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Teenreads.com Newsletter June 2006
This Month on Teenreads.com

Happy Summer Vacation --- and the Teenreads.com Ultimate Summer Reading List!

Special Feature: The Kiki Strike Series by Kirsten Miller

Special Feature: The Gatekeepers Series by Anthony Horowitz and a Special Contest

Special Write-In Opportunity: Rebecca Wells, Author of YA-YAS IN BLOOM

Now in Stores: MAXIMUM RIDE #2: SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER by James Patterson 

Author Talk: Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Author of DAIRY QUEEN

TOKYOPOP's POP Fiction Advance Reader Copy Giveaway

Cool New Books for June

This Month's Reviews

Manga Reviews

Christian Fiction Reviews

Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens
Poll: Summer Reading
Question of the Month: Your Summer Reading Pick
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win A Book!
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Happy Summer Vacation --- and the Teenreads.com Ultimate Summer Reading List!

By now all of you are out on summer vacation, a perfect time for reading and relaxing. Many of you may have summer reading lists to conquer. As I wrote last month, these lists often can be tedious and dreary. We are working to create the Teenreads.com Ultimate Summer Reading List and need your help on this. Please write and let us know what books you would like to see make the cut on school summer reading lists. Our plan is to create a list of titles that we know you REALLY want to read and share this with librarians and teachers.

Interested in weighing in? Think about what book or books, up to three, that you would pick for your school's summer reading list and drop us a note at SummerReading@Teenreads.com. We want to hear your selections --- and why you selected the book(s) that you did.

We have TWO series features up and running --- one for Kirsten Miller and her new series Kiki Strike, and another for Anthony Horowitz and his popular Gatekeepers series. Two very different series, from two VERY different authors, but both promise to be great summer reading.

Something else that's exciting and new --- for the second month of our feature on Rebecca Wells and YA-YAS IN BLOOM, we are giving you the opportunity to send your comments and questions to Rebecca! Tell her what you think of her books and her writing style; ask her questions about her inspirations...it's up to you! Simply send your note to Rebecca@Teenreads.com and on Wednesday, July 12th, we will choose a select number of questions to pass on to Rebecca who will respond in turn.

And there's more. In anticipation of the October 2006 launch of TOKYOPOP's new POP Fiction line for young adults, Teenreads.com is sponsoring a very special giveaway. Every two weeks, from June 22nd through August 3rd, we will be offering advance reading copies of a POP Fiction title to 20 interested readers who would like to read the book and share feedback on it. Once you have given your feedback on the featured advance giveaway title, you will be entered to win one of five sets of the four titles in the launch line --- MAGIC MOON, KINO NO TABI: Book One of the Beautiful World, WITCHES' FOREST: The Adventures of Duan Surk, and SCRAPPED PRINCESS: A Tale of Destiny.

Our first featured title is MAGIC MOON by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein, volume one in a series of three books. After learning that his little sister has fallen into a mysterious coma, Kim is frustrated that he can't do anything to help her. Then a strange visitor from another world pulls Kim into the realm of the Magic Moon --- where Kim struggles to unlock the secrets of the enchantment that keeps his sister locked in sleep.

If you would like to be one of the 20 readers to preview the book and comment about it, please send your name and mailing address to popfiction@teenreads.com by Thursday, July 6, 2006. Note that if you are under 16, you will need to have parental consent to supply us with your mailing address.

You can click here to learn more about TOKYOPOP's new POP Fiction titles.

On June 30th the film version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA hits theaters --- be sure to wear your best designer duds to this sharp and funny film.

Stay tuned to Teenreads.com for more bookish news this summer...in fact we are going to be sending newsletters more often this summer with a goal to be sure that you are on top of all of our contests and features. After all, we know the best way to beat the heat around here is with a good book. 

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 

Special Feature: The Kiki Strike Series by Kirsten Miller

Kirsten Miller is the creator of a new series about a group of girls who protect New York's secret underground world, the Shadow City. In this interview with Teenreads.com contributing writer Chris Shanley-Dillman, Miller discusses how she first became fascinated with the idea of life under the streets and explains where the names for her band of characters came from. She also defines her own conception of "girl power" and details some of her own adventures --- both real and imagined --- in unusual locations.

