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March 7, 2014

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March 7, 2014
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Books On and Off the Screen

Hello Teenreaders!

Did you watch the Oscars last weekend? I don’t have a TV (I know, I know…I think I just heard half of you make a horrified gasp through my computer) but I went to a restaurant that was screening the Awards with a few friends. Besides Ellen DeGeneres’s Glinda dress and Lupita Nyongo’s heartfelt acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, my favorite part of the night was watching a border collie playing with a West Highland terrier for three hours --- the restaurant was dog-friendly! As amusing as Ellen’s pizza delivery was, not a lot can compare with adorably rambunctious canines.

While this year’s Oscars didn’t feature any big YA book-to-movie adaptations, the Awards definitely made me think about my favorites over the years. One great one is Harriet the Spy with Michelle Trachtenberg (remember to enter our special contest by March 19!), but my very favorite book-to-movie moment was going to a midnight screening of the very last Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. They let us into the theater at 10pm, and it was mayhem in the very best way. A girl dressed as a witch started reading the book out loud, and others watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on their iPads. A teenager dressed as Harry dueled a middle-aged man dressed as Lord Voldemort while the audience cheered, and another Harry chased a girl dressed as the Golden Snitch around the theater --- luckily there weren't any Bludgers. Lastly, a group stood in front of the movie screen and performed an epic rendition of the YouTube HARRY POTTER spoof, Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise (it may be outdated, but if you haven’t seen this, you must).

I think it’s this collective excitement that makes seeing movie versions of our favorite books so memorable --- everyone in the theater is already a huge fan, and the mass enthusiasm for a single story bubbles in a way that you don’t find anywhere else. There’s also that fun moment when you realize you’ve been pronouncing everything wrong (that’s how you pronounce Hermione? And the emphasis is on Ne, not –ville, in Neville Longbottom?) Fun tangent on this --- I have a friend who saw The Hunger Games before he read the books, and he didn’t understand why Katniss kept pronouncing the name “Peter” with a Boston accent, since nothing else she said had a trace of Beantown origins. I had to explain that no, Katniss wasn’t from a dystopian Massachusetts --- the character’s name is Peeta, with an a --- classic.

Anyway, there is obviously a big risk, too, when it comes to watching movies based on your favorite books. What if the director changes your favorite scene? What if characters aren’t how you imagined them? And even worse, what if you start imagining the characters as the actors in the movies, rather than your original depictions? I was worried about this with Harry Potter --- I read parts of HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE when I’m stressed out (a way healthier version of eating ice cream!) and was terrified that the world I created in my head would be permanently altered. I’m happy to say that while my Ron might have more of a Rupert Grint quality than before, my Malfoy still has black hair in my head and Harry’s invisibility cloak remains silvery silk, rather than the velvet, carpet-like robe he dons in the films. What are your feelings on books that become movies? Do you anticipate them for months, or do they terrify you? Do you find them changing your imagination, and if so, does that bother you?

Either way, you can’t avoid all the talk about some huge book-to-movie adaptations coming up. Divergent comes out on March 21st, and we can't wait! Find more information on the film later in our newsletter, as well as some info on DIVERGENT-inspired books (how meta is that?). On June 6, The Fault In Our Stars hits theaters. At the end of January, 20th Century Fox released the trailer, leaving millions of fans crying surreptitiously on the school bus or in the cafeteria. We'll be watching it on repeat until the summer. For those of you who like to read ahead, take note that in August you can catch the movie adaptation of Gayle Foreman's IF I STAY, and in September The Maze Runner hits the big screen --- time to start saving money for tickets and popcorn.

But of course, a book doesn’t need to be made into a movie to be great, and we’re highlighting some excellent ones this month --- see below for information about our special features on HEARTBEAT, THE SHADOW PRINCE, the Unremembered trilogy and FERAL CURSE. We also have some great reviews, including the first books in two series that have been getting lots of buzz --- The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green and the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. And teen board member Lucy P. wrote a rave review of THE GLASS CASKET by McCormick Templeman, saying “there are hardly enough words in the English language to describe what an incredible job Templeman has done in constructing this novel.” Hard to beat that description!

