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January 2010

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As I mentioned in our special 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards Newsletter last week, I had the pleasure of being in Boston last Monday when the American Library Association (ALA) announced their winners of some of the biggest book awards of the year. I was so happy to be a part of all the excitement of the day! If you haven't gotten a chance to see the winners and honorees, please take a minute to look over these noteworthy titles. Taking time to recognize the literary contributions of authors is important in the fast-paced technological world of today.

And now that the ALA has chosen their winning titles of the year, we want to hear about YOUR top YA choices of 2009! 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. All you have to do is fill out this form. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May. Voting ends on Monday, February 1st, so vote now!

2010 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for literary-based blockbusters, and February’s Books into Movies roundup features two can’t-miss films that promise just a taste of what we can expect in the months ahead. Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, hits theaters February 5th. Based on a novel by the king of tear-jerking romantic dramas, Nicholas Sparks, it chronicles the six-year romance developed through letters written between a college student and a soldier stationed in the Middle East. And if weepy romances aren’t your thing, February 12th marks the release of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, adapted from the first installment of the bestselling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Directed by Chris Columbus, who brought us the first two Harry Potter movies, this fantasy adventure follows a teen who discovers he’s the son of a Greek god and finds himself caught up in a war being fought among the other residents of Mount Olympus.

And a must to add to your DVD collection this month is Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, now in stores. This wacky teen comedy from across the pond brings the unforgettable Georgia Nicolson --- heroine of the bestselling series by Louise Rennison --- and all her zany boy-chasing adventures to life on the small screen.

Last week, a few staff members and I attended a book signing for Carolyn Mackler's newest YA novel, TANGLED. You can see a photo from that signing above in the left corner. I loved the book, where Carolyn weaves the stories of four characters together and readers will see how their tales are...tangled. I had the chance to ask Carolyn some questions about the story, her writing style, and her plans for the future. Check out my interview with this talented author here. If you have not read Carolyn before, this is a great place to start and then move on to her earlier books!

Maureen Johnson has followed up her 2008 novel SUITE SCARLETT with the newly released sequel, SCARLETT FEVER. Read our review and an excerpt, and start on Scarlett's latest adventure. In addition, you can get more behind-the-scenes info from our interview with Maureen.

The 2008 winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell, is now available in paperback. If you didn't get a chance to catch it in hardcover, find out all about this award-winning story in our review and excerpt.

We also have two new reading group guides for you --- ANYTHING BUT NORMAL by Melody Carlson and OUT WITH THE IN CROWD by Stephanie Morrill --- that touch on such issues as teen pregnancy, family relationships and major lifestyle changes.

A big congratulations to McKenna from Kalispell, MT, who is our CATHY'S BOOK App iPod Touch Giveaway winner! If you have an iPhone or iTouch, you can buy the CATHY'S BOOK App for only $0.99 on iTunes. Click here to check out a demo video and an interview with one of the application's creators, Jaimee Callaway. I have seen a lot of technology aps for books, but this one is hands down the best that I have seen! Find out more about the Cathy Vickers Trilogy here.

This month, we are thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for our friend and former staffer, Anna Jarzab! Her debut novel, ALL UNQUIET THINGS, was recently released. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so much fun to read a book by an author who I know so well. I was at a dinner where she was feted two weeks ago (see the photo above in the right corner) and saw her again in Boston at ALA. Lots of fun to see her being celebrated like that! We are giving away 10 signed copies. Read an excerpt from this terrific murder mystery set in California's prestigious Brighton Day School, and then click here to enter.

We are also giving away 15 copies of Jandy Nelson's remarkable debut novel, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, so click here for your chance to be one of the lucky winners!

There's still time to enter our three other great contests as well. Ten readers can win a copy of the seventh book in the Pretty Little Liars series, HEARTLESS. Click here for more details, and check out our interview with author Sara Shepard. 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.

Of course, you can also enter this month's Grab Bag of Books contest for your chance to win CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones, DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston, HEARTS AT STAKE: The Drake Chronicles, Book 1 by Alyxandra Harvey, TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler, and THE VINYL PRINCESS by Yvonne Prinz. A copy of TOKEN OF DARKNESS by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is up for grabs too; leaving a comment about a book you've read in our Word of Mouth section is your entry to win.

