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Welcome to New readergirlz Diva Melissa Walker

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 31, 2008

Our friends at readergirlz have a brand new diva. Author Melissa Walker, whose book Violet in Private was featured on readergirlz in August, just joined the website as its latest author diva. Other books in her Violet series include Violet on the Runway and Violet by Design. The series follows Violet through the ups and downs of the fashion world. If you can wait until May, you can read her next book, Lovestruck Summer. Sounds like a perfect beach read! Melissa is from New Zealand, where she attended an elite finishing school for girls. She earned a BA in English from Vassar and now lives in Brooklyn. She is a former ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. Watch for the Violet books in The Unquiet Library. Not only do the readergirlz have a great website, but now they have a brand new blog. Be sure to check it out at You can also catch them on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Check out the readergirlz website for details.

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Peach Bowl Books, Anyone?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 29, 2008

Are you trying to read the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Nominees, but you’re not sure if the media center has them in our collection? Or suppose we have books you’re looking for, but are they available right now? Well, you can click on this link to search the online catalog. You can type in the name of a specific book, or better yet, look for the entire list of nominees. To see the list, click on the link to Exit Destiny Quest, then click on Resource Lists, Public Lists, and then scroll down to click on Peach Book Nominees 2008-2009. To the extreme right of the list, you’ll be able to see if the book is checked “In” or “Out.” You can come by the media center to place a book on “hold” if you want us to reserve it for you. Then you can be the next person in line to check out your selected book. If you are participating in the Reading Bowl, I have lists of the books, along with summaries, to help you decide which book to read next. Here is the link to my Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl links again, if you want to find out more info, Reading Bowl participants.

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You Asked for It; You Got It–Trivia!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 28, 2008

The Blatant Bibliophiles will sponsor Trivia Friday on Friday, November 14 in the media center during 4th, 5th, and 6th lunches. Please see Mrs. Fleet, Mrs. Hamilton, or Mrs. Beasley to sign up your team. All teams must be registered by Monday, November 10 in order to participate. There is a limit of six students per team, and obviously all members must be in the same lunch. The winning groups will share the prize, which will be awarded to the winning team of each lunch period. Trivia will start promptly at 11:45, 12:45, and 1:45. This will give you fifteen minutes to run errands, hit the restroom, or pick up a lunch (which you can bring to the media center–or you can bring a brown bag lunch). We will also provide snacks! See a media center staff member for forms and get them back to the media center ASAP. And don’t forget, we love cool team names. But keep it school-appropriate.

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So You Think You Want to Be a Reading Bowl Star?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 22, 2008

