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May 2009

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Kicking Off the Summer with Contests, Features --- and the New Teenreads.com Blog!

Well, summer is right around the corner, and I for one could not be happier for the soon-to-be beach weather. I'm sure you're feeling the same way, especially since the school year will be coming to a close for most of you within the next few weeks.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Teenreads.com Blog. This brand-new feature will allow us to bring you --- our readers --- even more book and author news on a more frequent basis, in addition to our regular monthly updates. But what makes the blog stand out is that we're asking authors to help bring this content to you directly. So, over the next several days and weeks, you'll hear from Tim Wynne-Jones about his new book THE UNINVITED, and Cynthia Leitich Smith on her own reading list for this summer, not to mention Deb Caletti, Jenny Han, Michael Spradlin, Susane Colasanti, and many more.

We'd also like to hear from YOU. If you're interested in submitting a piece for this blog, please fill out this form. Tell us a little bit about yourself in the "Notes" section, and under "Submission" please include your piece (or a few sentences on what you'd like to write about) --- which can be on just about anything book-related, and maybe even a few things that aren't. We look forward to hearing from you!

Can't wait to grab a beach towel and head to the shore with some of the hottest books of the summer? Well, Teenreads.com is going to help five lucky readers on the way to their vacation destinations with our Third Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest. The winners will each receive a beach bag that includes 12 books and everything you need for a great day at the pool or beach. Enter for your chance to celebrate the summer with Teenreads.com!

This month, CATHY'S RING, the final installment in the Cathy trilogy, was released, and Teenreads.com has our review, an excerpt, and an exclusive interview with co-author and illustrator Cathy Brigg. And, of course, a book this cool deserves a contest. Teenreads.com is giving seven readers the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes --- including the Grand Prize of an iPod Touch and a portrait drawn by Cathy Brigg herself! As an added bonus, the iPod Touch will come pre-loaded with “Lost (Cathy’s Song)” --- which was written and performed by Cathy Brigg and her band, The Vision Hotel --- and a trailer for CATHY’S RING. To enter, be sure to fill out this form by Wednesday, July 15th.

We've also spotlighted some great new books this month, including the charming story of sisterhood, PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS by Lauren Myracle. Check out our interview with Lauren, which contains a playlist of '60s music she created to go along with the book. A must-read for all teens who understand the dramas of high school, WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti is sure to bring laughter and tears. Read about some of Susane's real high school stories in our interview. And don't miss Sheba Karim's SKUNK GIRL, the story of 11th-grader Nina's struggle with her Pakistani-Muslim identity, family values and love. Sheba shares her insight about Pakistani culture with us in our interview, and be sure to read an excerpt from SKUNK GIRL here.

We have THREE continuing contests this month. We are giving away 10 copies of NECROPOLIS, the fourth book in The Gatekeepers series by Anthony Horowitz, as well as 25 copies of THE LAST THING I REMEMBER, the first story in the new Homelanders series by renowned adult author Andrew Klavan. And to top it off, readers can enter to be one of 50 winners to receive a copy of the new paranormal title STRANGE ANGELS by Lili St. Crow.

Enter our Grab Bag of Books contest for your chance to win new books and one of our signature Teenreads.com bags. This month's titles include CATHY'S RING: If Found Call (650) 266-8263, HUNGER: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY by Kim Harrison and THE WAY WE ROLL: A Beta Gamma Pi Novel by Stephanie Perry Moore.

As always we have our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups, along with our reviews, which now include both graphic novel and manga titles. And be sure to join our Teenreads.com Facebook fan page for more great contests and book news updates, as well as a chance to chat with other readers.

Finally, have you or any of your friends been using graphic novels in the classroom? If you have a class at your school dedicated to graphic novels or a teacher who uses them in his or her lessons, let us know! Email your story to John@bookreporter.com and you might have a chance to be featured on GraphicNovelReporter.com.

Happy reading!


Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 

Click here to see the new Teenreads.com Blog.

 

Teenreads.com's Beach Bag Contest: Win a Beach Bag of Books Valued at $250!

Can't wait to grab a beach towel and head to the shore with some of the hottest books of the summer? Well, Teenreads.com is going to help five lucky readers on the way to their vacation destinations with our Third Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest.

