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Early July 2010

Teenreads.com Newsletter Early July 2010

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Reading Never Takes a Vacation

Whether you’re planning a trip with family or friends (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, anyone? Let us know what you think about this newly opened theme park in this month’s poll and question) or setting aside some time for a “stay-cation,” Teenreads.com is at your service to make sure your suitcases, beach bags, nightstands and everything in between are well-stocked with plenty of great reads to last you all summer long.


Perfect for wiling away the hours under the hot summer sun is LOVESICK, the latest in Tonya Hurley’s bestselling sleeper-hit series, ghostgirl. Centered on recently deceased high school student Charlotte Usher, this final installment of the trilogy finds our heroine in quite possibly the worst purgatory imaginable when her final assignment at “Dead Ed” forces her to choose between dying (again) for love and finally moving on to rest in peace. In celebration of its recent release, we’re offering signed copies of LOVESICK to 25 lucky winners! Click here to read all the contest details. And, if you think you might share Charlotte’s case of lovesickness, read what Tonya Hurley has to say about this often-misdiagnosed affliction of the heart in her guest post on the Teenreads.com blog.


And speaking of matters of the heart, Kristin Billerbeck has a new series for teens called Universally Misunderstood, featuring the witty, sarcastic and ever-hilarious Daisy Crispin. Book #1, PERFECTLY DATELESS, captures Daisy’s unrelenting quest to find the perfect prom date…despite her less-than-hip homemade clothes, her lack of social grace, her nonexistent register on the popularity scale, and her super over-protective parents. Be sure to check out our review, an excerpt, the discussion guide, and our interview with the author.


Interested in using your summer downtime to turn over a new leaf? You can do so with Skylar Hoyt, the confident, popular main character of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, which includes ME, JUST DIFFERENT, OUT WITH THE IN CROWD and the newly released SO OVER IT. In our interview with the author, Stephanie Morrill talks about writing a protagonist so completely different from herself and addresses some of the “controversial” topics covered in her books. You can read more about the books in our series feature here.


On your travels, you might be lucky enough to catch one of your favorite authors on the road in HarperCollins’s Supernatural Summer Tour, which brings a handful of paranormal authors --- including Aprilynne Pike (SPELLS), Ellen Schreiber (VAMPIRE KISSES #7: LOVE BITES), Kim Harrison (EARLY TO DEATH, EARLY TO RISE), Kimberly Derting (THE BODY FINDER) and Kelley Armstrong (THE RECKONING) --- to a city near you. Be sure to visit their website for tour dates, as well as tons of fun quizzes, polls, forums, on-the-road updates from the authors, and even a chance to win an Apple iPad! The giveaway ends this Monday, July 12th, so enter ASAP.


We’re also continuing to feature M.T. Anderson’s wonderfully quirky adventure THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS and Michael Grant’s dystopian apocalyptic series Gone; as well as Charlie Higson’s zombie-riddled thriller THE ENEMY; Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s coming-of-age modern-day fairy tale THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN; and the darkly enchanting PERCHANCE TO DREAM, book two in Lisa Mantchev’s Theatre Illuminata trilogy.


Whether your “beach reading” takes place at the actual beach, or on the back porch, the living room couch and anywhere else in between, 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 by July 14th (hurry!) for your chance to celebrate the summer with Teenreads.com. There’s also still time to enter our current Grab Bag of Books contest, where we’re giving away BRILLIANT by Rachel Vail, EMILY THE STRANGE: STRANGER AND STRANGER by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner, MORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT by D.J. MacHale, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS #8: WANTED by Sara Shepard, and SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper. So fill out this form by Monday, July 19th at noon ET for your chance to win.


And don’t forget to check out our newly updated Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups for plenty of getaway reads, like James Patterson’s DANIEL X: DEMONS AND DRUIDS and Maggie Steifvater’s LINGER, not to mention Suzanne Collins’s smash hit, THE HUNGER GAMES, and Melissa de la Cruz’s latest Blue Bloods book, THE VAN ALEN LEGACY, both of which are now available in paperback.

By the way, remember in our last newsletter I told you how passionate I was about supporting libraries? Well, above you can see a picture of Lauren Myracle, who spoke at the American Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day events (loved her cowboy hat, which was in my favorite color, and she looked MUCH better than me in the t-shirt). You also can read her blog post about why she wants you to join her in supporting libraries here. Get involved with your local library!


