Skip to main content

In My Mailbox (9)



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to showcase all the awesome books that we have had contact with during the week.



My IMM post this Memorial Day features books that are military/war related. I thought it would be a fitting time to showcase these beauties. 




Dogtag Summer
Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge.

I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful author at the IRA convention. While she was signing my book, she told me a little bit about the story that inspired this novel. It's based on theVietnam War, and many of the stories that are told by the protagonist are actual stories relayed to her by a Vietnam vet. Coming from a long line of military service members, this book instantly touched my heart. During our conversation I told her about my grandfather that served in Korea. She was so compassionate and caring; it was heartwarming. I actually do not plan to read this book (as of yet) because I passed it along to my co-worker. Her father served in Vietnam, and I thought she would appreciate this story.



Chains Forge (Seeds of America)
Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson.

I've actually had Chains for some time now, but I bought Forge this week. Anderson is an amazing storyteller, and I cannot wait to read these books. Speak and Twisted are two of my all-time favorite books, so I know I won't be disappointed. 


Now Is the Time for Running
Now Is the Time For Running by Michael Williams.

At first glance I thought this was going to be a soccer story, or some sports story at least, but I was wrong. Soccer is at the heart of the story, but it's also about Zimbabwe refugees fleeing for safety and acceptance. It seems like it's going to be really powerful. A quote from the back says, "... this staggering story of survival follows Dea and his mentally handicapped brother on a transformative journey that will remain with readers long after the last page."



Comments

  1. The running book is now added to my TBR list. Thanks for recommending it.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Let the world know what you think... leave a message! I read them all!

Popular posts from this blog

Feature Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!


This week's question: Do you have any furry friends?


These are my fur babies: 

This is what it often looks like while I'm busy working. As you can tell, productivity is high. 


This is Lilly waiting for her boys to come home. She'll spend the entire day just like this if she's not sleeping next to me in my office. 

This is Roscoe. AKA The Boss. He runs the show around here. And yes, he has a sweater AND a coat for cold weather. 

Armchair BEA 2012 Introductions (day 1)

First, let me start off by saying that I am very excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year. Since this is the first day of the weeklong event, here are my answers to the interview questions:

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, the answer the first part of that question, I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Florida (and probably one of the only people in a coastal city that hates the beach). I’ve been married to my hubby for 10 years and have 2 boys. My house is a constant zoo and I’m turning 30 in a few months. There is a mid-life crisis in my near future, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
I started blogging in December of 2011 out of necessity. Seriously. My students know how easily I am distracted when they ask me about books (I eventually caught on to their tactics), so I started blogging out of a need for more teaching time. (I should go ahead and mention that I never talked books all day—even…

Review: The Search for Delicious

The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.


Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.

My Review: I love this book! It is such a fun, easy, and enjoyable r…