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Early April 2010

Teenreads.com Newsletter Early April 2010

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Sprung on New Books

Well, after a few weeks of being on the road, I am finally back at the office, and here in New York spring has officially sprung! And at home the grass is green and the trees have buds on them. With all of the sunshine, warm weather and buzzworthy new titles, it's impossible not to be in a great mood. So check out what selections we have in our April Cool New Books and New in Paperback features, as well as our other spotlighted titles below, and get outside and start reading!

Have you had a chance to read BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver yet? I just started it and cannot put it down. Cristina, our Advertising/Promotion Manager, was reading it and told me she really enjoyed it. As she reads a lot, I knew this reaction from her meant it was something special. I had met Lauren at a book conference in early February where I was seated with a whole group of booksellers who had read the book, and I was having a moment where I felt like I had shown up without my homework done. (Just know that even after all these years, that still can be a recurring nightmare.) So why does the book work? It's simple --- t
he experiences and characters in the story are relatable, and the whole concept of getting a second chance (or seventh chance) to try and make things right is something that sticks with you and really makes you think. Even the smallest actions we take can have drastic effects. Check out this excerpt, and then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. Every time I get to a good part, I IM or tell Cristina. I feel like we are in a book club of two about it!

Haunting, arresting and astonishingly original, FEVER CRUMB by Philip Reeve introduces us to an orphan who may be part Scriven, a race of city rulers that were not human. The Scriveners were hunted and killed some years ago, and all those who may be surviving members must be eliminated. To find out more, read an excerpt and check out our review of this exciting prequel to the Mortal Engines Quartet.

Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is a series of books about a young half-human, half-vampire boy named Vladimir Tod who is just trying to get out of high school with his life --- and a girlfriend, if he's really lucky. This month, we're spotlighting the first four books in the series: EIGHTH GRADE BITES, NINTH GRADE SLAYS, TENTH GRADE BLEEDS and ELEVENTH GRADE BURNS. You could win one of 15 copies of ELEVENTH GRADE BURNS that Teenreads.com is giving away by clicking here for details. Want to know more about the Vlad series and the author? Check out our interview with Brewer, where she discusses the trend of vampire fiction in today's pop culture.

Francisco X. Stork’s latest novel, THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, is loosely based on Miguel de Cervantes’s classic DON QUIXOTE and portrays the unlikely friendship formed between two very different young men. In our interview, Stork describes how he was able to put himself in the shoes of his two characters and discusses the parallels between this book and his previous acclaimed work, MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD. You can enter to win a copy of THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS. Just read this excerpt, and click here for contest details.

GREEN WITCH
by Alice Hoffman is a story of perseverance in a post-apocalyptic world. Read the first chapter of this supernatural tale, and enter our contest for your chance to win a copy of the book.

And there's still time to enter our CLONE CODES contest, which ends on April 20th at noon ET, and the
Grab Bag of Books contest, which includes KATY’S NEW WORLD: Katy Lambright Series, Book 1 by Kim Vogel Sawyer, THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg, MY SOUL TO SAVE: Soul Screamers, Book 2 by Rachel Vincent, and SMILE by Raina Telgemeier. This latest Grab Bag contest ends on April 15th at noon ET.

Last month, Teenreads.com had a chance to interview first-time author Swati Avasthi. Her newly released novel, SPLIT, centers on a teenage victim of domestic violence. Be sure to check out our review, and read an excerpt from this moving story.

And if you haven't already, take a look at the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita. BROADWAY LIGHTS follows teen starlet
Kaitlin Burke as she heads to New York City to make her Broadway debut. You can read our review and an excerpt, and find out more about the author behind the series in our interview.


The deadline for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers Contest is quickly approaching. The CAS Award acknowledges excellence in teen writing in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Entries must be received by Thursday, April 15th, and contestants can submit up to three of their original works. Click here for all the contest details --- you could win $200!

Did you get your vote in for the Children’s Book Council’s 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year? 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. Click here to cast your vote now; the voting closes on May 3rd!

Speaking of voting, congratulations to Kimberly Bower, whose suggestion, "If You Ask Me….", was chosen most frequently to be the new name for our "Reader Q&A" feature on the Teenreads.com Blog! To show our appreciation, we will be sending Kimberly two free books, and nine runners-up each will be receiving a free book of their own. Thanks to everyone who voted, and if you want a chance to be featured in our blog, click here to answer a few of our fun questions.

And another big thank you to all the readers who participated in our 5-Minute Survey. We got some really fabulous and insightful feedback. As a reward for your efforts, 12 participants were randomly selected to win a prize. Click here to see if you were a winner!

