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Early May 2011

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May 18, 2011

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Things Are Heating Up in May!

Those April showers really did their job, and Central Park is in full bloom here in New York City. We love seeing that! One reason to smile in spite of the ongoing rain that we have been experiencing. I am ready to build an ark!

We know the countdown is on for the end of school. As we have readers across the country, we start celebrating the end of school this week and continue our celebrations through the end of June as more and more of our readers write to tell us "school's out!" A second reason to smile.

And while these are great reasons to smile and love May, we at Teenreads.com can think of one more reason that takes the cake. Here’s a clue: it’s the most hotly anticipated giveaway Teenreads.com has to offer! I hope you’re ready for our fifth annual Beach Bag of Books contest, which includes 15 awesome summer reads, not to mention the perfect beachy summer swag! Click here to see the full list of books and goodies that you can win!

We have another contest that I want to spread the word on --- it’s for RACING IN THE RAIN, a new book adapted from Garth Stein's THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN for young adult readers. It's narrated by a wickedly funny and perceptive dog. Once you finish reading it, we think you will never look at a dog again without wondering what he or she is thinking! Curious? Then be sure to head over to our special site where you can win a copy of the book for you and your family to enjoy. And once you've read it, we want to hear what you think of it.

For those of you who are hankering for some paranormal reading, we have a contest up and running that should hit the spot. We’re giving away 15 copies of BITE CLUB, the latest installment in Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series. Read our review, an excerpt and our interview with the author before heading over to the giveaway!

Another book we’d like to tell you about is ASK ELIZABETH, written by Elizabeth Berkley of "Saved By the Bell" fame. This isn’t just another self-help book –-- it features girls’ very own words from Elizabeth’s discussions with teens all over the country. Best of all, it actually gives you ways to combat some of those self-defeating thoughts about body image, friendship and family issues that everyone struggles with at one point or another. Our interview with Elizabeth, which was done by our own Jordana Frankel, is one that you definitely don’t want to miss!

We've updated our Cool New Books and New in Paperback features. Spotlighted titles include BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray, which finds teen beauties awakened to savage brutality after being stranded on an island; THE DARK CITY, Book One in Catherine Fisher's Relic Master series; the fantastical and harrowing LINGER, the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy; and GIMME A CALL by Sarah Mlynowski, a hilarious account of an 18-year-old whose life takes a bizarre turn after she drops her cell phone in the mall fountain.

For those indoor days, when air conditioning is in order, check out the superheroes headed to a screen near you. Thor is an epic adventure inspired by Stan Lee's creative genius, which spans from present-day Earth to the legendary realm of Asgard, the capital city of the Norse Gods. Priest, based on the graphic novel series by Hyung Min-woo, sees another legendary warrior beginning a crusade, after a murderous pack of vampires abduct his beloved niece. Click here to read more about both movies.

Not too long ago, we asked you to vote in the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards. On May 2nd, the Children's Book Council announced the winners during a gala held in New York City. Kids and teens across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries and at www.BookWeekOnline.com, casting over 500,000 votes. Take a look at the winners here. And thanks to all of you who voted to help us compile the list of nominees for the Teen Choice Book of the Year!

You can still win one of 100 copies of STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell, about down-and-out teenage chorus girl Kit Corrigan. Kit is soon offered keys to a perfect, rent-free apartment, but in exchange for what? I had the pleasure of meeting Judy in January. She shared stories of how she worked to keep the voice and language in keeping with the times in the '50s as she was writing, and it made STRINGS ATTACHED a very enjoyable book. I really felt swept up in the story. Read a review, an excerpt and our interview, and enter the contest by Wednesday, June 8th at noon ET.

We continue to shine our Special Feature spotlight on GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer --- and now we have an interview, too. Ralph knows that wishes can be dangerous. They can land you in fantasy worlds full of killer bunny rabbits, evil aunts and bothersome bacteria. Too bad this gamer isn't prepared for the game he's about to find. Be sure to check out our review and an excerpt.

In our current Grab Bag of Books contest, we're giving away SEVEN books: AFTERLIFE: An Evernight Novel by Claudia Gray, ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre, THE GATHERING by Kelley Armstrong, INSIGHT by Diana Greenwood, PLAGUE: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Amy Clipston, and SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 23rd at noon ET.

Let's not forget about our "On Sale This Week" newsletter. This new newsletter tells you which hardcover and paperback titles are releasing that week and the next, along with a brief description. Click here to sign up and tell your friends too! Then you’ll know when your fave authors have books out and maybe also discover some new ones.

For our latest poll, we would like to know if you're on Facebook and Twitter. We also want you to answer our question: Name up to five authors you're currently following, or would like to follow, on Facebook or Twitter. Then head on over to our Word of Mouth feature. We're giving away THE WARLOCK by Michael Scott, the fifth installment in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, and WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen.


Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

Announcing Teenreads.com's Fifth Annual Beach Bag of Books Contest!

