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Readergirlz: January 2010

January 3rd, 2010 (11:32 am)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Fix You by Coldplay

New Year, New History

This month at readergirlz, we're spotlighting The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockart, a book I personally highly recommend. I'm not alone in my love for this book: It's won various honors, including the Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction, and I had a ton of folks participate in our roundtable discussion of the book.

Why did readergirlz pick it, and what is E. Lockhart up to these days? Find out in the January 2010 issue of readergirlz.

Why do I love the book? Read my review.

What do other readers think about the book? Read the roundtable.

Download this month's bookmark.

Download the poster of our winter selections.

Join the readergirlz

readergirlz is an online book group that's open to everyone - the only requirement is a love of reading! We'd love to have you join our book group, especially if one of your New Year's Resolutions was to read more often. :)

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 to discover our previous book club picks.

postergirlz picks

The postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council, recommended the following titles to read alongside The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and in honor of this month's theme, Risk-Taking:

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon -- and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

rgz LIVE!

We'll be hosting two live chats at the readergirlz blog this month, so mark your calendars and bookmark the blog!

Beth Kephart, our first author-in-residence, will be joining us on Wednesday, January 6th at 6 PM PST/9 PM PST.

E. Lockhart, this month's featured author, will be joining us on Wednesday, January 20th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.

Each chat will last for one hour.


Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Scott as our next Author-in-Residence at rgz. She'll be hanging out with us now through April 2010. Throughout her visit, she will be cross-posting at the readergirlz blog. We are honored to have Elizabeth among us.

Learn more about Elizabeth Scott and our author-in-residence position.

Read, Reflect and Reach Out

According to a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University released earlier this year, almost 6.2 million students in the USA between the ages of 16 and 24 dropped out of high school in 2007. That's 16 percent of the population in the United States at that time. is dedicated to helping high school students graduate through positive reinforcement. By simply offering words of encouragement, you can boost the spirits of others and help them succeed.

BoostUp states that "approximately 7,000 high school students drop out every school day, which translates to one in three students." Let's help to change those numbers by offering positive feedback and support to our friends, family members, and others in the community. Go to to send a boost to any of the students profiled there or to anyone you know.

One of the television spots for BoostUp features President Obama. Watch it on YouTube.

Recent readergirlz Reads

Last month's featured books: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce
Next month's selection: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Coming in March: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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