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November 6, 2013


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Keeping the Holiday Fever at Bay with Teenreads.com
Is anyone else beginning to catch holiday fever? Halloween is over, but even before everyone was feeling costume fatigue, stores were already putting out holiday decorations in red, green, blue and white…and is that a holiday jingle I hear playing? With lights beginning to be strung on trees, my urge to watch Love Actually is checked only by the knowledge that it’s only the beginning of NOVEMBER. People are eager for us all to get into the holiday spirit, but what about Thanksgiving? This year Thanksgiving does not fall until the end of November AND it coincides with Hanukkah --- Does that mean turkey and latkes will be on the menu? I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year, and I still need to go through ALL of my cookbooks to work up the menu.

There are still a lot of fantastic YA books and Teenreads contests that need our attention before we get distracted by holiday festivities. So let’s get to them!

Everyone knows that the coolest YA reader is the one who can read a book before it's published, right? (See: Keara’s Teen Board blog, “A Book Hipster’s Guide.”) Well, here’s your chance! THE KILLING WOODS by Lucy Christopher is the latest title in our Sneak Peek: An Early Look at an Upcoming Book feature. You may recognize Christopher’s name as the author of STOLEN, which was named a Printz Honor Book, as well as FLYAWAY. The book releases on January 7th, but we have 100 early editions to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and share comments about it, both with us and on social networking sites. You have to be able to read and comment on THE KILLING WOODS by Tuesday, December 17th. If you do not have time to read and comment on THE KILLING WOODS by December 17th, please take a pass on this contest as we need 100% participation; there WILL be more opportunities like this in the future. Those who send us their feedback will be eligible to win a signed copy of the book from the author. Interested? Fill out this form for your chance to read it and tell us what you think!

What can you do in 10 minutes? How about give feedback on book covers and enter to win a fantastic YA read? In return for giving us your feedback on some covers and what you like to see on covers in general, we’re giving away 75 copies from a selection of 13 YA books! By taking the survey, you can enter to win one of the following books: STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson, THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner, TEARDROP by Lauren Kate, ERAGON 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Christopher Paolini, THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena, FATES by Lanie Bross, TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan, ALLIANCE by Mark Frost, ACID by Emma Pass and ENDERS by Lissa Price. Click here to take the survey! You have until Saturday, November 30th to respond.

Our “He Said/She Said” monthly feature is still going strong! What do you think about the cover for Jason Reynolds' WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST? Does it look like it would appeal to boys, girls or to BOTH boys and girls? Click here to tell us what you think! And to see all of the “He Said/She Said” features we’ve run since May, click here.

Are you interested in working on features like “He Said/She Said” for Teenreads.com? Do you LOVE reading books and talking about YA books ALL THE TIME…maybe a little too much? Are you passionate about spreading your love of YA and telling us what’s up in YOUR YA world? Then you should apply to be a part of the January-June 2014 term of the Teen Board. We’re looking for another group of about 25 teens aged 13-18 to write blogs, review books and weigh in on what you’d like to see on Teenreads.com. Click here for more details and to apply! Applications are due on November 29th. And in the meantime, check out what our current Teen Board has been up to!

And now for the books!

Arguably the biggest release at the end of October was Veronica Roth’s finale to her Divergent series, ALLEGIANT. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation --- like a single choice --- changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? We’ll have our review up by the end of the week. But before then, make sure to check out our Teen Board discussions of DIVERGENT and INSURGENT on our blog! And be sure to read Teen Board member Kate F.'s blog post about her experience attending a stop on the ALLEGIANT book tour!

Gabrielle Zevin also ended her Birthright series --- about Anya’s struggle escaping her family’s gang, which earns its living producing and selling illegal chocolate --- with IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE. Life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya Balachine. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices. Norah Piehl reviews, “The second half of IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE, then, shows readers a very different side of Anya: vulnerable, lonely and confused, perhaps on the verge of acknowledging a perspective that has, until now, eluded her.”

And we have a review for REALITY BOY by A.S. King, which was our He Said/She Said featured title in August! In REALITY BOY, Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth. Norah Piehl reviewed this book, as well, and she says, “A. S. King, award-winning author of ASK THE PASSENGERS and EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, once again delivers a strong, character-driven novel that will resonate with teen readers --- even if they haven't appeared on television.” This is definitely a must-read book about an angry teen who decides to take the initiative to change his life.

