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Early March 2011

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March 11, 2011


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March Book Madness

Anyone else ready for warmer weather? If so, start your countdown clocks because the official start of spring is just eight days away. I fully expect the sun, birds and flowers to be shining, tweeting and blooming without fail on March 20th. Who’s with me?

Thankfully, while we’re waiting for spring to get in gear, there is a ton going on here at Teenreads.com. First up: Brand-new contests. We're giving away 100(!) copies of MAY by Kathryn Lasky. In this second installment of her Daughters of the Sea series, May, on her 15th birthday, discovers she's a mermaid. She must learn who she can trust among her friends, not all of whom are thrilled with her transformation. Read our review and an excerpt, and enter the contest here.

We’re also giving away 100 copies of THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward, the second book in her Numbers series. Adam can see the date you will die, just by looking you in the eye. But what happens when too many people share the same number? What kind of a catastrophe is coming? We have a review and an excerpt, and you can enter the contest here.

Our contest for SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS will be running through Tuesday, March 22nd at noon ET. Nonie, Edie and Jenny are three very different friends who use their individual interests to support a unique cause after they meet Crow, a Ugandan refugee girl with a flair for fashion. Take a look at our review and an excerpt, read our interview with the author, and then enter here to be one of 100 winners.

Did you miss the Sneak Peek Feature we had going on a few months ago? If so, we have another book we want your feedback on before it’s published. This time we’re sharing FRACTURE by Megan Miranda, about a girl who falls into a frozen lake and nearly dies. (After I read it, every time I looked at a frozen pond I shivered, even when I was tucked in the warmth of my car.) When she wakes up, though, something is different: she’s strangely drawn to people who are about to die. I really enjoyed it! The book doesn't release until January 2012, but we have 50 specially formatted early reader editions for those who would like to read and comment on it. Click here for all the exciting details.

We also have a special opportunity for readers ages 12-17. We'd love for you to weigh in on our survey about what type of books you like to read, book covers that appeal to you, and your thoughts on historical fiction and contemporary titles for teens by Monday, April 11th at 11:59PM ET. Click here to take the survey. And oh, we will select prize winners who will receive one of four terrific books from those who complete the survey.


We shine our Special Feature spotlight on THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald, which is especially appropriate for this time of year, with prom season only months away (have you started looking for dresses yet?). In it, popular girl Bliss teams up with bad girl Jolene and smart girl Meg in an attempt to get revenge on Bliss’s cheating boyfriend. Read our review, an excerpt, and our interview with the author.

And before it gets too warm, be sure you read TRAPPED by Michael Northrop; it's the perfect thrill ride for a chilly day. When seven kids are stranded at school during a blizzard, the days pile up and their situation turns grim. The heat and power go, then the roof shudders. At first they were just trying to stay warm. Now it's about staying alive. Read our review, an excerpt and our interview with the author.

For those of you who hope to one day travel to far-off lands, TO TIMBUKTU: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, an illustrated memoir, should be right up your alley. It’s about two people who meet, fall in love, and globetrot for a year and a half after college. After reading it, I joked that I need to hide my sons' passports when they read it! Read our review here.


March sees the release of three great movie adaptations: Beastly, based on a book of the same name by Alex Flinn; Jane Eyre, adapted from the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë; and Red Riding Hood, the novelization of which is out now (it’s in our Grab Bag of Books giveaway this month).

This month's roundup of Cool New Books includes THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES, the final installment in Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy; MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams, the gripping tale of a 13-year-old girl whose day is spinning horribly out of control; and BLINK & CAUTION, a heart-pounding thriller from Tim Wynne-Jones.

Our New in Paperback titles include FEVER CRUMB, the highly anticipated prequel to Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet; THE SHADOW DRAGONS, the latest installment in James A. Owen’s The Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica; and THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, the emotional tale of a devastated teen who's trying to cope with the death of her older sister.

And finally, a recent New York Times article about teens and eBooks sparks our latest poll and question. Do you have an eReader? If so, what books have you downloaded? Let us know...we're curious to see how popular eReaders are among our readers. When you're finished, be sure to enter our Word of Mouth contest for your chance to win a copy of DARKEST MERCY: The Final Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr and the aforementioned TO TIMBUKTU: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story.

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

New Special Feature and Contest: DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY by Kathryn Lasky

May is different from what her mother and father would have her be. She wants to go swimming in the summer, to whoop and holler running off the wharf and into the seawater. She wants to read books (other than the Bible) late into the night. She wants a freedom that they just don't understand her need for; even she can’t quite grasp it. That is, until she realizes her true nature as a mermaid.

To celebrate the release of MAY, Teenreads.com is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of this second book in Kathryn Lasky’s Daughters of the Sea series. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.


DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY by Kathryn Lasky (Fantasy)
May feels her life drying up. The sea calls to her, but her parents forbid her from swimming. She longs for books, but her mother finds her passion for learning strange. She yearns for independence, but a persistent suitor, Rudd, wants to tame her spirited ways. Yet after her 15th birthday, the urge to break free becomes overpowering and May makes a life-changing discovery. She does not belong on land where girls are meant to be obedient. She is a mermaid --- a creature of the sea.


