Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Jenny by any other name...

To me, Jane Austen is a tragic figure. Save William Shakespeare, she is perhaps the best-loved author in the English Language. She got there by penning sweet, funny, romantic tales that tell of Regency life with a astute eye. Sweet, ROMANTIC tales. sigh. But she totally died without ever marrying. Which, like, to my unmarried self, is SUCH the tragedy! We're fascinated - enamored, even - of her heroines and her life. This is the 2nd book I've read inspired by her this year, and the fourth in two years - not counting the movies. If it's inspired by Jane or her books, it's the dark chocolate of women's (and teen) lit. Tasty, and with antioxidants.

Cassandra's Sister (other than being a 2007 Cybil nominee) was recommended to me by blogger/author Colleen Mondor. In person. Over munchies at a Barnes & Noble cafe (Yes, I DO feel special! Thanks for asking!). So, it was sorta a must read. And so:

Cassandra Austen's little sister, Jenny, was always scribbling away, creating stories for her friends' and family's amusement. It wasn't terribly serious, as all young women were merely waiting to get married. She was a bit shy about it, but all who learned of her stories loved them. This is Jenny Austen becoming the woman Jane. This is her, with her optimism, her shyness, and her everyday struggles.

Curiously, the novel starts out with the French Revolution during the Reign of Terror. Execution via guillotine certainly gets my attention, but it is an odd entrance into a life that, while it may have coincided with the events, did not much engage with them (well, as far as I know, and as is revealed in the text). Aside: The intersections of history fascinate me. One forgets amid the pastoral calm of Austen that merely a few hundred miles away chaos reigned in France. Yes, there's an acknowledgment of war with the constant parade of soldiers, but it is at a distance in her work, at least from my perspective (yeah. I'm saying this without ever have read any of her books. Just watched the movies. Yes, yes, bad librarian. Miss Erin intends to rectify the situation with her Christmas present to me. She's a doll. Again, special. I'm a lucky girl.).

The author accounts a bit for this: "Revolution and war, two such vivid players on the stage of history might seem far away from her quiet family in their rectory in the Hampshire countryside. But they were not" (p 10). It's meant to connect the beheading with Jane's life, and it does, but I don't really feel that the incident is quite large enough to warrant the opening scene of the book. However, it does, as I said, effectively get the reader's attention. And that is SUCH a large percentage of the battle.

Other wee bits I noticed: The passage of time is a bit uncomfortable. Suddenly, a year or two, or ten have past. Nothing has really changed. Some people have died, or been born. Jenny becomes Jane and loses interest in playing cards. Nothing truly momentous, and that's... just life. Jane Austen's life. In fiction by Veronica Bennett. There were, especially in the beginning, slightly annoying expository sections that reveal the social constraints of the time. The explanation was necessary, but inelegantly done. Bennett seems to have nicely mimicked the tone, pace and style of Austen, which is a double edged sword; great for those who are looking for things to extend their love for Austen, but a barrier for those (like me), who sometimes need something rather faster. All flaws were forgotten about half-way through the book, and I sunk into that world.

This will most likely appeal to readers who are already in love with Austen. This sounds like a negative review, but I really don't view the book that way. It took me some time to get into it, after that opening salvo wore off, but I did grow to care about the characters. I just found it difficult, since I knew that she doesn't find her love. It's just so sad to me that the woman who gave the world the ideal of romance...didn't find it herself. I liked the book. I'll stop talking now.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Definitely Criminal Minds. Definitely.


Remember The Wonder Years? Brothers, Boyfriends and Other Criminal Minds reminds me of that. There's a sweet nostalgia about it. It doesn't drown the reader in 1977, but soft little touches of setting and time imbue the novel with a very specific era; it's a delicate balance, and April Lurie succeeds with ease and humor.

This one didn't make it onto my radar prior to its nomination for the YA Cybils, and it's books like this that really make me happy to be involved with the group. Whatever influence I have (and I judge this to be rather negligible, but nevertheless), I relish the idea that I get to tell you all about funny, sweet stories like Lurie's that might have just slipped past your (and my) notice.

