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Readergirlz: October 2009

Have You Visited the Realms?

This month, the readergirlz are discussing The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. Note that this is the third book in the Gemma Doyle series; it was preceded by A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. Discuss these books with other readers at the readergirlz blog all month long.

To learn more about the author and her stories, check out the October 2009 issue of readergirlz as well as our roundtable discussion of the book. Then get the book from your local library or bookstore so that you can join the discussions.

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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 contemporary fiction, from fantasy to comedy to drama to comedy. All of our spotlighted books celebrate gutsy girls, and we hope they inspire readers to become 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.

Want to know which other books and authors we've featured? Browse through our archive.

postergirlz picks
Check out this month's recommended reads, selected by the postergirlz, the teen lit advisory council for readergirlz. If you like the Gemma Doyle books, we think you'll also enjoy:

East by Edith Pattou
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (starting with So You Want to Be a Wizard)
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (starting with City of Bones)
Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman

Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You by Deborah Reber

rgz LIVE!

Chat live with Libba Bray at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, September 28th. The chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST and last for about an hour.

Read Beyond Reality - Teen Read Week

We are ready to Read Beyond Reality with YALSA, rgz! The divas will host nine young-adult authors - eight of whom are nominees for the Teens' Top Ten - throughout Teen Read Week. The week's chats will culminate with an online gala celebration, where Sylvia Engdahl, a pioneer in young-adult science fiction, will be hosted and honored for her contributions to the literary landscape. Watch for signed book prizes and swag from

* Monday, October 19th: Beyond Imagination with rgz diva Justina Chen Headley (NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL), Alyson Noël (EVERMORE) and Zoe Marriott (DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES)
* Tuesday, October 20th: Beyond Hardship with rgz diva Lorie Ann Grover (HOLD ME TIGHT), Elizabeth Scott (LIVING DEAD GIRL) and Lynn Weingarten (WHEREVER NINA LIES)
* Wednesday, October 21st: Beyond Daily Life with rgz diva Holly Cupala (TELL ME A SECRET), Lisa McMann (WAKE) and Cynthia Leitich Smith (ETERNAL)
* Thursday, October 22nd: Beyond Our World with rgz diva Melissa Walker (LOVESTRUCK SUMMER), Cassandra Clare (CITY OF ASHES) and Patrick Ness (THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO)
* Friday, October 23rd: Into Our Beyond with rgz diva Dia Calhoun (AVIELLE OF RHIA) and pioneering YA sci-fi author Sylvia Engdahl (ENCHANTRESS FROM THE STARS)

It all happens at the rgz blog, October 19rd-23rd at 6 PM Pacific/9 PM. Eastern. Spread the word with the press release, poster, banners, and trailer.

Do you love YALSA's Teen Read Week? Let it out at your blog through a post or vlog, then send the link to 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.


Our first Author-in-Residence at rgz, Beth Kephart, will be 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.

Learn more about Beth Kephart and our author-in-residence position.

Recent readergirlz Reads
Last month's featured book: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Next month's featured book: Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell

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