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August 7, 2009

Teenreads.com 2009 Survey

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How many non-school-related books do you read a year? Are you part of a book club? Would you ever consider buying a Kindle? Everyone here at Teenreads.com is always curious about these sorts of book-related things and more, so every few years, we put together a survey in hopes of identifying trends and learning about what's most important to our readers. We haven't done one of these since 2005, so we'd love to hear from you and see how much --- or how little --- has changed in the last four years!
How many times have we finished a great book and asked ourselves, "Did the events in this story actually happen?" In today's guest blog, Jo Knowles --- author of LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL and JUMPING OFF SWINGS --- explores the truths behind her fiction, and shares what she hopes people take away from
August 3, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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This week's roundup of new releases brings us a real mixed bag --- we've got a few gritty coming-of-age novels, some fiction of the paranormal variety, a couple of romances and thrillers, and new installments of some of your favorite series. Also, be sure to check out a new line of memoirs from HCI Teens called Louder Than Words, in which real teens authors share their very real --- and rather heart-breaking --- stories. The first three are available today.
Though based on themes fairly common to both writers and readers of teen fiction, Alexander Alexandrov's ALL FOR YOU might be considered something of a rarity, in that it chronicles a coming of age and romance told from a male point of view.
In support of next week's release of the graphic novel adaptation of iconic, dystopian classic FAHRENHEIT 451, Ray Bradbury made an appearance at this year's Comic-Con, held last week in San Diego. In attendance was The Book Report Network co-founder and president, Carol Fitzgerald, and below, she recounts the experience of hearing this living legend speak about his seven decade-long writing career and lifelong affinity with illustrated books.
July 27, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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Remember how I mentioned last week that new books always come out on Tuesdays? I lied. Much to my surprise, this week we've got a few Saturday releases to share with you --- which will be available August 1st --- along with a pretty exciting list of hardcovers and paperbacks you can expect to see in stores tomorrow. New Releases for July 27thHardcoverDANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES by James Patterson and Ned Rust (Little, Brown and Co.)LIGHTS
Self-proclaimed teenager at heart Sarah Burningham has written two YA nonfiction books about mining the slippery slopes of adolescence --- HOW TO RAISE YOUR PARENTS, and her most recent release, BOYOLOGY: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy.
July 23, 2009

Borders Ink --- Coming to a Borders Near You!

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Some exciting news! With the growing popularity of Stephenie Meyer, Sarah Dessen and other YA authors, Borders is launching a new teen department that will stock graphic novels, fantasy and YA titles, as well as a variety of other fun teen merch, like Twilight bookmarks and pencil cases. Called Borders Ink, the departments have opened in several Borders locations in Michigan and should be available in most Borders superstores by the end of August.
Today's guest blogger is 18-year-old Kelly O'Brien from Jacksonville, FL (that's right, where Bella's mom from Twilight lives).
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.