So, 1977. Brooklyn, NY. Our heroine, April, has got a crush on the Bad Boy Rocker from school. She finds an unexpected in with him when she starts walking the "retarded" (unclear how - but I suspect autism) Larry from across to and from school. Bad Boy Rocker (Dominick) discovers that Larry's a genius drummer and soon April and Dom are going out. Sorta. April's potential bliss is endangered by an older brother (his annoying friends) and his attachment to a mofioso's daughter.

It's a slice of life, and subtle layers and depths that were rather unexpected with the bright pink cover (a cover that makes me shout "jazz hands!" for some unknown reason). Lurie was smart in her choices of pop references (it is continually disturbing to me that we still know John Travolta) as those of us who never experienced the 70's (yep, me) will either know the references anyway, or won't need to.

Fans of The Wednesday Wars (um, prolly more of the girl fans. But there's MOBSTERS! if you are good and focus on that, I bet you could get boys to pick it up despite the pinkness) will love this.

My Bff

My Bff. I'm so proud of her.

Isn't she a good writer?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I feel a wee bit bad about this one...

I should have written about it...months ago (sadly, many months). We (the Poster Girlz) requested copies from the publisher because we were considering it as a featured book for Reader Girlz. Successfully, I might add, as Miss Spitfire is December's featured book for their theme of GIVE. In fact, early readers of this post would be well off to notice that Sarah Miller will be at the Reader Girlz Myspace Forum tonight chatting about her novel and about being a writer in general (and hopefully about novel #2). I plan on being there; 7pm PST/ 10pm EST. I've a couple questions for her that I'm DYING to ask... :) It'll be fun, you should totally come!

ANYWAY. Clearly, I liked the title as I nominated it for the Middle Grade Cybil Award. It is to me 2007's Hattie Big Sky. Furthermore, I've made my mother read it and buy it for her libraries. Always a sign of quality. Supposedly. At least, I like to think it is...just my word, though. Miss Spitfire is beautiful historical fiction that works for all ages. I feel confident giving it to kids and adults alike. In fact, I was recommending the book before I was done reading it, I liked it so much!

Enough babbling. I'll get to the point.

You know the story of Helen Keller learning to communicate from Annie Sullivan. You guys are so savvy, you probably knew more than I did going in. What Miller does here is tell this familiar tale from a perspective far more novel: Annie's. Relying on impeccable research, and starting each chapter out with a relevant quote from actual Sullivan correspondence, Miller imagines what this most famous teacher went through to communicate with her pupil. It's an engrossing read that honestly evokes the frustrations and triumphs of the heroine. You just can't help but feel connected to Annie while reading.

Funny/embarrassing story (depending on who you are. Namely, not me): I was so enamored upon starting Miss Spitfire I quickly and effusively emailed the author saying how amazed I was that the same author who wrote Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn wrote the lovely gem that is Miss Spitfire. About a half hour later... I wrote back apologizing for being a bad librarian and not checking my facts before emailing, as that book was written by an entirely different Sarah Miller... She seemed to take it well...I was, as you can imagine, rather mortified...It was the first time I'd ever written an author just to say how much I liked their book. Not a great start.

Oh, and just so you know, I'm only a little biased about Michigan writers. ;) There's another I'm going to join the choirs to praise soon. I bet you can guess who... lol

Sunday, December 09, 2007

More than TWICE as many votes.


I don't know if it's just the virtual circles I run in, but it seemed to me that few books this year were met with the anticipation that Jay Asher's debut effort drummed up prior to its publication. Now, partially, I'm sure, this is because Asher is One Of Us out here in the kidlitosphere, but not entirely. Not entirely at all. Thirteen Reasons Why is, like Chris Crutcher said in his cover blurb, clever and suspenseful.

The basic (remember, clever) premise is that a teen boy receives a package containing cassette tapes from a classmate. The catch is that this classmate? She committed suicide and these tapes contain 13 reasons why she ended her life. One side per person who did her wrong.

