Only one pick this week because I'm super excited about it!!
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Release Date: 10/6/2009
About the Book: (From Sarah's site) When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.
Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of ICE.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Last summer as part of our summer reading program, I was able to host author chats via phone. One of the authors we spoke to was the wonderful Sarah Beth Durst. Sarah Beth Durst is funny and super nice and one of the coolest people I've "met" via phone. Not only does she rock, but we have the same first and middle name which makes her a super cool Sarah, AND she loves libraries!
I adored Into the Wild and have great success booktalking it on school visits. I was thrilled to see that Sarah would be writing more fairy tales (she currently has Into the Wild and its sequel Out of the Wild)
I wasn't familiar with the tale of East of the Sun, West of the Moon until I read Jessica Day George's take on it in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. I'm eager to read another take on the tale and I know Sarah will do a fabulous job!