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Teenreads.com Newsletter October 15, 2010

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It's Always Teen Read Week at Teenreads.com --- But Now It's Really Teen Read Week

October 17-23 is Teen Read Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s yearly campaign to encourage teens to drop what they’re doing and pick up a book. The theme of this year’s Teen Read Week is “Books with Beat @ Your Library,” and the goal is to get as many teens as possible to step outside their literary comfort zone and explore things like poetry, audiobooks, books about music, “on the beat” crime novels, “beatdown” books about the pressures of school and problems with bullies, and tons of other cool topics.

To do our part to help celebrate Teen Read Week, the staff at Teenreads.com is going to be making a trip to the Brooklyn Public Library, where we’ll be listening to Matt de la Pena, the author of I WILL SAVE YOU; David Levithan, who wrote WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON; Samantha Schutz, who swept readers away with YOU ARE NOT HERE; Natalie Standiford, author of the incredibly clever CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS; and Robin Wasserman, who wrote the spellbinding Skin series. They’ll be talking about what it’s like to be a writer and raffling off copies of their latest books. While we will be celebrating Teen Read Week in New York, keep in mind that is a nationwide event, so be sure to check with your local library --- and your school library --- and find out about what’s going on in YOUR hometown. This is going to be a fun-filled week for teens everywhere, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the excitement!

We're very happy to announce the start of two new contests on our site. First, we’re giving away 15 copies of REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly, in which a troubled teenager named Andi meets Alexandrine, a young woman from the 18th century, by way of the diary she has left behind. Andi discovers how the tumultuous time of the Revolution affected Alexandrine, and from Alexandrine’s powerful words, learns to take control of her own life. Read the review here and an excerpt here. I love love loved this book, and it will be a terrific one to discuss with your family and friends.

We’re also giving away 30 copies of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL by Risa Green. When Erin inherits a plastic crystal ball and a set of cryptic instructions, she and her two best friends discover that this particular ball has a knack for being accurate. But as with all magic, nothing is as simple as it seems. Unless Erin and her friends can fix the damage, the magic will turn on them. The crystal ball gave them answers about love and life…but at what price? Read all the the contest details here, and check out the excerpt we have.


A great new special feature this month is RUINED by Paula Morris, which is now available in paperback. It’s perfect for the month of October, filled with its fair share of the spooky stuff. When Rebecca is forced to move to New Orleans, she gets the cold shoulder from nearly everyone in town --- excluding two very different inhabitants: cute-boy Anton and a ghost. Read our interview with the author, plus our review and an excerpt.

MOON SPUN by Marilee Brothers is another special feature we want to tell you about, as it’s definitely a fun, wild read. Allie Emerson's first boyfriend, an ex-gangbanger, helped her survive after she was thrown into the world of magick. Her second boyfriend was half demon. Her newest BF can turn into a hawk. Now she learns she's a fae princess and warrior. It's up to her to save her faery grandmother's kingdom. Oh yeah, she has to survive high school, too. Be sure to read our review and an excerpt.

The giveaway for THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt is still on, and we will be awarding up to 20 copies to one lucky book club. The book tells the story of Levi Katznelson's struggle having a relationship with his older brother, who has just returned from war in the Middle East. It's a great book that just blew me away when I read it, and it's sure to generate tons of discussion in your group. You can read an interview with the author here. To learn more about the book, check out our review and an excerpt, and then be sure to enter!

We are still featuring
THE EXILED QUEEN, which is the follow-up to THE DEMON KING (read an excerpt here) by Cinda Williams Chima. In THE EXILED QUEEN, Han Alister and Princess Raisa each begin their own epic journey towards Oden's Ford, where they hope to start new lives after fleeing the land of the Fells. Be sure to read our review, an excerpt, and our interview with the author.

PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow offers another healthy dose of the fantastic, if slightly darker fairy tales strike your fancy. When Plain Kate's father dies, leaving her without family or friends, Kate becomes the target of superstition and magic. Then she sells the only thing she has --- her shadow --- and winds up more alone than before. Read our review and an excerpt that will leave you wanting more, and our interview with the author.

