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Readergirlz: July 2009


Join The Plain Janes and readergirlz to celebrate creativity

Looking for a great summer read? Love graphic novels? Pick up The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. Art, community, and fear are all discussed in this poignant story about a girl named Jane who is forced to move from a hip city to the suburbs. She is surprised not only by the artistic (and same-name) friends she finds in her new school, but also by herself. Read my full-length review.

Want to talk about it? Get The Plain Janes and Janes in Love from your local library or bookstore. Then, as you read it, discuss it with other readers at the readergirlz blog.

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 historical fiction to fantasy, from contemporary fiction to these awesome graphic novels o' Janes. All of our spotlighted books celebrate gutsy girls, and we hope they inspire readers to get active not only in book groups but also in their communities. Every issue of readergirlz features additional information about the books we're discussing, exclusive author interviews, playlists, outreach programs related to the book of the month, and other recommended reads. Read the July 2009 issue of readergirlz, then browse through our archived issues.

rgz LIVE!

Chat live with Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, July 22nd. The chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST and last for about an hour.

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postergirlz picks
Check out this month's recommended reads, selected by the postergirlz, the teen lit advisory council for readergirlz.

The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

Read, Reflect, Reach Out
How do you think Art Saves? Show us! Click here to download the Art Saves template, then print it out and decorate it however you'd like. Scan or photograph the final version and email it as a JPG to

I'm thrilled to be in charge of this project. I can't wait to see everyone's creations!

Learn more about the Art Saves project.

Recent readergirlz Reads
Last month's featured book: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Next month's featured book: Kendra by Coe Booth

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Related Posts
Interview: Cecil Castellucci
Booklist: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Person
Booklist: MINX

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