In My Mailbox April 13-18

April 18, 2009

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren.

Sophomore Undercover – Ben Esch (ARC from BookMooch)

For fifteen-year-old, adopted Vietnamese orphan Dixie Nguyen, high school is one long string of hard-to-swallow humiliations. He shares a locker with a nudist linebacker, his teachers are incompetent, and he’s stuck doing fluff pieces for the school newspaper. But Dixie’s luck takes a turn when he stumbles across one of the jocks using drugs in the locker room; not only does he finally have something newsworthy to write, but the chance to strike a blow against his tormentors at the school as well.

The Dragons of Ordinary Farm – Tad Williams & Deborah Beale (ARC, First Look)

Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they’re in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm.

The bellowing in the barn comes not from a cow but from a dragon. The thundering herd in the valley? Unicorns. Uncle Gideon’s sprawling farmhouse never looks the same twice. Plus, there’s a flying monkey, a demon squirrel, and a barnload of unlikely farmhands with strange accents and even stranger powers.

At first, the whole place seems like a crazy adventure. But when darker secrets begin to surface and Uncle Gideon and his fabulous creatures are threatened, Lucinda and Tyler have to pull together to take action. Will two ordinary kids be able to save the dragons, the farm—and themselves?

A Little Friendly Advice – Siobhan Vivian (signed!)

Ruby’s turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn’t turn out to be as sweet as it’s supposed to be. Her long-lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends–loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty of advice for her–about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what she should be feeling. But really, Ruby doesn’t know what to think or feel. Especially when a new boy comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers some of her friends aren’t as truthful as they say.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

The Amanda Project: Invisible I – Stella Lennon (ARC)

When enigmatic high school student Amanda Valentino disappears, her closest friends vow to find her. The search begins in Invisible I, the first title in the eight-book series. But once the teens follow clues that might lead to Amanda, they realize that everything they thought they knew about her was false and find themselves with more questions than answers. As they begin to compare notes on their missing friend, the mystery of where—and who—Amanda is deepens.

The series begins with the books, which stand alone, but will lead readers to www.theamandaproject.com for an extended Amanda Project experience. Online, they can write stories, post art, share theories about Amanda (which could be chosen to become a part of later books in the series), even design and buy clothing and accessories inspired by Amanda. Regularly updated content by and about the characters from the books will keep the community buzzing and ensure that readers check back often.


Twitter.

April 18, 2009

I created a twitter account today. Follow me please, or give me your URL, so at least I can follow you. :-P

http://twitter.com/upupupdown


Soundtrack Saturday 7

April 18, 2009

Soundtrack Saturday was started by Persnickety Snark.

This week’s book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and what better song than Sufjan Steven’s “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!”? I mean, look at some of the lyrics:

We are awakened with the axe
Night of the Living Dead at last
They have begun to shake the dirt
Wiping their shoulders from the earth

This week I am including the imeem link along with the youtube video. I would have liked to embed the imeem link, but wordpress will not let me. :(

Imeem –>  Sufjan Stevens – They Are Night Zombies


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