April 1st, 2010


14th Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

If you're a current junior or senior (in any form: public school, private school, or homeschooled) and have read War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, check out this scholarship contest:


$5,000 in scholarships for high school juniors and seniors!

Enter the Signet Classics student scholarship essay contest for the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship, plus a complete Signet Classics library for your school!

This year's essay subject is The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.
Talk to your teacher about how to enter.

For more information and complete rules, visit

Entries must be postmarked by April 15th.
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Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD) 2010 Press Release

For more information contact:
Martha Brockenbrough, publicist for readergirlz
Martha Bee Productions


Nationwide, scores of young adult authors and librarians drop books on April 15
to surprise young readers on Support Teen Literature Day

April 15, 2010 – Operation Teen Book Drop will deliver 10,000 new books to teens on Native Reservations and Tribal Lands, an event that coincides with Support Teen Literature Day.

In addition, more than 100 top young adult authors will leave their books in public places for young readers to discover, and members of the public can buy books online and have them shipped to tribal libraries.

Publishers donated the books, valued at more than $175,000.

"These publishers have shown astounding vision and generosity by supporting Operation Teen Book Drop," said readergirlz cofounder Dia Calhoun, an award-winning novelist herself. "Now underserved teens can benefit from the current explosion of high quality YA books. These teens can see their own experience, their tragedies and their triumphs in these books, books that become shining doorways to the young human spirit."

The donations are especially significant to Native teens. "In their lives, they really don’t have new books," said Mary Nickless, the librarian at Ojo Encino Day School, one of 44 institutions that will benefit from Operation TBD.

A nationwide effort of authors, publishers, librarians and readers
In its third year, Operation TBD is part of a massive effort by librarians, young adult authors, and avid readers to spur reading on a nationwide scale. The day aims to encourage teens to read for the fun of it.

The effort is coordinated by readergirlz, the Young Adult Library Services Association, GuysLitWire, and a new partner, If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native children.

• More than 100 young adult authors - including David Levithan, Sara Zarr, and Cynthia Leitich Smith - are participating by leaving copies of their books in public places for teens to find.

• Teens and other fans of YA literature are also invited to "rock the drop."

• GuysLitWire has created a wish list of 750 books that supporters can buy from Powells.com. Beginning April 7th, these purchases can be made and sent directly to one of two tribal school libraries, Ojo Encino Day School or Alchesay High School.

In 2008 and 2009, the groups coordinated the delivery of 20,000 new books to teens in hospitals.

"Operation TBD was originally conceived with the hope of reaching a number of teen groups," rgz co-founder Lorie Ann Grover said. "While we donated books to hospitalized teens for two years, I was personally compelled to donate books to the local Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. We were thrilled to discover we could broaden this effort with If I Can Read and gift TBD to our second targeted group, Native teens."

"By making Operation TBD part of Support Teen Literature Day, YALSA and its partners help raise awareness of the importance of teen literature to all teens," said Linda W. Braun, YALSA President. "Our thanks to the publishers, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything, readergirlz and Guys Lit Wire for joining us in supporting such a worthy cause."

Participating publishers this year include Abrams Books; Bloomsbury/Walker Books/Candlewick Press; Chronicle Books; Hachette Book Group; Boyds Mills Press; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Milkweed; Mirrorstone Books; Orca Book Publishers; Scholastic; Simon & Shuster Children's Publishing; Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen/ Roaring Brook Press, an Imprint of the Macmillans Children's Publishing Group; and Better World Books.

Everyone who participates in Operation TBD is invited to celebrate at the TBD Post-Op Party on April 15th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST at the readergirlz blog: http://readergirlz.blogspot.com

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Click here to get the bookplates from the readergirlz website.

Learn more about Operation TBD 2010 at readergirlz and Bildungsroman.

View the trailer at YouTube.

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Readergirlz: April 2010

I'm very happy to announce this month's readergirlz book group pick: The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti. I have a personal and grateful attachment to this book, which we will be discussing all month long at the readergirlz blog. I hope you'll join us!

I've followed Deb's career since the release of her debut novel, The Queen of Everything, and I recommend that you read all of her novels, especially if you enjoy the works of Sarah Dessen, Rachel Cohn, and Tara Altebrando. To read my reviews of her books, hit the Bildungsroman Author Spotlight on Deb Caletti. You may also check out my interview with Deb Caletti.

Here's a little peek at The Secret Life of Prince Charming:

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. She tries to be an optimist, but then she too is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped. She's also gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her charming father. Quinn's happy to have him around again until she realizes how horribly he's treated the many women in his life, how he's stolen more than just their hearts.

Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half-sister she's never met and the little sister she'll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father's wrongs...and in doing so, begin to uncover what they're really looking for: the truth.

To learn more about the book and its author, check out the April 2010 issue of readergirlz and the roundtable discussion of the book with the rgz divas and the postergirlz.

Bonus footage: Deb's at sea in this video, exclusive to rgzTV.

Download this month's bookmark and a poster of this season's selections.

Join the readergirlz

readergirlz is an online book group that's open to everyone - the only requirement is a love of reading!

