Totally Cool Box in the Mail Today...

Monday May 16, 2011

My husband just texted me and sent a couple of pics of something I received in the mail today! I was so excited to see the cool box but even more excited to see who the author of the new book is...Gabrielle Zevan!

I have really enjoyed the other books I've read that she has written...Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.  Here are the pics of the ARC and other goodies, plus the Goodreads summary of the book and publication date!

Oh and its Dystopian so yippee!
All These Things I've Done
by Gabrielle Zevin
September 27th 2011
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

I probably should have waited for Waiting on Wednesday but I just couldn't wait! :)

Seven Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes by Amber Kizer

Friday May 13, 2011

Seven Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes 
Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves #2
by Amber Kizer
April 5, 2011
Delacorte Press
Goodreads summary: Okay, so here's the deal: there are books about volcanoes erupting and meteorites hitting Earth and plane crashes where the survivors have to eat people—those are extraordinary crises. 

That's not what this book is about. I'm more the ordinary catastrophe type. This second semester of my sophomore year, there are basically 7 KINDS OF ORDINARY CATASTROPHES: high school, boys, heartbreak, family, job, friends, and the future.
Well, I guess everyone's life is full of ordinary catastrophes. These are mine...

Hi, I'm Gert Garibaldi. Welcome to my crazy life.

Pontifications... This "smart and sassy romp" is a sequel to Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves: One Butt Cheek at a Time which has a pretty high check-out count here in my library and although I haven't read it myself, I hear its a pretty good book.

Nicely enough I didn't have to read the first book to enjoy the sequel but I imagine doing so would round out Gert's story, but I still found this book quite enjoyable. I can get bored REALLY fast in this genre if the characters aren't interesting so the fact I kept reading tells you Gert is a pretty fascinating girl :)

Like a lot of teens her age Gert is insecure but her funny sometimes gross sense of humor keep things lively. I can't imagine a teenage girl out there who wouldn't want Gert for a friend and they will enjoy her snarky-yet-likable personality. I agree with a review I read somewhere that this one will appeal to the older teens who enjoyed the Georgia Nicholson series (Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging etc.)

A few sexual situations, mild swearing and drinking make this one more appropriate for 8th grade and up. 

The first book...
One Butt Check at a Time

BEA Mobile Phone App = AWESOME

Wednesday May 11, 2011

Have you downloaded the BEA mobile phone app yet? It is totally awesome and you can find everything on there and save it to your phone! We are doing out state-mandated testing this (oh yay) and as I'm proctoring classroom testing I have been writing down all the booths I want to visit and sheesh on the mobile app it lists them all plus you can save each one and add them to your agenda!

If you don't have it yet here it is

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Monday May 9, 2011

by Heather Dixon
March 29, 2011
Greenwillow Books
Goodreads summary: Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. 

All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Pontifications... When I first received this book for review I was totally enamored by the gorgeous cover and as soon as I started reading the story I fell head over heals for it too!
The story is a retelling of "The 12 Dancing Princesses" originally published by the well known Brothers Grimm in 1812 and includes some of the dark elements Grimm stories are famous for. Luckily the author has added plenty of humor to balance it out. I so fell in love with one of the sisters, Bramble....she is hilarious..."that rotten shilling-punter nuffermonk..." the mouth on that girl!

Grieving over the death of their mother and heartbroken over the fact that their father (in devastation over his wife's death) has practically abandoned them, the twelve sisters find a magic door into another world where they can dance to their hearts desire in memory of their beloved mother.

What they don't know know is that The Keeper has alternative motives....with a chocolaty smooth voice, elegance and grace, he has captured Azaleas attention. He both thrills and frightens her but she soon realizes the dark, dark truth.

In the real world Azalea, the oldest daughter, who made a vow to her mother to watch over her eleven sisters, is ready to be engaged and must chose an appropriate suitor. She has someone in mind but she wonders if she'll ever find true love. Romance and humor round out this wonderful story and the main characters are well defined and memorable. 

Highly recommended for ages 12 and up

The Newest "Must Have" Book for Your Library!

Thursday May 5, 2011

The Emerald Atlas
The Books of Beginning, Book 1
by John Stephens
April 5, 2011
Alfred A. Knopf
Goodreads summary: Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

This book is a super fun read and full of adventure. Many people are comparing it to Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia books. Regardless, the book is awesome and I already have a waiting list here in the library just by word of mouth amongst the kids! (I've been keeping quiet until I get more copies!)

The story is fast-paced and wonderfully detailed. You HAVE to buy this book for fantasy lovers in elementary and middle school but I imagine it will have fans among high school readers and beyond!

Appropriate for ages 8 and up!

BEA Bound and Excited!

Monday May 2, 2011

I can't believe its almost here! I've been planning for months now and everything has been booked since January but it sure got here fast! My husband is coming with and he is super excited about going to a Yankee game and trying out all the food establishments around NYC. This is his first time and my second trip to The Big Apple and we are pins and needles waiting to get there!

In regards to BEA itself thank goodness there are so many bloggers who give advice and answer questions because seriously, half the stuff they mention never would have occurred to me! As a librarian I've booked a few things offered such as a lunch with some authors that I'm totally psyched about plus a few others. To be honest I'm already overwhelmed, so I imagine I'll be walking around the Javits center with a glazed over stare and my mouth wide open...possibly a bit catatonic. :)

Like I said, my husband is looking forward to Yankees and food...Me? In addition to BEA I'm on the look out for fabric and trim stores...any suggestions??? I also can't wait to meet all the people I've emailed over the past few years as a book blogger. Oh my gosh, I just realized this month is my two year blog-iversary!