Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe. Henry Holt, September 2009.
Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance...
I love the totally creepy cover of this book!
Tyrannosaurus Math by Michelle Markel. Tricycle Press, August 2009.
Who can add an entire herd of triceratops, multiply the legs of a group of ankylosaurs, and estimate the distanceto the next tasty meal? TYRANNOSAURUS MATH!
These are the third and fourth books in the Keyholders series, which I've not read. But they're from the authors of the super popular Bailey School Kids series!
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines. Bloomsbury, October 2009.
Lyn is a neo-gladiator's daughter through and through. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family: Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: Never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules - and the GSA - can work against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn's seventh father, he also captures Lyn's dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him. To win her freedom, Lyn will enter the arena to face her father's murderer in mortal combat. And she'll do it even though she may be falling for him.
Whoa. This sounds intense. The copy on the ARC compares it to The Hunger Games, so you can be sure I'll be diving into this one and reporting back.
So that's what I got in the mail this week... what did you get?