Every month, we discuss a different book, ranging from realistic fiction to fantasy (like last month's pick, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld), from historical fiction (such as Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson and Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller) to contemporary fiction (such as The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart). All of our spotlighted books celebrate gutsy girls.

Every issue of readergirlz features additional information about the books we're discussing, exclusive interviews with and playlists created by the authors, and additional book recommendation. In addition to our annual events such as April's Operation Teen Book Drop, we also include information about national or international outreach programs related to the book of the month in every issue. We hope to inspire readers to become active not only in book groups but also in their communities.

Browse through the archive of readergirlz selections.

postergirlz picks

The postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council, recommended the following titles to read alongside this month's main pick:

Beauty Shop for Rent by Laura Bowers
A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code by Maura Conlon-McIvor

rgz LIVE!

Mark your calendar for three special hour-long chats this month! Chats begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST at the readergirlz blog, http://readergirlz.blogspot.com

Author Diane Duane will be dropping on Monday, April 12th to celebrate the release of her newest book, A Wizard of Mars.

Join the Operation TBD chat on Thursday, April 15th and tell us how you rocked the drop this year! See below for more information about this special event, which is held annually in honor of Support Teen Literature Day.

We'll chat with this month's featured author, Deb Caletti, on Wednesday, April 21st.

Are You Ready to Rock the Drop?

Operation Teen Book Drop is April 15th - Just two weeks away! We can't wait! Here's what's happening:

We're delivering 10,000 new books to teens on Native reservations and tribal lands.

More than 100 awesome YA authors are dropping off their books around the country. Will you be one of the lucky finders?

You can play along, too. Drop a book in a public spot and you're done. You can dress it up with a bookplate if you'd like! Click here to download the bookplates, press release, and more.

After April 7th, you can also go to Powells.com and donate books yourself. There are two wish lists of hundreds of books that will fill the shelves of two tribal school libraries in need.

On April 15th, at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST, we're having a huge virtual party at our blog. See above for more information on all of this month's chats.

Author-in-Residence and Hosts with the Most

Please say hello to Elizabeth Scott, our current Author-in-Residence and newest readergirlz diva, as well as our newest rgz HOSTS, Micol Ostow and Crissa-Jean Chappell! To learn more about all of our wonderful volunteers, click here.

Recent readergirlz Reads

Last month's featured book: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Next month's selection: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
Coming in June: Paper Towns by John Green

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Best Books of March 2010

March 2010: 28 books + scripts read

Recommended for Early Readers
Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond by Steve Voake, illustrated by Jessica Meserve

Recommended for Middle Schoolers
Finally by Wendy Mass
Suddenly Supernatural #2: Scaredy Kat by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Suddenly Supernatural #3: Unhappy Medium by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
Sincerely, Sophie by Courtney Sheinmel (coming out in June)
Sincerely, Katie by Courtney Sheinmel (coming out in June)

Recommended for Teens and Adults
Where Angels Fear to Tread by Thomas E. Sniegoski
White House Autumn by Ellen Emerson White
Long Live the Queen by Ellen Emerson White
Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer
This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas (coming out in April)
My Double Life by Janette Rallison (coming out in May)
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala (coming out in June)
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (coming out in June)
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Interview: Cherie Priest

I virtually met Cherie Priest - published author, steampunk aficionado, and associate editor of Subterranean Press - last month, when her novel Boneshaker was included in the March 2010 issue of readergirlz as one of the books postergirlz recommended folks read alongside the novel Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

Cherie and I chatted back and forth in email, and when I Flickr'd through her steampunk photographs, I felt the desperate urge to visit an abandoned train station. Sadly, I have yet to do so.

Lately, Cherie has been hard at work on the first draft of Maplecroft (title subject to change) and rewrites for Bloodshot. She let me steal a little piece of her time for this interview.

Three of your works, Boneshaker, Dreadnought, and Clementine, are all set in the same world - The Clockwork Century. Was this an intentional choice - you had plotted out a series, or been contracted to write multiple books in the same line - or do you simply find yourself returning to it again and again when the mood strikes?

Boneshaker was actually the last book in a contract, so although I loved it and wanted to do more with the world setting, I did not know if I'd ever get the chance. I was fortunate, though -- and the story took off ... and now more books are planned. The truth is, I did so much back-fill and world-building for Boneshaker that the setting suggested a thousand other stories -- other stories I wanted to tell. So I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to write more of them, and very lucky that the franchise seems to have found its footing.

At your blog, you've shared word count counters and other insights on your current works-in-progress. How do you feel about first drafts? Do you find them difficult, exciting, or both?

Difficult and exciting both, definitely. I'm not one of those writers who agonizes over every word, rewriting sentences as I go (though that's a perfectly valid way to go about it, and this process works quite well for some people). I just need to get the whole thing down on paper -- one way or another -- and if it's a crappy first draft, that's okay. My favorite part of the process is usually the first big round of rewrites, after the project has had a chance to cool off for awhile. I love the act of shining up the rough little book and making it gleam.

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