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October 2007

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

Rushing Through October

New This Month --- Book Giveaway: ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT by Jordan Sonnenblick

Special Feature: MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin

Book Giveaway: IDOL GIRLS: What's Your Obsession? by Hayley DiMarco

Now in Stores: IT HAD TO BE YOU: The Gossip Girl Prequel, by Cecily von Ziegesar

Now in Stores: SAVING ZOE by Alyson Noel

Now in Stores: PLAYING WITH FIRE: The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, Book Three by Melody Carlson

Author Talk: Scott Westerfeld, Author of EXTRAS

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: PUSHING PAUSE by Celeste O. Norfleet

Random House Celebrates the Release of WYVERNHAIL by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes with a Special Contest

Cool New Books for October

October's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews --- Including Manga, Christian Fiction and Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

Poll and Question of the Month: Audiobooks

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

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Rushing Through October

Whew! If the past few weeks' weather gave me any illusions about the hazy lazy days of summer sticking around, they’re gone now. It FINALLY got cold, my two sons are buried in homework, my older son is stressing his college applications, our pool finally has been closed up for the season (gee, I really wanted to swim on Halloween this year) and the leaves are starting to drop. Time really flies, especially with so many things begging for our attention. Luckily for me, lots of those things are book-related.

Last Monday, I had the chance to see many of the authors of CLICK --- and Amnesty International representative and actor Colin Farrell --- speak about what it was like to work on a collaborative book. Each of the 10 authors wrote one chapter that reveals a different facet of the mysterious photographer George Keane and his family. The proceeds from the sale of CLICK will benefit Amnesty International, an organization that fights for human rights all over the world. One thing that was very clear from hearing the authors speak is that collaborating on a book has tons of unique challenges and rewards. I got to see them discuss this in person, but you can read an interview where the authors tackle this topic. Sorry, Colin Farrell was in-person only, but you can see a picture of him with the authors above.

This month we also have an interview with Scott Westerfeld, author of the popular Uglies trilogy. Westerfeld talks about his newest title, EXTRAS, which takes place a few years after the final Uglies book. Find out how much Facebook influenced the book, what future technology almost beats a hoverboard and lots more.

Interested in free books? Well, you're in luck! Teenreads.com is giving away five copies of ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT by Jordan Sonnenblick, 50 copies of IDOL GIRLS by Hayley DiMarco and one copy of IT HAD TO BE YOU: The Gossip Girl Prequel by Cecily von Ziegesar in our Word of Mouth feature. Find more details about these contests below.

Love movies based on books? Then be sure to catch the film adaptation of Susan Cooper’s classic The Dark is Rising sequence. It has epic fantasy, good versus evil and special effects. Popcorn anyone? You can read more about The Seeker: The Dark is Rising in our Books into Movies feature here.

When you finally make the time to slow down and open a book, we have a few suggestions: IT HAD TO BE YOU: The Gossip Girl Prequel by Cecily von Ziegesar gives readers a look at our favorite queens of the Upper East Side before they ruled the school; SAVING ZOE by Alyson Noel follows the story of Echo, whose sister Zoe was murdered, as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her death (I read this one while I was floating on a chair in the pool this summer, and I could not stop turning the pages); WYVERNHAIL by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes concludes the five-book Kiesha’ra series; MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin is about a girl whose accident causes her to have amnesia --- and she discovers she doesn’t like the person she used to be; and PLAYING WITH FIRE by Melody Carlson is a spooky thriller about a girl trying to keep her brother out of trouble. We have lots more reviews, in addition to our Cool New Books and New in Paperback features.

Okay bookaholics, picture this. You are walking down the street, on your busy way to school, and you see someone who looks like the incarnation of a Gossip Girl character --- the riding boots, the skinny jeans that miraculously look halfway decent, the cute cropped jacket, the Nicole Ritchie sunglasses, the iPod --- and you assume she’s listening to Kanye or Feist or some band that’s so cool only 50 people even know they exist (yet). What if she was listening to an audiobook? Surprised? Do you or anyone you know listen to audiobooks? With the huge success of mp3 players, I'd love to know if you get your “reading” done while you walk, eat, drive, or sit in class (ahem). Take our poll and answer our question of the month to let us know! 