And don't forget to read our review and an excerpt of TOUCH BLUE by Cynthia Lord, who we spotlight in a new interview here. When Tess's family takes in Aaron, a foster child, it becomes clear that he is special: he has strong musical talent. But after his birth mother reconnects with him, Aaron is conflicted. Will he stay with Tess's family, or will he search out his mother?


DAY OF DELIVERANCE by Johnny O'Brien, the second book in the Jack Christie series, is now available. In it, Jack and his buddy Angus must travel back in time to stop Dr. Pendleshape's latest plot to rewrite history: joining the Spanish Armada and assassinating Queen Elizabeth I. Read our review, an excerpt, and our interview with the author.

Rounding out our features is
THE CRUISERS, the gritty new novel by bestselling YA heavyweight Walter Dean Myers, which follows the trials and tribulations of a group of gifted students with a knack for getting themselves into trouble. To learn more about the book, you can read our review and an excerpt, and check out our interview, where Myers talks about what inspired him to write about a place like Da Vinci Academy.


Our very first
Book O'Lantern Contest is still going! You have until October 22nd to enter to win a Halloween-themed tote filled with 14 spine-chilling titles, featuring everything from a supernatural butt-kicking heroine to a support group for reformed vampires. Click here for all the frightening contest details.


October’s Cool New Books feature includes some long-awaited titles, like Hilary Duff’s ELIXIR, and the continuation of such series as James Dashner's The Maze Runner and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan. Be sure to head on over to our Word of Mouth page, where we are giving away both THE SCORCH TRIALS and BEHEMOTH.

Our New in Paperback roundup for October packs quite a punch too, with WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet; ARCHENEMY, the third installment of Frank Beddor’s spellbinding series, The Looking Glass Wars; and ICE, the fantastical narrative about a Polar Bear King by Sarah Beth Durst.

The offerings in our latest Grab Bag of Books drawing includes CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS by Natalie Standiford, DEAR AMERICA: THE FENCES BETWEEN US: The Diary of Piper Davis by Kirby Larson, THE INTERROGATION OF GABRIEL JAMES by Charlie Price, and PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow. The deadline for entries has been extended to Thursday, October 21st at noon ET.

Also, be sure to tell us what you thought of MOCKINGJAY in our current poll, and don't forget to answer our question about the books you are reading this school year.


Lastly, Jordana Frankel from Teenreads.com had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Kate, the New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN and TORMENT, for us. She picked her brain about writing, books, inspiration, and what might come next in her series, so be sure to check out our blog post where two of five video interviews are now up.

Have a Happy Halloween!!

Carol Fitzgerald (
Carol@bookreporter.com)

 

Click here to learn more about Teen Read Week.

 

New Special Feature and Contest: REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly

In REVOLUTION, Jennifer Donnelly --- author of the award-winning novel A NORTHERN LIGHT --- artfully weaves two girls’ stories into an unforgettable account of life, loss and enduring love. The book spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

To celebrate the release of this highly anticipated novel, Teenreads.com is giving 15 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 15th at noon ET.


REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly (Fiction)
BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want --- and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession.


-Click here to read more about REVOLUTION.
-Click
here to read a review of REVOLUTION.
-Click
here to read an excerpt from REVOLUTION.
-Click
here to read Jennifer Donnelly’s bio.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature: RUINED by Paula Morris

Writing for a YA audience for the first time, native New Zealander Paula Morris brings the mystery and excitement of one of America’s oldest cities to life in her novel, RUINED, which follows a lonely teen named Rebecca through the streets of New Orleans as she gets shunned by almost everyone --- except for a ghost and a gorgeous guy named Anton. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Norah Piehl, Morris talks about the places and people that inspired her to write a book like RUINED, elaborating on how living in a new place has helped her “go undercover” as a writer and the culture shock she experienced upon moving to “The Big Easy.” She also reveals why she modeled the cliques at Rebecca’s school after ancient Roman society and offers tips on how teens can help her adopted home recover from Hurricane Katrina.


RUINED by Paula Morris (Supernatural Thriller)

Rebecca Brown couldn’t feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year. She’s staying in a creepy old house with her Aunt Claudia, who reads tarot cards for a living. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she’s invisible. Only gorgeous unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he’s got a hidden agenda.


