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September 2004

Teenreads.com Newsletter September 2004
This Month on Teenreads.com
School Reading --- And Taking Time to Read for Pleasure
GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin
DANGEROUS GIRLS #2: THE TASTE OF NIGHT by R.L. Stine
BLONDE AMBITION: An A-List Novel by Zoey Dean
REAL COLLEGE: The Essential Guide to Student Life by Douglas Stone and Elizabeth Tippett
Cool New Books for September
This Month's Reviews
Poll
Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win a Book
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School Reading --- And Taking Time to Read for Pleasure
 
By now you probably are settled into school and your whole routine. Doesn't summer seem like so long ago?

Hope you've remembered to tuck a book in your backpack to do some pleasure reading! Stuck on what to read? We have some great suggestions here for you this month.

Our poll question asks about the book list that you have gotten in your classes. Tell us what you think about it!

Have a great month....

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

 
GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin
 
GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fantasy)
Each family who resides in the Uplands possesses powerful gifts, which can either help or harm others. The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another, but two young people --- friends since childhood --- decide not to use their gifts. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle and excerpted.
Read our review of GIFTS here.
 
DANGEROUS GIRLS #2: THE TASTE OF NIGHT by R.L. Stine
 
DANGEROUS GIRLS #2: THE TASTE OF NIGHT by R.L. Stine (Horror)
In R.L. Stine's second Dangerous Girls novel, identical twin sisters Livvy and Destiny Weller continue to fight vampires --- but this time they fight each other as well. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle and excerpted.
Read our review of DANGEROUS GIRLS here.
 
BLONDE AMBITION: An A-List Novel by Zoey Dean
 
BLONDE AMBITION: An A-List Novel by Zoey Dean (Fiction)
Anna Percy's wild ride in La-La Land continues in this third installment of the A-List series, which takes readers behind the scenes of the luxurious world of Hollywood's rich and famous. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.
Read our review of BLONDE AMBITION here.
 
REAL COLLEGE: The Essential Guide to Student Life by Douglas Stone and Elizabeth Tippett
 
This book isn't for the perfect, blemish-free students you see on TV or find sitting under trees in admissions brochures. It's for real students. As exhilarating and fulfilling as college can be, real students face real challenges."

In REAL COLLEGE: The Essential Guide to Student Life, a Harvard residential advisor and a recent Harvard grad team up to help students deal with the struggles of college life. Covering everything from study habits to managing money, experts Douglas Stone and Elizabeth Tippett discuss the many issues that can make or break the college experience.
Read more about REAL COLLEGE here.
 
Cool New Books for September
 
Ursula K. Le Guin --- the author of more than three dozen books, including the Earthsea Cycle trilogy --- returns to teen literature with GIFTS, a fantasy novel about the cruelty of power and the difficulties of growing up. Also featured in this month's roundup of cool new books is WORMWOOD, a thrilling tale of Good vs. Evil by G.P. Taylor, whose previous work SHADOWMANCER was an international bestseller. Our series updates include the third installment of The A-List --- Zoey Dean's series about rich and famous teens in Beverly Hills --- and the conclusion of Yvonne Navarro's Wicked Willow Trilogy, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Browse our Cool New Books for September here.
 
This Month's Reviews
 
IN THE SHADOW OF THE ARK by Anne Provoost (Historical Fiction)
When Re Jana and her family reach the desert plain where the great ship is being constructed, the world has already begun to change. The waters are rising everywhere, and both people and animals are beginning to panic. This is the dramatic story of the weeks and months that follow, as the rain transforms the earth and the people come to understand the magnitude of the disaster. Reviewed by Kristi Olson and excerpted.

Missing Persons Case #3: THE VENETIAN POLICEMAN by M. E. Rabb (Mystery)
Two intriguing mysteries intersect in this third book of the Missing Persons series. Sophie and Sam search for their boss's long-lost son, and they must discover how the pets of Venice, Indiana are disappearing. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

BLOOD SECRET by Kathryn Lasky (Historical Fiction)
History, heredity and faith collide in BLOOD SECRET, a riveting new novel by accomplished storyteller Kathryn Lasky. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

A CRACK IN THE LINE by Michael Lawrence (Mystery)
This first novel in a trilogy by Michael Lawrence is about a boy and a girl who are the same person (but not quite). It's a gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages late into the night. Reviewed by Sara Cole.

DOORMAT by Kelly McWilliams (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old author Kelly McWilliams gives readers a realistic portrayal of fourteen-year-old Jaime's dilemma when her best friend becomes pregnant --- and expects Jaime to save her. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

PAGAN IN EXILE by Catherine Jinks (Historical Fiction)
Pagan Kidrouk and his master, Lord Roland Roucy de Bram, escape to France seeking knights for a new Crusade to free Jerusalem from the hands of the infidels. But Roland's homecoming is marred by conflict as his family clashes with neighbors and each other. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

PAGAN'S VOWS by Catherine Jinks (Historical Fiction)
Pagan is facing perhaps his greatest ordeal yet when he agrees to join Lord Roland in a monastery. Pagan never dreamed that he would find himself pursuing the life of a monk, but he refuses to be separated from his distraught and emotionally lost master. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

DEAD GIRLS DON'T WRITE LETTERS by Gail Giles (Psychological Thriller)
Fourteen-year-old Sunny and her family are stunned when a complete stranger shows up at their house posing as Sunny's older sister Jazz, who supposedly died in a fire months earlier. Reviewed by Renee Kirchner.

THIS MUST BE LOVE by Tui T. Sutherland (Fiction)
Told mostly in letters, notes, IM messages, emails and diary entries, this fun take-off on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is the story of Hermia (in love with her best guy friend, Alexander) and her best friend, Helena (in love with Dmitri who --- uh oh! --- decides he loves Hermia). Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES by Sonya Sones (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Ruby, whose mother has just died, leaves behind her best friend, boyfriend and aunt in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born. Reviewed by Hannah Gómez.

MATES, DATES, AND SEQUIN SMILES by Cathy Hopkins (Fiction)
Nesta receives devastating news in this seventh volume of the Mates, Dates series: she has to wear braces, and she fears that no boy will be able to look at her the same way again. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.
Read this month's reviews here.
 
Poll
 
Do you do book reports or book reviews for class?
Yes
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Did you get a list of what you are going to be reading for school this year?
Yes
No
Not sure

If so, how does this list look?
Great, I cannot wait to get started.
Good, but there are some dogs on the list.
Not so great, it's going to be a long year.
WHO picked these books?
I have not seen a list of what I am going to be reading yet.
Answer the poll here.
 
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Question of the Month
 
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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 GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin. (See official rules below.) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and ratings click on the link below.
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