Thursday, July 22, 2010

Top 5 titles foraged from our processing trolleys (22 July 2010)

List by Danielle
'It was an airport gypsy who told me that I had to kill my husband.'
~ Joshilyn Jackson, 'Backseat saints'

More goodies from the cataloguers: ghosts, cut-out covers and some very fashion-forward dolls for you crafty types out there! A bit of a teen thing going on this week, too, with two teen fiction and one teen on-fiction titles here.

The space between trees / Katie Williams
When the body of a classmate is discovered in the woods, sixteen-year-old Evie's lies wind up involving her with the girl's best friend, trying to track down the killer.

This gorgeous-looking new YA crime story has the most unusual cover set-up; over top of the pale purple cover which carries the title and author, there is a second cover, matte black, made of cut-out tree shadows. This title gets great reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist and Publisher's Weekly ("...difficult reading, but also a darkly beautiful, emotionally honest story of personal growth.").

An unspeakable crime : the prosecution and persecution of Leo Frank / Elaine Marie Alphin.
In 1913, thirteen-year-old pencil factory worker Mary Phagan was found murdered at her workplace in Atlanta, Georgia. One targeted suspect was Jewish factory superintendent Leo Frank. All of the inborn prejudice against Jews rose up in a feeling of satisfaction, that here would be a victim worthy to pay for the crime. Though the case was mishandled at every turn, Leo Frank was convicted. But did he commit the crime?

This teen non-fiction title comes recommended by our cataloguer Debra, who finds the glimpse into turn of the century America - and in particular, the civil rights accorded to Jews and other minorities - fascinating.

The ghosts of Ashbury High / Jaclyn Moriarty
Student essays, scholarship committee members' notes, and other writings reveal interactions between a group of modern-day students at an exclusive New South Wales high school and their strange connection to a young Irishman transported to Australia in the early 1800s. Moriarty returns to Ashbury High for a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when one realizes that the future has come calling.

More teen fiction: a new novel by the Australian author of 'Finding Cassie crazy'. According to Publisher's Weekly, this is told in 'a mosaic composed largely of students' gothic fiction exams', which sounds pretty cool. A skim of the first page or two tells me it looks smart and funny, too. Plus: ghosts!

Backseat saints / Joshilyn Jackson
Ro Grandee is the perfect Texas housewife. She's determined to be nothing like her long-missing mother, the one who left her with only a heap of old novels and her father's fists for company, so Ro keeps quiet and takes her husband's punches like a lady. But Ro wasn't always this way. Underneath her pastel skirts and hidden bruises lies Rose Mae Lolley, teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol. Rose Mae is resurrected when a gypsy's tarot cards foretell doom for dutiful Ro: her handsome husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas. In a journey that is by turns harrowing and exhilarating, she uncovers long buried truths about her family and herself, running from the man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Celebrations!!! A new novel by a fave of mine, Southern author Joshilyn Jackson, whose characters and plots are as fun and readable as her settings are interesting. If you haven't checked her novels out, we also have 'Gods in Alabama', 'Between Georgia' and 'The girl who stopped swimming'. All as entertaining as Jackson's wonderfully funny blog!

Doll fashionistas : sewing stylish dolls and their wardrobes / Ellen Lumpkin Brown
Helps readers to create customized dolls - from head (curly hair, straight) to toe (ballet slippers or sandals). This work features skin dyeing technique that allows readers to create a range of ethnicities. It also features fashion templates that allow readers to start creating simple fashions.

Check this one out if you're at all crafty or interested in costume and fashion, let alone doll-making! The dolls are wonderfully crafted, with hand-painted faces, and the fashions are so cute! It even shows you how to hand-distress teeny tiny dolly jeans!

1 comment:

Emily said...

Oooh - a new novel by Joshilyn Jackson! She's one of my favourite authors too :)