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March 2010

Teenreads.com Newsletter Early March 2010

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Spring Fever

Spring is just around the corner, and I for one could not be more excited (I'm heading to the Outer Banks for Spring Break in a few weeks!). I've always been a summer girl, and with the warm weather starting up, especially after all the snow we got this winter, I definitely have an early case of spring fever.

In the spirit of spring and the start of new things, we are happy to announce that we will now be updating Teenreads.com twice a month! This is in direct response to what we heard last summer in our Reader Survey --- you wanted more of Teenreads.com! We're hoping that this will provide you with even more timely news and book buzz about your favorite authors and titles. And two of our most popular features, Cool New Books and New in Paperback, will be updated at the beginning of each month, giving you a better heads up on what will be hitting stores in the upcoming weeks.


The start of spring also means the kickoff of the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers Contest. The CAS Award acknowledges excellence in teen writing in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Entries must be received by April 15th, and contestants can submit up to three of their original works. For more contest details, click here.

A big thanks to everyone who nominated their favorites for the Children’s Book Council’s 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year! Drumroll here...the five finalists are BLOOD PROMISE: Vampire Academy, Book 4 by Richelle Mead; BLUE MOON: The Immortals, Book 2 by Alyson Noel; CATCHING FIRE: The Second Book of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; CITY OF GLASS: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3 by Cassandra Clare; and SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater. Beginning March 15th, you can vote for the winner by clicking here. And yes, we WILL remind you about this again!

And speaking of voting, tomorrow is the last day to send us your new names for our Reader Q&A blog. We already have a few favorites in mind and would love to see what else you come up with. Click here and send in your suggestions by noon ET on Wednesday the 10th. The clock is ticking!

This month, we continue to spotlight
THE CLONE CODES by the McKissacks. Read our review and an excerpt, and then enter to win your very own copy of the book. And you can also find out more about the gripping novel BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD, which touches on the topic of "bullycide." Read our interview with Julie Anne Peters to learn what inspired her to write about the subject.

Don't forget that you still have time to enter to win a signed copy of ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab, as well as a copy of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. Both contests end on Thursday, March 18th at noon ET.

Finally, we love hearing your feedback, so please answer our poll and question about book covers. What are some of the YA covers that have stood out for you in the past? And tell us what you're currently reading in our Word of Mouth feature for your chance to win a copy of FANG: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson.


Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

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Cool New Books for March

March’s roundup of Cool New Books includes FANG, the sixth installment in James Patterson’s high-flying Maximum Ride series; THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR STALKING, the 12th novel in Lisi Harrison’s series about Westchester County's most exclusive private middle school girls; THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS by Francisco X. Stork, the story of a friendship that helps two young men become all they can be; THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES, a companion to Carrie Ryan’s THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH that conveys the same world from a different point of view in a gripping story bound by rules and fences; and GREEN WITCH, Alice Hoffman’s sequel to GREEN ANGEL, in which Green must learn the stories of a number of "witches" and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love and loss in a post-disaster world.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for March.

 
March's New in Paperback Roundup

March’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes CATHY’S RING, the final adventure-packed story in the Cathy Vickers trilogy; HERE LIES ARTHUR, Philip Reeve’s retelling of the legend of King Arthur, who is portrayed as the leader of a ragtag war band; FRAGILE ETERNITY, Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, following WICKED LOVELY and INK EXCHANGE; MADAPPLE, a page-turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention from debut novelist Christina Meldrum; and CHASING THE BEAR, in which the late Robert B. Parker sheds light on private investigator Spenser's formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West.
 

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

 

Announcing the Children's Book Council's Teen Choice Book of the Year Finalists

We at Teenreads.com are thrilled to announce the finalists for the Children’s Book Council’s 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year. The five books that were chosen most frequently by our readers as their favorites of 2009 are BLOOD PROMISE: Vampire Academy, Book 4 by Richelle Mead; BLUE MOON: The Immortals, Book 2 by Alyson Noel; CATCHING FIRE: The Second Book of the Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins; CITY OF GLASS: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3 by Cassandra Clare; and SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater. Many thanks to the more than 3,000 people who participated!

