Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Finds #38

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading. Each Friday, you share the great books you heard about or discovered over the past week: "books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased."

All We Know of Heaven
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 320
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: April 29, 2008
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

Gift of the Unmage
by Alma Alexander

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 389
Publisher: Eos
Publication date: March 1, 2008
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy

First in the Worldweavers series. From Goodreads:
"Thus says Cheveyo: mage, teacher, the first person in Thea's life to remain unimpressed by her lineage as Double Seventh, the seventh child of two seventh children. From birth, great things were expected of Thea, gradually replaced by puzzled disappointment as it became evident her magical abilities are, at most, minimal. Now, with Cheveyo, Thea has begun to weave herself a new magical identity, infused with elements of the original worlds where Cheveyo and others like him walk. But back home, she attends the Academy, the one school on earth for those who, like her, can't do magic. It is at the Academy that Thea realizes she will indeed have to fight, since her enemies are hungrier and more dangerous than she thought. What's more, her greatest strength may be the very powerlessness she has resisted for so long. Alma Alexander has woven a richly invented fantasy out of elements from many cultures, both real and imagined, and a memorable cast of characters."

by Jeanette Ingold

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 288
Publisher: Graphia
Publication date: June 28, 2005
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, 20th century

From Goodreads:
"Teenager Moss Trawnley is in desperate need of work, and so he decides to head out west as a member of Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps to help protect Montana’s wildlife from devastating erosion and wildfires. Despite the grueling work, Moss has time to play baseball, make lifelong friends, and rediscover what he almost lost in the Great Depression: himself. Bringing an important era of U.S. history to life, this riveting coming-of-age story will appeal to any teen who has dreamed of adventure and survival in the great outdoors."

Without Tess
by Marcella Pixley

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 288
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: October 11, 2011
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Tess and Lizzie are sisters, sisters as close as can be, who share a secret world filled with selkies, flying horses, and a girl who can transform into a wolf in the middle of the night. But when Lizzie is ready to grow up, Tess clings to their fantasies. As Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her delusions, she decides that she can't live in the real world any longer and leaves Lizzie and her family forever. Now, years later, Lizzie is in high school and struggling to understand what happened to her sister. With the help of a school psychologist and Tess's battered journal, Lizzie searches for a way to finally let Tess go."

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