Are you a YA lover with a passion for writing? The Teenreads.com Blog has featured more than 50 YA authors, and since early January we have heard from five teen bloggers: Brianna from Chicago, IL, Alexandria from Linden, CA, Angie from Spokane Valley, WA, Daisy from Short Hills, NJ and Makayla from Richmond, VA. We want to hear what YOU have to say! Click here to check out our list of fun questions, and we'll post your responses on the Teenreads.com Blog.

Be sure to check out our January Cool New Books and New in Paperback updates, along with our reviews, which include graphic novel and manga titles.

According to last month's poll, almost 30% of you read more than 100 books in 2009. Bravo! And the following books are the titles you (and I) are most looking forward to reading in 2010: INCARCERON, CAPTIVATE, the third Hunger Games novel, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD by Julie Anne Peters and HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter. V
ote in this month's poll about how many of your friends read, and answer our question about what your non-reader friends do in their spare time instead of reading. I'm speaking at a conference soon and would love to get your feedback to incorporate into my presentation!

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Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 

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Teenreads.com Talks to Carolyn Mackler, Author of TANGLED

Carolyn Mackler's fifth and most recent novel, TANGLED, follows four teens whose lives interconnect and are irrevocably changed when they meet on vacation at a Caribbean resort. In this interview with Teenreads.com founder Carol Fitzgerald, Mackler explains the challenges of writing in this format and discusses the unlikely source of inspiration for the book's plot. She also names her favorite character, describes how she can so easily get inside the heads of young adults, and shares details on her next book in the works.

TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler
(Fiction)
Jena, Dakota, Skye and Owen are all at Paradise --- the resort in the Caribbean, that is --- for different reasons, but in Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Over the course of four months, through four voices and four stories, what happened in Paradise will change them all. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read a review of TANGLED.
-Click here to read an excerpt from TANGLED.

-Visit Carolyn Mackler’s official website,
www.CarolynMackler.com.
 

Click here to read our interview with Carolyn Mackler.

 
The 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards --- including the Newbery, Printz, Sibert and Coretta Scott King Book Awards --- guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the ALA, also announced its 2010 Best Books for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
 

Click here to see this year's winning titles and honor books.

 

New Special Feature: SCARLETT FEVER by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson has followed up her 2008 novel SUITE SCARLETT with its newly released sequel, SCARLETT FEVER. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Sally M. Tibbetts, Johnson explains how her personal experience working with actors in New York inspired protagonist Scarlett Martin's latest adventures. She also discusses some of the timely themes about fame explored in the story and how she turned to writing after working in theater for several years.

SCARLETT FEVER by Maureen Johnson (Fiction)
Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin's life, nothing has been the same.

She's still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family's hotel, but she's now also Mrs. Amberson's assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea --- a Broadway star Scarlett's age with a knack for making her feel insignificant. Scarlett's also trying to juggle sophomore year classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SCARLETT FEVER.
-Click here to read our interview with Maureen Johnson.
-Click here to read Maureen Johnson’s bio.

 
Click here to read a review of SCARLETT FEVER.

 

New Special Feature: WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell --- Now Available in Paperback

WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell (Fiction)
Now Available in Paperback
When Evie’s father returned home after World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the family secrets that surround him…until he mysteriously disappears. Now Evie must find out what happened…and how far she’ll go to protect her family.

WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, the 2008 winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, gives us a girl’s-eye view of a dark family history.

-Click here to read an excerpt from WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED.
-Click here to read Judy Blundell’s bio.

 

Click here to read a review of WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED.

 
Win a Signed Copy of ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab

To celebrate the release of ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab, a psychologically probing debut novel that is both suspenseful and disquieting, Teenreads.com is giving away 10 signed copies of the book. For your chance to be one of the lucky winners, fill out this form and answer the following question by Thursday, March 18th at noon EST.

