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March 2007

Teenreads.com Newsletter March 2007
This Month on Teenreads.com

Celebrating a Bookish Spring

Special Feature and Contest: THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH: Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book, by Cylin Busby

Book Giveaway: PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle

Book Giveaway: LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: THE EDIFICATION OF SONYA CRANE

Now in Stores: NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Cool New Books for March

March's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

Manga Reviews

Christian Fiction Reviews

Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

Poetic Poll

Question of the Month: Poetry Favorites

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

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Celebrating a Bookish Spring

Spring has arrived, and here at Teenreads.com we are celebrating with contests, features, reviews and previews of all the best books spring has to offer. Like scoring free books? We have three (THREE!!) new contests posted on Teenreads.com --- book giveaways for PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle, and LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix --- and an exclusive interactive contest for THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH, the first book in the new series Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book by Cylin Busby. Details for how to enter all three are below.

We also have details for the newest addition to the Kimani TRU series --- THE EDIFICATION OF SONYA CRANE by JDGuilford and our roundups of New in Paperback and Cool New Books for March. In addition to our regular reviews, Manga reviews, Christian Fiction reviews and reviews of Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens, we’re spotlighting NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard. We also have an interview with Margo Rabb, the author of CURES FOR HEARTBREAK.

April is National Poetry Month, so we are gearing up our rhymes and inner muses in preparation. We’ve already gotten a number of entries for the Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Contest, but we want more! It's
open to all high school students across the country. Each 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 June 1, 2007, and you can click here for all the details.

On that poetic note, our poll and question are all about you and poetry. Do you read or write it? Who are your fave poets or poems? Be sure to weigh in.
 

Finally, our Word of Mouth prize is TWISTED --- the incredible new book from Laurie Halse Anderson. Click here to tell us what you’re reading and enter to win.

So wait…that makes it FOUR contests now, doesn’t it? Perhaps we’re just feeling a bit of spring fever here at Teenreads.com, craving spring break and wishing you all well on your exams, papers and, for some of you, college admissions letters (eek!). So we figure it’s the least we can do.

Log on, click and enter to win, head to your nearest bookstore and join us in celebrating spring!


Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

Click here to read more about the Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Contest.
 

Special Feature and Contest: THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH: Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book, by Cylin Busby

Teenreads.com is celebrating the release of THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH, the first book in the new series Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book by Cylin Busby, with an exclusive contest that allows YOU to decide whether you’d rather date him or dump him --- and win one of 10 copies of the book.

Here’s how it works: To enter to win, click here to read the first chapter of THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH. From there you will be presented with two different scenarios as to how you’d like the story to develop. Choose one and read to the end. You’ll then have another decision to make, which we want to know about. Tell us where you decided to take the story by submitting your choice to YouSaid@Teenreads.com by Tuesday, April 24th. Be sure to include your name and mailing address! We will randomly select 10 winners on Wednesday, April 25th.

THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH: Date Him or Dump Him?
A Choose Your Boyfriend Book by Cylin Busby (Fiction)
This summer, you’re finally a junior counselor at Camp Butterfield! Do you pair up with your crush for lifeguard training, or flirt with another counselor on a white-water rafting trip? You decide! And once you answer that question, see where your relationship goes. Then go back and pick a different ending and you'll see a whole new storyline.

-Click here to read the first excerpt from THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH.
-Click here to read more about THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH and the Date Him or Dump Him? series.

Click here for contest details.
 

Book Giveaway: PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle

To celebrate the April 10th release of PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle, Teenreads.com has teamed up with HarperTeen to offer readers the chance to win one of 25 copies of the book. To enter to win, send your name and mailing address to Contest2@Teenreads.com by Tuesday, April 24th.

Please note the slightly different email address, as we have three contests running simultaneously on Teenreads.com.

PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle (Fiction)
In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle take bad prom nights to a whole new level --- a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper --- and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look. From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

-Click here to read more about PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL and its authors.

Click here for all the contest details.
 

Book Giveaway: LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix

To celebrate the release of LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix, which is in stores now, Teenreads.com has teamed up with Scholastic Press to offer five readers the chance to win a copy of the book. To enter, simply send your name and mailing address to Contests@Teenreads.com by Tuesday, April 24th.

LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize --- before he's beaten to it!

-Click here to read our review of LADY FRIDAY.
-Read reviews of MISTER MONDAY, GRIM TUESDAY, DROWNED WEDNESDAY and SIR THURSDAY on Kidsreads.com.
-Click here for more about Garth Nix.

Click here for all the contest details.
 

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: THE EDIFICATION OF SONYA CRANE

THE EDIFICATION OF SONYA CRANE by JDGuilford
When Sonya Crane transferred to predominantly black Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School (PLD) in Atlanta, she hadn’t planned on passing as biracial.
But being one of only a few white students in the school, she finds that hiding her identity makes it easier for her to fit in and gives her the kind of recognition and clique of friends she never had before. That is, until someone threatens to reveal her secret.

For Tandy Herman, the most popular girl at PLD, fitting in was never a problem. She hides her good grades, rock-music tastes and upper middle-class black status by maintaining a ghetto girl façade. But when Sonya finds out, she threatens to reveal Tandy’s secret even though it may expose her own.

-Click here to read more about THE EDIFICATION OF SONYA CRANE.

THE EDIFICATION OF SONYA CRANE is available in 3 formats: Book, Digital Audio and eBook.

Click here to read more about Kimani TRU.


 

Now in Stores: NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard

NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Fiction)
Hope has a life that most girls would die for: she's beautiful, talented and on the track to stardom. So what could possibly cause the girl with everything to fake her own abduction? When you think you've figured out the answer, think again! Hope will keep you guessing to the very end. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

-Click here to read a review of NOW YOU SEE HER.

-Click here to read an excerpt from NOW YOU SEE HER.

Visit HarperTeen.com and enter to win a copy of NOW YOU SEE HER and an iPod!


 

Cool New Books for March

March's roundup of Cool New Books includes TWISTED, in which the acclaimed Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a very controversial subject --- what it means to be a man today --- as an insecure high school senior tries to find his way in the world; ANGELS ON SUNSET BOULEVARD by Melissa de la Cruz, a fast-paced story concerning a social networking website that started out innocently enough but has slowly turned into something much darker; LEMONADE MOUTH, Mark Peter Hughes's rollicking account of how five high school freshmen who meet in detention come together to create a powerhouse rock-and-roll band; and IT'S NOT EASY BEING MEAN: A Clique Novel, the seventh installment in Lisi Harrison's bestselling series about Westchester County's most exclusive private-school girls.
 

 

Click here to read our Cool New Books feature.


 

March's New in Paperback Roundup

ELDEST, the second book in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance trilogy, is now available in paperback! Join Eragon as he travels to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. March's roundup of New in Paperback titles also includes ARE WE THERE YET? by David Levithan, the story of two brothers whose relationship is put to the test while on a tour of Italy; DOUBLE IDENTITY, a thrilling science fiction read from Margaret Peterson Haddix in which a 12-year-old girl learns truths about herself and realizes just how much of her life is a mystery; and R. A. Nelson's TEACH ME, an intriguing debut novel that explores the forbidden relationship between a high school student and her teacher.

 

Click here to read our New in Paperback roundup.


 

This Month's Reviews

TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)
As someone who spends his days unnoticed, Tyler Miller finds himself with more attention than he wanted after he vandalizes school property and, to pay for his crime, takes a summer job doing landscaping. The unforeseen side effect is that he returns the next school year with a brand new physique that attracts the attention of Bethany Milbury. This sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family and in the world. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

-Click here to read an excerpt from TWISTED.

ANGELS ON SUNSET BOULEVARD by Melissa de la Cruz (Thriller/Romance/Fantasy)
From the author of the Au Pairs and Blue Bloods series comes a new novel that is part thriller, part romance and part fantasy. Welcome to the world of TAP.com, a website that seems to resemble MySpace, though there is something very dark about TAP and its activities. Teens are beginning to disappear after TAP parties and concerts. And what exactly is in the TAP drink everyone loves? Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read an excerpt from ANGELS ON SUNSET BOULEVARD.

CURES FOR HEARTBREAK by Margo Rabb (Fiction)
"If she dies, I'll die," are the words that 15-year-old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Nine days later, Mia's mother passes away, and Mia, her older sister and her father must find a way to cope with such a sudden, unfathomable loss. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

-Click here to read our interview with Margo Rabb.
-Click here to read an excerpt from CURES FOR HEARTBREAK.

