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Go Bibliophiles!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on May 4, 2009

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Blatant Bibliophiles book drive. We had over 500 books donated to the Canton Family Violence Center. Meghan F.’s mom took these books to the shelter last week where they are starting a new library for the children and teens who are there with their families while they are unable to be in their regular homes due to violent situations. This is a truly wonderful thing you have done in helping these families. The winners of the Barnes & Noble gift cards were Falyn T., who donated the most books, and Marlize S. and Paul B. who were winners in our random drawing. I would especially like to thank those who donated: Megan B., Paul B. (who donated 69 books), Emilie Ko. (who donated 75 books!), Marlize S. (who donated 49 books), Alex D., Haley P., Mrs. Shearer, Eli C., Sabrina G., Ashley J., Mrs. Shugart, Katie B., Falyn T., Tim D., Jessica H., Danielle C., Paige A., Kasey W., Sarah D., Alisha O. (who donated 49 books), and teen author Melissa Walker. Our book drive was featured this weekend on the readergirlz blog as part of their coverage of Teen Book Drop 2009.  You can read about it us at http://readergirlz.blogspot.com/2009/05/yay-for-blatant-bibliophiles.html. Your generosity was truly amazing! Thanks, guys!

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Have YOU Rocked the Drop?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 15, 2009

Operation Teen Book Drop

Don’t forget that we are Rockin’ the Drop with the Readergirlz , YALSA, and GuysLitWire by bringing in our gently used children’s and teen books to donate to the Family Violence Center. Tomorrow, April 16, is Teen Literature Day, but we are extending the donation day through Friday, April 17. We even got books yesterday donated by readergirlz diva Melissa Walker! Please clean out your closets and bookshelves TODAY and bring in your books tomorrow or Friday. We have candy (!) and we are giving away two Barnes and Noble gift cards. One to the person who donates the most books and one to a person whose name is drawn randomly from all donors. If you have donated books already and I did not take your picture, please come back in and remind me to snap a pic to send to readergirlz. Oh, and by the way, as of this minute we have 407 books donated so far! No, wait. Falyn just came in with three boxes FULL of books, about 200 more books!!!!!! Hooray! But bring in more books, please, the Family Violence Center is counting on us!

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Help Us Help!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 25, 2009

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Please bring your gently used children’s and young adult books to the media center for the Blatant Bibliophile book drive for the Canton Family Violence Center. This is a change from our original post–originally we thought we wanted women’s books only, but we now have learned that the center needs books for kids from birth through high school because they are trying to establish a library for the children of the families who seek shelter there. We will give free candy to all students bringing in a book for our drive, and will award a Barnes & Noble gift card to the student bringing in the most books. We will also have a drawing among all students bringing in books for our drive for another Barnes & Noble gift card. Students will be entered into the drawing one time for each book they donate to the drive. Please give your books to Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Beasley and be sure to add your name to the list for the drawing. The book drive will be held from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 17.

Operation Teen Book Drop, sponsored by our friends at readergirlz, YALSA, and GuysLit Wire, is being held on Teen Literature Day, April 16, so this is our contribution to the effort. This annual event asks teens to leave a book in a public place. This year, these three groups have worked with teen book publishers to provide over 8,000 new young adult novels, audiobooks, and graphic novels to teens in pediatric hospitals. You can go to the readergirlz site to download book plates to insert in your donated books if you would like.

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What’s New at readergirlz for March?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 3, 2009

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This month’s readergirlz featured author is Mary E. Pearson. Her featured book? The Adoration of Jenna Fox. What’s it about? It’s about Jenna’s search for her own identity after she wakes up from a coma and can’t remember who she is. She can’t even remember the people who say they are her parents. Are they, or aren’t they? They seem very bizarre, as does everything else about her life. Join Jenna as she tries desperately to unlock the secrets of who she was and who she has become.

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Visit readergirlz to find out more about author Mary E. Pearson, Operation Teen Book Drop, which is coming in April, and how you can learn to write powerful and professional political letters and then visit www.congress.org to let your voice be heard.

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Because Guys Are Readers, Too

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009

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You know I’m always posting about readergirlz, one of our favorite sites, because they are so great at promoting fun reading, celebrating strong girls, and inspiring girls to make their own history. But today when I was reading a blog post by one of the readergirlz founding divas, Justina Chen Headley, I was reminded that sometimes I forget to remind you about some of the great websites that promote reading for our guys, like Guys Lit Wire and GuysRead.

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GuysRead is a great website by author Jon Scieszka. You know Jon, the author of The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and other great books you’ve been loving since you were a little kid. You can go to the site and find great guy books for guys of all ages, and even books for adults based on your most-beloved book, favorite author, or a topic of interest.

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GuysLitWire is a blog that reviews the kind of books that guys like to read. A post today reviewed Black and White by Paul Volponi, a great contemporary writer who really appeals to, well, you guessed it, guys. So, with apologies for ignoring all you guys out there, please forgive me, and check out these two great sites. And, hey, don’t forget that a lot of the books reviewed on readergirlz are still great for guys, too!

