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August 8, 2013


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Whether Near or Far, Teenreads.com is For EVERY YA Reader!
Oftentimes, readers remark how books can take you into a land far, far away or transport you into a character whose life is nothing like you’ve ever experienced. That’s the magic of reading, isn’t it? Well, what happens when you actually visit a place that is beyond your comfort zone? This past weekend, I ventured from New York City to Norman, Oklahoma and saw a very different part of America than the Chicago suburbs, where I grew up, and the city, where I now live.

I realize now that I meet several northern city stereotypes, all of which really resonated while I was in the Southwest. First, my walk is apparently more like a speed walk, which I saw when I (may have) seemed a little aggressive departing baggage claim. Second, my black-on-black ensemble and eccentric glasses were a bit dissonant in Oklahoma, whereas in NYC, both are nearly a city uniform. Finally, my nearly-vegan, heavy-on-the-vegetables diet was a little hard to maintain in a land of fried chicken and barbeque.

This trip reminded me how many cultural differences there are among people –-- even the same age --- throughout this country. Some of you live in a city and can easily walk to a library or bookstore. Others of you need to dedicate time to drive --- or be driven --- to the nearest bookish location. What bonds us together is that we’re all readers; and no matter where we live, we can relate to one another via books and writing!

Today we have so many ways to bring book lovers together! Have you liked us on Facebook or begun following us on Twitter? We love posting news about YA lit, as well as our reviews, features and contests. And we’ve recently begun weekly Facebook contests on Tuesdays, where we post a beloved quotation from a YA book and ask you to get creative and fill in the blank with a new word. Check in every Tuesday for your chance to win a book!

Speaking of contests, we are pleased to announce our very first Back to School Book Bag Giveaway! We at Teenreads.com decided to give you something to celebrate as you begin/dread/endure the beginning of the new school year. (How is summer vacation ending so soon???) We’ve loaded up five book bags filled with 21 books perfect for reading and swapping with your friends between classes, or perhaps even donating to your school library. (We hear all too often how school library funding has been cut.) Fill out this form before Monday, September 9th to enter to win one of these 5 groups of books and one of our snazzy Teenreads.com tote bags!

And now onto the books we know you will want to gossip about in the school hallways….

Live a young rocker’s life in Sean Beaudoin’s WISE YOUNG FOOL. Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden tells the story of the week leading up to his arrest, which lands him in a juvenile detention center. What happened? Well, a battle of the bands looms. Dad split about five minutes before Mom's girlfriend moved in. There's the matter of trying to score with the dangerously hot Ravenna Woods while avoiding the dangerously huge Spence Proffer --- not to mention trying to forget what his sister, Beth, said the week before she died. Sounds like quite a week, doesn’t it?

Ever have that feeling something’s too good to be true? In Carol Snow’s BUBBLE WORLD, Freesia Summers lives on the island of Agalinas, a hidden Pacific paradise somewhere off the coast of California. Her life is perfect. But when a blackout lands her in an unbeautiful place --- and in an equally unbeautiful but oddly familiar body --- reality hits her head-on. Reviewer Norah Piehl writes, “BUBBLE WORLD is a satire, for sure, but it's also a surprisingly rich character study of one young woman's growing disillusionment and her decision to take her life into her own hands for the very first time.”

Maybe the best YA read to conclude your carefree summer is a quirky romance! A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin follows two teens as they navigate living in Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. Benjamin Boche reviews, “Authors Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin seamlessly weave together the contrasting yet complementary stories of Emmy and Justin in the most satisfying way.”

Or you could also travel to the ‘70s on a reservation. IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth is about Lewis "Shoe" Blake, who is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975. What he's not used to is white people being nice to him --- people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family's poverty from George. Our Teen Board member, Amanda P., explains, “Gansworth does an amazing job creating a fun, one of a kind story filled with lovable characters, classic rock and a taste of a way of life exclusive to a select few.”

