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November 9, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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Whether you're in the mood for gripping historical fiction, heart-racing thrillers, quirky comedies or mind-bending fantasies, we're sure you'll find something to satisfy your literary cravings in this week's New Releases Roundup, which includes two installments in Laurie Faria Stolarz's paranormal Touch series; David Almond's heartbreaking tale of survival, RAVEN SUMMER; HAZEL, Julie Hearn's anticipated follow up to last year's IVY; and Margaret Peterson Haddix's latest suspense novel about a young Hollywood starlet, CLAIM TO FAME.
Today's guest blogger is Christa Holder Ocker, whose memoir, AUF WIEDERSEHEN, chronicles her harrowing childhood experiences in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Aside from dispensing beauty and lifestyle advice on her website, JustAskMarlene.com, Marlene Wallach --- president and owner of the model and talent agency Wilhelmina Kids & Teens --- has also published a four-book series called The Tween Lifestyle Collection, which aims to help teens and tweens navigate the bumpy road of adolescence.
November 2, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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I hope you remembered to set your clocks back an hour yesterday, as the first Sunday in November marks the end of Daylight Savings Time throughout most of the country. While most of us opt to use our newly regained hour for a bit more snooze time, we're willing to bet a few of you fellow book junkies spent those extra sixty minutes with your noses buried in a great book!
Today's guest blogger is Carrie Jones, author of the fantasy novel,
J. Adams Oaks's gritty debut novel, WHY I FIGHT, straddles the line between YA and adult fiction, as he tells the story of a 12 year old on the run from his dark, violent, and unstable past.
October 26, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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We have nine exciting and highly anticipated new releases to share with you this week, including Kristina Springer's debut THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, about a match-making barista; Alexander Gordon Smith's jailbreak novel, LOCKDOWN; SPLENDOR, the final chapter in the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen; Lisi Harrison's Clique prequel, CHARMED AND DANGEROUS; and TEMPTED, the latest installment the mother-daught
Erik Raschke's debut novel, THE BOOK OF SAMUEL, follows a teenage boy whose world gets turned upside down the day his father leaves his family. From that moment on, poor Samuel seems to have one trying situation after another thrown in his direction, making him seem more like a tragic biblical figure than an ordinary kid growing up in the '80s, just trying to make sense of the complex world around him.
Erik Raschke is the author of numerous short stories, as well as the debut novel, THE BOOK OF SAMUEL --- a coming-of-age tale about a boy's struggles with family, love, faith, and changing surroundings.
Today's very special guest blogger is Linda W. Braun, the president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Below, she shares details about this year's Teen Read Week program, discusses the benefits of reading for pleasure, and even recommends some exciting titles that'll allow us to "read beyond reality."