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May 8, 2013


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Running on Reading…with Teenreads.com
May weather is perfect for running outdoors. The sun and a slight breeze are incredibly inviting and makes it really difficult to think about running inside on a treadmill…I feel guilty wasting this wonderful weather INSIDE when I can be OUTSIDE doing the same activity. Despite the sun, it is still difficult to rouse myself out of bed in the morning even though my first half marathon race is on May 18th. (Ahhh! Wish me luck!) On weekends, I usually wait until midday to venture out onto the city streets and use my run as an excuse to explore.

This Saturday, as I was weaving my way through pedestrians and trying to cross the street before the traffic light changed, I discovered a long line of people. This isn’t an uncommon sight in New York City, a city filled with events, celebrity sightings and world renowned bakeries, but this line was for something different. They were in front of a comic book shop! Well, it turns out that this Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, and these fans were standing in line to grab their own free copies. While I don’t often stop while on a run, I did this time…to take the picture above. Did you celebrate Free Comic Book day? If so, send me pictures if you have them!

Last month, our poll asked you which book you are most excited to see adapted into a movie! There were 987 responses and the result is......you're most excited to see the movie based on FALLEN by Lauren Kate!!! This month, we'd like to know which character you'd be if you were in a YA novel. So far, most of you say you are "the intriguing loner," "the loveable know-it-all" or "the mysterious love interest." Who are you? Weigh in here!

On May 2nd, the Edgar Awards were announced. This award was presented by Mystery Writers of America to CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein for best Young Adult mystery. The other nominees include EMILY’S DRESS AND OTHER MISSING THINGS by Kathryn Burak, THE EDGE OF NOWHERE by Elizabeth George, CRUSHER by Niall Leonard and AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE by Kat Rosenfield. Do you like reading mysteries?

Last night Carol Fitzgerald, the founder of Teenreads.com, went to the book launch event for Jordana Frankel, one of our former staffers. You can see a photo of her above where she is reading from THE WARD! This dystopian set in futuristic Manhattan follows 16-year-old Renata Dane as she accepts a mission to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, hoping it will lead to the cure for the Blight, a deadly disease thought to be caused by years of pollution. Will Ren find the cure and save her sister from this disease? Carol remembers when Jordana found an agent and signed her book deal, so she's been hearing about this book for a while now!

Not only are April showers over, we have a new contest! To celebrate the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, SIEGE AND STORM, being released in June, we are giving five readers the chance to win both SIEGE AND STORM and the first book in the series, SHADOW AND BONE! Fill out this form before Monday, July 8th at noon EST to enter. The setting for this series is actually modeled after Tsarist Russia and Leigh Bardugo spent months researching Russia to write her novels.

Since summer is almost here…have any of you thought of getting a summer job? As Sarah Strohmeyer’s HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE will warn you…be careful which job you choose! In this romance, Zoe learns there is a dark core under the glittering façade of the fairy-tale themed amusement park where she’s a summer intern. The downside is her evil stepmother-like boss; but on the upside, she has the chance of romance with a real-life Prince Charming and a shot at winning a big heap of cash. Erin Allen reviews, “The twists and turns this mystery takes are never predictable, and the dashes of levity on every page of the book make watching Zoe figure out how to make her dreams come true both engrossing and highly entertaining.”

In THE MILK OF THE BIRDS by Sylvia Whitman, a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a 15-year-old girl who lives in Darfur, Sudan with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia. Although their correspondence has a rocky start, as both girls open up about their own experiences, both are changed by this unlikely friendship. Our reviewer Christine M. Irvin says, “[Sylvia Whitman] gives us a glimpse into the raw, harsh world of Sudanese refugees living in IDP camps...This is definitely a book worth reading.” This sounds like a truly inspiring read.

Get ready for this hilarious take on makeovers in Paul Rudnick’s GORGEOUS. When Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s whisked away from her trailer park home all the way to New York City. There, a famous designer offers her the chance to become beautiful with three specially-designed dresses. The catch? Others will find her gorgeous, but she’ll look the same to herself. Alice Dalrymple reviews, “Rudnick has created a sinfully fun read about coming to terms with the person we see in the mirror every day and realizing that even movie stars and super models can be just as hormonal, insecure and self-conscious as teenagers.”

