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December 2010

Teenreads.com Newsletter December 2009

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Happy Holidays from Teenreads.com!
The holiday season is in full swing, but there hasn't been a lot of downtime to celebrate. With the flurry of holiday parties (check out my turquoise tree at the office), finishing up projects for this year and getting ready for 2010, I didn't have much time for making gifts this holiday season (I love to knit!). My younger son asked for A LOT of books, thus shopping for him was easy. In fact, I found at least one book for everyone on my list in the bookstore. How are you doing with your shopping? Remember to keep our What to Give/What to Get Guide in mind for great last-minute gift suggestions for your friends and family. And, of course, you can also use the guide for additions to your own wish list (there's still time!).

Congratulations to the winners of
Teenreads.com's Fourth Annual Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest! We hope that all of the books and holiday goodies bring you lots of good tidings, cheer and reads this winter season. And even those who did not win, the 10 titles we featured are more great gift ideas to consider for the holidays.

As 2009 come to a close, we bring you two very special year-end features. For the first time ever on Teenreads.com, we asked our reviewers to let us know what some of their favorite books of the year were. Click here to see their lists and see if you agree with their selections. Also, we invite you to take a look at the author interviews that were featured throughout the year on Teenreads.com. This is a great way to catch up on the discussions you may have missed --- and to re-read what some of your favorite authors had to say about their books.

We don’t have any big blockbusters or warm and fuzzy holiday films to share with you this month, but December’s Books into Movies feature is still ending 2009 with a bang, as we spotlight a highly anticipated and star-studded adaptation of one of our favorite crossovers. The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson (who brought us The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl who can’t seem to find peace in the afterlife until she --- as well as her family and friends --- can come to terms with her tragic death.

One of the big things many readers noted in the Teenreads.com 2009 Reader Survey was the need for more reading group guides for schools, book clubs, etc. This month, we're bringing you two great guides for THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE, which are being made available for the first time. Make sure you read both novels before August 24, 2010, which is when the final book in the trilogy is set to be released.

Have you read the Cathy's Book trilogy? I love the books, which combine journal entries, doodles, evidence kits and more in a mystery/romance thriller. Now, the first book is back in a whole new and amazing way. CATHY'S BOOK has been transformed into one of the coolest applications I have ever seen for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It transforms the book into a totally interactive experience and includes tons of special features. The folks who created it came by to demo it for us and I loved the way the story came alive. All all I can say is that you HAVE to try this. You can buy the app for only $0.99 on iTunes. And to celebrate, Teenreads.com is giving away an iPod Touch to one of our lucky readers. What are you waiting for? Enter now!

We have a number of other great contests running this month as well. Ten lucky readers can win a copy of the seventh book in the Pretty Little Liars series, HEARTLESS. Click here for more details. Also, you can enter for a chance to be one of the 15 winners in THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB Contest and THE SECRET YEAR Contest.

This month, check out our interview with Natalie Standiford, author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT. And don't miss our review and the excerpt; this was one of the books in our Holiday Basket of Cheer that you're sure to love. And ANOTHER FAUST, which is a title in our What to Give/What to Get Guide, has a great book trailer you should check out.

December's Grab Bag of Books contest is sure to please with titles that include ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen, ANOTHER FAUST by Daniel and Dina Nayeri, FIRE by Kristin Cashore and IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at blogging? The Teenreads.com Blog has featured more than 50 YA authors, and now we want to hear what YOU have to say! We want to know what your thoughts are on favorite writers, life-changing books, reading recommendations, and whether or not Bella and Edward would make your birthday party guest list. Click here to check out our list of fun questions, and we'll post your responses on the Teenreads.com Blog.

Teenreads.com has joined Twitter! You can now follow us at @Teenreads. And make sure to join the Teenreads.com Facebook fan page for more great book and author news updates, as well as a chance to chat with other readers. We love reading all your responses! Plus, feel free to tell us all about what you're reading in our Word of Mouth feature. One lucky reader can win a copy of TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler. (My niece was eyeing this book on my desk over the weekend; she has enjoyed Carolyn's past books. Little did she know I was getting a copy for her!)

Be sure to check out our November/December Cool New Books and New in Paperback updates, along with our reviews, which include graphic novel and manga titles and Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens. And don't forget to vote in our poll about how many books you read this year and answer our question about what you're looking forward to reading in 2010.

