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December 2006 Newsletter December 2006
This Month on in the Holiday Spirit

Don't Miss Out!!! One More Day to Enter Our Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest on

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Teens

Books Into Movies: Eragon

CATHY'S BOOK iPod Nano Contest!

The Best Books of the Year for Teens

The Interviews of 2006

Now in Stores: TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND by Tamora Pierce

Now in Stores: LARKLIGHT by Philip Reeve

Enter the Sisterhood and the City Contest and Win a Trip to New York City to Meet Ann Brashares

HarperTeen FanLit Presents --- A Storytelling Event For Teens By Teens Reviews

Poll: Books As Gifts

Question of the Month: Suggestions For Younger Readers

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

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The temperature may not be falling, but the excitement DEFINITELY is rising --- and here at we are totally immersed in holiday spirit. Making a list and checking it twice:

Contests --- We got 'em...(Hurry and enter the Holiday Basket of Cheer one NOW as it closes tomorrow!)

Gift Guides --- Check.

2006 Best of Roundups --- Done and done.

And if that's not enough we also have new featured titles and all the details about a certain highly-anticipated, fire-breathing movie star.....

How amazing does Eragon, the film version of the bestselling Christopher Paolini Inheritance trilogy, look? It looks so amazing that Random House has published two very "you can't miss them" tie-in books. Eragon swoops and soars into theaters on December 15th, and all the details of the movie and the books are featured below.

Still searching for the perfect gifts for your bookish-loving friends? Wondering what books to add to YOUR list? Check out our What to Give/What to Get Guide exclusively for teens --- it has great ideas for books you'll want to give and look forward to unwrapping. For more great reading and gift ideas, check out our Best Books and Author Interviews of 2006 roundups, which feature all the books and authors we just loved this year. And our Poll and Question this month ask about books as gifts for younger readers as well as for you --- be sure to weigh in!

Another way to reward yourself for all the hard work you did in 2006 is by entering our two contests. Our Basket of Holiday Cheer Contest offers you the chance to win 10, count 'em 10, books along with a basket filled with goodies like a kit to make a gingerbread house and Ghirardelli Rich Dark Hot Chocolate mix. But don't wait another minute, because the contest ENDS on Thursday, December 14th, so enter now and don't miss your chance to win!

We also launched another CATHY'S BOOK Contest where you can win a 4GB 2nd Generation iPod Nano in the color of your choice! Entering is fun too because you get to watch an ultra-cool CATHY'S BOOK video, which you can pass on to your friends as an e-card.

Along with our contests, we're spotlighting two amazing opportunities that two publishers, Random House and HarperCollins, are offering teens. Be sure to check out the Sisterhood and the City Contest --- where one grand-prize winner will win a trip to New York City to meet Ann Brashares. And check out the HarperTeen FanLit site where you can join thousands of fans, bestselling authors and top editors online as they collaboratively create a new HarperTeen Short Story for your chance to win some truly incredible prizes.

We're not running Manga, Christian Fiction or titles perfect for teens this month, but we are featuring reviews of some pretty wonderful new books, including TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND - Beka Cooper #1 by Tamora Pierce (our featured Word of Mouth book this month) and LARKLIGHT by Philip Reeve with illustrations by David Wyatt.

From all of us here at --- have a wonderful holiday, enjoy the break from school, the gifts, good food, friends and family. We already know what OUR New Year's Resolution will be --- read more books!!!

Carol Fitzgerald (

Click here to see our Ultimate Reading List.


Don't Miss Out!!! One More Day to Enter Our Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest on

To celebrate the holidays here at, we're kicking off our FIRST EVER Basket of Holiday Reading and Fun Contest. From November 16th through December 14th, you can enter to win a "Basket of Holiday Reading and Fun." Five winners each will receive a basket that includes 10 books --- THE BIG SHUFFLE by Laura Pedersen, BLUE CHRISTMAS by Mary Kay Andrews, ELDEST LIMITED EDITION by Christopher Paolini, ENDYMION SPRING by Matthew Skelton, GLAMOUR'S BIG BOOK OF DOS & DON'TS by Cindi Leive and The Editors of Glamour, GRACE'S TURN by Christy Carlson Romano, HATTIE BIG SKY by Kirby Larson, HOW TO BE POPULAR by Meg Cabot, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard, and THE SECRETS OF PEACHES by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

Along with the books, winners will find their basket stocked with the coolest holiday goodies --- a kit to make a gingerbread house, Ghirardelli Rich Dark Hot Chocolate mix, gourmet vanilla marshmallows, sweet-smelling cinnamon sticks, delicious Chewy Peps peppermint candies, adorable winter-themed cookies, a snowman-themed wooden tray and soft comfy fluffy socks (colors on this may vary from what is pictured).

