Sunday, March 21, 2010

In My Mailbox March 15-20

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. This week I received the three books in Annick Press's Single Voice series.

Descent into Paradise/A Place to Live - Vincent Karle & Jean-Philippe Blondel
The tightly paced, free-flowing stories in SINGLE VOICE deliver blow after powerful blow with unflinching honesty, original plots, and startling twists. Presented in flip-book format, each book contains two stories told by teenagers at crucial moments. The stories explode with the urgency, drama, and confusion of adolescence.

Friendship confronts the force of authority in these raw, powerful stories.

When the new kid from Afghanistan is put in Martin’s class, Martin ridicules his clothes and nicknames him “Taliban.” But the two realize they have more in common than they thought, and unexpectedly become friends—until a brutal drug bust at school tears them apart ... maybe forever. DESCENT INTO PARADISE confronts the hypocrisies of Western society, and questions whether we aren’t all just strangers in a foreign land.

Some people might think it’s odd when a teenage boy starts making movies of his classmates kissing. But in A PLACE TO LIVE, the aspiring filmmaker’s project turns into a compelling protest against authoritarianism that could get him kicked out of school, and expose his surprising feelings for his best friend.

Two provocative tales that reveal the consequences of standing up for yourself—and for your friends.

Nothing but Your Skin/The Pool was Empty - Cathy Ytak & Gilles Abier
The tightly paced, free-flowing stories in SINGLE VOICE deliver blow after powerful blow with unflinching honesty, original plots, and startling twists. Presented in flip-book format, each book contains two stories told by teenagers at crucial moments. The stories explode with the urgency, drama, and confusion of adolescence.

Two fearless explorations of the depths of teenage passion.

Louella hates her name. She’s obsessed with colors and when she gets upset, she yells herself hoarse. People call her “slow,” but Lou knows one thing for sure: she wants to be with her boyfriend—no matter what her parents or doctors think. Poignantly and sensitively told, NOTHING BUT YOUR SKIN chronicles the aftermath of a mentally challenged girl’s decision to have sex.

In THE POOL WAS EMPTY, 16-year-old Celia’s boyfriend, Alex, is dead after falling into an empty swimming pool—and his mother has accused Celia of his murder. As Celia tries to clear her name and move on from her devastating loss, she reveals that the shocking events of that fateful day may not be what they seem.

The intensity of first love is laid bare in these strikingly emotional stories.

Just Julie/I am not Emmanuelle - Nadia Xerri-L. & Carine Tardieu
The tightly paced, free-flowing stories in SINGLE VOICE deliver blow after powerful blow with unflinching honesty, original plots, and startling twists. Presented in flip-book format, each book contains two stories told by teenagers at crucial moments. The stories explode with the urgency, drama, and confusion of adolescence.

Two heart-wrenching tales of sibling secrets, loyalty and loss.

In JUST JULIE, Julie’s idolized older brother is accused of murder. When she refuses to attend his trial, her shattered family is bewildered. But Julie knows more about her brother than she wants to admit, and a fateful decision is in her hands: should she speak the truth, or protect her family?

In I AM NOT EMMANUELLE, thirteen-year-old Adele impulsively steals a pack of gum, launching her into a rambling monologue about her inability to live up to the “perfect” sister who died. Convinced that her parents would have preferred her to die instead, Adele can’t help acting out. A powerful pair of stories exploring the teen psyche with unflinching honesty.

6 comments:

  1. I've never heard of those books, anyway, enjoy :D

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  2. I've never seen these either, the covers are intriguing!

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  3. Interesting. It's a cool format for a series, and you've definitely piqued my interest in them.

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  4. Awesome books, though I've never heard of them the covers are very intriguing.

    Here's what I got this week: http://bookielaura.blogspot.com/2010/03/in-my-mailbox-3-21-10-update.html
    I hope you have a great week!

    Laura from the Bookie Bunch

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  5. Never heard of these, but the covers are really interesting. It seems like a cool way to set up a series. Happy reading!

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  6. I hope that you enjoy your books. Happy Reading! Here's mymine

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