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Readergirlz: December 2009

December Duo

This month, we're spotlighting two books at readergirlz: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce.

Alianne, sole daughter of Alanna the Lioness, does not want to become a knight like her mother. She's more like her father, George, "the king of thieves." After a fight with her mother, Alianne attempts to run away but is kidnapped and sent to the Copper Isles to toil as a slave for an exiled royal family. Alone in a foreign land, Aly will need both her father's wit and her mother's courage to navigate a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.

Aly's adventure continues in Trickster's Queen, when she must keep the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.

To learn more about the author and her stories, check out the December 2009 issue of readergirlz as well as our roundtable discussion of the Trickster books.

Want to join our book group? Pick up the books at your local library or bookstore, read 'em, and then join our discussions at the readergirlz blog. We'll be talking about the book all month long, and we always welcome new readers to our book group.

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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.

Browse through our archive and discover our previous book club picks.

postergirlz picks
Recommended by postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council:

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner
The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
Flora Segunda and Flora's Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Meghan & Jill Carle with Judi Carle

rgz LIVE!

Tamora Pierce will be chatting live at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, December 16th. The chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST and last for about an hour.


Our first Author-in-Residence at rgz, Beth Kephart, has spent the fall with us. She's wrapping up her visit with a very cool writing contest. Check it out!

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

Read, Reflect and Reach Out

Since 1961, Amnesty International has made a world-wide effort to stop the abuse of human rights. In their own words, Amnesty International is "a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Our supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world - so we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity."

Want to start up a chapter of Amnesty International at your school? Check out the Student Center at the Amnesty International website, where you may register your AI student group and receive an activist toolkit for your group.

For more information, visit

Recent readergirlz Reads

Last month's featured book: Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell

Get ready for our upcoming book discussions and featured authors!

January: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

February: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

March: The Uglies books by Scott Westerfeld

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