From May 22nd through June 25th, you can enter to win a "Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books." Five winners each will receive a beach bag that includes 12 books --- THE ALCHEMYST: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 3 by Michael Scott; THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan; GHOST HUNTRESS, BOOK 1: THE AWAKENING by Marley Gibson; L.A. CANDY by Lauren Conrad; NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley; PARTIES & POTIONS by Sarah Mlynowski; THE REAL REAL by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; SLEPT AWAY by Julie Kraut; SUITE SCARLETT by Maureen Johnson; SWIM THE FLY by Don Calame; VACATIONS FROM HELL by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Mlynowski; and WINGS by Aprilynne Pike.

Along with the books, winners will find their lime green hobo-style beach bag stocked with tons of great summer goodies: an oversized green and orange beach towel, a pair of psychedelic paisley flip-flops, Banana Boat Sport sunblock, H2O+ Mineral Spa Shower Gel, a variety of colored elastic hairbands, an inflatable tube, fish and shell towel clips, three packs of Tic Tacs in assorted flavors, a box of Dots candies, Crystal Light Iced Tea Mix, and a terrific cap we found that turns any can into a bottle to prevent sand and bees from finding their way into your drink.

 
Click here for all the contest details.

 

Enter the CATHY'S RING and iPod Giveaway!

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of CATHY'S RING, the final installment in the Cathy trilogy, Teenreads.com is giving seven readers the opportunity to win some incredibly cool prizes --- including the Grand Prize of an iPod Touch and a portrait drawn by Cathy Brigg, the co-author and illustrator of the Cathy books. As an added bonus, the iPod Touch will come pre-loaded with "Lost (Cathy's Song)" --- which was written and performed by Cathy Brigg and her band, The Vision Hotel --- and a trailer for CATHY'S RING. The second prize winner will be awarded an iPod Shuffle, and all seven winners --- including the five runners-up --- will be receiving copies of all three titles in the Cathy trilogy: CATHY'S BOOK, CATHY'S KEY and CATHY'S RING. To enter for your chance to be one of the lucky seven, please fill out this form by Wednesday, July 15th.

CATHY'S RING: If Found Call (650) 266-8263
Cathy cannot manage to find more than a few days to relax in her hectic (and mortal) life --- she barely has time to put the mystery surrounding her father to rest before she finds herself targeted by a group of Ancestor Lu's professional killers! Recognizing she is a serious threat to everyone in her life, Cathy makes plans to leave town. But her friends --- Emma, Pete, Victor and, surprisingly, Jun --- unite to convince Cathy that they must finish Lu once and for all to have any chance at peace. In order to defeat Lu, they must come together in a way they never have before.

Meanwhile --- unbeknownst to Cathy --- Victor has made the ultimate sacrifice hoping it will bring him closer to a normal relationship with Cathy. But when Victor is seriously wounded and Cathy finds herself attracted to another mortal with similar feelings for her, Cathy's world turns upside down and she is forced to make a decision about her future with Victor, while his life hangs by a thread.

What will Cathy decide, and how will their epic battle with Lu play out? Find out in the newest adventure-packed installment of the Cathy story!

-Click here to read a review of CATHY'S RING.
-Click here to read an excerpt from CATHY'S RING.
-Click here to read our interview with co-author and illustrator Cathy Brigg.
-Click here to read Cathy Brigg's bio.
-Click here to view the CATHY'S RING e-card, which includes a trailer for the book and a link to download "Lost (Cathy's Song)".
-Visit the book's official website, www.CathysRing.com.

 

Click here for all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature: PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS by Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle --- author of more than 15 bestselling and critically acclaimed titles, including ELEVEN, TWELVE and THIRTEEN --- recently published her latest novel, PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Norah Piehl, Myracle discusses some of the real-life experiences from her teen years that inspired many elements of this latest book, and explores the similarities in personality between herself and her main character, Carly. She also creates a playlist of her favorite '60s music to correspond with the story, talks a bit about collaborating with fellow YA authors E. Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski for last year's HOW TO BE BAD, and shares her excitement over being able to interact with her readers through the blog on her website.

PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS by Lauren Myracle (Fiction)
Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, 15-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy --- and authenticity --- of her sister, Anna. But when 14-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.

-Click here to read our interview with Lauren Myracle.
-Click here to read Lauren Myracle’s bio.
-Visit Lauren Myracle’s official website, www.laurenmyracle.com.
-Read Lauren Myracle’s blog at http://laurenellen.livejournal.com.

 

Click here to read a review of PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS.

 

New Special Feature: WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti

Former high school science teacher Susane Colasanti is the author of YA romances WHEN IT HAPPENS and TAKE ME THERE. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Kristi Olson, Colasanti explains the significance of her latest book's title, WAITING FOR YOU, and shares real-life experiences in the classroom that inspired some of her books' characters and scenes. She also discusses how she incorporates her taste in music and movies into her writing, muses on the pros and cons of referencing pop culture in novels, and talks about upcoming projects, including her next book, SOMETHING LIKE FATE.

WAITING FOR YOU by Susane Colasanti (Romance)
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road --- including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek --- test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is --- or does she?

-Click here to read our interview with Susane Colasanti.
-Click here to read Susane Colasanti’s bio.
-Visit Susane Colasanti’s official website, www.susanecolasanti.com.
-Read Susane Colasanti’s blog at http://windowlight.livejournal.com.
-Learn more about Susane Colasanti and gain access to a sampler of WAITING FOR YOU, TAKE ME THERE and WHEN IT HAPPENS at http://www.scribd.com/doc/13828116/Susane-Colasanti-Sampler.

 
Click here to read a review of WAITING FOR YOU.

 

New Special Feature: SKUNK GIRL by Sheba Karim

Sheba Karim's debut novel, SKUNK GIRL, follows a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim girl and her struggles to live a "normal" teenage life while attempting to reconcile two very different cultures. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Alexis Burling, Karim sheds light on some of these differences, and challenges Pakistani women face in both their home countries and in the U.S. She also compares writing novels with short stories, explains why she chose to give up her law career to become an author, and shares details about the book she's currently working on.

SKUNK GIRL by Sheba Karim (Fiction)
If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system --- the one she’s sure all the aunties and uncles use to determine the most attractive marriage prospects for their children --- her scoring might go something like this:

+2 points for getting excellent grades
–3 points for failing to live up to expectations set by genius older sister
+4 points for dutifully obeying parents and never, ever going to parties, no matter how antisocial that makes her seem to everyone at Deer Hook High
–1 point for harboring secret jealousy of her best friends, who are allowed to date like normal teenagers
+2 points for never drinking an alcoholic beverage
–10 points for obsessing about Asher Richelli, who talks to Nina like she’s not a freak at all, even though he knows that she has a disturbing line of hair running down her back.

In this wryly funny debut novel, the smart, sassy and utterly lovable Nina Khan tackles friends, family and love, and learns that it’s possible to embrace two very different cultures --- even if things can get a little bit, well, hairy.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SKUNK GIRL.
-Click here to read our interview with Sheba Karim.
-Click here to read Sheba Karim’s bio.

 

Click here to read a review of SKUNK GIRL.

 

Special Feature and Contest: NECROPOLIS by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz's latest novel, NECROPOLIS, is the fourth book of The Gatekeepers, a fantasy series that chronicles the adventures of a group of gifted children on a quest to save the world from the forces of evil. In this interview, Horowitz describes how a nightmare inspired the series' villains, the Old Ones, and discusses why --- despite writing about fantastical elements like magic and witchcraft --- he chose to set his books in the real world. He also explains some of the challenges he encountered while writing from the perspective of a young girl, reveals the real-life counterparts to some of his characters, and shares details about what he has planned for the fifth and final installment of the series.

NECROPOLIS: Book Four of The Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
As the fourth novel in the spellbinding Gatekeepers series begins, the world is under the greatest threat it's ever known. The evil corporation Nightrise has amassed an immense amount of power...and the devastating force of the Old Ones is about to be unleashed around the globe. To stop this from happening, Matt and three of the Gatekeepers head to Hong Kong --- not just the modern city of skyscrapers and wealth, but the secretive underworld beneath. In Hong Kong they will meet the final Gatekeeper, a girl named Scarlet, whose fate is inextricably joined to their own.

