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Late March 2011

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March 25, 2011


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So Much for Spring --- At Least Books Are ALWAYS in Season!

There was more snow here in New York City this week, dashing all our hopes of an on-time spring. Those birds and flowers really did not listen. That's okay, though, because we have plenty of books to tide you over until the sun gets the memo that it's late for a very important date.

We have not only books to give you, but t-shirts as well! Between now and Friday, April 8th at noon ET, you can be one of 25 readers to
win a copy of THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks, along with a pair of t-shirts that say "Reformed Vampire" and "Abused Werewolf" --- the perfect addition to any paranormal beastie's wardrobe (it's okay, you can admit it...we know you're all wearing human glamours). Read our review of this follow-up to THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP and an excerpt.

We have reviews of three books we especially want you to make note of.
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys is about a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl who is sent to Siberia with her family by Soviet officers and then forced into hard labor. I could not put this one down when I read it and kept wondering how I would survive such an internment. I had lunch with Ruta a few months ago, and she shared that she had taken her research to a new level with this book by actually spending time in a simulated hard labor camp. Being there definitely infused her writing. You can watch a terrific video (long but worth it) about her writing here.


Also not to be missed is LOST & FOUND: THREE, Shaun Tan's book of illustrated short stories (its film adaptation won Best Animated Short at this year's Academy Awards...it's nice to have an author who can claim an Oscar!), and TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS by Tamora Pierce, a collection of all the tales from the land of Tortall.

We have an interview with
Trent Reedy, the author of WORDS IN THE DUST, who talks about his protagonist Zulaikha, an Afghan girl who dared to hope for a better future. He recounts his own experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan, elaborating on the real-life figure who inspired his book. I heard him speak in January at a librarian conference, and he was so moving that he got a standing ovation. He's a person who really made a difference in a young woman's life!

We continue our giveaway of 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, an excerpt, and enter the contest here by Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

You can also be one of the lucky 100 who will win
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 our review, an excerpt, and our interview with the author. Click here to enter the contest by Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

This month's
Grab Bag is straight up AMAZING. This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of DARKEST MERCY: The Final Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr; DEATH CLOUD: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane; DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver; I AM NUMBER FOUR: Movie Tie-In Edition by Pittacus Lore; and UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 18th at noon ET. Click here to enter.

We're still shining our Special Feature spotlight on
THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald, which is especially appropriate for this time of year, with prom season not too far away. 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.

A few months ago, you voted for the finalists of the Teen Choice Book of the Year
. Now it's time to choose your favorite YA book of 2010 from these five awesome titles: BURNED: House of Night, Book 7 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast; FANG: Maximum Ride, Book 6 by James Patterson; MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins; SPIRIT BOUND: Vampire Academy, Book 5 by Richelle Mead; and WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan. Through April 29th, you can vote for your favorite book, author and illustrator of 2010 in the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards by clicking here.

Are you between the ages of 12-17? We want your feedback for a
10-Minute survey! Take the survey and tell us which books you like to read and which covers are your favorites. We will randomly select 50 participants to win one of four great titles for sharing their thoughts with us.

Don't forget to weigh in on this month's
poll. Which of the movies based on books have you seen or do you plan to see in theaters or on DVD? Also, be sure to answer the question: What was your favorite movie based on a book, and what was your biggest disappointment? When you're done, head on over to Word of Mouth, where we're giving away CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS: The Mortal Instruments, Book Four by Cassandra Clare and VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani.


Lastly, while Teenreads.com's Coming Soon feature has been on the site for many years, we have received requests from readers asking for weekly email notifications when books are released. Now we're happy to announce our latest project, Teenreads.com's "On Sale This Week" newsletter.

 

We are planning to launch this as a bi-weekly newsletter on April 5th. At the start, it will be emailed every other Tuesday. Eventually we plan to send it weekly. Inside this newsletter you will get a listing of hardcover and paperback titles releasing that week and the next, along with a one-line description.

Interested in subscribing?

Please fill out this form to subscribe. If you are not subscribed to the weekly Teenreads.com newsletter, which is typically sent out twice a month, you can do so here.

Happy springtime reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 
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New Special Feature and Contest: THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks

To celebrate the April 4th release of THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks, Teenreads.com is giving 25 readers the chance to win a copy of this highly anticipated follow-up to THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP, along with a pair of t-shirts that say "Reformed Vampire" and "Abused Werewolf." The deadline for entries is Friday, April 8th at noon ET.

THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks (Mystery)
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen.