Two more things that we can use your help with. We are planning a redesign of Teenreads.com that we will start on this fall. Keep an eye on your mailboxes in the next few weeks as we will be sending out a survey asking you for input on this. Also, we are contemplating starting a website for kids in college and in their twenties. Before we do that, we would like to ask some questions of people who are in that age group. If you know anyone who you think would like to participate, can you ask them to drop Maureen Linehan (Maureen@bookreporter.com) a note with the subject line “Send Me CO-20 Website Info”? By the way, CO-20 is our code word for the site until we come up with a name for it. Thanks so much.


Happy reading! And here’s to temperatures in only double digits. When the thermometer in my car registered 102 degrees this week, it was not fun!
 

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 

New Special Feature and Contest: GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK by Tonya Hurley

Charlotte Usher died choking on a gummy bear in physics class. As if she didn’t already hate high school enough. Before she’s allowed to cross over, though, Charlotte must go back to the dreaded institution where she will be given an assignment and a deadline. Her task? Help one designated, lucky teen solve a personal problem. The deadline? Prom. But there’s no handbook that explains what happens if you fall in love with your class project. Charlotte would die (again) for love, but facing the all-too-familiar feeling of invisibility may be too much for her to swallow.

To celebrate the release of LOVESICK, the final installment in Tonya Hurley’s ghostgirl trilogy, Teenreads.com is giving 25 readers the chance to win a signed copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 16th at noon ET.

 

GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK by Tonya Hurley (Fiction)
Before she can rest in peace, Charlotte must return to the tragic site of her death: high school. Once there, her assignment is to help a designated teen solve a personal problem in time for the all-important prom. But no one explained what happens if you fall in love with your class project. Charlotte would die (again) for love, but facing the all-too-familiar feeling of invisibility may be too much for her to swallow.

-Click here to read an excerpt from GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK.
-Click here to view the book trailer for GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK.
-Click here to read Tonya Hurley's Teenreads.com blog post, "Tonya Hurley on Lovesickness."
-Click here to read Tonya Hurley's bio.
-Visit the official website of the series, www.ghostgirl.com.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
New Series Feature: Universally Misunderstood by Kristin Billerbeck

In an interview with Teenreads.com's Melanie Smith, Kristin Billerbeck discusses what inspired her latest work of fiction for young adults, PERFECTLY DATELESS, and shares her thoughts on some of the struggles today's teenagers face regarding peer pressure, conformity, and our current highly sexualized world. She also elaborates on the messages she hopes both readers and their parents will take away from her work, and hints at what's in store for main character Daisy Crispin in the next installment of the series.

PERFECTLY DATELESS: A Universally Misunderstood Novel by Kristin Billerbeck (Fiction)
Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find the right date for the prom. There's only one problem --- her parents won't let her date or even talk to a guy on the phone. Oh, and she's totally invisible at school, wears lame homemade clothes, and possesses no social skills. Okay, so maybe there's more than one problem.

Can she talk her parents into letting her go to the prom? Or will they succeed at their obvious attempts to completely ruin her life?

-Click here to read a review of PERFECTLY DATELESS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from PERFECTLY DATELESS.
-Click here to read the discussion guide for PERFECTLY DATELESS.

 

Click here to read our series feature for Universally Misunderstood.

 

New Series Feature: The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt by Stephanie Morrill

Stephanie Morrill's latest book, SO OVER IT, is the final installment in the Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt trilogy, which centers on a confident, popular high school senior looking to turn over a new leaf. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Alexis Burling, Morrill explains why she decided to create a protagonist so different from herself when she was in high school, and addresses some of the "controversial" topics covered in her books. She also reveals the real-life counterparts of her main characters, describes which scenes were the most difficult to write, and reveals why she's taking a well-deserved hiatus between projects.

THE REINVENTION OF SKYLAR HOYT Series by Stephanie Morrill (Fiction)
Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the "in" crowd, but who's no longer sure that's where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.

-Read reviews of ME, JUST DIFFERENT, OUT WITH THE IN CROWD and SO OVER IT.
-Read excerpts from ME, JUST DIFFERENT, OUT WITH THE IN CROWD and SO OVER IT.

 

Click here to read our series feature for The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt.

