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August 2009

Teenreads.com Newsletter August 2009

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Heat Waves and Hot Books

One of my favorite things to do on a hot summer day is swim in my pool or just drift in the water and relax on a floating chair with a book. I can't believe we're nearing the end of August. We know some of you are back in school already, and others like my sons will be heading back to school soon. Where did this summer go? To everyone, soak in these last few weeks of summer with some good books.

My younger son is finishing up his summer reading with just the two books he knows they will be quizzed on left when school begins so he will remember all the details. As much as I hate that he still has "assignments" to read, I agree that this probably was the best way to tackle this. I guess this is the last call for summer reading!

Before the school year starts up, don't forget to take the Teenreads.com 2009 Reader Survey if you haven't already. And if you have started the survey and have not finished it, NOW is the time to answer any last questions. We actually have a little countdown clock running on the site. Answer the survey for your chance to win one of the 27 titles being given away. All respondents can enter our random drawing, and 775 readers will win! Click here for more details and be sure to enter by Monday, August 31st. May we ask you to share this page with your teachers if you are back in school, or your local librarians? We even have a nifty flyer that you can link people to here in a Word Document or PDF.

And remember, if you know any children ages 6-12 (perhaps some you babysit for, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.), spread the word about our Kidsreads.com 2009 Reader Survey. The survey can be accessed by clicking here. It's a short, simple survey and a quick way to win free books!

We're counting down the days until the September 1st release of CATCHING FIRE, the highly anticipated sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. Teenreads.com received an advance copy of the book earlier this summer, and it is one of our favorite YA picks for 2009. My younger son was wild about it, and we now have one very dog-eared copy of the book being passed around the office. The day it came in I think there was a drawing to see who got to read it first. We will be posting our review, an excerpt and a Q&A with the author in September. To learn about more titles that will be available in stores in the next few months, check out our Coming Soon page.

Congratulations to the winners of the IMPOSSIBLE Giveaway and the SKELLIG 10-Anniversary Giveaway! Readers who won a copy of IMPOSSIBLE will be able to have their feedback posted on the site in September, so stay tuned for that. And check out the drawing of Shannon from White City, OR above this opener. Shannon was the Grand Prize winner of the CATHY'S RING and iPod Giveaway. In addition to winning an iPod Touch and all three Cathy books, she also received her own portrait drawn by Cathy Brigg, the co-author and illustrator of the series.

Five copies of SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater, a new paranormal romance novel, are still up for grabs. To enter, read the excerpt here and fill out this form by Tuesday, September 15th. And of course you can 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 are CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran, THE LOST SUMMER by Kathryn Williams, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin and RUINED: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris.

This month, check out MURDER AT MIDNIGHT by Avi, a blend of medieval history with magic, intrigue, and plenty of twists and surprises. Get a feel for the book by reading this excerpt, and learn more about some of the characters and Avi's story ideas in our interview. Another featured title is the mermaid-esque fantasy DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH by Kathryn Lasky. Click here to read an excerpt. And dust off some of those old family books with the help of Lizzie Skurnick, who highlights some classics that YA lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy in her book, SHELF DISCOVERY: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading.

On the Teenreads.com Blog, Michelle Zink, author of PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS, shares insight about her organic writing process, and Barbara Hall, author of TEMPO CHANGE, tells us about her teen years. If you're interested in submitting a piece for the blog, please fill out this form; we'd love to hear from you! Tell us about the required summer reading books you liked and/or didn't like, or maybe something you're looking forward to reading in one of your classes this coming school year. And keep up to date with the Teenreads.com Facebook fan page for more great contests and book news updates, as well as a chance to chat with other readers.

For our Word of Mouth feature, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win two books: ALPHAS by Lisi Harrison and LOVE IS A HIGHER LAW by David Levithan. To put your name in the hat, submit your current reading list and ratings by completing the form here.

Be sure to take a final look at our Beach Bag of Books feature for some end-of-summer reading suggestions. As always, we have our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups, along with our reviews, which include both graphic novel and manga titles. And don't forget to vote in our poll and answer our question about popular books.

On a final note, September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Show your local library some love and become a member, or bring in a non-member friend (or two!) and have them sign up for a card.

