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Summertime Posts

July 1st, 2008 (05:26 am)

Current Mood: silly
Current Song: Coffee Stain by Sarah Harmer

Summer is here. Avid young readers will relish the time to sit in their favorite spots - in the shade of a tree, on a window seat, next to the community pool - and dive into a good book. Kids and teens alike will check out books that their schools require students to read as well as their tried-and-true favorite. Here are a few of my favorite books for grade schoolers that feature summer storylines.

Check out my summer reads booklist!

When asked why she goes to camp, O'Shea answered, "My heart lives there. Camp is different from every other place in the world."

Read my article about summer camps.

Looking for a summer job? Are you between the ages of 12 and 17? You will need to get a work permit...

Here's how!

If you search for the word "summer" within my blog, you'll get over a thousand hits. I am amused by this.

Here's one more summertime post:

Poetry Friday: Summer by John Ashbery

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Interview: Vivian French

July 1st, 2008 (05:43 am)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: TCM commercial music

The Robe of Skulls, Vivian French's newest book for children, includes a lonely young girl, a villainess, a troll, a werewoman, crones, and many young royals. Some are turned into frogs, some go on quests, and some are up to no good - and somewhere along the way, all of their paths cross. When my path crossed with Vivian's, we spoke of good books, classic fairy tales, and funny bones.

At the start of your story, poor little Gracie Gillypot is punished for being pleasant! Have you ever gotten in trouble for being happy? (I have, and it was a truly odd experience.)

I'm not sure about getting into trouble for being happy, but I've got thrown out of several libraries for laughing too loudly - AND out of a bookstore! (I was reading Susan Juby's book, "Alice, I Think." Have you read it? It's HILARIOUS!)

Yes, and I agree! It's quite funny. I like that series.

And when I was at college I once had a terrible fit of the giggles during a very serious seminar. The tutor read an extract from a novel: 'She sighed deeply, dropped her eyes, and sank to the floor' and I thought it was hysterically funny ... but nobody else did. They gave me disapproving looks, and tut tutted. I suspect I had a shallow and frivolous nature as a student ... and I'm not sure I've improved a lot since.

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Visit Vivian's website.

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Readergirlz Archive and Lineup

July 1st, 2008 (07:14 am)

Current Mood: glad
Current Song: 32 Flavors by Alana Davis

Here is the complete readergirlz line-up, past, present, and future:

February 2007 - the premiere issue!
March 2007 - Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
April 2007 - On Pointe
May 2007 - The Phoenix Dance
June 2007 - Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
July 2007 - Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr
August 2007 - Ironside by Holly Black
September 2007 - Sold by Patricia McCormick
October 2007 - 31 Flavorite Authors
November 2007 - A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
December 2007 - Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller
January 2008 - Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
February 2008 - Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
March 2008 - Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
April 2008 - Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
May 2008 - Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
June 2008 - Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
July 2008 - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
August 2008 - Violet in Private by Melissa Walker
readergirlz archive
readergirlz downloads

On behalf of the readergirlz and postergirlz, I invite you to join us at the readergirlz forum to discuss these and other fantastic books. We hope the issues inspire you to start your own book groups and to get active in your communities!

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Readergirlz: July 2008

July 1st, 2008 (05:23 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Finale B from Rent


Read the new issue of readergirlz.

This month, we're discussing Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I am extremely happy that this book was selected for readergirlz. You may recall me praising it last year, when I named it to my Best Books of 2007 list. I think that Hannah's story is extremely powerful, and I hope it reaches readers on various levels.

Talk About It

Discuss this month's book and other great reads at the readergirlz forum.

Join our hour-long chat with Jay Asher on Thursday, July 24th starting at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST at the readergirlz forum.

Recommended Reads

This month's theme is Compassion. With both that and Thirteen Reasons Why in mind, the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council also recommend the following books:

Looking for Alaska by John Green
No Laughter Here by Rita Williams Garcia
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

Without You by Anthony Rapp

Recent Reads
Last month's featured book and author: Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Next month's featured book and author: Violet in Private by Melissa Walker
Visit the readergirlz archive.

Related Posts
Meet the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council
Read the original readergirlz press release
View all of the readergirlz-tagged posts at Bildungsroman
Check out my interview with Jay Asher
Consult my Tough Issues for Teens booklist

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Limited Edition of Strangewood by Christopher Golden

July 1st, 2008 (05:55 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: His Girl Friday score music

Look at the cuteness that is FIDDLESTICK!

Earthling Publications has released a signed, limited edition of Strangewood by Christopher Golden. This edition includes sixteen illustrations by Richard Kirk, an introduction by Graham Joyce, and an afterword by Bentley Little. Even the endpapers are fully illustrated. (See samples of Kirk's illustrations.) The book is Smyth-sewn and bound in leather, and housed in a cloth-covered slipcase.

Ordering Information

To obtain a copy of the book, email earthlingpub@yahoo.com with the subject line Reserve Strangewood.

Strangewood Synopsis

As TJ Randall, he pens the tales of Strangewood, the most popular series of children’s books since The Wizard of Oz. As Thomas Randall, he is a recently divorced father coping with joint custody, which permit him with only weekend visits with his young son. But when his son is hospitalized with an incurable catatonia, the reality and fantasy of Thomas's life start to merge... His son has been taken hostage into the world Randall created. Strangewood is at war.

Publishing Notes

Christopher Golden refers to Strangewood as "my enduring favorite of all of my scribblings," and he is extremely excited about this release. He adds, "Yes, Earthling's book are expensive, but they aren't intended for the casual collector. What Paul Miller does is just as much a work of art as Richard Kirk's illustrations. I'm honored he's chosen Strangewood for his Earthling Classics series."

Paul Miller, the man behind Earthling, has received extraordinary praise in recent years for the amazing job he does on each and every book that the company produces. I'll be interviewing him in the near future.

Learn more about the story of Strangewood here and there.

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Best Books of June 2008

July 1st, 2008 (07:09 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: TCM commercial music

June: 78 books read

For all ages
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinski

Picture Books
That New Animal by Emily Jenkins
Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Tomek Bogacki
Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman
Gone Fishing by David McLimans
The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella Story by Paul Fleischman

For kids and pre-teens
Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living by Rebecca Rupp
The Bronze Pen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth
Thank You, Lucky Stars by Beverly D'Onofrio
Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower by Lisa Graff

For teens
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
Kat Got Your Tongue by Lee Weatherly
Perfect Girl by Mary Hogan
Many Stones by Carolyn Coman

Graphic Novel Spotlight
Rapunzel's Revenge written by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale

Historical Fiction
Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Nobody's Princess by Esther M. Friesner

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