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New Special Feature: LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen

New Special Feature: THE RUBY KEY by Holly Lisle

Special Feature: AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson

Enter the CATHY'S KEY and iPod Giveaway!'s Grab Bag of Books Contest

Special Contest: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Now in Stores: AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot

Now in Stores: HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle

Series Update: The Clique by Lisi Harrison

Cool New Books for May

May's New in Paperback Roundup's Most Recent Reviews

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Get Your Summer Off to a Winning Start with!

Whew! Wherever you are, school is either over --- or just about over. It's time for pleasure reading, and at we have just the books you want to read --- and a few amazing contests.

We’re featuring two new books, both of which would be great choices for tucking in your beach tote. Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, LOCK AND KEY, follows the story of Ruby, a girl whose mom skips out on her, so she has to go live with her older, richer sister. We had the chance to interview Dessen and get the skinny on her life as a writer. For fantasy buffs, we have THE RUBY KEY by Holly Lisle, the first book in a trilogy called Moon & Sun. The characters are great --- you’ll especially like the spunky protagonist, Genna. Find out how the author crafted the characters in our interview with her.

Meg Cabot’s newest title, AIRHEAD, is about a girl who awakes from a coma to find that her brain has been transplanted into the body of a teen supermodel. HOW TO BE BAD, a collaboration by three great YA authors, is about three friends who go on the road trip of a lifetime. And the epitome of summer reads, The Clique series, has three new books you’ll finish in a snap --- just in time to grab another popsicle from the freezer or cool off in the lake.

Okay, on to the contests! We have three brand new giveaways for you. A fresh batch of books has gone into our Grab Bag. You can win one of three different iPods, along with a copy of CATHY’S BOOK and its highly anticipated sequel CATHY’S KEY. I love both the writing and the layout in these books. Scholastic has asked us to let you in on an upcoming book that they’re very excited about. Sign up to win an advance reading copy of THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, give feedback, and when the title releases in October, you’ll receive a signed, personalized copy of the finished book. I started THE HUNGER GAMES on the way back from Los Angeles last week, and the trip just flew by as I was reading. It's quite a story, so if you are sincere in wanting to share feedback, I recommend you enter to read this one. In the meantime, congrats to the winners of our CATHY’S BOOK, A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE and April Grab Bag of Books giveaways!

If you’re looking to beat the heat in the movie theater, you might want to check out The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. You can read more about it in our Books into Movies feature. Looking for more bookish suggestions? Check out our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups, and our most current reviews. Tell us all about what you’re reading in our Word of Mouth feature and you could win a copy of AIRHEAD.


Also, check back later this month for the return of our Beach Bag of Books contest. This year’s bag will be stuffed with summery treats and lots of great reads.

Until then, happy summer and happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (


New Special Feature: LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the author of eight novels for teens, including SOMEONE LIKE YOU, KEEPING THE MOON, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, JUST LISTEN and the newly released LOCK AND KEY. In this interview with's Amy Alessio, Dessen describes what makes the protagonist of her latest work of fiction different from her others, and discusses the ideas of home and family that she presents in the book. She also explains how her Southern roots have affected her writing, how she deals with criticism and rejection, and --- in the absence of sequels --- how she envisions her characters after their stories have ended.

LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen (Fiction)
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in 10 years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking website around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future --- it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Bestselling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LOCK AND KEY.
Click here to read our interview with Sarah Dessen.
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Visit Sarah Dessen’s official website,, and her blog,


Click here to read a review of LOCK AND KEY.


New Special Feature: THE RUBY KEY by Holly Lisle

Though Holly Lisle has written numerous fantasy, science fiction and romance novels for adults, her latest work of fiction, THE RUBY KEY, is the first book in a fantasy series aimed towards younger readers called Moon & Sun. In this interview with's Sarah Rachel Egelman, Lisle discusses the similarities and differences between writing for the two age groups and describes who and what inspired her to create her main characters and complex plot. She also reveals what aspects of the writing process she found most challenging, talks about the resurgence in popularity of the fantasy genre, and offers advice for young aspiring writers.