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 

Click here to take part in the Teenreads.com 2009 Reader Survey, which closes on Monday, August 31st.


 

New Special Feature: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT by Avi

In this interview with Teenreads.com's Norah Piehl, award-winning children's and young adult author Avi discusses why he chose to revisit characters from his 1999 novel, MIDNIGHT MAGIC, in his 70th published work, MURDER AT MIDNIGHT, and his reasoning behind the book's recurring elements and unique format. He also elaborates on some of its characters --- most notably a magician who doesn't believe in magic --- explains how his interest in history influences his story ideas, and shares details about the projects he's currently working on.

MURDER AT MIDNIGHT by Avi (Mystery)

A plot to overthrow King Claudio is brewing in the Kingdom of Pergamontio, Italy. Mangus the Magician has been marked as an easy scapegoat for the traitor lurking within the king’s court. Against all odds, his faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio, sets out to solve the mystery and prove his master’s innocence before the stroke of midnight…in order to save him from certain death!

Intricate plotting, surprise twists, a marvelous literary duo, and an artful blend of medieval history with magic and intrigue make for another gripping and suspenseful page-turner that stands alone or sets the stage for more captivating adventure in MIDNIGHT MAGIC!

-Click here to read an excerpt from MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.
-Click here to read our interview with Avi.
-Click here to read Avi’s bio.

 

Click here to read a review of MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.

 

New Special Feature: DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH by Kathryn Lasky

DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH by Kathryn Lasky (Fantasy)
Hannah Albury is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land-sickness. Billowing waves exhilarate her, but flat plains away from the ocean leave her dried out, parched and ill. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her delicate feet. It’s freakish, horrifying…and deeply thrilling.

As Hannah becomes a young woman, she can sense that a powerful change is coming. A choice lies ahead, and Hannah must discover if she is a creature of the land --- or of the sea.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH.
-Click here to read Kathryn Lasky’s bio.

 

Click here to read a review of DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH.

 

Win a Copy of SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater

Move over vamps and pixies! Maggie Stiefvater's supernatural romance SHIVER brings the werewolf back into the spotlight. Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. And one yellow-eyed wolf --- her wolf --- is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Teenreads.com is giving five readers the chance to win a copy of SHIVER. To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Tuesday, September 15th at 11:59PM.

What state are Grace and Sam from?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
(Supernatural Romance)
For years Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf --- her wolf --- is a haunting presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human…until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human --- or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

 
Click here for all the contest details.

 

Special Feature: IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin

IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin (Romantic Suspense/Fantasy)
Inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale.

Lucy Scarborough is 17 when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or fall into madness upon their child’s birth. Unless she can complete these tasks, Lucy will go mad, just like her mother and all the Scarborough women before her. But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. As they struggle to make sense of the puzzle in the ballad and play by the dangerously important rules, time is slipping away and Lucy’s fate hangs in the balance. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil?

Teenreads.com ran a special contest for IMPOSSIBLE, where we gave away 20 copies of the paperback edition to readers who were interested in reading the book and commenting about it. Congratulations to all our winners! We will be posting their thoughts about the book when we update the site in September.

-Click here to read a review of IMPOSSIBLE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from IMPOSSIBLE.
-Click here to read our interview with Nancy Werlin.
-Click here to read Nancy Werlin’s bio.


Click here to see the winners of the IMPOSSIBLE giveaway.


 

Special Feature: SHELF DISCOVERY by Lizzie Skurnick

Author/poet/blogger Lizzie Skurnick's new book, SHELF DISCOVERY, is a collection of essays that sprung from a column she writes for the women's blog Jezebel, in which she revisits and deconstructs old favorite YA books from her childhood and adolescence. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Sarah A. Wood, Skurnick discusses the origins of the column and explains why she chose the specific novels she included in the book. She also muses on the positive messages she hopes young girls can learn from both these older teen reads and current YA titles, shares her thoughts on how the act of reading in general can enrich people's lives, and offers advice for those aspiring toward careers in writing and publishing.

SHELF DISCOVERY: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick (Memoir)
Remember that book you read at that time in your life when everything seemed to be going crazy --- the one book that brought the world into focus and helped soothe your raging teenage angst?

