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Late March 2013
March 27, 2013

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Celebrating the Holiday Week with!

There’s nothing better than taking a few days to spend time with your friends and family, celebrating a holiday and, of course, having time for PLEASURE READING. This weekend, my parents and brother are coming to visit, and I cannot wait! Since they live in Chicago, I am looking forward to showing them what I've been up to in New York and share with each other what we've all been reading --- it’s just a sort of togetherness you can’t beat. So no matter whether you’re celebrating Passover, Easter or just have a few days off this week, would like to wish you a happy holiday week with a special newsletter.

In the Early March Newsletter, we had a Witch Fashion feature inspired by a New York Times article that claimed YA books about witches sparked a change in fashion. I asked you to send me your witch fashions for me to share, and Angie Skelhorn responded. Her picture is above --- what an ensemble!

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) announced the finalists for their 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards last Tuesday and now voting is live for the Teen Choice Book Award! The five finalists for the 2012 YA books you nominated on are….and a drumroll here….CINDER by Marissa Meyer, CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, INSURGENT by Veronica Roth and RAPTURE: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate. Thanks to all of you who nominated your favorite books of 2012, and now it’s time to cast your vote for the winner. And if you vote with us, you can see how other readers have voted --- our voting widget records how all of you are voting. Share this with your friends! Voting ends on May 7th! For more information about the Children’s Choice Book Awards, visit the Children’s Book Week website.

Last week was NYC Teen Author Week, and I was lucky enough to attend a number of events, including author panels and readings. Since not everyone could attend these events, I’ve written about them in our blog and included pictures! It’s SO much fun to get to see authors you love read from their own books and talk about their characters! I highly recommend looking for events in your area to visit --- check in with your local libraries and bookstores. And if you live in a place where events do not regularly happen, we will try to post videos and news about the ones we do see online whenever we can.

Since you’ll have some time to spare over what will probably be a long weekend, let me remind you about some of the contests we are currently hosting. Time is running out to enter our Lunar Chronicles contest, where you can enter to win both CINDER and SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. This series turns classic fairy tales on their heads and recreates them into science fiction adventures. The first is inspired by Cinderella, and the second introduces us to a version of Little Red Riding Hood. The deadline for entries is Thursday, March 28th at noon ET.

To celebrate the publication of the conclusion to The Jenna Fox Chronicles, FOX FOREVER, we’re hosting a contest! Five lucky readers will win the follow-up to THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX and THE FOX INHERITANCE in which Locke Jenkins has spent 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, but before he can move on, he must earn the trust of his 17-year-old daughter in order to infiltrate the home of a government official. Does being human require more than flesh and blood? Enter by April 23rd at noon ET for your chance to win!

If you’re anything like me, you are impatiently waiting for SPRING --- not the calendar arrival of spring, but when you can actually enjoy being outdoors wearing just a light jacket. Seems too good to be true when some areas are still getting snow…BUT to get you amped for the promise of budding flowers, the return of insects and sundresses, we have our FIRST Spring Fling Giveaway. Enter to win one of five totes with copies of each of the following books --- CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster, PIVOT POINT by Kasie West, THE SHADOW GIRL by Jennifer Archer, THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater, THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith, RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight, MOONGLOW by Michael Griffo, UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody and THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young. The deadline for entries is April 30th at noon ET.

Are you a basketball fan? Have you made a bracket for March Madness? Even if you aren’t the biggest sports fan, our adult website,, has its own kind of bracket --- with BOOKS instead of teams. Each college team that is in the NCAA tournament is matched with a book written by an alumni, someone on faculty or is about its geographical setting. Cheer on Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary or other authors you may love. Share the Slam Dunk feature with your friends or family to partake in the madness in your own bookish way!

Kimberly McCreight, author of Spring Fling Giveaway book RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA: A Novel, recently wrote a blog post for us! McCreight knew early on that she had the need to write, but it just took her a little while to realize this passion. But don’t take it from me, read her blog post, “On Determination,” to read her story on how she began writing --- especially those of you who love writing! And make sure to see what other recent blog posts we have on Teenreads. We are HUGE fans of this book in the office, so we're glad she stuck with it!

The Teen Board continues to contribute blogs and book reviews to! The most recent blog post is a gathering of the Teen Board’s favorite quotations from books…do you have your own? Don’t forget to write me to let me know! And make sure to check out the other blog posts our Teen Board members have written. Scroll down to see which books they’ve reviewed this month!

Do you like the sort of things that the Teen Board does? Would you like to join the next Teen Board, which starts in June? We will soon be accepting applications for teens between the ages of 13 to 18 who love books and reading and who will be fully committed to contributing to Opportunities include contributing reviews, writing blog posts, sharing ideas for the site, giving feedback on features we have and scouting trends in your own community. We're looking for a group of diverse teens around the country to be able to weigh in on YA lit and share their opinions on it.

Maybe over the holiday weekend you’d like to hit the theater and see a movie that’s based on a YA book! The movie adaptation of THE HOST by TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer is out this Friday. Stop by our March Books On Screen feature for everything that you can go see this weekend. If you’d like a head start on books to read before they get to the big screen, stop by our Books On Screen 2013 bookshelf!

Our other monthly features are still up, as well. Visit our Cool & New roundup to see which YA books really stood out to us this month, and check out Adult Books You Want to Read in case you want to “graduate” to a read that’s a bit more of a challenge over the weekend.

That’s all for the end of March! We’re working harder to get you up-to-date info on the YA that you love! Don’t hesitate to send me an email with any comments or questions! And if you have not friended us on Facebook yet, click here. And follow us on Twitter here.