Um. Holy crap, right? Like, can you just imagine? And here we've got poor, bewildered Clay frantically trying to figure out how he could possibly have ended up on the tapes when all he did was have a huge crush on Hannah and make out with her the one time. Meanwhile, Hannah's life unravels via audio diary as she enumerates each step, each person, each painful misconception.

And we get to go along on the... kind of appalling ride.

The funny thing is that really? Hannah isn't that likable a person. She's CLEARLY been wronged. The people on those tapes were not nice or fair to her. But Hannah, in what amounts to her revenge, doesn't really come off any better. It's painful, really painful to read. You have to love the sass and spunk of the girl, but you have to question her desire for spite; her need to give back the pain she receive; the compulsion to make sure the people she blames for her suicide know that they had a hand in it. Wow. Heavy stuff. And yet Asher is able to bring into Hannah's voice a wryness that amuses as it shocks.

Hannah actually kinda hijacks the novel. Ostensibly, it's about Clay, it's through his experience that we see Hannah, outside from her own presentation, but it's her novel, her story. Clay's just the vehicle. She's driving the car, and she's running over a lot of people on her way off the bridge. Clay is able to tell us how much debris is left behind.

This would be a great title for book clubs. Lots and lots to talk about, and such a quick read - if only because like Clay, who can't stop listening, we just can't stop reading.

Other thoughts:
Tea Cozy
Outside a Cat
Jen Robinson

Sunday, December 02, 2007

*drags feet*

Vhat? You vant I should blog?

Did you see that list? That's 123 titles! Do you think I have time to blog?

ok. fine. you win. but it won't be tonight.

sigh.

At least you know I'm alive. Prove that you are:




Saturday, November 24, 2007

And the Nominees Are:

Here they are. One hundred and twenty three titles. Your YA Cybils nominees:

68 Knots
written by Evans, Michael Robert
Tanglewood Press
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A is for Angst
written by Haworth-Attard, Barbara
Harper Collins Canada
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A Swift Pure Cry
written by Dowd, Siobhan
David Fickling
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Reviews: Stacy, Anne


Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The
written by Alexie, Sherman
Little, Brown
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Reviews: Becky, Stacy, Jackie's Interview

Angels on Sunset Boulevard
written by de la Cruz, Melissa
Simon & Schuster
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Another Kind of Cowboy
written by Juby, Susan
HarperTeen
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Back Talk
written by Richards, Alex
Flux
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Bad Girls Club
written by Gregerson, Judy
Blooming Tree Press
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Beauty Shop for Rent
written by Bowers, Laura
Harcourt
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Reviews: Jackie, Becky


Before I Die
written by Downham, Jenny
David Fickling
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Reviews: Becky


Before, After, and Somebody In Between
written by Garsee, Jeannine
Bloomsbury
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Reviews: Becky


Beige
written by Castellucci, Cecil
Candlewick
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Reviews: Becky, Stacy


Big Slick
written by Luper, Eric
FSG
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Billie Standish Was Here
written by Crocker, Nancy
Simon & Schuster
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Blood Brothers
written by Harazin, S.A.
Delacorte
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Reviews: Charlotte


Bloom
written by Scott, Elizabeth
Simon Pulse
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Reviews: Becky, Becky's Interview


Boy Toy
written by Lyga, Barry
Houghton Mifflin
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Reviews: Becky


Boys Next Door, The
written by Echols, Jennifer
Simon Pulse
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Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds
written by Lurie, April
Delacorte
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Candy in Action
written by Roth, Matthue
SoftSkull Press
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Carpe Diem
written by Cornwell, Autumn
Feiwel and Friends
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Reviews: Trisha, Trisha's Interview


Cassandra's Sister
written by Bennett, Veronica
Candlewick
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Circle the Truth
written by Schmatz, Pat
Carolrhoda
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Converting Kate
written by Weinheimer, Beckie
Viking
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Crazy In Love
written by Mackall, Dandi Daley
Dutton
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Reviews: Becky


Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
written by Carter, Ally
Hyperion
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Cupcake
written by Cohn, Rachel
Simon & Schuster
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Cures for Heartbreak
written by Rabb, Margo
Delacorte
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Reviews: Jackie's Interview, Becky


