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Readergirlz: November 2009

Welcome to November

"In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, it is an honor to spotlight Marlene Carvell's novel Sweetgrass Basket at readergirlz. In beautiful free verse, Marlene sensitively relays the struggles of two girls clinging to their Mohawk heritage in the midst of forced assimilation. This is a book that should be read and treasured." - Lorie Ann Grover, rgz co-founder

To learn more about the author and her stories, check out the November 2009 issue of readergirlz as well as our roundtable discussion of Sweetgrass Basket and my review of the book. Once your curiosity is piqued, I hope you will get the book from your local library or bookstore so that you can join the discussions with other readers at the readergirlz blog! We'll be talking about the book all month long, and we always welcome new readers to our book group. Keep reading this post to learn more about how our group works!

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Join the readergirlz

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
Recommended by postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month:

Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today, an anthology edited by Lori Marie Carlson
Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Native Time: A Historical Time Line of Native America by Lee Francis

rgz LIVE!

We will have not one, not two, but three live events at the readergirlz blog this month.

This month's featured author, Marlene Carvell, will be chatting live on Tuesday, November 24th, beginning at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST. Log on at that time to talk about Sweetgrass Basket directly with the author herself as well as other readers.


On Saturday, November 21st, beginning at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST, we'll be talking about New Moon. Feel free to talk about the book versus the movie and anything else about the Twilight Saga, and tell us if you're on Team Edward or Team Jacob. We'll be joined by the TwilightMOMS. Join the fun for a chance to win a Twilight necklace from Gypsy Wings and other fantastic swag!


Finally, on Monday, November 30th, we'll be throwing our first rgz RAVE Homecoming to chat with former rgz featured authors Coe Booth, Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Cecil Castellucci, Justina Chen, Rachel Cohn, Holly Cupala, Liz Gallagher, Nikki Grimes, Lorie Ann Grover, Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Miller, Mary Pearson, Mitali Perkins, Dana Reinhardt, Laura Resau, Melissa Walker, Ellen Emerson White, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Zarr, and more. This chat, like the others, will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.

Each chat will last for an hour.


Our first Author-in-Residence at rgz, Beth Kephart, will be popping into the blog, chats, and posting 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.

Read, Reflect and Reach Out

In Marlene Carvell's Sweetgrass Basket, Mattie and Sarah long for family. The two sisters would probably agree with Alex Haley, who said, "In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future."

Link with your family on Saturday, November 21st for National Family Volunteer Day. Volunteering as a family is the perfect way to spend quality time with your loved ones while doing meaningful work in your community.

Visit for a searchable database of volunteering opportunities near you and encourage the whole fam to get out and make a difference!

Recent readergirlz Reads
Last month's featured book: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Next month's featured books: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce

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Related Posts
Meet the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council
Read the original readergirlz press release
View all of the readergirlz-tagged posts at Bildungsroman

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