Finally, since winter break starts any day now, if it hasn't started already, Teenreads.com has a special checklist for you to complete as a holiday present to us (we'd really appreciate it!):

-Sign up to be a Teenreads.com blogger (We want to share what you have to say! And maybe, just maybe, this can count as extra credit for school.)
-Nominate your fave books of '09 for the Children's Book Council's Teen Choice Book of the Year (As P. Diddy once said, "Vote or Die")
-Fan us on Facebook and suggest us to friends (Spread the love!)
-Follow @Teenreads on Twitter (Tweet the love!)
-Vote in our poll and question (Quick and easy!)

-Email your teachers and librarians about Teenreads.com (We love readers!)
-Into graphic novels? Check out GraphicNovelReporter.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Happy reading, happy holidays, and happy new year! Here's to a great 2010.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

Reading Group Guides Now Available: THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins

The first two novels in the Hunger Games trilogy have been met with critical and commercial success, both charting at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list while also landing on annual "best of" lists. Now, for the first time, discussion guides are ready for these futuristic novels where gladiator-esque showdowns pit friends and rivals alike against one another.

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
In this gripping young adult novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present, the nation of Panem consists of a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying Districts, in the ruins of the area once known as North America. Sixteen-year-old Katniss and her friend Gale forage for food in the woods surrounding their impoverished District, in this stratified society where the Capital controls all resources. The main support for both their families, Katniss and Gale are apprehensive of the approaching annual Reaping, when two “tributes” between the ages of 12 and 18 will be chosen by lottery from each of the 12 districts to compete in The Hunger Games, a survival contest on live TV in which teenagers fight to the death and there can be only one victor.

-Click here to see the reading group guide for THE HUNGER GAMES.

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
In the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, the President announces plans for the Quarter Quell, the 75th anniversary Games. Every 25 years the Capitol devises a new twist for the reaping, and this year they announce that the tributes will be chosen from among the victors of previous Games, ensuring friends and foes will once again face each other with grim consequences likely. All the while, a rebellion brews to end the tyranny.

-Click here to see the reading group guide for CATCHING FIRE.

 

Win an iPod Touch --- and Download the New CATHY'S BOOK Application!

To celebrate the release of the new CATHY'S BOOK iPhone and iPod Touch application, Teenreads.com is giving readers the chance to win an iPod Touch. To enter, fill out this form by Wednesday, January 13th at 11:59PM.

If you already have an iPhone or iTouch, you must check out this application
. For only $0.99, you get to experience CATHY'S BOOK in a totally new way. There are all sorts of interactive features, secret excerpts and other surprises. With this new app, Teenreads.com is hooked on CATHY'S BOOK all over again!

CATHY'S BOOK: If Found Call (650) 266-8233, Part One
CATHY’S BOOK, the first interactive teen novel, is back and completely re-imagined for the iPhone and iPod Touch!

Things aren't so peachy in Cathy Vickers's life since she and her boyfriend Victor broke up. Her father dies unexpectedly, she's failing in school, and all this drama is pushing her best friend Emma to the limit. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor's reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. Is Victor really what he seems? Will Cathy's curiosity put everyone she knows in danger?

Through Cathy's unique and irresistible voice we enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren't as they appear. Part romance, part thriller, part mystery, you'll experience the story by calling phone numbers, searching websites, examining evidence, discovering secrets, and exploring locations hidden in the pages of Cathy's private sketchbook.

Help Cathy solve the mystery before it's too late!

-Click here to learn more about the CATHY'S BOOK iPhone and iPod Touch application.
-Click here to read our Cathy’s Book series feature.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature and Contest: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS #7: HEARTLESS by Sara Shepard

In the beautiful suburb of Rosewood, a murderer is on the loose. Some very strange happenings have occurred, and Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily insist they’re telling the truth about the things they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they’re simply out for attention. Will one of them be the next to disappear before anyone believes them?

To celebrate the January 19th release of HEARTLESS, the newest addition to Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, Teenreads.com is giving away 10 copies of the book. For your chance to be one of the lucky winners, fill out this form and answer the following question by Wednesday, February 10th at 11:59PM.

Who was the "original A"?

You can find the answer by reading an excerpt from Chapter 1 here. To go directly to Chapter 1, click on Table of Contents in the upper righthand corner of the Browse Inside page.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS #7: HEARTLESS by Sara Shepard (Fiction)
In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers. Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily insist they’re telling the truth, but all of Rosewood thinks they’re simply out for attention --- and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them…or will they be the next to disappear?

-Click here to read more about HEARTLESS.
-Click here to create your own Pretty Little Liar!
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature and Contest: THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg

Penny is sick of boys and tired of dating, so she vows: No more. And she's not alone. It seems like almost every girl at school shares her sentiments. Thus, The Lonely Hearts Club is born, and Penny finds herself near legendary for her non-dating ways.

