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October 2003 Newsletter October 2003
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Teen Read Week
ERAGON by Christopher Paolini --- A Special Feature and Contest
Tell Us What You Think: UNSEEN COMPANION by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
Poll: Tell us about teen areas in your local bookstore or library!
Books Into Movies
Cool New Books for October
This Month's Reviews
Question of the Month
Word of Mouth --- Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win a Book!
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Teen Read Week
This week is Teen Read Week. Of course, we think EVERY week is Teen Read Week for our readers. This week is noted by the American Library Association as a time to encourage teens to read. With that in mind, may we suggest that you share a book with a friend who is less than enthused about reading?

Our poll and question this month ask about the teen areas in your local library or bookstore. Are they inviting to you? Are they places where you feel comfortable exploring books and talking about them? Give us the lowdown.

Full lineup this week --- including a contest! Always a fave!

Have a great month...and yep, Happy Teen Read Week.

Carol Fitzgerald ( for

Read more about ERAGON and the contest here. Read more about Christopher Paolini here.
ERAGON by Christopher Paolini --- A Special Feature and Contest
We're excited about a new fantasy title called ERAGON. It's the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy, written by Christopher Paolini. He started to write this book when he graduated school at 15 and now he is only 19! And for those of you who care about such things, it came onto the NYT bestseller list at number 3! Pretty cool, huh?

To celebrate this book, his publisher, Random House is hosting a special contest running through November 1. By signing up for Paolini's newsletter and the Random House Strange Lands newsletter, U.S. readers who are 13 or older on 11/1/2003 have a chance to win three books --- ERAGON by Christopher Paolini, TRICKSTER'S CHOICE by Tamora Pierce, and LYRA'S OXFORD by Philip Pullman.

Also, don't forget to check out for a special interview with Paolini, as well as an author essay.
Read about ERAGON and details about the contest here.
Tell Us What You Think: UNSEEN COMPANION by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
Your opinion matters to the publishers at HarperTempest. Each month they are going to share a not-yet-published title with us that they'd like to hear YOUR thoughts about. It's your chance to read an advanced reading copy of a book (known as as ARC') and tell them what YOU think! What could be more fun than a chance to preview a new book and then share your opinion? It's your chance to be a trendsetter!

This month's book is UNSEEN COMPANION by Denise Gosliner Orenstein, which was in stores in September.

Read more about UNSEEN COMPANION by Denise Gosliner Orenstein here.
Poll: Tell us about teen areas in your local bookstore or library!
Poll: When you shop for books in your local bookstore, do they have an area dedicated to teens?

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Does your local library have a teens area?

Not sure
Vote in the Poll here.
Books Into Movies
The number of books being adapted into feature films in the coming months is astounding. Among the authors whose works will be brought to life on the big screen this fall include such heavyweights as Michael Crichton, John Grisham and Dennis Lehane. Younger audiences in particular will be cheering the arrivals of The Cat in the Hat, Peter Pan and (of course) the final installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. So if you prefer to read the book first and then watch the movie, our advice is simple: Start navigating through those pages now!
Read our Books Into Movies feature here.
Cool New Books for October
It's not easy being a teen. Although you may feel like an adult and wish to be more independent, your family and friends often treat you as if you are still a kid. The pressure of school and other responsibilities is there all the time as you begin to seriously think about what the future may hold --- in your academic, professional and personal lives. Whew! Just typing that was exhausting.

This month's roundup of cool new books includes titles (both fiction and nonfiction) that will appeal specifically to teenagers who are or will be confronting such issues. We're also featuring fantasy and suspense novels, a new Angel adventure, and the latest installment in the popular Gossip Girl series.
Read about the Cool New Books for October here.
This Month's Reviews
13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen edited by James Howe (Fiction/Short Stories)
Twelve authors and one poet, including teen fiction luminaries like Ron Koertge and Ellen Wittlinger, share thirteen stories that range from humorous to heartbreaking, all about the joys and hardships of being thirteen years old. Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber and excerpted.

MONDAYS ARE RED by Nicola Morgan (Fiction)
Fourteen-year-old Luke begins to see the world and the people in it from an entirely new perspective when he awakens from a coma after a near fatal bout with meningitis. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted.

CUBA 15 by Nancy Osa (Fiction)
Violet Paz, who doesn't know much about her half-Cuban, half-Polish heritage, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming 15th birthday --- and in the process tries to better understand her family. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted.

MONSTROUS REGIMENT by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
Ever since her brother marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess, her family's inn --- even though the revered national deity Nuggan has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination. Polly must find her missing sibling to keep The Duchess in the family, so she disguises herself as a boy in order to join the army of Borogravia. Reviewed by Roz Shea and excerpted.

STONE GARDEN by Molly Moynahan (Fiction)
Alice McGuire is a smart young woman who appears to have a firm grasp on her future. But her picture-perfect world is turned upside down when her best friend and soul mate, Matthew Swan, vanishes on a trip to Mexico. Alice and the rest of the close-knit town try searching for answers. Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara and excerpted.

BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT: A Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar (Fiction)
In this fourth installment of the Gossip Girl series, the girls of Constance Billard School have completed their applications for college, and it's now time for them to concentrate on other matters --- namely, their social lives. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

COUNTING STARS by David Almond (Nonfiction/Short Stories)
In a series of interconnected short stories that are both well written and poignant, author David Almond tells readers about his life growing up Catholic in a small mining town in northern England. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

THE FLIP SIDE by Andrew Matthews (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Robert Hunt is confused when he plays the part of Rosalind in a skit for English class and discovers parts of his personality that he never knew existed. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE DISTANCE FROM NORMANDY by Jonathan Hull (Fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Andrew is a scared and angry high school sophomore who has just been expelled from school and is heading down a path of self-destruction. His grandfather, a WWII vet and recent widower, agrees to spend time with him and together they embark on an unforgettable journey to Normandy. Reviewed by Carol Fitzgerald.

A wounded war veteran who is killed in a tragic accident soon discovers that heaven isn't merely a destination but a place where five people help the deceased understand the significance and value of their life on earth.
Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara.
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Question of the Month
Here is our Question of the Month:

What would you like to see in the teen area of your local bookstore or library?

E-mail us and tell us what you think by clicking on the link below.
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Word of Mouth --- Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win a Book!
This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of COUNTING STARS by David Almond. (See official rules below.) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and ratings click on the link below.
Post your Word of Mouth comments here.

Have a great month...and make some time each day to read something you enjoy!

--- Carol Fitzgerald for