He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous "condition." Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help.

It's not until he's kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them --- and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means.

-Click here to read a review of THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP.
-Click here to read our interview with Catherine Jinks.
-Click here to read Catherine Jinks's bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Now in Stores: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys (Historical Fiction)
It's 1941, and Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. That is, until Soviet officers barge into her home. Separated from her father, Lina, her mother and her brother travel north on a crowded train to a camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here, under Stalin's orders, they are forced to dig for beets --- and fight for their lives --- under the cruelest conditions. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY.
-Click here to watch Ruta Sepetys talk about BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY.

 

Click here to read a review of BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY.

 

Now in Stores: LOST & FOUND: THREE by Shaun Tan

LOST & FOUND: THREE by Shaun Tan (Fiction/Illustrated Short Stories)
The Lost Thing won Best Animated Short at this year's Academy Awards. This huge honor coincides with the release of LOST & FOUND, a collection of Shaun Tan's early picture books that includes the story on which the film is based, along with THE RED TREE and THE RABBITS. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

 

Click here to read a review of LOST & FOUND: THREE.

 

Now in Stores: TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS by Tamora Pierce

TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce (Fantasy/Short Stories)
Collected here for the first time are all the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring previously unknown characters, as well as old friends. Filling in gaps of time and interest, these stories will lead Tamora Pierce's fans and new readers alike into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy. Reviewed by Joy Held.

-Click here to read an excerpt from TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS.

 

Click here to read a review of TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS.

 

An Interview with Trent Reedy, Author of WORDS IN THE DUST

A first-time novelist and a member of the Army National Guard, Trent Reedy is the author of WORDS IN THE DUST, the remarkable tale of an Afghan girl named Zulaikha who dares to hope for a better future --- and the surgery she'll need to fix her cleft palate --- when American soldiers arrive in her village. In this interview, Reedy talks about his own experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan, elaborating on the real-life figure who inspired his book. He also explains how the experience of war altered his feelings about the Afghan people, reflects on the challenges of writing his first-ever novel, and recalls the fan letter he wrote that helped launch his career as a writer --- and sparked the beginning of a long-lasting literary friendship.

WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy (Fiction)
A quiet, severely disfigured Afghan girl experiences a promising vision of her nation's future when American troops occupy her desert village and arrange surgery for her cleft lip. Based on an enlightening true story, WORDS IN THE DUST tells of a shy 13-year-old and how much her life changes because of the simple kindness of a few concerned American soldiers. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

-Click here to read a review of WORDS IN THE DUST.
-Click here to read an excerpt from WORDS IN THE DUST.
-Click here to watch Trent Reedy talk about WORDS IN THE DUST.

 
Click here to read an interview with Trent Reedy.

 

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.

 

Special Feature and Contest: NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS

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 our interview with Rachel Ward.
-Click here to read Rachel Ward's bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Book 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 month's grab bag is straight up AMAZING. This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of DARKEST MERCY: The Final Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr; DEATH CLOUD: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane; DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver; I AM NUMBER FOUR: Movie Tie-In Edition by Pittacus Lore; and UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 18th at noon ET.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.


 

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.


 

The Voting is Now Open for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards!

We at Teenreads.com are thrilled to announce the finalists for the Children's Book Council's 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year. The five books that were chosen most frequently by our readers as their favorites of 2010 are:

-BURNED: House of Night, Book 7 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
-FANG: Maximum Ride, Book 6 by James Patterson
-MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
-SPIRIT BOUND: Vampire Academy, Book 5 by Richelle Mead
-WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan


Many thanks to the more than 4,200 people who participated!

Now it's time to make your voices be heard again. Through April 29th, you can vote for your favorite book, author and illustrator of 2010 by visiting www.BookWeekOnline.com. The winners will be announced on Monday, May 2nd during Children's Book Week.
 
Click here to cast your votes for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards.

 

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.

 

This Month's Reviews

MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams (Fiction)
Thirteen-year-old Lacey is excited about her new job at the library, and her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day of hope spins terrifyingly out of control. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.


CHIME by Franny Billingsley (Historical Fantasy)
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for her family's problems. To escape her guilt, Briony tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see them, and witches are sentenced to death. Then Eldric comes along and changes everything. As it turns out, there are secrets even Briony doesn't know. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.


ANGRY YOUNG MAN by Chris Lynch (Fiction)
National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch returns with another award-worthy novel centering on two all-American brothers who encounter distressing experiences and undergo an evolution. The story is astonishingly lifelike and genuine, and is a reading experience I'll guarantee you'll remember for a very long time. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.


