Mailbox Monday

21 Aug

My mailbox looks a little like this one!Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books.

Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia, who is now blogging at A girl and her books. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour, August’s host is Staci at Life in the Thumb.

As for my mailbox:

Books for review:

UnderDogs by Markus Zusak

(I looked for a better description, but couldn’t find one anywhere.  This one is on the cover flap, the Scholastic web site, Goodreads, and so on)

Before THE BOOK THIEF, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of gritty, funny, and at times heart-breaking novels about the Wolfe brothers: THE UNDERDOG, FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE, and GETTING THE GIRL. We’re proud to present these novels together in one volume for the first time, and to be introducing American readers to THE UNDERDOG, never before published in the United States. Fans of THE BOOK THIEF won’t want to miss reading the novels that launched Markus Zusak’s stellar career.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure by National Children’s Book & Literacy Alliance

With Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Shannon Hale (Goodreads Author), Gregory Maguire, Lemony Snicket, Kate DiCamillo, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper , M.T. Anderson, Megan McDonald, Linda Sue Park, Patricia McKissack, Fredrick McKissack, Steven Kellogg, Nikki Grimes, Jack Gantos

(Audiobook from Brilliance Audio)

It all starts with a train rushing through the night. . . . Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who continues the story and passes it on. And what happens between episodes one and twenty-seven? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and one just plain bad egg. Not to mention our heroes, eleven-year-old twins Nancy and Joe, raised in a circus, who must find the pieces of a Top-Secret Robot in order to rescue their parents before . . . tick, tick, tick!

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

(Audiobook from Brilliance Audio)

Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real.

They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.

Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.

Your turn

What came in your mailbox this week? Let me know, then go to Life in the Thumb to check out others!


Posted by on August 21, 2011 in books, meme


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8 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. BermudaOnion

    August 22, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’m very intrigued by Underdogs. Enjoy your new books!

  2. Tara

    August 22, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Ooh, This Dark Endeavor sounds good! Great mailbox, happy reading!

  3. mary Ann Langan

    August 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Some good reads, enjoy!

  4. kaye

    August 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I loved Marcus Zusak’s book – Underdogs sounds intriguing. Have a wonderful week, Laura, and enjoy your new books.

  5. Staci

    August 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I hope Underdogs is good because Zusak is an awesome writer!!!

  6. Mary

    August 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    These are all new to me – hope you enjoy them!

  7. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    August 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Underdogs sounds interesting and I had never heard of it til now. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your review of it.

  8. audiobook4me

    September 7, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Great post! It sounds interesting.Some very good audio books


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