Authors Bite Back for Teen Literacy
In honor of YALSA’s annual Teen Read Week™ on October 14-20, 2007, critically-acclaimed authors are partnering with YALSA and readergirlz - one of the foremost online book communities for young adults - to launch 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens. Every night throughout October, teen readers will have the unprecedented opportunity to chat live with 31 popular YA authors in 31 days.
Seattle, WA – October 1st, 2007 – Thirty-one critically-acclaimed, young adult authors are teaming up with YALSA (the fastest growing arm of the American Library Association) and readergirlz (a leading online book community) to fight for teen time. Competition for teens' attention is fierce between IM, TIVO, and HALO. So teen literature is biting back throughout October with a fun, innovative program entitled 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens, starting today.
To celebrate YALSA's Teen Read Week™ in October, readergirlz and YALSA are partnering to create 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens—an innovative and rare opportunity for teen readers to chat with some of the best YA authors of today. Both YALSA and readergirlz hope to motivate teens to read more books for pure pleasure with this program.
Every evening in October (5:00 PDT, 8:00 EDT), teen readers can connect with a different popular and critically-acclaimed author on the readergirlz group forum on MySpace, including the #1 international best-selling author Stephenie Meyer (Eclipse) and #1 New York Times best-selling authors Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) and Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
"Readergirlz is bringing teen readers and authors into an exchange like no other before - all in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week. We're bringing literature right to teens in their own space, the Internet," says Lorie Ann Grover, readergirlz co-founder and young adult author.
"By supporting Teen Read Week, readergirlz makes a statement to teens that reading is an essential and fun part of teens' busy lives," says YALSA President Paula Brehm-Heeger. "If teens let regular reading fall out of their daily or weekly routine, they lose valuable literacy skills. Teen Read Week is a time to help teens keep their reading skills sharp by reminding them that reading can be fun."
31 Flavorite Authors for Teens include the #1 international best-selling author Stephenie Meyer (Eclipse) and #1 New York Times best-selling authors Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) and Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), along with the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature winner Holly Black (Ironside), National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti (Honey, Baby Sweetheart), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature winner Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Mark Twain Award winner Janet Lee Carey (Dragon’s Keep), YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof), Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year winner Rachel Cohn (Gingerbread), Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chris Crutcher (Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes), Printz Honor recipient K.L. Going (Fat Kid Rules the World), Printz Award and Honor recipient John Green (An Abundance of Katherines), Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes (Bronx Masquerade), NYPL Book for the Teen Age pick Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe), four-time Book Sense pick Brent Hartinger (Geography Club), Asian Pacific American Award for Literature winner Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard), New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins (Crank), Newbery Honor recipient Kirby Larson (Hattie Big Sky), ALA Best Books for Young Adults recipient E. Lockhart (The Boyfriend List), Printz Honor recipient Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things), Vanity Fair Hot Type pick Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike), Book Sense pick Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks), New York Times best-selling author Lauren Myracle (ttfn), NYPL Book for the Teen Age pick Mitali Perkins (Monsoon Summer), Borders Original Voices nominee Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize), Christopher Award winner for Best Children's Book Sonya Sones (What My Mother Doesn’t Know), ALA Quick Pick Tanya Lee Stone (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice Gaby Triana (Cubanita), Book Sense pick Tiffany Trent (In the Serpent’s Coils), Sid Fleischman Humor Award winner Lisa Yee (Millicent Min, Girl Genius), and NYPL Book for the Teen Age pick Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl).
For additional information and the complete daily schedule for 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens, please check www.readergirlz.com and www.myspace.com/readergirlz To learn more about YALSA’s Teen Read week, visit www.ala.org/teenread
About YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association): YALSA is the fastest-growing division of ALA. For 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail email@example.com
About readergirlz: Started by four award-winning YA authors - Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Janet Lee Carey (Dragon’s Keep), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe) and Justina Chen Headley (Nothing but the Truth and a few white lies) - readergirlz has quickly become one of the foremost online book communities for teen girls. To promote teen literacy and gutsiness in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. For more information about readergirlz, please visit http://www.readergirlz.com and http://www.myspace.com/readergirlz or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Justina Chen Headley, readergirlz co-founder and author
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