Barry Lyga’s sequel to the story about a serial killer’s son in I HUNT KILLERS is GAME. When a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple --- and its police force --- running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game. As Norah Piehl explains, “Some readers will enjoy the novel for its CSI-like investigative twists and turns; others will enjoy continuing to try to understand Jazz's wounded psyche. Both groups will respond positively to this second installment in Jazz's story.” Get ready for increased stakes and body count!

Our Teen Board continues to be busy writing blogs and reviews! Check out what each member has been up to by viewing their profiles here. Are you impressed with what our Teen Board has accomplished? Are you between the ages of 13-18 and interested in being a Teen Board member? Do you know friends or family who would love this opportunity? We are now accepting applications to be a part of the Teen Board from July through December! 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 diverse group of teens from around the country to weigh in on YA lit and share their opinions on it. Applications close on Friday, May 24th at midnight.

Ever since I was little, I've been enamored with the 1920s...I mean, I did live in Chicago. My parents loved to tell me that my grandmother worked at a Swedish club where Al Capone would light his cigars with $20 bills, which was a LOT of money for that time. Decadent. Needless to say, I'm SO EXCITED for The Great Gatsby to come out this Friday. Check out our May Books on Screen feature for more movie adaptations coming out this month based on books you'll be sure to love.

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes Emmy Laybourne's follow-up to MONUMENT 14, MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE, in which the world outside the superstore they were trapped in turns out to be even worse than inside it; Jacqueline Green's TRUTH OR DARE, where a somewhat innocent game of truth or dare at a wild party before the first day of senior year continues with raised stakes for three girls long after; and in paperback is Elizabeth Wein's CODE NAME VERITY, which follows passenger "Verity" as a British spy plane crashes in Nazi France, she's captured and is forced to write a confession.

Plus, don’t miss Adult Books You Want to Read, reviews that we’ve recently featured on our site for adults, Bookreporter.com, that we think you'll love, too. This month’s additions are FLY AWAY by Kristin Hannah and WEDDING NIGHT by Sophie Kinsella.

Since everyone seems to be gearing up for summer, we want to make sure we can help you with your Summer Reading Lists! We recently updated our Teen Ultimate Reading List to include some of our favorites from 2012 and early 2013! And remember, friends don’t let friends navigate summer reading alone --- share this list with your friends, teachers, librarians, media specialists and family! And later this month look for the Teenreads.com Ultimate Genre Lists where we share what we think are the ULTIMATE books broken down by genres!

For all of you who procrastinate and wait until the last possible moment to do everything, it’s nearly the last minute to vote in Children’s Book Council’s (CBC) Teen Choice Book Award! Voting closes on May 9th (tomorrow) so rally for your favorite book of 2012! Remember, you nominated your favorites, now VOICE your CHOICE! Cast your vote here for either 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.

Speaking of friends, remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter…and remind your friends and family to do so, as well. By following us, you’ll get more updates on our features, blogs and even more fun YA stuff we find around the web! And we will announce the CBC winner in the Teen Category as soon as it’s announced!

Hope you’ll all get a chance to enjoy the May weather wherever you are. Some of you already are out of school (YEAH!) and others of you are busy finishing up the school year! Here’s to summer vacation and lots of time for reading. Note what you want to read…NOW!

Happy reading!

---Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)

Now in Stores: HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE by Sarah Strohmeyer

HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE by Sarah Strohmeyer (Romance)
Zoe learns there is a dark core under the glittering façade of the fairy-tale themed amusement park where she’s a summer intern. For starters, her boss has a blacker heart than Snow White’s stepmother, and the other interns are worse backstabbers than Cinderella’s step-sisters. On the upside, she has the chance of romance with a real-life Prince Charming and a shot at winning a big heap of cash. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

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Now in Stores: THE MILK OF THE BIRDS by Sylvia Whitman

THE MILK OF THE BIRDS by Sylvia Whitman (Fiction)
Nawra lives in Darfur, Sudan, in a camp for refugees displaced by the Janjaweed’s trail of murder and destruction. Nawra cannot read or write, but when a nonprofit organization pairs her with an American donor, Nawra dictates her thank-you letters. K. C. is an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, who hates anything that smacks of school. But as Nawra pours grief and joy into her letters, she inspires K. C. to see beyond her own struggles. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

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Now in Stores: GORGEOUS by Paul Rudnick

GORGEOUS by Paul Rudnick (Humor)
When Becky Randle's mother dies, she's whisked away to New York. There she meets Tom Kelly, who presents Becky with an impossible offer: He'll design three dresses to transform the very average Becky into the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Soon Becky is remade as Rebecca and Becky's life begins to resemble a fairy tale, even dating a prince. But the idea of a prince looking past Rebecca's blinding beauty to see the real girl inside? There's not enough magic in the world. Reviewed by Alice Dalrymple.