Based on our poll results so far, it seems that the majority of you, like me, do keep a list of the books you want to read. If you haven't answered our poll yet, click here, and then tell us the top three books on your "to be read" list. You can also let us know what you're currently reading in our Word of Mouth feature for your chance to win a copy of THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman.

And don't forget that National Library Week is April 11-17, an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries --- school, public, academic and special --- participate. Libraries and their communities are invited to a live Internet event, "An Evening with Neil Gaiman", from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 12th. As Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Gaiman will speak to his lifelong love of libraries and the important role they play in our society. Is your school or local library doing anything special? Click here for ideas on how to raise awareness about National Library Week and show some library love!

Happy reading...and spring!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 

Click here for more details about National Library Week.

 

New Special Feature: FEVER CRUMB by Philip Reeve

FEVER CRUMB by Philip Reeve (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the Order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. Soon though, she must say good-bye to Dr. Crumb --- nearly the only person she’s ever known --- to assist archaeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own, and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are.

-Click here to read more about FEVER CRUMB.
-Click here to read an excerpt from FEVER CRUMB.
-Click here to read Philip Reeve’s bio.

 

Click here to read a review of FEVER CRUMB.

 
New Series Feature and Contest: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
High school is tough enough without having to worry about professional vampire slayers/former friends tracking you, or powerful vampires trying to suck your blood. What's an 11th grade half-vampire to do? Vladimir Tod is back in ELEVENTH GRADE BURNS, navigating his way through Bathory High and near-death experiences. To celebrate the release of this fourth installment in Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, Teenreads.com is giving away 15 copies of the book.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer (Fiction)
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is a series of books about a young half-human, half-vampire boy named Vladimir Tod who is just trying to get out of high school with his life --- and a girlfriend, if he's really lucky.

-Click here to read our Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series feature.
-Click here to read our interview with Heather Brewer.

-Visit the official website of the series, www.vladtod.com.
-Visit Heather Brewer’s official website, www.heatherbrewer.com.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Cool New Books for April

April’s roundup of Cool New Books includes WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel about two teens --- both named Will Grayson --- whose worlds collide and intertwine, and their lives go in new and unexpected directions; FEVER CRUMB, the long-awaited prequel to Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, in which a girl is plagued by memories that are not her own; THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman, a nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue about a boy whose astonishing power could become a curse; GIMME A CALL, Sarah Mlynowski's hilarious account of a teen whose life takes a bizarre turn after she drops her cell phone in the mall fountain; MED HEAD, a young adult adaptation of James Patterson’s AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE that details Cory Friedman's intense struggles with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as depression, anxiety and alcohol addiction; and THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candace Bushnell, a teen prequel to SEX AND THE CITY that explains how a small-town girl named Carrie Bradshaw became the Carrie Bradshaw.
 

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

 

April's New in Paperback Roundup

April’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes BEING NIKKI, Meg Cabot’s second Airhead novel starring a former tomboy who now has the body of a teen supermodel thanks to a brain transplant; LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow, in which a computer-savvy high school student takes on the Department of Homeland Security when they turn San Francisco into a police state following a devastating terrorist attack; THE SORCERESS, book three in Michael Scott’s bestselling fantasy series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel; CLICK, a collaborative effort from 10 beloved authors --- including David Almond, Eoin Colfer and Gregory Maguire --- who tell the startling tale of the mysterious and enigmatic George "Gee" Keane; and IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, the emotionally gripping story of a 17-year-old whose life changes in an instant when she’s involved in an accident that kills her parents and little brother.
 

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

 
The "Reader Q&A" Feature on the Teenreads.com Blog Has a New Name!
The polls are closed, the votes are in, and our readers have spoken. Congratulations to Kimberly Bower, whose suggestion, "If You Ask Me….", was chosen most frequently to be the new name for our “Reader Q&A” on the Teenreads.com Blog! A very big THANK YOU to Kimberly, as well as to all of our wonderful readers who weighed in and shared their thoughts on the new direction we should take this feature. Kimberly will be awarded two books, and we'll be sending one book each to nine runners-up. Click here to see if you were chosen, and you can take a look at the final poll results here.

The new "If You Ask Me…" feature will launch next week, so be sure to check back then! And if you haven’t answered our questionnaire yet, you can do so here, and we’ll post your responses on the blog.

 
Click here to participate in our "If You Ask Me..." feature on the Teenreads.com Blog.

