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April 2007

Teenreads.com Newsletter April 2007
This Month on Teenreads.com

Lots to Reflect On....

Special Feature and Contest: THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH: Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book, by Cylin Busby

Book Giveaway: PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle

Book Giveaway: LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: CAN'T STOP THE SHINE by Joyce E. Davis

Now in Stores: PERFECT GIRL by Mary Hogan

Now in Stores: GUCCI GIRLS: Book #1 in the Project Fashion Series by Jasmine Oliver

Now in Stores: NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Series Update: The Clique by Lisi Harrison

Cool New Books for April

April's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews ---- Including Manga, Christian Fiction and Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

Poll: Book-buying Habits

Question of the Month: The Last Three Books You Bought

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win A Book!

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Lots to Reflect On....

It’s been a surreal week here at Teenreads.com. The heavy storms in the Northeast flooded towns near mine on Sunday and Monday, and the steady wind and rains were horrific. But all that seemed trivial when we got word of the shooting at Virginia Tech on Monday. We, like all of you, were thrown into a state of shock and disbelief. My son is a junior in high school, and we have spent a lot of time these past few months looking at colleges. This week I found myself thinking about those colleges in a whole new way. Instead of which would be the best academic match, I focused on which would be the safest. Very sad times...

Last month I read Jodi Picoult's new book, NINETEEN MINUTES. The plot revolves around a fictitious school shooting in New Hampshire. As I read it, I had chills as I knew I would reflect on it if and when there was another school tragedy. Sadly that moment came all too soon. Now, more so than ever, it is a particularly relevant and important book --- one that could serve to launch a larger national conversation about the consequences of how students treat each other and what happens when everyone turns a blind eye. I stayed up late on Monday night working on a blog about my thoughts on this book and the massacre, which you can read here. We're also re-running the review of NINETEEN MINUTES in our "Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens" section, and you can read a discussion guide for this book here.

Books can be wonderful way to start a conversation, and they can also be a great escape when you need to lose yourself in another world. This month on Teenreads.com we’re featuring some fantastic titles that will satisfy whatever literary mood you’re in. Craving something fun and frothy? Be sure to check out GUCCI GIRLS: Project Fashion #1 by Jasmine Oliver, IT'S NOT EASY BEING MEAN: The Clique #7 by Lisi Harrison and PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle. Thriller-lovers will not want to miss Robert B. Parker’s first novel for young adults, EDENVILLE OWLS (our featured Word of Mouth contest book). Fantasy fans will love LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix, and readers in the mood for a good mystery will love trying to puzzle out the twists and turns of NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard.

Be sure to enter our three contests on Teenreads.com ---
THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH, PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL and LADY FRIDAY --- for your chance to win free books. All three giveways end on Tuesday, April 24th, so enter NOW if you have not done so already.

Our poll this month asks about your book-buying habits. Let us know how often you go to a bookstore and the last three books you bought by answering our Poll and Question of the Month.

As if you need another excuse to read --- April 23rd thru April 29th is National TV-Turnoff Week. Did you know that you can see 20,000 30-second commercials in a year?! Most teens spend an average of 900 hours a year in school and 1,500 hours a year watching TV!
TV-Turnoff Week is a small but effective step in combating those insane statistics, and the TV-Turnoff Network is a nonprofit organization that encourages children and adults to watch much less television in order to promote healthier lives and communities. Turn it off and read! You can read more about National TV-Turnoff Week here.

Speaking of families, I can’t help myself….I have to remind you all that Mother’s Day is May 13th, and goodness knows moms deserve a special day. Starting today (Friday, April 20th) we have a mom-themed contest running on Bookreporter.com where you could win a beautiful hatbox filled with books and wonderful goodies moms will love. Be sure to check out the contest for gift ideas, and enter to win the hatbox. Can you IMAGINE the look on Mom’s face if you give her such a grand gift for Mother’s Day?

We don't need a holiday to reach out to loved ones --- friends and parents, siblings and grandparents --- to find comfort and offer support to one another. Don't forget that.

May these endless April showers truly bring May flowers!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

Click here to enter the Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award Contest.
 

Special Feature and Contest: THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH: Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book, by Cylin Busby

Teenreads.com is celebrating the release of THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH, the first book in the new series Date Him or Dump Him? A Choose Your Boyfriend Book by Cylin Busby, with an exclusive contest that allows YOU to decide whether you’d rather date him or dump him --- and win one of 10 copies of the book.