From Laura Lippman’s Foreword
“Some people are baffled by re-reading. What’s the point? There’s so much else to read. With these essays, Lizzie Skurnick has answered those questions. It’s as if a kindly psychiatrist suddenly appeared with a sheaf of missing brain scans. Do you giggle when someone tells you to ‘sit here for the present’? You are channeling Ramona Quimby, who turned those simple words into a daunting challenge. Does the mere mention of a mink-trimmed coat make you secretly swoon, even though you are rabidly anti-fur? You have ‘A Little Princess’ complex. Do you long to cover your enemies with leeches? You’re having a ‘Little House’ flashback…. So stretch out on Dr. Lizzie’s couch and find out why you think it would be kind of cozy to be locked up in an attic with your brother. Or learn to dissect the subtle class consciousness of Judy Blume’s New Jersey. Ponder the way that Lois Duncan’s characters come into unexpected powers, natural and supernatural alike, as they enter adolescence.”

And most of all, enjoy.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SHELF DISCOVERY.
-Click here to read our interview with Lizzie Skurnick.
-Click here to read Lizzie Skurnick’s bio.

-Visit Lizzie Skurnick’s official website, www.LizzieSkurnick.com.
-Click here to visit the publisher’s website.

 

Click here to read a review of SHELF DISCOVERY.


 

Now in Stores: ALPHAS by Lisi Harrison

ALPHAS by Lisi Harrison (Fiction)
Lisi Harrison, bestselling author of the Clique novels, presents a new series about fierce competition. Alpha Academy is an ultra-exclusive boarding school designed to prepare the next generation of world-class females. Everything is put on hold as the desire to be the best sometimes means crushing those beneath you. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
Click here to read a review of ALPHAS.

 

Now in Stores: DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES by James Patterson and Ned Rust

DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES by James Patterson and Ned Rust (Science Fiction)
All's quiet in the small town of Holliswood, the television sets a-glow in every home. But not all is as perfect as it seems. A terrifying outlaw has just arrived in town, with the goal of throwing it into chaos --- and filming the pandemonium for the fellas back home. Only one person can stop him and his thugs from destroying the city and everyone living there. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES.
 

Click here to read a review of DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES.

 

Now in Stores: Louder Than Words Series --- Real Girls. Real Words. Real Life.

CHELSEY written by Chelsey Shannon, edited by Deborah Reber (Memoir)
Chelsey was dealt the unthinkable. When Her Only Surviving Parent, her beloved father, was violently murdered days before her 14th birthday, Chelsey's life was forever changed. As she was forced to come to terms with a new home life, a new school, a new identity as an orphan, Chelsey struggled to make sense of her personal tragedy. Yet she found a way to flourish despite all the odds. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

EMILY written by Emily Smucker, edited by Deborah Reber (Memoir)
Plagued with some sort of cold or fever or bizarre aches and pains for much of her life, Emily thought the dizziness and stomach aches at the start of her senior year were just another bout of "Emily flu." But when they didn't go away, she knew something was seriously wrong. Eventually diagnosed with the rare and incurable West Nile virus, Emily watched her senior year and the future she had planned for go up in smoke. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

MARNI written by Marni Bates, edited by Deborah Reber (Memoir)
Unable to deal with the mounting stress at home, in school and with friends, Marni's compulsion to pluck out her eyebrows, eyelashes --- even the hair from the top of her head --- helped her to quiet her mind and escape the pressures of the world around her. Marni first began pulling the summer just before entering high school, and she was immediately hooked. Unfortunately, by the time she discovered that her habit was an actual disorder, it was way too late. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.
 

Click here to read more about the Louder Than Words series.

 

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 CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran, THE LOST SUMMER by Kathryn Williams, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin and RUINED: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Tuesday, September 15th.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.


Click here for all the contest details.


 

Cool New Books for August

August’s roundup of Cool New Books includes ALPHAS, a new spin-off of Lisi Harrison’s Clique series, set at the ultra-exclusive Alphas-only boarding school; TRICKS, a moving work of fiction from Ellen Hopkins about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down and growing up; LOVE IS A HIGHER LAW by David Levithan, in which the lives of three teens are altered forever on September 11, 2001; Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, a supernatural romance about a young lady whose yellow-eyed wolf is a haunting presence she can’t seem to live without; AFTER by Amy Efaw, a fast-paced, gripping novel that tells the story of a responsible, hard-working and mature straight-A student who is accused of an unthinkable crime; and Louder Than Words, a powerfully penned series of true-life stories by teen girls.

