Welcome to March! We'll be discussing the steampunk alternate-history action-packed novel Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld all month long at readergirlz. Ready for the Great War? Here's a little peek into the book:
Prince Aleksander is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman, serving aboard a living airship. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With the Great War brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way . . . taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
To learn more about the book and the author, check out the March 2010 issue of readergirlz and watch the exclusive video with the author below! Also read my review of Leviathan and learn the meanings of some terms and slang used in the book.
If you can't see the video above, click here to watch it at YouTube.
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Once you've finished reading the book, I hope you'll join our discussions at the readergirlz blog!
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Every month, we discuss a different book, ranging from realistic fiction to fantasy (like this month's pick, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld), from historical fiction (such as Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller, or last month's pick, Copper Sun by Sharon Draper) to contemporary fiction (such as 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 April's 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.
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The postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council, recommended the following titles to read alongside this month's main pick:
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them by Jillian Venters
Scott Westerfeld will be chatting live at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, March 17th. The one-hour chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.
Click here to meet Will, the real-life steampunk readerboy.
Please say hello to Elizabeth Scott, our current Author-in-Residence and newest readergirlz diva. Watch her newest video blog (vlog) and enter her book giveaway.
Read, Reflect and Reach Out
Are you interested in world politics, or conflict resolution? Do you love debating? If so, you should check out Model UN.
In their own words, UNA-USA's Model United Nations is "a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda."
If your school doesn't have a Model UN chapter yet, click here to learn how to set one up.
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Next month's selection: The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Coming in May: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
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