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readergirlz April

Phew! And I thought March was busy at readergirlz. Well. It turns out that March was just a warm up for the fabulousness that is April.

April’s featured title is Deb Caletti’s, The Secret Life of Prince Charming. It is a charmer, a book that will make you laugh and really make you think about relationships, what love looks like, and what family means. Kirkus said, “The author excels at getting to the heart of her protagonists’ mixed-up emotions, and her fans will not be disappointed.” I second that. I listened to Deb’s book, and I recommended the audiobook here. You should read it or listen to it (or both!) so that you can join in at the blog all month long for great chats with Deb. I have a feeling she is going to be funny and insightful. Our live chat with Deb will take place on April 21st at the blog at 6 pm PST, 9 pm EST. To get you into the spirit of chatting about Deb’s book, visit the lively roundtable discussion with the readergirlz gang at Little Willow’s.

But before that, there’s one of readergirlz’s biggest annual events: Operation Book Drop. (I can hear the cheers. I can). For those who haven’t participated in the past, here’s the dealio, straight from the divas themselves:

On Thursday, April 15th, 2010, we – the combined efforts of readergirlz, Guys Lit Wire, YALSA, and If I Can Read I Can Do Anything – will be dropping over 10,000 new YA books, donated by publishers, into the hands of teens on Native American tribal lands. Nationwide, librarians, over 100 YA authors, and teens will drop YA books in their own communities. Participants can download bookplates to insert into the books they’ll leave behind. That night at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST, everyone will join an online TBD Post-Op party at the readergirlz blog.

Got it? Thursday, April 15th, Operation Drop Day + post-op party at the readergirlz blog. View the groovy OBD trailer:

Finally (yes, there’s even more goodness), on Monday, April 12th we have another live chat, this time with author Diane Duane at the blog at 9pm EST.


I heart April at readergirlz.


March events at readergirlz: Scott Westerfeld & Elizabeth Scott

March is set to be a stellar month at readergirlz. Our featured author is Scott Westerfeld (of Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras and more). We’ll be chatting about his latest novel, the fabulously steampunk-y Leviathan. Visit the readergirlz blog all month long and then join in the chat on March 17th at 6pm PST and 9pm EST. There are so many reasons to pick up this book, but one of the biggest reasons in my view is the amazing interior artwork by Keith Thompson. Wow. The illustrations are phenomenal and add so much to the mood of the novel.

If you swing by Scott’s blog, you can explore some Leviathan goodies, including the full first chapter of the audiobook, read by Alan Cumming. (Perfect casting choice, yes?)

Here’s the trailer, to get you in the spirit:

But before we get to that sure-to-be-action-packed chat, we have another treat, a chat with readergirlz author-in-residence, Elizabeth Scott (who is darling and oh-so-clever and funny) on March 5th. You don’t want to be anywhere else.

readergirlz January 2010: E. Lockhart

What better way to bring in 2010 than by hanging out with one of the smartest writers for teens in the business? I am super excited to cheer for E. Lockhart, featured author for January at readergirlz! The theme this month is Risk-Taking, and the book that we will be discussing throughout the month is her much-praised novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which is bound to initiate some interesting conversation, I should think.

If you haven’t met Frankie, you need to do that, straight away. Start off by reading my review.

Now look at all the awards this book has claimed: Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Printz Honor, American Library Association, Cybils Award for best young adult novel, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year list, Richie’s Picks Best of 2008 List, Tayshas List, 2009, NY Times Notable Children’s Book list, 2008, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2008, Library Journal’s list of Seattle Public Library’s Fiction Favorites of 2008, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best List, Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Morning News Tournament of Books, 2009, SLJ Tournament of Kids Books, Rhode Island Teen Book Awards Finalist, YALSA Top Teen Pick for 2009.

But that isn’t why you should read it. You should read it because it is hilarious. And smart. And Frankie is so clever. She is a girl to inspire you to do things in 2010, that’s for sure.

For answers to many FAQs about E. Lockhart, click here. (You’ll learn that E. stands for Emily, and Emily’s career of choice if she wasn’t a classy, talented writer would be: baker. You’ll learn lots more too). You might also wish to read Emily’s 2008 interview with the YA YA YAs, where she answers some questions about Frankie.

