Sunday, August 1, 2010

In My Mailbox (August 1)

Happy August! In my mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren, who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Here are the books I got this week...

The Dogs of Windcutter Down
by David Kennard

These age-old words of wisdom have always guided Devon sheep farmer David Kennard. But as he battles to save his farm from extinction, they take on a greater weight than ever.
The storm clouds are already gathering when Borough Farm suffers a series of disastrous setbacks that threaten the Kennard family’s traditional way of life. Though the farm has survived foot and mouth disease, an invasion of stray sheep, and the threat of disease, a malfunctioning tractor and a sickly sheepdog all add to the farm’s daily pressures. How much longer can they stay afloat financially? And will David be the last shepherd to tend his flock in this rugged corner of England? Is there a way to achieve the seemingly impossible---making a living through farming sheep in the twenty-first century?

A shepherd since the age of seventeen, David offers an honest and affectionate, often comic
picture of life on his sheep farm. But throughout this gentle meditation on his family’s rural way of life, David is in a fight for that life, and for the survival of his family and farm. He must rely---as always---on his faithful sheepdogs Greg, Swift, Gail, Fern, and Ernie. But even he is surprised when the dogs---and the new dog on the farm---exceed his expectations and prove to be Borough Farm’s secret weapon.

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Zing family lives in a world of misguided spell books, singular poetry, and state-of-the-art surveillance equipment. They use these things to protect the Zing Family Secret—one so huge it draws the family to the garden shed for meetings every Friday night.

Into their world comes socially isolated middle grader Listen Taylor, whose father is dating a Zing. Enter Cath Murphy, a young teacher at the elementary school that Cassie Zing attends, suffering from a broken heart. How will the worlds of these two young women connect? Only the reader can know!


Misha said...

Great books! Enjoy reading them.
My first IMM post-

Dazzling Mage said...

Ooh, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor, and by... Moriarty? I haven't read her books in a long time! And this sounds really good.

Happy reading! =D

Jenny said...

I haven't heard of either of these books, but they look intriguing. I see you're reading Matched now, I'm so excited for that one! I'll look forward to your review:)

Jenny N. said...

I haven't read these books yet but I do have another Jaclyn Moriarty book that I'm planning to read soon. Happy reading!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love everything about the sound of the Spell Book. Sounds so good and fun! I am super dooper looper jealous ;)

Nina said...

Sounds like two great books. Love the cover of The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty. Looking forward to read your review.

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