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July 20, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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In case you didn't already know, most new books (as well as CDs and DVDs) are released on Tuesdays. I'm not really sure why, but a quick Google search revealed many different, but plausible reasons for this, relating to things like sales figures, shipping time, and in-store preparation. Regardless, you'll often see "New Tuesday Releases" lists in bookstores, magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, etc.
Today's guest blogger is 15-year-old Mary Sturgis, from Chicago, Il. Below, she shares her experiences meeting Ally Carter, author of the Gallagher Girls series, at a book signing for her latest release, DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER.
Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of five books for both children and young adults, including THE ARRIVAL and TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA. He participated in a video interview recently with our graphic novel and manga reviewer John Hogan, where he talks about his creative process and even gives a demonstration on how he draws characters from his books. Get to know Shaun in our three-part interview with him below.
Patrick Jones is a librarian and the author of five YA books, including THE TEAR COLLECTOR, which will hit stores this September.
Summer romances can take more forms than one, as any fan of Edward Cullen and Chuck Bass can attest. Below, Teenreads.com intern Allie Bodack looks back on some of her literary first loves, and falls back on an old flame she's happy to revisit time and time again.
July 1, 2009

Summer-Reading Slog

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the books you didn't have time to read during the school year, but required summer reading often gets in the way. In today's blog, Greg Fitzgerald --- Teenreads.com assistant producer and soon-to-be sophomore at Fordham University --- describes what he hated the most about that dreaded summer reading list and shares his secret to balancing his assigned books with his guilt-free reads.
Sometimes, it's so easy to get distracted by the little things that we forget to "live in the Now", and live it to the fullest --- an idea captured perfectly in Susane Colasanti's latest novel, WAITING FOR YOU.
Though Jenny Han is hard at work on the sequel to her newly released novel,