And let’s not forget the seriously amazing movies that are coming out this month!!! But really…who are the people who decided to grant us a month full of book-inspired movies with Ender's Game, The Book Thief, How I Live Now or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Whoever it is, we’d really like to thank them and give them a round of applause. Check out more info in our November Books on Screen here. And take our poll about which of the movies coming out in November and December that you’re going to see and which of these books you’ve already read!

Need more to read? Then grab an adult book from our list of Adult Books You Want to Read and head to your local coffee shop if you want to read to impress. We’ve recently added THE CREEPS: A Samuel Johnson Tale by John Connolly and THE SOUND AND THE FURRY: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn to the list.

If you live in the Miami area, than you are in for a treat! The 2013 Miami Book Fair International, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, takes place Sunday, November 17th through Sunday, November 24th with the Street Fair from Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th. We have the scoop on this year's teen and graphic novel programming! Click here to see what authors are speaking and what else is going on at the Miami Book Fair this year!

Have younger brothers or sisters, or know younger children who like to have fun? Then tell them about a contest we are running on Kidsreads.com, where they can draw and get goofy. In honor of the release of the hilarious mash-up book, BATTLE BUNNY from Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett and Matthew Myers where Alex is given a sappy book about a bunny's birthday, but decides to make it interesting by creating his own doomsday story on top of it. We’re offering the chance you to create your very own BATTLE BUNNY art for a chance to win copies of the book! By rewriting the text and drawing pictures over the illustration, you can rewrite the story in any way you'd like --- just like the example drawing here! We can't wait to see what you all come up with! For more information on this contest, click here! The deadline for entries is Friday, December 6th at noon ET.

That about sums up what we have going on Teenreads.com! We have a TON of opportunities for you that will help keep you occupied until the holiday season actually begins at the end of this month.

And on a different note, I just wanted to let you all know that this is going to be my last newsletter to you all. I'm leaving my post here to go onto another children's publishing venture. But don't worry! You'll get to meet the next Teenreads.com Editor (who I'm sure will be fabulous!) in the newsletter at the end of November. I've loved being able to geek out about YA lit with you all over the past year! Thank you all so much for reading!

Happy reading!

---Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
Now in Stores: ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth (Dystopian Thriller)
What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation --- like a single choice --- changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

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

 
Now in Stores: IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE by Gabrielle Zevin

IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE by Gabrielle Zevin (Dystopian Romance)
Life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya Balachine. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: REALITY BOY by A.S. King
REALITY BOY by A.S. King (Realistic Fiction)
Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth. In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.


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

 
Sneak Peek: THE KILLING WOODS by Lucy Christopher - Enter to Win a Pre-Publication Copy and Comment About It!
Our latest Sneak Peek Feature spotlights THE KILLING WOODS by Lucy Christopher, who is best known as the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN. The book releases on January 7th, but we have 100 early reader editions to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and share comments about it both with us and on social networking sites. Those who send us their feedback will be eligible to win a signed copy of the book from the author.

All you have to do is fill out this form by Monday, November 11th at noon ET to be considered. We really want to hear what you have to say about THE KILLING WOODS, so if you will have time to read it and answer some questions by Tuesday, December 17th, please enter this contest. If not, don't worry! More opportunities like this will be available in the months ahead.

More about THE KILLING WOODS:
Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. An ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that night? Before he's convicted, Emily must find out the truth. To expose the lies that will exonerate her dad, she's got to survive one last desperate night in THE KILLING WOODS.
 
Click here to apply to be a part of our Sneak Peek feature.

 
A 10-Minute Cover Survey: We Want YOUR Opinions!
We have a NEW cover survey for you! It’s a little bit longer than the last one, but it’s worth it for the prizes you can enter to win for completing it! In return for giving us your feedback on some covers and what you like to see on covers, we’re giving away 75 copies from a selection of 13 YA books! The deadline to take this survey is Saturday, November 30th.

