Sunday, March 14, 2010

In My Mailbox #24

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren! Head on over there to see what delightful and much-appreciated books bloggers received in their mailboxes (or bought at bookstores or checked out from the library) this week! (Did everyone remember to set your clocks ahead?)

 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, illustrated by Robert Ingpen. Sterling Books, March 2010.

This is a lovely new edition of the classic book. It's a nice, large size and has beautiful, full-color illustrations.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, July 2010.

Oh, I *squeed* when I got this one in the mail. I was a big fan of Shiver, so I'm looking forward to checking out this sequel!

Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Scholastic Press, May 2010.

Summary from ARC:

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. 

It's 1962 and it seems that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Franny doesn't know how to deal with what's going on with her family and friends. But somehow she's got to make it through.

The book calls itself a "documentary novel" and interspersed with the story are photos, ads, and other footage from 1962. I am in the middle of it right now and finding it completely intriguing. 

Trackers by Patrick Carman. Scholastic Press, May 2010.

Looks like Scholastic and Patrick Carman are going the way of the books + online videos route like in Skeleton Creek. This is the first in a series and here's some info from the publicity:

In today's landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint - even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that's where the Trackers come in - four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills. Told through an interlinked web of text, videos, and websites, this series follows Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily as they become entangled in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world's most dangerous hacker.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce. Harper (an imprint of HarperCollins), March 2010.

Jacket copy:

Big Nate is in a class by himself! Nate knows he's meant for REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so.

Big Nate is a syndicated comic strip and now it's being turned into a tween series. It looks (and is being publicized as) distinctly Wimpy Kid-ish. A ploy? Perhaps, but if it'll satisfy the Wimpy Kid fanatics at my library, more power to 'em. I shall report back.

Another fabulous mailbox week (everyone at my apartment complex office knows me and whenever I go in there, they're always like "Another package?"). How about you?