Are you ready for Halloween? I am dressing up as a witch to walk around the neighborhood with one of my best friends. My younger son is getting his wish: he is going to be a ghost. I bought him a white sheet this weekend since we did not have any in the house! He is wildly excited about this. My older son is on the fence about whether to accompany us or hand out the candy. I think he needs to see what kind of loot I buy to give away!

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

New This Month --- Book Giveaway: ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT by Jordan Sonnenblick

To celebrate the release of ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT by Jordan Sonnenblick, in which an eighth grader who changes towns and schools with annoying frequency devises a plan to be completely different from his peers, Teenreads.com is offering five readers the chance to win a copy of the book. To enter, please fill out this form by Wednesday, December 19th.

ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT by Jordan Sonnenblick (Fiction)
When eighth-grader San Lee moves to a new town and a new school for the umpteenth time, he doesn't try to make new friends or be a loner or play cool. Instead he sits back and devises a plan to be totally different. When he accidentally answers too many questions in World History on Zen (only because he just had Ancient Religions two schools ago) all heads turn and San has his answer: he's a Zen Master. And just when he thinks everyone (including the cute girl he can't stop thinking about) is on to him, everyone believes him...in a major Zen way. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read a review of ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT.

 
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Special Feature: MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is the author of the critically-acclaimed teen novel ELSEWHERE, as well as a book geared toward adult readers, MARGARETTOWN. Her latest work of fiction, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC, explores themes of self-discovery and second chances through the story of a young girl who loses her memory in an accident and must find a way to regain her bearings. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Norah Piehl, Zevin discusses the literary inspiration behind her book's protagonist, Naomi, describes the difficulties she encountered while creating this complex and flawed character, and even assembles a hypothetical iPod playlist in honor of Naomi's love "quadrilateral." She also explains her childhood fascination with typewriters, shares a cherished memory from her high school days, and reveals what she hopes readers will take away from this novel.

MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction)
If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back. But Naomi picked heads.

Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative novel all about love and second chances.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC.
-Click here to see the reading group guide for MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC.
-Click here to read an interview with Gabrielle Zevin.
-Click here to see Gabrielle Zevin’s bio.
-Click here to read a review of ELSEWHERE.

 

Click here to read a review of MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC.


 

Book Giveaway: IDOL GIRLS: What's Your Obsession? by Hayley DiMarco

To celebrate the release of IDOL GIRLS: What's Your Obsession?, in which Hayley DiMarco encourages teens to take a serious look at who --- or what --- they idolize in their lives, Teenreads.com is offering readers the chance to win one of 50 copies of the book. To enter, please fill out this form by Wednesday, November 14th.

IDOL GIRLS: What's Your Obsession? by Hayley DiMarco (Practical Living)
Every girl has her passions. Is there anything or anyone you can't get out of your mind? Maybe there was a time when it didn't consume you, but it does now. So congratulations, you just found out you've got an idol --- an obsession that you worship instead of God. But if you're wanting more of God and less to obsess over, then you've picked up the right book.

In IDOL GIRLS, Hayley DiMarco exposes both good things (relationships, exercise, religion, eating, cleanliness) and bad things (self-condemnation, cutting, sex, addiction) that can turn into an idol and take the place of God. Pulling no punches, Hayley calls you to take a serious look at who --- or what --- you idolize in your life.

-Click here to read more about IDOL GIRLS.

 
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Now in Stores: IT HAD TO BE YOU: The Gossip Girl Prequel, by Cecily von Ziegesar

IT HAD TO BE YOU: The Gossip Girl Prequel by Cecily von Ziegesar (Fiction)
Gossip Girl fans followed Blair, Serena, Nate and their entourage through a year of their lives ––– college applications, hookups, parties, crazy spring breaks ––– and said goodbye to them as the Upper East Side seniors graduated. Now revert back two years to see how it all began.
Reviewed by Hannah Gomez.

-Click here to read an excerpt from IT HAD TO BE YOU.

 

Click here to read a review of IT HAD TO BE YOU.


 

Now in Stores: SAVING ZOE by Alyson Noel

SAVING ZOE by Alyson Noel (Fiction)
Echo is a typical teen trying to survive high school without being totally traumatized by boy trouble, friend drama and school issues. As if she didn't have enough on her plate, Echo is doing her best to cope with the murder of her sister Zoë. Although it's been over a year, Echo is still reeling from the tragedy that changed everything. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read a review of SAVING ZOE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SAVING ZOE.