So read on, and then go pick out your next book! (To prep for watching your next movie…)

---Shara Zaval (shara@bookreporter.com)

Real Talk Publishing: The People Behind the Books

We know you love to read, but have you ever considered working with books as a career? If so, there are tons of options to explore. With this feature, we'll introduce you to book editors, librarians, booksellers, children's literature professors, book cover designers, publicists, professional reviewers and more. Through interviews, guest posts and sometimes sneak peeks inside their offices, we'll take you into their worlds so you can learn about the book industry.

We kick off our "REAL TALK Publishing" feature with Sarah Harrison Smith, the Children's Book Editor at the New York Times! We met with Sarah at The New York Times building and she told us about her job --- from her day-to-day responsibilities to her favorite (and least favorite) things that she does --- as well as the books she loved as a kid, advice she has for book critic hopefuls, the ways her own children help her do her job and what to expect from the children's book section in 2014. She also gave us a sneak peek at The Book Review office, and even showed us her bookshelves. Read on to find Part 1 of this three-part interview, and be sure to check in next week for parts 2 and 3!

 

Click here to read Real Talk Publishing!

 

Special Feature and Giveaway: HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

Some young adult authors have dreamed of being writers their whole lives. Not Elizabeth Scott --- she was an editor, an office manager, sold pantyhose and burned CDs for a dot.com company --- and only started her first novel as part of a dare! We're certainly glad she did though --- her 12 young adult novels are moving, funny, dark and everything in between. To celebrate the release of her latest novel, HEARTBEAT, we're giving away 10 copies of the book! Enter by March 31st to have a chance to win. We also have a review of the book, an excerpt and an interview where she talks about everything from her favorite character to the research that went into HEARTBEAT (hint: having a lawyer for a husband definitely helped!).

About HEARTBEAT

When life breaks your heart, can love heal it? Emma’s mother is dead. But Emma’s stepfather is keeping her body alive --- because Emma’s mother is still pregnant. Confused, angry and estranged from her stepfather, Emma has gone from A-student to apathetic. But when her path crosses with juvenile delinquent and suspected drug addict Caleb’s, Emma begins to see beyond her own pain, beyond what’s on the surface and opens her heart to the possibility of life after her mother’s death.

Click here to read the review
Click here to read the excerpt
Click here to read the interview

 

Click here to see the giveaway and special feature for HEARTBEAT!

 

Special Feature: THE SHADOW PRINCE by Bree Despain

We all know the story Persephone --- Hades captured the young goddess and brought her to be the queen of the underworld, much to her mother Demeter's dismay. Along with a Death Cab for Cutie song, Bree Despain used this famous myth as the inspiration for THE SHADOW PRINCE, the first book of the Into the Dark series where young Haden is sent to bring Daphne, an aspiring singer at a California private school, back to the underworld. But when Haden and Daphne develop feelings for one another, they might not only change their own destinies, but the destinies of the entire universe. Learn more about the book in our special feature, which includes a review of the book, an excerpt and interview with Bree, where she describes everything from a dream film cast of the book to the role music plays in her writing process.

About THE SHADOW PRINCE

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High --- a haven for children of the rich and famous --- Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race: Daphne, a girl from Utah who has always dreamed of becoming a singer. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

Click here to read the excerpt
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Click here to read the special feature of THE SHADOW PRINCE!

 

Series Feature: Unremembered

The compelling and suspenseful sci-fi series Unremembered is set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated and true love can never be forgotten. We have a special series feature to celebrate the release of the second volume, UNFORGOTTEN, which hit stores on February 25th. Learn more about the books below, and be sure to check out the excerpts!

UNREMEMBERED

No one ever expected anyone to survive the plane crash. Finding 16-year-old girl discovered floating isn't even the strangest thing; her body is miraculously unharmed, and she has no memories at all. Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past.

Click here to read the excerpt of UNREMEMBERED
 

UNFORGOTTEN

After a daring escape from the Diotech scientists who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend Sera. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Click here to read an excerpt of UNFORGOTTEN

Click here to see our series feature of Unremembered!