Dawn and Dusk
written by Mead, Alice
FSG
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Deadline
written by Crutcher, Chris
HarperTeen
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Reviews: Jackie


Diamonds in the Shadow
written by Cooney, Caroline B
Delacorte
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Does My Head Look Big In This?
written by Abdel-Fattah, Randa
Orchard Books
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Reviews: Jackie, Becky


Don't Get it Twisted
written by Chase, Paula
Dafina
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Dramarama
written by Lockhart, E.
Hyperion
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Reviews: Jackie, Becky, Charlotte


Enter Three Witches
written by Cooney, Caroline B
Scholastic
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Reviews: Becky


Ethan, Suspended
written by Ehrenberg, Pamela
Eerdmans
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Reveiws: Charlotte


Evil Genius
written by Jinks, Catherine
Harcourt
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Reviews: Becky


Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
written by Brande, Robin
Knopf
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Finch Goes Wild
written by Janet Gingold
Windstorm Creative, Blue Works Division
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Freak Show
written by St. James, James
Dutton
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Freshman Focus
written by Sarratt, Carla
Outskirts
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Friends Unlikely
written by Alvis, Susan Smith
Amira Press
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Fringe Girl in Love
written by Frankel, Valerie
NAL Trade
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Get Well Soon
written by Halpern, Julie
Feiwel & Friends
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Reviews: Eisha


Girl At Sea
written by Johnson, Maureen
HarperTeen
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Glass
written by Hopkins, Ellen
Margaret K. McElderry
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Graffiti Girl
written by Parra, Kelly
MTV
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grl2grl: Short Fictions
written by Peters, Julie Anne
Little, Brown
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Reviews: Becky


Head Case
written by Aronson, Sarah
Roaring Brook
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Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
written by Mass, Wendy
Little, Brown
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High Spirits
written by Salerni, Dianne
iUniverse
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Holdup
written by Fields, Terri
Roaring Brook
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How to Get Suspended and Influence People
written by Selzer, Adam
Delacorte
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Reviews: Anne


How to Ruin My Teenage Life
written by Elkeles, Simone
Flux
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Hunter's Heart
written by Green, Julia
Carolrhoda Books
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In Search of Mockingbird
written by Ellsworth, Loretta
Henry Holt
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Reviews: Becky


In the Name of God
written by Jolin, Paula
Roaring Brook
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Inner Circle
written by Brian, Kate
Simon Pulse
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It's Not About the Accent
written by Ferrer, Caridad
MTV
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Kiss & Blog
written by Noel, Alyson
St. Martin's
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Reviews: Charlotte


Leaving Paradise
written by Elkeles, Simone
Flux
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Reviews: Trisha


Lemonade Mouth
written by Hughes, Mark Peter
Delacorte
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Reviews: Charlotte


Lessons from a Dead Girl
written by Knowles, Jo
Candlewick
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Lion Hunter
written by Wein, Elizabeth
Viking
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Long May She Reign
written by White, Ellen Emerson
Feiwel & Friends
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Reviews: Trisha


Love, Stargirl
written by Spinelli, Jerry
Knopf
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
written by Zevin, Gabrielle
FSG
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Reviews: Eisha


Mistik Lake
written by Brooks, Martha
FSG
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Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List
written by Cohn, Rachel & David Levithan
Knopf
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Reviews: Anne


Nature of Jade, The
written by Caletti, Deb
Simon & Schuster
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Notes on a Near-Life Experience
written by Olivia Birdsall
Delacorte
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Reviews: Becky


Off Season, The
written by Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
Houghton Mifflin
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Reviews: Becky


One Day this Pain Will Be Useful to You
written by Cameron, Peter
FSG
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Or Not
written by Mandabach, Brian
Flux
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Other Half of Me, The
written by Franklin, Emily
Random House
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Outside the Box
written by Allosso, Dan
iUniverse
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Pants on Fire
written by Cabot, Meg
HarperTeen
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Parrotfish
written by Wittlinger, Ellen
Simon & Schuster
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Reveiws: Stacy