So you’re interested in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, but you need more information! Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have bookmarked several places on my delicious website so that you can go to these sites and learn more about it. Click here to see what I have bookmarked. Be sure to let me know if you’re interested in participating. We have a great group of readers so far! You can also talk to Mr. Bradford. The most important thing is to start reading the books from the Georgia Peach Book Award list. If you can only go to two of the sites on the list, go to the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) Peach Book Award site, or to the Dekalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl site. Those are the two best sites for information. Please see my notes on the delicious page about things to look for on the GLMA site, such as the list of books and the “book talks.” The book talks can help you decide which books you are interested in reading. On the Dekalb County site, be sure to click on the “sample questions high school.” Here is a list of the books, along with a very brief summary and a link to the authors’ websites:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.Sherman Alexie. (2007). Little, Brown
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
Absolutely Positively Not David LaRochelle (2005).Arthur A. Levine Books
Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, “Playboy” pinup-displaying heterosexual.  
American Born Chinese . Gene Yang .(2006) .Roaring Brook Press
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.  
Boot Camp .Todd Strasser. (2007) Simon & Schuster Children’s Pub
After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents. br>
The Boyfriend List .E. Lockhart .(2006). Delacorte
Ruby Oliver, a moderately popular fifteen-year-old who has suddenly become a social pariah, begins seeing a psychiatrist and makes a list of all her past boyfriends in an attempt to understand where her life went wrong.  
Copper Sun . Sharon Draper .(2008). Simon Pulse
Two fifteen-year-old girls–one a slave and the other an indentured servant–escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida,a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.  
Epic .Conor Kostick .(2007) Viking Children’s
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families  
Gingerbread .Rachel Cohn.(2003) .Simon Pulse
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse’s problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.  
Impulse . Ellen Hopkins. (2007). Margaret K. McElderry Books
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.  
Keturah and Lord Death . Martine Leavitt .(2006). Boyds Mills Press
When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.  
Life As We Knew It .Susan Beth Pfeiffer. (2006). Harcourt
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.   
Notes From the Midnight Driver. Jordan Sonnenblick .(2007) .Scholastic PaperbacksAfter being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing,love, and forgiveness.  
Plain J.A.N.E.S. Cecil Castellucci .(2007). DC Comics
After a bombing in the city, Jane’s parents move to a suburb where she befriends three outcasts–all named Jane–and starts a group called People Loving Art in Neighborhoods, which tries to enrich their community with art but instead is viewed as a threat.  
Right Behind You Gail Giles .( 2007) .Little, Brown After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but has trouble fitting in and finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.  
Rucker Park Setup.Paul Volponi .(2007) .Viking Children’s
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.’s father and the police what really happened.  
Side Effects . Amy Goldman. Koss .(2006) St. Martin’s Press
Fourteen-year-old Isabella is a typical teenager. She is concerned with friends, school, and gaining weight until the fateful morning that she discovers the enlarged glands in her neck. With the subsequent diagnosis of stage-four Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she enters the netherworld of cancer./  
Sold. Patricia McCormick. (2006). Hyperion 
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.§ion_id=115/  
A Thousand Splendid Suns . Khaled Hosseini .(2007) .Penguin Group – Adult Division
A novel set against the three decades of Afghanistan’s history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban, which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their nineteen-year age difference and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common enemy: their abusive husband.  
Twisted . Laurie Halse Anderson .(2007). Viking Children’s
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again,he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.  
Uglies . Paul Westerfeld. (2005) .Simon Pulse
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn’t like.  

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Cybils 2008 Nominees

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 20, 2008

The 2008 Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’) Award Nominations are out. Lots of Creekview favs are (not surprisingly!) on the lists. Here are the lists for young adult fantasy and science fiction, YA graphic novels, YA fiction, and middle grade and YA non-fiction. Congratulations to Creekview favorites Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Eoin Colfer, Lauren Myracle, Stephenie Meyer, and Christopher Paolini in the fantasy and science fiction category. In the fiction category, congratulations go to our favorites Celia Rees, Rachel Vail, Paul Volponi, Ellen Hopkins, Coe Booth, Sarah Dessen, Rachel Cohn, Walter Dean Myers, Sara Zarr, An Na, Deb Caletti, Paula Yoo, and to E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle for their collaborative effort. E. Lockhart gets a special shoutout for her efforts because she got THREE NOMINATIONS!!!! A special shoutout also to readergirlz diva Justina Chen Headley who was also nominated and who promotes all these great writers along with all the other great divas on the readergirlz website.

2008 Nominations
Fantasy and Science Fiction (Young Adult)

Adoration of Jenna Fox
written by Mary E.  Pearson

written by Cliff  McNish
Lerner Publishing Group

written by Anne Osterlund
Penguin USA

written by Heather Tomlinson
Henry Holt

Battle of the Labyrinth
written by Rick  Riordan

Bewitching Season
written by Marissa Doyle
Henry Holt

written by Lauren Myracle
Abrams for Young Readers

Book of Names
written by D. Barkley Briggs
NavPress Publishing Group

Breaking Dawn
written by Stephanie Meyer
Little, Brown

written by Christopher Paolini
Random House Children’s Books

written by Robin McKinley
Penguin USA

Charm for a Unicorn
written by Jennifer Macaire
Calderwood Books

Cherry Heaven
written by L. J. Adlington

City in the Lake
written by Rachel Neumeier
Random House Children’s Books

City of Ashes
written by Cassandra  Clare
Simon & Schuster

Crimson Thread
written by Suzanne Weyn
Simon & Schuster

Curse Dark as Gold
written by Elizabeth C.  Bunce

Cybele’s Secret
written by Juliet Marillier
Knopf Books for Young Readers

written by Lauren McLaughlin
Random House Children’s Books

written by Stephanie Spinner
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Dead and the Gone
written by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Dead Girl Walking
written by Linda Singleton