Teenreads.com is offering 10 readers the chance to win a copy of NECROPOLIS. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, June 23rd.

-Click here for all the contest details.
-Click here to read an excerpt from NECROPOLIS.
-Click here to read an interview with Anthony Horowitz.
-Click here to read Anthony Horowitz's bio.
-Click here to read our series feature for The Gatekeepers.

 
Click here to read a review of NECROPOLIS.

 

Special Feature and Contest: THE LAST THING I REMEMBER by Andrew Klavan

Andrew Klavan is the author of over 20 mysteries and psychological thrillers for adults, such as THE ANIMAL HOUR, TRUE CRIME and DON'T SAY A WORD. He recently tried his hand at writing for teen audiences, publishing THE LAST THING I REMEMBER, the first installment in a new series called The Homelanders. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Sarah A. Wood, Klavan describes what prompted him to focus on younger readers and discusses some of the themes of the book, such as struggling with identity and values, the idea of muscular pacifism, and the still-present effects of 9/11. He also explains how his previous career in journalism affects his work as a novelist, shares his own experiences with martial arts training, and reveals what readers can expect from the second book in the series.

THE LAST THING I REMEMBER: The Homelanders, Book One by Andrew Klavan (Thriller)
Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things --- working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point...how is he going to get out of this room alive?

Teenreads.com is offering 25 readers the chance to win a copy of THE LAST THING I REMEMBER. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, June 23rd.

-Click here for all the contest details.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE LAST THING I REMEMBER.
-Click here to read our interview with Andrew Klavan.
-Click here to read Andrew Klavan's bio.

 

Click here to read a review of THE LAST THING I REMEMBER.

 

Enter to Win a Copy of STRANGE ANGELS by Lili St. Crow

A new addition to paranormal fiction, STRANGE ANGELS follows the gifted Dru Anderson as she hunts down vampires, werewolves and ghosts alongside her father until he is mysteriously murdered and she becomes the hunted. To celebrate the May 14th release of Lili St. Crow's first novel for teens, Teenreads.com is offering 50 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Tuesday, June 23rd at 11:59PM. You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

What does Dru's father wear around his neck?

STRANGE ANGELS by Lili St. Crow (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy)
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called "the touch." (Comes in handy when you're traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead --- but still walking --- and Dru knows she's next. Even worse, she's got two guys hungry for her affections, and they're not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever --- or whoever --- is hunting her?

Click here for all the contest details.

 

Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Books Contest

Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a Teenreads.com signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven’t been released yet!

This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of CATHY'S RING: If Found Call (650) 266-8263, HUNGER: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY by Kim Harrison and THE WAY WE ROLL: A Beta Gamma Pi Novel by Stephanie Perry Moore. All you have to do to enter is fill out the form found here by Tuesday, June 16th.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 
Click here for all the contest details.

 

Cool New Books for May

May’s roundup of Cool New Books includes CATHY’S RING, the final adventure-packed story in the Cathy trilogy; BEING NIKKI, Meg Cabot’s second Airhead novel starring a former tomboy who now has the body of a teen supermodel thanks to a brain transplant; TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, the third installment in Cecily von Ziegesar's follow-up series to Gossip Girl featuring the Carlyle triplets of Nantucket; PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS, in which Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other; THE SORCERESS, book three in Michael Scott’s bestselling series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel; and THE CHOSEN ONE, a searing, provocative novel by Carol Lynch Williams, who takes readers inside the head --- and heart --- of a young girl living in a polygamous society.
 
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 LOCK AND KEY, in which Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again; JINX, a chilling novel of paranormal romantic suspense penned by Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot; STOP IN THE NAME OF PANTS!, the ninth installment in Louise Rennison's hilariously entertaining Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series; HERO, a moving and funny novel from Perry Moore (the executive producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films) about a high school basketball star who keeps two major secrets from his father; and BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham, a thought-provoking book about a 16-year-old girl with a terminal case of leukemia who compiles a "To Do Before I Die" list.
 

