Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia, formerly from The Printed Page, where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month’s host is MariReads.
Here’s what I received:
**I wasn’t sure what books were going to be in this box of galleys from Algonquin Young Readers. This one sounds interesting, so I’ll be keeping it.**
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love — Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed.
So they carry on in secret — until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they will be able to go on as they had before, only now with new comforts provided by the well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively — and openly.
Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants in the body she wants to be loved in without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self? (publisher’s summary)
**The Girl is keeping this one to read.**
Under normal circumstances, a Time Fetch sends out its foragers to collect only those moments that will never be missed or regretted. The Fetch then rests, waiting to be called back by the Keeper, who distributes the gathered time where it is needed in our world and others across the Great Web.
When eighth-grader Edward innocently mistakes a sleeping Fetch for an ordinary rock, he wakes its foragers too early, and they begin to multiply and gobble up too much time. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear, as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel.
To try and stop the foragers, Edward must form an uneasy alliance with three classmates. Feenix (given name Edith) calls him “Dweebo” and seemingly exists to annoy him. Danton, a self-confident, easy-going athlete, has never before shown the slightest interest in Edward. Brigit is brand new at school, painfully shy and mysteriously silent. But all four have touched the Fetch, which has changed them in ways they don’t quite understand and has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling mission to save the entire universe. (publisher’s summary)
**The Girl is keeping this one to read, too.**
Cat brothers Cecil and Anton are as different as port and starboard. Cecil, stocky and black with white patches, thirsts for seafaring adventure as he roams the docks of his harborside home, taking daytrips on fishing boats when the chance comes along. Slim, gray Anton prefers listening to the sailors’ shanties at the town saloon, venturing to port only for the day’s catch. But one day when Anton goes in search of fresh mackerel, he’s impressed as a ratter onto a ship bound for the high seas.
Knowing little of the wide-open ocean that lies beyond the harbor, Cecil boards another ship in hopes of finding Anton. But what begins as a rescue mission turns into a pair of high-seas adventures, with thrills and danger bubbling under every wave.
Anton takes on a fierce rat, outwits hungry birds, and forges a forbidden friendship, while Cecil encounters dolphins and whales and finds himself in the middle of a pirate raid. On an ocean as vast as the one Anton and Cecil have discovered, will they see home — or each other — ever again?
Young readers drawn to this tale by its charming cat brothers will cherish it for its colorful cast of characters, vivid imagery, lyrical storytelling, and rich historical detail. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate each chapter. (publisher’s summary)
**The Girl is too old for this one, so I gave it to Serena to share with Wiggles.**
When Sir Sidney, a kindly circus owner, becomes too tired to travel with his show, he places an ad in the newspaper:
Good person needed to manage circus.
Must love children, animals, popcorn, and travel.
Apply in person at Sir Sidney’s Circus.
Enter Barnabas Brambles: “I have a degree in lion taming from the University of Picadilly Circus.”
But does Leo the lion need taming? Will Elsa the elephant still get her gourmet peanuts? And what will Brambles say when he discovers Bert and Gert, the two mice who travel with the circus on popcorn cleanup patrol?
Brambles has big plans: More cities! More shows! No more free popcorn. He’s made a big mess of Sir Sidney’s Circus, but Leo, Elsa, Bert, Gert, and the rest of the performers agree: The Show Must Go On! (publisher’s summary)
**This one isn’t my cup of tea, so I’m passing it on to my husband’s co-worker.**
Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Richie has cancer, and he’s spending his final days in a hospice unit. His mother, his doctors, and the hospice staff are determined to keep Richie alive as long as possible. But in this place where people go to die, Richie has plans to make the most of the life he has left. Then Sylvie, the sixteen-year-old girl across the hall, enters the picture with some remarkable plans of her own…
Hollis Seamon creates one of the most original voices to appear in young adult literature, narrating a story that is unflinching, graphic, heartbreaking, funny, and above all life-affirming in its depiction of what it really means to be a teenager dying of cancer. Caring for her own young son, the author spent years visiting a children’s hospital, fascinated and touched by the young people she met there, who remained teenagers no matter how ill they were. This is her first novel for young adults. (publisher’s summary)
**I’m passing this one on to my husband’s coworker as well.**
Can a single act of violence change the lives of an entire family for generations? In 1928, Laura Dechant is brutally raped. A rape that is covered on the front of newspapers but denied behind closed doors of the family home. Laura was not considered to be a victim during those times, but instead “Tarnished.” So begins a tale of love, denial and condemnation.
The Butternut Tree is both moving and intense, and author Maureen Ann Richards Kostalnick displays a gift for poetic story telling. Maureen relates events of her childhood in Avon, Ohio, during the 1940s and 50s. A beautifully written novel based on a true story of an unspeakable crime that is not easily forgotten, The Butternut Tree will capture readers and draw them into the life of which Kostalnick so eloquently writes. (publisher’s summary)
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