Recent Arrivals chronicles the books that have made their way onto the Today, I Read… bookshelf. Here’s the latest arrival: Numbers by Rachel Ward
First line: There are places kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, [...]
Initial thoughts: I can’t remember the name of the blog, but I remember reading a synopsis of the book and thinking to myself, I want to read that book.
Then lo and behold, the book fairy delivered a copy to me (OK, it was really the publisher via the postal lady) and I did a little happy dance.
It’s about a girl who can look into someone’s eyes and see the date of their death. There’s a bit more to it, but that’s the gist.
The premise just sounds intriguing, no? Right up my alley.
By the Numbers…
"Listen, Jem." The words came spitting out of her face. "I don’t need this today, so just…shut…up." Syllables stinging like angry wasps, her venom fizzing all around me. And all the time, as we sat eye-to-eye, her number was there, stamped on the inside of my skull: 10102001.
Four years later, I watched a man in a scruffy suit write it down on a piece of paper:
Date of Death: 10/10/2001
Book Details: 336 pages; Chicken House; Pub. February 2010