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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Stacking the Shelves!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

This week in physical form...

Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.

Nola Sutton has been best friends and neighbors with the Swift boys for practically her whole life. There’s the youngest, Kevin, who never stops talking; the oldest, Brian, who’s always kind and calm; and then there’s Canaan, the ringleader and Nola’s best-best friend. Nola can’t imagine her life without the Swift boys — they’ll always be like this, always be friends.

But then everything changes overnight.

When the Swifts’ daddy leaves without even saying good-bye, it completely destroys the boys, and all Nola can do is watch. Kevin stops talking and Brian is never around. Even Canaan is drifting away from Nola — hanging out with the neighborhood bullies instead of her.

Nola just wants things to go back to the way they were — the way they’ve always been. She tries to pull the boys back to her, only the harder she pulls, the further away they seem. But it’s not just the Swifts whose family is changing, so is Nola’s, and she needs her best friends now more than ever. Can Nola and the Swift boys survive this summer with their friendships intact, or has everything fallen apart for good?

Nola’s struggle to save her friends, her unwavering hope, and her belief in the power of friendship make Kody Keplinger’s middle-grade debut a poignant story of loss and redemption.

We all know that I love Neil Gaiman, and Kody Keplinger's debut The Duff is still one of my favorite contemps. I can't wait to see what she does with Middle Grade!


Mary @SweepingMe said...

How cute is that cover for The Swift Boys & Me! I love it.


Kathy Martin said...

These both sound really good. Come see what I got this week at Inside of a Dog and Ms. Martin Teaches Media. Happy reading!

Nick said...

I love Kody Keplinger's books, but I don't know if I want to read The Swift Boys just yet. I'm not really into MG books, but maybe the reviews will convince me otherwise.
Happy reading! :)

Nick - My Haul

Leydy @ OUAT said...

Great haul! Love the cover of The Swift Boys and Me. I hope you enjoy your books!


Leydy from OUAT & RCE

Jillyn said...

I'm not familiar with these, but I hope you enjoy them :) My STS

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