By taking the survey, you can enter to win one of the following books:
STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson
THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner
TEARDROP by Lauren Kate
ERAGON 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Christopher Paolini
THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena
FATES by Lanie Bross
TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan
ALLIANCE by Mark Frost
ACID by Emma Pass
ENDERS by Lissa Price
 
Click here to take our 10-Minute Cover Survey!

 
The Miami Book Fair Coming This November!
If you live in the Miami area, than you are in for a treat! The 30th Annual Miami Book Fair International takes place from Sunday, November 17th through Sunday, November 24th. The Street Fair happens from Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th and panels of authors are offered that Saturday and Sunday, as well. We have the scoop on this year's teen programming here and the graphic novel programming is here! If you are going to the Fair, let us know. We'd love to interview you!
Click here for teen and graphic novel programming at the Miami Book Fair!

 
He Said/She Said: WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds
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 October "He Said/She Said" feature, we ask YOU if you think WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds looks like a boy book, a girl book or both based on its cover.

- 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 visit our He Said/She Said feature for REALITY BOY by A. S. King.

- Click here to visit our He Said/She Said feature for EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove.

- Click here to visit our He Said/She Said feature for FAULT LINE by C. Desir.
 
Click here to take our He Said/She Said cover survey for WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds.


 
See What the Teen Board is Up To...And Apply to be on the January-June 2014 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.

If you are interested in joining our next Teen Board, the application to join the January-June 2014 term is now live. Because we are looking for teens who can actively participate on the Teen Board, it is critical that you ensure that you have enough time to focus and give at least a six-month commitment to being on the Teen Board. Click here for more details about the Teen Board and to apply!

I hope you all are enjoying the Teen Board's reading responses to the He Said/She Said feature books. We are working hard to expand what the Teen Board is doing.
 
Click here to apply to be on the January-June 2014 Teen Board!

 
November's Books on Screen
It's another big month for fans of movie adaptations of YA! Are any of you going to see Ender's Game, The Book Thief, How I Live Now or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this month? How could you even choose between a mind-rocking sci-fi, a historical fiction taking place during WWII, a story about a British countryside summer turning into a militaristic coup or the next Hunger Games movie?!?

In Theaters:

Ender's Game
Cast: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin
Director: Gavin Hood
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 1st
Based on: ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.

The Book Thief
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson
Director: Brian Percival
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 8th
Based on: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

How I Live Now
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay and Harley Bird
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: November 8th
Based on: HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff

An American girl sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives finds herself fighting for her survival as the UK turns into a violent military state.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Francis Lawrence
Distributor: Lionsgate
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 22nd
Based on: CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
 
Click here to visit our November Books on Screen.

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

Our Teen Board is really active on our blog. Here's a small sample of what they've been up to, but click here to read all Teen Board blog posts.

To celebrate Macmillan's AWESOME roundup of their realistic fiction titles, ReaLITy Reads, our Teen Board members each picked a book they were interested in and wrote personal responses. We are posting one each week on our blog. So far, Kate F. responded to SECOND IMPACT by David Klass and Perri Klass, Aneeqah N. and Ashley L. responded to BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael, Lucy P. and Pranshu A. responded to THE BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL by Martine Leavitt , Aliza M. responded to FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark, Alex R. and Cara S. responded to SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, Lynn W. and Thanh Tu N. responded to WHEN WE WUZ FAMOUS by Greg Takoudes, and Patrick C. and Harman K. responded to BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller.

In other Teen Board blog posts, Kate F. details her day at "Veronica Roth's ALLEGIANT Book Tour ," Jenna B. explains the difficulties of translation in "Translated to English," Aliza M. answers the question, "What’s So Great About Harry Potter Anyway?," and Keara D. follows up "A Book Hipster's Guide" with "A Book Hipster’s Guide, Part Two" about thrift shopping.

Robin Wasserman's latest book, THE WAKING DARK, follows the story of a small town that is taken over by a force that causes good people to murder. Only one killer from killing day survived, and she doesn't even know why she killed...or if she'll do it again. In "The Thing Beneath the Story," Wasserman explores her insecurity with finding an idea --- or rather --- finding something to say.
 
Click here to read our blog!

