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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mailbox Monday (45)

I have been cutting down on the amount of books I request for review because I want to read some of the great titles that are still waiting on my bookshelf. My goal for the upcoming year is to read more of the books that I desire to read just for the sheer pleasure of it. But, my kids are still getting lots of review books. Check them out!

By the way, Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia of The Printed Page and hosted this month by Lady Q from Let Them Read Books.

The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery by Angie Frazier (from Scholastic)

A mysterious adventure of self-discovery that reveals shocking secrets!
It is 1905 and young Suzanna works at her family's inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, where she is trained to be a well-mannered hostess and a charming lady. Suzanna has other ideas for her future--she wants to be a detective. When a young guest goes missing on a stormy summer night, Suzanna's famous detective uncle, and idol, comes to solve the case. But Suzanna learns that not everything is as it seems. With a little help from her friends, can she solve the mystery of the missing girl before her uncle gives up?

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy  Wan-Long Shang (from Scholastic)

In this humorous and heartfelt debut about a split cultural identity, nothing goes according to plan for sixth-grader Lucy Wu.

Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months -- and is staying in Lucy's room. Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.

Her plans are ruined -- or are they? Like the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite, and Lucy finds that while she may not get the "perfect" year she had in mind, she can create something even better.

The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone (from Scholastic)

Phoebe Stone, author of the sleeper hit DEEP DOWN POPULAR, is back with a middle-grade code-breaking mystery full of romance and excitement. Think CHASING VERMEER meets THE SECRET GARDEN!
Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won't leave her long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room.

But Felicity needs Derek's help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity's parents, and she's sure they're in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents, all while surviving her first crush? It's a tall order, but - like THE SECRET GARDEN'S Mary Lennox before her - Felicity's up for the challenge.


The Loser List by Holly Kowitt (from Scholastic)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid watch out -- Danny Shine and the other kids of Thorn Underwood Middle School aren't bestsellers yet, but they're on their way!
When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly -- until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new "bad boy" status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he's unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny's favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught -- and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep?

So what did you get in your mailbox last week?

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12 comments :

  1. Those are all cute looking books!! Hope they enjoy!

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  2. They all look good to me! I hope you enjoy them.

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  3. I'd like to see what you think of the romeo and juliet code.
    My mailbox is also up now! Also a giveaway sponsored by CSN Stores. Please do come over.

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  4. I hear you Laura about cutting down on review books! Happy reading!

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  5. The Midnight Tunnel catches my eye! Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox. Happy reading!

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  6. They look delightful...especially the first one.

    Hope you enjoy them!

    Here's mine:

    (click on my name)

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  7. Very cute :) I especially like the sound of the Lucy Wu book...
    hope you and your kids enjoy your week reading.

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  8. The Midnight Tunnel looks really fun! Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  9. I received for review The Job by Craig Davis from the author.

    Joe B. enjoys the sweet life as a vice president at a huge conglomerate, Universal Whirligig. But along with the Big Boss' favor, he has also gained the notice of a bitter human resources manager, Luci Fernandez. Hateful of any success but her own, Luci manages to get him demoted to the mail room! A rollicking comedy of errors follows as Joe B. tries to figure out what's happened to him, and attempts to get a meeting with the Big Boss. Joe B.'s great expectations have taken a dickens of a twist. His family is forced to make a series of hard adjustments, and he gets only lame comforts from a string of the worst friends anyone could have. Will he finally track down the cause of his frustrations? Or will he only learn a lesson about what it is to be the boss, and that what is apparent is often only a shadow of a greater ongoing good? "The Job: Based on a True Story (I Mean, This is Bound to Have Happened Somewhere) is a modern parable of ancient troubles and truths.

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  10. These all sound very good. I hope you enjoy them all.

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