This month, readergirlz are discussing Holly Cupala's debut novel, Tell Me a Secret. I hope you'll pick up the book from your local library or bookstore, give it a read, then talk about the book with other readers at the readergirlz blog - and, bonus, join in our roundtable discussion.
Here are two scoops of secrets to whet your appetite. First, the jacket flap summary:
In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda's death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams - a best friend to unlock her sister's world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all - Miranda has a secret all her own.
In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her future.
Now, the trailer:
Produced by Shiraz Cupala and Paul Michael Gordon, featuring music by Splashdown
If you can't see the video above, click here.
But wait! There's more! Earlier this summer, leading up to the release of TMAS, many bestselling authors - including Holly Cupala - revealed secrets about themselves here at Bildungsroman. Click here to learn their secrets.
To learn more about this month's featured book and its author, check out the August 2010 issue of readergirlz.
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Read, Reflect, Reach Out
This month's outreach has a direct tie-in to the book. Here's Holly Cupala to tell us more about it:
"Even though TELL ME A SECRET is not about sexual exploitation, it is about women and secrets and dealing with shame, so I felt there was a connection there.
"Ten percent of my author proceeds go toward World Vision's Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls, helping girls all over the world who have escaped from this kind of abuse - food, medical care, job training, and if possible, a loving family situation.
"Thank you for spreading the word to help support these girls!"
Click here to learn more about World Vision, and about this specific cause.
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The postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council, recommended the following titles to read alongside this month's main pick:
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
For Keeps by Natasha Friend
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
S.E.X: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna
Join us at Twitter on Wednesday, August 18th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST for an hour-long chat with this month's featured author, Holly Cupala. Join in and use the hashtag #rgz to follow the conversation.
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Last month's featured book: The Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter
Next month's selection: Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
Coming in October: Lips Touch by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo
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