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


 
August's New in Paperback Roundup
August’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, E. Lockhart’s story of a teenager who finds a way to infiltrate her school’s boy-only secret society and practically becomes a criminal mastermind by the age of 16; IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin, a riveting novel that combines suspense, fantasy and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale; THE LAND OF THE SILVER APPLES, the highly anticipated sequel to THE SEA OF TROLLS from National Book Award winner and Newbery Honor author Nancy Farmer; KINGDOM KEEPERS II: DISNEY AT DAWN, which marks the return of our heroes from Ridley Pearson’s DISNEY AFTER DARK as they embark on another adventure to save Walt Disney World; and THE CASTAWAYS, the conclusion to Iain Lawrence’s The Curse of the Jolly Stone Trilogy, in which Tom Tin and his four convict companions save two sailors stranded on an iceberg.


Click here to see what’s New in Paperback for August.


 

This Month's Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:

GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE: A Girl Novel
by Melissa de la Cruz
(Fiction)
Melissa de la Cruz begins another hot new series with GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE, the story of three teens in the South of France who work in the movie industry. Devon, Livia and Casey struggle to find their footing and a way to stand up for themselves among several phony people trying to bring them down. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)
One gifted teen unknowingly attracts humans and creatures with supernatural abilities. Aden Stone has four souls within his body, each with a unique talent. Julian can raise the dead, Elijah can tell the future, Eve can travel through time, and Caleb can possess other bodies. Elijah has predicted Aden's death in one possible future, but within that future also lies a chance to set the souls free. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.


-Click here to read an excerpt from INTERTWINED.

ANDROMEDA KLEIN by Frank Portman (Fiction)
In this highly original tale, Andromeda Klein's best friend, "Twice Holy Soror" Daisy Wasserstrom, has died; Andromeda's crush has abandoned her; and the Friends of the Library are unwittingly unraveling her spiritual quest. Yet Andromeda's life rolls on, aided by her tarot readings, mysterious dreams, quirky "friends" and the belief that Daisy is trying to contact her. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

GEEKTASTIC: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Fiction/Short Stories)
Don’t be put off by the title, as GEEKTASTIC is full of stories by many prominent and acclaimed authors of young adult literature. Whether you’re a die-hard geek or a regular everyday geek, there is something for everyone in this collection. It’s time to embrace your inner geek. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

IF THE WITNESS LIED by Caroline B. Cooney (Thriller)
Teenagers Madison, Jack, Smithy and Tris Fountain were subject to the whims of the media after the deaths of their parents made national headlines. Was baby Tris really responsible for such tragic events? Could the only witness have lied? Television cameras are clamoring to capture what happens next. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

TOMBSTONE TEA by Joanne Dahme (Horror/Suspense)
Jessie is new to Philadelphia and desperately lonely. So when a few girls who are part of the “in-crowd” offer up a dare in order to join their group, Jessie jumps at the chance. All she has to do is survive a night alone in a cemetery. But it turns out she’s not alone --- and she’ll be lucky to escape with her life. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

JAKE RANSOM AND THE SKULL KING’S SHADOW by James Rollins (Fiction/Action & Adventure)
When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their archaeologist parents on the expedition from which they never returned leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance --- if Jake and Kady can survive long enough to solve the mystery. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE LOST SUMMER by Kathryn Williams (Fiction)
Helena Waite has been attending the same summer camp for years and loving every minute of it. But this year, Helena returns to Southpoint not as a camper, but as a counselor. Unfortunately, best friend Katie Bell, who missed the age requirement by only a few months, must remain a camper for another year. But that shouldn’t matter, right? Surely, camp will be as amazing as ever. However, little do they know, this summer will change their lives forever. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE ORANGE HOUSES by Paul Griffin (Fiction)
Not many books will tell you the end of the story on the first page. The prelude to this astounding novel tells of the end --- the hanging of Jimmi Sixes, a war veteran from a row of orange houses in New York. After Jimmi received a mandatory discharge from service and returned home, he was hung on the streets of his own neighborhood by a mob. The focus of this rare book is the few spirited inhabitants of the orange houses who endure a darker side of life than most. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