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Now in Stores: GAME by Barry Lyga

GAME: I Hunt Killers, Book Two by Barry Lyga (Crime)
When a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple --- and its police force --- running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game. Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

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Special Contest: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

In anticipation of the release of SIEGE AND STORM --- the second in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy, which follows Alina back into the country she abandoned in order to fight the forces against Ravka --- we have a special contest. Five readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of SHADOW AND BONE and SIEGE AND STORM. To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, July 8th at noon ET.

More about SHADOW AND BONE:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

More about SIEGE AND STORM:
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a new power and a dangerous plan. Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she'll have to choose between her country, her power and the love she always thought would guide her.

Click here to enter the contest.

 
Apply to be on the Teenreads.com Teen Board for July-December 2013!

Our first-ever Teenreads.com Teen Board began their term in January and have been doing some impressive things for us since then: writing blog posts, writing reviews and providing us general feedback on our features. As their term comes to an end in June, we need to start looking for the NEXT Teen Board: are you interested in participating?

The application to be on the July-December 2013 Teenreads.com Teen Board is now live! We are looking around the country for 20-25 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who are passionate about books and committed to contributing to Teenreads.com to serve on our Teen Board for a six-month period, from July to December 2013. Opportunities will include contributing reviews, writing blog posts, sharing ideas for the site, giving feedback on features we have, and scouting trends in your own community. You'll be given a Contributor profile on the site, as well as a snazzy certificate of proof of your involvement on the Teen Board. That would look pretty nice on a college application, wouldn't it?

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The Teenreads.com's Ultimate Reading List is Updated!
One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read...and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus, we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List: over 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. Our dream is that schools will use this list to help them make their own for summer reading or, even better, suggest that students just read what they want from this list.

How did we create our list? We compiled entries from Teenreads.com readers who weighed in with their selections, and we also asked our staffers for suggestions. Titles range from young adult books to adult books that we think would be enjoyed by teens. As part of our commitment to staying current and keeping on top of the latest trends, we overhauled the entire list in February 2011 and February 2012. Now, another year later, we've updated the feature with books that have released in the past year. They include a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles.

Click here to see our updated Ultimate Reading List for teens.

 
May's Books on Screen

I'm sure you have all been properly prepped by your English teachers for the release of The Great Gatsby this month! Excited??? But don't forget the other movies out in theaters and on DVD in May, including Epic, Beautiful Creatures and Struck by Lightning.

In Theaters:

The Great Gatsby
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 10th
Based On: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Would-be writer Nick Carraway leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Click here to visit our Books on Screen feature.

 
Last Chance to 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 May 9th.

- CINDER by Marissa Meyer
- CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare
- THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
- 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.

Cast your vote here.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog

Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

In Janet Gurtler's latest book, HOW I LOST YOU, nothing stands between Grace and Kya. Not boys, not secrets --- nothing. But during the summer before senior year, life throws challenges at them that tests their best friendship. In this "Best Friends Not Forever," Janet Gurtler lets us know about her hardest best friend break up and how it affected her...and eventually, her writing.

Our Teen Board continues to contribute to our blog! Kate F. gives us some insight on what exactly "girly" books are in "What Makes a Novel 'Girly'" Sally T. shares with us a funny YA story in her post, "The Starbucks Incident," Cara S. reminds us that classics deserve a reading in her post, "Give Classics a Chance!" and Kate F. put together a reading list for us in her "Fresh Spring Reads" blog post.

Did you miss reading earlier blog posts? The Book Report Network's Josh Mallory wrote about his delayed experience reading the Harry Potter series in "Missing the Mania: Reading Harry Potter After the Hype," the Teen Board put together their favorite book quotes along with a second compilation of favorite quotes. A our favorites: "In Defense of Cliffhangers," "The Ever-Enjoyable Minor Characters," and "Rural Bookworm."