LADY FRIDAY: Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Amidst all his troubles, he must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize --- before he's beaten to it! Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle

HARMLESS by Dana Reinhardt (Fiction)
Anna, Emma and Mariah make up a story about why they're late getting home one night. Suddenly the police are involved, and the town demands that someone be punished. When an innocent man is sent to jail, the truth must come out. Are the girls ready to face the consequences? Reviewed by Belinda Williams.

CRACKER!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (Historical Fiction)
War dogs used in Vietnam were unsung heroes. Faced with intense training combined with dreadful working conditions and constant danger, they had few rewards and were often left behind to survive on their own. This powerful book tells the story of Cracker, an intelligent war dog, and her young handler, whose bond determined their fate as well as thousands of other soldiers. Reviewed by Patsy Side.

THE MINER'S DAUGHTER by Gretchen Moran Laskas (Historical Fiction)
Willa Lowell is a 16-year-old girl living the harsh realities of a Depression-era mining camp. When the mines shut down and her father and brother must look for work elsewhere, Willa is left behind to care for a sickly mother and three younger siblings. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Gothic Fantasy)
Austin, Texas has never been so hellish. In a world where vampires, werewolves and other shape-shifters live among humans, 17-year-old Quincie Morris helps her family open a vampire-themed restaurant. When the head chef is suddenly murdered, Quincie fears her boyfriend is the prime suspect. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

CRAZY IN LOVE by Dandi Daley Mackall (Romance)
High school senior Mary Jane Ettermeyer has been struggling to be the good girl for a long time, and so far she's been able to keep her pledge of abstinence. But when the cutest guy in school starts flirting with her, she suddenly finds herself crazy in love. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

GLINT by Ann Coburn (Psychological Thriller/Fantasy)
Ellie and her little brother Danny spend their lonely days making up stories about a young girl in a world of dragons and shape-shifters. When Danny disappears five years later, Ellie knows she is the only one who can find him. At the same time, in the world Danny and Ellie imagined, a young girl named Argent sets off on a quest to reclaim a stolen dragon hatchling. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

NOTES ON A NEAR-LIFE EXPERIENCE by Olivia Birdsall (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Mia has had friends from single-parent homes her entire life. So why is it such a big deal when her dad moves out? As her family life crumbles, her love life is finally coming together. But soon the bad begins to overshadow the good, and her family has to find a way to work through their problems before things spiral too far out of control. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

Click here to read our reviews and features.
 

Manga Reviews

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

BLACK CAT, Volumes 1 and 2 by Kentaro Yabuki (VIZ Media)
Train Heartnet is a cocky, handsome young man who travels with the mysterious Sven. Together they are sweepers, or bounty hunters. When the beautiful thief Rinslet Walker asks them for their help, the two are caught up in a conspiracy to create supersoldiers. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

BLANK, Volume 1 by Pop Mhan (TOKYOPOP)
Amnesiac teenage spy Blank has broken out of a government psychiatric institute to find Aki Clark, a high school athlete whose life has been pretty normal up until now. Although he drives her crazy with his creepy stalking and strange antics, Blank's superspy talents come in handy when Aki runs afoul of a group of international terrorists bent on controlling the world. Reviewed by Alison Kotin.

MUGEN SPIRAL, Volume 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi (TOKYOPOP)
Yayoi is a powerful mystic. Ura, one of the leading contenders jockeying for the position of King of the Underworld, arrives to claim her power for himself. Too bad Yayoi promptly turns him into a tiny, adorable black kitty cat. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY, Volumes 1 and 2 by Toru Fujieda (CMX)
Aspiring actress Mayu and her manager Kanoko are sisters who share butterfly birthmarks on their thumbs. Popular boy Tsubame claims that Kanoko's birthmark means he and she were lovers in a past life. But can it possibly be true? Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

PROJECT X: NISSIN CUP NOODLE by Tadashi Katoh (Digital Manga Publishing)
Freeze drying! Styrofoam containers! Entrepreneurship and teamwork! PROJECT X: NISSIN CUP NOODLE is a thrilling ride through the history of what might be one of the world's most under-appreciated foods. Reviewed by Alison Kotin.