-Click here to read more about DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY.

-Click here to read a review of DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY.

-Click here to read Kathryn Lasky’s bio.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature and Contest: NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward

Adam is cursed. Who would want to look into the eyes of a friend and not only see the date of their death, but feel the pain of it as well? At first, it was Jem's death day. Now, Adam has moved to London with his great-grandmother, Val, and there's a new number that's showing up: 01012027 --- New Year's Day. And it's not just one person. How many people can he save from the catastrophe that awaits?

To celebrate the release of THE CHAOS, Teenreads.com is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of this second book in Rachel Ward's Numbers series. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward (Urban Fantasy)
When he was a little boy, Adam learned about the numbers. The first ones he saw were Jem's. That was how he knew she was going to die. Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death, he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can't help but clock how many people's numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year's Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?


-Click here to read a review of NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS.
-Click here to read Rachel Ward's bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature: THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald

Abby McDonald is a screenwriting novelist whose latest book for young adults follows three unlikely allies who team up to turn their high school prom night into a wild evening that no one will ever forget. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Donna Volkenannt, McDonald explains how she came up with the premise for THE ANTI-PROM, elaborating on her improbable heroines and the unusual series that helped bring her idea to life. She also reveals how she writes such incredibly successful novels, talks about her former life as a music journalist, and reflects on some of the issues teens must face today.

 

THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald (Fiction)

Popular Bliss has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect prom dress --- and now the perfect case for revenge after finding her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of the limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet (due to her mother’s ultimatum) here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, wondering whether boot camp might have been the better choice. And shy, studious, uber-planner Meg, ready to stop being a wallflower and start experiencing life firsthand, never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom.


-Click here to read a review of THE ANTI-PROM.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ANTI-PROM.

-Click here to read Abby McDonald’s bio.

Click here to read our interview with Abby McDonald.

 

Teenreads.com's Sneak Peek Feature: An Early Look at an Upcoming Book --- Our Latest Featured Title: FRACTURE by Megan Miranda

If you missed our first Sneak Peek feature, we here at Teenreads.com have our hands on yet another book before it’s been published. With our Sneak Peek Feature/Contest, we are again offering you a chance to read one of our early picks --- and share feedback on it. We know that readers champion books they love, and we want you to be part of the excitement of upcoming releases as early as possible.

Our latest Sneak Peek Feature spotlights FRACTURE, a supernatural thriller from debut author Megan Miranda. It's about Delaney Maxwell, a 17-year-old girl who falls through ice and into near freezing waters. When she’s pulled out, she’s dead. Or at least she should be. Upon waking up, Delaney finds that her mind has been changed in ways she never could have imagined --- she is drawn to the dying and can tell who’s next. Or is Delaney the cause? The book releases in January 2012, but we have 50 specially formatted early reader editions to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and share their comments about it. All you have to do is fill out this form by Tuesday, March 15th at noon ET.

We really want to hear what you have to say about FRACTURE, so if you will have time to read it and answer some questions by Friday, April 15th, please enter this contest. If not, don't worry! This isn't the last time we'll be giving you a sneak peek at a great book that hasn't been released yet.

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Calling All Readers Ages 12-17! Answer Our 10-Minute Survey --- And You Could Win a Book!

Our websites are continually committed to bridging the gap between our readers and the publishers and authors behind the books we love. In this spirit, we have a special opportunity for readers ages 12-17 to answer some questions about what type of books you like to read, book covers that appeal to you, and your thoughts on historical fiction and contemporary titles for teens.
 
We will randomly select 50 participants to win one of four great titles for sharing their thoughts with Teenreads.com.
 
The survey will be open until Monday, April 11th at 11:59PM ET. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete the survey.
 
Click here to take the survey.

 

Books into Movies: Now Featuring Beastly, Jane Eyre and Red Riding Hood

Spring is right around the corner, and Teenreads.com’s Books into Movies feature is spotlighting three films to celebrate the start of a new season. March is going to be a month of misguided love, gripping dramas and timeless classics, beginning with Beastly, an edgy flick based on Alex Finn’s ultra-modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.” The story of a high school hotshot who finds himself transformed into a hideous outcast, it’s a spellbinding saga of revenge, true love, and one teen’s quest to find out what it really means to be beautiful.

If Beastly leaves you in the mood for more contemporary fairy tales, then there’s Red Riding Hood, which is loosely based on the classic Brothers Grimm story. Watch the stunning Amanda Seyfried as she tries to choose between two equally charming suitors --- one of whom may be a werewolf --- and save her village from the clutches of a savage beast. You also will not want to miss Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson’s book of the same name, which was inspired by the movie.

 

But film fanatics in search of a different sort of romance should be on the lookout for the latest adaptation of JANE EYRE. Based on Charlotte Brontë’s moving 19th-century novel, Jane Eyre follows a courageous orphan who’s burdened by her feelings for her wealthy employer --- and the knowledge of a dark and terrible secret that’s captivated audiences for almost two centuries.
 

Click here to read more about March's films.