-Click here to read an interview with Kirsten Miller.
-Click here to read a review of KIKI STRIKE: INSIDE THE SHADOW CITY.
-Click here to read an excerpt from KIKI STRIKE: INSIDE THE SHADOW CITY.

Click here to read our Kiki Strike series feature.


 

Special Feature: The Gatekeepers Series by Anthony Horowitz and a Special Contest

Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has created two popular series for children and young adults: Alex Rider and The Gatekeepers. He recently spoke with Teenreads.com contributing writer Stephen Hubbard about his latest release, EVIL STAR, the second Gatekeepers installment. Horowitz discusses how his predecessors in the epic fantasy genre have influenced him, the introduction of a female heroine in upcoming books, and the direction in which the series is headed. 

-Click here to read a review of EVIL STAR.
-Click here to read an excerpt from EVIL STAR.
-Click here to read an interview with Anthony Horowitz.

EVIL STAR Contest
To celebrate the publication of EVIL STAR, Scholastic will be awarding a free copy of the book to 15 lucky winners. Interested? To enter, all you have to do is answer the following trivia question: Unscramble the name of the top secret organization that is watching over Matt as he fights the Evil Ones --- HET XSUEN.

Send your answer to Contests@teenreads.com with the subject line EVIL STAR by Tuesday, August 1st. To be eligible for the prize you must be 13 years of age or older. Note that if you are under 16, you will need to have parental consent to supply us with your mailing address.

-Click here for more contest details.

Click here to read our Gatekeepers series feature.


 

Special Write-In Opportunity: Rebecca Wells, Author of YA-YAS IN BLOOM

For the second month of our feature on Rebecca Wells and YA-YAS IN BLOOM, we are giving you the opportunity to send your comments and questions to Rebecca! Write to Rebecca@Teenreads.com and tell her what you think of YA-YAS IN BLOOM, and the rest of her books in the Ya-Yas series. Ask her about her inspiration for the books and her cast of spicy, sassy Southern belles --- she wants to hear from you!

 

Click here to read more about Rebecca Wells and YA-YAS IN BLOOM.
 

Now in Stores: MAXIMUM RIDE #2: SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER by James Patterson 

MAXIMUM RIDE: SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER by James Patterson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
In this eagerly awaited follow-up to THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT, Maximum Ride and her flock fly south on a perilous quest to find their parents after having rescued Angel and recovered secret documents about their origins. But just when they think they've finally escaped the hungry claws of evil Erasers, they're discovered by an FBI agent and forced to face perhaps an even worse nightmare: going to school. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MAXIMUM RIDE: SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER.

 

Click here to read our review of MAXIMUM RIDE: SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER.
 

Author Talk: Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Author of DAIRY QUEEN

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Catherine Gilbert Murdock's debut novel, DAIRY QUEEN, tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who tries out for the high school football team and falls in love with the rival school's quarterback. In this interview, Murdock describes the dream that inspired this book and how her background in screenwriting helped to shape her story and characters. She also discusses the awkwardness and isolation of adolescence, the impact of high school sports on young people, and the effect that a cameo appearance from a famous talk show host has on the protagonist's slightly dysfunctional family.

 

Click here to read an interview with Catherine Gilbert Murdock and our review of DAIRY QUEEN.


 

TOKYOPOP's POP Fiction Advance Reader Copy Giveaway

In anticipation of the October 2006 launch of TOKYOPOP's new POP Fiction line for young adults, Teenreads.com is sponsoring a very special giveaway. Every two weeks, from June 22nd through August 3rd, we will be offering advance reader copies of a POP Fiction title to 20 interested readers who would like to read the book and share feedback on it. Once you have given your feedback on the featured advance giveaway title, you will be entered to win one of five sets of the four titles in the launch line --- MAGIC MOON, KINO NO TABI: Book One of the Beautiful World, WITCHES' FOREST: The Adventures of Duan Surk, and SCRAPPED PRINCESS: A Tale of Destiny.

