Are You Graced?
Welcome to September, my favorite month of the year! This month, we're discussing Graceling by Kristin Cashore over at the readergirlz blog and website - Won't you join us?
In a world where people born with an extreme skill - called a Grace - are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
To learn more about Graceling, check out the September 2009 issue of readergirlz and our roundtable discussion of the book with readers. Then get the book from your local library or bookstore, then discuss it with other readers at the readergirlz blog. You'll then be ready when Fire, Kristin's next book (which she calls "a prequelish companion to Graceling") comes out in October!
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Chat live with Kristin Cashore at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, August 26th. The chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST and last for about an hour.
On Wednesday, September 30th, at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST, join the launch party at the readergirlz blog for the new fantasy book Stealing Death by rgz co-founder Janet Lee Carey. The book received a starred review in SLJ. Congrats, Janet! We heart you!
Check out this month's recommended reads, selected by the postergirlz, the teen lit advisory council for readergirlz. If you liked Graceling, we think you'll also enjoy:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
The Attolia books by Meghan Whalen Turner
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber and Lisa Fyfe
Get Ready for Teen Read Week
Do you love YALSA's Teen Read Week? Let it out at your blog through a post or vlog, then send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line set up like this: Your name, TRW Tribute. Tell us about your recent release, or a book you love dearly, and then give a shoutout for Teen Read Week. We'll collect all the contributions and post them at the rgz blog in a 24 hour time span on October 23rd, 2009.
Stay tuned for more info later this month...
Please join us in welcoming our first Author-in-Residence at rgz: Beth Kephart! Beth will be in house for the next 4 months, popping into the blog, chats, and posting four blog entries on the writing life throughout her visit. We are honored to have her among us.
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Next month's featured book: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
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