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Sunday, February 14, 2010

In My Mailbox- Week of February 8 + Retrospective

I can't remember all I got this week and I'm in a rush, so here's the two books I remember and care about, lol.

Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History by Adam Selzer
Do you know America? No, I mean, do you REALLY know America? Would you recognize John Adams in a lineup? Can you identify any presidents between Lincoln and Roosevelt?

Hmmm. I thought so.

Well, you really need this book.

Not only will it improve your sorry historical knowledge, it will crack you up, and give you material to throw your teachers off-balance for entire class periods. Identify their lies! Point out their half-truths! And possibly, just possibly, gain some extra credit for yourself.

Monday- I interviewed Josh Berk, author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin.

Tuesday- I posted excerpt vlogs from myself and Josh Berk reading from The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

Wednesday- I posted my review of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk.

Thursday- I interviewed Suzanne Young, author of The Naughty List.

Friday- I posted excerpt vlogs from myself and Suzanne Young reading from The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Saturday- I reviewed The Naughty List by Suzanne Young. A more current, new review should be up in the next few days. It's been a busy weekend, so haven't been able to finish it yet.


  1. The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History sounds like a good book and a fun read. I haven't read Eyes Like Stars yet. I am assuming this must be the sequel. I hope you enjoy your books!

    Here is what's in my mailbox this week.

  2. i love the cover of Perchance to Dream. I am new around here, your blog looks great.