Here’s how it works: To enter to win, click here to read the first chapter of THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH. From there you will be presented with two different scenarios as to how you’d like the story to develop. Choose one and read to the end. You’ll then have another decision to make, which we want to know about. Tell us where you decided to take the story by submitting your choice to YouSaid@Teenreads.com by Tuesday, April 24th. Be sure to include your name and mailing address! We will randomly select 10 winners on Wednesday, April 25th.

THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH: Date Him or Dump Him?
A Choose Your Boyfriend Book by Cylin Busby (Fiction)
This summer, you’re finally a junior counselor at Camp Butterfield! Do you pair up with your crush for lifeguard training, or flirt with another counselor on a white-water rafting trip? You decide! And once you answer that question, see where your relationship goes. Then go back and pick a different ending and you'll see a whole new storyline.

-Click here to read the first excerpt from THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH.
-Click here to read more about THE CAMPFIRE CRUSH and the Date Him or Dump Him? series.

Click here for all the contest details.
 

Book Giveaway: PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle

To celebrate the April 10th release of PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle, Teenreads.com has teamed up with HarperTeen to offer readers the chance to win one of 25 copies of the book. To enter to win, send your name and mailing address to Contest2@Teenreads.com by Tuesday, April 24th.

Please note the slightly different email address, as we have three contests running simultaneously on Teenreads.com.

PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle (Fiction)
In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle take bad prom nights to a whole new level --- a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper --- and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look. From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

-Click here to read more about PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL and its authors.

Click here for all the contest details.
 

Book Giveaway: LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix

To celebrate the release of LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix, which is in stores now, Teenreads.com has teamed up with Scholastic Press to offer five readers the chance to win a copy of the book. To enter, simply send your name and mailing address to Contests@Teenreads.com by Tuesday, April 24th.

LADY FRIDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Five by Garth Nix (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize --- before he's beaten to it!

-Click here to read our review of LADY FRIDAY.
-Read reviews of MISTER MONDAY, GRIM TUESDAY, DROWNED WEDNESDAY and SIR THURSDAY on Kidsreads.com.
-Click here for more about Garth Nix.

Click here for all the contest details.
 

Kimani TRU: Novels For, By and About Teens --- Now Featuring: CAN'T STOP THE SHINE by Joyce E. Davis

CAN’T STOP THE SHINE by Joyce E. Davis

You’re Gonna Blow Up!
When an American Idol-like competition comes to Atlanta, Kalia and Mariama Jefferson (sisters who couldn’t be more different) stop arguing long enough to agree on one thing: Kalia has to try out. A senior at a prestigious performing arts high school, Kalia has a shot at making her dream come true. And with sixteen-year-old Mariama cheering her on, Kalia sings her heart out, eager to beat thousands of other hopefuls. But when Kalia makes the top twenty, the competition really begins --- on stage and at home. Suddenly, Kalia and Mariama are up against each other. And there’s only one way to win….


-Click here to read more about CAN'T STOP THE SHINE.

CAN'T STOP THE SHINE is available in 3 formats: Book, Digital Audio and eBook.

-Click here for more information about the eBook version of CAN'T STOP THE SHINE.

Click here to read more about Kimani TRU.


 

Now in Stores: PERFECT GIRL by Mary Hogan

PERFECT GIRL by Mary Hogan (Fiction)
Ruthie Bayer is stuck. Her mom is totally overprotective, her dad is nonexistent, and her best friends can't help her now when she needs them most: Out of the blue, Ruthie has fallen in love with the boy next door, Perry. Perry has suddenly grown up and made her heart go thwang, and Ruthie has no idea what to do about it.

Then a new girl shows up at school, and Ruthie realizes she has to do something, and fast. Jenna is perfect, from her perfectly straight hair to her perfectly manicured toes. Perry's noticed her, too, and worse, Jenna has noticed him right back. Ruthie knows she has to call her aunt, New York's "Goddess of Love." If Aunt Marty, romance columnist and woman of the world, can't turn Ruthie into a perfect girl, no one can...but she might also turn Ruthie's entire world upside down.

-Click here for more about PERFECT GIRL.
-Click here to read an excerpt from PERFECT GIRL.

