I am up again for the 32nd contribution of Gathering Books to the fun weekly meme In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren. This weekly meme is a great way to share the books we’ve received, borrowed, and bought for the past week(s). Hope you enjoy this week’s loot! =)
1. Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
– This is the second Newbery Honor book by three-time Newbery Honor Author, Jacqueline Woodson. “Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he’s not white. Who is he?
2. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
– When Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious box on his thirteenth birthday with the words The Meaning of Life engraved on the lid, he and his best friend Lizzie can’t wait to find out what’s inside. But when he discovers that the box is locked, he and Lizzie set off on an adventure around Manhattan to find the keys to life’s biggest mystery.
3. Wittgenstein and the Goshawk: A Fable by Patrick Watson
– This magical fable begins with the story of the Goshawk, an aristocratic bird of prey who was raised in the Royal Court of St. Petersburg in Old Russia. Cast aside after her owners emigrated to New York, the aging huntress soon finds herself in the wilds of Northern Ontario, where she meets up with Wittgenstein, a budgerigar. Another story about feathers that wrestles with some of life’s most challenging issues and values: loyalty, integrity, craft, and self-knowledge.
4. The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
– In the ancient stone tower of the Casa Rosa, in a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember. That is, until Zola arrives: a determined American girl who wears three skirts all at once. For neighbors who have been longtime enemies, children who have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives: hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Figs start flying, dogs start arfing, and the whole village begins to wake up. Zola is a girl with a mission. And our angel has been without one—till now.
5. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
– Fourteen year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. “Lev”) is no ordinary boy, but that’s exactly what Sabine and his dark shadows want him to believe. They know the fate of the world and the dreams of all mankind can be saved by one boy with a powerful gift – one he has yet to understand or control. Enter Clover, a funny, funny, foot-high side kick; Winter, a gril who can freeze things; and Geth, the rightful heir to the dream-world of Foo. Three transplants here with only one mission: to retrieve Leven and save Foo. Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt and convince him to do what only he can do? Will Leven find the Gateway in time? Will fate make up the difference?
6. Censoring an Iranian Love Story, A Novel by Shahriar Mandanipour
– Sara falls in love with Dara through secret messages hidden in code in the pages of books that have been outlawed, but then something quite extraordinary and unexpected happens. Through adeptly handled asides to the reader, as well as anecdotes, codes and metaphors, and cheeky references to the wonderfully rich Iranian literary heritage, the novel builds to offer a revealing yet often playful and hopeful comment on the pressures of writing within the tightly prescribed Islamic regime, pressures that naturally are heightened where affairs of the heart are concerned.