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Late May 2010

Teenreads.com Newsletter Late May 2010

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Beach Bags, Book Awards, and the Beginning of Summer Reading

Can't wait to grab a beach towel and head to the shore with some of the hottest books of the summer? Well, Teenreads.com is going to help five lucky readers kick off the summer in style with our Fourth Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest. Winners will each receive a beach bag that includes 14 books and everything you need for a great day at the pool or beach. Enter for your chance to celebrate the summer with Teenreads.com!

The Children's Book Council announced the winners of the third annual Children's Choice Book Awards during a gala held in New York on May 11th. Recipients of the award were selected by over 115,000 online votes by kids across the country through the website www.BookWeekOnline.com. Click here to see a complete list of winners, and find out who took home the prize for Teen Choice Book of the Year! Thanks again to all of you who helped us create the nominee list for the teen prize. We clapped for all of you when they were announced. Also, our staff met Suzanne Collins, who as you know is the author of The Hunger Games series. We held ourselves back from asking questions about MOCKINGJAY, the final book in the trilogy, which is THE most anticipated book of the summer. A couple of us are headed to a pre-publication party for it next week and will share whatever we learn!

One author who is no stranger to awards is Louis Sachar, whose bestseller HOLES won both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. His new book is THE CARDTURNER, and it focuses on an unusual topic for a young adult novel --- the game of bridge. Join Alton Richards as he becomes his Uncle Lester's cardturner during the summer after his junior year of high school. Don't miss our review and an excerpt. Plus, we're giving away the book --- along with THE NECROMANCER, the latest addition to Michael Scott's The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series --- in our Word of Mouth contest. Let us know what you're currently reading here for your chance to win.


If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications --- and by the secrets she keeps. THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN by debut author Alyssa B. Sheinmel is a coming-of-age story about friendship, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Read our review and an excerpt, and check out our interview with Sheinmel, in which she reveals the meaning of the book's poetic title.

Another hard-pulsing teen thriller by the author of the Young Bond series, THE ENEMY by Charlie Higson is a frightening tale of survival in which teens must face off against flesh-eating zombie adults. Want to know more? Click here to read the first chapter, and take a look at our review if you dare. We also had an opportunity to chat with Higson, and he sheds light on the differences between the US and UK editions of the novel.

Following on the heels of EYES LIKE STARS, the second book in Lisa Mantchev’s Theatre Illuminata trilogy, PERCHANCE TO DREAM, is equally fantastic and original --- and very romantic! Read our review and an excerpt, and find out more about the series here.


Featuring a captivating story interspersed with footage from 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, COUNTDOWN, by award-winning author Deborah Wiles, is a documentary novel that will put you right alongside 11-year-old Franny Chapman as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. Teenreads.com is giving 10 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. To find out more, read an excerpt (in PDF format) and our review.

Chris d'Lacey weaves another fiery and magical tale for readers in the fifth book of his New York Times bestselling series, The Last Dragon Chronicles. We have a review of the newly released DARK FIRE, as well as a peek inside and an interview in which d'Lacey discusses the process of “discovering” his characters over the course of the series and the overall themes of the books.

Lucy Christopher’s debut novel, STOLEN, explores the dark themes of obsession, abduction, alienation and survival, as experienced from the perspective of Gemma, an English teen who is kidnapped by a stalker and brought to Australia. Intrigued? We have a review and an excerpt, as well as an interview with Christopher, in which she discusses the experience from her own childhood that partially inspired the book’s plot and setting.

Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod will satisfy any vamp-lover's craving for a paranormal series. You can check out the first four books and enter to win one of 15 copies of ELEVENTH GRADE BURNS that we are giving away. The deadline for entries is Thursday, June 3rd at noon ET. 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.

Congratulations to the winners of these recent giveaways: MED HEAD, THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS and GREEN WITCH. Hopefully these books will come just in time for you to take them to the beach!

Don't forget about our Grab Bag of Books contest either (we'll be unveiling our new tote bags shortly!), which includes BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien; FINAL TOUCH: The Rayne Tour, Volume 3 by Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins; GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD by Karen Healey; MOTORCYLES, SUSHI & ONE STRANGE BOOK: Real Life, Book 1 by Nancy Rue; and PREMIERE: On the Runway, Book 1 by Melody Carlson. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Tuesday, June 15th at noon ET.

Summer reading lists is the subject of our new poll and question, so please be sure to give us your input.

Going to have some free time this summer? Blog for us! Click here to answer some fun questions about your favorite books, authors, characters and quotes, and you could be featured in our "If You Ask Me..." Q&A. And remember, if you love our blog, we suggest you sign up to receive updates via email. It's quick, easy and totally hassle-free. Sign up today for easy, breezy updates all summer long!