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


 

This Month's Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:

THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams
(Fiction)
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has 20 brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her 60-year-old uncle --- who already has six wives --- Kyra has to make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an interview with Carol Lynch Williams.


BEING NIKKI: An Airhead Novel by Meg Cabot (Fiction)
Emerson Watts was pretty sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a straight A student whose brain had been transplanted into the body of a teenage supermodel. But she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's mysteriously gone missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read an excerpt from BEING NIKKI.

FRAGILE ETERNITY by Melissa Marr (Fantasy/Romance)
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

KING OF THE SCREWUPS by K. L. Going (Fiction)
Liam is the kid everyone loves. He might not get the best grades or always do the right things, but there's something about his personality that make people want to be with him. Everyone, that is, except his father. When Liam is shipped off to upstate New York to live with his glam rocker uncle, Liam finally has a chance to change and prove to his father that he's not just Mr. Popular. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

REALITY CHECK by Peter Abrahams (Mystery)
Master suspense novelist and Edgar Award-nominated author Peter Abrahams introduces a new character --- and a compelling mystery --- in REALITY CHECK, a fast-paced story about a young man who must learn to trust himself when he can't trust anyone around him. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

MY VICKSBURG by Ann Rinaldi (Historical Fiction)
During the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi, which lasts for 47 days, the Union Army with General Ulysses S. Grant lays siege to the town, while residents live in caves. Award-winning author Ann Rinaldi brings readers right into the Civil War with her well-crafted historical setting and offers flawed but lovable characters. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

AFTER THE MOMENT by Garret Freymann-Weyr (Fiction)
Garret Freymann-Weyr's teenagers seem serious beyond their years, deeply invested not only in their own lives but also in the often complicated lives of their adult family members. AFTER THE MOMENT is no exception, and its male protagonist further cements Freymann-Weyr's reputation as a risk-taking author unafraid of tackling topics, and taking perspectives, unusual in young adult literature. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PRINCE CHARMING by Deb Caletti (Fiction)
In a family of women who have loved and lost, Quinn struggles with conflicting feelings about her charismatic but fickle father. When she and her little sister team up with their stranger/half-sister to undertake a quest of karmic healing, she discovers truths about all kinds of love that are sure to resonate with readers. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read Deb Caletti's blog post, "Bookless in Seattle."

SURFACE TENSION: A Novel in Four Summers by Brent Runyon (Fiction)
Four summers at the family's lake cabin illustrate a young boy's reluctant journey from innocence to experience in Brent Runyon's SURFACE TENSION, an evocative portrait of the stages of adolescence set against a memorable backdrop. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

LOOK BOTH WAYS: A Midnight Twins Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Mystery)
Meredith and Mallory Brynn's latest visions show a mysterious white mountain lion prowling the locker room at school. The 13-year-old identical twins fear the visions have something to do with the varsity cheerleading tryouts that are approaching. Someone is in danger, but who? And what can the girls do to help? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE UNINVITED by Tim Wynne-Jones (Mystery/Suspense)
A broken-down cottage in Ontario is the summer vacation destination for Mimi Shapiro, an NYU student who sets out on a much-needed retreat after fleeing from a sordid affair with her college professor. But someone named Jackson Page is already living there and isn't expecting her. Jackson mistakes her for a mysterious intruder who has been breaking into the cottage to leave disturbing reminders that an uninvited visitor is watching. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

-Click here to read Tim Wynne-Jones's blog post about THE UNINVITED.

THE PLAGUE by Joanne Dahme (Historical Fiction)
In a land overshadowed by death, 15-year-old Nell's uncanny resemblance to Princess Joan brings her to act as her double. But when the plague catches up to the royal entourage, thwarting the King's plan for the princess to marry the Prince of Castile and seal an alliance between their kingdoms, Nell's life could change forever. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

A CERTAIN STRAIN OF PECULIAR by Gigi Amateau (Fiction)
Thirteen-year-old Mary Harold Woods suffers from panic attacks, and when the kids at school zero in on her with cruel insults, it certainly doesn't help. She decides she can't take it anymore and begs her mom to move in with her grandmother in Alabama. When her mom says no, she takes matters into her own hands and drives the 600 miles herself. Will Mary find a way to fit in on Wren Mountain? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