Click here to visit our blog.

 
May's Cool & New Books

May's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Emmy Laybourne's follow-up to MONUMENT 14, MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE, in which the world outside the superstore they were trapped in turns out to be even worse that inside it; REBOOT by Amy Tintera, which follows Wren Connolly, who came back to life 178 minutes after being shot three times in the chest --- now she is the deadly Reboot in the Republic of Texas; and Jacqueline Green's TRUTH OR DARE, where a somewhat innocent game of truth or dare at a wild party before the first day of senior year continues with raised stakes for three girls long after.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Jesse Andrews' ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, in which Greg and Earl only make movies for themselves until they befriend Rachel, and she decides to stop treatment for leukemia; Elizabeth Wein's CODE NAME VERITY, which follows passenger "Verity" as a British spy plane crashes in Nazi France, she's captured and is forced to write a confession; and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth, which follows Cameron Post as her first thought after her parents die in a car crash is that she won't have to tell them she was just kissing a girl --- but that relief ends when she moves in with her conservative aunt.

Click here to visit May's Cool & New feature.

 
Other Reviews

REBOOT by Amy Tintera (Science Fiction)
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot --- the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Callum 22, on the other hand, is practically still human. When Callum fails to measure up to Reboot standards, Wren is told to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before, but she'll do whatever it takes to save Callum's life. Reviewed by Dave Franklin.

NINE DAYS by Fred Hiatt (Thriller)
This heart-pounding adventure takes place as two teens, an American teenage boy and his friend, a Chinese girl from his Washington, DC-area high school, must find her father who has been kidnapped and taken as a political prisoner in Hong Kong --- and they only have nine days. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

FURIOUS by Jill Wolfson (Myth)
We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger. We were only three angry high school girls simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious. Yes, that’s us. The three Greek Furies come to life, ready to take our revenge on everyone who deserves it. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins (Love & Romance)
No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INSANITY by Mindy Raf (Humor)
Izzy is a hypochondriac with enormous boobs that won't stop growing, a mother with a rare disease who's hiding something, a best friend who appears to have undergone a personality transplant and a date with an out-of-her-league athlete. When she discovers that the people she trusts most are withholding from her the biggest secrets, things are about to get epic --- or is it epidemic? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein (Dystopian)
The Arclight is the last refuge in a post-apocalyptic world consumed by terrifying monsters called the Fade. No one crosses the wall of light that keeps the last human survivors safe, or so they thought, until Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of who she is, stumbles out of the Dark. When a Fade infiltrates the compound and recognizes Marina, she begins to unlock secrets of a forgotten past. Reviewed by Ashley Tran.


THE SILVER DREAM: An InterWorld Novel by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves (Fantasy)
When a stranger named Acacia does the impossible and follows Joey back to BaseTown, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she's from --- or how she knows so much about InterWorld. There's also a traitor in the group of Freedom Fighters, and if Joey has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Altiverse and the mission, he may need to rely on the mysterious Acacia Jones. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

LIFE AFTER THEFT by Aprilynne Pike (Paranormal)
Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE BOYFRIEND APP by Katie Sise (Romance)
Super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. But college takes money. So Audrey enters to win $200,000 in a competition for high schoolers to design an app. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

LIGHT: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant (Science Fiction)
It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. LIGHT, the sixth and final book in the Gone series, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.

Adult Books You Want to Read

Throughout the year, we feature books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have appeal to teen audiences.

Here are our latest featured titles:

WEDDING NIGHT by Sophie Kinsella (Romance)
Lottie is 33 and sick of long-term boyfriends who don't want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears after 15 years and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with their rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget? Reviewed by Amie Taylor

FLY AWAY by Kristin Hannah (Fiction)
FLY AWAY is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other --- plus a miracle --- to transform their lives. An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss and new beginnings, this long-awaited follow-up to FIREFLY LANE reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

This Month's Poll

Poll

If you were a character in a YA novel, who would you be?

The hero/heroine
The quirky sidekick
The mysterious love interest
The troublesome villain
The loveable know-it-all
The intriguing loner
The All American
The one who can't catch a break


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