For more fabulous reads, check out our Cool New Books and New in Paperback features, and our latest reviews.

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 

Teenreads.com's Fourth Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest

It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf, and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Fourth Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Contest.

From May 14th thru July 14th, you can enter to win a "Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books." Five winners each will receive a beach bag that includes 14 books: BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver; THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candace Bushnell; CARTER'S BIG BREAK by Brent Crawford; THE GARDENER by S. A. Bodeen; GIRLS IN LOVE: A Summer Girls Novel by Hailey Abbott; THE KARMA CLUB by Jessica Brody; LIES: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant; THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor; NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward; PASSING STRANGE: A Generation Dead Novel by Daniel Waters; RADIANT SHADOWS: A Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr; RUNAWAY: An Airhead Novel by Meg Cabot; STOLEN by Lucy Christopher; and SWIM THE FLY by Don Calame.

Along with the books, winners will find their striped canvas beach bag stocked with an assortment of summer goodies: a pink beach towel with a flip-flop design, a pair of green flip-flops, Coppertone Sport Sunblock, H2O+ Mineral Spa Shower Gel, surfing-themed plates and napkins for throwing your own beach party, a flip-flop-shaped towel and sarong clip, a box of Mike and Ike lemonade-flavored candies, a box of Dots candies, Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix, a watermelon-shaped lollipop, and a terrific cap that turns any can into a bottle to prevent sand and bees from finding their way into your drink.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Now in Stores: THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar

THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar (Fiction)
In THE CARDTURNER, Louis Sachar --- New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES --- tackles perhaps one of the most unexpected topics ever for a young adult novel: bridge. Like the card game itself, Sachar's latest offering is both skillful and surprising. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE CARDTURNER.
 

Click here to read a review of THE CARDTURNER.

 

New Special Feature: THE ENEMY by Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson --- best known for his Young James Bond books --- has launched a new series of horror novels for young adults beginning with THE ENEMY, which centers on a group of children spared from an epidemic that turns its victims into brainless, blood-thirsty creatures. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Sarah Wood, Higson discusses one of the book’s rather surprising influences and elaborates on its children-vs.-adults motif ---- a theme that can be traced all the way back to mythology and fairy tales. He also explains some of the minor differences between the US and UK editions of the novel, reflects on what he finds particularly captivating about zombies in pop culture, and hints at what readers can expect from the sequel, THE DEAD.

THE ENEMY by Charlie Higson (Horror)
In the wake of a devastating disease, everyone older than 16 is either dead or a decomposing, brainless creature with a ravenous appetite for flesh. The group of kids living at Waitrose supermarket is beginning to run out of options. When a mysterious traveler arrives and offers them safe haven at Buckingham Palace, they begin a harrowing journey across London.

 

-Click here to read more about THE ENEMY.
-Click here to read a review of THE ENEMY.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ENEMY.
-Click here to read Charlie Higson’s bio.
 

Click here to read our interview with Charlie Higson.

 

New Special Feature: THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s debut novel, THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN, incorporates two classic fairy tales into the story of a teen struggling with loneliness and loss, not to mention her fair share of typical adolescent hardships. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Sarah Rachel Egelman, Sheinmel discusses the significance of these fables to both her main character and the role they played in her own personal life, and elaborates on the book’s unconventional lack of a romantic plotline. She also explains the meaning of the novel’s poetic title, shares a list of her favorite authors, and talks a bit about her upcoming book, THE LUCKY KIND, set to be released in 2011.

THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Fiction)
This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature --- friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it.

-Click here to read more about THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN.
-Click here to read a review of THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN.
-Click here to read Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s bio.
-Click here to read Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s Teenreads.com blog post, “A Day in the Life - Senior Year of High School.”
-Visit Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s official website, www.alyssasheinmel.com.
 

Click here to read our interview with Alyssa B. Sheinmel.

 
Series Feature Update: The Theatre Illuminata Trilogy

PERCHANCE TO DREAM: Théâtre Illuminata, Act II by Lisa Mantchev (Fantasy)
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world. But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.

-Click here to read more about PERCHANCE TO DREAM.
-Click here to read an excerpt from PERCHANCE TO DREAM.
-Click here to see the book trailer for PERCHANCE TO DREAM.

-Click here to read our series feature for The Théâtre Illuminata Trilogy.
 

Click here to read a review of PERCHANCE TO DREAM.

 
Special Feature and Contest: COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles

Featuring a captivating story interspersed with footage from 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, COUNTDOWN by award-winning author Deborah Wiles is a documentary novel that will put you right alongside 11-year-old Franny Chapman as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. It is an experience you will never forget, and Teenreads.com is giving 10 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 6th at noon ET.

COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles (Historical Fiction)
It’s 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman doesn’t know how to deal with what’s going on in the world --- no more than she knows how to deal with what’s going on with her family and friends. But somehow she’s going to make it through.

-Click here to read more about COUNTDOWN.
-Click here to read a review of COUNTDOWN.
-Click here to read an excerpt (in PDF format) from COUNTDOWN.
-Click here to read Deborah Wiles’s bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Special Feature: DARK FIRE by Chris D'Lacey

Chris d’Lacey’s The Last Dragon Chronicles is a seven-part fantasy series about a young man who discovers that dragons do in fact exist and must embark on a journey to save the last of these mythical creatures, while the existence of nature and humankind hangs in the balance. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Usha Reynolds, d’Lacey describes where the fifth installment, DARK FIRE, finds his protagonists, David Rain and his young daughter Alexa, and reveals the real source of dragon lore found in his books. He also discusses the process of “discovering” his characters over the course of the series, speculates on readers’ continual fascination with legendary fabled beasts, and elaborates on one of the overall themes of the books.

DARK FIRE by Chris d’Lacey (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Bestselling author David Rain was lost in the Arctic for five years. Now, his daughter, Alexa, has brought him back, but a lot more has returned to Earth with him. Dragons are back as well. And with them is a hidden trace of dark fire, the deadliest force in the universe. Life hangs in the balance as David, Lucy and the Pennykettle dragons must destroy the dark fire before it’s discovered and used to birth a darkling.

-Click here to read more about DARK FIRE.
-Click here to read a review of DARK FIRE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DARK FIRE.
-Click here to read Chris d’Lacey’s bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with Chris D'Lacey.

 
Special Feature: STOLEN by Lucy Christopher

Lucy Christopher’s debut novel, STOLEN, explores the dark themes of obsession, abduction alienation, and survival, as experienced from the perspective of Gemma, an English teen who is kidnapped by a stalker and brought to the Australian Outback. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Sarah Rachel Egelman, Christopher discusses the personal experience from her childhood that partially inspired the book’s plot and setting, and explains her reason behind framing the narrative as a letter written by her protagonist to her captor, Ty. She also sheds light on the motivations behind Ty’s mysterious but surprisingly sympathetic behavior, reflects on what she hopes readers will take away from the story, and shares details on her much lighter second novel, FLYAWAY.

STOLEN by Lucy Christopher (Fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Gemma is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty --- rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar --- pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback.

-Click here to read more about STOLEN.
-Click here to read a review of STOLEN.
-Click here to read an excerpt from STOLEN.
-Click here to read Lucy Christopher’s bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with Lucy Christopher.

 

Special Feature: FEVER CRUMB by Philip Reeve

Teenreads.com’s Sarah Wood recently spoke with Philip Reeve about his latest work, FEVER CRUMB --- a prequel of sorts to his bestselling Mortal Engines Quartet that follows a young, orphaned girl as she is called upon to save the city of London and uncover the truth about her mysterious past. In this interview, Reeve explains why he chose to revisit the world he created in his previous series (albeit centuries previous) and discusses the various elements he incorporated into its futuristic, post-apocalyptic society. He also elaborates on the book’s theme of rationality vs. emotion and instinct, reflects on his preference for science over magic in his fantasy novels, and shares details about where this new series is headed over its next two installments.

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 a review of FEVER CRUMB.

-Click here to read an excerpt from FEVER CRUMB.
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Click here to read Philip Reeve’s bio.
 
Click here to read our interview with Philip Reeve.

 

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 deadline for entries is Thursday, June 3rd at noon ET.

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.

 

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 BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien; FINAL TOUCH: The Rayne Tour, Volume 3 by Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins; GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD by Karen Healey; MOTORCYLES, SUSHI & ONE STRANGE BOOK: Real Life, Book 1 by Nancy Rue; and PREMIERE: On the Runway, Book 1 by Melody Carlson. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 15th at noon ET.

Please note: We will be unveiling our new tote bags shortly, so be on the lookout for that!


-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.
 

Click here for all the contest details.

 
This Month's Reviews

Teenreads.com Reviews:

THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candace Bushnell
(Fiction)
Did you ever wonder about Carrie Bradshaw's teen years? Smart and witty Carrie lets us in on her senior year: the guys, the family, the fashion, the writing dreams, and (naturally) the best friends. Carrie's early story not only is true to the character we know and love, but also makes for quite the stay-up-all-night type of excellent read. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to browse inside THE CARRIE DIARIES.