 
Special Feature and Contest: THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS by Francisco X. Stork

Francisco X. Stork’s latest novel, THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, is loosely based on Miguel de Cervantes’s classic DON QUIXOTE and portrays the unlikely friendship formed between two young men --- one is determined to avenge his sister’s mysterious death, while the other is suffering from a terminal disease. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Norah Piehl, Stork describes how he was able to put himself in the shoes of two characters caught in such difficult circumstances and elaborates on the qualities that helped form the basis of their strong bond with one another. He also explains why he chose to set their story in the American Southwest, discusses the parallels between this book and his previous acclaimed work, MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, and suggests some further reading for those who enjoy his writing.

To celebrate the release of THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, Teenreads.com is giving away 10 copies of the book.

THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS by Francisco X. Stork (Fiction)
Death surrounds Pancho. His father, in an accident. His sister, murdered. His own plans to find her killer. And D.Q. --- a guy Pancho’s age who’s dying of cancer. That is, if he’ll ever shut up. D.Q. is writing “The Death Warrior’s Manifesto,” a guide to living out his last days fully. He needs just one more thing: the love of the beautiful Marisol. But as Pancho tracks down his sister’s murderer, he finds himself falling for Marisol as well….

-Click here to read all the contest details.
-Click here to read more about THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS.

-Click here to read a review of THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS.
-Click here to read Francisco X. Stork’s bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with Francisco X. Stork.

 
Win a Copy of GREEN WITCH by Alice Hoffman

In this spellbinding sequel to GREEN ANGEL, Alice Hoffman shows us how loss and grief can be transformed into action, love and hope. Ten readers will win a copy of GREEN WITCH, the story of persevering Green, who must learn about the "witches" of the past so that she can shape her own present and future.

GREEN WITCH by Alice Hoffman (Fiction)
In this powerful, lovely sequel to GREEN ANGEL, 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 more about GREEN WITCH.
-Click here to read a review of GREEN WITCH.
-Click here to read an excerpt from GREEN WITCH.
-Click here to read Alice Hoffman’s bio.

 

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.

 

Special Feature: SECRETS OF MY HOLLYWOOD LIFE #5: BROADWAY LIGHTS by Jen Calonita

Drawing upon her previous career as an entertainment journalist, Jen Calonita’s Secrets of My Hollywood Life follows teen starlet Kaitlin Burke on her adventures in and out of the spotlight. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Donna Volkenannt, Calonita describes where her fifth installment, BROADWAY LIGHTS, takes her protagonist and discusses how her characters have grown and changed over the course of the series. She also shares some back story on the books’ stylish covers, compares and contrasts writing fiction with magazine articles, and reveals what she has planned now that the Secrets stories will be coming to an end soon.

SECRETS OF MY HOLLYWOOD LIFE #5: BROADWAY LIGHTS by Jen Calonita (Fiction)
Her star power in demand on a hit Broadway play, Hollywood teen starlet Kaitlin Burke packs up her entourage (ok, her showbiz family, friends, assistant, and publicist, but not the dreamy boyfriend) and moves to the Big Apple for the summer.

-Click here to read more about BROADWAY LIGHTS.
-Click here to read a review of BROADWAY LIGHTS.

-Click here to read an excerpt from BROADWAY LIGHTS.
-Click here to read Jen Calonita’s bio.

-Visit the official website of the series,
www.secretsofmyhollywoodlife.com.
-Visit Jen Calonita’s official website, www.jencalonitaonline.com.

 
Click here to read our interview with Jen Calonita.

 

Special Feature: SPLIT by Swati Avasthi

In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Usha Reynolds, debut author Swati Avasthi discusses the inspiration behind her newly released novel, SPLIT --- which centers on a teenage victim of domestic violence --- and explains why she chose to focus her narrative on how her main character copes in its aftermath rather than on the abuse itself. She also describes how writing the book became a semi-cathartic experience for her, provides some information on where domestic violence victims can get help, and shares details about her current work-in-progress, BIDDEN.

SPLIT by Swati Avasthi (Fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret. He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind --- his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret. At least so far.

-Click here to read more about SPLIT.
-Click here to read a review of SPLIT.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SPLIT.
-Click here to read Swati Avasthi’s bio.
-Visit Swati Avasthi’s official website, www.swatiavasthi.com.

 
Click here to read our interview with Swati Avasthi.

 
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 KATY’S NEW WORLD: Katy Lambright Series, Book 1 by Kim Vogel Sawyer; THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg; MY SOUL TO SAVE: Soul Screamers, Book 2 by Rachel Vincent; and SMILE by Raina Telgemeier.

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

 
Poll and Question: TBR Lists

Poll:

Do you keep lists of the books you want to read?

Yes, all the time
Yes, sometimes
No
No, but this is a good idea
Not sure


-Click here to answer the poll.

 


Question:

Name the top three books on your “to be read” list.

-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 THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman. 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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