Sunday, 20 June 2010

In My Mailbox - 10

In My Mailbox is a weekly post hosted by Kristi who's over at The Story Siren.


This week I received:

Sent for review:

The Radleys - Matt Haig

From the library:

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Baby Blue - Julia Green

Ipods in Accra – Sophia Acheampong

Just Jealous – Anne Cassidy

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

After the Death of Alice Bennett – Rowland Molony

So Much to Tell You – John Marsden


The Radleys – Matt Haig

Acquired: Sent to me by Walker

Published: July 1st 2010, Walker Canongate

Summary (all from Goodreads): Meet the Radleys.

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in an English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret

From one of Britain’s finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain – and lose – when we deny our appetites.

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: February 8th 2005, Simon Pulse

Summary (all from Goodreads): Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license—for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Baby Blue - Julia Green

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: April 29th 2004, Puffin

Summary (all from Goodreads): ‘Baby Blue’ picks up Mia's story (begun in "Blue Moon") just after the birth of her baby. Mia is sixteen now, and still living with Dad, although this relationship becomes increasingly under strain.

Not only is Mia having to work out the complicated emotional and practical implications of being a mother when she herself is still a child, with huge emotional needs of her own, she is also having to negotiate new relationships with the adults and young people around her.

Ipods in Accra – Sophia Acheampong

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: June 26th 2009, Piccadilly Press Ltd

Summary (all from Goodreads): Makeeda’s plans for the summer holidays are falling apart! It’s suddenly announced that she’s going on a trip to visit her relatives in Ghana – and then she splits up with her boyfriend Nelson. Can things get any worse?

But in Ghana things are different, and Makeeda, the sophisticated London girl, makes some surprising discoveries about herself, her family and her friends. And, while she’s struggling to reconcile her two cultures, could it be that she’s found true love where she least expected it?

Just Jealous – Anne Cassidy

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: January 5th 2009, Scholastic

Summary (all from Goodreads): Elise has a crush. She's been infatuated with her best friend, Carl, for as long as she can remember. When he starts dating an American girl who's just arrived at their school, Elise thinks it will just be a short fling. When she realizes it's not, she decides she needs to take matters into her own hands.

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: October 1st 2006, HarperTeen

Summary (all from Goodreads): When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: 1998, Harper Perennial

Summary (all from Goodreads): From the extraordinary imagination of Neil Gaiman -- bestselling author of Neverwhere -- comes a haunting fable of love, duty and magical lands.

After the Death of Alice Bennett – Rowland Molony

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: January 2007, Oxford University Press

Summary (all from Goodreads): Before mum died, she told Sam that she would always be with him. On the day of mum's cremation, his sister Becky receives a text from a friend: 'Thinking about you. X' Sam becomes convinced that the text is from their mother. Imagine if he could text back?!

When he finds mum's mobile phone and a 'contact number' in her handwriting, Sam his heart pounding, sends a message. It is received by a kind but lonely lorry driver, Tony. Unthinkingly, Tony responds. Before he knows it, the boy is texting regularly, and Tony is replying. Sam thinks he's in contact with mum and forms a plan. He's going to find her and bring her back for Christmas.

By the time Tony realises what's happening, he can't bring himself to tell Sam that it's not his mother on the end of the phone, but neither can he just stop texting or, worse, let the child turn up. He also realises that he's come to rely on Sam's messages because they make him feel less alone. As Sam sets out on his journey, Tony must try to find him. But how will he explain to this little boy that his mother is really dead? And how will Sam cope when confronted with the truth?

So Much to Tell You – John Marsden

Acquired: Borrowed from the library

Published: 1988, Walker

Summary (all from Goodreads): Scarred, literally, by her past, Marina has withdrawn into silence. Then, at her new boarding school, she is set the task of writing a diary by her English teacher, and finds a way of expressing her thoughts and feelings and of exploring the traumatic events that have caused her distress.

Through Marina's diary we gain an insight into life on her dormitory, and her difficult relationship with her father, who injured her in an angry moment. Eventually, Marina makes tentative friendships and, in a moving denouement, is reconciled with her father.

9 comments:

  1. Just Jealous is an amazing book- you'll enjoy it!
    -Ria

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  2. Just Jealous sounds great, and I like the sound of Uglies too! Hope you have a happy reading week! :)

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  3. I have 13 Little Blue Envelopes as well, along with all of Maureen Johnson's other books. I can't wait to read it! :D

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  4. I really want to read the Uglies series! I have been hearing some great ravings on it!=)

    Enjoy all your reads this week!
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  5. uglies is awesome - I literally love it - enjoy

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  6. Uglies and Baby Blue are both really good. Especially Uglies. I love Scott Westerfeld's books so much!

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  7. Great selection this week - I hope you enjoy them all :o)

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  8. Looks like a great week: Happy Reading! Check out my IMMB if you want here

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  9. Ooh. Lots of great books there - Ugles, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Stardust. Good stuff to look forward to :) I have The Radleys to read as well.

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