 

Special Feature: FERAL CURSE by Cynthia Leitich Smith

The second book in the Feral series, FERAL CURSE has been a long time in the making. Secondary characters from Cynthia Leitich Smith's earlier series, Tantalize, are thrust into the spotlight, Yoshi the werecat from FERAL NIGHTS plays a central (and steamy) role and a new werecat, Kayla, finds herself in the middle of a disaster when a cursed carousel sends werepeople of all sorts to her small town of Pine Ridge, Texas. In our special feature on FERAL CURSE, you can find an interview with Cynthia where she explains what it's like to write a book where some characters have been lurking in your head for 14 years and others are brand new, the real-life inspiration for some characters and how she decides which animal each werecreature will transform into. You'll also find an excerpt and a review!

About FERAL CURSE

The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world. When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, backed up by Aimee and Clyde, as the four set out to solve the mystery of a possessed antique carousel while fielding miscast magic, obsessive strangers and mounting species intolerance.

Click here to read the review
Click here to read the excerpt
Click here to read the interview

 

Click here to read our special feature on FERAL CURSE!

 

Shel Silverstein Special Anniversary Contest

This month, we’re celebrating a whole bunch of Shel Silverstein anniversaries, including the 50th of THE GIVING TREE and the 40th of WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS. It’s hard to believe these books have been around so long, especially when you think about how contemporary and still-resonant their sensibilities are. Shel was among the first authors to write what his editor once described as “good books for bad children,” and we’re so glad he did! What would our childhoods have been like without the irreverent zaniness of WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS, or the heartbreakingly poignant relationship at the heart of THE GIVING TREE?

So, in honor of Shel Silverstein, we’re running a month-long contest until Tuesday, March 18th at noon ET. You must submit a short poem for a chance to win the unbelievable grand prize, which includes a copy of each of the following: THE GIVING TREE 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, DON’T BUMP THE GLUMP! 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, A GIRAFFE AND A HALF 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, and LAFCADIO, THE LION WHO SHOT BACK 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION. The runner-up will receive the anniversary editions of THE GIVING TREE and WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS. The top two poems + our 10 favorites will be posted on the site.

Click here to enter our Shel Silverstein contest!

 

March's Cool & New Roundup

Our March roundup includes HALF BAD by Sally Green, a gripping tale of alienation that follows a 17-year-old half-good witch, half-bad witch named Nathan in an alternate modern-day England; PANIC by bestselling author Lauren Oliver, where two very different teens compete in a dangerous, legendary game played every year by graduating seniors; and THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER, a lyrical tale of magical realism that features a 16-year-old girl born with a pair of bird’s wings.

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have MY LIFE WITH THE WALTER BOYS by Ali Novak, which follows a 16-year-old girl who moves in with a family of 12 boys after her parents die in a car accident; CITY OF LOST SOULS, Book 5 in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling The Mortal Instruments series; and THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas, five page-turning prequel novellas collection to the action-packed Throne of Glass series.

Click here to read our March Cool & New roundup!

 

March Books on Screen: Celebrating the Release of Divergent and More on DVD

March has arrived, and that means the eagerly anticipated film adaptation DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth is finally here! And with it comes a whole new crop of books based on the bestselling series. THE DIVERGENT COMPANION by Lois H. Gresh takes fans deeper into the world of Tris and Tobias, exploring major themes, answering burning questions and explaining how Roth’s dystopian world might work. DIVERGENT THINKING edited by Leah Wilson is a collection of essays by top YA authors about the ideas and themes explored in DIVERGENT, from the biology of fear to factions’ similarities to one of psychology’s most prominent personality models. Both of these books are sure to get fans ready (or more impatient) for the film, which comes out March 21st.

We also thought you might enjoy some of these DIVERGENT-themed links:

- To brush up on all things DIVERGENT: http://divergent.wikia.com

- From t-shirts to cell phone cases, this site will fulfill your needs for DIVERGENT merch: http://www.cafepress.com/+divergentthemovie+gifts

- Breaking down the latest trailer: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/the-most-exciting-moments-from-the-final-divergent-trailer

- Genius ideas for your pre-movie party --- I'm particularly partial to all the fun dessert ideas:
http://www.pinterest.com/iwishedforyou/divergent-party/

- Dress like your favorite faction!: http://www.divergentlexicon.com/news/dress-like-your-favorite-faction

 

Click here to visit our March books on screen feature including some new DVD releases you won't want to miss!

