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Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Dec 2 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. The host for December is Gilian at Rose City Reader. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

It's the last month of the year!

Review Books:

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens from HarperTeen

An edgy, realistic debut novel praised by the New York Timesbestselling author of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, as "a beautiful reminder that amid our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves."

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox—"the Kool-Aid Kid"—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up.


Switch on Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health by Dr. Caroline Leaf

According to researchers, the vast majority--a whopping 75-98 percent--of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. In fact, fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones! Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.

Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology. She shares with readers the "switch" in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives where we achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent. She shows us how to choose life, get our minds under control, and reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life.


The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette

The Stowaways aren’t like the other Weedle mice. They are inventive and curious, they go on adventures, and they are much too clever for their own good. In fact, everyone knows that Grampa Stowaway was killed in a trap on one of his adventures. So, who would want to associate with a family like that?

There’s something else about the Stowaways. They keep secrets. Rory has made friends with a bird, their natural enemy; and his twin brother Morgan dreams of sailing away. But Gran has the biggest secret of all—and Rory has discovered what it is. If Rory and Gran act on their suspicions, will they be heading for disaster? Or will it be the greatest Stowaway adventure of all?


Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw

Around the world, young people are making a difference in the lives of cats. In Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, meet kids who are helping at shelters, fostering kittens, volunteering with sterilization programs, and caring for abandoned cats. Animal advocate Rob Laidlaw brings readers a hopeful, inspiring look at the issues facing domesticated and feral cats, and the "Cat Champions" who are working to help them. Informational sidebars throughout the book describe issues facing cats ("The Cat's Out of the Bag") as well as good-news feline facts ("The Cat's Meow"). Filled with colour photographs and real-life stories, Cat Champions will inspire and empower readers of all ages.


Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby & Tara Anderson

Nat can sleep in dresser drawers, or in front of bedroom doors.
Under blankets, on a stair,
Upside-down on someone's chair—
Nat the cat can sleep like that!

Nat has a talent for sleeping all day long. Name any place in the house and Nat can sleep in, on, under, or sprawled over it. In fact, Nat is so devoted to slumber that the imaginative antics of a crazy kitten don't seem to bother him one bit, until...

When the nighttime quiet falls,
When strange shadows fill the halls...

Now Nat is all fired up and ready to go! Will the kitten be able to keep up, or is it time for her to find the perfect place to settle down for a wee nap? Victoria Allenby's rhythmic verse perfectly accompanies Tara Anderson's irresistible art. Cat lovers young and old will delight in this not-quite-ready-for-bedtime treat.


Tweezle Into Everything by Stephanie McLellan & Dean Griffiths

Pumpkin was the first. Hoogie came next. Tweezle is the baby. But babies grow up, and Tweezle is ready to be a big boy now—and he knows just how to prove it. For some reason, Mom isn’t thrilled when he helps with the dishes (Splash! Crash!). Dad isn’t delighted when he hunts through the closet (Blam! Slam!). Pumpkin and Hoogie say he’s way too little to touch their stuff. But when an even smaller friend needs help, Tweezle’s big idea might just save the day.

The endearing monster family introduced in Hoogie in the Middle returns in a story that will warm the hearts of youngest children—and their families. Stephanie McLellan’s text delights once again with its creative turns of phrase, while Dean Griffiths’ colourful art continues to enchant.


The Sad Tree and Pronuba by Christina Steiner

A Lonely Tree and a Special Friend... The desert is a lonely place for Joshua, a tree who has never seen another tree like him. He asks everyone in his environment to help him find a companion...but although the desert loves him, nobody can help. Things change for Joshua one beautiful spring night when a tiny moth comes to visit. This exquisite story about the life-cycle relationship between the Joshua Tree and the Pronuba Moth will delight readers of all ages.





This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
The Intrigue by Marion Chesney (audiobook)
Skellig by David Almond
I, Spy by Jordan McCollum
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Bookish Post:
Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow Book Spotlight and 25$ Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Currently Reading:
Broken by C.J. Lyons
The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette (with my son)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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