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Drowning in Books

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 26, 2009

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OK, so what if I just posted this on my other blog. I liked it, so I’m posting it again. And those readers are not these readers.

Can books swim? Have they had lessons? Do they wear those little water wings? Should they? Well, what I do know about books is that they are fun, and you can take them with you to the beach or the pool, and make that experience even more fun. But did you know that you can borrow books from BookSwim just like you borrow videos from NetFlix, for a low, low monthly fee? And unlike those evil librarians who charge you late fees, (what? who would say such a thing about lovely librarians?) you can keep them for as long as you want without late charges. They have a fabuloso selection of contemporary books that you will actually want to read. You don’t even have to get out  of  your pjs to go to the library and check them out, or pay big bucks to buy them for yourself at the book store. You just pick out the books you want, add them to your “pool,” and then BookSwim mails them to you with no delivery charge, which is just about the nicest thing that can happen to a person these days. You read the books, and then BookSwim mails then back to you, again with no delivery charge.

And now you can even rent textbooks. College textbooks. Graduate school textbooks. For cheap, people. So, I’m working on my doctorate. The school I’m attending offers to sell me two books I need for something in the neighborhood of $150 each. I manage to find one at Barnes & Noble for $50. I just found it on BookSwim. I could have rented it from them for $28.60 for 90 days, the length of my class. I’m guessing they would have frowned upon my highlighting the pages, but to save that much money, I could have restrained myself. Another book for the same class was about the same price from a B&N used bookseller as it was to rent for ninety days from BookSwim (around $62 from each place) so it pays to shop around. At any rate, you can swim on over to BookSwim and see if you have been swimming in the right book pool.

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What Does Your Girlfriend Not Know?

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 16, 2008

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Are you a fan of Sonya Sones‘ fab books? Of course you are; we all are! And What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know is one of her best. So if you’re a fan of What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know and you think you could write about what happens next after the story ends in Sonya’s cool verse style, why not enter the contest from Gotham Writers’ Workshop and Teen Ink. Here’s a sample from What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know:

My name is Robin.

This book is about me.
It tells the story of what happens
when after almost 15 pathetic years of loserdom,
the girl of my dreams finally falls for me.

That seems like it would be
a good thing, right?
Only it turns out to be
a lot more complicated than that

Because I’m not gonna lie to you —
there are naked women involved.
Four of them, to be exact.
Though not in the way you might think.

Don’t get me wrong — my girlfriend’s amazing.
But the way things have been going lately,
I’m starting to believe that the only thing worse
than not getting what you want,

is getting it.

So read the book, go to the website to find out the rules, and then write your own series of poems describing how you think the story should continue. The contest starts tomorrow, so get busy! Click here for the official rules.

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School Book Clubs Live Blog from the Macon Teen Conference

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 5, 2008

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I will be live blogging the second session on school book clubs from the Teen Conference in Macon at 11:00 . Stay tuned!

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Spend the Holidays with the Readergirlz!

Posted by grizzlymedia 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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Enter the readergirlz Native American Blog-o-Hunt

Posted by grizzlymedia 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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Melissa Walker is the Latest readergirlz Diva!

Posted by grizzlymedia 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.

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2008 National Book Award Nominees Announced Today

Posted by grizzlymedia 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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Read a Book with Bite!

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 7, 2008

Next week, October 12-18, is Teen Read Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association. Teen Read Week is directed at teens, parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other interested adults. “Read for the Fun of It” is the primary theme of Teen Read Week, but the sub-theme changes each year. This year’s sub-theme is “Books with Bite.” This theme promotes a variety of books along the “bite” theme, from vampires to cooking to technology (bytes). You can also join the readergirlz as they celebrate Teen Read Week every night on their live chat at the readergirlz forum on MySpace. Their themes are multicultural bites, verse bites, contemporary bites, fantasy bites, and gothic bites, with a list of Creekview favorite authors. Stop by the media center (or your local public library) to check out a Book with Bite and celebrate Teen Read Week!

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Library Cards–More Popular Than Ever!

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 2, 2008

 

Guess what? Library card registration is at an all-time high! Why, you may be asking yourself? Because people know that libraries are an important educational resource. According to a new American Library Association poll, 72 percent of respondents said that libraries are a pillar of the community. Seventy-one percent said that they are a community center, seventy percent said that they are a family destination, and sixty-nine percent called their libraries a cultural center. Midwesterners and Westerners register for library cards more than Easterners and Southerners, and women register more than men. What do most cardholders check out at the library? Books, of course! In total, 76 percent of Americans visited their public libraries in the past year and 41 percent visited their library’s online website. For more information, you can view an article from School Library Journal.

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Read All About It!

Posted by grizzlymedia on September 30, 2008

First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager read their new book Read All About It to a group of children and adults at the National Book Festival Saturday at the National Mall in Washington. The book, inspired by one of Mrs. Bush’s former students, is about a young boy who at first did not enjoy books until he got caught up in the stories. Mrs. Bush is a former librarian and reading advocate, and Jenna is a teacher. The two combined their effort to publish a book about what they knew–kids and reading. The book reading to about 300 children looked like it was going nowhere until the mother-daughter team decided to forego security concerns and move the children in closer for a cozier experience. After the reading, the authors signed answered questions and signed copies of the books. The annual book festival, organized by the Library of Congress, has grown from around 30,000 attendees in 2001 to over 120,000 last year. Go to the Library of Congress website’s page for the 2008 National Book Festival for more information.

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