Click here to read our review of PERFECT GIRL.
 

Now in Stores: GUCCI GIRLS: Book #1 in the Project Fashion Series by Jasmine Oliver

GUCCI GIRLS: Project Fashion #1 by Jasmine Oliver (Fiction)
In the first book of this stylish new series, Sinead, Frankie and Marina are three girls with a common passion: fashion design. After meeting at their first life-drawing class at a London fashion school, the girls become fast friends as well as flat-sharers. Life is a whirlwind of friends, clothes, parties, boys and freedom! But with all the distractions, how long will it be until the girls' friendship enters stormy waters?

-Click here to read an excerpt from GUCCI GIRLS.

 

 

Click here to read more about GUCCI GIRLS: Project Fashion #1.
 

Now in Stores: NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard

NOW YOU SEE HER by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Fiction)
Hope has a life that most girls would die for: she's beautiful, talented and on the track to stardom. So what could possibly cause the girl with everything to fake her own abduction? When you think you've figured out the answer, think again! Hope will keep you guessing to the very end. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

-Click here to read a review of NOW YOU SEE HER.

-Click here to read an excerpt from NOW YOU SEE HER.

Visit HarperTeen.com and enter to win a copy of NOW YOU SEE HER and an iPod!


 

Series Update: The Clique by Lisi Harrison

IT'S NOT EASY BEING MEAN: The Clique #7 by Lisi Harrison (Fiction)
The Pretty Committee is out to gain access to a secret room at the upscale Octavian Country Day School. In Lisi Harrison's latest Clique novel, Massie Block leads her clique of well-dressed and perfectly groomed young teenage girls on a scavenger hunt for a hidden key that will unlock a private paradise reserved for a very select group of eighth graders. Reviewed by Simon King.

-Click here to read our series feature for The Clique.

Click here to read a review of IT'S NOT EASY BEING MEAN.


 

Cool New Books for April

April's roundup of Cool New Books includes EDENVILLE OWLS, the first young adult novel written by Robert B. Parker, best known for his popular Spenser mysteries; PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL, in which five bestselling authors (Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle) take bad prom nights to an entirely new level --- a paranormally bad level; CITY OF BONES, the first installment in an exhilarating and gripping fantasy series by Cassandra Clare that introduces readers to a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons; and A SWIFT PURE CRY, debut novelist Siobhan Dowd's moving story of a teenage girl and the events that ensue when her mother passes away.

Click here to read our Cool New Books roundup for April.
 

April's New in Paperback Roundup

April's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes SCHOOL'S OUT - FOREVER, the action-packed follow-up to James Patterson's MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT; CHEW ON THIS, Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson's revealing behind-the-scenes look at the fast-food industry; BLUE BLOODS, the first installment in a spine-tingling series by Au Pairs author Melissa de la Cruz; Dyan Sheldon's SOPHIE PITT-TURNBULL DISCOVERS AMERICA, about a proper British teen whose trip to New York City isn't at all what she expected it to be; and DARK SONS, in which Nikki Grimes tells the stories of two boys separated by time, geography and culture who struggle with their fractured families.
Click here to read our April New in Paperback roundup.
 

This Month's Reviews ---- Including Manga, Christian Fiction and Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens

EDENVILLE OWLS by Robert B. Parker (Thriller)
Robert B. Parker's first novel for young adults is a sweet and suspenseful coming-of-age story about basketball, secrets and first loves. The New England setting at the conclusion of World War II is much different from today. Parker recaptures that simpler --- though not necessarily gentler --- era through the eyes of a likable boy named Bobby Murphy. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read an excerpt from EDENVILLE OWLS.

PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myracle (Horror/Short Stories)
Five of your favorite teen authors have teamed up to produce a collection of short stories about proms gone supernaturally, horribly wrong. Instead of being concerned about dresses, makeup and corsages, the girls in PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL are worried about crossbows and vampires, zombie dates who've been dead for weeks, and a devil in a red dress who causes chaos by snapping high heels and breaking up couples. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

-Click here to read an excerpt from PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL.

THE YEAR OF MY MIRACULOUS REAPPEARANCE by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Fiction)
Despite vowing not to become like her drunken mother, 13-year-old Cynnie begins the dark descent into alcoholism when her grandparents take her younger brother --- the only bright spot in Cynnie's life --- to be raised by them. Cynnie must put the pieces of her life back and fight to reclaim the sibling she loves. Reviewed by Brian Farrey.

