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Readergirlz: Holly Cupala Becomes a Diva

September 28th, 2008 (08:37 pm)

Current Mood: pleased
Current Song: House score music


Readergirlz is pleased to welcome the newest readergirlz diva into its fold: debut novelist Holly Cupala. Holly's promotion to diva comes on the heels of last month's mammoth book news. Her tentatively titled, A Light That Never Goes Out, about 17-year-old Miranda's unexpected pregnancy and her gripping journey to navigate the labyrinth of her bad-girl sister's life, unravel the mystery of her death, and free herself in the process, has been sold to HarperCollins in a two-book deal.

If Holly's name sounds familiar, it's because she's been an active supporter of readergirlz for the last year – assisting with an array of design needs; distributing books, bookmarks, buttons, and other fun goodies; as well as pitching in on various special projects, such as the hugely successful Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD). She was also the recipient of a 2006 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant, which helped her to finish her first novel.

"We're honored to have Holly officially join our ranks," said Lorie Ann Grover, co-founder of readergirlz. "She's been a long-time friend to the divas and is an absolutely amazing writer. What's more, Holly's demonstrated a fierce commitment to creating groundbreaking programs that make teen reading seriously fun – right in line with readergirlz' core values to revolutionize teen girl literacy."

Holly lives in Seattle and blogs at http://brimstonesoup.blogspot.com Visit her website at http://www.hollycupala.com

About readergirlz

readergirlz is the foremost online book community for teen girls, led by five critically-acclaimed YA authors—Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe), Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard), Mitali Perkins (First Daughter: White House Rules), and Holly Cupala (A Light That Never Goes Out). readergirlz was co-founded by Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley.

To promote teen literacy and leadership 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 divas@readergirlz.com


Posted by: Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teens (lisa_schroeder)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)

I met Holly this weekend at the blogger's conference. She is so sweet! I'm thrilled about her deal!!! Yay Holly!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)

Glad that you got to meet! :)

Posted by: L.K. Madigan (lkmadigan)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)

Yes, it was really nice to meet Holly! She's so friendly and sparkly and nice! I'm thrilled for her book deal. I wish 2010 was closer.


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)

Holly is very nice.:)

It's odd to consider how close 2010 is, in a way!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)

Hi Tiffany! There's always something good in store at readergirlz...

Posted by: jessicaburkhart (jessicaburkhart)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)

Yay, Holly! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)


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