SOUL ENCHILADA by David Macinnis Gill (Fantasy)
Eunice "Bug" Smoot has worked hard for everything she has in life. When a suspicious repo man shows up for her 1958 Cadillac Biarritz, Bug refuses to hand it over. It isn't until he demands her soul that Bug realizes that much more is at stake --- her immortality. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

THE SILVER DOOR: Moon & Sun, Book Two by Holly Lisle (Fantasy)
Towering high above the valley is the Spire, a magnificent and forbidding mountain whose peak is higher than the clouds. It is the last place Genna, chosen as the Sunrider, expects to find herself after being carried away in the mouth of the world's last dragon. What Genna and her friend Catri find when the dragon leaves them there is a magnificent city built of ancient human magic. But the Spire has ideas of its own, and they are not ones that make Genna feel safe. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.

 

Graphic Novel Reviews:

WOLVERINE: WORST DAY EVER by Barry Lyga
Somewhere between epistolary and graphic novel, WOLVERINE: WORST DAY EVER tells the story of a student at Professor Xavier's School for Mutants who doesn't quite love the powers he possesses and wants to emulate someone like Wolverine. Reviewed by John Hogan.

HUNTRESS: YEAR ONE written by Ivory Madison, illustrated by Cliff Richard, Art Thibert and Norm Rapmund
The Huntress gets another reboot in Ivory Madison's story of a mob daughter fighting crime. Armed with a crossbow and her tough-as-nails determination, Huntress is no longer Batman's daughter --- but she is finally getting the storyline she deserves. Reviewed by John Hogan.

THE ADVENTURES OF BLANCHE by Rick Geary
If you've read any of the books in Rick Geary's Treasury of Victorian Murder series, you know how his deliberate, deadpan delivery of the facts of the murder cases belies the detail in his artwork. This same technique is put to brilliant use in THE ADVENTURES OF BLANCHE, a collection of three long-out-of-print stories about an adventurous young woman living in the early years of the 20th century. Reviewed by Eva Volin.

FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD'S GREATEST written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Bryan Hitch
This collection is one that will almost certainly appeal to longtime fans. But just like the classic Stan Lee/Jack Kirby run, FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD'S GREATEST is also accessible to new readers. Reviewed by Jeffery Klaehn.

Manga Reviews:

WOLVERINE: PRODIGAL SON, Volume 1 written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Wilson Tortosa
Wolverine: Prodigal Son is a new take on the classic X-Man. Logan is a teen boy, having been raised in a dojo in the Canadian woods. Frustrated with being cooped up, he wins his sensei's challenge for a chance to explore more of the world. What he discovers there could unveil his mysterious origins or destroy everyone he knows and loves. Reviewed by Courtney Kraft.

HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY, Volumes 1 and 2 written by Ryukishi07 and illustrated by Karin Suzuragi
The first two volumes of Higurashi When They Cry, collectively titled the "Abducted by Demons Arc," take an ordinary shounen romantic comedy and transform it into something deliciously --- and unforgettably --- frightful. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

HONEY HUNT, Volume 1 by Miki Aihara
Honey Hunt is an appealing, diverting romp through the trials and travails of show business and teenage romance. Veteran creator Miki Aihara delivers with attractive artwork and handsome characters. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

-Click here to read all our graphic novel and manga reviews.

 

Poll and Question: Required Summer Reading

Poll:

Does your school usually have an assigned summer reading list?
Yes
No
Not sure

How many books do you need to read?
1-3
4-6
7-9
10 or more
I do not have a required summer reading list.

What grade does your required summer reading list get?
A
B
C
D
F
I do not have a required summer reading list.

Once school ends, when will you read the books on your summer reading list?
I will start as soon as possible.
I will read them throughout the course of the whole summer.
I will start reading them just before school begins.
I do not have a required summer reading list.

-Click here to participate in the poll.


Question:

Name three books that probably won't be on your school's summer reading list, but you wish were.

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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 ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen. To put your name in the hat, submit your current reading list and ratings by completing the form here.

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Have a great month...and make some time each day to read something you enjoy!

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