Credit goes to The Story Siren for creating and hosting the In My Mailbox feature. Here are my new books for this week:
No Moon by Irene N. Watts
Louisa Gardener is the fourteen-year-old nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy, titled family living in London, England, in 1912.
Despite the bullying Nanny Mackintosh, for whom she is an extra pair of hands, she loves her work and her young charges. Then everything changes. The family decides to sail to New York aboard the Titanic. An accident to the children's nanny, only days prior to the sailing, means that Louisa must go in her stead. She cannot refuse, although she dreads even the mention of the ocean. Memories she has suppressed, except in nightmares, come crowding back.
When Louisa was five and her sister seven years old, their two-year-old brother died on an outing to the seaside. Since that time, Louisa has had a fear of the ocean. She blames herself for the accident, though she has been told it wasn't her fault.
If Louisa refuses to go on the voyage, she will be dismissed, and she will never get beyond the working-class life she has escaped from.
How Louisa learns self-reliance, overcomes her fears, and goes beyond what is expected of a girl makes No Moon an unforgettable story.
Little Vampire Women by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina
The March sisters are back, sweeter and more loving than ever. But they’ve grown up since you last read their tale. That’s right—they live on as vampires. Readers will be agog and aghast at the hilarity of the sisters’ transformation—especially now that they have (much) longer lives and (much) more ravenous appetites.
American Girl: Secrets at Camp Nokomis: A Rebecca Mystery by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Rebecca loves everything about summer camp, but making friends turns out to be harder than she expected. What secret is her bunkmate hiding—and why? When camp pranks start getting out of hand and a girl goes missing, Rebecca is determined to find out what’s really going on.
Indio by Sherry Garland
Fourteen year old Ipa-tah-chi has survived the Apache raid that killed her grandmother and took her older brother hostage. But when strange, pale warriors ride into her village on magnificent four-legged creatures, Ipa's way of life--like that of those who lived in native Indian villages throughout the southwest United States and Mexico--will be devestated by the disease and war that the Spanish conquistadors usher in during the late 1500s.
Captured by raiding Spaniards and sold into slavery in a silver mine, Ipa finds herself taken under the wing of two padres at the mission, where she is able to practice the herbal remedies her grandmother taught her. Although Ipa is spared the arduous work of the mines, she helplessly watches her younger brother descend into madness after a devastating mine accident. And when her cousin is raped by the mining foreman, Ipa must risk her life to help Xucate escape.
In Indio, Sherry Garland brings a little-known historical era to life, chronicling the virtual extinction of the native indio and the birth of the Mexican race.