If you weren’t planning on hitting the movie theater soon, I suggest you think again. This month is FILLED with movie adaptations of fantastic books. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, anyone? Yup! They're finally in theaters this month, along with the adaptations of Tim Tharp's THE SPECTACULAR NOW and KICK-ASS 2 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Check out our August Books on Screen feature for more about these movies!

I hope you've become familiar with our He Said/She Said monthly feature. This is the FOURTH month where YOU help us think about the gender appeal of YA books that are coming out. Each month, you can vote on whether the cover of a book looks like a boy book, girl book or if it could appeal to both boys AND girls. Then, a week or two after the cover survey, two Teen Board members (one boy and one girl) give us their input on what they thought about the book itself, without knowing the title, author or what the cover looks like! Our first featured title, TANDEM by Anna Jarzab (coming out in October), our second featured title, THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT (coming out in September), and our third featured title, ASYLUM by Madeline Roux (available this month), each gave us different responses from you and our Teen Board members. Which one are you going to pick up?

This month, we introduce our fourth featured “He Said/She Said” title, REALITY BOY. Click here to vote whether you think this book looks like it appeals to boys, girls or both based on its cover!

Have you had the chance to “meet” our new Teen Board members? This group of 27 teens will be writing reviews, pitching blog posts and weighing in on YA books from July to December 2013. Take a peek at their profiles to see if there’s a teen whose reading preferences match yours. And keep a look out for Teen Board blog posts, reviews and more!

Just a reminder for those of you with younger siblings or those who even scored a gig babysitting some little ones. The Kidsreads.com contest to win one of five copies of the first book in James Preller's new Scary Tales series, HOME SWEET HORROR --- where Liam Finn, his dad and sister have just moved into a new house, which is haunted by Bloody Mary --- is still going strong. To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, August 12th at noon ET.

And for those who are interested in improving your writing and live around the NYC area, we want to remind you about a fantastic opportunity. Our friends over at Paper Lantern Lit are hosting the Paper Lantern Lit Writer's Intensive, a daylong workshop for YA or Middle Grade authors at any stage of the writing process that aims to take your writing to the next level. The keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author Lauren Oliver! Click here for more details and to apply to participate. Please note: you must be over 18 to apply.

We at Teenreads.com love connecting you with books and authors, no matter where you live. Remember to share our newsletter with your friends and family who love YA --- and reading --- as much as you do!

Happy reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
Now in Stores: WISE YOUNG FOOL by Sean Beaudoin
WISE YOUNG FOOL by Sean Beaudoin (Realistic Fiction)
Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is serving ninety days in a juvenile detention center. He tells the story of the week leading up to his arrest: A battle of the bands looms. Dad split about five minutes before Mom's girlfriend moved in. There's the matter of trying to score with the dangerously hot Ravenna Woods while avoiding the dangerously huge Spence Proffer---not to mention just trying to forget what his sister, Beth, said the week before she died. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 
Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow

BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow (Science Fiction)
Freesia Summers lives on the island of Agalinas, a hidden Pacific paradise somewhere off the coast of California. If Freesia's life seems too good to be true, well, there's a reason for that. And when a blackout lands her in an unbeautiful place --- and in an equally unbeautiful but oddly familiar body --- reality hits her head-on. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin
A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (Realistic Fiction)
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China and her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog --- and Emmy doesn't. Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.


- Click here to read more about the book.
 
Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth

IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth (Historical Fiction)
Lewis "Shoe" Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he's not used to is white people being nice to him --- people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family's poverty from George. Reviewed by Amanda P., Teen Board member.

- Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Back to School Book Bag Giveaway
Even though summer is winding down and a deep-seated dread of the school routine may be settling in your stomach, Teenreads.com has something for you to celebrate the back-to-school season. In our brand new Back to School Book Bag Giveaway, you'll have the chance to enter to win a bunch of books in a snazzy Teenreads.com tote bag! Between now and Monday, September 9th, teens can enter to win a prize package with books to perk you up this fall.

To enter, fill out this form by Monday, September 9th at noon ET.