THE RUBY KEY: Moon & Sun, Book One by Holly Lisle (Fantasy)
Mankind is Sunkind
And rules by the light;
Nightlings are Moonkind,
And rule in the night;
Or there will be war.

Humans and Nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a Nightling slave who reveals a terrifying secret: Genna and Dan’s village chieftain has made a dangerous deal with Letrin, ruler of the Nightlings, offering the lives of his people in exchange for his own immortality.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE RUBY KEY.
-Click here to read our interview with Holly Lisle.
-Click here to see Holly Lisle's bio.


Click here to read a review of THE RUBY KEY.


Special Feature: AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson has written over 20 books for both children and young adults, including IF YOU COME SOFTLY, SHOW WAY, FEATHERS and the newly released AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER. In this interview with's Jonathan Stephens, Woodson explains why she chose to leave the narrator of her latest book nameless and describes which of her own personality traits have surfaced in her characters. She also reveals what she loves the most about writing stories, explains how her upbringing helped to shape her work ethic, and names the Tupac Shakur songs she finds most inspiring. 

AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson (Fiction)
The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe
Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is the one who truly understands the place where he’s coming from, and through knowing D, Tupac’s lyrics become more personal for all of them.

The girls are 13 when D’s mom swoops in to reclaim D --- and as magically as she appeared, she now disappears from their lives. Tupac is gone, too, after another shooting; this time fatal. As the narrator looks back, she sees lives suspended in time, and realizes that even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.

-Click here to read an excerpt from AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER.
-Click here to read our interview with Jacqueline Woodson.
-Click here to see Jacqueline Woodson's bio.

Click here to read a review of AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER.


Enter the CATHY'S KEY and iPod Giveaway!

To celebrate the publication of CATHY’S KEY, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2006 bestseller CATHY’S BOOK, is giving eight readers the opportunity to win some incredibly cool prizes --- including a copy of the recently released CATHY’S KEY, a paperback edition of CATHY’S BOOK and an iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle! To enter, all you have to do is fill out this form by Thursday, July 24th.

CATHY’S KEY: If Found Call (650) 266-8202
CATHY’S BOOK was a groundbreaking, interactive novel that was a teen sensation. Perhaps less noticeable was the heart of the book: a good story well told. Now in CATHY’S KEY, fans of Cathy Vickers return to the exciting, unpredictable world that made the first book such a success.
Cathy was your average high school student-doodling in the margins of her journal, crushing on a cute boy, and hanging out with her best friend Emma. As this story begins, she’s trying to keep a job, her journal is stolen, the cute boy is not who he seems to be, and even Emma’s side project/start-up company, Doubletalk Wireless, is about to get caught up in the mystery surrounding Cathy and her search for the truth about her presumed-dead father. It’s just a simple story really: Girl loves Boy, Boy disappears, Girl discovers secret that will alter the course of humanity...

-Click here to view the CATHY’S KEY book trailer.

-Click here to read a review of CATHY'S KEY.
-Click here to read an excerpt from CATHY'S KEY.
-Visit the book’s official website,
-Check out Cathy's MySpace page,

Click here for all the contest details.                's Grab Bag of Books Contest

We at are THRILLED with the response we’ve been getting to our Grab Bag of Books contest. Every month five readers will be awarded a signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peak at titles that haven’t been released yet. This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of CATHY’S KEY: If Found Call (650) 266-8202, CITY OF THE LOST SOULS: The Vampress Girls, Book 1 by Jacy Nova and Nick Nova, THE DEATH OF JAYSON PORTER by Jaime Adoff, EARTH MATTERS by David Rothschild, and HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle.

-Click here to see the winners of our past giveaways.

Click here for all the contest details.


Special Contest: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic would like your opinion on the first book in a brand new sci-fi trilogy by Suzanne Collins --- before anyone else gets a look! The first 100 unique entries will win an advance reading copy (ARC) of book one in the series, THE HUNGER GAMES. If you’re a winner, you will be asked to write a review of the book, which your parent or guardian can then email (along with your first name, age and state) to Those who comply will receive a personalized signed copy of the finished book when it releases in October. To enter the ARC giveaway, all you have to do is fill out this form by Tuesday, July 29th.

