Monday, January 18, 2010

In My Mailbox #1

Today I am going to share the books that have either been lent to me or I've recently bought for my classroom library and/or personal enjoyment.  If you've read any of those books, please tell me what you think! This meme is hosted by the fabulous Story Siren.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
This book was lent to me by a colleague that thought I might enjoy it especially since I love the HBO show, Big Love.  She is a book fanatic so I always listen to her opinions. Plus, her significant other was on the Newbery committee.  How cool is that?!

What Booklist says: "Taking a story “ripped from the headlines,” Williams looks inside a polygamist cult and the dangers it poses for one girl. Kyra and her father, three mothers, and 20 siblings live in an isolated community under the thumb of a prophet, who controls every aspect of his apostles’ lives. The most shocking intrusion of all comes when the prophet decrees that Kyra is to become the wife of her 60-year-old uncle. A secret patron of a local mobile library, Kyra knows there’s a world away from the compound she might escape to, but first she pins her hopes on her father’s ability to change the prophet’s mind. Instead, her family is threatened, and the stakes for her refusal to marry are raised. The clandestine relationship Kyra is having with one of the compound’s teenage boys is a romance more convenient than convincing (everyone is carefully watched except this duo, it seems). Contrivances notwithstanding, this is a heart pounder, and readers will be held, especially as the danger escalates. Williams’ portrayals of the family are sharp, but what’s most interesting about this book is how the yearnings and fears of a character so far from what most YAs know will still seem familiar and close. Grades 7-10."

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
I was pretty excited to buy this book last night at Barnes & Noble, because Beth Hoffman may be the nicest author out there. Hands down.  Plus, I've heard such amazing things about this book and what a beautiful cover?! Just looking at it, I feel like I am being transported to Savannah and out of this awful Pennsylvania weather. A girl can wish, right?

What Barnes and says:  "Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom.  Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.  In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.  Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others."

City of Bones by Cassanda Clare
One of my students lent me this book and has been raving about it ever since. I'm interested to see what all the talk is about!

What Barnes and says: "When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...."

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
A fellow book blogger, The Bookette, recommended this book to me and when I came across it last night at B&N, I thought this book sounded intriguing. And what a fabulous cover! My husband was even asking questions about this book, because he thought the cover was dramatic.

What Barnes and says: "For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.  For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life. "


  1. Those are some good ones. The first sounds really interesting.

  2. Ooh! You've got some GREAT one's there! I've read Hush, Hush and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt from that particular list. Both very good reads indeed! Enjoy! (..and congrat's on the first "in my mailbox" feature!) Happy reading!

  3. Thanks GMR and Kris! I look forward to reading them!

  4. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is such a sweet story -- really enjoyed it! And you're right: Beth is just the nicest ever. Hope you have a great reading week! :)

  5. Thanks, Meg. You too. I agree- Beth is the best. By the way, totally dreaming of those cupcakes you posted. They're evil! :)

  6. The Chosen One and City of Bones are both awesome books! I hope you enjoy them.


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