Sunday, September 27, 2009

In My Mailbox (31)

As always, In My Mailbox, is brought to you by Kristi, AKA The Story Siren.

For review:

Medina Hill by Trilby Kent

Release Date: October 13, 2009 from Tundra Books


In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice.

Trilby Kent brilliantly handles a far-off time and place to present a story of up-to-the-minute relevance.

This one is for an upcoming book tour and it looks fantastic!!

Blue Plate Special by Michelle Kwansey

Release Date: September 23, 2009 from Chronicle Books


Doomed loves, failed families, nixed dreams—someone else's leftovers are heaped on our plates the day we come into this world.

Big Macs and pop tunes mask the emptiness as Madeline watches her mom drink away their welfare checks. Until the day Tad, a quirky McDonald's counter boy, asks Madeline out for a date, and she gets her first taste of normal. But with a life that's anything but, how long can normal really last?

Hanging with Jeremy, avoiding Mam, sticking Do Not Disturb Post-its on her heart, Desiree's mission is simple: party hard, graduate (well, maybe), get out of town. But after Desiree accepts half a meatball grinder, a cold drink, and a ride from her mother's boyfriend one rainy afternoon, nothing is ever simple again.

Too many AP classes. Workaholic mom. Dad in prison. Still, Ariel's sultry new boyfriend, Shane, manages to make even the worst days delicious. But when an unexpected phone call forces a trip to visit a sick grandmother she's never met, revealing her family's dark past, Ariel struggles to find the courage to make the right choice for her own future.

Three girls from three different decades find out it's what they do with their leftovers that matters—because, after all, life is your own blue plate special.

This look amazing and I'm so glad I have a chance to read it. I'm also giving a copy of this book away here.

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton

Release Date: Available Now from Philomel


Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s. He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town: plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in “the Platoon,” and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season— no matter what. He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it! But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is.
Newcomer Fran Cannon Slayton’s powerful first novel captures the serendipity of boyhood by shining a spotlight on the peak adventures of Jimmy’s life. But at its heart, this is a story about a boy and his father in a time when trains reigned supreme.

“When the Whistle Blows is reminiscent of classic tales by Jack London, William Golding and Robert Louis Stevenson, yet carries the remarkable, fresh voice of its author. Fran Cannon Slayton should be extremely proud of this, her debut novel.”—Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank and Identical.

I'm starting this one today. You have to love a glowing review from Ellen Hopkins. It certainly grabbed my attention.


Damn you Borders and your Buy 2, Get 1 free YA sale!! I can't resist!

Candor by Pam Bachorz
Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
Rage by Julie Anne Peters


  1. yay! i love buying books... can never resist a deal either! happy reading!

  2. Borders had a sale?!? Ah, it's probably a good thing I didn't know, lol. I always have to avoid bringing money with me whenever I go anywhere they sell books, because somehow the money magically disappears!

    Have fun reading!

  3. Crumbs. Now I have to go to Borders! =) Great books!

  4. I love Border's and was sad when they moved off the mall. I can still get great books at good deals online.

    I like the pics you have made on your site, and although not listed on Borders, I would like to invite you to read a new YA fantasy novel, "Gateway To DreamWorld."

  5. Enjoy CANDOR! You should enter the CAUGHT WITH CANDOR contest:

  6. i want to read candor! lucky! :D