 

Cool New Books for July

July's roundup of Cool New Books includes DEMONS AND DRUIDS, a continuation of James Patterson's series featuring Daniel X, who in this installment is transported back to the most traumatic event of his life --- the death of his parents; LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater, the breathtaking sequel to SHIVER, in which the two main characters, who found each other in the previous book, now must fight to be together; Maryrose Wood's THE POISON DIARIES, the first in a gothic romance trilogy set in the 18th century and inspired by the real Poison Garden near Alnwick Castle in England; THE FOOL'S GIRL, a wholly original story from Celia Rees full of political intrigue, danger and romance, and spun from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; and THE GRIMM LEGACY by Polly Shulman, a contemporary fantasy starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary.
 

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

 
July's New in Paperback Roundup

Fans of The Hunger Games have a lot to look forward to this summer. MOCKINGJAY, the conclusion to Suzanne Collins's sci-fi/fantasy series, releases on August 24th, and book #1 of the trilogy is now available in paperback for the first time. July's roundup of New in Paperback titles also includes THE VAN ALEN LEGACY, the fourth installment in Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods vampire series; HEROES OF THE VALLEY by Jonathan Stroud, an epic fantasy thriller featuring murder, revenge and a slightly diminutive protagonist; THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS, a companion novel to E. Lockhart's THE BOYFRIEND LIST and THE BOY BOOK; and THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, a gothic tour de force from Rick Yancey that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts?
 

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

 
Special Feature: THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS by M.T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson has written numerous books for children and young adults, including FEED, THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, and the newly released THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Norah Piehl, Anderson explains why he waited six years to write the follow-up to his 2004 novel, THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES, and what inspired the story's "unconventional" setting. He also reveals the similarities between himself and his main characters, and discusses why his current home in Vermont is so conducive to his writing routine.

THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS by M.T. Anderson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not The Game of Sunken Places --- Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. But still...when they go to visit a relative in the Vermont woods, they find many things are...off. Like, people aren't where they're supposed to be. And houses are everywhere. In fact, the houses seem to be taking over.

-Click here to read a review of THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS.
-Click here to read M.T. Anderson's bio.

 

Click here to read our interview with M.T. Anderson.

 
Series Feature: Supernatural Summer: Expect the Unexpected...
Expect the unexpected this summer, and don't miss the Supernatural Summer Tour 2010 featuring five amazing HarperTeen authors: Aprilynne Pike (SPELLS), Ellen Schreiber (VAMPIRE KISSES #7: LOVE BITES), Kim Harrison (EARLY TO DEATH, EARLY TO RISE), Kimberly Derting (THE BODY FINDER) and Kelley Armstrong (THE RECKONING)! Visit www.supernaturalsummer.com to enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad, and check out the latest Supernatural Summer polls, quizzes, forums and on-the-road updates from the enchanting Supernatural Summer authors.
 
Click here to read our Supernatural Summer series feature.

 
Series Feature: Gone by Michael Grant

GONE Series by Michael Grant
Would you survive in the FAYZ? Click here to take the Gone series quiz to find out, watch the new LIES video trailer, and get a sneak peek at the third installment in Michael Grant's breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves. You won't look at the world in the same way again.

 

Click here to read our Gone series feature.

 

Teenreads.com's Fourth Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest --- Enter by July 14th!

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.

 

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 BRILLIANT by Rachel Vail, EMILY THE STRANGE: STRANGER AND STRANGER by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner, MORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT by D.J. MacHale, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS #8: WANTED by Sara Shepard, and SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Monday, July 19th at noon ET.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

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.

 
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 by Lisa Mantchev
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.

 
Poll, Question and Word of Mouth

Poll:

Now that it has finally opened its doors, are you planning to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new Harry Potter-themed amusement park at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida?

Yes, and I can't wait!
If my family could afford this, I would go NOW.
I'm curious about it, but I'm not planning to go.
While it's not at the top of my list, I'd like to check it out if I had the chance.
I have no interest in going.
I've already been there, and it was so much fun!
I've already been there, but it was disappointing.
I'm not sure how I feel.

-Click
here to answer the poll.


Question:


What sorts of attractions (rides, games, activities, etc.) would you like to see at Universal Studios' new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park?

-Click here
to answer the question.


Word of Mouth:

This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater. To put your name in the hat, submit your current reading list and ratings by completing the form here.

-Click here for more details about Word of Mouth.

 


Have a great month...and make some time each day to read something you enjoy!

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