ENTER THREE WITCHES by Caroline B. Cooney (Historical Fiction)
Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father betrays the Scottish king and is hanged as a traitor. Now she's trapped in a castle with a power-hungry couple who will do anything to get what they want. As the murderous events of Shakespeare's play unfold around her, Mary must struggle to survive --- and do what she can to prevent more deaths. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE DAY MY MOTHER LEFT by James Prosek (Fiction)
When his mother abandons the family, Jeremy's world falls apart. His sister deals with it by escaping in her car, while his father drops into depression. Jeremy must find his own way to put his life back together, and he starts by recreating his collection of bird drawings to replace the one his mom took with her. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

AMBERGATE by Patricia Elliott (Fantasy)
An orphan girl turned kitchen maid at Murkmere Hall, Scuff is haunted by her dark past. With merely her amulet to protect her, she can only flee for so long. Someday, she will have to return to the orphanage where it all began. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

IN THE NAME OF GOD by Paula Jolin (Fiction)
Seventeen-year-old Nadia wants to be the best Muslim she can be, but she is conflicted about her Westernized peers, the economic, social and political struggles of her country, and the war raging in Iraq. When her cousin is arrested by the authorities for speaking out, Nadia finds herself drawn into the world of Islamic fundamentalism. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

FORGED IN THE FIRE by Ann Turnbull (Historical Fiction)
Will and Susanna's 17th-century story continues in this sequel to NO SHAME, NO FEAR. Their love keeps them true to each other for three long years while Susanna stays in Hemsbury and Will moves to the city for work. But will they be able to survive prison, the plague and the catastrophic fire that overtakes London? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE WHOLE SKY FULL OF STARS by Rene Saldana, Jr. (Fiction)
When Barry's father dies, he leaves three things behind for his teenage son: his belief in Barry's will to succeed in life, a love of boxing and a 1964 Ford Galaxie. But in order to help out his poor, tired mother, Barry makes a deal with his best friend Alby that puts everything he's been left at stake. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

DEAD HIGH YEARBOOK edited by Ivan Velez, Jr. (Horror/Short Stories)
A clever concept for a collaborative graphic novel brings together the stories of a half-dozen students of Dead High --- but this yearbook is not for the faint of heart. Although the characters represent a typical assortment of students and may seem like regular kids at first, they don't stay that way. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND by Simmone Howell (Fiction)
Seventeen-year-old movie buff Gem and her friends, Lo and Mira, finally decide on their theme for the year: Underground. While shooting an underground film and planning a New Year's Eve Happening at which to release it, they discover that bucking the system, having an Ug time and scoring some fame might split them up for good --- especially with the cameras rolling. Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens.

THIS IS PUSH: New Stories From the Edge edited by David Levithan (Fiction/Short Stories)
David Levithan, the founding editor of the edgy Scholastic imprint PUSH, has put together this anthology of 15 short stories by PUSH authors, including Markus Zusak, Patricia McCormick, Kevin Brooks, Tanuja Desai Hidier, Samantha Schutz and Coe Booth. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

FRAGMENTS by Jeffry W. Johnston (Fiction)
An automobile accident has shattered Chase's memory, and now he must rebuild his life from the fragments. It wouldn't be so bad, he thinks, if he hadn't been the only one to survive. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

Click here to read our reviews and features.


Manga Reviews:

CAN'T LOSE YOU, Volumes 1 and 2 by Wann (Netcomics)
Poor girl Yooi Kang and rich princess Lida Yoo have two things in common: their identical faces and a growing love for Lida's fiancé, Gaon Gil. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

FLOWER OF LIFE, Volume 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga (Digital Manga Publishing)
Harutaro Hanazono enrolls in school a month late after treatment for leukemia. There he quickly makes friends, annoys the school otaku and discovers something surprising about his "kinda gay" teacher. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

KARE FIRST LOVE, Volume 1 by Kaho Miyasaka (VIZ Media)
Kiriya sets his sights on plain-Jane Karin, but she doesn't believe he would really like her. Even worse, her classmate Yuka wants Kiriya for herself and will stop at nothing to get him. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

MILLENNIUM SNOW, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori (TOKYOPOP)
Seventeen-year-old heart patient Chiyuki is dying. Eighteen-year-old Toya can save her, but only by drinking her blood. Toya is NOT thirsty. Well, actually he is. Starving, in fact. What to do? Reviewed by Eva Volin.