 

Teenreads Blog

Check out some of the most recent posts on the Teenreads blog!

Lauren Oliver at Books of Wonder in NYC - Teenreads intern Brianna Robinson gives us the inside scoop on a recent author talk by Lauren Oliver about her first book, BEFORE I FALL

Guest post by Eliot Schrefer: But Does He Survive in the End?- THREATENED author Eliot Schrefer tells Teensreads what it's like to write about animals

Guest post by Tonya Cherie Hegamin: 1848 Girl Power, or the Rise of the Sexy Dancing Smarty- No-Pants - WILLOW author Tonya Cherie Hegamin explores two major themes in her book --- slavery and freedom --- by looking at another issue in society: gender equality

Cover Story: Comparing Foreign Covers - Teen board member Harman K. compares the US covers of famous books like THE HUNGER GAMES and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS to their international counterparts

Guest post by J. Nelle Patrick: The Russia of TSARINA vs. The Russia of Today - TSARINA author J. Nelle Patrick gives us some hilarious insight into how protagonist Natalya's Russia and modern Russia aren't actually all that different

 

Click here to read our blog!

 

Teen Board

We have lots of early March Teen Board news. First, since (hypothetically) spring is in the air and we're all hoping for a beautiful change of scenery, we asked our Teen Board members to answer the following question:

If you could visit one specific place from a book, where would you go and why?

Answers include Camp Half-Blood in the Percy Jackson series, the snow-covered mountains in Matthew J. Kirby's ICEFALL, Hogwarts from Harry Potter and everywhere in between. Click here to read them!

We also have many new Teen Board book reviews. Aliza M. said it was "inspiring to read about Celaena breaking away from the stereotypes that classify her as an assassin" in THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas and Lynn W. said that DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess "got [her] thinking about questions [she] never considered before."

And lastly, blog posts! Harman K. compared the US covers of famous YA books to their UK, Australian and Portuguese counterparts --- check it out here.

We're also excited for our special National Women's History Month Teen Blog series! Every Thursday this month, a different Teen Board member is writing a post that somehow relates to women and literature. Make sure you keep an eye out each week! The first one is by Katie N., where she talks about her favorite strong female characters in YA lit.

 

Side by Side: Reality TV

Whether you love it or hate it, reality TV is everywhere these days. You can find hoards of people attempting to be the next pop star, model hopefuls, teen moms, Louisiana families who make duck hunter products…pretty much everything you can imagine. And not only is reality TV on the small screen, but it’s making its way into some great books, too…including SOMETHING REAL by Heather Demetrios and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH by Laurie Boyle Crompton.

For our debut Side by Side feature, see our dual interviews with Heather and Laurie! They talk about the premises of their books, which reality shows they’d like to be on, what reality shows about their high school experiences would have looked like and more!

 

Click here to read our Side by Side feature!

 

Check Out Our Latest Reviews!

THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE: THE THRONE OF GLASS NOVELLAS by Sarah J. Maas (Fantasy)

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed prequel novellas --- together in one edition for the first time --- Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member.

THE CELLAR by Natasha Preston (Suspense/Thriller)

For months, Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her-and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out. Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski.

DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess (Fantasy)

Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins' cave, hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. As Ileni navigates the dangers --- both natural and human --- of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she'll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins' next leader. Reviewed by Lynn W., Teen Board Member.

FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott (Thriller)

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and she's helpless to change anything. Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe.

THE GLASS CASKET by McCormick Templeman (Fantasy)

Death hasn't visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when she was a little girl. But after five bodies are found brutally killed outside the village, the tranquility of the viillage is shattered. Something has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan's door once again. Only this time, its appetite is insatiable. Reviewed by Lucy P., Teen Board Member.

HALF BAD by Sally Green (Fantasy, Paranormal)

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his 17th birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch --- or die. Reviewed by Ashley Tran.

THE HAVEN: A NOVEL by Carol Lynch Williams (Dystopian)

At the Haven, everything is strictly monitored. The rules must be followed to control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs --- and memories. But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie and what if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? Reviewed by Alison S., Teen Board Member.

MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor (Love & Romance)

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had Big Plans: They'll tour the world as prima ballerinas and live in a swanky Manhattan apartment (where they'll hang out with their fabulous boyfriends, of course). But when they're cut from the ballet company, their plans for the future evaporate. Zoe can't imagine anything worse happening…until Olivia gets sick. Really sick. Suddenly, not being able to dance is the least of their problems. Reviewed by Ashley Bressingham.

MY LIFE WITH THE WALTER BOYS by Ali Novak (Family & Relationships)

Sixteen-year-old Jackie Howard is devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident. She has no one to turn to except for her mom's best friend Katherine Walter. Jackie quickly discovers that Katherine is no stranger to being a mom --- she's got 12 boys! And every single one is a handful. Adjusting to life with the Walter boys is not going to be easy, especially when two of them start to show an interest that definitely goes beyond brotherly. Reviewed by Thanh Tu N., Teen Board Member.

NOBODY'S SECRET by Michaela MacColl (Mystery)

One day, 15-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Reviewed by Emily P., Teen Board Member.

PERFECT LIES (MIND GAMES) by Kiersten White (Thriller)

For years, Annie and Fia have been in an endless battle for survival against the Keane Foundation. Now the sisters have found allies who can help them escape. But Annie's visions of the future and Fia's flawless instincts can't always tell them who to trust. The sisters can only rely on each other --- and even their extraordinary gifts may not be enough to save them. Reviewed by Ashley Bressingham.

THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski (Fantasy)

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, 17-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him --- with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Reviewed by Harman K., Teen Board Member.

YEAR OF MISTAKEN DISCOVERIES by Eileen Cook (Family & Relationships)

Childhood friends Avery and Nora have walked different paths in high school. They never interact...until Nora tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom --- but it turned out to be a cruel lie. When Avery learns that Nora overdosed, Avery decides to honor her friend by searching for her own birth mother. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics. Reviewed by Emily P., Teen Board Member.

This Month's Poll

Celebrate Women's History Month with Us! Which famous female character is your favorite?

  • Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – portraying that brains are beautiful and the importance of staying true to yourself. Plus, she's an utter beast at magic
  • Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – showing that you can be both strong and vulnerable (and kick butt with a bow and arrow)
     
  • Hester Prynne (THE SCARLET LETTER) – you may have only read about her in high school, but you have to admit: she remained pretty dignified even with that massive scarlet A on her dress
     
  • Jane Eyre (JANE EYRE) – dreamy but still follows her heart, she’s another classical hero who shows you can be smart and get the guy
     
  • Elizabeth Bennett (PRIDE & PREJUDICE) – how can you not like this feisty, classic heroine who puts the arrogant Darcy in his place?
     
  • Tris Prior (Divergent) – different makes you strong, and Tris is a perfect example of this

And for the results of last month's poll, click here! We asked what you thought would make the best book-themed Olympic event, and it seems like the Library Dash --- where each contestant must find all the books on their list and bring them to the reception desk, first --- wins Gold, with 43% of the votes! Interpretive Book Dancing got Silver, with 23% of votes, and Bags-of-Books Lifting got Bronze, with 13% of votes.

Click here to answer the poll!

 

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:

WHERE NOBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein (Nonfiction, Sports)

WHERE NOBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME takes readers inside the gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world of Triple-A baseball, which serves simultaneously as a launching pad for superstar careers and as a crash-landing pad for stars who have fallen. Introducing us to eight men --- two pitchers, three position players, two managers and one umpire --- John Feinstein tells the riveting stories of those who are on the cusp of greatness. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

THE PERFECT SCORE PROJECT: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Stier (Education, Memoir, Nonfiction)

These days, high SAT scores are seen as the ticket to a good college, merit aid, and ultimately a successful life. Yet for parents, the torment of cajoling kids into studying is made worse by the tangle of conflicting advice about how best to prepare. Debbie Stier made it her mission to cut through that tangle and ace the SAT. As part of her quest, Debbie took the SAT seven times, sampled test-prep methods and bonded with her test-taking teenage son.

 

Click here to read Adult Books You Want to Read!

 

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