Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An Exciting Proposal

Today I received a box full of awesome books from Sarah Wingfield, our Random House Children's Books rep. I want to try something new with them: I'll post a picture and description here, and you tell me if you want to read one. I'll mail it to you, and in exchange you have to send me a review. Then you can either send it back to me or pass it on to someone else. Sound good?

All the books are set to go on sale this fall, so you just might be the first kid to read one!

You can email your address to me at p1ratewench@hotmail.com. That second letter is actually the number one (1). Thanks guys!

Back Home by Julia Keller
When Dad comes back from Iraq, Rachel doesn't recognize the man with a prosthetic arm and leg, sitting in the living room day after day. Her mother says that because of his traumatic brain injury, their father will need some time to get better; they will need to help bring him back. But Dad doesn't seem to be making much progress. He doesn't smile, and he never talks. Rachel is starting to wonder if her dad will ever really come back home. A story of an ordinary family forced to deal with extraordinary circumstances, Back Home tells the tale of families scarred and the battle just beginning when their wounded loved ones return home.

Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks
Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, Melkin Womper is apprenticed to a master painter. Soon, Mel and his new friends Ludo and Wren find themselves caught in a power struggle between the Mystery and the Master--a struggle that involves stepping through paintings into a world where the bizarre is commonplace and all logic is irrelevant. A world where angels, pyramid mazes, imaginary monsters, talking houses, and--most importantly--the simple paintbrush combine to form a hugely original and deeply compelling fantasy. This is the first installment of a trilogy.

Candor by Pam Bachorz--already taken!

Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey
Kipp has lost nearly everything--his home, his parents, and his brother--in a deadly fire. He rides into the desert to confront death itself. Kipp finds the key to eternal life, but he must work with death, and tame the wild horse that accompanies Kwaja, the sack that catches souls. At the edge of reality and fantasy, will Kipp master death only to lose hold of his life? A poignant fantasy novel that pushes the boundary between life and death, Stealing Death takes readers on an unforgettable quest.

Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley
In Feyland, all fairies are born with unique magical abilities. Zaria spent her childhood yearning to be like other fairies, but at twelve, she became on of the most powerful fairies ever. Sneaking through a secret doorway to the human world, Zaria is Earth-struck; she wants to understand and experience everything about humans. But when she is seen, her exposure puts all of Feyland at risk. With only her own judgment to guide her, Zaria must try to fix the mess she's made on Earth. Will she use her new power wisely and make the right choices?

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Callie's Rules by Naomi Zucker--already taken!

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