New Crayons is a meme hosted by susan at Color Online. In New Crayons I share what new books I got this week.
Note: To all those who may have sent me books this past week, I was out of town and I have yet to check my mailbox so I very likely received the books already.
While I was in Florida over Spring Break, we went to an outlet mall. While there we (we meaning my sister, brother and I. My parents didn't care) discovered the wonder of the Book Warehouse. The books were such bargains! I think the most a YA/children's book cost was 8.00. The books I bought were $3 and $2. Such a great deal :) Sadly, I couldn't buy as many books as I wished because I'm on a tight budget and I had no room in my luggage for additional books :(
Without further ado, this week I bought
So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990's in New York. Antonio and Natasha's world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together.
Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes (Book 1)
In Book 1, Ruby is leaving her old school and headed to a new one where nobody knows her--and where her older brothers rule. But that's about to change, because Ruby Booker has BIG plans! Although things don't go according to plan, Ruby manages to grab the spotlight when she sings a song over the P.A. system during announcements. By the time school lets out, one thing is clear: Ruby Booker isn't "the Booker Boys' baby sis" anymore.
-I don't intend on making this habit; reviewing books that are early reader/chapter books. However, the author is in trouble. His series, Ruby and the Booker Boys is in trouble, since the people in charge don't think it's making enough sales. Basically, the publisher is saying that the books receive enough support in schools, but they need to see more of them being sold in bookstores and from orders. I want to help because the series sounds so cute and I'm sad that there was no series like this for me or my siblings while we were at this age. So I went to Borders, put in an order for this book and I'm going to read and review this and then send it to my little godsister.
Finally, I have an apology. It was recently brought to my attention (let me know if you wish to be given credit) that my poll asking where visitors to my blog are from was not completely inclusive. I forgot Africa! Imagine my embarrassment. I sincerely apologize to my African readers. It was completely unintentional and I'm ashamed that I didn't think of Africa when creating this poll. Thank you immensely to the person who brought this to my attention. I'm going to let this poll continue to run and then when it ends, I'll fix it and add a new one that includes Africa. I'll also make the question clearer since it could be interpreted as either 1) What is your cultural background or 2) Where are you reading this blog from? I meant for the poll to be about the latter.