Who is Brighton Day School’s mascot?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab (Fiction)
Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it --- especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.

-Click here to read a review of ALL UNQUIET THINGS.
-Click here to watch a trailer for ALL UNQUIET THINGS.
-Click here to read Anna Jarzab's bio.
-Click here to read Anna Jarzab’s Teenreads.com blog post, “Ten Random Things About Me.”

 

Click here to read all the contest details.


 

Win a Copy of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson's remarkable debut novel, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, is as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, and is a must-read for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti and Francesca Lia Block. To celebrate the book’s March 9th release, Teenreads.com is giving away 15 copies. For your chance to be one of the lucky winners, fill out this form and answer the following question by Thursday, March 18th at noon EST.

What character from WUTHERING HEIGHTS does Lennie think Joe looks like?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson (Fiction)
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life --- and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

New Series Feature: The Cathy Vickers Trilogy

The Cathy Vickers Trilogy is an interactive journey in which teens follow the adventures of Cathy, a young artist trying to find her way as deep-rooted secrets begin to unravel and her life grows increasingly complicated. Through it all, Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice --- and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, datebook entries, phone numbers and websites --- leads readers into a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t how they appear. Discover why teens all over the globe love Cathy and her friends, and help them figure out how and why their lives are connected. Call Cathy at (650) 266-8233 now and get started.

-Click here to read about the new CATHY'S BOOK iPhone and iPod Touch application.
 

Click here to read our Cathy Vickers Trilogy series feature.

 

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

Teenreads.com's Donna Volkenannt recently spoke with author Sara Shepard about her latest book, HEARTLESS --- the seventh installment in her bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars. In this interview, Shepard brings us up to speed on where this new novel finds her four protagonists, and discusses the difficulties of planning out storylines, character arcs and plot twists over the course of several books. She also talks about her family's positive influence on her work, names a few of her favorite literary characters and shares details about a new series she's writing called The Lying Game.

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?

To celebrate the release of HEARTLESS, 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 Thursday, February 16th at noon EST.

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.

-Click here to read more about HEARTLESS.
-Click here to read a review of HEARTLESS.
-Click here to read our interview with Sara Shepard.
-Click here to read Sara Shepard's bio.
-Click here to
create your own Pretty Little Liar!
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

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 Tuesday, February 16th at noon EST.

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 a review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB.
-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 Tuesday, February 16th at noon EST.

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.

 

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 CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones, DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston, HEARTS AT STAKE: The Drake Chronicles, Book 1 by Alyxandra Harvey, TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler and THE VINYL PRINCESS by Yvonne Prinz. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Wednesday, February 10th.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.
 
Click here for all the contest details.

 

Cool New Books for January

January’s roundup of Cool New Books includes VERY LEFREAK by Rachel Cohn, a funny yet touching story about a girl and the technology habit that threatens everything; CAPTIVATE, the sequel to Carrie Jones’s NEED, a gripping novel full of romance, suspense and a touch of the paranormal that had teens thinking about pixies in a whole new way; HEARTLESS, the seventh installment in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series that finds Hanna, Aria, Emily and Spencer threatened by someone who would like nothing more than to silence them permanently; and CALAMITY JACK, a follow-up to Shannon and Dean Hale’s RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE, in which Jack (with the help of Rapunzel and her trusty braids) attempts to free his beloved city of Shyport from a crew of enormous Ant-People who have been terrorizing the townspeople.
 

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

 
January's New in Paperback Roundup
January’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes CHAINS, Laurie Halse Anderson's compelling examination of the very different implications of freedom and loyalty for slaves during the American Revolution; KILLER, the sixth installment in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series that finds Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily stumbling over a deadly new secret after a shocking discovery at the end of WICKED; AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, in which Jacqueline Woodson’s naïve but perceptive narrator yearns to understand the world and find her Big Purpose in life; PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, a thrilling tale of love, loyalty and illusion from the bestselling author of the Kiesha’ra series, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes; and the 2008 National Book Award winner WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, Judy Blundell's coming-of-age novel set against a backdrop of mystery, lies and shattering reality.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for January.

