Sunday, 21 February 2010

In My Mailbox - 5

In My Mailbox is a weekly post hosted by Kristi who's over at The Story Siren.
I had a quiet week this week and only received a few books but I'm really excited about reading and reviewing them all as they were titles I've been waiting for :).

This week I received:

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - Abby McDonald
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs - Ron Koertge
Scarred - Julia Hoban
Happyface - Stephen Emond
No and Me - Delphine de Vigan

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - Abby McDonald
Acquired: Sent to me by Candlewick Press
Published: April 2010, Candlewick Press
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Jenna may hail from the ‘burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mum suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads to visit her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched at the chance to commune with this nature she's heard so much about – and the cute, plaid-wearing boys she's certain must roam there.
But after a few unpleasant run-ins with local wildlife (from a moose called Madge 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, and those who call it home – but can she learn to navigate the surprising turns of her heart?

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs - Ron Koertge
Acquired: Sent to me by Candlewick Press
Published: 2010, Candlewick Press
Summary: 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.

Scarred - Julia Hoban
Acquired:
Sent to me by Piatkus
Published: 2010 (UK), Piatkus
Summary: Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen-year- old Willow’s parents drank too much wine and asked her to drive them home. They never made it—Willow lost control of the car and her parents died in the accident. Now she has left behind her old home, friends, and school, and blocks the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she begins an intense, life-changing relationship that turns her world upside down.

Happyface - Stephen Emond
Acquired:
Sent to me by Little, Brown
Published: March 2010, Little, Brown
Summary: Enter Happyface's journal and get a peek into the life of a shy, artistic boy who decides to reinvent himself as a happy-go-lucky guy after he moves to a new town. See the world through his hilariously self-deprecating eyes as he learns to shed his comic-book-loving, computer-game playing ways. Join him as he makes new friends, tries to hide from his past, and ultimately learns to face the world with a genuine smile. With a fresh and funny combination of text and fully integrated art, Happyface is an original storytelling experience.

No and Me - Delphine de Vigan
Acquired:
Sent to me by the lovely Jessica from Nayu's Reading Corner so look out for the review over there soon
Published: February 2010, Bloomsbury
Summary: Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160 and a good friend called Lucas who gets her through the school day. At home her father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn't been out of the house properly for years. But Lou is about to change her life - and that of her parents - for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless.
Through the project Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou cannot bear that No is still on the streets when she goes back home - even if it is to a home that is saddened and desolate. So she asks her parents if No can come to live with them. To her astonishment, her parents - eventually - agree.
No's presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together? A tense, brilliant novel tackling the true meaning of home and homelessness.

21 comments:

  1. Great books you got there which I never heard of before. Scarred - Julia Hoban sounds like a really good book. I hope you enjoy the books you got. Happy reading to you.

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  2. Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots and Scarred look brilliant. Hope you enjoy all your books!

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  3. Boys, Bears. and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots sounds great! I'll have to read it once it comes out.

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  4. BBAASPOHB looks amazing lol! Happy reading x

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  5. I look forward to reading your reviews on these. I haven't heard of a few of them so I'd love to see what you think of them. Happy reading as per usual. ;)

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  6. Boys, Bear, and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots sounds so great! Scarred is called Willow over here in the US and I LOVED it. It's a difficult book, but also a rewarding read. I hope you enjoy it.

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  7. Wow, you got some great books this week! I'm jealous of Boys, Bear, and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots, it looks so good! Happy reading :)

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  8. Sooo jealous of Boys & Bears!!!! And I have a copy of Willow/Scarred and I really look forward to reading it since it's supposed to be amazing! Happy reading! :)
    ps: Sorry if my pps at Split by a Kiss spoiled the book for you - it's an official blurb and I didn't think it was particularly spoilery, but I'm honestly sorry if it ruined the book for you, I hope it didn't, otherwise just press the Delete button in your head and pretend it never happened, lol. ;)

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  9. Nooo it's fine! It's my fault for reading on when I knew I shouldn't, I just can't help myself! I had a fair idea of what happened at the end anyway so don't worry :) x

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  10. Love the sound of Happyface! I can't wait to read No and Me. Enjoy!

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  11. Scarred sounds good. I haven't read Willow yet but I've heard good things about it. I have Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots to be read but haven't got around to it yet. I hope you enjoy your books!

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  12. Never heard of these books. Enjoy your books. Here's Mine.

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  13. I like the idea of Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, and No and Me. It kinda sounds like 'Knowing me' but I'm not sure if that was intended. It's nice to meet other book bloggers from the UK too :)

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  14. Unrelated question: So what did you think of Lost last night?

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  15. SO good! I only just finished it as I'm in the UK but I loved it! "That's not John...that's my FRIENDY." Crazy Claire! And who's 108?! Desmond? WALT? Waaaaalt.
    x

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  16. I'm eager to see your review for No and Me. It's a brilliant book!

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  17. You have some good book this week. I have an award for you: http://thebookmogul.blogspot.com/2010/02/yummy-award.html

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  18. Scarred sounds like an amazing book, I've only read great things about it. Liking the sound of Boys, Bears... too.

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  19. Great haul, Carly! I have No and Me on my TBR pile, but I've not got round to it yet. Sounds great though! Jealous of Scarred, I so want to read that! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews!

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  20. oh I wanna read scarred so baddd.. I love the name of your blog by the way so cute

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  21. These sound like great books. I added some to my wish list.

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Thank you kindly for the comment, you sweet thing.