This is our 34th contribution to The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox hosted by the lovely Kristi every Sunday. A great way to share the books that we have bought, borrowed, stolen, flew to our hands (by fate, chance, circumstance) or were given to us over the week. Here are a few of mine from the past week (or so).
Simply because I can not get enough of Bras Basah here in Singapore, I come back again and again and again – and get rewarded for my efforts! That’s positive reinforcement! And finally I found Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt, Newbery Medalist (perfect for the Newbery Reading Challenge and the second book in the Tillerman Cycle Series). I found four out of the seven books on bargain. At the moment, I am looking for three more books to complete the series: The Runner, Come a Stranger, and Sons from Afar. I am crossing my fingers that I get to see them in my further visits to Bras Basah. I also bought Heidi by Johana Spyri – a classic. My ten year old daughter might like this. And yes these books only cost 2.90 sgd each. How can one possibly resist? I am only human, after all.
I have always been keenly interested in Patricia C. Wrede, so it’s nice to see Thirteenth Child also on sale at 2.90. It’s also in a pretty good condition. I’ve been meaning to get myself a copy of Falling Leaves for the longest time by Adeline Yen Mah, primarily because my review of her Chinese Cinderella happens to be one of our most popular posts here in GatheringBooks. I hope that I can also find the time to review this book.
My daughter was overjoyed when she saw these Hank Zipzer books. She’s crazy about them: Niagara Falls or Does It? and A Tale of Two Tails. We also have a collection of Jerry Spinelli books, so it’s nice to find Report to the Principal’s Office. And yes, these books are worth only 1 sgd each.
More 1 sgd books: Rumer Godden’s Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, the Klise Sisters’ Trial by Jury and Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13. 🙂
Now, here are some book bargains from our local church. They sell these babies for 1 sgd each as well. Again, the challenge for me is to find treasures amidst the bulk of books on sale. I bought another Jerry Spinelli Book, a Newbery Honor book at that: Wringer. I am excited to read it and to include it in our AWB (Award-Winning-Books) Reading Challenge, do join us and sign up if you haven’t already. I am also slowly collecting Darren Shan’s Demonata books which I also found on sale during the Page One Warehouse Sale in Singapore. This is Book Three, I believe.
I was also taken by The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman, something about the book spoke to me. Mort by Terry Pratchett is Book Four in his Discworld Series. I’ve read Holes by Louis Sachar, but I think I lost my copy. It’s a Newbery Medal book. I’d like to re-read it for the Newbery Honor Challenge that we have also joined this year. We could also put this up for a give-away sometime end of the year for those who participated in the Reading Challenge. 🙂
NIE and Community Library Love
My daughter could not wait for me to buy her this Big Nate copy so she thought of borrowing it from the library instead: Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce. And yes, more Gene Luan Yang with The Eternal Smile.
I thought I knew all of the NYRB books from our community library, appears like this is a recent acquisition: Terrible Horrible Edie by E. C. Spykman. I was also intrigued by Mother Reader’s review of this book The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer so I thought of giving it a try.
When Linda Baie from Teacher Dance shared this in her Poetry Friday post, I knew that I had to borrow it from our library. I felt so relieved to discover that we actually have it in my institution’s library (it isn’t available in the community libraries): Teaching with Fire – Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach edited by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner. Since the time that I borrowed it, I’ve been sharing it with my teacher-students this semester. Truly a lovely book. That’s it! Pretty modest by my standards.