Peak
written by Smith, Roland
Harcourt
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Reviews: Charlotte


Poison Apples, The
written by Archer, Lily
Feiwel and Friends
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Porcupine
written by Tilly, Meg
Tundra
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Prime Choice
written by Moore, Stephanie Perry
Dafina
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Princess on the Brink
written by Cabot, Meg
HarperTeen
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Quad
written by Watson, Carrie Gordon
Razorbill
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Reviews: Becky, Becky's Interview


Quaking
written by Erskine, Kathryn
Philomel
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Rat Life
written by Arnold, Tedd
Dial (Penguin)
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Reviews: Anne


Red Glass
written by Resau, Laura
Random
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Reviews: Charlotte


Red Moon at Sharpsburg
written by Wells, Rosemary
Viking
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Remembering Raquel
written by Vande Velde, Vivian
Harcourt
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Reviews: Charlotte


Revenge of the Homecoming Queen
written by Hale, Stephanie
Berkley Trade
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Reviews: Trisha


Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
written by Compestine, Ying Chang
Henry Holt
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Right Behind You
written by Giles, Gail
Little, Brown
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Rubber Houses
written by Yeomans, Ellen
Little, Brown
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Saving Zoe
written by Noel, Alyson
St. Martin's Griffin
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Shark Girl
written by Bingham, Kelly
Candlewick
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Slam
written by Hornby, Nick
Putnam
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Reviews: Anne


Snitch
written by van Diepen, Allison
Simon Pulse
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So Not the Drama
written by Chase, Paula
Dafina
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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
written by Cameron, Peter
FSG
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Reviews: Eisha


Something Rotten
written by Gratz, Alan
Dial
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Reviews: Jackie, Jackie's Interview


Song of the Sparrow
written by Sandell, Lisa Ann
Scholastic
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Reviews: Becky, Jackie's Interview


Spell Book of Listen Taylor
written by Moriarty, Jaclyn
Arthur A. Levine
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Reviews: Jackie


Split Screen
written by Hartinger, Brent
HarperTeen
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Reviews: Jackie's Interview


Story of a Girl
written by Zarr, Sara
Little, Brown
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Reviews: Jackie's Interview


Strange Relations
written by Levitin, Sonia
Knopf
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Such a Pretty Girl
written by Wiess, Laura
MTV
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Reviews: Jackie


Tamar
written by Peet, Mal
Candlewick
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Reviews: Jackie, Becky


Thirteen Reasons Why
written by Asher, Jay
Razorbill
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Reviews: Becky


This is What I Did
written by Ellis, Ann Dee
Little, Brown
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Tin Angel
written by Cowan, Shannon
Lobster Press
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Tips on Having a Gay (ex)Boyfriend
written by Jones, Carrie
Flux
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Reviews: Charlotte, Becky


Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress
written by Ferraro, Tina
Delacorte
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Reviews: Becky, Trisha

Total Constant Order
written by Chappell, Crissa-jean
HarperTeen
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Touching Snow
written by Felin, M. Sindy
Atheneum
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Twisted
written by Anderson, Laurie Halse
Viking
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Reviews: Jackie


Under the Banyan Tree
written by De Palma, Toni
Holiday House
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Undercover
written by Kephart, Beth
HarperTeen
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Walking on Glass
written by Fullerton, Alma
HarperTeen
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Reviews: Charlotte


We are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah
written by Rosenbloom, Fiona
Hyperion
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Wednesday Wars, The
written by Schmidt, Gary D.
Clarion
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Reviews: Becky, Stacy


White Darkness, The
written by Mccaughrean, Geraldine
HarperTeen
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Reviews: Becky


Wonders of the World
written by Yansky, Brian
Flux
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Zen and the Art of Faking It
written by Sonnenblick, Jordan
Scholastic
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Reviews: Becky


Check out full lists of the nominees in other categories:

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Graphic Novels
Middle Grade Fiction
MG/YA Non-Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Poetry
Non-Fiction Picture Books (link coming!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

You Can't Stay Here!


