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October 2004 Newsletter October 2004
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Teen Reads Week
Meet Our Reviewers
Books Into Movies for Fall/Winter 2004-2005
SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER by Sophie Kinsella
RUSH HOUR: Volume Two - Bad Boys, edited by Michael Cart
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 Reads Week
This week (October 16-22) is Teen Reads Week. Now in its 7th year, this promotion organized by the American Library Association is concerned with promoting teen reading. You may see notes about this at your local or school library as more than 1,400 libraries across the country are participating in this celebration of books and reading. As we know that YOU love to read, may we ask that you spend this week suggesting books to friends who are not as interested in reading as you are? Share favorite titles, or help them seek out books that revolve around things that they are interested in. It's scary to think how many teens do not read for pleasure. There is so much they are missing out on by not reading books.

Last Monday morning many of you, like me, woke to the sad news that Christopher Reeve had passed away. I remembered reading his book, STILL ME, when it came out in 1998. Until then, I had little, if any, knowledge of what it means to be a quadriplegic. Flash forward to 2002 when a book called MIRACLES HAPPEN by Brooke and Jean Ellison came out. Brooke had been paralyzed in a car accident when she was 11. She went on to graduate from Harvard with both undergrad and masters degrees, with her mom at her side each step of the way. I interviewed Brooke and Jean when their book came out, and I remember their sharing that Reeve had planned to direct a movie about Brooke's life. Recently I read that it is to air on A&E on October 25th at 8PM ET (Check local listings). I had planned to share this reminder with you. Now this movie takes on more significance in the wake of Reeve's death as it is one of the last films that he directed. He spent the last 9 years of his life empowering those who were confined to chairs and beds by telling his story. I urge you to click on the links above to honor his memory and learn more about his story --- and Brooke's.

We have quite a lineup this month. Enjoy.

Happy Halloween....if you do hit the Trick or Treat trail, let us know if anyone hands out books instead of candy!

Carol Fitzgerald (

Meet Our Reviewers
Your read their reviews every month. But just who are those reviewers who are writing for
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Books Into Movies for Fall/Winter 2004-2005
A good story can be told and re-told, and the proof is in the number of fall movies that are based on books this year. They include Friday Night Lights, The Polar Express, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Christmas With the Kranks (inspired by John Grisham's 2002 novel SKIPPING CHRISTMAS). If you're in the mood for the original, click on the Amazon link beneath the film headings and check out the books. See you at the movies!
Read our Books Into Movies feature here.
SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER by Sophie Kinsella
SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER by Sophie Kinsella (Chick Lit)
World-class shopper extraordinaire Becky Bloomwood is back --- and as funny as ever in this fourth installment of Sophie Kinsella's bestselling Shopaholic series. It's a hilarious and heartwarming tale of married life, best friends, and long-lost sisters. Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara and excerpted.
Read our review of SHOPAHOLIC AND SISTER here.
RUSH HOUR: Volume Two - Bad Boys, edited by Michael Cart
RUSH HOUR: Volume Two - Bad Boys, edited by Michael Cart (Fiction)
The second volume of RUSH HOUR: A Journal of Contemporary Voices focuses on the theme of "bad boys," offering a variety of short fiction, essays, and art work on this subject. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.
Read our review of RUSH HOUR here.
Cool New Books for October
Bill O'Reilly is a journalist, national bestselling author, and popular talk show host on the Fox News Channel. This father of two has now written his first book aimed at young adults, THE O'REILLY FACTOR FOR KIDS: A Survival Guide for America's Families, and no teenager (or parent) should be without it. Among the fiction titles featured in this month's roundup of cool new books are TRICKSTER'S QUEEN --- Tamora Pierce's sequel to last year's TRICKSTER'S CHOICE --- the sixth installment in the Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar, and the latest original novel based on the WB's "Everwood."
Browse our Cool New Books for October here.
This Month's Reviews
WORMWOOD by G. P. Taylor (Fantasy)
In this follow-up to the bestseller SHADOWMANCER, a giant comet zooms toward earth. Those who realize the implications of the universe-changing event must decide how to proceed. Many evil beings seek power over the future of Earth's inhabitants. Can a heavenly creature best them? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

TRICKSTER'S QUEEN by Tamora Pierce (Fantasy)
In this sequel to TRICKSTER'S CHOICE, Aly, daughter of the legendary Lady Knight Alanna, joins the conspiracy on the Copper Isles to return the rightful queen to her throne. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood and excerpted.

YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT: A Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar (Fiction)
The moment of truth has finally arrived for the prepsters in Cecily von Ziegesar's sixth Gossip Girl novel, as they learn which colleges have accepted --- and rejected --- them. Blair, are you listening? Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

BUCKING THE SARGE by Christopher Paul Curtis (Fiction)
Luther T. Farrell lives in fear of his corrupt mother, the Sarge, until an unexpected turn with a science project forces him to get creative and become independent. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

SO YESTERDAY by Scott Westerfeld (Mystery/Suspense)
An intriguing mystery, sharpened with brilliant cultural commentary, makes this smart, funny (and even romantic) thriller featuring a teenaged "cool hunter" impossible to put down. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

SNAKECHARM by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Fantasy)
HAWKSONG brought together warring rulers Zane Cobriana and Danica Shardae. Though one was part serpent and one part hawk, they married to bring their worlds to peace. SNAKECHARM is the sequel that tells Zane's side of the story from that point on. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

MARGAUX WITH AN X by Ron Koertge (Fiction)
A sharp-tongued beauty meets a quirky, quick-witted loner in this funny and poignant novel from the author of SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP and STONER & SPAZ. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

PREMONITIONS by Jude Watson (Mystery)
This latest novel from bestselling author Jude Watson is about a girl whose ability to see the past, present and future is the key to solving the disappearance of her best friend. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

NO SHAME, NO FEAR by Ann Turnbull (Historical Fiction)
Like Romeo and Juliet, the main characters in this great love story must overcome many obstacles to stay true to each other in spite of what their parents, society and the law all have to say. Reviewed by Renee Kirchner.

GOTHIC!: Ten Original Dark Tales, edited by Deborah Noyes (Fiction Anthology)
Just in time for Halloween, GOTHIC!: Ten Original Dark Tales hits the shelves. This collection for teens, featuring the writings of ten contemporary authors, promises to spook and scare. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

THE SAINT OF DRAGONS by Jason Hightman (Fantasy)
The ancient dragons have never disappeared entirely. Instead, they've moved undercover --- and into human society. Now one lonely schoolboy is about to learn where the dragons have gone. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

HEAD GAMES by Mariah Fredericks (Fiction)
Judith Ellis wants nothing more than to escape reality, and that is exactly what she does whenever she plays the Game on her computer. But one player is coming after her --- and he's a lot closer than Judith guesses. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.
Read this month's reviews here.
October 16-22nd is Teen Book Week. With that in mind we ask our poll question: Do you recommend books to your friends?

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Question of the Month
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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 SO YESTERDAY by Scott Westerfeld. (See official rules below.) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and ratings click on the link below.
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