Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mailbox Monday for June 19

Well, it's been a quiet week since Canada Post has locked out its employees and rather depressing to see an empty mailbox day after day. The last time I received books was last Monday. But Cindy from Cindy's Love of Books passed on some great books to me. Thank you, Cindy!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Bluestocking is hosting for the month of June. You can view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.

Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away from School K-1 and 4-5 (for review)

Summer Fit contains grade appropriate, basic skill activities in reading, writing, math and language arts. The daily fitness component is a fun and easy-to-use exercise routine that gets children moving on a daily basis and is designed to help children build healthy exercise habits while away from school. Children choose from Aerobic, Strength and Sport activities using a Fitness Index developed by professional trainers, school coaches and parents. Exercises are reinforced online with videos that show children performing each of the different exercises.

Weekly core value activities and exercises are a resource for parents and guardians to use in talking about and teaching good character and values. Each week a different value is introduced and reinforced using real world examples of a person who represents that value.

Summer Fit is the most comprehensive summer workbook available and provides parents with the tools and the motivation to develop the physical and social well being of their child as well as the academic.

Summer Fit includes online games to reinforce basic skills in reading, writing and language arts.

This is what I got from Cindy at Cindy's Love of Books

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.

Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she's hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg

With The Guilty Plea, a gripping sequel to the international bestseller Old City Hall, Robert Rotenberg has delivered another sharp, suspenseful legal thriller with an explosive conclusion.

On the morning his high-profile divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, the youngest son of Toronto’s Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his luxurious home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler’s four-year-old son asleep upstairs. Hours later, when Wyler’s wife, Samantha, shows up at her lawyer’s office with a bloody knife wrapped in a towel, the case looks like a straightforward guilty plea.

Instead, an open-and-shut case becomes a complex murder trial, full of spite and uncertainty. There’s April Goodling, the Hollywood starlet with whom Terrance had a well-publicized dalliance, and Brandon Legacy, the teenage neighbor who was with Samantha the night of the murder. After a series of devastating cross-examinations, there’s no telling where the jury’s sympathies will lie.

As in Old City Hall, Rotenberg’s gift for twists and turns is always astonishing, but his true star remains the courtroom: the tension, disclosures, and machinations that drive this trial straight to its unpredictable verdict.

So what did you get in your mailbox last week?

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  1. I hope you like Divergent. I was a little skeptical but I'm really enjoying it! Canada Post better work this out soon! It makes me sad having no packages.

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about Divergent! I hope your kids enjoy the Summer Fit books.

  3. I have Divergent but haven't read it yet. Happy reading!

  4. You are welcome for the books Laura. I hope the lock out ends really soon.

    Michael is looking forward to starting his work book next week. I think it will be a great way to pass some time.

  5. Songs for a Teenage Nomad looks good. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. I received "All The Tea in China" as a win from a blog.

    Besides that, there was little in the mailbox due to the Canadian Postal service and their work tactics.

    pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

  7. Crazy about the post office stuff -- hope they reopen soon!

    Enjoy your books!

  8. Nice that Cindy could help you out since the post office isn't getting it done! Have a good week.

  9. So happy to see Divergent in your pile. Can't wait to read your thoughts. Les doigts crossed that you will love it as much as I did.

    PS Go in expecting nothing... better for overall outcome ;)

  10. Great Mailbox! Divergent is on my WL!

    Here's my Mailbox

  11. Divergent seems to be very popular! Nice of Cindy to share with you! I hope your postal mess is over soon. I can't imagine being without mail day after day.

  12. Can't say I like the cover for DIVERGENT, but it does sound intriguing. But of all the books you received, the one I want to read the most is SONGS FOR A TEENAGE NOMAD. Never heard of it before, but it sounds good and I love the cover!


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