STEEL by Carrie Vaughn (Fiction/Action & Adventure)
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she's never held a real blade. So when she finds an old sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she instantly pockets it as her own. But the broken tip holds secrets, and it transports Jill to a pirate ship. In order to get home, Jill must risk everything by dueling to the death with a villainous captain. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.


CLOSER by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (Mystery/Action & Adventure)
Finally reunited with his dad, Will spends his days exploring the "land of the second sun," decoding glyphs, or eyeing wild animals with the renegade girl Elliott. Meanwhile, Chester has returned Topsoil, where his homecoming is becoming a horror show. But the ruthless Rebeccas have cheated death again, and they'll hunt Will to the innards of the earth. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.


PROM AND PREJUDICE by Elizabeth Eulberg (Fiction)
The girls at Longbourn Academy are obsessed with prom. Lizzie Bennett isn't interested, but now that Charles Bingley is back from London, her best friend, Jane, is. Lizzie is happy for her, but she's less impressed with Will Darcy, a pompous jerk who Lizzie finds herself drawn to anyway. Will pride and prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a couple in the making? Reviewed by Amy Alessio.


THE VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell (Historical/Paranormal Romance)
It's 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is eager to take in the pleasures of Baltimore. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing visions that offer glimpses of the future. As people come to hear her prophecies, a forbidden romance threatens the life she's built in Baltimore. And when one of her darkest visions comes to pass, some wonder if she's the cause. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.


DESIRES OF THE DEAD: A Body Finder Novel by Kimblerly Derting (Supernatural Thriller)
Violet can sense the echoes of the murdered --- and the matching imprint of their killers. But when she finds a young boy's body, she draws the attention of the FBI. As Violet tries to hide her ability, she becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Soon, she starts digging into the past of her boyfriend's pal, Mike, and discovers a truth that might endanger everyone. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.



Graphic Novel Reviews:

THE GOOD NEIGHBORS, Book Three: KIND written by Holly Black and illustrated by Ted Naifeh
When Holly Black decided to create a graphic novel series called The Good Neighbors, she pulled out all the stops, creating one of the most vivid and compulsively readable YA series around. The third and final book more than lives up to the dark, brooding promise of the first two installments, giving Rue Silver's journey a fitting conclusion. Reviewed by John Hogan.


SIEGE written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Olivier Coipel
The Marvel Universe has been in a tailspin of disaster after disaster since 2006. Most of our iconic heroes found themselves embroiled in battles against one another over politics and personal vendettas. But finally the heroes reunite and fight the evil that started it all, rediscovering the meaning of heroism. Reviewed by Collin David.



Manga Reviews:

BLACK BUTLER, Volume 3 written and illustrated by Yana Toboso
When Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare Jack the Ripper's true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don't guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.


GRAND GUIGNOL ORCHESTRA, Volume 2 written and illustrated by Kaori Yuki
Lucille is loving heading up the traveling Royal Orchestra, roving from town to town entertaining the masses and making money. But now he and his Orchestra have met their match: people infected with the Guignol Virus, turning them into zombie dolls intent on killing all humans. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.


CRIMSON CROSS written by Sakae Maeda and illustrated by Kyoko Negishi
You can see his ivory-colored sharp teeth through his distorted lips when he laughs...and the crimson-colored blood dripping like it wanted to baptize a person. Carl van Hellsing has vowed to hunt down the vampire Elliot for eternity. But that's exactly what Elliot wants. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.


THE SECRET NOTES OF LADY KANOKO, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Ririko Tsujita
Although she doesn't get along with people very well, Lady Kanoko considers herself a perfect "observer." Her hobby is observing the students in her high school class and keeping a journal of the classroom drama. But what will happen when Kanoko becomes more than the observer and directly involved with some of her classmates? Reviewed by Kyla Hunt.


 
Poll and Question of the Month: Let's Head to the Movies!

Poll:


Which of the following movies based on books have you seen or do you plan to see in theaters or on DVD? Please check as many as apply.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Beastly
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Flipped
Gulliver's Travels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
I Am Number Four
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Jane Eyre
The Last Song
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Water for Elephants

None of the above


-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:

What was your favorite movie that was based on a book, and what was your biggest disappointment?

-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 CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS: The Mortal Instruments, Book Four by Cassandra Clare and VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani
. Tell us what you are reading here and rate the titles 1-5 by noon ET on Friday, April 22nd to ensure that you are in the running to win these books
.

 

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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