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July 10, 2008

Stephenie Meyer Fans: Breaking Dawn Events at Barnes and Noble August 1!

Filed under: Announcements, YA Lit and Authors — Tags: , , , , , , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 6:20 am

Twilight  tempted the imagination. New Moon made readers thirsty for more. Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon. And now, the book that everyone has been waiting for… Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight saga, will take your breath away.

Stephenie Meyer’s sophisticated teen vampire novels have created the kind of response from teens and adults that we haven’t seen since the debut of Harry Potter. Barnes & Noble will be celebrating the August 2 release of Breaking Dawn by hosting special events in the stores. Select stores are staying open late August 1 and hosting midnight release parties.  And be sure to call or visit your local store to reserve your copy for the night of the party; you can also visit the website to pre-order your copy if you like.  The stores at Town CenterAlpharetta, and Cumming will all be hosting a book release event for youth and teens on August 1 at 10:00 PM—please visit each site or call for more details.

June 26, 2008

Get Gritty with Reeadergirlz in July!

Filed under: YA Lit and Authors — Tags: , , , , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 5:59 am

From our fav, Readergirlz!

Go gritty with readergirlz as we delve into the far reaches of compassion with Jay Asher’s provocative 13 Reasons Why

Clay Jensen is shocked to find a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep, recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. As Clay listens to Hannah’s voice on the tapes, he hears his name mentioned–and learns that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. Hannah’s recorded words lead him on a journey through his small town…and what he discovers changes his life forever.
Discuss the book with the readergirlz divas, the author, and other readergirlz all through July on our group forum (groups.myspace.com/readergirlz) and read the issue (www.readergirlz.com). On July 24th, Jay will join us for rgz LIVE! at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT.
Please also check out this month’s other compassion-filled reads:
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • No Laughter Here by Rita Williams Garcia
  • Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
  • Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde
  • As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
  • Without You by Anthony Rapp

June 16, 2008

Fun YA Lit News: Laurie Anderson Chatting Live on MySpace with Readergirlz June 19!

Filed under: YA Lit and Authors — Tags: , , , , , , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 1:46 pm


Save the date: On June 19, Laurie will join them for their readergirlz LIVE! at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT.  Join the Readergirlz forum to particpate!

It’s the end of the school year, and readergirlz is celebrating that end-of-the-year tradition–prom night–and the risk-taking behavior associated with it. This month’s readergirlz author is Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Prom. Readergirlz asks the question, “Is prom a dream of a night, or is it a nightmare?”

Discuss the book with the readergirlz divas all through June on their group forum. On June 19, Laurie will join them for their readergirlz LIVE! at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT. Here are some questions to ponder from the Readergirlz chat guide:

  • What is the point of having a prom?
  • How much money should teens spend on their prom? Should schools or parents limit how much money is spent?
  • How is Carceras High like your school? How is it different?
  • Some people say prom is a teenager’s first chance to act like a real adult. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Why do you think so many teens drink on prom night? What should be done about this?
  • What would your fantasy prom night be like?
  • Because of her work on the prom committee, Ashley changes the way she thinks of her future. What activities have changed the way you look at yourself?
  • How is Ashley’s happy ending different from Cinderella’s . . . or is it the same? Which is more realistic? Is there such a thing as “Prince Charming” or “happily ever after?”

You can also check out this month’s other recommended reads:

  • Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
  • It’s Not About the Accentby Caridad Ferrer
  • Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
  • A Step From Heaven by An Na
  • She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva

P. S. A special shout-out to diva Mitali Perkins whose middle-grade novel, Rickshaw Girl, is a finalist for the Jane Addams Honor Book for 2008!

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