In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.
This week we got some great books from Lee and Low & Albert Whitman.
First up is Vodnik by Bryan Moore. This is an intriguing paranormal set in present-day Slovakia. Thanks to Lee and Low for this advance reader copy.
When Tomas was six, someone — something — tried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States.
Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. It wants to drown him again and put his soul in a teacup. And that’s not all. There’s also the fire víla, the water ghost, pitchfork-happy city folk, and Death herself who are after him.
If Tomas wants to survive, he'll have to embrace the meaning behind the Slovak proverb, So smrťou ešte nik zmluvu neurobil. With Death, nobody makes a pact.
Next, we received The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler. Her latest picture book is about an Afghani-Jewish folk tale about faith, friendship and humanity. The book is illustrated by Carol Liddiment.
Disguised in servant's clothes, an Afghani shah slips out of his palace to learn more about his people. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith that everything will turn out just as it should, the shah grows curious. Vowing that no harm will befall the poor man, he decides to test that faith, only to find that the shoemaker's cheerful optimism cannot be shaken.We got a ton of other great news this week. We'll be receiving a monthly ARC from Penguin. We'll also be participating in the blog tour for The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood.
Jon Klassen is the illustrator for this series. I just love his work!
I grabbed this up for my Kindle, too (only $1.99 for a limited time!):
That's it for me this week. What's in your mailbox?