To celebrate Penny's Lonely Hearts Club movement, Teenreads.com is giving away 15 copies of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, Elizabeth Eulberg’s debut novel. For your chance to be one of the lucky winners, fill out this form and answer the following question by Wednesday, February 10th at 11:59PM.

Who is always at the top of Tracy's date list?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg (Fiction)
Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating, so she vows: No more. She’s had one too many bad dates, and has been hurt by one too many bad boys. Penny thinks she might be crazy for swearing off boys --- but soon a few other girls are inspired, and a movement is born. Girls are soon thronging to The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the Sgt. Pepper’s band) and Penny finds herself near legendary for her non-dating ways --- which is too bad, since the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club has found a certain boy she can’t help but like…

-Click here to read Elizabeth Eulberg’s bio.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Win a Copy of THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer R. Hubbard

ROMEO AND JULIET meets THE OUTSIDERS in this story of a clandestine romance that turns tragic. Colt and Julia share a taboo love that is cut short, leaving one behind trying desperately to forget everything about this forbidden relationship.

Teenreads.com is giving away 15 copies of THE SECRET YEAR, Jennifer R. Hubbard’s debut novel. For your chance to be one of the lucky winners, fill out this form and answer the following question by Wednesday, February 10th at 11:59PM.

What is the name of Colt's first real girlfriend?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer R. Hubbard (Fiction)
Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one --- not even Julia’s boyfriend --- knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

 

Click here to read all the contest details.


 

Special Feature: HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford

In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Terry Miller Shannon, Natalie Standiford --- author of The Dating Game series, as well as the newly released HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT --- explains what prompted her to write a story about the complicated friendship between two isolated teens and discusses how her own upbringing in Baltimore inspired its setting. She also describes her reaction to seeing a copy of the finished book for the first time, names a few of her writing influences --- which range from children's author Beverly Cleary to filmmaker Wes Anderson --- and shares details about her next book, CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS, due out next fall.


HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT
by Natalie Standiford
(Fiction)

Icelandic hairdressers are the happiest people in the world. Bea is not an Icelandic hairdresser. Neither is Jonah. But together, they might find something approaching happiness.


New to town, Bea is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. You know the type: very cheery, very friendly, very average. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost boy, a quiet observer who hasn’t made a new friend since third grade. He’s not a big fan of people in general…but he’s willing to make an exception for her. Maybe.

Bea and Jonah are not going to have a friendship like other people have a friendship, where it’s all based on gossip and parties and what everybody else thinks. Instead, their friendship comes from truth-bound conversations, shared secrets, daring stunts, and late-night calls to the same old-timer radio show. They help each other and hurt each other, push away and hold close. It’s not romance, exactly --- but it’s definitely love. And it means more to them than either one can ever really know…

For anyone who’s ever entered the wonderful, treacherous, consuming, meaningful world of a true friendship, HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT will strike a deep and lasting chord.

-Click here to read an excerpt from HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT.
-Click here to read our interview with Natalie Standiford.
-Click here to read Natalie Standiford’s bio.

 
Click here to read a review of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT.

 

Now in Stores: ANOTHER FAUST by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

ANOTHER FAUST by Daniel and Dina Nayeri (Paranormal Fantasy)
One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish --- only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city's most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor's extraordinary "gifts."

Enter the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

-Click here to see the video trailer for ANOTHER FAUST.

 

Click here to read more about ANOTHER FAUST.

 

Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2009 for the Children's Book Council's Teen Choice Book of the Year

In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2009. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Later we will tell you where you can go vote for them once the five finalists have been determined. The winner will be announced in May 2010.
 

Click here for all the details.

 

Teenreads.com Blog --- We Want to Hear from YOU!

Since its launch this past summer, the Teenreads.com Blog has featured more than 50 YA authors who have shared everything from current reading lists and funny anecdotes to backstories behind novels, bumps in the publishing process, and musings on life, love and literature. Now it's YOUR turn! We want to hear your thoughts on favorite writers, life-changing books, reading recommendations, and more. All you have to do is answer any 3-5 questions from the list below, and we'll post your responses on the Teenreads.com Blog.

- If you could trade places with any character from a book for a day, who would you be and why?

- What is the last book you read? Would you suggest it to a friend? Why or why not?

- Name three characters from a book who you'd like to invite to your birthday party.

- Do you have a favorite quote from a book? If so, what is it?

- Tell us about your top three favorite books of all time.

- If you had the opportunity to meet any author (dead or alive), who would you choose to meet, and what three questions would you ask him/her?

- What movies have you seen that were based on books? Did you like the book or film version better? Why?