Dead Is the New Black
written by Marlene Perez

written by Simon Holt
Little, Brown

written by Charles de Lint
Penguin USA

Dragon Heir, The
written by Cinda Williams Chima

Dream Girl
written by Lauren Mechling
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

written by Claudia Gray

written by Jenny Davidson

First Duty
written by Marva Dasef
Sam’s Dot Publishing

written by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon & Schuster

Generation Dead
written by Daniel Waters

Ghosts of Kerfol
written by Deborah Noyes
Candlewick Press

written by Kristin Cashore

How to Ditch Your Fairy
written by Justine Larbalestier
Bloomsbury USA

Humming of Numbers
written by Joni Sensel
Henry Holt

Hunger Games, The
written by Suzanne  Collins

written by Nancy Werlin
Penguin USA

Penguin USA

In the Company of Whispers
written by Sally Lowenstein
Lion Stone Books

Ink Exchange
written by Melissa Marr

Invisible Touch
written by Kelly  Parra

Knife of Never Letting Go
written by Patrick  Ness
Candlewick Press

Lament:The Faerie Queen’s Deception
written by Maggie Stiefvater

Last of the High Kings, The
written by Kate  Thompson

written by Tom Becker
Franklin Watts

Little Brother
written by Cory Doctorow

Lonely Werewolf Girl
written by Martin Millar
Soft Skull Press

Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
written by Michael Scott
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Masks Rise of Heroes
written by Haydon Thorne

Melting Stones
written by Tamora Pierce
Scholastic Press

written by Marilee Brothers
Bell Bridge

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
written by Nahoko Uehashi

Must Love Black
written by Kelly McClymer
Simon & Schuster

written by Terry Pratchett

Night Road
written by A. M. Jenkins

Night World No. 1 : Secret Vampire/Daughters of Darkness/Spellbinder
Simon & Schuster

Nobody’s Prize
written by Esther Friesner
Random House Children’s Books

written by William Nicholson

Oh. My. Gods.
written by Tera Lynn Childs
Penguin USA

Other Book
written by Philip Womack
Bloomsbury USA

written by Obert Skye
Shadow Mountain

Poison Ink
written by Christopher Golden
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Posse of Princesses
written by Sherwood Smith
Norilana Books

Princess Ben
written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Houghton Mifflin

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia
written by John  Flanagan
Penguin USA

Ratha’s Courage
written by Clare Bell
Imaginator Press

Red Necklace
written by Sally Gardner

written by Gemma Malley
Bloomsbury USA

written by Amanda Marrone
Simon & Schuster

written by Catherine Fisher
Hodder Children’s Books

Saving Juliet
written by Suzanne Selfors
Walker Books for Young Readers

Secret of Bailey’s Chase
written by Marlis Day
Echelon Press

Secrets of the Survivors
written by Mark L. Eastburn

Sky Inside
written by Clare Dunkle
Simon & Schuster

written by Kenneth Oppel
Harper Collins Canada

Stone Crown
written by Malcolm Walker

Stowaway: Stone of Tymora, Book I
written by R.A. Salvatore
and Geno Salvatore

Stranger to Command
written by Sherwood Smith
Norilana Books

Sucks to Be Me
written by Kimberly Pauley

Summoning, The
written by Kelly Armstrong

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
written by Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury USA

Swan Kingdom
written by Zoe Marriott
Candlewick Press

written by Carol Snow

Tender Morsels
written by Margo  Lanagan
Random House Children’s Books

Tim, Defender of the Earth
written by Sam Enthoven
Penguin USA

Time Paradox
written by Eoin Colfer

Treason in Eswy
written by K. V. Johansen
Orca Books

Twelve Kingdoms, Volume 2: Sea of Wind
written by Fuyumi Ono

Two Pearls of Wisdom
written by Alison Goodman

Untamed: A House of Night Novel
written by PC Cast
and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin

Vampire Academy: Frostbite
written by Richelle Mead
Penguin USA

written by Lisa McMann
Simon & Schuster

Wild Talent

Worldweavers: Spellspam
written by Alma Alexander

Zoe’s Tale
written by John Scalzi

Zombie Blondes
written by Brian James
Feiwel & Friends


2008 Nominations
Graphic Novels (Young Adult)

A Christmas Carol: Classical Comics
written by Charles Dickens
illustrated by Mike Collins
Classical Comics, Ltd

Apocalipstix vol. 1
written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes
and Cameron Stewart
Oni Press

Emiko Superstar
written by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Steve Ralston

Frankenstein: Classical Comics
written by Mary Shelley
illustrated by Declan Shalvey
Classical Comics, Ltd

Jane Eyre (Classical Comics)
written by Charlotte   Bronte
illustrated by John M.  Burns
edited by Amy  Corzine
Classical Comics, Ltd

Janes in Love
written by Cecil Castellucci
illustrated by Jim Rugg

Kin: Good Neighbors, book 1
written by Holly Black
illustrated by Ted Naifeh

Life Sucks
written by Jessica Abel
and Gabe Soria
illustrated by Warren Pleese
First Second Books

Macbeth (Classical Comics)
written by William Shakespeare
illustrated by Nigel  Dobbyn
and Gary  Erskine
and Jon Haward
edited by Karen Wenborn
Classical Comics, Ltd

Merchant of Venice
written by William Shakespeare
illustrated by Gareth Hinds
Candlewick Press

North World vol. 1: the epic of Conrad
written and illustrated by Lars Brown
Oni Press

Out of Picture 2: art from the outside looking in
written and illustrated by  Artists of OOP

Prince of Persia
written by Jordan Mechner
and A. B. Sina
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
and Alex Puvilland
First Second Books

Rapunzel’s Revenge
written by Shannon Hale
and Dean Hale
illustrated by Nathan Hale
Bloomsbury USA

Real, vol. 1
written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue
VIZ Media, LLC

Sand Chronicles, vol. 1
written and illustrated by Hinako Ashihara
VIZ Media, LLC

written and illustrated by Mariko Tamaki
and Jillian Tamaki
Groundwood Books

Spy Goddess, vol. 1: Chase for the Chalice
written by Rachel Brown
and Michael Spradlin
illustrated by Rainbow Buddy

The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher
written by Ruth Ellwand
written and illustrated by David Ellwand
Candlewick Press

The Savage
written by David Almond
illustrated by Dave McKean
Candlewick Press

The Twilight Zone: The After Hours
written by Mark Kneece
and Rod Serling
illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs
Walker Books for Young Readers

Thoreau at Walden
written by Henry David Thoreau
written and illustrated by John Porcellino

Three Shadows
written and illustrated by Cyril Pedrosa
First Second Books

Y the Last Man, vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores
written by Brian K. Vaughan
illustrated by Pia Guerra

2008 Nominations
Young Adult Novels

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
written by Valerie Zenatti
Bloomsbury USA

A La Carte
written by Tanita S. Davis
Random House Children’s Books

Absolute Brightness
written by James Lecesne

After Tupac and D Foster
written by Jacqueline Woodson
Putnam YA

Alive and Well in Prague, New York
written by Daphne Grab

Amor and Summer Secrets
written by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Kensington Publishing Corporation

Apprentice’s Masterpiece, The
written by Melanie Little
Annick Press

Artichoke’s Heart
written by Suzanne Supplee
Penguin USA

Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II : The Kingdom on the Waves
written by M.T. Anderson
Candlewick Press

Audrey, Wait!
written by Robin Benway
Penguin USA

written by Anne Osterlund
Penguin USA

Bog Child
written by Siobhan Dowd
Random House Children’s Books

Box Out
written by John Coy

Boy Who Dared, The
written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Child of Dandelions
written by Shenaaz Nanji
Boyds Mills Press

Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls
edited by Deb Loughead
and Jocelyn Shipley
Sumach Press

Climbing the Stairs
written by Padma Venkatraman
Penguin USA

Comeback Season, The
written by Jennifer E. Smith
Simon & Schuster

Crossing the Line
written by Dianne Bates
Hybrid Publishers

Cruel Summer
written by Alyson Noel

Daughter of War
written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ltd.

