah promised Marjorie when they were five years old that they would be best friends forever. But that was before seventh grade, when everything changed—everything except Marjorie. She still wears babyish clothes and wants to watch movies about space aliens and brings smelly sandwiches for lunch. Not only has Sarah lost interest in those things, but the things that do interest her—boys and chorus—are taking her further away from Marjorie. How did a promise that was so easy to make become so hard to keep?

With beautifully drawn characters and vivid details, this incisive novel portrays middle school in all its complexity—both the promise of what is to come and the pain of what must be left behind.

Sweet 15
by Emily Adler & Alex Echevarria
April 1, 2010
Marshall Cavendish
Destiny Lozada is turning fifteen, and her parents want to throw her a traditional quinceañera, celebrating her transition into "womanhood" with a religious ceremony, a big expensive party, a silly dress and tiara—the works. Destiny’s older sister calls it an antiquated, misogynistic ritual that just gives their mother a chance to show off. As usual, Destiny is caught in the middle and afraid to say anything. She’s not a princesa like her mother imagines or an activist like her sister. So who is she? Destiny isn’t sure yet, but she knows she’d rather be watching TV, riding her skateboard, and confiding to her cat and her stuffed bear. She also wouldn’t mind finding the guy of her dreams to be her escort for the quince. . . .

When the plans, bills, and fights start piling up, Destiny has to stop being a spectator to "The Lozada Show" and take a stand once and for all in her family and her life. In their first novel written together, these talented co-authors bring a male and female perspective to the story.

by Kacy Cook
April 1, 2010
Marshall Cavendish

Sometimes even the smallest thing can change your life forever. A squeaking sound outside Nell’s bedroom leads her to a baby squirrel abandoned in her yard. Nell and her younger brothers end up saving two wild squirrels that appear to be orphaned. With the help of some online research and a new friend, Nell learns how to care for the squirrels, but she also learns that she should not try to do this on her own. Still, if Nell has the time and devotion, why shouldn’t she raise the squirrels? She loves them, and they need her—don’t they? Nell is willing to do anything to keep her new pets safe, even if it involves telling a few lies. Author Kacy Cook has crafted a beautiful, classic debut novel about love, family, and nature that young readers will never forget.

Spotting for Nellie
by Pamela Lowell
April 1, 2010
Marshall Cavendish
Claire Perry knows a split second can change everything. It can be the difference between sticking a perfect landing or falling off the beam. It can be the difference between a really fun party or a totally messed up one. Or sometimes, as Claire finds out, it can even be the difference between life . . . or death. For Claire’s younger sister, Nellie, an elite gymnast who is "destined for gold," things have always come easy. A split second is usually all it takes to capture the attention of a boy at a party, and the judges at a meet, or their critical father—everyone. 
Then one night, one decision, one split second—changes their world forever. The two sisters get into a car accident that leaves one of them with a traumatic brain injury. Now, the sisters will have to figure out what’s worth fighting for and what are the limits of guilt, forgiveness, and sisterhood. Memories will come crashing back and secrets will come to light—whether they’re ready for them . . . or not.

Shelter From the Wind
by Marion Dane Bauer
April 1, 2010
Marshall Cavendish
It used to be just Stacy and her dad, ever since Stacy’s mother left them five years ago. But Stacy’s stepmother, Barbara, seems to have taken over their world—and now she’s pregnant, too. One hot June morning Stacy runs away, not sure where she’s going or what she’s looking for—her mother, maybe? She heads across the Oklahoma panhandle where she has always lived, without supplies, without a plan. 
After a scary night alone on the prairie, a pair of white German shepherd dogs finds her. They lead her to their mistress, Old Ella, a woman who lives alone in a small secluded cabin. It is here that Stacy confronts the true source of her anger and learns what it really means to be a woman, a daughter, a friend. First published in 1976, Shelter from the Wind is a heart-rending story of a girl’s coming of age set against the backdrop of the harsh Oklahoma panhandle.

Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch
by Lauren Barnholdt
Illustrated by Suzanne Beaky
May 1, 2010
Meet Hailey Twitch...

She's just like you. Well, sort of.

She loves pink sparkly pencils and ice cream. But Hailey also has a secret: she's friends with Maybelle, a sprite that only she can see.

Hailey and Maybelle are having fun, fun, fun. But they're also getting into lots of trouble!

Can Hailey keep her friend a secret or will she have to tell?

Animal Rescue Team: Gator on the Loose
by Sue Stauffacher
May 11, 2010
Meet the Carters: Mr. and Mrs. Carter, 10-year-old daughter Keisha, five-year-old Razi, baby Paolo, and Grandma Alice. Together, they run Carters' Urban Rescue, the place you call when you've got an animal where it shouldn't be. In their first adventure, there's a baby alligator at the city pool, which will seriously interfere with opening day, especially Keisha's cannonball practice. So it's up to the whole family to figure out what to do with the poor guy who has no business hanging around Michigan. Luckily for all of them, and thanks to some serious ingenuity from Keisha, the answer is closer than they ever could have imagined.

Sue Stauffacher turns to her first series effort with Animal Rescue Team. With compelling plots based on actual events in her community, Sue has created a lovable cast of characters of boys and girls, young and old, who feel like people you'd meet at your neighborhood block party. 


Christina T said...

Nice books! Folly and The Beautiful Between both sound fantastic. I hadn't heard of Sweet 15 and Spotting For Nellie but they also look really good.

I hope you enjoy them!

Bookie said...

The Beautiful Between sounds good.

Spellboundbybooks Melissa said...

Great book picks for this week I hope you really enjoy these!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Great Mailbox!

Lizzy said...

Folly looks really interesting, and so does The Evil Within (although, I haven't read the first book in the series). Happy reading!

fredamans said...

A great mix! Happy reading!

The Library Lurker said...

Wow, you got a lot this week! Folly and The Beautiful Between look great, and the cover of The Evil Within is sooo creepy! Happy reading!

BrittLit said...

Excellent books this week. Folly sounds so good. Happy Reading!