Our first featured title is MAGIC MOON by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein, volume one in a series of three books. After learning that his little sister has fallen into a mysterious coma, Kim is frustrated that he can't do anything to help her. Then a strange visitor from another world pulls Kim into the realm of the Magic Moon --- where Kim struggles to unlock the secrets of the enchantment that keeps his sister locked in sleep.

If you would like to be one of the 20 readers to preview the book and comment about it, please send your name and mailing address to popfiction@teenreads.com by Thursday, July 6, 2006. Note that if you are under 16, you will need to have parental consent to supply us with your mailing address.

Click here to learn more about TOKYOPOP's new POP Fiction titles.
 

Cool New Books for June

The sensational sequel to James Patterson's MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT is one of the major highlights of June's Cool New Books roundup. Other series updates include Volume VII and a Half in The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot and the sizzling third installment in Melissa de la Cruz's Au Pairs series. Among this month's stand-alone titles: NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, a first date story from popular YA authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan; DAIRY QUEEN by debut novelist Catherine Gilbert Murdock, in which a 15-year-old girl learns an awful lot about love and life; and An Na's WAIT FOR ME, an intriguing story of a young woman caught in the threads of secrets and lies.

Click here to read our Cool New Books feature.
 

This Month's Reviews

SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS by Meg Cabot (Fiction)
Mia doesn't always have the best luck with parties, so even though it's her sweet sixteenth, she doesn't want a birthday bash. As usual, Grandmère has other ideas, and thinks a reality TV special is just the thing in order to celebrate royally. Will Mia be able to stop Grandmère's plan? Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS.

SPECIALS by Scott Westerfeld (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
In this fast-paced last book of Scott Westerfeld's trilogy, Tally has been remade into a special Special called a Cutter, dedicated to defending the city from its enemies. Now she embarks on the most urgent quest of her life: saving Zane while destroying New Smoke. Along the way she absorbs truths about humanity, civilization, and herself. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SPECIALS.

NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Fiction)
This he said/she said romance told by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night. Two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, are just trying to figure out who they want to be --- and where the next great band is playing. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

-Click here to read an excerpt from NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST.

BETWEEN MOM AND JO by Julie Anne Peters (Fiction)
Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest Moms ever. But everything changes when his birth mom and her wife Jo start to have marital problems. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

YOU, MAYBE: The Profound Asymmetry of Love in High School by Rachel Vail (Fiction)
Josie is independent, fierce, and doesn't care what anyone thinks about her, especially where guys are concerned. She may flirt with them, and even kiss them, but it doesn't mean anything. So who can explain what happens when Carson Gold, the hottest senior, decides he's interested in her? Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE FORESHADOWING by Marcus Sedgwick (Historical Fiction)
Marcus Sedgwick, whose acclaimed young adult fiction includes THE BOOK OF DEAD DAYS and FLOODLAND, returns with another evocative, haunting novel. Rich with World War I history, suffused with magic and superstition, THE FORESHADOWING is a masterful novel of historical suspense. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

TALLULAH FALLS by Christine Fletcher (Fiction)
When Tallulah Addy sets out on an impulsive cross-country trip to rescue her best friend, she doesn't anticipate getting stranded in rural Tennessee without any money. Nor does she guess that rescuing a dog will land her a job in the local veterinarian's office. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

MIDNIGHTERS #3: BLUE NOON by Scott Westerfeld (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
The secret hour, when time freezes, arrives every night at midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma. It's a dangerous time --- when five teenagers are the only humans awake and dark creatures crawl out of the shadows --- but at least the midnight hour is regular and predictable. Until suddenly, the blue time comes...in the middle of the day. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

BECOMING CHLOE by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Fiction)
In bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde's latest novel, two down-on-their luck characters are thrown together by chance. Instead of separating from each other as most people would, the two stick it out to the end, for better or for worse. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.