PROJECT X: CHALLENGERS - SEVEN ELEVEN by Tadashi Ikuta (Digital Manga Publishing)
It's 1957, and young Japanese businessmen Shimizu and Suzuki are hot on the trail of the Next Big Thing, traversing America from coast to coast in search of an innovation that will revolutionize Japan's economy. Late one night, by the side of a lonely highway, the holy grail appears, encased in plastic signs and shining with fluorescent lights. Reviewed by Alison Kotin.

QUEENS, Volume 1 by Sung-Hyen Ha (TOKYOPOP)
Pretty boy Pil-Hyun Jung wants to be more manly, so he turns to manhwa creator Bok-Nam Park for help. But can he learn without getting molested by Park's two girlfriends? Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

Click here to read all our Manga reviews.


Christian Fiction Reviews:

Christy Miller

ISLAND DREAMER - Christy Miller: Volume Two, Book Five by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Christy is spending her 16th birthday on Maui with her family, along with Todd and her best friend from Wisconsin, Paula. But Christy soon finds that she and Paula don't have as much in common anymore. Paula is obsessed with having a boyfriend --- even if it means stealing Todd from Christy! Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

A HEART FULL OF HOPE - Christy Miller: Volume Two, Book Six by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Christy's long-awaited 16th birthday has come and gone, which means one very important thing --- she can finally date! However, in A HEART FULL OF HOPE, Christy starts realizing that life was far less complicated before she acquired so much freedom. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

TRUE FRIENDS - Christy Miller: Volume Three, Book Seven by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Spending Thanksgiving weekend with her school's ski club is certainly not Christy's idea of a good time --- especially considering she doesn't even know how to ski! But after leaving best friend Katie behind on too many trips, Christy decides that she must do something special for Katie, even if it does involve unlikable strangers and a precarious sport. Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby.

Click here to read our Christian Fiction reviews.


Recent Bookreporter.com Titles Perfect for Teens:

NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)
Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens --- until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from NINETEEN MINUTES.

IN AN INSTANT: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing by Lee and Bob Woodruff (Memoir)
In January 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Bob Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In this dual memoir, Bob and his wife, Lee, share their never-before-told story of romance, resilience and survival following the tragedy that transformed their lives. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

-Click here to read an excerpt from IN AN INSTANT.

MY FATHER'S SECRET WAR by Lucinda Franks (Memoir)
In this moving and compelling memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lucinda Franks discovers that the remote, nearly impassive man she grew up with had in fact been a daring spy behind enemy lines in World War II. MY FATHER'S SECRET WAR is an intimate account of Franks coming to know her own father after years of estrangement. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MY FATHER'S SECRET WAR.
-For more, visit the official website of Lucinda Franks,
LucindaFranks.com.

KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez (Memoir)
Deborah Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, moves to Afghanistan and opens up a beauty school that changes the lives of those living in this war-torn nation for the better. With warmth and humor, she details the lushness of a seemingly desolate region and reveals the magnificence behind the burqa. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

THIS YEAR YOU WRITE YOUR NOVEL by Walter Mosley (Reference)
Walter Mosley attempts to tell readers "everything I know about novel writing in less than 25,000 words." He succeeds brilliantly in this valuable little book that should take its place alongside THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE and ON WRITING WELL on the bookshelf of any aspiring writer and those interested in how novels are put together. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

Click here to read our reviews of Bookreporter.com titles perfect for teens.

 

Poll: Book-buying Habits

Which of the following best describes how often you go to a bookstore?

-Once or more a week
-Once every two weeks
-Once every three weeks
-Once a month
-Every couple of months
-Every six months
-Once a year
-Less than once a year
-I do not go to bookstores.
Click here to answer our poll.
 

Question of the Month: The Last Three Books You Bought

What were the last books (name up to 3) that you bought in a bookstore?

Click here to answer our question.
 

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading and You Could Win A Book!

This contest period, one lucky teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of EDENVILLE OWLS by Robert B. Parker. (Click on the link below for the official rules.) To automatically enter to win, e-mail us your recommendations and book ratings.
Post your Word of Mouth comments here.
 

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