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

THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White
ONCE WE WERE: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book Two by Kat Zhang
ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
DON'T LOOK NOW: Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
THE 100 by Kass Morgan
UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia
CONFESSIONS: The Private School Murders by James Patterson
LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block
MIDNIGHT FROST: The Mythos Academy by Marni Bates
SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU by Hollis Seamon
THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle
STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson
THE EYE OF MINDS: The Mortality Doctrine by James Dashner
TEARDROP: Teardrop Trilogy by Lauren Kate
THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena
THE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman
TANDEM: The Many-Worlds Trilogy, Book One by Anna Jarzab
RELIC: The Books of Eva by Heather Terrell
THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter
THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa.

 
Click here to enter the contest.

 
"He Said/She Said" Feature: REALITY BOY by A. S. King
Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and are FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. Each month, there will first be a cover survey to ask YOU what you think of the cover. After that, we'll reveal the results of the poll along with the reader responses from a Teen Board boy and a Teen Board girl --- but they never saw the cover, title or author's name!

In our August "He Said/She Said" feature, we're asking YOU if you think REALITY BOY by A. S. King looks like a boy book, a girl book or both based on its cover. So tell us...what do ya think?

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for TANDEM by Anna Jarzab.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux.
 
Click here to vote in August's He Said/She Said cover survey.

 
Ultimate Reading List --- Our Full List and Completed Genre Lists

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. 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.

And now, we're introducing two more new genre lists to add to the group! You asked for them, and we listened! Since our Ultimate Reading List is so long, we wanted to help you all find reads by genre to help you find the right book on our list for you!

- Click here to visit our historical fiction list, Books that Will Take You Back

- Click here to visit our graphic novel list, Books that Get Graphic

- Click here to visit our mystery and thriller list, Books to Read During the Day, With the Light On

- Click here to visit our romance and family list, Books About Mothers, Sisters and Lovers…of YA

- Click here to visit our series list, Books to Furiously Chain Read

- Click here to visit our science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes on While Big Brother Keeps an Eye on You.

- Click here to visit our fantasy and paranormal list, Books That Give You Flight...Or Another Power.

- Click here to visit our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real

- Click here to visit our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop.

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


 
Teenreads.com's Teen Board
Teenreads.com is pleased to announce our second Teen Board! In their applications for a position on the Teen Board, these 27 teens have demonstrated their passion for reading and their readiness to share their opinions about books and authors. During their six-month term, they will be writing blogs, contributing book reviews, sharing feedback on Teenreads.com and participating in our monthly He Said/She Said feature. Click on each Teen Board member's name to visit their Contributor Page, where you can read a longer profile and get to know a bit more about them.

This week, we've starting Google + Hangouts to get to meet each other. Are you on Google +? We'll soon have a Teen Board page where you can follow the Teen Board's goings-on. And keep an eye out for public Google + Hangouts, which may even involve a book club!
Click here to read the Teen Board's profile.

 
August's Books on Screen
Just as the summer begins to cool down (and wind down, unfortunately), the theater heats up with a bunch of great movies you've been waiting for! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, anyone? Yup! They're finally in theaters this month, along with the adaptations of Tim Tharp's THE SPECTACULAR NOW and KICK-ASS 2 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

In Theaters:

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Cast: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Nathan Fillion
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Distributor: Fox 2000 Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: August 7th (wide)
Based On: THE SEA OF MONSTERS: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Two by Rick Riordan

In this retelling of Rick Riordan's book, THE SEA OF MONSTERS, Percy Jackson, accompanied by his friends Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue and Tyson, his half brother, goes on a journey to the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West
Director: Harald Zwart
Distributor: Unique Features
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: August 21st (wide)
Based On: CITY OF BONES: The Mortal Instruments, Book One by Cassandra Clare

When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.
Click here to read August's Books on Screen feature.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog

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

One of our lovely summer interns, Kate, felt inspired to give you all some tips on how to navigate your first internship... especially about how to be a commuting intern in New York City! Read her blog post, "Intern in the City" and her follow-up blog, "Intern in the City #2: The Perils of Lunch Hour."

