Sunday, April 8, 2012
In My Basket
Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David
It's everyone's dream: If I just won the lottery then I could . . . Today is Lia's lucky day, she has just won 8 million pounds. She has also just been kicked out of her house. Full of British humor and the sassy wit of Keren David, author of When I Was Joe, I am looking forward to reading this fun tale. It releases on April 10th by Frances Lincoln's Children's Books and is getting good reviews on Goodreads.
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
On her 18th birthday, Lena leaves her mother and grandmother in search of her father - and answers to one very important question: is she a peculiar? There are tales that there are peculiars out there, people with unnatural physical characteristics and special abilities. Lena's extraordinarily long fingers and toes seem to suggest that she may be one of them. They are shunned by society, hiding in a place known as Scree on the outskirts of the region. The Peculiars joins the growing ranks of Steampunk titles for teens and I really liked it. A full review will be coming later this week.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The reviews that you find for this book speak high praise, but are vague. Apparently this book is stunning and no one wants to spoil the surprise. I have read the first 30 pages. At the heart of this book is a tale of friendship, but it is also historical fiction set during World War II. A young girl has been taken captive and is writing her tale. She has two weeks and she knows that at the end of two weeks the enemy will kill her. Historical fiction is one of the genres that it is hardest for me to read, although I did love Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. I'll let you know if this title makes me a convert.