Have a great week and weekend! And make sure to sneak in some pleasure reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (
Series Feature and Contest: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer --- Enter by THURSDAY, March 28th!

To celebrate the release of SCARLET --- the second in Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles series, which retells the story of Little Red Riding Hood --- we have a series feature and a special contest. Five readers have the opportunity to win a copy of CINDER and SCARLET. To enter please fill out this form by Thursday, March 28th at noon ET.

More about CINDER:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

More about SCARLET:
Cinder is in prison and trying to escape, even though escaping means she becomes the most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing when she encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder...
Click here to enter the contest.

Special Feature and Contest: FOX FOREVER by Mary E. Pearson

In honor of the third book in the Jenna Fox series, FOX FOREVER --- where Locke Jenkins must earn the trust of his daughter after spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a black box --- we have a special contest. Five readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of Mary E. Pearson's science fiction thriller. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, April 23rd at noon ET.

FOX FOREVER by Mary E. Pearson (Science Fiction)
After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, Locke Jenkins has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the Network by infiltrating the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, 17-year-old Raine. He soon finds himself pulled into the world of the resistance --- and into Raine’s life.

- Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to enter the contest.'s FIRST-EVER Spring Fling Contest! Win Books Packed Up in a Tote Bag! is celebrating the weather warming up and flowers beginning to bloom with the first ever Spring Fling Contest! Between now and Tuesday, April 30th, teens can enter to win a prize package with all the books below in a tote.

Five winners each will receive a selection of books from our list of featured titles, which includes the following:

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
THE SHADOW GIRL by Jennifer Archer
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
MOONGLOW by Michael Griffo
UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody
THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young
Click here to enter the contest.

Blog: Highlights from the NYC Teen Author Festival

Last week was the NYC Teen Author Festival, and since not all of you could attend this fantastic gathering of YA authors and their fans, I decided to attend as much as I could and give you the scoop. The idea for the festival was sparked 10 years ago by David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, and Daniel Ehrenhaft when they realized authors based in NYC should get together more often. And this was the sixth festival to have taken place! Events occurred from Monday March 18th through Sunday March 24th.

Come check out why I had a blast checking out some of my favorite YA authors. Click here to read the blog post.

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Special Feature: Slam Dunk: Reading Through the Madness!

As the NCAA brackets were announced our adult site,, decided to have some fun with the lineups --- and make them bookish!

After researching alumni and faculty from each school --- as well as some notable facts --- they chose one book to represent each school on their version of the “bracket.” There is a wide variety of books on the bracket --- Dr. Seuss was matched up against Tucker Max yesterday! Make sure to see how many you’ve read and how many you should add to your “to read” list.

Look now and then follow along as we advance each title with its team throughout the tournament…SWISH!

Click here to check out's feature.

Vote for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Award!

Earlier this year, YOU nominated your five favorite books to become finalists for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Awards! Now here they are.

Vote for the book you want to win the Teen Choice Book of the Year now! Voting ends Mary 9th.

- CINDER by Marissa Meyer
- CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare
- INSURGENT by Veronica Roth
- RAPTURE: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

For more information on the 6th annual Children and Teen Choice Book Awards, click here.

Click here to cast your vote.

Author Blog: Kimberly McCreight, author of RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA

Kimberly McCreight heard her calling to write early on in her teen years, but it took her much longer to realize she couldn't let herself go without writing. Now, with her first book, RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, coming out in early April, McCreight shares how she never gave up on her passion in this blog post, "On Determination."

RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight (Fiction)
Kate gets the telephone call from her daughter's school, saying Amelia is suspended. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate, and the one she believes. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.

- Click here to read more about her book.

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Teen Board Blog Posts

Our Teen Board continues to contribute to our blog! Six of the 23 are participating in the YALSA 2013 Hub Challenge and are checking in each Wednesday in a weekly blog post. We've recently compiled some of their favorite book quotes into a blog --- the second round of favorite quotes will be up soon, too!

Did you miss reading earlier Teen Board blog posts? Check out "In Defense of Cliffhangers," "Classic Retellings," "The Ever-Enjoyable Minor Characters," and "Rural Bookworm."

- Click here to read Teen Board blog posts.

Click here to meet the Teen Board!

Teen Board Book Reviews

THINGS I CAN'T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally (Romance)
This summer, Kate's a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer, Matt is back as a counselor, too. He's the first guy she's ever kissed, and he's gone from geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt...with her. Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn't that easy...
Reviewed by Ashley L., Teen Board member.

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game --- and she's in it to win it. Reviewed by Jennifer B., Teen Board member.

DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK by Scott Blagden (Fiction)
Irreverent, foulmouthed 17-year-old Cricket is the oldest ward in a Catholic boys’ home in Maine --- and his life sucks. With prospects for the future that range from professional fighter to professional drug dealer, he seems doomed to a life of “criminal rapscallinity.” But then Wynona Bidaban steps into his world, and Cricket slowly realizes that maybe, just maybe, life doesn’t totally suck. Reviewed by Amanda P., Teen Board member.

WHEN WE WUZ FAMOUS by Greg Takoudes (Fiction)
When Francisco Ortiz wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school, his future seems promising. But soon after Francisco moves into the dorm, his new classmates pepper him with questions about drugs and gangs. And then Francisco realizes he no longer fits in back home. In a desperate attempt to help one of his homies, Francisco becomes everything he fought so hard to rise against. Reviewed by Shelby H., Teen Board member.

THE MURMURINGS by Carly Anne West (Horror)
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in --- because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not… Reviewed by Taz J., Teen Board member.

REQUIEM: Delirium, Book Three by Lauren Oliver (Dystopian)
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion has ignited into an all-out revolution. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds, which are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.

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