January 1st, 2008


Readergirlz: January

I am a readergirl! Are you?

Read the January issue of readergirlz.

This month, readergirlz are discussing Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson.

In 1918, Hattie Brooks receives word that an uncle she's never known has passed away and left his homestead in Montana to her. She travels across the country to plant roots in this new place. She is understandably hesitant when she first realizes how much work she has to do to "prove up" her land, but she tackles the many jobs with determination and her own two hands. Those hands also craft letters to her friend Charlie, who is fighting in France, and articles for the newspaper. She befriends a lovable family and others in town as she fights to stake her claim.

After you've read Hattie Big Sky, drop by the readergirlz forum and discuss the book with other readers.

Check out other books recommended by the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council:

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (fiction)
Loose Threads by Lorie Ann Grover (verse novel)
A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson (fiction)
The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marion Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (non-fiction)

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Related Posts:
My interview with Kirby Larson
My review of Hattie Big Sky
Cybils 2006 YA Finalists
Meet the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council
Read the original readergirlz press release
View all of the readergirlz-tagged posts at Bildungsroman

Readergirlz: An Open Letter to Readergirlz Around the World

The State of Our Union: Please Read & Repost

January 1, 2008

An Open Letter to Readergirlz Around the World

When we started readergirlz way back in March on National Women's History Month, skeptics wondered: in today's world of IM, TIVO, and Guitar Hero, is reading even relevant to teen girls?

Well, if readergirlz is any proof, any indication, any sign of hope . . . YES, teen girls (and guys) are reading. Passionately. Deeply. And in droves. Let us tell you this. Not only are teens reading, they are also connecting books to their own lives. Collapse )

Thanks for making our 2007 a veritable pageturner. We hope 2008 will be revelatory. Revolutionary. And wholly revolving around words. So to the girl who wrote us on the last night of 31 Flavorites, "You're bringing me Stephenie Meyer tonight. Do you have any idea at all of how much I love you people? Monuments shall be erected in your honor!" - we say this: just you wait for 2008. (No monuments necessary. Just more books.)

To gutsy girls worldwide,
~ the readergirlz co-founders ~
Justina Chen Headley, Girl Overboard
Lorie Ann Grover, On Pointe
Dia Calhoun, Avielle of Rhia
Janet Lee Carey, Dragon's Keep

The Cybils: 2007 Middle Grade Finalists

For the second annual Cybils Book Awards, I was pleased to be on the Middle Grade nominating committee alongside Amanda, Jocelyn, Kate, Kerry, Miss Erin, and Sherry, with Liz as our category administrator.

With over seventy nominated titles, many of which were outstanding, it was difficult to select the finalists. Here now are the eight finalists in alphabetical order by title. Click on a title for my review or an author's name for our interview.

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson
Louisiana's Song by Kerry Madden
Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

To view the complete list of Middle Grade nominees, click here.

Check out our 2007 Middle Grade Hall of Fame!

For a list of the 2007 winners in all categories, click here.

For lists of the nominees and finalists in all of the categories, please visit Cybils.com