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August 2005

Teenreads.com Newsletter August 2005
This Month on Teenreads.com

As Summer Winds Down...

Teenreads.com Talks to Anthony Horowitz, Author of THE GATEKEEPERS Series

Teenreads.com Talks to David Lubar, Author of SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE

Teenreads.com Talks to Mary E. Pearson, Author of A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET

Books Into Movies: SPEAK and Our Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson

Special Feature: HEART'S DESIRE by Laura Pedersen

HARRY POTTER --- Check Out Our Newest Updates! 

Cool New Books for August

Teenreads.com Reader Survey: Answer and Enter to Win Great Prizes Including a $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate

CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN NANNY by Victoria Ashton

Attention Teen Book Club Members

This Month's Reviews
Poll: Talk to Us About Manga
Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win a Book
Links You'll Love
 
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As Summer Winds Down...

We know that most of you are not looking forward to going back to school --- and that some of you already may be "back to the books." That's why we have so much going on this month on Teenreads.com --- interviews, series updates, special features and our Annual Teenreads.com Survey. So for the next few moments, forget about alarm clocks, required reading and homework --- and savor the fun stuff!

We have five, yes, five interviews currently running on Teenreads.com. They are all personal, revealing and insightful. I feel as though I understand much more about these authors' books after reading them. First there's Anthony Horowitz, the author of RAVEN'S GATE, who talks about his inspiration for the character of Matt, the impact his kids have on his writing and what's coming up in THE GATEKEEPERS Series. Then there's David Lubar, the author of SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE, who lets us in on some juicy information about his high-school geekiness, his favorite book and his advice for aspiring writers. Next we have Mary E. Pearson, the author of A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET, who reveals some pretty amazing secret talents (tongue-curling, jelly bean guessing --- who knew?). We also have a truly fantastic conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson, whose novel SPEAK has been adapted into a movie that will air simultaneously on cable networks Showtime and Lifetime on Monday, September 5th. Laurie opens up about what it was like seeing SPEAK go from page to screen, why she wrote SPEAK and why she's so shocked and grateful for its success. Finally, Joni Rendon talks to Laura Pedersen, the author of HEART'S DESIRE. See what Laura has to say about the themes and various social issues that are addressed in HEART'S DESIRE. She explains the importance of friendships in her own life, and offers advice to young readers about taking relationships to "the next level."

Our poll and question this month are about Manga, which has piqued my interest lately as it seems to be something everyone is buzzing about. What about you? Are you into it? Are your friends? Let me know.

This month we continue to run our Teenreads.com Reader Survey. It will close on August 31st. For those of you who may have missed our earlier mail about this, we ask that you give us 10-15 minutes to answer this survey. Our goal is to learn more about you and the books you like so we can program Teenreads.com to suit your interests.

At the same time, please consider this survey a chance to voice your opinion to book publishers, as we will be sharing these results with them. Please note that the answers, and any information you give, cannot be linked to you personally in any way - thus ensuring you of your privacy.

There are four sections to this survey. As you finish each one, you will be prompted to go to the next. At the end of the survey you have the option of being entered into a drawing to receive a prize for participating in this survey. The Grand Prize will be a $100 Amazon gift certificate and then we have three (3) First Prize $25 Amazon gift certificates and ten (10) Book Prizes to be awarded randomly. May we ask that you share this survey with your friends?

My younger son's newest obsession is VITAL STATISTICS: An Amazing Compendium of Factoids, Minutiae, and Random Bits of Wisdom by Paul Grobman, which answers such crucial questions as: "How did a goat lay a curse on the Chicago Cubs?" "Which color do race car drivers consider unlucky?" and "How many lawyers in America are named 'Crook?'" Packed with an enormous array of factoids, minutiae, and random bits of wisdom, this book is totally fun, but I bet you could convince your parents it's educational too.

I am a huge fan of the LightWedge booklights. I have one in every seat pocket of my car so we can read while riding at night. I love that these booklights are now available with a Harry Potter theme. Included are seven themed, interchangeable button covers such as the Golden Snitch, Harry's wand, and Harry's owl, Hedwig. Soft cases for storing the Harry Potter Lumos book light, embroidered with each of the Hogwarts house crests, are also available. Click on the pictures above for all the details.

Have you heard about the Quills Book Awards? They are the first national "reader's choice" book awards designed to celebrate the written word, honor excellence in writing and recognize the authors and illustrators of popular books and great literature. Beginning Monday, August 15th through September 15th, vote online at www.quillsvote.com or in store at Borders Books & Music stores across the country. This is a great chance to make your voice and your views heard around the country. Teens know good books...by voting in The Quills Awards you're proving it. Please note that you must be 13 to vote!

Finally, we all are excited about the release of ELDEST by Christopher Paolini, the HIGHLY anticipated follow-up to ERAGON. We've made it our Word of Mouth prize, but we're betting you won't be able to wait to see if you've won to read it!

Happy reading. My advice...don't count the days til school starts; just make the most of each of them.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

Read more about VITAL STATISTICS here.
 