THE PRINCE OF MIST by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Horror)
Max Carver’s family moves from their home in the city to a small coastal village, where his father believes they will be safe from the growing threat of the Second World War. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. As Max, his new friend Roland, and his sister Alicia attempt to unravel the mystery that haunts the town, they encounter a terrifying evil that threatens their lives. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

FOR THE WIN by Cory Doctorow (Science Fiction/Action & Adventure)
FOR THE WIN dives deep into the world of online gaming and reveals a complex system that sets players up for failure while mistreating its workers. The Webblies, a rebel group against the big companies controlling the games, have a plan that could potentially crash every virtual world --- and the real one! Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

-Click here to read an excerpt from FOR THE WIN.

GIMME A CALL by Sarah Mlynowski (Fiction)
What-ifs. We all have them. What if we made this choice instead of that one? Would my life be different? Better? For 18-year-old Devi Banks, the protagonist --- and antagonist --- of Sarah Mlynowski’s latest novel, a freak accident with her cell phone allows her to test her own what-ifs and choices. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

LIVING HELL by Catherine Jinks (Science Fiction/Thriller)
When the spacecraft Cheney and more than 1,000 others have called home for generations is exposed to rogue radiation, the ship changes into a living organism. The creature's immune system must track down and kill off the humans inside it. Can Cheney survive in space inside a hostile, savage host? Is it even possible for the human species to be saved? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

WATCH FOR ME BY MOONLIGHT: A Midnight Twins Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Mystery)
In the final book of the Midnight Twins trilogy, Mally and Merry’s supernatural dream visions are put to the test when their baby brother is kidnapped by someone who has grown very close to the Brynn family. Meanwhile, Meredith is distracted by the strange new boy in town. But there’s one problem with her new romance: he’s a ghost from the past. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

BULLET POINT by Peter Abrahams (Suspense)
Wyatt never really thought much about his dad, a lifer in prison. But when he meets a girl named Greer with a criminal dad of her own --- who happens to be in the same jail as Wyatt’s dad --- Greer arranges a meeting. Wyatt immediately connects with his father and believes him when he says he’s been framed. However, Wyatt’s decision to help his father escape may possibly be the worst decision he's ever made in his life. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

RIVALS: A Baseball Great Novel by Tim Green (Fiction)
Josh’s middle-school team finds itself in the Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament, which many insiders consider to be even more prestigious than the Little League World Series. But all is not well in Cooperstown, New York: Josh and his friends soon suspect one team of bribing the head umpire, and there’s a star pitcher who threatens to steal more from Josh than just the trophy! Reviewed by Joy Held.

GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD by Karen Healey (Urban Fantasy)
Seventeen-year-old Ellie is just like any other teenager at her New Zealand boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over a cute bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. That is, until a mysterious older woman sets her sights on Kevin, who is Maori, and has more than just romantic plans for him. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE HEART IS NOT A SIZE by Beth Kephart (Fiction)
Georgia and Riley have been best friends since they were children. Over the years they have shared good times, bad times, and lots of secrets. During the summer before their senior year in high school, they spend two weeks helping to build a community outside of Juarez, Mexico. The trip transforms their lives, tests their friendship, and nearly costs a life. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read our Teenreads.com reviews.


Graphic Novel Review:

RESISTANCE: Book 1 written by Carla Jablonski and illustrated by Leland Purvis
Paul, his sister Marie, and their Jewish friend Henri decide to join the French Resistance to fight back against the Germans during World War II. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.


Manga Reviews:

ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF HEARTS, Volumes 1-2 written by QuinRose and illustrated by Soumei Hoshino
Alice of ALICE IN WONDERLAND gets recreated as a manga character. While sharing many similarities with the original Alice, there are some marked differences. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

BOKURANO: OURS, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Mohiro Kitoh
Fifteen middle-school students are offered the chance to play a game using a giant robot to fight invading aliens, but the cost of that game is greater than they know. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.


Manhwa Reviews:

CLICK, Volumes 1-4 written and illustrated by Youngran Lee
Joonha has a unique trait in his family genes: after turning 16, he becomes a girl. His parents forgot to tell him how that runs in the family. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

ANGEL DIARY, Volumes 1-10 written by Lee YunHee and illustrated by Kara
The princess of Heaven runs away from her engagement to the King of Hell and hides out on Earth disguised as a boy. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

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

 

Poll and Question: Summer Reading Lists

Poll:

Does your school have a required summer reading list?

Yes
No
I'm not sure.

Aside from the books assigned for school, do you make up personal summer reading lists for yourself?

Yes
No
No, but this is a good idea.

-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:

Summer vacation is a great time to catch up on books you didn't have time to read during the school year. Name up to five books on your "summer catch-up" reading list.

-Click here to answer the question.

 

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

This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar and THE NECROMANCER: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4 by Michael Scott. 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.


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