-Click here to read more about RUINED.

-Click here to read a review of RUINED.

-Click here to read an excerpt from RUINED.

-Click here to read Paula Morris’s bio.
 

Click here to read our interview with Paula Morris.

 

New Special Contest: THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL by Risa Green

When her beloved, albeit kooky, aunt is killed in a freak lightning storm, Erin Channing’s world is thrown upside down when she inherits a magical pink crystal ball that has the ability to change the future --- often in very unpredictable ways. As Erin and her friends struggle to control their futures, events quickly spiral out of control in THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL --- a hilarious new YA novel with the perfect supernatural twist. Risa Green, author of NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY (the book that spawned two seasons of a series by the same name airing on ABC), is back with this fabulously original, warm and funny novel that follows a trio of best friends as they navigate adolescence with the help of a pink crystal ball.


To celebrate the release of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL, Teenreads.com is giving 30 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 15th at noon ET.


THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL by Risa Green (Fiction)

When Erin inherits a plastic crystal ball and a set of cryptic instructions from her free-spirited aunt, she and her two best friends laughingly give it a try and discover that this particular ball has a knack for being accurate. But as with all magic, nothing is as simple as it seems. Unless Erin and her friends can fix the damage, the magic will turn on them. The crystal ball gave them answers about love and life…but at what price?


-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL.

-Click here to read Risa Green’s bio.

-Enter to win a $250 Shopping Spree in the Pink Crystal Ball “What Would You Wish For?” Video Trailer Contest.

-Check out the trailer on YouTube!

-Find out more about Risa Green at RisaGreen.com.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.


 

New Special Feature: MOON SPUN by Marilee Brothers

MOON SPUN: Book Three of Unbidden Magic by Marilee Brothers (Fantasy)

Allie Emerson's first boyfriend was an ex-gangbanger who helped her survive after she was thrown into the world of magick. Her second boyfriend was half demon. Her newest BF can turn into a hawk.


Things are definitely getting weirder in Allie's life. Which was tough enough already as a wise-cracking nobody in Peacock Flats, Washington, where she lives in a camping trailer with her not-quite-normal mother.


Now she learns she's a fae princess and warrior. It's up to her to save her faery grandmother's kingdom. And survive high school, too.


-Click here to read more about MOON SPUN.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MOON SPUN.

-Click here to read Marilee Brothers’s bio.
 

Click here to read a review of MOON SPUN.

 

Teenreads.com's First Annual Book O'Lantern Contest!

 

 

Teenreads.com is celebrating the season of ghouls and ghosts with our very first Book O'Lantern Contest! Between now and Friday, October 22nd, you can enter to win a bag perfect for trick-or-treating filled with a few special treats, plus 14 spooky reads that will help make the scariest season of them all last well beyond Halloween.

Here are the books we're giving away:

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ANOTHER FAUST by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
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THE COUNSELING: Ghost Huntress, Book 4 by Marley Gibson
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DEAD IS JUST A RUMOR by Marlene Perez
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EVERLASTING DESIRE by Amanda Ashley
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FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan
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HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride
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THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS by Clare B. Dunkle
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PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White
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THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP by Catherine Jinks
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SUPERNATURAL by DK Publishing
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THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER: The Homelanders, Book Three by Andrew Klavan
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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: STEFAN'S DIARIES #1: ORIGINS by L. J. Smith
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THE WITCHES' KITCHEN by Allen Williams
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Z by Michael Thomas Ford

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Cool New Books for October

October’s roundup of Cool New Books includes REVOLUTION, the highly anticipated novel by Jennifer Donnelly that weaves together the stories of a depressed, modern-day teen and a young heroine of the French Revolution; FORGE, Laurie Halse Anderson’s page-turning sequel to CHAINS, which tells of a young slave’s struggle to survive the American Revolution --- and somehow forge a path to freedom; THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner, the second installment of The Maze Runner Trilogy that follows Thomas and the Gladers as they try to cope with the challenges of life outside the Maze; BIRTH OF A KILLER, the riveting prequel to Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series that sheds light on the mysterious origins of Larten Crepsley; part two of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan Trilogy, BEHEMOTH, which chronicles the ongoing conflict between the Darwinists and the Clankers as it plays out on board a British airship; and DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s story of a girl who tries to find the right guy by leaving a notebook on the shelf of her favorite bookstore.
 

