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Children's and YA literature reviews.

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and lets bloggers share what books they’ve received, bought, or borrowed this week.  You can find more information here, if you’d like to participate.

Nice mix of books this week.  I had several more I wanted to buy, but maybe next week. 🙂


Just After Sunset by Stephen King

In King’s latest collection of short stories (following 2002’s Everything’s Eventual), he presents 14 tales.  (Scribner, published originally in 2008)

I love Stephen King. His short story collections never fail to entertain. Some might be duds, but there’s always an excellent one that sticks with you!

Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Connie Fletcher

This is a world that TV crime shows can’t touch.  Here are eighty experts – including beat cops, evidence technicians, detectives, forensic anthropologists, blood spatter experts, DNA analysts, latent print examiners, firearms experts, trace analysts, crime lab directors, and prosecution and defense attorneys – speaking in their own words about what they’ve seen and what they’ve learned to journalist Connie Fletcher, who has gotten cops to talk freely in her bestsellers What Cops Know,  Pure Cop, and Breaking and Entering Every Contact Leaves A Trace presents the science, the human drama, and even the black comedy of crime scene investigation.  Let the experts take you into their world. (St. Martins Press, originally published 2006)

I’m a crime junkie.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Her new summer job comes with baggage. Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings – Spencer, Lola, and Marlene. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn. Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.  (Scholastic, paperback May 2009)

I started reading this at work and was so charmed, I had to have it.  The sequel, Scarlett Fever, just came out!

For Review

Greatest Moments in Sports by Len Berman

The best thing about sports is that you never know when a great moment is going to happen. And everyone has a different opinion about what the greatest moments are. Sportscaster Len Berman reveals his favorite moments in sports and offers this challenge—what are yours?

Hear the cheers, create and share your own memories, and let the debate begin! Plus, the included CD features many of the actual broadcasts—you’ll hear all the drama and excitement as it happened!  (Sourcebooks,November 2009)

This one looks like a lot of fun.  I hope the Red Sox winning the World Series (for the first time) is in there!

Noah’s Bark by Stephen Krensky

Why do animals make the noises they do? You may not have known it, but its all thanks to an old man named Noah, who once upon a time built an ark. Noah is trying to build an ark, but with the snakes quacking, the beavers crowing, and the pigs howling, he cant get anything done.  (Lerner Publishing Group, April 2010)

Just adorable and I love the art.

The Punctuation Station by Brian Clearly

All aboard! Join a family of giraffes on their journey to Punctuation Station. As the train chugs along, you’ll learn the ins and outs of using periods, commas, apostrophes, question marks, hyphens, quotation marks, and exclamation points! Playful rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and colorful illustrations from Joanne Lew-Vriethoff make learning about punctuation fun. So hop on board – this is one train ride you don’t want to miss!  (Millbrook, April 2010)

More children’s books need giraffes!

What did you get this week?


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