Mailbox Monday #279

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To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

No books in the mail this week, but I did get these from the local library sale:

1.  The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene

May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn’t anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German occupation, the once- privileged socialite’s only option is to take a job in a flower shop under the tutelage of a sophisticated Parisian florist.

In exchange for false identity papers, Claire agrees to aid the French Resistance. Despite the ever-present danger, she comes to love the enduring beauty of the City of Light, exploring it in the company of Thomas Grey, a mysterious Englishman working with the Resistance. Claire’s bravery and intelligence make her a valuable operative, and slowly her values shift as she witnesses the courageous spirit of the Parisians.

2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

It’s 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin’s extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It’s a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?


3.  Who’s Making that Mess? illustrated by Stephen Cartwright

This lift-the-flap book features a young child trying to track down the culprit who is making a mess. It features a simple rhyming text for reading aloud, and should be suitable to be shared with children aged three and over.



4. The Silver Slippers by Elizabeth Koda-Callan

The Silver Slippers takes a dramatic new turn with a fresh redesign featuring a new cover and an irresistible 5″ x 6 1³2″ trim size–a smaller book for smaller hands, and the perfect stocking stuffer. The look is contemporary, yet as classic as the story inside, with its ageless message of “Good things happen when you believe in yourself.” And, of course, nestled inside the cover is a charm on a matching gold or silver chain.


5.  The Dawn Fairy by Keith Falkner, illustrated by Helen Cann

A little girl loses her tiny silver necklace. Imagine her delight when it magically reappears the next morning — thanks to the helpful Dawn Fairy, who sparkles in the light.



6. Gotcha! by Gail Jorgensen, illustrated by Kerry Argent

Bertha Bear was about to cut the cake at her birthday party when a big, black beastly fly buzzed in her ear, flew up her nose, walked on her pie, and dive-bombed her seven-layer birthday cake. GOTCHA, cried Bertha.




What did you receive?


  1. I loved Between Shades of Gray, and I’m going to have to borrow the Last Time I Saw Paris. Great finds!

  2. stacybuckeye says

    I live the Last Time I Saw Paris cover and I know a 3 year old who could learn a few things from Who Made That Mess? 🙂

  3. All your books look good, especially Between Shades of Gray. It’s also got a great cover, and so does Who’s Making That Mess?

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow says

    The book about Paris looks good…I love that time period, too. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  6. What great books! Enjoy!!

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  7. Oh my, keep the tissues handy when you read Between Shades of Gray. It is so good!

  8. I love the look of the children’s books.

  9. The book set in the 1940s in Paris is my cup of tea!!
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