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (Science Fiction)

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by The Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in The Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death --- televised for all of Panem to see. Survival is second nature for 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Click here for all the contest details.


Now in Stores: AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot

AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot (Fiction)
In yet another enjoyable romp from prolific author Meg Cabot, sensible Emerson Watts awakens from a coma to find herself in someone else’s body. Even worse, it's the body of Em's most despicable creature on earth --- a famous teen supermodel. Soon, Em is embroiled in the model's job, boyfriends, best friend and more. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from AIRHEAD.

Click here to read a review of AIRHEAD.

Now in Stores: HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle

HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle 
Three girls who couldn't be more different have one goal in mind: to get the heck out of Dodge. Well, Niceville, Florida, actually. But it might as well be called Nowheresville. Vicks, Mel and Jesse have reasons as different as their personalities for climbing into Jesse’s mom’s beat-up station wagon. But armed with an old map, Mel’s mom’s credit card, a battered guidebook called Fantastical Florida and their need for adventure, they’re Miami-bound. And if they don't kill each other first, Vicks, Mel and Jesse will not only have a road trip to remember, they'll have friends for life.

Click here to read more about HOW TO BE BAD.


Series Update: The Clique by Lisi Harrison

BRATFEST AT TIFFANY'S: The Clique #9 (Fiction)
The Briarwood boys have invaded Octavian Country Day and are taking over everything. Worse, the soccer boys have become so popular that the Pretty Committee's alpha status is in serious jeopardy. So Massie lays out a New Year-New Pretty Committee rule: Anyone caught crushing on a boy will be thrown out of the NPC --- forever. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

-Click here to read a review of BRATFEST AT TIFFANY'S.

The Clique Summer Collection

MASSIE: The Clique Summer Collection #1 (Fiction)
Massie Block's summer isn't turning out the way she had planned. Her vision of gracing the cover of Horse & Rider magazine comes to a screeching halt after she gets expelled from an uber-exclusive Westchester riding camp. Even more distressing, after her parents find out why she was expelled, they ground her and cancel her credit cards. Can Massie redeem herself? And what must she do to get her credit cards back? Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read a review of MASSIE.

DYLAN: The Clique Summer Collection #2 (Fiction)
Pretty Committee member Dylan Marvil looks forward to summer vacation in Hawaii, far away from her painful memories of seventh grade. Almost as quick as she can say "Aloha!" she meets John Thomas (J.T.) Daley, the "HART - Hot Alpha Rich and Toned" hawtie who becomes her latest crush. Will Dylan make a splash with J.T. in Hawaii, or will she wipe out? Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read a review of DYLAN.

Click here to read The Clique series feature.


Cool New Books for May

May’s roundup of Cool New Books includes THE CARLYLES, the first installment in a brand new Gossip Girl series featuring the Carlyle triplets of Nantucket, Massachusetts; AIRHEAD, in which Meg Cabot introduces readers to a 16-year-old girl whose appearance changes drastically as the result of a mysterious accident; MADAPPLE, a page-turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention from debut novelist Christina Meldrum; THE BOXER AND THE SPY, Robert B. Parker’s thought-provoking mystery about a teen boy who investigates the apparent suicide of a high school student; DYLAN, the continuation of Lisi Harrison’s Clique Summer Collection; and CATHY’S KEY, an interactive novel that revisits the exciting, unpredictable world of Cathy Vickers from 2006’s acclaimed bestseller CATHY’S BOOK.

Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for May.


May's New in Paperback Roundup

May’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes NEW MOON, the sequel to Stephenie Meyer's bestseller TWILIGHT and another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist; 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; THE MURDER OF BINDY MACKENZIE, the third book from Jaclyn Moriarty that revolves around the intersecting lives of students at Ashbury High; DRAMARAMA, E. Lockhart’s novel about what happens when two "theater-mad, self-invented, fabulosition Ohio teenagers" hit Wildwood Summer Institute; and IMPULSE by Ellen Hopkins, the story of three young people who each have a second chance at life following suicide attempts.

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for May.'s Most Recent Reviews Reviews:

GOSSIP GIRL: THE CARLYLES by Cecily von Ziegesar
When the Waldorfs move from their apartment at the end of DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, the Carlyle triplets of Nantucket, Massachusetts --- Owen, Baby and Peyton --- move in. In this new Gossip Girl series, readers will follow the Carlyles, plus three other teenagers living in gorgeous apartments, attending the most exclusive private schools and treating New York's Upper East Side as their personal playground. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

LILY DALE: BELIEVING by Wendy Corsi Staub (Paranormal Suspense)
After her tumultuous summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided to stay, hoping to unearth more about her mother’s untimely death. As she starts school at Lily Dale High and begins to explore her relationships with Jacy and Blue, her visions begin to occur with greater urgency. There may be a killer on the loose, and he may be after Calla for her role in solving his first victim’s disappearance. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle

-Click here to read an excerpt from LILY DALE: BELIEVING.

ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Fiction)
When best friends Bridget and Maureen are in a car accident, only one of them survives. Although she is in terrible shape and unrecognizable, Bridget's family rejoices that their daughter still lives --- until the doctors realize they're dealing with a case of mistaken identity. Based on actual events, this emotional rollercoaster of a tale is realistic and compelling. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN.

GENIUS SQUAD by Catherine Jinks (Thriller)
In GENIUS SQUAD, readers reconnect with Cadel Piggott, the computer mastermind first introduced in Catherine Jinks’s acclaimed novel EVIL GENIUS. Cadel --- now a former evil genius --- tries to use his amazing intellect and skills to bring down the criminal empire that threatens his very existence. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read an excerpt from GENIUS SQUAD.

PRINCESS BEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Fantasy)
Fifteen-year-old Princess Benevolence is devastated when her mother is found murdered and her father turns up missing. Falling into the care of her strict aunt, Ben’s life turns from that of a carefree child into a prisoner as she is forced to undergo a no-nonsense crash course in royalty 101, in preparation for marriage to the next available suitor. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from PRINCESS BEN.

INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr (Fantasy/Romance)
For thousands of years, tattoos have been a source of intrigue and power for people. In the past, these were considered signs of status, decorating royalty and prisoners alike. Today, tattoos adorn individuals from all walks of life, as a form of self-expression or as a memorial for a loved one. It has often been thought that marking one’s body changes that person forever. What if that were truly the case and not just symbolically? Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

LUCKY by Rachel Vail (Fiction)
Rachel Vail explores the lives of three sisters whose privileged world is shaken by a family scandal. Phoebe is the youngest, and this is her story. With LUCKY, Vail begins a powerful sisterhood trilogy, comprised of one book for each of the three fascinating Avery sisters, with all their secrets laid bare during the year that completely changes their lives. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KISSER by Wendelin Van Draanen (Fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Evangeline Logan is a serial kisser. She kisses jocks, nerds, even strangers in line at Starbucks, hoping that one of them will be the possessor of a “crimson kiss.” But kissing real boys is nothing like the descriptions she reads in romance novels. After tongue-thrusters, sloppy ear-lickers, and kissers who miss her mouth entirely, Evangeline wonders if she will ever find the perfect kiss. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

THE BIG FIELD by Mike Lupica (Fiction)
Mike Lupica, the veteran sports columnist for the Daily News in
New York, is reaching out to younger readers, trying to teach them lessons on the playing field that can be extended to everyday life. His latest offering is THE BIG FIELD, the story of Hutch Hutchinson, a star shortstop for his American Legion team who is displaced by Darryl “D-Will” Williams, a better player with a questionable attitude. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

THE FOLD by An Na (Fiction)
An Na, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for A STEP FROM HEAVEN, humorously and sensitively tackles an issue particular to the Asian American community that nonetheless will resonate with all readers, regardless of their heritage. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

TEST by William Sleator (Fiction)
Imagine a nightmarish world in which kids are forced to take endless standardized tests to graduate from high school and adults spend half their lives tied up in traffic. If this sounds familiar, then chances are the dystopian world in William Sleator's TEST will keep you up at night. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read our reviews.

Manga Reviews:

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

HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, Volumes 1 and 2 by Kazune Kawahara
Haruna Nagashima spent all of middle school concentrating on one thing: softball. When she hits high school, however, she's taking the focus and determination she has learned from years as a star pitcher to do one thing: fall in love! And she fails. Miserably. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

HONEY AND CLOVER, Volume 1 by Chica Umino
HONEY AND CLOVER feels like settling into an evening with people you've known forever --- often funny, occasionally heartbreaking and sometimes a bit trying. But, as with friends, what you remember most by the end of the evening is just why you all like each other in the first place. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

SKIM words by Mariko Tamaki and drawings by Jillian Tamaki
When you're a chubby, Japanese-Canadian goth girl saddled with the nickname Skim, life is not easy. When you have a crush on your English teacher, and your best friend is being lured away by the popular girls, it feels like life is already the worst it can get. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.


Kakashi is determined to leave his small island home and see the world that he heard about from his explorer father's diary. Unfortunately, he stows away on an airship that the Man Chicken gang has decided to take for themselves. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

-Click here to read our Manga reviews.

Christian Fiction Reviews:

Katie Weldon

PECULIAR TREASURES: Katie Weldon Series, Book One by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
The first book in the Katie Weldon series, PECULIAR TREASURES follows Katie as she struggles to believe that God can love her, faults and all. Katie turns to the women in her life as she tries to figure out her relationship with her boyfriend, but even their advice can’t postpone the decision that will define the woman she’s becoming. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby

The Lost Books

RENEGADE: The Lost Books #3 by Ted Dekker (Fiction)
Turning his back on all that he once believed, Billos enters the forbidden book and lands in a place called Paradise, Colorado, where he discovers he has strange new powers given to him courtesy of a mysterious figure known as Marsuvees Black. The chosen four have survived the desert, escaped the
Black Forest, battled the Horde and added a spirited refugee to their number. But nothing has prepared them for the showdown that Billos, the renegade, will lure them into. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Hollywood Nobody

FINDING HOLLYWOOD NOBODY: Hollywood Nobody Series, Book 2 by Lisa Samson (Fiction)
After learning that her movie-industry mom is actually her grandmother, Scotty receives more shocking news: Her father was killed by the mob. With his murderer still at large, Scotty hides out on a film set in
Texas. There she encounters old rivals, new friends, and a young girl caught in a desperate situation. But in the middle of her fears and intense loneliness, Scotty discovers the life-changing power of prayer. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

-Click here to read our Christian Fiction reviews.

Recent Titles Perfect for Teens:

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein (Fiction)
Enzo relays the story of his family --- which includes race car driver Denny, wife Eve and daughter Zoë --- who face being torn apart when Eve becomes ill. While struggling to hold them together, Enzo refines his plans to be reincarnated as a human. After all, being a dog severely limits his ability to express his huge heart and soaring soul to those he loves most. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN.

THE FILM CLUB: A Memoir by David Gilmour (Memoir)
At the start of this brilliantly unconventional family memoir, David Gilmour is an unemployed movie critic trying to convince his 15-year-old son Jesse to do his homework. When he realizes that Jesse is beginning to view learning as a loathsome chore, he offers his son an unconventional deal: Jesse can drop out of school, but he must watch three movies a week of his father's choosing. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE FILM CLUB.

LAVINIA by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fiction)
You don't have to bone up on Latin classics to appreciate this evocative retelling of Virgil's epic THE AENEID. Bestselling author Ursula K. Le Guin summons up a Bronze Age world of ritual, mystery and war with all the rich inventiveness she has displayed in her prize-winning fantasy novels. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

CHASING WINDMILLS by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Fiction)
In this bittersweet and moving tale by the author of PAY IT FORWARD, Sebastian and Maria are two strangers who live half-lives dominated by bullies. Both escape their smothering homes by riding the subway for hours at night, where they meet each other, setting inevitable life changes in motion. Reviewed by Terry Miller

THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (Memoir)
A number of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture," where they are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman Nicol.

-Click here to read the titles perfect for teens.


Poll and Question: Summer Reading


During the school year, do you usually have enough time to read for pleasure?


How many books would you like to read for pleasure this summer?

10 or more


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Summer vacation is a great time to catch up on books you didn't have time to read during the school year. Name up to five books on your "summer catch-up" 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 teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot. See the official rules here. To put your name in the hat, submit your current reading list and ratings by completing the form here.
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