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

 

October's New in Paperback Roundup

October’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes WITCH & WIZARD, James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet’s twisted tale of a brother and sister who fall afoul of a government-run witch-hunt; ARCHENEMY, the third installment of Frank Beddor’s spellbinding series, The Looking Glass Wars; KITH by Holly Black, the visually stimulating sequel to THE GOOD NEIGHBORS: KIN that follows Rue Silver’s quest to rescue her mother from the faerie realm; THE FETCH, award-winning author Laura Whitcomb’s account of a death escort who must brave a journey back to earth; HAZEL, Julie Hearn’s story of a sheltered girl who is forced to confront the secrets of her family’s past; and ICE, the fantastical narrative about a Polar Bear King by Sarah Beth Durst that will keep readers wondering whether fairy tales aren’t real after all.
 

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

 

Special Feature and Contest: THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt

 

Looking for a great book that is sure to generate lots of discussion in your reading group? Then check out THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt, which tells the story of Levi, who must deal with his older brother Boaz's return from war in the Middle East. Instead of being a happy occasion, Boaz’s post-traumatic stress disorder makes it impossible for Levi to have anything remotely resembling a brotherly relationship with him. But that doesn’t stop Levi from trying…and maybe pushing Boaz farther away, if that’s even possible.

 

Teenreads.com is giving away up to 20 copies of THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS to one lucky book club. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 17th at noon ET.


THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt (Fiction)

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends, Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

 

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

 

Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

 

-Click here to read a review of THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS.
-Click here to read our interview with Dana Reinhardt.
-Click here to read Dana Reinhardt’s bio.

-Visit Dana Reinhardt’s official website, www.danareinhardt.net.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Special Feature: THE EXILED QUEEN by Cinda Williams Chima

After captivating audiences with THE DEMON KING, fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima returns with THE EXILED QUEEN, the second installment of her wildly successful Seven Realms series that follows Han Alister and Princess Raisa as they each begin their own epic journey towards Oden’s Ford, where they hope to start new lives after fleeing the land of the Fells. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Melanie Smith, Chima reveals how she came up with the ideas for two separate fantasy series, elaborating on the tools and tricks that have kept her on task and how her transcontinental travels inspired the volcanic mountains of the Fells. She also explains how magic has helped her explore her interest in history, speculates on the kinds of qualities --- and sacrifices --- that make people strong leaders, and gives readers the scoop on what they can expect from the rest of both series.


THE EXILED QUEEN: A Seven Realms Novel, Book Two by Cinda Williams Chima (Fantasy)

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery --- but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.


-Click here to read more about THE EXILED QUEEN.
-Click here to read a review of THE EXILED QUEEN.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE EXILED QUEEN.
-Click here to read Cinda Williams Chima’s bio.

-Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s official website, www.cindachima.com.
 

Click here to read our interview with Cinda Williams Chima.


 

Special Feature: PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow

Erin Bow is an award-winning poet who is captivating teens across the country with her first novel, PLAIN KATE, which follows an orphaned woodcarver’s daughter through a magical world of charms and curses, as she tries to find a new home after a mysterious, fear-spreading fog envelops her local village. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Sarah Rachel Egelman, Bow reveals what inspired her to write about a world like Kate’s, going into detail about the appeal of Russian fairy tales --- which she compares to dark chocolate --- and how she named her characters. She also discusses the similarities and differences between fiction and poetry, talks about the talking cat that steals her book, and explains why you don’t have to write a sequel to know what happens to your characters.

PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow (Fantasy)
Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her “witch blade” --- a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading feat of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

 

-Click here to read more about PLAIN KATE.

-Click here to read a review of PLAIN KATE.

-Click here to read an excerpt from PLAIN KATE.

-Click here to read Erin Bow’s bio.
 

Click here to read our interview with Erin Bow.