Now it's time to make your voices be heard again. From March 15th through May 3rd, you can vote for your favorite book, author and illustrator of 2009 by clicking here. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 11th during Children’s Book Week.


 

Last Chance to Rename Our "Reader Q&A" Feature on the Teenreads.com Blog!

In January, we launched a new feature inviting all of you to write guest posts on the Teenreads.com blog. We came up with a list of questions for you to answer --- and you replied enthusiastically --- and we’ve been sharing your responses.

While we're excited about the posts we've been getting so far, we are less than thrilled with the name we came up with for this feature --- "Reader Q&A." It just does not capture your energy and enthusiasm --- and it's just kind of boring.

So we are turning to you! If you could rename the “Reader Q&A,” what would you call it? After all, this is YOUR feature. Send us your suggestions by filling out this form by Wednesday, March 10th at noon ET. And, as our way of saying thank you, we will send two free books to the person whose title we select and one book each to a group of up to 10 runners-up. If more than one entrant suggests the winning title, then the person who submits the title first will be the winner. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say. One last thing --- you need to be over 13 to enter.

 
Click here to enter the contest and help rename the "Reader Q&A" feature.

 
Enter the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers Contest
The Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers is open to all high school students across the country. Each participant may submit a total of three works --- either poems, stories, essays, or any combination --- on any subject, as long as their fiction and creative nonfiction submission does not exceed 1,500 words. The deadline for entering this annual contest is April 15, 2010.
 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Special Feature and Contest: THE CLONE CODES by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack and John McKissack

THE CLONE CODES takes readers on a thrill ride 160 years in the future, where cyborgs and clones are treated like slaves and secret organizations fight for freedom from an oppressive government. When Leanna's mother is targeted and captured for being part of this radical movement, Leanna finds herself on the run from a dangerous bounty hunter, triggering a chain of events that forces her to face her past, present and future in this dystopic society.

Teenreads.com is giving away 10 copies of THE CLONE CODES, which Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack wrote with her husband Fredrick and son John.

THE CLONE CODES by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack and John McKissack (Science Fiction)

The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than 100 years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna's entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.

-Click here to read more about THE CLONE CODES.
-Click here to read a review of THE CLONE CODES.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE CLONE CODES.
-Click here to read the McKissacks' bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Special Feature: BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD by Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters is the author of over a dozen books that often deal with “controversial” issues faced by children and teens regarding sexual identity, abuse, destructive relationships and problematic family dynamics. Her latest teen novel, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD, follows a suicidal high school student who has been the victim of peer bullying for years. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Norah Piehl, Peters explains what prompted her to tackle this difficult and timely topic, and reflects on the negative effects of the Internet Age on “bullycide.” She also shares advice for young people in similar situations to her main character, Daelyn, and addresses her reputation for writing about challenging subject matter.

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD by Julie Anne Peters (Fiction)
Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers” --- www.through-the-light.com.
While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.

 

 

-Click here to read more about BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD.
-Click here to read a review of BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD.
-Click here to read an excerpt from BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD.
-Click here to read Julie Anne Peters’s bio.
-Visit Julie Anne Peters’s official website,
www.julieannepeters.com.

 

Click here to read our interview with Julie Anne Peters.

 
Teenreads.com Contests: Last Call for Entries!

The deadline for the following contests is Thursday, March 18th at noon ET. If you haven't already entered, here's your chance to be randomly selected as one of our winners!

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.

-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 release, Teenreads.com is giving away 15 copies.


-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 THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor, the paperback edition of NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS #7: HEARTLESS by Sara Shepard, and SWEET LITTLE LIES: An L.A. Candy Novel by Lauren Conrad.

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

 

Poll and Question: Book Covers

Poll:

Do you remove the dust jacket (the detachable outer cover) on a hardcover book when you read it?

Some of the time
All of the time
Never
I only read library books.
Not sure

I don't read hardcovers.

-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:

Share up to five books that you feel have distinctive covers.


-Click here to answer the question.

 

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

This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of FANG: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson. 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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