Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Library Loot: Fourth Trip in January

New Loot:

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between) by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
Walt Disney's Cinderella as retold by Cynthia Rylant
Walt Disney's Peter Pan retold by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland as retold by Jon Scieszka
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Away by Teri Hall
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World To War by Catrine Clay
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka



Leftover Loot:

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II by Joanne Oppenheim
Beyond Infinity by Gregory Benford
Psychoshop by Alfred Bester and Roger Zelazny
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio; translated by Guido Waldman

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Linda 5:02 PM  

I hearing a lot about The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. I'll be interested to hear what you think.

Kailana 7:39 PM  

What are those Disney books all about? I hadn't heard of them before.

Becky 8:05 AM  

Linda, the Jennifer E. Smith book is WONDERFUL!!!!

Kailana, they are retellings of the stories--but the art is based on the concept art from the film.

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