 

Special Feature: TOUCH BLUE by Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord follows up her Newbery Honor-winning debut, RULES, with TOUCH BLUE, in which 11-year-old Tess Brooks and a foster kid named Aaron try to save her island’s schoolhouse --- and the only home Tess has ever known. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Donna Volkenannt, Lord talks about the stories and close-knit communities that inspired her second novel, elaborating on how a small island off the coast of Maine can make an ideal setting for a book and why isolated areas appeal to her as a writer. She also reveals why she decided to write a first-person novel in the present tense, speculates on the value of superstitions, and shares some of the books she enjoyed as a teenager --- along with some tips for aspiring authors.

TOUCH BLUE by Cynthia Lord (Fiction)

“Why take chances?” asks 11-year-old Tess Brooks. “Especially when it’s so easy to let the universe know what you want by touching blue or turning around three times or crossing your fingers.”

But Tess is coming to know that it’s not always that simple. The state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, which would force Tess’s family to move to the mainland --- and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan, too: increase the number of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a 13-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own --- and all the luck she can muster. Will Tess’s wish come true, or will her luck run out?


-Click here to read a review of TOUCH BLUE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from TOUCH BLUE.
-Click here to read Cynthia Lord’s bio.

-Visit Cynthia Lord’s official website, www.cynthialord.com.
 

Click here to read our interview with Cynthia Lord

 

Special Feature: DAY OF DELIVERANCE by Johnny O'Brien

Johnny O'Brien makes his highly-anticipated return with the second installment of his Jack Christie series, DAY OF DELIVERANCE, which follows Jack and his buddy Angus as they travel back in time to stop Dr. Pendleshape's latest plot to rewrite history: joining the Spanish Armada and assassinating Queen Elizabeth I. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Usha Reynolds, O'Brien discusses the events that inspired Jack's most recent adventure, elaborating on the appeal of counterfactual history and the differences between 16h-century Europe and the present day. He also sheds light on the qualities that help make Jack such a compelling and likable hero, unveils his plans for the rest of the series, and speculates on the authenticity of England's most prominent playwright.

DAY OF DELIVERANCE: A Jack Christie Adventure by Johnny O'Brien (Thriller/Action & Adventure)
Jack and Angus's time travels are heating up again, and this time the boys must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death. Meeting the playwright Marlowe and a young actor named William Shakespeare along the way, Jack and Angus will have to use all their bravery and skill to thwart their archenemy, Pendleshape, and his misguided notions of changing history.

DAY OF DELIVERANCE is the exciting second installment in the Jack Christie adventures.

-Click here to read a review of DAY OF DELIVERANCE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DAY OF DELIVERANCE.
-Click here to read Johnny O'Brien's bio.

 

Click here to read our interview with Johnny O'Brien.

 
Special Feature: THE CRUISERS by Walter Dean Myers

Celebrated author Walter Dean Myers is back with his latest novel, THE CRUISERS, which follows a group of talented, teenage misfits as they try to redeem themselves after publishing a controversial article in their school's alternative newspaper. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Donna Volkenannt, Myers sheds light on the issues and experiences that inspired him to write about a place like Da Vinci Academy, elaborating on his own difficulties as a student and the importance of striking a balance between censorship and free speech in the classroom. He also describes his idea of an ideal teacher, reflects on the techniques --- and the books --- that have helped him become a successful writer, and unveils his future plans for his new heroes.

THE CRUISERS by Walter Dean Myers (Fiction)
Zander and his friends --- Kambui, LaShonda and Bobbi --- start their own newspaper, The Cruiser, as a means for speaking out, keeping the peace, and expressing what they believe. When the school launches a mock Civil War, Zander and his friends are forced to consider the true meaning of democracy and what it costs to stand up for a cause. The result is nothing they could have expected, and everything they could have hoped for.

-Click here to read a review of THE CRUISERS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE CRUISERS.
-Click here to read Walter Dean Myers's bio.

 

Click here to read our interview with Walter Dean Myers.

 

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 CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS by Natalie Standiford, DEAR AMERICA: THE FENCES BETWEEN US: The Diary of Piper Davis by Kirby Larson, THE INTERROGATION OF GABRIEL JAMES by Charlie Price, and PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow. The deadline for entries is Thursday, October 21st at noon ET.

-Click
here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

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

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