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Archive for October 14th, 2008

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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