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

From May 17th thru July 18th, you can enter to win a "Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books." Five winners each will receive a beach bag that includes 15 books: BEASTLY MOVIE TIE-IN EDITION by Alex Flinn, BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray, CLARITY by Kim Harrington, DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth, HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson, THE IRON QUEEN by Julie Kagawa, LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter, A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young, NIGHTSPELL by Leah Cypess, PROM AND PREJUDICE by Elizabeth Eulberg, RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier, SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater, STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini, SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White and TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE) by Sarah Mlynowski

Along with the books, winners will find their striped canvas beach bag stocked with an assortment of summer goodies: a blue polka-dot beach towel, a Mega Fling Toss Game, a deck of invisible cards, an inflatable beach ball, Coppertone Sport Sunblock, H2O+ Mineral Spa Shower Gel, Crystal Light Drink Mix, a metallic sports bottle to keep your drink cool, 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 more about our featured titles.

 
Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win!

 

Special Contest: Win a Chat with New York Times Bestselling Author Garth Stein to Celebrate the Release of RACING IN THE RAIN

"The race is long. It is better to drive within oneself and finish the race behind the other than it is to drive too hard and crash."

Wise words, especially out of the mouth of a dog. But Enzo is special --- he has a lot to say about life...and racing cars, of course. When THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN --- Garth Stein's novel about Enzo and his owners --- was published in 2008, readers immediately fell in love with this wise dog.

Now, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN has been adapted into a new version for younger audiences so that the whole family can read about Enzo together. RACING IN THE RAIN: My Life as a Dog tells the story of Enzo as he watches his family get torn apart and then put the pieces back together again.

Consider this site your “Enzo pit stop” with information about the books as well as a Special RACING IN THE RAIN Contest, where your family can win a chat with Garth Stein, signed books, and “I Heart Enzo” T-shirts and “Go Enzo” baseball caps from the Enzo Store. We are betting you will love this book as much as we did!

 

Click here to see our special site for RACING IN THE RAIN.

 

New Special Feature and Contest: BITE CLUB by Rachel Caine

Everyone knows there are vampires in Morganville, and for the most part, people are happy to leave them alone. But someone wants to stir the pot, getting the vamps all riled up with an Internet brawl that pits vamps against vamps --- and humans.

To celebrate the release of BITE CLUB, Teenreads.com is giving 15 readers the chance to win a copy of Rachel Caine's latest addition to her Morganville Vampires series. The deadline for entries is Thursday, June 9th at noon ET.

BITE CLUB: The Morganville Vampires, Book 10 by Rachel Caine (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)
After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble. There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other --- or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire --- accompanied by her friends and frenemies --- to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...

-Click here to read a review of BITE CLUB.
-Click here to read an excerpt from BITE CLUB.
-Click here to read our interview with Rachel Caine.
-Click here to read Rachel Caine’s bio.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Teenreads.com Talks to Elizabeth Berkley, Author of ASK ELIZABETH

Elizabeth Berkley is perhaps best known as Jessie Spano from “Saved By the Bell” --- the smart, feminist, determined teen who, in one memorable episode, got addicted to caffeine pills. With a little help from pal Zack Morris, she kicked that study-drug habit and realized the error of her ways. Now all grown up, Berkley has been reaching out to teen girls to help them through their own issues --- from body image to relationships to trust. ASK ELIZABETH, her first book, is drawn from the many workshops she has conducted across the country and acts as a personal resource girls can turn to whenever they seek answers to teen life's toughest questions. Teenreads.com’s Jordana Frankel spoke with Berkley about her message and volunteer work. She explains how the book came to be, and gives insights into her method of providing a safe space where girls can open up and share.

-Click here to read more about ASK ELIZABETH.

 
Click here to read our interview with Elizabeth Berkley.

 
Cool New Books for May
May's roundup of Cool New Books includes WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, Sarah Dessen’s novel about a nomadic girl who, for the first time, discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself --- whoever that is; THE WARLOCK, the fifth installment in Michael Scott’s series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, in which the twins of prophesy have been divided and the end is finally beginning; the hilariously sinister BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray, which finds teen beauties awakened to savage brutality after being stranded on an island; and Book One in Catherine Fisher’s Relic Master series, THE DARK CITY, which introduces the mysterious world of Anara where ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for May.

 
May's New in Paperback Roundup
May’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes the fantastical and harrowing LINGER, the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, in which three characters find that life is a constant struggle between two forces --- wolf and human; DEMONS & 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; GIMME A CALL by Sarah Mlynowski, a hilarious account of an 18-year-old whose life takes a bizarre turn after she drops her cell phone in the mall fountain; and ALL UNQUIET THINGS, Anna Jarzab’s psychologically probing debut novel that centers on the murder of a teen heiress who was found shot to death a mile from her house in a wealthy Northern California suburb.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for May.