To enter to win, read an excerpt from each of the featured titles and write us at to tell us which one(s) you would most like to read and why. Be sure to include your name and mailing address with your contest entry.

Click here for all the contest details.

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Teens

We've created a special What to Give/What to Get Guide with you in mind --- it's just for teens! We have books that we know you'll love to unwrap this season, so check it out. We're sure you'll end up spotting a title or two that you can add to YOUR holiday list.

Click here to read our What to Give/What to Get Guide for teens.


Books Into Movies: Eragon

Just in time for the holiday break, the long-awaited film adaptation of ERAGON by Christopher Paolini swoops into theaters --- promising to deliver thrills and chills, and take our breaths away. With a star-studded cast and jaw-dropping special effects, this major motion picture very well may do justice to the first installment of the beloved and bestselling Inheritance trilogy.

In anticipation of the film's release, Random House has published two very cool, can't-miss books:

MYTHIC VISION: The Making of the Movie Eragon by Mark Cotta Vaz
Readers of MYTHIC VISION will have a close-up look at never-before-seen stills from the movie and behind-the-scenes photos; intricate storyboards, set designs and costume sketches; thrilling anecdotes from the cast and crew; and the dazzling effects and digital wizardry that made Eragon possible on the big screen.

ERAGON: MOVIE TIE-IN by Christopher Paolini
This deluxe edition of ERAGON includes an excerpt from ELDEST, the second volume in the Inheritance trilogy; an exclusive foldout map of Alagaësia; never-before-seen art by the author depicting Zar'roc, Eragon's sword; and an expanded pronunciation guide to the Ancient and Dwarf languages.




Click here for more details about the film.

CATHY'S BOOK iPod Nano Contest!

After the incredible success of our CATHY'S BOOK Comments and Clues Contest and the RAZR Giveaway, we just couldn't resist running ANOTHER contest! Now we're giving you the chance to win a 4GB 2nd Generation iPod Nano in the color of your choice (pink, silver, green, or blue). To enter, simply watch this ultra-cool CATHY'S BOOK trailer, answer this question --- What is the name of the police officer who Cathy is speaking to? --- and send your name and mailing address to

-Click here to read a review of CATHY'S BOOK.
-Click here to watch the trailer.

Click here for all the contest details.


The Best Books of the Year for Teens

As 2006 comes to a close, we at have compiled some of our favorite books of the year for teens. Along with THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne and THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak --- two stunning and gripping novels set against the backdrop of the Holocaust during World War II --- we spotlight SOLD by Patricia McCormick,  a searing portrait of a young girl forced into prostitution, and CATHY'S BOOK, a unique story that is unlike anything you've ever read. Other highlights include SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER, the second installment in James Patterson's Maximum Ride series; NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer, the sequel to her bestseller TWILIGHT; and SMALL STEPS, the long-awaited follow-up to Louis Sachar's 1998 blockbuster HOLES.


Click here to read our Best Books of the Year roundup.


The Interviews of 2006

As we approach the end of the year, we invite you to take a look at the author interviews that were featured in 2006 on This is a great way to catch up on the discussions you may have missed --- and to re-read what some of your favorite authors had to say about their books.


Click here to read our 2006 interviews on


Now in Stores: TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND by Tamora Pierce

TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND - Beka Cooper #1 by Tamora Pierce (Fantasy)
Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. In TERRIER, Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Reviewed by Joy Held.

-Click here to read an excerpt from TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND.

Click here to read a review of TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND.

Now in Stores: LARKLIGHT by Philip Reeve

LARKLIGHT by Philip Reeve, illustrations by David Wyatt (Fiction)

A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Furthest Reaches of Space
by Mr. Philip Reeve, author of MORTAL ENGINES

"The glory of Empire meets Star Trek in this space fantasy-picaresque..."

-Kirkus Reviews

Click here to read more about LARKLIGHT.

Enter the Sisterhood and the City Contest and Win a Trip to New York City to Meet Ann Brashares

Pack Your Pants --- Take Manhattan!

Enter the Sisterhood and the City Contest! One grand-prize winner will win a trip to New York City to meet Ann Brashares.

The Sisterhood has undergone countless changes since the fateful day when the girls first found the Pants. Now, in FOREVER IN BLUE, the girls have finished their freshman year in college and are ready for a summer that will change them forever. One thing remains the same: no matter what happens, Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby will always have each other to lean on.

How will your group of friends remain close even as everyone faces her own experiences? In 250 words or less, tell Random House and you and your friends could start packing your pants!

Click here to read all the contest details.

HarperTeen FanLit Presents --- A Storytelling Event For Teens By Teens

Join thousands of fans, bestselling authors, and top editors online as they collaboratively create a new HarperTeen Short Story!