This is it, guys. The end of the road. You need to get over to that Cybils Blog and nominate your favorite 2007 books, like, now. Dithering is done. You haven't any more time to dawdle. Check the YA list (here or here) and find those fab books that haven't gotten the nom. I can think of several - but I can only submit one... But so can you... And you've got until Midnight Central Time to do it. SO GO NOMINATE!!

Books For Your BFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Give the World, Gift a Book: Readergirlz Celebrates the Holidays with Best Books for Your BFF


In celebration of the holidays and girlfriends, the critically-acclaimed online book community, readergirlz, has launched a collection of sassy shopping lists of YA literature for teen readers and their best friends.

Seattle, WA – November 23, 2007 – Give your girlfriends the world this holiday season; give them a book chosen especially for them. Readergirlz—the pre-eminent book community for teen girls—has literally bookmarked those exact books to make holiday shopping easy and soulful this year.

Readergirlz has partnered with one of America’s leading children’s bookstores and its own advisory council of children’s lit bloggers, the postergirlz, to create ten sassy shopping lists for avid teen readers: Best Books for Your BFF. The ten collectible bookmarks feature YA novels both to encourage teens to give books to their best friends this holiday season and to read beyond the bestseller lists.

“Why give a book for a gift?” asks René Kirkpatrick, book buyer for the acclaimed All for Kids Books in Seattle. “Whole worlds are held in a pair of hands: a flat package filled with lives and words, bursting with surprise and ideas. That’s why a book will always be the perfect gift. And these readergirlz bookmarks will be immensely helpful for teens who might not know which book to choose.”

Each of the bookmarks is designed for a specific personality, making Best Books for Your BFF an easy way for book-loving teens to find the perfect novel for even their most well-read friends on their holiday list. For The Girl Who Saves Her Neck for Edward, Jackie Parker, the prominent blogger of interactivereader.blogspot.com and a member of the postergirlz, selected of A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, and Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. For The Girl Who Dances in Glass Slippers, readergirlz diva and author Dia Calhoun chose Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

"Every one of the recommenders of Best Books for Your BFF made a concerted effort to craft eclectic lists, featuring some underground and overlooked YA novels alongside classics and non-fiction work. Armed with these lists, not only will teens find that perfect read for their favorite reader, but they’ll learn about books they may never have heard about otherwise," says Dia.

To discover more about this literacy project or to download the readergirlz Best Books for Your BFF bookmarks, please check www.readergirlz.com.

About readergirlz: Started by four award-winning YA authors—Dia Calhoun (The Return of Light: A Christmas Tale), Janet Lee Carey (Dragon’s Keep), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe) and Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard)—readergirlz has quickly become one of the foremost online book communities for teen girls. To promote teen literacy and gutsiness in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month as well as spearheads innovative literacy initiatives, such as October’s 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens. For more information about readergirlz, please visit www.readergirlz.com and www.myspace.com/readergirlz, or contact divas@readergirlz.com

Contact:
Justina Chen Headley, readergirlz co-founder and author
divas@readergirlz.com


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Um...am I prominent? When did I get prominent? *shrinks back slowly and darts furtive glances as though people are looking at her* Dia's right about the concerted effort though, I agonized over my selections. I hemmed... and I hawed... I waited, irritatingly, I'm sure, until the very last moment to turn them in. I mean? THREE? You limit me to THREE?! 'Sides, ain't nothin' gonna be loved as much as Stephenie Meyer. But hey, they have got to read something in the meantime, right?

Your YA Cybils Nominations Thus Far:

Hurry now. You've just got until Wednesday, November 21st at midnight, Central Time, to get your favorite 2007 titles nominated for The Cybils. If you don't see your favorite 2007 title for Young Adults on the list, hightail thyself over to the category and nominate it! Take a look at the other categories while you're at it!

I've linked to nominating panelist reviews, or interviews, as I had them. By no means are they exhaustive, and please remember that one panelist's opinion or review will not reflect deliberations (deliberations that haven't even begun yet, I might add) of the group. I'll update this periodically, as more reviews - AND TITLES - come in!

