Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.99
  • Save: $1.90 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Shelter Me has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Shelter Me Paperback – January 6, 2009


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.09
$0.01 $0.01

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$17.09 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Shelter Me + Lost Summer
Price for both: $35.08

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Alex McAulay brings to life one girl's harrowing, nightmarish adventure. Shelter Me is a dark, breakneck-paced journey through wartime England, full of twists and thrilling turns you'll never see coming!" -- Christopher Golden, author of Soulless

About the Author

Alex McAulay, author of Bad Girls, Lost Summer, and Oblivion Road, is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas.  He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa.  Visit him online at www.alexmcaulay.com.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

An Ember in the Ashes
"An Ember in the Ashes"
When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.Learn more | More in Teen and Young Adult

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416545832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416545835
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,322,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

This book was exploitative of it's young female characters to the extreme.
Rebekah Shehan
I read the blurb online and immediately had to have it so it actually saddened me when I didn't like it.
Galleysmith
I was left feeling like he just wanted to finish the book and smashed the ending into one chapter.
BookLover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Shehan on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
but as a teacher with an extensive classroom library who often recommends titles to students, I feel compelled to say something about this book. It was, quite possibly, the WORST YA novel I have ever read. The writing was incredibly poor, and the girl's language and attitudes entirely anachronistic to the WWII setting. But that is not really the issue-- there is plenty of poorly written YA lit out there. This book was exploitative of it's young female characters to the extreme. I understand that the conventions of the genre require peril, but when everything has an ultra-creepy sexual undertone it becomes a bit much. Also, the ending was not shocking because it was entirely implausible and wholly unresolved. Any book aimed at the YA audience that leaves the majority of it's character (including an infant) in forced sexual slavery better have a good reason. Regrettably, like nearly every other plot development in this book, I have no idea of the point.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Somers on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
It took me three hours in one sitting to finish Shelter Me. Yes, it was that good. This is the second book this week that I've read about a boarding school run be lunatics. Unlike the first novel Shelter Me was well written and had well developed characters.

Shelter Me starts off with a boom (no pun intended) and never really slows down. The whole atmosphere of London during World War II was very authentic. I did not once question the struggles that Maggie when through. I really felt Maggie's despair when her mother forces her to leave home.

The boarding school itself was beyond creepy. There were several times when I was running right along side Maggie in my head. That is how real she felt to me. The nuns in the school was so scary that I wanted to jump into the book and smack them! The side characters were also very fabulous. The whole scene down at the beach was so shocking and sad. I cannot believe I actually felt sorry for the poor guy (trying not to give too much away here!).

Another thing that struck as interesting was how the differences among the social classes were handled. Maggie comes from a lower middle-class background and it at several times shocked by the wealth of other people around her. Even at the boarding school there is a clear difference among the wealthy and poor. The wealthy girls eat better food and have much better sleeping arrangements. Ironically in the end it is a large sum on money that gets Maggie out of her predicament.

The ending! Oh my god! I did not see this ending coming at all. I love being surprised like that. Kudos to Alex McAuluy for shocking the pants off me.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Maggie Leigh is a teenager growing up in war torn London in 1941. So far, Maggie and her mom have avoided any of the bombing raids over the city. But she is used to the blackout curtains and the warning sirens. It isn't until she ventures into another part of the city with her world-traveled Aunt Joan that the reality sets in. Maggie and her aunt
are shopping in an exotic fabric shop when the unmistakable sound of a low-flying plane is heard overhead. In a matter of moments, the street outside is destroyed, and debris flies into the shop. As the plane passes, Aunt Joan grabs Maggie and runs for the underground station. They've been taught that the underground stations are deep enough to protect from the bombs above.

Unfortunately, the underground isn't as safe as they'd hoped, and the ceiling is about to cave. Protecting Maggie over everything else, Aunt Joan forces Maggie up the stairway. Maggie makes it back out safely, but Aunt Joan is left in a coma. It's from here that Maggie's mother decides that the best and safest place for Maggie to shelter is on the coast at her Uncle Harold's. Maggie doesn't have much say in the matter, and within two days, she finds herself on a train headed towards Carmarthen, with a letter from her mother stashed in her pocket.

It's only when the train arrives late at night at a deserted station that Maggie starts to worry. A lone car pulls up and a nun steps out. Maggie is confused, until Sister Bramley has Maggie retrieve the letter. The letter wasn't for her Uncle Harold, but for herself! Her mother is sending her to St. Garan's for the next three months. It's a convent in the middle of nowhere. Her mother is overly religious and was afraid that Aunt Joan's influence was corrupting Maggie.

Life at St.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had such high hopes for this book. I read the blurb online and immediately had to have it so it actually saddened me when I didn't like it. Like, at all.

Could my expectations being so high have influenced that? No question. But regardless of that the reality of the matter is the book fell short for a variety of reasons outside of that.

The first being that the story was fairly predictable. I can think of only one element (and giving the author his due it was a very big element) that actually caught me off guard. For the most part, however, I knew what was going to happen before it did. I wasn't even surprised when the end turned out exactly as I anticipated it would from around the second chapter in.

Another aspect that didn't work for me were the characterizations. Outside of the fact that we never really delved deep enough into any of the characters to begin with, the readers were faced with a series of cliched characters that didn't have any overwhelmingly unique qualities from any other story of this nature. Those who were disguised as good but were really bad were not disguised well enough. I figured them out pretty much from the chapter each was introduced in.

Lastly, for such a short book there was so very much happening. The reader zoomed from one plot element to another (none of which I want to give away in case you want to read it and maybe be surprised) in a matter of a chapter or two. In the end, the book did portray the elements outlined in the blurb, but again, my expectations were that it would have focused more on Maggie's journey on a more personal level than the superficial way it did. So perhaps it wasn't the book as much as it was me.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Shelter Me
This item: Shelter Me
Price: $17.09
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com