June 1st, 2010

Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell, knowing

Tell Me a Secret, and I'll Tell You One...

Tell me a secret.

I dare you.

So do your faithful readers.

Thus began the invitation I sent to two dozen unsuspecting authors. If you want to know who responded - and how - then you'll simply have to attend the party.

In honor of Holly Cupala's debut novel, Tell Me a Secret, I'll share the secrets of your favorite YA authors here at Bildungsroman throughout the month of June.

Some of the secrets are light. Some are heavy. Some are confessions of hidden talents, hobbies, or habits.

Many of the posts will include the secret-teller's name, but some will only have hints, and readers will be encouraged to guess who it is. All of the identities will be revealed at the very end of the series, with the exception of a few people who have chosen to remain anonymous.

Wanna hear a secret? Click on a name below!

June 8th: Holly Cupala
June 9th: Christopher Golden
June 10th: Elizabeth Scott
June 13th: C.J. Omololu
June 14th: Courtney Sheinmel
June 15th: Anonymous
June 16th: Jennifer R. Hubbard
June 17th: Daphne Grab
June 18th: Tom Sniegoski
June 19th: Tera Lynn Childs
June 20th: Wendy Toliver
June 21st: Jen Calonita
June 22nd: Deb Caletti
June 23rd: Sarah Miller
June 24th: Ellen Hopkins
June 25th: Sarah Beth Durst
June 26th: Lauren Oliver
June 27th: Sara Zarr
June 28th: Melissa Walker
June 29th: Holly Schindler
June 30th: Lorie Ann Grover

Other themed interviews with multiple authors at Bildungsroman include:
Definitions of Hope
Family Ties
What Makes You Smile
Looking Forward
Their Favorite Books
Art Saves

Read my review of Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala.

Also check out my my exclusive full-length interview with Holly Cupala!
readergirlz, postergirlz

Readergirlz: June 2010

Attention Nerdfighters! This month, readergirlz are discussing Paper Towns by John Green. Here's a little taste of the plot:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Quentin arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Quentin soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Quentin sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Sound good? Pick the book from your local library or bookstore and give it a read, then join in our discussions all month long at the readergirlz blog.

To learn more about the book and its author, check out the June 2010 issue of readergirlz and watch John's first vlog for readergirlz.

Download this month's bookmark and poster.

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 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:

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and E. Lockhart

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

rgz LIVE!

Join us at Twitter on Wednesday, June 16th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST for an hour-long chat with this month's featured author, John Green. Join in and use the hashtag #rgz to follow the conversation.


Lisa Ann Sandell, our current Author-in-Residence, will be hanging out with us now through the end of August 2010. Look for posts from Lisa to appear at the readergirlz blog throughout her visit. To learn more about our Author-in-Residence position, click here.

Recent readergirlz Reads

Last month's featured book: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
Next month's selection: The Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter, including the newest title, Only the Good Spy Young
August: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

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