Emily Hoenig from The Book Report Network team continues to hilariously break down the classics she read in high school in "Real Talk," in her blog series, "Telling It How It Is: Classics Edition." In addition to her first post about THE GREAT GATSBY, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding, GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens, FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury, J.D. Salinger's THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, and now you can read the "Telling it How it Is: Classics Edition" for FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley.

Our Teen Board continues to contribute to our blog! In "Trying a Different Genre," Kate F. urges you to step outside your normal comfort zone, and then in "Problems of a Teen Bookworm," she vents about the pitfalls of the bookworm lifestyle. And don't forget to check out the new Teen Board's list of favorite quotations here.

- Click here to read Teen Board blog posts.
 

Click here to read our blog.

 
August's Cool & New Books
August's roundup of Cool & New Books includes David Levithan's TWO BOYS KISSING, which tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record; IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan, which Sahar as she desperately risks her life in Iran to find a way to stop the wedding of her best friend and lover, Nasrin; and Sean Beaudoin's WISE YOUNG FOOL, where teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is serving ninety days in a juvenile detention center, and he tells the story of the week leading up to his arrest.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Gayle Forman's JUST ONE DAY, in which Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines; BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller, where Jude is finally starting to live after his sister drowned seven years ago, and then, life spins out of control again; and Maggie Stiefvater's RED HEART TATTOO, where at 7:45 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving break, a bomb goes off at Edison High: nine people die instantly, 15 are critically injured, and those who survive struggle to cope with the loss and destruction.

 
Click here to visit August's Cool & New Books feature.

 
Other Reviews

TORN by David Massey (Historical Fiction)
In war-torn Afghanistan, a girl walks right into a hail of bullets: Elinor watches it with her own eyes. The young British army medic risks the line of fire to rescue her, only to realize the girl is gone. To find the missing, mysterious child, Elinor enlists the help of an American Navy SEAL. But in all the confusion, with coalition troops fighting every day to maintain a fragile peace, does Ben have something to hide? Reviewed by Ashley Tran.

THE GOLDEN DAY by Ursula Dubosarsky (Historical Fiction/Mystery)
The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Reviewed by Ashley Tran.

DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas (Mystery)
It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

HOW TO LOSE EVERYTHING: A Mostly True Story by Philipp Mattheis (Realistic Fiction)
Jonathan, Sam, Schulz and Eric usually spend their summers hanging out at the park, skateboarding and dreaming about the time when they’ll finally move out of the suburbs. But in the summer of 1994, the four teenagers find a small fortune hidden inside an abandoned house. What starts out as a blessing soon turns into a curse, however, as stress, drugs and dwindling funds raise some serious questions about the future. Reviewed by Kate Sidlowski.

THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford (Romance)
Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia --- a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West (Romance)
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. Enter Xander Spence --- he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. Reviewed by Ashley L., Teen Board member.

FALCON IN THE GLASS by Susan Fletcher (Fantasy)
In Venice in 1487, the secrets of glassblowing are guarded jealously. Renzo, a 12-year-old laborer in a glassworks, has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities, and no one to teach him. If he passes, he will qualify as a skilled glassblower, his murdered father's greatest wish for him. If he fails, he will be expelled from the glassworks and left without means of support him mother and sister. Reviewed by Carly Silver.
 

This Month's Poll

Poll

When you aren't in the middle of your latest page-turning YA book, which of the following hobbies or crafts do you enjoy? (Select ALL that apply.)

Baking
Beading
Bookbinding
Build model cars/airplanes
Braid friendship bracelets
Cooking
Decorating
Drawing/painting
Embroidery/cross-stitching
Knitting/crocheting
Making jewelry
Nail art
Pottery
Scrapbooking
Sewing/fashion design
Weaving
Woodworking
I don't like to do crafts.
Other...


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