SECRETS OF TRUTH & BEAUTY by Megan Frazer (Fiction)
When a disastrously misinterpreted English project lands Dara Cohen in the counselor's office --- and her parents pull her out of school to save face --- she
opts to visit her estranged sister at the Jezebel Goat Farm in Hollis, Massachusetts. Life on the farm becomes a cooperative experience for Dara that encourages true bonds of family and discovery of her own self worth. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


 

Manga Reviews:

PRINCESS PRINCESS PLUS written and illustrated by Mikiyo Tsuda
Ex-princess Matsuoka and Izumi have been chosen from all of their classmates to dance as princesses. However, due to differences in values, conflict rises between the pair. Now that the ex-princesses are being pulled back into the mix, can they dismiss their conflicts and allow a new chapter to begin?
Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

BLACK GOD, Volume 6 written by Dall-Young Lim and illustrated by Sung-Woo Park
Kuro finally opens up about her life as the carefree princess she once was before coming to Earth and meeting Keita. This is the book where we finally get the back story behind the Mototsumitama’s defining moment as well as a first glimpse into the events that are about to unfold.
Reviewed by Courtney Kraft.

TRAIN*TRAIN, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Eiki Eiki
Aishi Saruta dreams of growing up to be a train operator just like his father. He finally gets the chance to launch his career when he lands a job at the Minami-Kitazawa station. But something isn’t quite right. Why are all the employees cute guys?
Reviewed by Courtney Kraft.

ANGELIC RUNES, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Makoto Tateno
A traveler in search of his father chances upon a pair of twins about to be buried by their village. The villagers claim the two are cursed, but he rescues them. He soon finds out what makes the villagers fear them: the siblings have the power of angels and demons! But he has his own secrets as well...
Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

JYU-OH-SEI, Volumes 1-3 written and illustrated by Natsumi Itsuki
Jyu-Oh-Sei
is hands down one of the best manga series to see publication this year, and its simultaneously intelligent yet action-packed brand of social science fiction is sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

THE REFORMED written by Christopher Hart and illustrated by Anzu
A vampire falls in love and is blamed for murders he did not commit in Christopher Hart and Anzu's new manga THE REFORMED. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

CANON, Volumes 1 and 2 written and illustrated by Chika Shiomi
Canon is made a vampire against her will. She turns other vampires back into people, but she may be doomed to remain the undead herself. Determined to find the one who did this to her, she grapples with feelings of compassion and revenge.
Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

-Click here to read our manga reviews.


Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens:


TWENTIES GIRL by Sophie Kinsella (Fiction)
Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they? Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, TWENTIES GIRL is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family. Reviewed by Jamie Layton.

-Click here to read an excerpt from TWENTIES GIRL.

THE BRIDE’S FAREWELL by Meg Rosoff (Fiction)
Continuing to redefine the boundaries between fiction for adults and teens, Meg Rosoff --- author of the internationally bestselling novel HOW I LIVE NOW --- goes back in time to explore one young woman’s attempts to find her place in an unfriendly world. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laurie Viera Rigler (Fiction)
In CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, a die-hard Jane Austen fan finds herself somehow transported into the 19th century in the strange body of Jane Mansfield, a proper English lady. RUDE AWAKENINGS is exactly the reverse scenario, now with 19th-century Jane finding herself as an impostor inside the body of a blonde knockout, who is Courtney Stone in modern-day U.S.A. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

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

 

This Month's Poll and Question: Reading Popular Books
Poll:

Do you read books that are especially popular (for example, Harry Potter, Twilight, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, etc.)?

All of the time
Some of the time
Never

Do you experience “book guilt” if you haven’t read a book that everyone else seems to have read?


Yes
No
Not sure


-Click here to participate in the poll.


Question:

Name up to three books that you felt you HAD to read because it seemed everyone else had.

-Click here to answer the question.

 

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win TWO Books!

This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of ALPHAS by Lisi Harrison and LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW by David Levithan. 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.
 


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

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