68 Knots
by Evans, Michael Robert
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
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A is for Angst
by Haworth-Attard, Barbara
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
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A Swift Pure Cry
by Dowd, Siobhan
Publisher: David Fickling
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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The
by Alexie, Sherman
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Another Kind of Cowboy
by Juby, Susan
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Bad Girls Club
by Gregerson, Judy
Publisher: Blooming Tree Press
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Beauty Shop for Rent
by Bowers, Laura
Publisher: Harcourt
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Before I Die
by Downham, Jenny
Publisher: David Fickling
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Before, After, and Somebody In Between
by Garsee, Jeannine
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Beige
by Castellucci, Cecil
Publisher: Candlewick
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Big Slick
by Luper, Eric
Publisher: FSG
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Billie Standish Was Here
by Crocker, Nancy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Blood Brothers
by Harazin, S.A.
Publisher: Delacorte
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Reviews: Charlotte

Bloom
by Scott, Elizabeth
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Boy Toy
by Lyga, Barry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Boys Next Door, The
by Echols, Jennifer
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds
by Lurie, April
Publisher: Delacorte
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Candy in Action
by Roth, Matthue
Publisher: SoftSkull Press
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Carpe Diem
by Cornwell, Autumn
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
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Cassandra's Sister
by Bennett, Veronica
Publisher: Candlewick
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Circle the Truth
by Schmatz, Pat
Publisher: Carolrhoda
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Converting Kate
by Weinheimer, Beckie
Publisher: Viking
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Crazy In Love
by Mackall, Dandi Daley
Publisher: Dutton
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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
by Carter, Ally
Publisher: Hyperion
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Cupcake
by Cohn, Rachel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Cures for Heartbreak
by Rabb, Margo
Publisher: Delacorte
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Dawn and Dusk
by Mead, Alice
Publisher: FSG
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Deadline
by Crutcher, Chris
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Diamonds in the Shadow
by Cooney, Caroline B
Publisher: Delacorte
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Does My Head Look Big In This?
by Abdel-Fattah, Randa
Publisher: Orchard Books
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Don't Get it Twisted
by Chase, Paula
Publisher: Dafina
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Dramarama
by Lockhart, E.
Publisher: Hyperion
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Enter Three Witches
by Cooney, Caroline B
Publisher: Scholastic
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Reviews: Becky

Ethan, Suspended
by Ehrenberg, Pamela
Publisher: Eerdmans
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Reviews: Charlotte

Evil Genius
by Jinks, Catherine
Publisher: Harcourt
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Reviews: Becky,

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
by Brande, Robin
Publisher: Knopf
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Finch Goes Wild
by Janet Gingold
Publisher: Windstorm Creative, Blue Works Division
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Freak Show
by St. James, James
Publisher: Dutton
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Freshman Focus
by Sarratt, Carla
Publisher: Outskirts
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Friends Unlikely
by Alvis, Susan Smith
Publisher: Amira Press
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Fringe Girl in Love
by Frankel, Valerie
Publisher: NAL Trade
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Get Well Soon
by Halpern, Julie
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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Reviews: Eisha

Girl At Sea
by Johnson, Maureen
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Glass
by Hopkins, Ellen
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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Graffiti Girl
by Parra, Kelly
Publisher: MTV
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grl2grl: Short Fictions
by Peters, Julie Anne
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Reviews: Becky,

Head Case
by Aronson, Sarah
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
by Mass, Wendy
Publisher: Little, Brown
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High Spirits
by Salerni, Dianne
Publisher: iUniverse
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How to Get Suspended and Influence People
by Selzer, Adam
Publisher: Delacorte
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Reviews: Anne

How to Ruin My Teenage Life
by Elkeles, Simone
Publisher: Flux
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Hunter's Heart
by Green, Julia
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
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In Search of Mockingbird
by Ellsworth, Loretta
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Reviews: Becky,

In the Name of God
by Jolin, Paula
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Inner Circle
by Brian, Kate
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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It's Not About the Accent
by Ferrer, Caridad
Publisher: MTV
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Kiss & Blog
by Noel, Alyson
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Leaving Paradise
by Elkeles, Simone
Publisher: Flux
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Reviews: Trisha

