|Letterbox Love #1|
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett - received from Macmillan for review. "Willo is a straggler kid living in the dangerous and barren landscape of a new ice age...(...)...he discovers that his entire family is gone.(...)...The dog spirit inside his head is his guide and his only companion." So reads the dust jacket - and yes, it is a beautiful dust jacket! The story sounds fascinating and we're really looking forward to this one.
Artichoke Hearts and Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari. These were bought to be shared between us on World Book Night last Monday. Little M had heard about Artichoke Hearts a few months back. It was also the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award 2011 And then I heard about Jasmine Skies, which is the sequel. Artichoke Hearts is about 13 year old Mira Levenson and how she learns about the different kinds of love that you can hold in your heart. The story for Jasmine Skies is utterly compelling as Mira flies off to India on her own for the first time to discover the secrets of her family's past. Everything about the world of Brahmachari's writing is richly and lovingly textured. It just makes you feel so warm.
You can read what Sita had to say to us about her writing for teens and adults in her novels here.
And because it's so beautiful and full of wanderlust, here's her trailer for Jasmine Skies: