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Late June 2008

Teenreads.com Newsletter Late June 2008
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Once More Unto the Beach, Dear Friends

Teenreads.com's Beach Bag Contest: Win a Beach Bag of Books Valued at $275!

Teenreads.com Talks to Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, Authors of DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES

Special Feature: LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen

Special Feature: THE RUBY KEY by Holly Lisle

Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Books Contest

Win a Copy of CATHY'S BOOK for Your Reading Group!

Enter the CATHY'S KEY and iPod Giveaway!

Special Contest: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

The Teenreads.com Ultimate Reading List Has Been Updated!

Cool New Books for June

June's New in Paperback Roundup

Teenreads.com's Most Recent Reviews

Poll and Question: eBook Reading Devices

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

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Once More Unto the Beach, Dear Friends

Hello from sunny California! I am at the American Library Association's Annual Conference this week, getting the scoop about great books that will appear on the shelves in the months to come. This morning I had the opportunity to hear Suzanne Collins, author of THE HUNGER GAMES, read from her book. I think I may have told you how fabulous this book is, but hearing Suzanne read it made it an even more amazing experience for me. I know that whenever I read pages from it in the future, I will hear her voice. See details below on how to become an early reader/reviewer of this book, which comes out in October.

Ready to hit the beach? I managed to dip my toe in the Pacific Ocean last night on my way to dinner at a restaurant on Laguna Beach. My thought is that one must get to the beach whenever possible!!! Books and beach are the perfect combo...sooooo I am happy to announce that T
eenreads.com spotlights some of the best summer reads in our Second Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest. FIVE winners not only will be awarded all 10 of these amazing books, but also will receive lots of other goodies, including some really cute flip-flops, a snow cone maker (and all the accessories to make some pretty amazing snow cones) and a beach ball cookie! I had a lot of fun shopping for this beach bag, and I really am excited about sharing it with you.

We have another fabulous lineup for our Grab Bag of Books Contest. This month, topics in these books range from vampires to break-ups to (what else?) summer vacation. You can see past winners of this giveaway here. 

Are you in a book group? Summer is a great time to get together with friends and talk about what you’re reading. So if you’re not already part of a club, you might think about starting one. Check out these tips on how to get started. Having trouble choosing a book? I have a suggestion: CATHY’S BOOK. After reading it, you’ll be dying to discuss your theories on what really happened to Cathy. Click here to enter our Book Club Giveaway, and you could win a free copy!

We have lots of other great suggestions on our newly updated Ultimate Teen Reading List. With 27 new entries, our list is almost up to 300! We added some classics we missed as well as some newer books. Check it out and see if we’ve included your favorites.

On the list, you’ll find two graphic novels: MAUS and PERSEPOLIS. Two people who know all about how great graphic novels can be are Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. They are the authors of DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES, which will give you the inside scoop on how to create your own graphic novels. We, in turn, got to pick their brains about the process, and you can read all about it in our interview with them. I never will look at a comic or a graphic novel the same way after spending time with them and with this book.  

Some of the books we’re reviewing this month, as well as those featured in our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups, may be on our Ultimate Reading List in the future. Read them and tell us what you think! A great place to do this is in our Word of Mouth feature, where just sounding off on books you’re reading gets you entered in a drawing to win a book. This month’s prize is IVY by Julie Hearn.

Now I have to get back to the ALA Conference --- tonight I am off to the Michael L. Printz Awards ceremony where the winnners selected in January will be honored. Cheer cheer. Okay, I am off to find more great books to share with you.

Have a firecracker 4th --- we will see you next month. Until then, happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

Teenreads.com's Beach Bag Contest: Win a Beach Bag of Books Valued at $275!

It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you may have received for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair and the sunblock, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Second Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Contest.

From June 23rd thru July 28th you can enter to win a "Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books." Five winners each will receive a beach bag that includes 10 books --- THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson, BLACK RABBIT SUMMER by Kevin Brooks, GENERATION DEAD by Daniel Waters, HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle, RUMORS: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen, SAVVY GIRL by Lynn Messina, SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH by Walter Dean Myers, THAT'S WHAT'S UP!: A Del Rio Bay Clique Novel by Paula Chase, UNBELIEVABLE: Pretty Little Liars #4 by Sara Shepard and WHAT WAS LOST by Catherine O'Flynn.

Along with the books, winners will find their oversized green and turquoise nylon bag stocked with the coolest summer goodies --- including a towel with a flip-flop decoration, plaid flip-flops, an ice shaver for snow cones, syrups for the ice shaver, snow cone cups and holders, an EZ-Freeze Bottle, a plaid picture frame, Coppertone Sport Sun Spray Lotion, a movie-sized box of Starburst, a beach ball cookie and an AIRHEAD t-shirt.

 

Click here to enter the contest.

 

Teenreads.com Talks to Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, Authors of DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES

Between the two of them, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden have created numerous graphic novels and comic series, including MIRROR, WINDOW, SOUNDTRACK, BLACK CANDY and ODDS OFF. Together, they recently published an instructional guide on writing graphic novels called DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES, based on classes they teach at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Contributing Editor John Hogan, Abel and Madden explain what inspired them to write this textbook, and highlight what both aspiring cartoonists and artists in general will be able to take away from these lessons. They also describe one of the exercises they conduct with their students that involves creating a comic strip without the use of pictures, share their thoughts on the use of computers over traditional hand-lettering and pen-and-ink techniques, and discuss their future projects --- including what to expect from their next book.
 

Click here to read our interview with Jessica Abel and Matt Madden.


 

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 Teenreads.com'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.
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Click here to read our interview with Sarah Dessen.
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Click here to see Sarah Dessen’s bio.
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Visit Sarah Dessen’s official website, www.sarahdessen.com, and her blog, http://writergrl.livejournal.com.

 
Click here to read a review of LOCK AND KEY.

 

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 Teenreads.com'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.                    


 

Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Books Contest

We at Teenreads.com are THRILLED with the response we’ve been getting to our  Grab Bag of Books contest. Every month five readers will be awarded a Teenreads.com 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 BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO by Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins and Lynda Sandoval, CRUEL SUMMER by Alyson Noël, THE DEAD & THE GONE by Susan Beth Pfeffer, MARLEY Z AND THE BLOODSTAINED VIOLIN by Jim Fusilli and an advance reading copy of VIBES by Amy Kathleen Ryan (which releases October 6th).

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

Click here for all the contest details.


 

Win a Copy of CATHY'S BOOK for Your Reading Group!

Calling all book clubs! Looking for a great book that is sure to generate lots of discussion in your reading group? Then check out CATHY'S BOOK. You and your fellow members will be abuzz with finding all the clues --- hidden within the book, on the phone and online. You can also debate different theories as to what's really going on with Cathy, her mysterious boyfriend and the puzzling death of Cathy's father. To get you started, Teenreads.com is giving away one copy to 15 different book clubs. All you have to do is fill out this form by Tuesday, August 19th.

CATHY'S BOOK: If Found Call (650) 266-8283
Things weren't so peachy in Cathy's life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she's failing school and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor's reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to worse as her findings produce more questions than answers.

Through Cathy's unique and irresistible voice --- and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher --- readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren't how they appear.

-Click here to see the discussion guide for CATHY'S BOOK.
-Click here to read a review of CATHY'S BOOK.

Click here for all the contest details.

 

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, Teenreads.com 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, www.CathysKey.com.
-Check out Cathy's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/cathy_vickers.
 
Click here for all the contest details.

 
Special Contest: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic would like your opinion on a brand new sci-fi trilogy by Suzanne Collins --- before anyone else gets a look! The first 100 people to email will win an advance reading copy (ARC) of book one in the series, THE HUNGER GAMES. PLUS, if you write a review of the book and have your parent or guardian send it in along with your first name, age and state, you will receive a signed, personalized 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.

 

The Teenreads.com Ultimate Reading List Has Been Updated!

One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read --- and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List --- close to 300 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. Our dream is that schools will use this list to help them make their own for summer reading or, even better, suggest that students just read what they want from this list.

Just in time for summer, we have added to our list to reflect those books that have been released since our last update in June 2007. Among our most recent additions are THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein, ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer, EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin, THE REST OF HER LIFE by Laura Moriarty, THE SECRET BETWEEN US by Barbara Delinsky, THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray, THINGS I WANT MY DAUGHTERS TO KNOW by Elizabeth Noble and WHAT I WAS by Meg Rosoff.

 

Click here to see our complete list.

 

Cool New Books for June

June’s roundup of Cool New Books includes RUMORS by Anna Godbersen, the exciting sequel to THE LUXE, which revolves around the price of keeping secrets and the fortunes that can be made or lost upon their revelation; THE MAGICIAN, the second novel in Michael Scott’s bestselling series featuring the immortal alchemist Nicholas Flamel; Cynthia Kadohata’s OUTSIDE BEAUTY, a thought-provoking book about four strong-willed sisters who must deal with devastating news concerning a loved one; ALICIA, the third installment in Lisi Harrison’s Clique Summer Collection; and MARLEY Z AND THE BLOODSTAINED VIOLIN, a smart, sophisticated mystery from award-winning novelist Jim Fusilli that introduces readers to a hip, outgoing and confident New York City girl turned detective.
 

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

 

June's New in Paperback Roundup

June’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes PANTS ON FIRE, a stand-alone title from Meg Cabot, whose female protagonist has trouble telling the truth; LOVE IS A MANY TROUSERED THING, the eighth hilarious installment in Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series; LIGHT YEARS, in which Tammar Stein tells the story of a college student who must reconcile her Israeli past with her American future; THE ALCHEMYST, the first book in Michael Scott’s riveting fantasy series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel; and LET’S GET LOST, a compelling novel from the bestselling author of GUITAR GIRL about a teenager who determines that no one will ever discover her dark, sad secrets.
 

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

 

Teenreads.com's Most Recent Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:

RUMORS: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen (Historical Romance)
Rumor has it that Elizabeth Holland is still alive. How this will change the
Holland family fortunes or ruin her best friend's plans to abscond with Elizabeth's former fiance are all part of RUMORS, the second installment in Anna Godbersen's sensational series set in Gilded Age New York. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.


-Click here to read an excerpt from RUMORS.

HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (Fiction)
From three critically acclaimed and bestselling authors comes one story --- equal parts charming, hilarious and emotional --- of a road trip that proves that sometimes it doesn't matter where you're going, since getting there is half the fun. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from HOW TO BE BAD.

MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum (Literary Mystery)
Christina Meldrum’s captivating debut novel centers on the story of Aslaug, a 16-year-old girl raised in isolation by her Danish mother who homeschools her in the ways of the natural world. While her understanding of herbs, languages and religion is rich (if highly subjective), her ability to interact with others is stunted. Aslaug's limited world explodes when her mother dies suddenly and she finds herself living with estranged relatives in a nearby town. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MADAPPLE.
-Click here to read an interview with Christina Meldrum.


IVY by Julie Hearn (Historical Fiction)
In an engrossing odyssey into gritty 19th-century London, red-haired Ivy has been a thief. Her status improves when she becomes an artist's model. But she is also a drug addict, rendering her indifferent to the attention she attracts. Will she survive the deadly intentions of an unlikely murderer? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from IVY.


ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH by Philip Pullman (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
In this new prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee Scoresby --- Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua --- is just 24 years old and has recently won his hot-air balloon in a poker game. This exquisite clothbound volume features the illustrations of John Lawrence, a removable board game --- Peril of the Pole --- on the inside back cover, and a glimpse for Pullman fans into the first friendship of two of the most beloved characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

ALICIA: The Clique Summer Collection #3 by Lisi Harrison (Fiction)
Alicia Rivera looks forward to being parent-free for the first summer in her life. Leaving behind her mom, dad and Pretty Committee friends to visit relatives in Spain, she hopes to be cast in a music video with Europe’s newest pop sensation. Will Alicia make a splash in sunny Spain, or will she get rained out?
Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.


DEMON APOCALYPSE: The Demonata, Book 6 by Darren Shan (Horror/Supernatural)
Full of surprising encounters and revelations, the sixth novel in the chilling Demonata series by Darren Shan --- author of the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series --- is going to keep fans totally engrossed and gasping, and will terrify readers long after the last page has been turned. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.

THE BOXER AND THE SPY by Robert B. Parker (Mystery)
When a shy high school student’s body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town --- an apparent suicide --- a skeptical 15-year-old decides to do some investigating of his own with the help of his best friend. It doesn’t take long before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger, and surviving is going to be a fight. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

UP ALL NIGHT by Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Patricia McCormick, Sarah Weeks and Gene Luen Yang (Fiction/Short Stories)
Six great writers equal six fantastic short stories in this flawless collection of tales dealing with encounters of the world of sleepless nights. Each story has a different twist for situations that people experience as they skip sleep and struggle through the night. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

STEALING HEAVEN by Elizabeth Scott (Fiction)
Eighteen-year-old Danielle has been moving around her entire life. Town to town. House to house. But for Dani, it’s not just a matter of moving into a new home. It’s a matter of living life on the run. Dani and her mother are thieves, and leading a life of crime is all she knows --- until they enter the small beach town of
Heaven, where their not-so-traditional lifestyle finally catches up with them. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

PEELED by Joan Bauer (Fiction)
Rumors of a haunted house ignite the curiosity of teen reporter Hildy Biddle. She starts investigating the story only to have her school newspaper shut down. What Hildy uncovers and how she overcomes the obstacles that would have her silenced are at the core of Joan Bauer's new novel. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

STREAMS OF BABEL by Carol Plum-Ucci (Suspense)
In this nightmarishly realistic story, Cora Holman's mother dies of a brain aneurysm. That night Cora's neighbor loses her life with the same unusual diagnosis, even as Cora and others begin to sicken. Cora’s neighborhood soon fills with government agents who suspect that terrorists have poisoned their drinking water, while in Pakistan a teen computer hacker uncovers clues to the mystery in Cora's town. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE NIGHT I FREED JOHN BROWN by John Michael Cummings (Fiction)
Thirteen-year-old Josh has lived in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, his whole life, constantly surrounded by reminders of the famous John Brown and his attempts to free the slaves. But when it comes to Josh’s own family, there are secrets being kept. And then one night, emotions blow out of control. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-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
. This month we spotlight four outstanding series books that are worth another look while you have some extra time over the summer. Enjoy!

FROM FAR AWAY, Volumes 1-14 by Kyoko Hikawa
So you want to be swept into another world and escape the summer heat? FROM FAR AWAY will take you away. Reviewed by Alison Kotin.

HERE IS GREENWOOD, Volumes 1-11 by Yukie Nasu
HERE IS GREENWOOD is silly, there’s no doubt about it, but it’s also one of the consistently funny manga series out there that still manages to be endearing, even as it makes you guffaw. Reviewed by Alison Kotin.

HIKARU NO GO, Volumes 1-12 written by Yumi Hotta and art by Takeshi Obata
You’d never really expect the game of Go (similar to chess) to be exciting, but it is! This series is taking off in a new direction lately, so this is a great time to go back and see how it all started. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, Volumes 1 and 2 written by J. Torres and art by Eric Kim
A lot of us imagine what it would be like to go teach English in another country --- especially those comics fans who dream of going to Japan or Korea and figure that’s the way to do it. LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE is a brilliant, painfully true look at just what that kind of trip can be like, and what makes it all worth it. Reviewed by Robin Brenner.

-Click here to read our Manga reviews.



Christian Fiction Reviews:

All About Us

IT’S ALL ABOUT US by Shelley Adina (Fiction)

Lissa Mansfield thought that changing schools would be no big deal. After all, she was the most popular girl back at her high school in Santa Barbara. However, in IT’S ALL ABOUT US, the first book in a brand-new series by Shelley Adina, the former it-girl gets more than she bargained for when she transfers to Spencer Academy, an elite boarding school in San Francisco. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

Carter House Girls

MIXED BAGS: Carter House Girls, Book 1 by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Prolific author Melody Carlson has successfully jump-started another real-to-life young adult series, this time featuring tomboyish DJ Lane (aka Desiree), who has to figure out how to fit in at her grandmother's boarding house for teen fashion plates. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

STEALING BRADFORD: Carter House Girls, Book 2 by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when the subject of the opposite sex comes up. Boys aren’t always easy to understand, but every girl in the house wants a boyfriend --- and will do just about anything to get one. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

-Click here to read our Christian Fiction reviews.


Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens:


THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer (Science Fiction)
In Stephenie Meyer’s first book for adults, alien “souls” have taken over the minds and bodies of humans. Melanie Stryder, a captured rebel, resists the takeover of her mind by Wanderer, the soul implanted in her body. Under the influence of Melanie’s emotions, Wanderer is compelled to search for Melanie’s love Jared and brother Jamie, who are still in hiding. Reviewed by Usha Reynolds.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE HOST.
-Click here to read an interview with Stephenie Meyer.

LADIES OF LIBERTY: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts (History)
In FOUNDING MOTHERS, Cokie Roberts paid homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create a new nation. Now the renowned political commentator continues the story of early
America's influential women with LADIES OF LIBERTY, a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

LIVING ON THE BLACK: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember by John Feinstein (Sports)
John Feinstein’s latest tome considers two veteran major leaguers plying their craft during the 2007 season search of major milestones in the magnifying glass of the media frenzy that is New York. Tom Glavine won his 300th game with the Mets last year, while Mike Mussina, a member of the cross-town Yankees, won his 250th. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

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

 

Poll and Question: eBook Reading Devices

Poll:

Do you have any interest in buying a Kindle or a Sony eReader so you could read books on a handheld device?
 
I would like to have a Kindle.
I would like to have a Sony eReader.
I have a Kindle already.
I have a Sony eReader already.
I do not have an interest in either of these devices.


Do you own an iPod?
 
Yes
No
I am getting one.
I do not want one.
 

Would you want to be able to read books on your iPod?

Yes
No
I'm not sure.


-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:


If you wanted to impress people, what book would you carry with you?

-Click here to answer the question.

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 IVY by Julie Hearn. 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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