Lemonade Mouth
by Hughes, Mark Peter
Publisher: Delacorte
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Reviews: Charlotte

Lessons from a Dead Girl
by Knowles, Jo
Publisher: Candlewick
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Lion Hunter
by Wein, Elizabeth
Publisher: Viking
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Long May She Reign
by White, Ellen Emerson
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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Reviews: Trisha

Love, Stargirl
by Spinelli, Jerry
Publisher: Knopf
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Zevin, Gabrielle
Publisher: FSG
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Reviews: Eisha

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List
by Cohn, Rachel & David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf
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Reviews: Anne

Nature of Jade, The
by Caletti, Deb
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Notes on a Near-Life Experience
by Olivia Birdsall
Publisher: Delacorte
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One Day this Pain Will Be Useful to You
by Cameron, Peter
Publisher: FSG
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Or Not
by Mandabach, Brian
Publisher: Flux
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Other Half of Me, The
by Franklin, Emily
Publisher: Random House
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Outside the Box
by Allosso, Dan
Publisher: iUniverse
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Pants on Fire
by Cabot, Meg
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Parrotfish
by Wittlinger, Ellen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Reviews: Stacy

Peak
by Smith, Roland
Publisher: Harcourt
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Poison Apples, The
by Archer, Lily
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Porcupine
by Tilly, Meg
Publisher: Tundra
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Prime Choice
by Moore, Stephanie Perry
Publisher: Dafina
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Princess on the Brink
by Cabot, Meg
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Quad
by Watson, Carrie Gordon
Publisher: Razorbill
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Quaking
by Erskine, Kathryn
Publisher: Philomel
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Rat Life
by Arnold, Tedd
Publisher: Dial (Penguin)
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Reviews: Anne

Red Glass
by Resau, Laura
Publisher: Random
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Reviews: Charlotte

Red Moon at Sharpsburg
by Wells, Rosemary
Publisher: Viking
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Remembering Raquel
by Vande Velde, Vivian
Publisher: Harcourt
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Revenge of the Homecoming Queen
by Hale, Stephanie
Publisher: Berkley Trade
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Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
by Compestine, Ying Chang
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Rubber Houses
by Yeomans, Ellen
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Saving Zoe
by Noel, Alyson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Shark Girl
by Bingham, Kelly
Publisher: Candlewick
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Slam
by Hornby, Nick
Publisher: Putnam
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So Not the Drama
by Chase, Paula
Publisher: Dafina
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Song of the Sparrow
by Sandell, Lisa Ann
Publisher: Scholastic
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Spell Book of Listen Taylor
by Moriarty, Jaclyn
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
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Split Screen
by Hartinger, Brent
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Story of a Girl
by Zarr, Sara
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Strange Relations

by Levitin, Sonia
Publisher: Knopf
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Such a Pretty Girl

by Wiess, Laura
Publisher: MTV
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Tamar
by Peet, Mal
Publisher: Candlewick
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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Asher, Jay
Publisher: Razorbill
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This is What I Did
by Ellis, Ann Dee
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Tin Angel
by Cowan, Shannon
Publisher: Lobster Press
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Tips on Having a Gay (ex)Boyfriend
by Jones, Carrie
Publisher: Flux
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Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress
by Ferraro, Tina
Publisher: Delacorte
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Total Constant Order
by Chappell, Crissa-jean
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Touching Snow
by Felin, M. Sindy
Publisher: Atheneum
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Twisted
by Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher: Viking
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Under the Banyan Tree
by De Palma, Toni
Publisher: Holiday House
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Undercover
by Kephart, Beth
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Walking on Glass
by Fullerton, Alma
Publisher: HarperTeen
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We are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah
by Rosenbloom, Fiona
Publisher: Hyperion
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Wednesday Wars, The
by Schmidt, Gary D.
Publisher: Clarion
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White Darkness, The
by Mccaughrean, Geraldine
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Wonders of the World
by Yansky, Brian
Publisher: Flux
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Zen and the Art of Faking It
by Sonnenblick, Jordan
Publisher: Scholastic
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