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March 2004

Teenreads.com Newsletter March 2004
This Month on Teenreads.com
Comfort Books
Teenreads.com Chats with Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, Authors of A HEART DIVIDED
Tell Us What You Think: SHOOTER by Walter Dean Myers
2004 Claudia Seaman Poetry Contest
Reading Group Guides
Cool New Books for March
This Month's Reviews
Poll
Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win a Book
Links You'll Love
 
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Comfort Books
 
Last weekend I had a really nasty cold, the kind that gets you grabbing for tissues and plopping onto the couch. When I get sick like this I look for comfort books the same way many people look for comfort food. By Saturday night I had read two books and I was reaching for a third. Staying still helped and by Monday my engines were revved again.

Our question this month --- what are YOUR comfort books?

This month we announce the 2004 Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Contest. Many of you have participated in this competition in previous years and we hope to see the same kind of response this year. For details see below, and please share this with your friends, teachers and librarians.

It's still cold and snowy in New York, but we are confident spring is just around the corner --- okay, we are desperate for some warmth and some sun!

Have a great month....

Carol Fitzgerald for Teenreads.com (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 
Teenreads.com Chats with Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, Authors of A HEART DIVIDED
 
Authors Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld talk to Carol Fitzgerald from Teenreads.com about why they decided to write A HEART DIVIDED, how they collaborate on their writing and the staging of their work for the theatre.

A HEART DIVIDED by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld (Fiction/Values/Prejudice/Racism)
When Kate's family moves from the suburbs of New York City to a small town near Nashville, Kate falls for Jackson Redford III, the brilliant and handsome scion of the town. But Kate, Jack and their families soon find themselves pitted against one another in a bitter controversy about what it means to be an American. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted.
Read the interview with Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld here along with a review of A HEART DIVIDED
 
Tell Us What You Think: SHOOTER by Walter Dean Myers
 
Your opinion matters to the publishers at HarperTempest. Each month they are going to share a not-yet-published title with us that they'd like to hear YOUR thoughts about. It's your chance to read a new book and tell them what YOU think! What could be more fun than a chance to read a new book and then share your opinion? It's your chance to be a trendsetter!

This month's book is SHOOTER by Walter Dean Myers, which will be released in MAY 2004.
Read more about SHOOTER here.
 
2004 Claudia Seaman Poetry Contest
 
The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award is open to all high school students across the country. Each young writer may submit two poems on any subject and in any form as long as their submission does not exceed 10 pages in length. The deadline for entering this annual contest is June 1, 2004.

The award was established in 1983 in Poughkeepsie, New York, by the Seaman family in honor of their daughter and sister, Claudia, a young poet. With the help of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and the Teenreads.com website, the award, a national competition open to all students in grades 9 through 12, is held each year to encourage, support, and promote young writers. With a $500 cash prize and publication of the winning poem in the literary journal HANGING LOOSE, it is hoped that the Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award will help keep interest in reading and writing poetry alive and well at the high school level. We hope that English and writing teachers and librarians and other mentors working with young people will use the award as an incentive and as evidence of the viability of a literary life.
Read about the 2004 Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Contest here.
 
Reading Group Guides
 
Whether you are working on a paper and could use some questions to jumpstart your writing, or are in (or want to start) a book club with your friends, ReadingGroupGuides.com is THE place to go.

With more than 1,300 reading guides, we can get you started.
Go to ReadingGroupGuides.com
 
Cool New Books for March
 
This month's roundup of cool new books is packed with outstanding series titles. In addition to fresh adventures for Buffy, Gaia and the Halliwell sisters, we introduce The Midnighters, a compelling new trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld. The series kicks off with THE SECRET HOUR, a horror tale with ancient secrets, mystical powers and fast-paced danger. Stand-alone titles include a collection of short stories that will help young women cope with "that time of the month" and an important book from husband-and-wife team Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, A HEART DIVIDED.
Browse our Cool New Books for March here.
 
This Month's Reviews
 
THE LAST CHANCE TEXACO by Brent Hartinger (Fiction)
Tough-talking but vulnerable Lucy Pitt has spent most of her life bouncing from one foster family to the next. In this well-written novel she finally finds a family --- despite her best intentions. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.

SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD by Kim Ablon Whitney (Fiction)
Bridget Daugherty's family members are all Travelers, a fascinating modern-day gypsy-like subculture. Sixteen-year-old Bridget questions if the Traveler life is for her. Does she really want her rapidly approaching arranged marriage? What about her education? And can she in good conscience continue stealing from others? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

KIRA-KIRA by Cynthia Kadohata (Fiction)
Kate, a Japanese-American girl living in Georgia during the 1950s, must take on the role of older sibling and eldest daughter when her sister Lynn becomes desperately ill. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood and excerpted.

THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS by Jaclyn Moriarty (Fiction)
First loves and old friendships are both on the line in this breezy Australian novel by popular author Jaclyn Moriarty told in letters, e-mails and diary entries. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.

DON'T CRAMP MY STYLE: Stories About That Time of the Month, edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (Fiction)
In this collection of stories by various authors, the menstrual cycle is celebrated, feared, endured, gossiped about, wished for and bemoaned --- giving "go with the flow" an entirely new meaning. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

SHARING SAM by Katherine Applegate (Romance/Friendship/Loss)
Alison has fallen in love with Sam Cody, the man of her dreams. But she soon learns that her best friend Isabella, who is dying of brain cancer, also likes Sam. Alison wants Isabella's last days to be filled with happiness --- even if it means losing Sam forever. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted.

POP PRINCESS by Rachel Cohn (Fiction)
When fifteen-year-old Wonder Blake is given the opportunity to become a pop idol, she jumps at the chance to escape from her dead-end town, fractured family and high school. But she soon finds out that perhaps the price of superstardom is more than she is willing to pay. Reviewed by Amy Alessio and excerpted.

THE BREAKABLE VOW by Kathryn Ann Clarke (Fiction)
Faced with an unexpected pregnancy and a turbulent, violent relationship with her boyfriend Kevin, eighteen-year-old Annie's life begins to spiral out of control and she must find the courage to fight back. Reviewed by Melissa A. Martin and excerpted.
Read this month's reviews here.
 
Poll
 
We want to know a tad more about our readers.

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Answer the poll here.
 
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Question of the Month
 
Here is our Question of the Month:

When you are feeling down, what author or book do you like to read?

E-mail us and tell us what you think by clicking on the link below.
Post your reply to our Question here.
 
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Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win a Book
 
This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of KISSING THE RAIN by Kevin Brooks. (See official rules below.) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and ratings click on the link below.
Post your Word of Mouth comments here.
 

Have a great month...and make some time each day to read something you enjoy!

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