Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren


Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...

Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two). After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence.

For Review:

Svartalfheim, 2009 The Underworld prepares for the battle between Queen Gerda of Vanaheim and Queen Hella of Niflheim. A vampire clan grieves the loss its clan leader. A surprising new leader is chosen - a human. As she learns more of her responsibilities as a clan leader, she is thrown into a den of werewolves to save herself and her clan. Chance Heeding is a latent vampire tricked by her dead Uncle Cleftus Petras III. She was robbed of her memory as revenge on her dead father. The more Chance lives with the werewolves, the more she learns about herself and her ruthless vampire family members. But time and circumstance is against her... Her betrothed husband is her blood brother. Her intended brother in law is her ex husband, who is recently betrothed to a French Vampiress; who will do anything to keep him away from everyone. As if Chance does not have enough troubles of her own, considering her own family is planning her death. Her best friend, Tie Findley, competes against Chance for her cousin's love and attention. To make matters worse, Chance is left abandoned as her cousin, Luke Heeding, who goes missing in the Nether World during a Lycan mission. Amidst all of this, Chance learns her father is the second in command in the Nether World. She is now entrusted with the care and control of a human teenage girl called Eloise St. John. But before Chance communicates with Eloise she must do one tiny little thing - make her decision whether to become a vampire or a vamp wolf.

I know this isn't a book but I was just so excited when I got it, I had to share it!

I won a Twitter contest on MTV News and the prize was the 25th Anniversary Blu Ray Collectors Edition of The Goonies(wow, that's a mouthful!) Anyways, The Goonies is my all-time favourite movie so I was thrilled when I found out I won. It came with the blu ray movie, a board game, a collectors edition magazine, the story boards and another bonus magazine.  

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1 comment:

  1. By the time I reached the end of Speak, I was full out sobbing. It was such a good novel with such an important message to readers. :)


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