- Tell us about your favorite book series.

 

Click here to let your voices be heard on the Teenreads.com Blog.

 

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 ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen, ANOTHER FAUST by Daniel and Dina Nayeri, FIRE by Kristin Cashore and IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Tuesday, January 19th.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 

Click here for all the contest details.

 

Teenreads.com's Year-End Features: Favorite Books and Author Interviews of 2009

Teenreads.com Reviewer Picks
Recently, we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2009. Though it was difficult to narrow down, each reviewer chose up to 10 books that he or she enjoyed the most this year. Take a look and see if any of their selections match yours --- and which titles you may want to consider reading in the future. Please note that due to personal and professional commitments, some reviewers were not able to participate in this feature.

-Click here to see our reviewers' favorite books of 2009.

Author Interviews of 2009
As 2009 comes to a close, we invite you to take a look at the author interviews that were featured throughout the year on Teenreads.com. This is a great way to catch up on the discussions you may have missed --- and to re-read what some of your favorite authors had to say about their books.

-Click here to see our roundup of 2009 interviews.

 

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Teens

Sometimes deciding what to get is as hard as deciding what to give. So we've created a special What to Give/What to Get Guide --- a list of books just for teens that will give you tons of gift-giving ideas (and maybe a few to put on YOUR list). Happy Holidays!

 

Click here to see our What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for teens.


 
Teenreads.com's Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest --- Announcing the Five Lucky Winners!

Our Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest has ended. Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to our winners!

Even if you weren't a winner, may we suggest you take a look at our featured titles? These are books you'll want to read any time of the year.

THE AMANDA PROJECT: BOOK 1: INVISIBLE I by Melissa Kantor
DEADLY LITTLE LIES: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford
IT’S ALL GOOD: A So For Real Novel by Nikki Carter
A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD by Lisa Ann Sandell
NEED by Carrie Jones
SECRET SOCIETY by Tom Dolby
SPLENDOR: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE AWAKENING by L.J. Smith
VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani

 

Click here to read more about the titles spotlighted in our Holiday Basket of Cheer feature.

 

This Month's Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:

RAVEN SUMMER by David Almond (Fiction)
David Almond has a reputation for crafting oddly beautiful, thought-provoking books that remain with readers long after the final pages have been turned. His newest work holds this same power. Full of images both alluring and deeply disturbing, RAVEN SUMMER is the kind of atmospheric novel that will haunt readers' thoughts. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from RAVEN SUMMER.

DEADLY LITTLE LIES: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Paranormal Romance)
In DEADLY LITTLE SECRET, Camelia Hammond fought first for her sanity and then for her life as an obsessive stalker hunted her down and attacked. Now, in DEADLY LITTLE LIES, it’s starting all over again --- and just when her ex-boyfriend, Ben, returns to the scene. To make life even more confusing, Camelia seems to be developing a psychometric power of her own. But are her powers strong enough to warn her of the impending dangers in time? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

SHADOWLAND: The Immortals, Book 3 by Alyson Noël (Paranormal Romance)
Sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom’s life has changed forever in ways she never could’ve imagined. Thanks to her century’s-old soul mate, Damen, Ever is now immortal. But even being immortal has a few challenges, like when the evil Roman tricks Ever into giving Damen a medicine that results in Ever’s DNA being toxic to Damen. How can two soul mates endure living forever when they are forbidden to touch? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

LILY DALE: DISCOVERING by Wendy Corsi Staub (Paranormal Suspense)
After finally learning who was behind her mother’s death, Calla still doesn’t understand why it happened. Someone out there seems to share the powerful psychic abilities that allow Calla to see not only into the past, but to the Other Side. Will Calla’s journey lead to the closure she's been searching for, or will it force her to accept yet another loss and forever wonder what might have been? Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

-Click here to read Wendy Corsi Staub's Teenreads.com blog post, “Wendy Corsi Staub On Writing For Teens, Then and Now.”

MALICE written by Chris Wooding and illustrated by Dan Chernett (Thriller/Graphic Novel)
The comic book world of Malice is accompanied by a mysterious legend: gather the right things and say the right phrase, and Tall Jake will whisk you away into its deadly pages. Friends Seth and Kady had no idea this legend was real --- until they find themselves trapped inside! Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

MILLION-DOLLAR THROW by Mike Lupica (Fiction)
Nate Brodie wins the chance to throw a pass through a target at a New England Patriots game for one million dollars. Nate, who’s the biggest Tom Brady fan, should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad is now unemployed and his family is losing their home. It’s no secret that the money would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure --- and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.


