Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
(ARC/November 2009/Philomel Books)
What would you do with a million dollars, if you were thirteen?
Nate Brodie is nicknamed "Brady" not only for his arm, but also because he's the biggest Tom Brady fan. He's even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he's never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars.
Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It's no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most—paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate's inspiration. He knows she'll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime.
I don't normally read books about sports, especially ones with male protagonists, but this sounds especially moving. Thanks to Penguin for sending me an ARC.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
(HC/November 2009/Simon & Schuster)
Nora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. Patch has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora.
After getting paired with Patch in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from him, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?
I opened my mailbox to find a package containing a finished, signed hardcover of Hush, Hush. There were also three limited edition posters! Becca, along with her marketing manager, sent out these lovely presents as thanks for spreading the word about her book. Thank you so much!! You can see my review of Hush, Hush here.
I also received a Secret Society Ankh tattoo that I won from La Femme Readers. Thanks Eleni!