Day I Killed James, The
written by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Random House Children’s Books

Death of Jayson Porter, The
written by Jaime Adoff

Debbie Harry Sings in French
written by Meagan Brothers
Henry Holt

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The
written by E Lockhart

Dooley Takes the Fall
written by Norah McClintock
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ltd.

Down Sand Mountain
written by Steve Watkins
Candlewick Press

Down to the Bone
written by Mayra Lazara Dole

Empty Kingdom, The
written by Elizabeth E. Wein
Penguin USA

Everything You Want
written by Barbara Shoup

Fact of Life #31
written by Denise Vega
Random House Children’s Books

Fancy White Trash
written by Marjetta Geerling
Penguin USA

written by Laura Kasischke

Fold, The
written by An Na
Penguin USA

Forever Changes
written by Brendan Halpin
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Fortunes of Indigo Skye
written by Deb Caletti
Simon & Schuster

written by Anna Levine

Freeze Frame
written by Heidi Ayarbe

Getting the Girl
written by Susan Juby

Ghost Medicine
written by Andrew Smith
Feiwel & Friends

Ghost’s Child, The
written by Sonya Hartnett
Candlewick Press

Girl Overboard
written by Justina Chen Headley
Little, Brown

Girl, Hero
written by Carrie Jones

Give Me Truth
written by Bill Condon
Random House Australia

Good Enough
written by Paula Yoo

Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
written by Sherri L. Smith
Random House Children’s Books

House of Dance, The
written by Beth Kephart

House of Djinn, The
written by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

How Not to Be Popular
written by Jennifer Ziegler
Random House Children’s Books

How They Met, and Other Stories
written by David Levithan
Random House Children’s Books

How To Be Bad
written by E. Lockhart
and Sarah Mlynowski
and Lauren Myracle

How to Build a House
written by Dana Reinhardt
Random House Children’s Books

How to Hook a Hottie
written by Tina Ferraro
Random House Children’s Books

Hurricane Song
written by Paul Volponi
Penguin USA

I Am Apache
written by Tanya Landman
Candlewick Press

I Heart You, You Haunt Me
written by Lisa Schroeder
Simon & Schuster

I Kiss Girls
written by Gina Harris

I know It’s Over
written by C. K. Kelly Martin
Random House Children’s Books

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
written by Stephanie Kuehnert
Simon & Schuster

written by Ellen Hopkins
Simon & Schuster

In Ecstasy
written by Kate McCaffrey
Fremantle Press

Isabelle’s Boyfriend
written by Caroline Hickey
Henry Holt

Jellicoe Road
written by Melina Marchetta

Jump the Cracks
written by Stacy DeKeyser

Keeping the Night Watch
written by Hope Anita Smith
illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Henry Holt

written by Coe Booth

La Petite Four
written by Regina Scott
Penguin USA

Last Exit to Normal, The
written by Michael Harmon
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine, The
written by April Lurie
Random House Children’s Books

written by Laura Weiss

written by Alma Fullerton
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ltd.

Living Dead Girl
written by Elizabeth Scott
Simon & Schuster

Lock and Key
written by Sarah Dessen
Penguin USA

Locker Shock
written by Pamela Ripling

written by Madeleine George

Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)
written by Carrie Jones

Love and Lies: Marisol’s Story
written by Ellen Wittlinger
Simon & Schuster

Love Laws
written by Mary Muhammad

written by Rachel Vail

Lucky Ones, The
written by Stephanie Greene
Greenwillow Books

Lucky Place, The
written by Zu Vincent
Boyds Mills Press

written by Christina Meldrum
Random House Children’s Books

Me, the Missing, and the Dead
written by Jenny Valentine

Mexican WhiteBoy
written by Matt de la Peña
Random House Children’s Books

written by Pat Schmatz
illustrated by Bill Hauser
Lerner Publishing Group

My Life as a Rhombus
written by Varian Johnson

My Most Excellent Year
written by Steve Kluger
Penguin USA

My Mother Is a French Fry and Further Proof of My Fuzzed-Up Life
written by Colleen Sydor
Kids Can Press, Ltd

Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole
written by Micco Mann
Palmetto Bug Books (Lulu)

written by Scott Heydt
Helm Publishing

Opposite of Invisible, The
written by Liz Gallagher
Random House Children’s Books

Ordinary Me
written by June Sproat
The Wild Rose Press

Out of the Pocket
written by Bill Konigsberg
Penguin USA

Patron Saint of Butterflies, The
written by Cecilia Galante
Bloomsbury USA

Perfect Cover
written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Perfect You
written by Elizabeth Scott
Simon & Schuster

Play Me
written by Laura Ruby

Possibilities of Sainthood, The
written by Donna Freitas
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

written by Mary Jane Beaufrand
Little, Brown

Prom Kings and Drama Queens
written by Dorian Cirrone

written by Kathleen Benner Duble
Simon & Schuster

Redheaded Princess
written by Ann Rinaldi

Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial
written by Jen Bryant
Random House Children’s Books

Run Like Jager
written by Karen Bass
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ltd.

Screwed up Life of Charlie the Second, The
written by Drew Ferguson
Kensington Publishing Corporation

written by Craig Moodie
Henry Holt

Season of Ice
written by Diane Les Becquets
Bloomsbury USA

Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez, The
written by Alan Lawrence Sitome

Shape of Water, The
written by Anne Spollen

written by Jennifer Bradbury
Simon & Schuster

written by Lynn E. Hazen
Ten Speed Press

Sister Wife
written by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Orca Books

Sisters of Misery
written by Megan Kelley Hall
Kensington Publishing Corporation

Skin Deep
written by E. M. Crane
Bantam Books

written by Celia Rees
Bloomsbury USA

Split by a Kiss
written by Luisa Plaja
Corgi Childrens

Suite Scarlett
written by Maureen Johnson

Sunrise over Fallujah
written by Walter Dean Myers

written by Sara Zarr
Little, Brown

Swimming with the Sharks
written by Debbie Reed Fischer

Ten Cents a Dance
written by Christine Fletcher
Bloomsbury USA

That’s What’s Up!
written by Paula Chase

written by Monica Roe
Boyds Mills Press

They Called Me Red
written by Christina Kilbourne
Lobster Press

written by Gary D. Schmidt
Clarion Books

Twisted Sisters
written by Stephanie Hale
Penguin USA

written by Brooke Taylor
Walker Books for Young Readers

written by Michelle Baldini
and Lynn Biederman
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Violet in Private
written by Melissa Walker
Penguin USA

Voss: How I Come to America and Am Hero, Mostly
written by David Ives
Penguin USA

Weeping Under This Same Moon
written by Jana Laiz
Crow Flies Press

What Happens Here
written by Tara Altebrando
Simon & Schuster

Would You
written by Marthe Jocelyn
Wendy Lamb Books

Writing on the Wall, The
written by Wendy Lichtman

You Know Where to Find Me
written by Rachel Cohn
Simon & Schuster

2008 Nominations
Non-Fiction MG/YA Books

11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System
written by David Aguilar
National Geographic Children’s Books

Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan
written by Tony O’Brien
Bloomsbury USA

Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry
written by Scott Reynolds Nelson
National Geographic Children’s Books

Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself
written by Cynthia Light Brown
Nomad Press

Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers
written by Nancy Amanda  Redd
Gotham Books

Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You
written by Deborah Reber
Simon Pulse

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
written by Linda Sivertsen
Simon Pulse

George Washington Carver
written by Tonya Bolden
Abrams for Young Readers

Girls Inc. Presents: You’re Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self
written by Claire Mysko
Adams Media

Gotcha Covered: Everything You Need To Know About Your Period
written by Lisa McGuinness
Chronicle Books

Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World
written by Ken Beller
LTS Press

Hidden Letters
edited by Ian  Shine
and Deborah  Slier
Star Bright Books

Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia
written and illustrated by Ted  Lewin
and Betsy Lewin
Lee & Low Books, Inc.