ROSE HIP ZERO, Volume 1 by Tohru Fujisawa (TOKYOPOP)
Police officer Kyoji Kido has to take on a new partner whether he likes it or not. And he doesn't. So what is he going to do when he finds out he's been teamed up with a teenage schoolgirl? Reviewed by Eva Volin.

TRAIN + TRAIN, Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kurata (Go!Comi)
Reiichi always thought he'd end up just where he'd planned. When he literally collides with Arena, though, his world is turned on its head. The thing is, once he catches his breath, Reiichi doesn't really mind...much. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

Click here to read all our Manga reviews.
 

Christian Fiction Reviews

Christy Miller

YOURS FOREVER - Christy Miller: Volume One, Book Three by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Christy can't wait to finally see Todd again. She plans to spend every moment of her Christmas break in Newport Beach making up for the long months they have spent apart. However, in YOURS FOREVER, the third book in Robin Jones Gunn's Christy Miller series, she finds all of her carefully-laid plans falling to pieces. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

SURPRISE ENDINGS - Christy Miller: Volume Two, Book One by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Christy is determined that things are going to go her way this spring. But her dreams turn to bitter disappointment when her parents tell her she won't be allowed to attend the prom. And all her hard work for a spot on the cheerleading squad can't erase the fact that one of the cheerleaders makes it clear that Christy isn't welcome. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.



Becoming Beka

THE REVEAL: Becoming Beka #4 by Sarah Anne Sumpolec (Fiction)
After a summer filled with work and guitar lessons, Beka spends 10 days in Haiti before beginning her senior year. Surprises await Beka as she faces Gretchen following her two-month stay in detention. And then there's Mark, who worms his way back into Beka's affections despite her father's refusal to let them officially date. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

THE ENCORE: Becoming Beka #5 by Sarah Anne Sumpolec (Fiction)
In this final book of Sarah Anne Sumpolec's series, Beka returns for the last semester of her senior year and quickly finds herself in trouble --- in both her academic and personal life. Soon she is overwhelmed with decisions, including the option to sign a record contract and move
Click here to read all our Christian Fiction reviews.
 

Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)
Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens --- until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from NINETEEN MINUTES.

SHOPAHOLIC & BABY by Sophie Kinsella (Fiction)
Shopaholic goddess Becky Brandon has a new excuse to shop --- she is pregnant and thus making the rounds for designer maternity clothes and things to make her baby's life a luxurious one for sure. SHOPAHOLIC & BABY is a designer pregnancy manual for a new generation of moms-to-be. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SHOPAHOLIC & BABY.

FINN by Jon Clinch (Fiction)
One hundred and twenty years ago, Mark Twain left Huckleberry Finn's father dead in a room crowded with oddities, including a wooden leg, women's underclothing and two black cloth masks. Now, in a remarkable new novel, Jon Clinch tells the story of how the brutal and explosive Finn met his end in a room jammed with the telltale artifacts of his strange and mysterious life. Reviewed by Colleen Quinn.

BRODEUR: BEYOND THE CREASE by Martin Brodeur and Damien Cox (Autobiography)
In association with award-winning sports journalist Damien Cox, Martin Brodeur --- goaltender for the New Jersey Devils since 1992 --- takes a candid, personal look at his career, the business of hockey, the evolution of the sport, and his journey to the apex of the modern game. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

SEARCHING FOR BOBBY ORR by Stephen Brunt (Biography)
Even those who aren't familiar with the game of hockey know the mystique and tradition surrounding Bobby Orr. Now, a top Canadian sportswriter gives us a compelling and graceful look at the life and times of Boston's legendary defenseman that is also a revealing portrait of the game and a country in transition. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

Click here to read our reviews of recent Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens.
 

Poetic Poll

Do you enjoy reading poetry in your free time?

-Yes
-No, poetry does not interest me
-No, but I would like to start
-I'm not sure

Do you enjoy writing poetry?
 
-Yes
-No
-I'm not sure

Does your school do anything special for National Poetry Month in April?

-Yes
-No
-I'm not sure
Click here to answer our poll.
 

Question of the Month: Poetry Favorites

April is National Poetry Month, which inspires our latest question. Do you have a favorite poem or poet? If so, tell us what they mean to you.

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 TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson. (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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