HAZEL by Julie Hearn (Historical Fiction)
In 1913 London, 13-year-old Hazel's future is all mapped out for her --- until her life takes a sudden detour and she is banished to a Caribbean island with an unexpected companion. In her exotic new home, she uncovers family secrets and mysteries with the power to rock her world. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE DEMON KING: A Seven Realms Novel by Cinda Williams Chima (Fantasy)
Crafted by the author of The Heir series, THE DEMON KING introduces the Seven Realms, a land scarred by untamed magic. In this first installment of an exciting new trilogy, the lives of an ex-streetlord and a princess-heir converge with a thrilling outcome and the promise of an epic conflict for the future of the series. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

EXPOSURE by Mal Peet (Fiction)
In EXPOSURE, his third novel to feature sports journalist Paul Faustino, award-winning author Mal Peet injects a little Shakespearian tragedy into a soccer drama about loyalty, betrayal and the wide-reaching effects of celebrity culture.
Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

BAD APPLE by Laura Ruby (Fiction)
High school junior Tola Riley has green hair, a nose ring, an attitude problem, and a fondness for fairy tales, which are a great escape from real life. Everyone thinks she's crazy --- except Mr. Mymer, her art teacher. He gets her paintings and lets her hang out in the art room during lonely lunch periods. But then rumors start flying and Tola is suddenly the center of a scandal. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Fantasy)
This lively and impressive fantasy immerses readers in the historic southern town of Gatlin, where small minds rule and originality slowly suffocates. The arrival of gothic beauty Lena Duchannes piques the interest of Ethan Wate while simultaneously enraging the entire non-magical community. As Gatlin's belles and beaus prepare for their witch hunt, Ethan and Lena discover each other and learn some startling truths behind Lena's powers and her unique and disturbing family heritage. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Michelle D. Kwasney (Fiction)
As the lives of three girls from three different decades converge, they discover that they are connected in ways they never could’ve imagined. Each of them finds strength that brings her closer to healing a painful past, and faith that there is a happier future.
Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


Graphic Novel Reviews:

THE STORM IN THE BARN written and illustrated by Matt Phelan

Eleven-year-old Jack Clark’s life is as bleak as the dust fields that used to be his family's farm. But when a mysterious figure appears in an abandoned barn, Jack finds an adventure he may not be prepared for. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

FINAL CRISIS: Legion of 3 Worlds written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by George Pérez and Scott Koblish
Superman, Superboy, Green Lantern, and the combined might of three Legions of Super-Heroes all combine to take on the Time Trapper and his minions in the Legion of Super-Villains. But it’s the fixing of two decades of continuity that this book really takes on. Reviewed by John Hogan

WAR MACHINE: IRON HEART written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Leonardo Manco
What would happen if Iron Man had the moral compass of the Punisher? The result would be James Rhodes, a literal one-man army who believes that the best course of action is to take the fight to the enemy. In this tale, Rhodey, aka War Machine, has to do everything he can to set right what he sees as wrong. But as the fighting intensifies, he must ask himself how far he’s willing to go before completely losing himself. Reviewed by Stephen Giordano.

Manga Reviews:

KYO KARA MAOH, Volumes 1-4 written by Tomo Takabayashi and illustrated by Temari Matsumoto
Yuri Shibuya can’t catch a break. Then one day he discovers he’s the king of demons! This average teenager turns out to be a monarch with supernatural powers. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

GOGO MONSTER written and illustrated by Taiyo Matsumoto
Yuki Tachibana is an outcast at Asahi Elementary School who only talks to the other children to warn them about the “others,” beings kept in check only by the power of Super Star, the boss of the other side. When Makoto, a new boy, befriends Yuki, he finds himself wondering how much of Yuki’s tales are true and if the “others” really exist. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

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


Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens:

UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
Wizards love to smoke and eat. That's their exercise. Until the funding for their great banquets is held hostage. The only way to keep the money flowing is to revive the sport of football at Unseen University. It's a collision course of comedic events as Ankh-Morpork's finest fumble their way into the realm of athletics. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

DRACULA THE UN-DEAD by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt (Supernatural Thriller)
Twenty-five years later, Dracula is still roaming the earth and so is a new evil --- an evil more cunning and diabolical than Dracula himself. The next incarnation of the undead rises, committing gruesome murders and terrorizing residents of London and Paris, leaving one individual to stop the carnage. Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski.

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (Memoir)
Have you ever cried with joy? If not, then here’s your chance. This tale, a true story of determination, conquering adversity and ingenuity lost and found in a hostile landscape, will make you cheer as you follow a young African boy who sets out to do the impossible. It’s a story that well embodies the concept of “the audacity of hope” with no strings attached. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

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


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