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee
written by Charles Shields
Henry Holt

In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry
written by Carla Killough McClafferty
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution
written by Laurie Halse Anderson
illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Simon & Schuster

King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution
written by Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook

Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss
written by Danica McKellar
Hudson Street

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka
written by Jon Scieszka

Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered
written by Barry Denenberg
Feiwel & Friends

Lincoln Through the Lens
written by Martin Sandler
Walker Books for Young Readers

Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds
written and illustrated by Jeff Crosby
and Shelley Ann Jackson

written by Cheryl Diamond
Simon Pulse

Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes
written by Ellen Jackson
Houghton Mifflin

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
written by Susan Kuklin
Henry Holt

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers’ Children
written by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

One Hundred Young Americans
written by Michael Franzini
Collins Design

OUR FARM: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family Farm
written by Michael Rosen
Darby Creek

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out
Candlewick Press

Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin
written by Susanna Reich
Clarion Books

Physics: Why Matter Matters
written by Dan  Green

ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool: a year in an american high school
written by Elisha  Cooper

Science on the Loose: Amazing Activities and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe
written by Helaine Becker
Maple Tree Press

Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World
written by Jane Yolen

Sedimentary Rock
written by Rebecca Faulkner

Seize the Story
written by Victoria Hanley
Cottonwood Press

She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
written by Sally Hobart Alexander
Clarion Books

Snow Falling In Spring
written by Moying Li
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Steel Drumming at the Apollo: The Road to Super Top Dog
written by Marx Trish
Lee & Low Books, Inc.

Super Crocs and Monster Wings
written by Claire Eamer
Annick Press

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion
written and illustrated by Ben Boos
Candlewick Press

Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens
written by Marisa Weiss
Three Rivers Press

The Bite of the Mango
written by Mariatu Kamara
Annick Press

The Great Race:The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908
written by Gary Blackwood
Abrams for Young Readers

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
written by Candace Fleming
Schwartz and Wade Books

The Pocket Guide to Mischief
written by Bart King
Gibbs Smith

The Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce which Royal Rumors are True
written and illustrated by Carlyn Beccia
Houghton Mifflin

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West
written by Sid Fleischman
Collins Design

The Way We Work
written by David MacCaulay
Houghton Mifflin

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir
written by Cylin Busby
and John Busby
Bloomsbury USA

The Young Birder\’s Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
written by Bill Thompson
Houghton Mifflin

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
written by Nelson Kadir

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball
written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

What the World Eats
written by Peter Menzel
Tricycle Press

Who’s Haunting the White House?: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There
written by Jeff Belanger

Women of Granite: 25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know
written by Janet Buell
Apprentice Shop Books

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama
written by Garen Thomas
Feiwel & Friends

YUM: Your Ultimate Manual for Good Nutrition
written by Daina Kalnins
Lobster Press

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Kristen Reviews Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 16, 2008

Have you been to Kristen’s blog yet? She decided to create her own blog on WordPress and to write her book reviews there. She has a great review of Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot that will make you want to run out and read it ASAP. You know you love Meg Cabot. (BTW, did you see in the screenshot above from Meg’s website that Princess Diaries 10 is coming out January 6!!!!) You know Kristen knows books. And hey, it turns out she knows how to write. Who knew? So either click on the link above, or click on the link over on the right side of this blog and read Kristen’s review. Remember, if you leave a comment, don’t leave your last name. Some Internet perv might read it. Enter your email or it will go to Kristen’s spam. Kristen has to approve it before it appears on her blog, so your comment won’t show up right away. Remember you can also click on the tab at the top of the Bibliophile blog that says “Tell us what you’re reading!” (or something like that–I can’t see it right now because I’m posting!) and write your OWN reviews. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Favorite Bibliophile Authors Are National Book Award Nominees!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 15, 2008

The National Book Award nominees were announced today, and some Creekview favorite authors are on the Young People’s Literature list. Of course, there are also lists for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, but, who cares? We only care about our people! Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Grizzly favorites Speak and Twisted, was nominated for her new book Chains. E. Lockhart, author of this year’s Georgia Peach Book Award nominee, The Boyfriend List, in addition to other favs like Dramarama and The Boy Book, is another nominee for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Also nominated was Kathi Appelt for The Underneath (she’s the author of the great short story collection Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance). Judy Blundell was nominated for What I Saw and How I Lied. The final young adult author nominee was Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now. Tim’s other novels include Knights of the Hill Country and Falling Dark. The winners will be named on November 19.