 

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Now in Stores: PLAYING WITH FIRE: The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, Book Three by Melody Carlson

Will Samantha’s unusual gift help save her brother before it’s too late?

Samantha McGregor’s visions uncover a family secret that may be too hot to handle. The third book in the Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series, PLAYING WITH FIRE, explores supernatural gifts from a biblical perspective, encouraging young adults to draw closer to a God who offers redemption even in the most unforgiving circumstances. Read all about Samantha's secret life here.

-Click here to read a review of PLAYING WITH FIRE.
-Read reviews of the first two books in the series, BAD CONNECTION and BEYOND REACH.

 

Click here to read more about PLAYING WITH FIRE.

 

Author Talk: Scott Westerfeld, Author of EXTRAS

Scott Westerfeld's EXTRAS --- the companion to his hugely popular Uglies trilogy --- is a science fiction novel about a futuristic society that completely revolves around fame. In this interview, Westerfeld describes what inspired him to write about cultures in which fame and appearance mean everything and discusses how the phenomenon of online social networking worked its way into the story. He also explains the influence behind much of the dialogue in his books, shares his favorite fictional futuristic gadget and jokingly answers some of his readers' frequently asked questions.

EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld (Science Fiction/Adventure)
Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse lives in the new world formed after Tally Youngblood did away with the previous establishment. When Aya goes undercover to score a story that will make her famous, she discovers a secret that could destroy the world. The fourth book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is a fast-paced page-turner with numerous plot twists. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.


-Click here to read a review of EXTRAS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from EXTRAS.

 

Click here to read an interview with Scott Westerfeld.


 

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: PUSHING PAUSE by Celeste O. Norfleet

Fifteen-year-old Kenisha Lewis has it all: good friends who also live to dance, a hot boyfriend headed for the NBA, loving parents and a bling-filled home in the burbs.

But all that changes when her dad drops a bomb: he wants a divorce --- and his pregnant girlfriend is moving in. Suddenly, Kenisha and her mom are squeezed into her grandmother's small house in the city, and Kenisha's sharing a bedroom with a cousin she barely knows. Could she hate her life any more? Yeah. Because her boyfriend dumps her, her friends are acting weird and her mother is getting more and more depressed. Time for Kenisha to push the pause button on her life and take a long, deep breath.... 


PUSHING PAUSE is available in 3 formats: Book, Digital Audio and eBook.

-Click here for more information about the eBook version of HALLWAY DIARIES.

 
Click here to read more about Kimani TRU.

 

Random House Celebrates the Release of WYVERNHAIL by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes with a Special Contest

Enter the Strange Lands Correspondent contest, and you could be entered to win a trip to New York City to meet and interview author Amelia Atwater-Rhodes!

WYVERNHAIL: The Kiesha’ra, Volume Five by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Fantasy)
In the fifth and final installment of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s The Kiesha’ra series, find out what happens after Princess Oliza abdicates the throne of Wyvern’s Court. The story is told from the point of view of Hai, the relative rescued from the Ecl prison who has scary visions of the future. Her visions urged Oliza to abdicate in the first place. But the visions are continuing… Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read a review of WYVERNHAIL.
-Click here to read an excerpt from WYVERNHAIL.
 

Click here for more details about the Strange Lands Correspondent contest and how to enter.


 

Cool New Books for October

October’s roundup of Cool New Books includes IT HAD TO BE YOU, the hotly anticipated prequel to Cecily von Ziegesar’s bestselling Gossip Girl series that takes place during Blair, Serena and Nate’s sophomore year of high school; EXTRAS, a continuation of Scott Westerfeld’s award-winning Uglies trilogy that is set in a world where social status is constantly monitored and rated; SLAM, a witty and poignant story from debut YA novelist Nick Hornby about a teenage boy unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood; ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT by Jordan Sonnenblick, in which an eighth grader who changes towns and schools with annoying frequency devises a plan to be totally different from his peers; and CLICK, a collaborative effort from 10 beloved authors --- including Gregory Maguire and Eoin Colfer --- who tell the startling tale of the mysterious and enigmatic George "Gee" Keane.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books roundup for October.

 

October's New in Paperback Roundup

October’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes TERRIER, the first installment in a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, a young woman who lived 200 years before Tamora Pierce’s popular Alanna character; WINTERSMITH by Terry Pratchett, the third adventure of young witch Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men; MARLY’S GHOST, a compelling tale from David Levithan about loss and a modern twist on Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Jordan Sonnenblick’s NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER, in which a 16-year-old sentenced to community service at an old folks’ home must contend with a feisty senior; and INCANTATION, Alice Hoffman’s critically acclaimed story of faith, friendship and persecution that was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults in 2007.

 

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for October.


 

This Month's Reviews --- Including Manga, Christian Fiction and Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

Teenreads.com Reviews:

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
(Fiction)
In his first book for young adults --- a finalist for the National Book Award --- bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, an aspiring cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN.

LOVE, STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli (Fiction)
Jerry Spinelli’s new book picks up a year after STARGIRL ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly. The novel is written in diary form, as Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Arizona with involvements with new people in her life. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LOVE, STARGIRL.

CLICK by David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, Gregory Maguire, Ruth Ozeki, Linda Sue Park and Tim Wynne-Jones (Fiction)
The death of world-renowned photographer Gee Keane ignites a multi-layered story of the people whose lives he touched in his global travels --- from a sickly girl in the United Kingdom to a Soviet prisoner to his teenage grandchildren, who embark on their own quests to discover who they are and who they can become. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

-Click here to read an interview with the authors of CLICK.

RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Gail Giles (Fiction)
In Gail Giles's follow-up to the wickedly scary WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS McBRIDE?, a boy finds out that sometimes your own past can be the scariest thing of all. In RIGHT BEHIND YOU, Kip's past chases him, and his family, to the brink. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

UPRISING by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Historical Fiction)
Flames roar while young girls scream, pray and leap to their deaths nine floors below during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911. We are there, too, with Bella, Jane and Yetta in this skillful blending of fact and fiction. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE CROW: The Third Book of Pellinor by Alison Croggon (Fantasy/Adventure)
As THE CROW continues the epic tale begun with THE NAMING and THE RIDDLE, Alison Croggon creates a world of astounding beauty overshadowed by a terrifying darkness, a world where two young orphans must prepare to wage their final battle for the Light. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

BULLYVILLE by Francine Prose (Fiction)
Bestselling author Francine Prose delivers a highly charged and provocative novel about grief, frustration and healing following 9/11. When eighth grader Bart Rangely is granted a "mercy" scholarship to an elite private school after his father is killed in the North Tower, doors should have opened. Instead, he is terrorized and bullied by his own mentor. So begins the worst year of his life. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

DRAGONHAVEN by Robin McKinley (Fantasy)
Jake Mendoza has lived at the Smokehill National Park dragon refuge his entire life, yet even he has never seen one of the reclusive creatures. That is, until now. Somehow, Jake stumbles upon a dead poacher and a dying dragon --- and her newly born baby dragon struggling to survive. Without hesitation, or thought to the consequences and responsibilities, Jake scoops up the baby dragon, determined to do anything he can to keep her alive. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

COVER-UP: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein (Mystery)
Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are fully aware that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their drug tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the results. These two teens are sitting on the biggest sports scandal of the decade. What they don't know --- yet --- is how to prove it. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

IF A TREE FALLS AT LUNCH PERIOD by Gennifer Choldenko (Fiction)
Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. Walker's goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them both to the core. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

LOOKING FOR JJ by Anne Cassidy (Fiction)
All Alice wants is a normal life, with good friends, meaningful work, a place at university and an opportunity for love. Her chance at normality, though, is endangered by a secret --- a horrible crime that occurred years before and that constantly threatens to expose Alice for who she really is. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE NIGHT TOURIST by Katherine Marsh (Urban Fantasy)
Retelling Ovid's myth of Orpheus and Eurydice (updated to modern-day New York City), debut novelist Katherine Marsh captivates readers with a glimpse into New York's Underworld in THE NIGHT TOURIST. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


Manga Reviews:

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

AQUA, Volume 1 by Kozue Amano
After 150 years of terraforming, Aqua, the planet formerly known as Mars, now has over 90 percent of its surface covered in water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

BRAVE STORY, Volume 1 written by Miyuki Miyabe, art by Yoichiro Ono
Wataru couldn't be more ordinary. He's an average student who lives a normal life with his mom and dad. His favorite things are playing video games and crushing on his classmate Kaori. All of that changes, though, when he meets a mysterious transfer student, Asikawa, who turns out to be much more than he seems. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

RHYSMITH, Volume 1 written by Anthony Andora, art by Lincy Chan
High school student Elena is looking for a little something extra to beef up her college applications. When she is thrust into the fast-paced world of Rhysmyth, America's newest and most popular sport, she begins to get her groove on. But is Elena truly ready for the rivalry...and romance? Reviewed by Eva Volin.

TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Fumiyo Kouno
What impact did World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb have on the common people of Japan? Through the eyes of an average woman living in 1955, Japanese artist Fumiyo Kouno answers these questions. This award-winning manga appears in an English translation for the first time. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

-Click here to read our Manga reviews.


Christian Fiction Reviews:

HOLLYWOOD NOBODY by Lisa Samson (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Scotty Dawn has spent her young life on the road, traveling to movie sets with her single mom, Charley, a food designer. Even though Scotty is wise beyond her years, she still struggles to find her identity. Now she is determined to discover what she wants from life. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Sierra Jensen

WITHOUT A DOUBT - Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume Two, Book Five by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Sierra can’t wait to go on a backpacking expedition, especially since life has gotten so complicated. But just when things start to make sense, Sierra is asked out by Drake --- who her best friend, Amy, likes. How can Sierra even think about Drake when she knows that doing so will hurt Amy and Randy? Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.


WITH THIS RING - Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume Two, Book Six by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Sierra is on her way to Southern California for her sister’s wedding, eager to join Christy Miller and the rest of their friends. As soon as she arrives, Sierra discovers that everyone seems to be in love --- except for her. But she has what she needs --- a gold purity ring from her dad and a vow of her own: to save herself for marriage. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

Notes From a Spinning Planet

NOTES FROM A SPINNING PLANET: IRELAND by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Affectionately teased as a “country bumpkin,” 19-year-old Maddie has never been one to explore new territory. Her first trip outside of the country with her Aunt Sid and Sid’s godson, Ryan, promises an exhilarating adventure. Northern Ireland is more captivating than she even imagined --- and Ryan is offering plenty of intrigue himself. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

-Click here to read our Christian Fiction reviews.


Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens:

THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs (Memoir)
Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, as Jacobs's extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY.

THE COLDEST WINTER: American and the Korean War by David Halberstam (History)
The literary world lost one of its "best and brightest" when David Halberstam was killed in a car accident in April 2007. His final gift --- to established fans and potentially new ones --- is THE COLDEST WINTER, perhaps the most dramatic and damning accounts of the Korean War ever put to paper. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

CARLISLE VS. ARMY: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner and the Forgotten Story of Football’s Greatest Battle by Lars Anderson (Sports/History)
CARLISLE VS. ARMY recounts the fateful 1912 gridiron clash that pitted one of America’s finest athletes, Jim Thorpe, against the man who would become one of the nation’s greatest heroes, Dwight D. Eisenhower. But Lars Anderson also reveals the broader social and historical context of the match, lending it his unique perspectives on sports and culture at the dawn of the 20th century. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

-Click here to read the Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens.


 

Poll and Question of the Month: Audiobooks

Poll:

Would you listen to audiobooks on your mp3 player or iPod?
Yes
No
Not sure 

If a book by one of your FAVORITE authors was available as an audiobook before it was out as a print book, would you buy it?
Yes, I would buy the audiobook.
Yes, I would buy the audiobook and then later buy the print book.
I would just wait for the print book as I do not listen to audiobooks.
I am not sure what I would do.

Many people listen to different books on audio than they read in print. Do you think you would listen to different genres than you would read?
Yes

No
Not sure

What genres do you think would be the coolest to listen to on your mp3 player or iPod? Check as many as apply.
General Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mysteries/Thrillers
Fantasy
Science Fiction
History

Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs
Classics

I have no interest in listening to audiobooks.
Other (please explain)

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Question: 
 
What book would you most like to listen to in audiobook format?

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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 IT HAD TO BE YOU: The Gossip Girl Prequel by Cecily von Ziegesar. See the official rules here. To put your name in the hat, submit your current reading list and ratings by completing the form here.
 
Click here to see the most recent Word of Mouth comments.
 

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