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Readergirlz: February 2010

Here's the premise of Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, this month's book pick for readergirlz -

Fifteen-year-old Amari's village is destroyed, her family is slaughtered, and she is taken as a slave. Forced from her loving home in Ghana, marched across the continent to a slave ship where she endures the horrors of the Middle Passage, Amari is sold in South Carolina to a life of degradation and despair. But with strength and dignity, Amari first learns to endure, and then survive. She discovers friendship in the indentured servant Polly, and when the opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Polly decide to work together to find the thing they both want most -- freedom.

To learn more about the book and the author, please read the February 2010 issue of readergirlz.

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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 realistic fiction to fantasy (like next month's selection, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld), from historical fiction (such as Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller, or this month's pick, Copper Sun by Sharon Draper) to contemporary fiction (such as last month's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart). All of our spotlighted books celebrate gutsy girls. Every issue of readergirlz features additional information about the books we're discussing, exclusive interviews with and playlists created by the authors, and additional book recommendation. In addition to our annual events such as Operation Teen Book Drop, we also include information about national or international outreach programs related to the book of the month in every issue. We hope to inspire readers to become active not only in book groups but also in their communities.

Browse through the archive of readergirlz book club picks.

postergirlz picks

The postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council, recommended the following titles to read alongside this month's main pick:

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Day of Tears by Julius Lester
Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton

The Bite of Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland

rgz LIVE!

Sharon Draper will be joining us at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, February 17th for a live one-hour chat, beginning at 6 PM PST/9 PM PST. Readers are welcome to join us not only then, but throughout the entire month - we'll be posting questions about Copper Sun and related discussion topics at the readergirlz blog all month long!


Please say hello to Elizabeth Scott, our current Author-in-Residence at rgz. She'll be hanging out with us through April 2010. Have you entered her book giveaway yet? If not, do so quickly!

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

Read, Reflect and Reach Out

On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The devastation was immense, made worse with every aftershock. The number of persons killed, injured, or displaced continues to rise.

Many service organizations are providing relief, and they need your assistance. The International Red Cross has multiple ways to donate funds or other means of support. If you go to the donation page at their website, you will see these options, one of which is Haiti Relief and Development. You may also contribute to their Disaster Relief Fund or learn how to get involved with Your Local Red Cross Chapter. You may donate in honor or memory of someone special instead of or in addition to your own name.

Zynga, the company which created and runs well-known online games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has taken note of the impact of social gaming, stating at their website, "We are thrilled to be able to offer our players the opportunity to be part of change in a way that can represent positive contributions to human kind." Three of their top games are participating in a special relief campaign to help earthquake survivors in Haiti, donating 100 percent of the proceeds raised by online users to the World Food Programme (WFP). For more info, please visit or email

Recent readergirlz Reads

Last month's featured books: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Next month's selection: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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