Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog. Happy October! I’m enjoying the cool nights and warm days we’re having right now. It was a slow week around here but, after SIBA, I’m okay with that. I actually read more books than I acquired last week! I’ll be working for Vance all week this week so might not be around as much. I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:
What did you find in your mailbox last week?
Everyone in Peter Powers family has some type of super power – his dad can control fire, his mom can fly, his older brother can duplicate himself, his sister is very strong, and his baby brother can turn himself invisible. Peter is self conscious because he thinks his power of making ice cubes with his fingertips is pretty lame. Of course, his siblings remind him of their powers’ superiority all the time.
Captain Tornado comes to town, robbing banks and getting away with lots of cash. Peter’s parents are busy but his siblings insist they can defeat Captain Tornado. When they take off for the bank, Peter and his grandfather go after them. When they arrive, Captain Tornado has Peter’s siblings trapped in tiny tornadoes so it’s up to Peter to stop him. But, what can he do with his lousy powers?
PETER POWERS AND HIS NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS by Kent Clark and Brandon T. Snider is an adorable chapter book for the middle grade crowd. Many young readers will be able to relate to Peter and his less than stellar powers. Peter is frustrated with his powers and, to make matters worse, his siblings rib him about them all the time. I loved Peter and cheered for him as he learned it’s not the power you have but how you use it that counts.
Dave Bardin’s terrific illustrations add to this terrific book that is sure to be a hit with young readers. I think the superhero angle will pull even the most reluctant readers in. PETER POWERS AND HIS NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS is the first book in a new series and you won’t want to miss it!
I will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.
Review copy provided by LB Kids. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
Eleanor’s life is out of control but she knows she’s can get a handle on things. She just needs to take things one at a time to get her life in order and she’s going to start today. But, her son says he’s sick, her husband is taking vacation and has failed to tell her, and she runs into someone from her past who reminds her of the graphic memoir she was supposed to write.
A few years ago, I read and adored WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE so I had high hopes for Maria Semple‘s new book, TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT. I did enjoy her latest tome but, for me, it didn’t have the charm of BERNADETTE and I’m not sure why – maybe my expectations were too high.
Eleanor is a great character and I’m sure many people will be able to relate to her, but I found her frustrating. I felt like she should have gotten her act together a while ago – if not for herself, it least for her son.
I did enjoy Semple’s writing and I liked the way the story was told – it even includes a few pages from Eleanor’s graphic novel in the middle of the book. Readers learn of Eleanor’s past even as they see how lost she is in the present. I do think TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is worth reading but it won’t make my list of favorites for the year.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!
My first word came from Burn by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.
1. narcocorrido – “The whole way back up the 101 to Laurel Canyon, I listened to the Mexican driver behind the wheel play a type of music called narcocorrido.”
Narco-cocorrido is a subgenre of the Mexican norteño-corrido music genre, a traditional folk music from northern Mexico. You can go on YouTube and listen to examples of this.
I found two words in Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky.
2. coper – “The North Sea fishermen of the time were being exploited by copers, floating entertainment centers providing alcohol and tobacco at exorbitant prices.”
Even though coper was defined in the sentence, I decided to look it up. My dictionary defines a coper as a horse trader, especially a dishonest one but YourDictionary.com says that it means, “a floating grog shop supplying the North Sea fishing industry” in the UK.
3. komatik – “Packing a komatik required skill.”
A komatik is a sledpulled by dogs.
What words do you want to celebrate today?
After freshman Emily Shapiro is raped at a fraternity party, she’s frustrated by the way the university and her father, its president, have treated her. She falls into a funk but works hard to get her act together. Emily goes missing after meeting a friend at a bar and the last person to see her is Dylan Highsmith, the young man she’s accused of rape. Dylan comes from a wealthy, politically connected family who will do anything to protect him.
Federal prosecutor Anna Curtis is brought in to solve Emily’s case and she discovers some horrible things about Dylan’s fraternity and the school’s efforts to cover up crimes. She suspects Dylan in Emily’s disappearance but it’s hard to prove anything without a body.
After reading Missoula by Jon Krakauer and following the Brock Turner case, I’ve become very aware of what a serious problem rape is on college campuses – one in five women will be raped while they attend college – so I was happy to see Allison Leotta address the issue in her newest book, The Last Good Girl because I think fiction will reach a broader audience. The Last Good Girl is the fifth book in the Anna Curtis series but I had no problems diving in and catching up with Anna’s personal life. As a matter of fact, I was engrossed in this book from the very start.
Anna Curtis is a fantastic character – she’s strong, smart, driven, and passionate about justice. I have a feeling Leotta got all the details of her job just right since she’s a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor herself. I thought the mystery and the investigation were solid and I didn’t see the twists or the ending coming.
If you’re looking for a smart, well written mystery/thriller, look no further than The Last Good Girl. I thought it was terrific and plan to look for more of the Anna Curtis books to read.
Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog. I’m back after a two week vacation. I’ve got so much catching up to do but I’ve hit the ground running this morning with my annual physical, picking up new glasses, etc. I found these goodies in my mailbox while I was gone:
- The Plan by Kelly Bennett Seiler came from Simon & Schuster
- The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig came from Park Row Books
- The Night Voyage by Daria Song came from Penguin Random House
- Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn came from Penguin Random House
- Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schroder came from Capstone
- How to Stage a Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly came from Capstone
- Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts came from Andrews McMeel
- A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe came from Simon & Schuster
- Friday on My Mind by Nicci French came from Penguin Random House
What did you find in your mailbox last week?