Now, just for fun (and as further proof of the kind of zany/funny gal E. Lockhart is), take this quiz she wrote: What Teen Angst Novel are You? (I am Catcher in the Rye – who knew?)

Join E. Lockhart all month long at the readergirlz blog, and then chat with her live on January 20th at 6pm PST, 9pm EST.

readergirlz Homecoming chat extravaganza!

I am so SO excited about today.


No, not because I am sending my students home with their report cards.

Also not because Monday is doggy bath night in my house.

Because tonight, at 6pm PST, 9pm EST, I will be joining in the readergirlz Homecoming Rave Chat with our Circle of Stars. That’d be authors like:

Coe Booth, Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Cecil Castelucci, Justina Chen, Rachel Cohn, Holly Cupala, Liz Gallagher, Nikki Grimes, Lorie Ann Grover, Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Miller, Mary Pearson, Mitali Perkins, Dana Reinhardt, Laura Resau, Melissa Walker, Ellen Emerson White, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Zarr…

and others too. Is that not almost beyond belief? All of those star authors? In one place? Chatting with us? Seriously?


You must be there. It will be way better than any other Homecoming you’ve ever been to. Come to the readergirlz blog tonight and join in the party. Be prepared for some insanely fast typing. This chat is going to buzz.

readergirlz’s knockout November lineup

If you thought that all of the special events at readergirlz got used up in October, with our amazing week of live chats for Teen Read Week and the featured chat with Ms. Libba Bray, well… think again. November is another stellar month at readergirlz. Check it out:

rgz ad November 2009

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, our featured author this month is Marlene Carvell, whose novel Sweetgrass Basket, is the readergirlz pick. I read it just a few weeks ago. Written in prose poetry in alternating voices, it is the story of two Mohawk sisters who are sent to a residential school. It’s about the power of a strong sisterly bond, and the importance of protecting one’s culture and traditions in the face of oppression. I found it a very moving read. Discussion will be happening all month long at the blog, and the live chat with Marlene will be on Tuesday, November 24th at 6pm PST.

new moon RAVE

On November 21st at 6pm PST at the blog, we’ve got a fun Twilight event planned to coincide with the release of New Moon in theatres. This is sure to be a packed chat – with lots of twihards in attendance!

homecoming 2009

Finally, on November 30th at 6pm PST at the blog, you absolutely must join in the readergirlz RAVE chat Homecoming event. So, so many outstanding authors who have been featured on readergirlz in the past will be joining in that night for a giant live chat. (I cannot even imagine how busy that will be. I’m not sure the chat program will be able to handle the insanity). Here are just some of the people who will be joining us that night: Mary Pearson, Sara Zarr, Laura Resau, Libba Bray, Kristin Cashore, Cecil Castellucci, Ellen Hopkins… and more! Wow. Incredible. That will be a chat to remember.

So pick up Sweetgrass Basket this month and join in at all three of these amazing readergirlz events.



readergirlz goes fantastical: Teen Read Week Day 5


After a week of simply outstanding author events at readergirlz, tonight is the Gala closing event: into our beyond, with readergirlz diva Dia Calhoun and pioneer YA Sci-Fi Sylvia Engdahl.

I am certain this is going to be a really special event, with two outstanding fantasy writers to wrap up the week. Here are a few great links about Dia and Sylvia:

Sylvia, at Teens Read Too (and a wonderful page full of all the cats Sylvia has ever loved)

Dia, at Little Willow’s

Come celebrate the end of a great week-long party with the readergirlz gang, tonight at the blog at 6 pm PST.

readergirlz goes fantastical: Teen Read Week Day 4


Teen Read Week Day 4 at readergirlz. That’s today!

I may be a tired Elf, burning the midnight oil here in Canada to participate in the chats, but I’m a smiley Elf. It’s so much fun hanging out with such talented authors and lovely readergirlz, chatting about fantastic books. Join us please! (Just keep drinking coffee and we’re all going to make it!)

Tonight is another amazing lineup: readergirlz diva Melissa Walker, Cassandra Clare and Patrick Ness. Going to be good.

Here are a few teaser treats:

Melissa, at a fab feature all about her at M.I.S.S.

Cassandra, at Cynsations

Patrick’s Q&A at Publishers Weekly

Seriously. We are dripping with talent here. Don’t miss it.