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In My Mailbox (42)

In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

How Do You Get All Those BOOKS!?

Well, I tried to record a vlog, but it just was not happening today. As you can see on my blooper post! And then I sorta ran out of time. So, just a regular post today.

But before I get to the books, I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU. For nominating IMM as a Best Blog Feature for BBAW! I'm glad you all enjoy it as much as I do! And now onto the books!

For Review:

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (PB, Sourcebooks, September 1, 2009)

In her dreams Annie is somewhere else. She is someone else. THe dreams seem as real as her waking life, and they terrify her. Then a stranger offers to expalin them-- a boy whom by all apperances is her age. He calims he has been waiitng for someone who can help save Anastasia. And through him, Anne sees: you don't need to be imprisoned to be trapped.

(re) cycler by Lauren McLaughlin (PB, Random House, August 25, 2009)

How do you grow up, if who you are keeps changing?

Jill McTeague is not your average high school graduate, she’s a scientific anomaly. Every month for four days she turns into Jack, a guy—complete with all the parts. Now everyone in her hometown knows that something very weird is up with her. So what’s a girl (and a guy) to do? Get the heck out of town, that’s what! With her kooky best friend, Ramie, Jill sets out for New York City. There both she and Jack will have to figure out everything from the usual (relationships) to the not so usual (career options for a “cycler,” anyone?).

Love in the Higher Law by David Levithan (HB, Random House, August 25, 2009)

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis (HB, HarperTeen, Septemeber 1, 2009)

Moonlight can totally change your life.

And it all starts so simply.

You. Him.

The moon.

You're toast.

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had "borrowed" that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby's summer plans are on the shelf, and she's being packed off to brat camp. It's good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there's more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby's help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn't be getting tangled up with another bad boy . . . but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one? One thing's for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.

Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde (HB, Knopf, August 25, 2009)

One day, something’s going to snap. . . .

Ernie doesn't have a lot of friends at school. Just Will. They have stuff in common—like fishing. But more important, they have common enemies: the school jocks, who seem to find bullying just another sport.

For the most part, Ernie and Will take life at high school in stride. Until Will has one very bad day. Now nothing is remotely funny. Ernie finds himself a witness—to loss, to humiliation, and to Will’s anger—an anger that’s building each and every moment.

Ernie doesn’t want to believe his best friend is changing, but he can’t deny the truth. Soon he has a choice: join or die. Or can he find another way?


  • Ithaka by Adele Geras
  • Crash Test: An Upper Class Novel by Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne and Caroline Says
  • Marly's Ghost by David Levithan
  • The Key to the Golden Firebird by Marueen Johnson
  • Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
  • The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore
  • Ingo by Helen Dunmore
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