Teenreads.com Talks to Anthony Horowitz, Author of THE GATEKEEPERS Series

Teenreads.com contributing writer Joni Rendon interviewed Anthony Horowitz, author of RAVEN'S GATE --- which is the first book in THE GATEKEEPERS series --- and the popular Alex Rider novels. Horowitz talks about the important contributions his two sons have made to his work, explains the similarities and differences between writing television scripts and producing fiction for young people, and lets readers know what he has in store for future books in THE GATEKEEPERS series.

RAVEN'S GATE: Book One of The Gatekeepers, by Anthony Horowitz (Horror/Fantasy)
From the author of the bestselling Alex Rider novels comes THE GATEKEEPERS, a gripping new series that pits good against evil and past against present in a battle that will determine the course of future civilization. In RAVEN'S GATE, the first riveting book in the series, a troubled young boy finds himself at the heart of a strange and sinister plot hatched by the bizarre inhabitants of a remote English village. Will he uncover the truth in time to put an end to their evil plans and save himself as well? Reviewed by Joni Rendon and excerpted.

Click here to read our interview with Anthony Horowitz and a review of RAVEN'S GATE.
 

Teenreads.com Talks to David Lubar, Author of SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE

Teenreads.com contributing writer Carlie Webber interviewed David Lubar, author of SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE. Lubar explains how the title of his new novel was chosen, describes his freshman year in high school (which in some ways parallels the experiences of his main character, Scott Hudson), and offers helpful --- and humorous --- advice to young people who would like to be writers.

SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE by David Lubar (Fiction)

Despite being pushed around by seniors and not having classes with his best friends, not to mention feeling quite uncomfortable around a girl who he likes very much, high school freshman Scott Hudson handles his new and often intimidating environment with sensitivity and humor. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

 

Read our interview with David Lubar and a review of SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE here.
 

Teenreads.com Talks to Mary E. Pearson, Author of A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET

Teenreads.com contributing writer Carlie Webber interviewed Mary E. Pearson, author of A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET. Pearson talks about the research she conducted for her latest young adult novel and offers insight into some of the characters who populate her book. She also explains how studying poetry in college helped improve her prose writing and shares a number of interesting tidbits about herself --- including the many professions with which she's been involved.

A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET by Mary E. Pearson (Fiction)
In an attempt to escape the suffocating responsibility of her alcoholic mother and the controlling guilt of her grandmother, Zoe Beth Buckman rents a small room from an eccentric old lady named Opal Keats. Can Zoe really make ends meet without any help from her loved ones? Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

Click here to read our interview with Mary E. Pearson and a
review of A ROOM ON LORELEI STREET.


 

Books Into Movies: SPEAK and Our Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson

SPEAK, Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning novel originally published in 1999, has been made into a movie. In an unprecedented television event, Showtime and Lifetime will air Speak simultaneously on Monday, September 5th. Kristen Stewart stars as Melinda Sordino, a sharp, witty "everygirl" who turns into a social pariah following a tragic but obscure set of events at an end-of-summer party.

Carol Fitzgerald and Marisa Emralino interviewed Laurie Halse Anderson about this very special television event. Laurie talks about the difficulties of translating books into film, the similarities and differences between the book and movie versions of SPEAK, and the importance of addressing serious issues in young adult fiction. Click here to read our interview with Laurie Halse Anderson.

Click here for all the details about the movie premiere of SPEAK.
 

Special Feature: HEART'S DESIRE by Laura Pedersen

HEART'S DESIRE by Laura Pedersen (Fiction)
It's impossible not to fall for the winningly eccentric cast of characters in Laura Pedersen's laugh-out-loud sequel to her acclaimed novel BEGINNER'S LUCK. But underneath its witty repartee and humorous goings-on, Pedersen's current work of fiction poses more serious questions of the heart that everyone can relate to: "What does your heart desire?" and "How do you know when someone is 'the one?'" Reviewed by Joni Rendon and excerpted.

Click here to read an interview with Laura Pedersen, in which she talks about the themes and various social issues that are addressed in HEART'S DESIRE, explains the importance of friendships in her own life, and offers advice to young adults about taking relationships to "the next level."

Read the Reading Group Guide here.
For more about Laura Pedersen, go to LauraPedersenBooks.com.

Click here to read an interview with Laura Pedersen and a review of HEART'S DESIRE.


 

HARRY POTTER --- Check Out Our Newest Updates! 

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. Rowling (Fantasy) 
J.K. Rowling has promised that each of Harry Potter's years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will be darker and more difficult than the one before. She has kept her promise in this sixth installment, which is the darkest and most complex of the books yet. But just in case you have any doubt, Harry is proving well up to the tasks at hand --- and his magical world seems more vivid and real than ever.

To celebrate the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, we've updated our Harry Potter site on Kidsreads.com where you'll find new lists of people, places and things, a new author biography and an interview with J.K. Rowling, and THREE all-new trivia games!

 

Click here to read our review of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.


