In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where bloggers come together to share what is showing up in our mailboxes, in our library totes, and in our shopping bags. Since The Story Siren is a YA blogger, I am going to feature YA and MG books on this meme. There is another Meme that I will start doing every so often on Mondays called Mailbox Monday, cool? Excellent!
STEALING AIR by Trent Reedy (AAL/Scholastic; Sept. 1, 2012; Ages 9-12) You can't just ask for the chance to fly . . . When his dad announced
they were moving to Iowa, Brian looked forward to making some new friends. But
on his first day there he makes an enemy instead -- Frankie Heller, the meanest
kid in town. Brian needs to hang out with someone cool to get back on track. . .
. Alex has always been the coolest guy around, and good with money, just
like his dad. But now the family is struggling, and he needs to make some cash
to keep up appearances. Then an opportunity falls in his lap . . . . Max
is a scientific genius, but his parents are always busy with their own work.
Building an actual plane should get their attention -- if only he wasn't scared
of heights . . . The answer to all three boys' problems starts with Max's
secret flyer. But Frankie and the laws of popularity and physics stand in their
way. Can they work together in time to get their plan AND their plane off the
INFINITY RING #1: A MUTINY IN TIME by James Dashner (Scholastic; August 28, 2012; Ages 8-12) Scholastic's next multi-platform mega-event begins here! History is
broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right! When
best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel --
a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring -- they're swept up in a
centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians,
a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has
gone disastrously off course. Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage
Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . .
and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it. First stop: Spain, 1492,
where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a
DUMPLING DAYS by Grace Lin (Little, Brown; January 2012; Ages 9+) This summer, Pacy's family is going to Taiwan for an entire month to visit
family and prepare for their grandmother's 60th birthday celebration. Pacy's
parents have signed her up for a Chinese painting class, and at first she's
excited. This is a new way to explore her art talent! But everything about the
trip is harder than she thought it would be--she looks like everyone else but
can't speak the language, she has trouble following the art teacher's
instructions, and it's difficult to make friends in her class. At least the
dumplings are delicious...
CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner (Scholastic; July 2012; Ages 8-12) Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions! Anna,
José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize.
Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a
mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle
named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have
announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been
stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry
and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice. But when
accusations start flying, they soon realize there's more than justice at stake.
As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race
against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.
CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr (Harper; September 4, 2012; Ages 13+)
THE DARK UNWINDING by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic; September, 2012; Ages 12 +)
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic; September 2012; Ages 13+)