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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Anyone?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 14, 2008

DCSS: Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl DeKalb County Schools via kwout

Did any of you Bibliophiles participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl when you were in elementary school or middle school? Have you read several of the Georgia Peach Book Award nominees? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then WE NEED YOU! We are trying to form a Reading Bowl team, and we need at least five members in order to compete. Each school in the county will have a team, and then there will be a competition among the county teams. The top two teams in the county will go on to compete in the district competition. From there, the winner will contend with other winners around the state in the state competition. You need to have read a minimum number of the twenty Georgia Peach Book Award nominees in order to participate in January. Dekalb County has a great website for the competition if you want to learn more, or check with Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Frost. Click here to see a PowerPoint of the 2008-2009 Peach Book Award nominees. The books are on display in the  media center if you are interested, so come by and check out one today. Or a few! Remember, if you want to leave a comment on this post or any other, just click on the title, then type your comment in the comment box, enter your first name only, plus your email address (which won’t be visible), then click on “Submit Comment.”

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Harper Teen presents PitchBlack!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 14, 2008

Pitch Black – Books with Bite via kwout

This is just the coolest Teen Read Week website EVER!!!!! HarperTeen, book publishers extraordinaire have created PitchBlack, which helps you select your favorite vampire books at the opening of a crypt door! Upon entering the site, you choose from one of three crypt doors. Just ask yourself: Are you a lover, a fighter, or a biter? So you think you’re a lover? The site recommends the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber. No, maybe you’re a fighter. Then you need to try the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. Or wait, maybe you’re a biter? Then check out the Vamps series by Nancy A. Collins. There’s also a quiz to help you decide which type of vamp you are. You can even pimp your coffin, because, as the website tell us, “just because you’re undead does not mean you have to be uncool!” There’s a list of Pitch Black Books with Bite tour events and even a sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive an iPod touch and a Pitch Black ten-book prize pack. Ten runners-up will receive the Pitch Black ten-book prize pack. Visit the website for rules and to enter the contest. Here’s a list of the books you can win:
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber
Vamps by Nancy A. Collins
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith
Mediator: The Twilight by Meg Cabot
Gone by Michael Grant
Switch by Carol Snow

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Booksie: A New Tool for Bookworms

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 14, 2008

Share Your Writing – free publishing, free stories, free poems, free novels via kwout

Sure you read, but can you write? Booksie is a website where you can publish and promote your own writing and where readers can access some of the best creative writing on the Internet, all neat and organized for easy browsing. According to the website, writers can:

  • Receive and respond to comments.
  • Post novels, short stories, poetry, articles, and more.
  • Track visits to their writing.
  • Make it onto the site’s Top 20 ranking lists.
  • Build and communicate with a fan-base.
  • Build a Booksie Profile Page.
  • Submit links to creative writing published elsewhere
  • Edit and remove your writing.
  • And readers can:

    • Become a fan and receive writer updates.
    • Comment and rate.
    • Serve as editors, determining which work receives more exposure on the homepage and the different genre publishing pages.
    • Communicate, interact, and support your favorite writers.

    The website is free and writers maintain ownership of their work and full rights. You can either publish directly to the site or link your writing from Booksie. There are lots of reasons to publish your writing on Booksie, including:

  • Control. As an author you have total control of your experience. You can remove your work whenever you want, delete innapropriate comments you receive, and monitor the number of visits and reads you get. You also retain full ownership of your work.
  • Flexibility. We give you tools to publish your work on the site or link to work published elsewhere. No other creative writing site on the Web does that.
  • Exposure. Booksie is visited by tens of thousands of readers a month eager to find interesting writing to read. The site also optimizes your work so that it is found by readers searching via the search engines – Google, Yahoo, etc.
  • Fun. Writers and readers on the site enjoy meeting on another, bondings over common likes, and inspiring each other to future literary endeavors.
  • Mission. Be a part of something bigger. Help us build the largest organized dbase of creative and literary writing in the world.
  • Free. Doing all of this is completely free.
  • So if your hobbies include writing as well as reading, consider giving Booksie a try!

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