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June 2004 Newsletter June 2004
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It's SUMMER! Talks to Kristin Hannah
Books Into Movies
2004 Claudia Seaman Poetry Contest
HOVER CAR RACER by Matthew Reilly
Cool New Books for June
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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Forget what the calendar says. In our minds, it's SUMMER! Time to kick it back. So where are you on your personal summer reading plan? Yes, we did not forget that you are supposed to being doing this!

In our poll and question this month we are wondering if you have a summer reading list from school. And if so, tell us, which book you are most excited about reading. We're looking forward to hearing your replies.

IF you have been to see the Harry Potter movie --- (or are you beyond all that) --- take our Harry Potter Movie Poll to let us know how you think this flick stacks up to the other two.

We're excited about The Notebook, which will be in theatres next Friday. For any of you who loved Nicholas Sparks' bestselling book, you will NOT be disappointed to see this movie. We had a sneak preview and loved it. Okay, I cried. I will admit it.

Many of you, like us, loved THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY. This month we have a review of Janet Tashjian's sequel, VOTE FOR LARRY. I can't wait to read this one!

Enjoy our interview with Kristin Hannah and the host of book reviews we bring you this month. I know we have at least one book here that you are going to LOVE.

Have a great month....

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Take the Harry Potter movie poll. Talks to Kristin Hannah Founder Carol Fitzgerald talks to Kristin Hannah, author of THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE, about the challenge of writing teen characters and the serious issues that young people must confront today. Kristin also explains how she conducts her research for her books and offers advice to teenagers who would like to become writers.

THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE by Kristin Hannah (Fiction)
Kristin Hannah has written a moving novel about two women --- a recent divorcee and an ambitious but lonely 18-year-old --- whose paths cross in an incredibly important and heartbreakingly honest way. This story explores the complex relationships of mothers, daughters and families. Reviewed by Jocelyn Maeve Kelley and excerpted.

For more about Kristin Hannah, go to Sign up for her newsletter to be eligible to win one of five signed copies of THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE.
Read our interview with Kristin Hannah and a review of THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE here.
Books Into Movies
When the days are hot and hanging by the pool does not feel like a great option, how about going to the movies? This summer has a great lineup including one of our favorites -- THE NOTEBOOK, based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Sparks, which we caught a screening of and JUST LOVED!

Check out the newest summer flicks that are based on books to get another dose of the stories you love. And here's an extra special treat. Some of the films we've assembled have companion books that are based directly on the motion picture screenplay and take you behind-the-scenes at the making of the movie --- which means you can enjoy the story long after the credits stop rolling.
Read our Books Into Movies feature here.
2004 Claudia Seaman Poetry Contest
The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award is open to all high school students across the country. Each young writer may submit two poems on any subject and in any form as long as their submission does not exceed 10 pages in length. The deadline for entering this annual contest is July 1, 2004. (The deadline was just extended by a month from June 1st to July 1st.)

The award was established in 1983 in Poughkeepsie, New York, by the Seaman family in honor of their daughter and sister, Claudia, a young poet. With the help of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and the website, the award, a national competition open to all students in grades 9 through 12, is held each year to encourage, support, and promote young writers. With a $500 cash prize and publication of the winning poem in the literary journal HANGING LOOSE, it is hoped that the Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award will help keep interest in reading and writing poetry alive and well at the high school level. We hope that English and writing teachers and librarians and other mentors working with young people will use the award as an incentive and as evidence of the viability of a literary life.
Read about the 2004 Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Contest here.
HOVER CAR RACER by Matthew Reilly
Matthew Reilly, the #1 bestselling author in Australia, is best known for his suspense novels for adults. Now he has an online serial novel called HOVER CAR RACER that is available to readers free of charge. SIX parts of the book are already online. Future chapters will be released on July 4th and July 20th.

Like what you see? Share the link with your friends!
Read Hover Car Racer here.
Cool New Books for June
The school year is coming to a close, and preparations for the summer can finally begin! Along with spending more time with family and friends (which we know you'll do), we recommend that you sit back, relax and enjoy a good book. Featured in this month's roundup of cool new books is LUNA, an unforgettable novel by Julie Anne Peters about a teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance, and A HAT FULL OF SKY, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett's spine-tingling sequel to THE WEE FREE MEN. We're also introducing a brand new series of original novels that will appeal especially to fans of a popular program on the WB Network.
Browse our Cool New Books for June here.
This Month's Reviews
LUNA by Julie Anne Peters (Fiction)
Like the moth from which she takes her name, Luna is beautiful, fragile, and only able to show her true self at night. In this groundbreaking new novel, Luna (whose friends know her as Liam) must decide when and how to emerge from her cocoon. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.

A HAT FULL OF SKY by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
Tiffany Aching is an aspiring witch who is off to begin her apprenticeship in magic. But something is following Tiffany, a beguiling presence that powerful witches cannot protect her from. Soon she will be lost in body and soul, with no one to show her how to return. Reviewed by Kristi Olson and excerpted.

THE AU PAIRS by Melissa de la Cruz (Fiction)
Mara Waters, Eliza Thompson and Jacqui Velasco are new au pairs for one of New York City's wealthiest families. They are spending their summer in the Hamptons, where they will assume the role of mommy all day and then party hard all night. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted.

VOTE FOR LARRY by Janet Tashjian (Fiction)
In this followup to THE WORLD ACCORDING TO LARRY, Josh Swensen (a.k.a. Larry) finds himself in a hyper-paranoid state of no return. That is, until he's kidnapped and coaxed into resurfacing as his old persona --- so that he can run for political office! Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

FACE RELATIONS: 11 Stories About Seeing Beyond Color by edited by Marilyn Singer (Ficton/Short Stories)
This important book offers eleven original works by such celebrated authors as M. E. Kerr, Marilyn Singer, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sherri Winston and Ellen Wittlinger that explore the possibilities of embracing diversity in a world where bigotry and racism unfortunately still exist. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE GRAVEDIGGER'S COTTAGE by Chris Lynch (Fiction)
After a series of unfortunate accidents involving family pets, the McLuckie family moves to a seaside cottage that is rumored to attract residents who have lost loved ones. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

DEVIL ON MY HEELS by Joyce McDonald (Historical Fiction)
It is 1959 in Benevolence, Florida, and life is sweet for 15-year-old Dove Alderman. But when the Ku Klux Klan is revealed to have members in her small farming community, Dove must decide where her loyalties lie. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

RIPPED AT THE SEAMS by Nancy Krulik (Romance)
Sami Granger moves to New York City, hoping to break into the fashion industry. Following a disastrous first job, the only place that will hire Sami is a trashy lingerie store. Will a visit from her old-fashioned father land Sami the job she has always wanted, or will her dream be squandered? Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE DEVIL'S TOENAIL by Sally Prue (Fantasy)
A bullied boy is lured by the dark power of revenge --- in the form of an ancient, shell-like fossil --- in this gripping fantasy by the author of COLD TOM. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

SONNY'S HOUSE OF SPIES by George Ella Lyon (Fiction)
As a child, Sonny witnessed the sometimes-violent arguments his parents had, one of which resulted in his father's departure. He has been spying ever since, hoping to learn a truth or two. Now 13, Sonny knows that something strange is going on --- and he intends to find out what it is. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

Lewis Hinton is trying to find two things --- his true identity and an elusive, giant trout --- in this quiet, simple novel about small town life. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
Read this month's reviews here.
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