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How to Make a Bird by Martine Murray - To be released June 1st, 2010
It's dawn, on an empty road in the countryside. Empty, except for the girl in the long, red evening gown, standing next to a bicycle, and looking back at the home she's about to leave. Mannie's ready to start a new life and forget the terrible things that have happened here, but there are questions that need to be answered before she can let go. Questions about her elegant but unstable mother, her brother who's always overshadowed her, and his friend Harry Jacob, who just might be Mannie's boyfriend...
And her only clue is an unfamiliar address in Melbourne, written on a scrap of paper found in her brother's room. As she makes her journey to the city, the mystery of this vulnerable, quirky girl is revealed piece by piece in her search for a way to become whole again.
With rare sensitivity and a poetic voice that is unmistakably her own, Martine Murray tells a story about growing up and listening to your heart.
(Summary from goodreads.)
Why I want this: To be honest, I'm in love with the cover. Yes. I'm shallow. Plus plus plus it sounds really, really good and it's set in Australia and everybody knows Australia is awesome. (Except it's one of those random words I have trouble spelling. Sorry Australia! It's not you, it's me.)
And this one comes out in just a few days, so you don't have to wait very long for it!
Majix: Notes From a Serious Teen Witch by Douglas Rees - To be released July 1st, 2010
Kestrel (don't call her Susan) Murphy is angry. Forced to leave her posh San Francisco Bay Area home by her father's illness, she's living in Jurupa (sounds like vomiting), Southern California. It's too hot. The people are stupid. And you have to chew the air to get the oxygen out of it. On the plus side, Kestrel is a witch. Well, a witch-in-training. And she's going acquire the magic she needs to get her life back to normal. At first, she barely notices the people around her-Aunt Ariel, who's taken her in and is herself a well-known white witch; Jose Iturrigaray, the quiet, talented young artist; Blake Cump, troublemaker extraordinaire; Laura Greenwood, who wants to be Kestrel's friend. But life has its own magic, and gradually Kestrel finds that much of one's success as a witch lies in being open to it.
(Summary from goodreads.)
Why I want this: Douglas Rees wrote Vampire High which I quite loved, so I can't wait to read this one.
Okay, so that's it for this Wednesday! Hope you guys enjoyed the bookshelf posts (and commented!) and look out for another Storytime Spotlight tomorrow. And comment!
Peace and cookies,