Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mailbox Monday (46)

More great books for my kids! 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.

Lacey and the African Grandmothers by Sue Farrell Holler (Second Story Press)

Twelve-year-old Lacey Little Bird loves spending time with Oma patake, an elder on her reserve who is like a grandmother to her. From her she is learning about the traditions of her people, the Siksika, including the art of beadwork. Lacey hears about a project to help grandmothers a world away in Africa who are raising their grandkids because the children's parents have died of AIDS. She decides to put her new skills to work and make beaded purses to raise money to help. When a charitable organization brings two of the African grandmothers on a visit to her country, Lacey is thrilled to learn that they have asked to meet her. She is humbled when the African women tell her how her compassion and dedication have made a difference in their lives. Based on a true story.

Patrick's Wish by Karen Mitchell with Rebecca Upjohn (Second Story Press)

A true story of a courageous young man's wish to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.

So what did you receive in your mailbox last week?

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  1. Both look interesting and ones to teach kids (and us) something. :-)

    My Mailbox Monday link is on the Let Them Read Books post (it won't post publicly to others until tomorrow). ;-)

    Have a great week, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you!

  2. Both books and authors new to me so thank you for the post.

    My mailbox is also up.Please do come over.

  3. Both are new to me too - hope you like them!

  4. Both books do sound interesting. The first made me remember some of the things my grandmother did with me. :) Great memories! Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  5. I'm thrilled to find your Library of Clean Reads! How great! You have a fun site and great books in your mailbox this week. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds like two really inspiring reads! Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox. Happy reading!

  7. I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  8. Those both look like amazing books to share with your kids.


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