-Write or just read and vote to win.
-Join the discussion and post your writing for feedback from members.
-One of the chapter #1 writers will have his or her submission produced into a live-action or animated "webisode" by Fox Television Studios!
-Grand prizes include a $5,000 Educational Scholarship, courses and books from The Princeton Review, and a trip to NYC!
Click here to read all the details. Reviews

MIRACLE ON 49th STREET by Mike Lupica (Fiction)
When Molly Parker has the opportunity to meet Josh Cameron, the good-guy MVP of the Boston Celtics, she decides to reveal the secret that her mother had kept hidden before her untimely death --- that Josh is Molly's biological father --- and is given a surprise of her own. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle

-Click here to read an excerpt from MIRACLE ON 49th STREET.

STREET LOVE by Walter Dean Myers (Fiction/Narrative Poetry)
A fluid mixture of poetry and prose, this sweeping book --- a bittersweet, tell-it-like-it-is love story --- is filled with such gorgeous imagery, street-talk language and soul-stirring rhythm that just one read-through will surely take readers' breath away. Reviewed by Alexis Burling and excerpted.

-Click here to read an excerpt from STREET LOVE.

SLAWTER: The Demonata, Book 3 by Darren Shan (Horror/Supernatural)
Grubbs Grady and his half-brother Bill-E are thrilled to join their uncle Dervish as onset consultants for a new movie shot in a deserted town renamed Slawter. But as strange incidents disrupt the set, Grubbs begins to wonder whether more than filming is taking place. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

THE BLACK TATTOO by San Enthoven (Fantasy/Horror)
Charlie and Jack embark on a mission to Hell to save the world from the evil Scourge in Sam Enthoven's action-packed debut novel. Whether you love horror, adventure, magic or humor, you'll find much to appease yourself in THE BLACK TATTOO. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

HATTIE BIG SKY by Kirby Larson (Historical Fiction)
A heroic 16-year-old braves frontier life, prejudice against her friends, bullies and more as she forges a future for herself by homesteading in Montana in 1917. HATTIE BIG SKY is based on an ancestor of author Kirby Larson, who researched the time and story to bring to life this dramatic tale that will touch every emotion. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE BRAID by Helen Frost (Fiction/Narrative Poetry)
In this stunning story of teenage Scottish sisters who must separate, each girl carries a braid woven of their hair to symbolize that although they may be apart, they are always together. Amazingly, the book itself is also built of interwoven "braids" of narrative poetry. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE WISH HOUSE by Celia Rees (Fiction)
Bestselling author Celia Rees (who has penned such novels as WITCH CHILD and SORCERESS) heads in an unexpected new direction with THE WISH HOUSE, an exploration of a young man's coming of age during one pivotal, unforgettable summer. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

HATERS by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (Fiction)
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's first teen novel is charming, dishy chick lit with a side of supernatural. It's a look at how difficult life can be for those not at the top of the popularity food chain. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

LUSH by Natasha Friend (Fiction)
It's not easy being a 13-year-old girl. But it's even harder when your father is a drunk. For Samantha, this has been going on for so long that she's almost used to it. But, truthfully, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

Just when Morgan Carter was falling in love with the simple life she'd built in Fort Wayne, Indiana, her true identity as an infamous Hollywood starlet was exposed. Now Morgan has a choice to make: return to her glamorous movie star existence --- or stick with the wholesome life, and the new love, she has found in the Midwest. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

LUDIE'S LIFE by Cynthia Rylant (Fiction/Narrative Poetry)
Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems. In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birth of her own children, and on into old age. Reviewed by Joy Held.

HOMEFREE by Nina Wright (Fiction)
Easter Hutton is having a bad day, again. Her self-centered mom has moved them, again. And Easter is stuck in another unfamiliar high school surrounded by strangers, again. But Easter seems to have discovered an unusual talent --- she can actually astral-project herself right out of her own body! Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

DREAM SPINNER by Bonnie Dobkin (Fantasy/Horror)
When Jori stumbles upon a strange house inhabited by the eccentric Professor DePris, she is shown a beautiful tapestry and enters a dream world that quickly turns into a terrifying nightmare. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

HOW IT'S DONE by Christine Kole MacLean (Fiction)
This is the story of Grace, an 18-year-old who must break free of her parents in order to find her own way in life. She has held on to their convictions for so long that she doesn't know what she believes in. Her road to adulthood is filled with difficult choices and life-altering decisions. Reviewed by Renee Kirchner.

Click here to read our reviews and features.

Poll: Books As Gifts

Are you asking for books this holiday season?

Not sure

Click here to answer our Poll.

Question of the Month: Suggestions For Younger Readers

Name up to five books you enjoyed as a kid that you'd want to share with a younger child.


Click here to answer our Question.

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 TERRIER: A TORTALL LEGEND: Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce. (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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