 
November's Cool & New Books
November's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Matt de la Pena's THE LIVING, in which Shy takes a summer job on a luxury cruise liner to make some money, but everything changes when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California; John Feinstein's FOUL TROUBLE, where Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country, but not all of the people buzzing around Terrell have his best interests at heart; and Margaret Peterson Haddix's FULL RIDE, in which Becca has plenty to hide and everything to lose --- but with her future on the line, she’s willing to risk it all.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are the conclusion to Ally Condie's Matched trilogy, REACHED, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again, but nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again; JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS by Katherine Marsh, where Jepp is mislead by a stranger and imprisoned in Coudenberg Palace, and when Jepp is spirited away from the palace, he is left questioning what fate the stars hold for him; and James Patterson and Jill Dembowski's THE KISS: Witch & Wizard, Book Four, in which Whit and Wisty Allgood have defeated the ruthless dictator who long overshadowed their world, but for the first time in their lives, the powerful siblings find themselves at odds as Wisty is drawn to a mysterious stranger named Heath.

 
Click here to view November's Cool & New Books feature.

 
Other Reviews
UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia (Paranormal)
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn't know that paranormal forces are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy's room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. Now Kennedy has to take her mother's place in an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon. Reviewed by Emma S., Teen Board member.

BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman (Historical/Fantasy)
Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire and escaped from an asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, desperate to unravel her family’s murky past. But nothing could have prepared her for the secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. And as Ava digs into the past, her present becomes more dangerous. Reviewed by Anita Lock.

GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE by Shelley Coriell (Social Issues)
Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by an encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy --- particularly when she falls for Nate, the do-gooder who never looks out for himself. Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe.

COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge (Humor/Fiction)
After praying for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn’t stopped crying since Noah died two months ago, Walter finds Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so...irreverent? But, it’s going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother’s sudden death. Reviewed by Anita Lock.

THE EXTRA by Kathryn Lasky (Historical Fiction)
One ordinary afternoon, 15-year-old Lilo and her family are suddenly picked up by Hitler’s police and imprisoned as part of the "Gypsy plague." Just when it seems certain that they will be headed to a labor camp, Lilo is chosen by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra. In this chilling but ultimately uplifting novel, Kathryn Lasky imagines the lives of the Gypsies who worked as extras for the real Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, giving readers a story of survival unlike any other. Reviewed by Lucy P., Teen Board member.

RED by Allison Cherry (Social Issues)
Felicity St. John has it all and her perfect life is possible because of her red hair. That’s why Felicity is terrified when she receives a note: I know your secret. Because Felicity's color comes straight out of a bottle. She isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred? Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.

THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney (Fantasy)
Anthem Fleet, talented ballerina and heir to the Fleet fortune, is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she goes to a dangerous party in the wrong part of town, she meets the handsome Gavin and is immediately drawn into his forbidden world. Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member.

AFRICA IS MY HOME: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger (Historical Fiction)
When a drought hits in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold by her father. But an unthinkable chain of events unfolds: a capture by slave traders; weeks in an airless hold; a landing where she is sold and taken aboard the Amistad; a mutiny; a trial that is argued by John Quincy Adams. Narrated in first-person, this fictionalized book of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child. Reviewed by Anita Lock.

 
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 is our latest featured titles:

THE CREEPS: A Samuel Johnson Tale by John Connolly (Fantasy/Horror)
When a new toy shop’s opening goes terrifyingly awry, Samuel Johnson must gather a ragtag band of dwarfs, policemen, and very polite monsters to face down the greatest threat the Multiverse has ever known --- not to mention assorted vampires, a girl with an unnatural fondness for spiders, and highly flammable unfriendly elves. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE SOUND AND THE FURRY: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (Mystery)
When Chet and Bernie happen upon a prison work crew that includes Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal they sent up the river, getting a new case is the last thing they expect. But Frenchie, who comes from an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding relative: his brother Ralph, a reclusive inventor who has gone missing with his houseboat. Reviewed by Roz Shea.
 

Click here to view our Adult Books You Want to Read feature.

 
This Month's Poll

Poll

November and December are HUGE months for movie adaptations of YA books! Which of the following books have you already read --- or do you plan to read --- before seeing the movie?

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien
HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff

Which of the following movies do you plan to see?

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien
HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff


-Click here to answer the poll.

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