 

Cool New Books for August

Our Cool New Books for August include ELDEST, the highly anticipated follow-up to Christopher Paolini's runaway bestseller ERAGON, and DISAPPEARANCE, a supernatural thriller about the premonitions of a young woman that hit very close to home. We also have updates to a number of series books, highlighted by the third and final installment in R.L. Stine's Fear Street Nights trilogy and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel in which Spike, the other vampire with a soul, takes center stage.

Read our Cool New Books Feature here.


 

Teenreads.com Reader Survey: Answer and Enter to Win Great Prizes Including a $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate

This newsletter is an invitation for you to participate in our Teenreads.com Reader Survey. We have not done a survey like this in a couple of years. We are doing it now as we know many of you have more free time during the summer and will have 10-15 minutes to spend with this. Our goal is to learn more about you and the books you like so we can program Teenreads.com to suit your interests.

At the same time, please consider this survey a chance to voice your opinion to book publishers, as we will be sharing these results with them. There are four sections to this survey. You must answer EVERY question in each section. With this in mind we have developed a possible response for EVERY question.

The entire survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes. The survey will be open until August 31, 2005.

Section 1 - About You
Section 2 - Book Reading
Section 3 - Borrowing/Buying Habits
Section 4 - Online Usage

After completing the survey you have the option of being entered into a drawing to receive a prize for participating in this survey.

Grand Prize will be a $100 Amazon gift certificate
Three (3) First Prize $25 Amazon gift certificates
Ten (10) Book Prizes to be awarded randomly:

-THE CRY OF THE ICEMARK by Stuart Hill
-GIRLS IN PANTS: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
-I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak
-IF WE KISS by Rachel Vail
-LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
-MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT by James Patterson
-THE MINISTER'S DAUGHTER by Julie Hearn
-PROM by Laurie Halse Anderson
-RAVEN'S GATE: Book One of the Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz
-THE SLEDDING HILL by Chris Crutcher

(Note: You must be 13 years of age to be eligible to enter to win, or share your parents' email address with us so we may obtain their permission to mail your prize.)

Click here to answer the Teenreads.com Reader Survey.


 
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CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN NANNY by Victoria Ashton

CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN NANNY by Victoria Ashton (Fiction)
Adrienne Lewis thinks her job as a nanny for eight-year-old Emma Warner will be a breeze: just spend two weeks with the girl and earn a quick $1,000. But then she meets the rest of Emma's crazy family. Adrienne is in for the ride of her life! Reviewed by Hannah Gomez.

 

Click here to read our review of CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN NANNY by Victoria Ashton.


 

Attention Teen Book Club Members

Are you in a Teen Book Club? If so, Readers Circle wants to know more about your group. For sharing this info, here are the very cool prizes that they are giving away:

ONE Grand Prize Winner will receive:

a full set of Readers Circle Books 
a pizza party
a photo of his/her book club on our Readers-Circle.com site.
and a Readers Circle book of their choice for every member of their book club!

Note: TWO runners-up will receive a full set of Readers Circle books.

Click here to learn more about the contest.


 
This Month's Reviews

 

 

THE FASHION DISASTER THAT CHANGED MY LIFE! by Lauren Myracle (Fiction)
Alli wants to be popular and have a breakout year following sixth grade. She gets her wish, but not exactly how she intended. This funny and honest story is chronicled through Alli's personal journal, as she writes detailed accounts of every embarrassing and exciting aspect of seventh grade. Reviewed by Renee Kirchner.

 

LISTENING FOR LIONS by Gloria Whelan (Historical Fiction)
Following the devastating deaths of her parents, thirteen-year-old Rachel Sheridan travels to England under a false identity. Will she ever find her way back to her beloved Africa and her true self? Reviewed by Paula Jolin.

EYES OF THE EMPEROR by Graham Salisbury (Historical Fiction)
A sixteen-year-old Japanese-American boy lies about his age in order to join the U.S. Army only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Graham Salisbury brings to life a little-known but troubling piece of World War II history in this companion novel to his award-winning UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

ZOO by Graham Marks (Thriller)
Seventeen-year-old Cam Stewart was living a comfortable life in Southern California until kidnappers suddenly turn his world upside down. With grit and determination he never knew he had, Cam escapes his worst nightmare, only to find himself drowning in unanswered questions and no one to trust. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

LEARNING THE GAME by Kevin Waltman (Fiction)
High school basketball player Nate Gilman has some growing up to do off the court. He must decide where his loyalty belongs --- with his team, with his brother Marvin, or with the truth. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

 

Read this month's reviews here.
 
Poll: Talk to Us About Manga

Have you ever read manga?
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I am not sure what manga is.

Do any of your friends read manga?
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I am not sure what manga is.

Would you like to see manga titles featured on Teenreads.com?
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Question of the Month

Name some of your favorite manga titles and explain why you enjoy them.

Post your reply to our Question here.
 
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 ELDEST: Inheritance, Book II by Christopher Paolini (Click on the link below for the official rules) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and book ratings.

 

Post your Word of Mouth comments here.
 

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

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