 

Books into Movies for May: Now Featuring Thor and Priest

On the big screen this month, two adaptations of popular comic series yield two unique superheroes who must righteously battle --- though not one another.

Thor, an epic adventure inspired by Stan Lee's creative genius, spans from present-day Earth to the legendary realm of Asgard, the capital city of the Norse Gods. Thor is a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. He is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once there, the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth --- and this is when he must step up to the plate and become a true hero.

Priest --- based on the graphic novel series by Hyung Min-woo --- sees another legendary warrior beginning a crusade, after a murderous pack of vampires abduct his beloved niece. Priest is joined by his niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

So you better shine up your hammer and your crucifix and get ready for the battles. But wait! Say we pit Thor against Priest in an all-out death match like no other. Who do you think would win? Our vote’s on Thor; after all, he is a god. But we're sure Priest has some tricks up his sleeve. FIGHT!

 
Click here for more details about May's films.

 

The 2011 Children's Choice Book Award Winners

The Children's Book Council announced the winners of the fourth annual Children's Choice Book Awards during a gala held in New York on May 2nd, as part of Children's Book Week (May 2-8). Children across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries and at www.BookWeekOnline.com, casting over 500,000 votes.

Now in its fourth year, the Children's Choice Book Awards Program was founded as a way to provide young readers the opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them, as well as to help create a reading list that will help motivate children to read more, and to cultivate a love of reading.

 
Click here to see the winners of this year's Children's Choice Book Awards.

 

Special Feature and Contest: STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell

Broadway isn't easy on teenage chorus girl Kit Corrigan. After leaving her Rhode Island home, she needs a helping hand. Preferably one with cash in it. When help comes, it's from Nate, the father of her hothead ex-boyfriend, who offers her the keys to a perfect, rent-free apartment. But in exchange for what?

To celebrate the release of STRINGS ATTACHED, Teenreads.com is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of Judy Blundell's latest historical novel. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 8th at noon ET.

STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell (Historical Fiction)
When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army. The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help --- and then it comes, from an unexpected source.

-Click here to read more about STRINGS ATTACHED.
-Click here to read a review of STRINGS ATTACHED.
-Click here to read an excerpt from STRINGS ATTACHED.
-Click here to read our interview with Judy Blundell.
-Click here to read Judy Blundell's bio.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Special Feature: GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer
E. Archer is a self-confessed geek. So it only seems fitting that he would write a book called GEEK FANTASY NOVEL. In this tale, which plays with the conventions of fantasy, a science geek is granted the power of wishing; what he doesn’t realize yet is that wishes are bad…very bad. Teenreads.com’s Sarah Rachel Egelman talks with E. Archer about his own love of fantasy, gaming and self-referential literature. He also reveals his ideal reader, his inspirations, and what he really thinks about the morality of wishes.

GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer (Fantasy)
Be careful what you wish for. Really. Because wishes are bad. Very bad. They can get you trapped in fantasy worlds full of killer bunny rabbits, evil aunts, and bothersome bacteria, for example. Or at least that's Ralph's experience. He's been asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at their old manor house in order to set up their Wi-Fi network. But there's much more to it than that, of course. It's just that nobody told Ralph. He's a gamer, sure. But this game is much stranger --- and funnier --- than anything to be found on his xbox.

-Click here to read a review of GEEK FANTASY NOVEL.
-Click here to read an excerpt from GEEK FANTASY NOVEL.
-Click here to read E. Archer's bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with E. Archer.

 

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 AFTERLIFE: An Evernight Novel by Claudia Gray, ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre, THE GATHERING: Darkness Rising, Book 1 by Kelley Armstrong, INSIGHT by Diana Greenwood, PLAGUE: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Amy Clipston and SUMMER AND THE CITY: A Carrie Diaries Novel by Candace Bushnell. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 23rd at noon ET.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Sign Up for Teenreads.com's "On Sale This Week" Newsletter
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 began sending out the "On Sale This Week" newsletter on April 5th. For now, it will be emailed every other Tuesday, but 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 brief description. You’ll then know when your favorite authors have books out, and maybe you'll also find some new ones.
 
Click here to sign up for Teenreads.com's "On Sale This Week" newsletter.

 
Poll and Question of the Month: Facebook and Twitter
Poll:

Are you on Facebook?

Yes
No, but I plan on joining
No, but I’m thinking of joining
I would like to join, but my parents won’t let me.
I used to be on Facebook.
I have no interest in joining.


Are you on Twitter?

Yes
No, but I plan on joining
No, but I’m thinking of joining
I would like to join, but my parents won’t let me.
I used to be on Twitter.
I have no interest in joining.

-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:

Name up to five authors you’re currently following, or would like to follow, on Facebook or Twitter.

-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 THE WARLOCK: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5 by Michael Scott and WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen
. Tell us what you are reading here and rate the titles 1-5 by noon ET on Friday, May 27th to ensure that you are in the running to win these books
.

 
Click here for more details about Word of Mouth.