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Escape with Secret Keeper!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 14, 2009

One of our favorite readergirlz, Mitali Perkins, has just published another great book. Secret Keeper was released to her eagerly-awaiting fansyesterday. Mitali was born in Calcutta, India and has lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York, Mexico, and California. She studied political science at Stanford and public police at U.C. Berkeley. She typically writes about strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures. Here’s a synopsis of the Secret Keeper from Mitali’s website, Fire Escape:

When her father leaves India to look for work in America, Asha Gupta, her older sister, Reet, and their mother must wait with Baba’s family in Calcutta. Asha’s solace is her rooftop hideaway, where she pours her heart out in her diary, and begins a clandestine friendship with Jay Sen, the boy next door. Then news arrives about Baba … and Asha must make a choice that will change their lives forever. PW says this book is “an intimate and absorbing drama … a moving portrait of a rebellious teen who relies on ingenuity rather than charm to prove her worth.”

You can also check out Mitali’s blog for more information. Secret Keeper should be arriving in the media center any day now for you to check out!

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Readergirlz Ready for December Fun!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 2, 2008

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This month, the readergirlz are welcoming one of Creekview’s favorite authors, Meg Cabot. who will be discussing her novel How to be Popular. They will also be joining Meg in celebrating the release of her tenth Princess Diaries novel, Forever Princess. Be sure to join the readergirlz and Meg at the rgz group forum to chat about all things princess and popular! In the spirit of the Holidays, the readergirlz will be giving away two swag bags during readergirlz LIVE! After you finish How to be Popular, curl up by the fireplace with one of these readergirlz recommendations:

A La Carte, by Tanita Davis
Fringe Girl in Love, by Valerie Frankel
Perfect You, by Elizabeth Scott
How Not to be Popular, by Jennifer Ziegler
Respect, a Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When your Line is Crossed, by Courtney Macavinta & Andrea Vander Pluym

 

Here’s a synopsis of How to be Popular from the readergirlz site:
How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot

Stephanie Landry’s been the least-popular girl in her class since a certain incident five years earlier. But this year, she has a secret weapon: An old book called How to Be Popular. All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book, and soon she’ll be partying with the It Crowd (including quarterback Mark Finley) instead of sitting on The Hill Saturday nights, stargazing with her nerdy best pal Becca, and even nerdier Jason (now kind of hot, but still).

Steph doesn’t realize that it’s easy to become popular. What isn’t so easy? Staying that way.

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Celebrate Native Heritage Month with the readergirlz Blog-o-Hunt!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 6, 2008

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Have you been to the new readergirlz blog? Well, if not, then you are missing out! They are having a cool contest for Native American Heritage Month. Go to the new blog to participate in their blog-o-hunt. There are six questions about Native American authors and their work. The first 25 people to submit the correct answers win bookmarks and readergirlz buttons. You can submit your questions via email to readergirlz@gmail.com with the subject line “rgz blog-o-hunt” by November 30, but remember, the sooner you submit, the better your chances of winning, because the first 25 people with the correct answers are the winners. The questions were submitted by Creekview favorite author Cynthia Leitich Smith, who is one of the featured Native American authors for the readergirlz observance of Native American Heritage Month. First, here are some blogs you can check out to find answers to the questions:
http://cynthialeitichsmith.com

http://www.josephbruchac.com/

http://www.fallsapart.com/smoke.html

http://www.joyharjo.com/

http://www.nativewiki.org/Richard_Van_Camp

And now for the questions:

1. Sherman Alexie wrote the screenplay for a movie that was a huge hit at the 1998 Sundance festival. What was it called?

2. What is Sherman’s recent, award-winning, YA novel that shares the life of a Native American male teen?

3. Where does Joseph Bruchac live?

4. Joy Harjo and Cynthia Leitich Smith are enrolled members of the same Nation. What is the name of the tribe?

5. What will Richard Van Camp’s next novel be called?

6. In addition to Moccasin Thunder, featuring Native authors, Lori M. Carlson also edited a YA anthology highlighting Latino voices. What was it called?

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Celebrate November with the readergirlz!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 3, 2008

The readergirlz divas began their website to celebrate gutsy girls in life and literature (Sorry, guys, we love you, too, but…there is no such thing as readerboyz; maybe we’ll have to look into that!) Since November is election month, the readergirlz are celebrating the power of their collective voices and asking us to join them with these events:
1. Their election pick: Long May She Reign, by Ellen Emerson White, a powerful and relevant novel that explores the life of a president’s daughter kidnapped by terrorists. Don’t forget to join the readergirlz for an online live chat in the readergirlz forum on November 18 at 9 PM, EDT.
2. Be sure to check out the readergirlz Voting Manifesta by readergirlz diva Mitali Perkins. Mitali has also written about politics in her book First Daughter: White House Rules. Her blog includes information about potention first daughters.
3. You can check out the readergirlz and their personal statements about voting on MySpace or on their new blog, or become their fan on Facebook.
4. Don’t forget that November is also Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Author Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize and Rain is Not My Indian Name, and author Joseph Bruchac, author of Sacajawea, will be featured on the readergirlz MySpace Forum on November 6 at 9 PM EDT.
5. Get ready for a blog scavenger hunt! More details to follow soon! Check the readergirlz website for details!

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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 http://readergirlz.blogspot.com/. You can also catch them on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Check out the readergirlz website for details.

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