 

Now in Stores: TO TIMBUKTU by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg

TO TIMBUKTU: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg (Memoir)

Two young adults meet while studying abroad in Morocco. They fall in love and decide to travel some more... and their adventures begin. For the next year-and-a-half, they teach English in China, wander Southeast Asia, and do research in Mali. TO TIMBUKTU is a fully illustrated chronicle of their illuminating time abroad --- and what they learned there.

Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

 

Click here to read a review of TO TIMBUKTU.

 

Cool New Books for March

March’s roundup of Cool New Books includes THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES, the final installment in Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, in which a devastated Annah meets a mysterious guy who’s linked to her horrific past and her even more terrifying future; MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams, the gripping tale of a 13-year-old girl whose day that started out so full of hope now spins horribly out of control; BLINK & CAUTION, a heart-pounding thriller from Tim Wynne-Jones about a boy named Blink who finds himself running from the law with a sketchy but disarmingly beautiful street punk named Caution; and TO TIMBUKTU, Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg’s illustrated memoir about their travels through Morocco and Southeast Asia --- and the story of how they fell in love.
 

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

 

March's New in Paperback Roundup

March’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes FEVER CRUMB, the highly anticipated prequel to Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, which explains the origins of Municipal Darwinism through the story of a mysterious orphan named Fever; THE SIX RULES OF MAYBE by Deb Caletti, in which a selfless problem solver inexplicably falls for her sister’s husband; THE SHADOW DRAGONS, the latest installment in James A. Owen’s The Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica, in which the Caretakers are pitted against the Shadow King in an epic battle that will decide the fate of the Imaginarium Geographica once and for all; and THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, the emotional tale of a devastated teen who’s trying to cope with the death of her older sister --- and finds herself torn between a talented musician and her sister’s former boyfriend.
 

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

 

Special Feature and Contest: SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS by Sophia Bennett

Three very different girls --- the fashion-forward Nonie; Edie, who’s all about supporting causes; and Jenny, a girl on her way to Hollywood starlet-dom --- take up a cause that they never saw coming. After meeting a Ugandan refugee girl who shares Nonie’s passion for fashion and a talent for designing, they use their individual interests to work toward a goal that really matters.

To celebrate the release of SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS, Sophia Bennett’s debut novel, Teenreads.com is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 22nd at noon ET.

SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS by Sophia Bennett (Fiction)

Once upon a time in London town, there were three fab “birds”: Nonie is a freak for fashion, bleeding-heart Edie wants to green the planet, and starter-starlet Jenny just finished filming a small part in a BIG Hollywood blockbuster opposite a drool-worthy boy. But when these trendy Brit besties meet Crow, a refugee girl who happens to be an amazing designer, their worldview gets an extreme makeover.

-Click here to read more about SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS.

-Click here to read a review of SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS.
-Click here to read our interview with Sophia Bennett.
-Click here to read Sophia Bennett’s bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Special Feature: TRAPPED by Michael Northrop

A self-proclaimed sports fanatic and a distant relative of Jonathan Swift (of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS fame), Michael Northrop is the author of TRAPPED, a harrowing tale about three boys who get stranded at their high school during an unexpected blizzard, and soon find themselves locked in an epic struggle for survival that culminates in a devastating decision. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Usha Rao, Northrop talks about the historical event that helped inspire his latest novel, elaborating on its setting and the qualities of his main characters. He also reveals which of the boys is most like his teenage self, explains why he decided to leave his readers hanging, and reflects on how he became a critically acclaimed writer in spite of the incredible odds against him.

TRAPPED by Michael Northrop (Psychological Thriller)
Scotty and his friends, Pete and Jason, are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision...


-Click here to read a review of TRAPPED.
-Click
here to read an excerpt from TRAPPED.
-Click
here to read Michael Northrop's bio.

 

Click here to read our interview with Michael Northrop.

 

Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Books Contest

Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a Teenreads.com signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven't been released yet!

This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of THE GIRL WHO BECAME A BEATLE by Greg Taylor, HOW TO COOK: Delicious Dishes You’ll Really Want to Make by DK Publishing, RED RIDING HOOD by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson, and SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD by Lindsey Leavitt. The deadline for entries is Thursday, March 17th at noon ET.


-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Poll and Question of the Month: eReaders

Poll:

How old are you?

Under 12
12
13
14
15
16
17
18 or older


Do you have an eReader? Please check as many as apply.

I have a Kindle of my own.
I have an iPad of my own.
I have a Nook of my own.
I have a Sony eReader of my own.
I have another eReader of my own.
I read books on my cell phone.
I use a family member’s eReader.
My entire family shares an eReader.
I plan to get an eReader and know which one I want.
I do not plan to get an eReader at this time, but am interested in them.
I have no interest in an eReader.

-Click here to answer the poll.



Question:

If you have an eReader, what were the first three books you downloaded? If you are thinking about getting an eReader, what would you download first? Name up to three books.

-Click here to answer the question.


 

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

Tell us what books you are reading and loving --- and even those you don't.

This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of DARKEST MERCY: The Final Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr and TO TIMBUKTU: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story written by Casey Scieszka and illustrated by Steven Weinberg
. 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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