 

This Month's Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:
 

WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (Fantasy/Supernatural Thriller)
The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. They soon discover they have incredible powers they had never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents --- and maybe the world? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from WITCH & WIZARD.

VERY LEFREAK by Rachel Cohn (Fiction)
Veronica “Very” LeFreak is just like any other college freshman. Except she goes to an Ivy League school and her GPA is dropping because she would rather major in party planning than anything on Columbia’s academic roster. She is also obsessed with her iPod, iPhone, computer, video games, and just about anything else that needs a battery or a plug to run. She’s in for an intervention --- big time. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.


-Click here to read an excerpt from VERY LEFREAK.
-Click here to watch a trailer for VERY LEFREAK.


INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher (Fantasy)
Incarceron is a self-sustaining prison with a mind of its own. One prisoner, 17-year-old Finn, doesn’t believe he belongs. As Finn navigates the dangerous world of Incarceron, he finds help in the most unsuspecting person --- the daughter of the Warden. Escape seems impossible, however, because Incarceron is always watching! Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.


-Click here to read an excerpt from INCARCERON.
-Click here to watch a trailer for INCARCERON.


DAWN by Kevin Brooks (Fiction)
Since her father’s disappearance, Dawn Bundy has been forced to suppress painful memories and take care of her alcoholic mother. But these memories are brought to the forefront after unexpected visits from the two most popular girls in school. This time there is no hiding in the dark cave in Dawn’s head. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.


CLAIM TO FAME by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Fiction)
In her numerous books for young people, Margaret Peterson Haddix has excelled in creating vivid characters enmeshed in unusual --- and often surprising --- situations. With CLAIM TO FAME, Haddix continues to surprise. The first hundred pages alone ask readers to shift directions a half-dozen times --- shifts that they will be more than happy to make as they try to figure out the mystery behind the protagonist’s odd behavior and bizarre thoughts. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.


WANDERLUST: A Beautiful Americans Novel by Lucy Silag (Fiction)
This sequel to BEAUTIFUL AMERICANS picks up right where the first one left off, with the beautiful PJ running away from her host family, while her friends at the Lycée are left with no clue as to where she is --- and Alex, Jay, Zack and Olivia each have their own problems to deal with. WANDERLUST follows the crew across France as they look everywhere for their missing friend. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.


THE MARK by Jen Nadol (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)
All her life, Cassie has occasionally caught sight of a person with a strange glow surrounding him or her. And finally, at 16, she figures out what the Mark means --- that individual is going to die that day. But why does she have this “gift”? Is she able to warn that person and safe a life? Should she even try? This moral dilemma begins to haunt Cassie, causing her to search deep into her own life. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers (Fiction)
Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High...until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina has been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.
Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


Graphic Novel Reviews:

CALAMITY JACK written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale (Graphic Novel)
Jack is back in this sequel to RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE --- but when Jack and Rapunzel head to the big city to find Jack's momma, they discover that Jack left behind a world of trouble when he ran away from home. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.


Manga Reviews:

13th BOY, Volume 2 written and illustrated by SangEun Lee
Hee-So and her boyfriend break up, but she can’t admit that another boy she knows would be better for her. There’s also a talking cactus, so this isn’t your typical teen drama. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

BEAST MASTER, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Kyousuke Motomi
Yuiko Kubozuka's new classmate may be a bit of an animal, but that doesn't stop her from becoming fast friends with the mysterious, wild-eyed Leo Aoi. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

BLACK BIRD, Volume 2 written and illustrated by Kanoko Sakurakoji
Kyo has vowed to make Misao his bride. Her feelings on the matter don't merit consideration...but could she be developing feelings for him nevertheless? Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

MARIA HOLIC, Volume 2 written and illustrated by Minari Endou
Kanako’s dream of finding love at an all-girl’s Catholic school isn’t going to be as easy as she thought. Having faced bullying and practically being held hostage by her cross-dressing, male roommate Mariya, she is finally starting to settle in. When the annual physicals come up, Kanako uncovers the real reason why Mariya is leading a secret double life at the school. Reviewed by Courtney Kraft.

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


 

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