MY ALMOST EPIC SUMMER by Adele Griffin (Fiction)
Irene has just been fired from her mom's beauty salon and is forced to take the only other job she can find --- babysitting. She then meets Starla, a gorgeous lifeguard whose diva attitude, dangerous obsessions, male admirers and cringe-worthy blog supply Irene with enough real-life drama and romance to fill a book. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

HIT THE ROAD by Caroline B. Cooney (Fiction)
Brit has had her driver's license only 11 days when her parents drop her off to stay at her grandmother's house for two weeks while they go on vacation. Little do they know that Brit is headed for a three-state road trip with Nannie and her three best friends from college. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

BLACK DUCK by Janet Taylor Lisle (Historical Fiction)
When Ruben and Jed find a dead body on the Rhode Island shore, they're certain it has something to do with smuggling liquor. It's the 1920s, Prohibition is in full swing, and almost everyone in the shore community is involved. Suddenly, the boys find themselves caught in a war between two of the most ferocious prohibition gangs. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

TIME'S MEMORY by Julius Lester (Historical Fiction)
Amina, a young West African woman stolen from her village, is on a slave ship when she discovers she's pregnant. Amina soon realizes that this is no ordinary baby, and after arriving in America, she gives birth to Ekundayo, a young man sent by the creator god Amma to bring peace to slaves in the south. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima (Fantasy)
Sixteen-year-old Jack has lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers. One day, though, strange events begin to occur after Jack forgets to take his medicine. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

Click here to read this month's reviews.
 

Manga Reviews

The following reviews are courtesy of the graphic novel review website for teens No Flying No Tights:

ANGELIC LAYER, Battle 1 by CLAMP (Tokyopop, 2002)
A new game has taken the girls of Tokyo by storm: Angelic Layer, a virtual reality game in which human players control tiny robotic fighters in fierce battles all over the city. Twelve-year-old Misaki is determined to learn Angelic Layer's secrets and become a fighting champion with an angel of her own. But there is a lot more to this game than determination and money for accessories. Will Misaki be up to the challenge? Reviewed by Alison Kotin.

BOY PRINCESS, Volume 1 by Seyoung Kim (Netcomics, 2006)
When his sister runs away to escape an arranged marriage, young Prince Nicole is forced to take her place as bride. In a kingdom full of deadly intrigue, can Nicole maintain this charade? What happens when his fiancee discovers the truth? Reviewed by Jennifer Webb.

HINADORI GIRL, Volume 1 by Mari Matsuzawa (Dr. Master Publications, 2005)
Brother Yoshiki and sister Akira are having a tough time living together. Yoshiki is an antisocial technophile while Akira is left to handle the cooking, laundry and grocery shopping on top of attending high school. Yoshiki's idea to activate his inventor father's robot to help Akira around the house seemed like a good idea at the time... Reviewed by Jack Kotin.

LA ESPERANCA, Volume 1 by Chigusa Kawai (Digital Manga, 2005)
Georges tries hard to be the perfect student, while Robert breaks every rule. When the two boys meet at an elite boys' school, they form a friendship that will change both their lives. Reviewed by Jennifer Webb.

LA ESPERANCA, Volume 2 by Chigusa Kawai (Digital Manga, 2005)
Robert tries to protect Georges from his own trusting nature while classmate Henri tries to protect Georges from Robert. Will Georges' faith in people be destroyed? Reviewed by Jennifer Webb.

LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED, Volume 1 by Sakura Tsukuba (CMX, 2004)
In a world of people blind to everything but the present, high schooler Kanade is blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see the future. She thinks she's alone until she meets Arou, a boy who can see the past. Could he be her soul mate? Reviewed by Jennifer Webb.

MADE IN HEAVEN: KAZEMICHI by Ami Sakurai (Tokyopop, 2006)
Kazemichi's life was fated to be cut short by a horrific car accident. Kazemichi returns to consciousness with a body cobbled together from experimental artificial parts and the remnants of his mutilated frame. Once reconstructed, these parts cannot be replaced and will slowly malfunction beyond repair, leaving Kazemichi with a limited extension on life. But at what cost? Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

SEXY VOICE AND ROBO by Iou Kuroda (Viz, 2005)
Fourteen-year-old Niko Hayashi wants to become a fortune teller or a spy when she grows up. She also possesses a special talent: she has seven different voices, which she uses at her job at a phone-chat club. Reviewed by Gina Gagliano.

SORCERERS & SECRETARIES by Amy Kim Ganter (Tokyopop, 2006)
Nicole Hayes is a student and part-time secretary who likes to daydream. When she's alone with her notebook, she crafts a fantastic story and lets her imagination go. Meanwhile, her old neighbor Josh pines after Nicole's every step but just can't seem to snap her out of her daydreams and get her to notice him. Reviewed by Gina Gagliano.

TENRYU: THE DRAGON CYCLE, Volume 1 by Matoh Sanami (CMX, 2005)
Two warriors and one spunky princess discover a shared heritage: all three are members of the powerful Dragon family, with dominion over dragons and extraordinary abilities to fight and to heal. Reviewed by Jennifer Webb.

 

-Click here to read our Manga reviews.

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Christian Fiction Reviews

TERSIAS: THE ORACLE by G. P. Taylor (Historical Fiction)
G. P. Taylor, adroit storyteller that he is, seems to be gaining momentum with each new book released. In TERSIAS: THE ORACLE, his latest tale, Taylor weaves another combined web of part fantasy and part mysticism, all interlaced with reality. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

TrueColors series

BLADE SILVER: COLOR ME SCARRED by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
With summer coming up, Ruth Wallace knows she can only hide the scars on her arms for so long. Cutting herself doesn't make Ruth's problems disappear, but at least it helps her cope. She needs to find some way, any way, to heal her scars --- the ones she hides and the ones she can't --- before something terrible happens. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Laurel Shadrach series
 
TOTALLY FREE: Laurel Shadrach, #2 by Stephanie Perry Moore (Fiction)
Laurel Shadrach is in the second semester of her senior year and things seem to be falling into place. But right around the corner lurks the temptation of drugs and alcohol, and she witnesses their destruction on those around her. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

 
EQUALLY YOKED: Laurel Shadrach, #3 by Stephanie Perry Moore (Fiction)
Laurel Shadrach is off to college in Georgia. There she meets Payton Skky, one of her new suitemates. As she struggles to adjust to the pressures of college, Laurel is confronted with difficult decisions regarding friends, alcohol use, and staying pure with her boyfriend. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

Click here to read our Christian reviews.


 
Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

THE GOOD GOOD PIG by Sy Montgomery (Memoir)
Sy Montgomery, a writer usually more concerned with exotic wildlife (JOURNEY OF THE PINK DOLPHINS), has gifted those of us who did not know Christopher Hogwood with the amusing, remarkable, poignant and revelatory biography of a pig who started life small and influenced the world around him in a big way. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE GOOD GOOD PIG.

THE MAN OF MY DREAMS by Curtis Sittenfeld (Fiction)
In her acclaimed debut novel, PREP, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in THE MAN OF MY DREAMS, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE MAN OF MY DREAMS.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen (Fiction)
Sara Gruen weaves an evocative and compelling tale of the frenzied, lawless and cruelly beautiful world of the Depression-era traveling circus. From the striking first scene to the unexpected ending, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will have readers mesmerized. Reviewed by Jennifer Krieger.

WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons by Tim Russert (Biography/Memoir)
After the publication of Tim Russert's number one New York Times bestseller about his father, BIG RUSS & ME, he received an avalanche of letters from daughters and sons who wanted to tell him about their own fathers. The result of this huge outpouring is WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS, which examines and explains fatherhood from every possible aspect. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

AMERICA'S BOY by Wade Rouse (Memoir)
Born in 1965 into a small town in the heartland of America, Wade Rouse doesn't quite fit in. As a teenager, he finds comfort with his family until a tragic accident takes his brother's life and, afraid of losing the love of the remaining family, swears that he will never allow them to mourn the loss of their only remaining son. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE BIG BAM: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville (Biography)
Leigh Montville, whose recent New York Times bestselling biography of Ted Williams garnered glowing reviews and offered an exceptionally intimate look at Williams's life, brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

Click here to read more about the Bookreporter.com titles that are perfect for teens.


 
Poll: Summer Reading

Do you have a summer reading list for school?

Yes
No

When will you read your summer reading books?

As soon as possible to get them over with.
Over the entire summer.
Just before school starts.
I do not know what I am going to do.
I do not have a summer reading list.

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Question of the Month: Your Summer Reading Pick

What book would you most like to see on a summer reading list?

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Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win A Book!

This contest period, one lucky teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of MAXIMUM RIDE #2: SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER by James Patterson. (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.
 

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