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Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061345741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061345746

Product Description from Amazon

Jealous whispers. Old rivalries. New betrayals.

Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. However, when she refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, those watching New York's favorite family begin to whisper that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park.

In this thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

As you can see from my last post, I finished this entire novel in a days time. It's amazing.
The one thought on my mind right now, as I've just closed the book, is: DIANA HOLLAND ROCKS! I loved her from the first book but now, AH! She's incredible. The characters in this book are fantastic. I believe they've each had their chance to shine in this one. You can't help but love even the least favorable characters. So many things come together and fall apart in ENVY and the ending leaves you hungry for the final chapter, SPLENDOR.

I don't want to give spoilers, but I want to talk about what I thought of certain parts of the book...All I can say without ruining anything is that I seriously cried for Elizabeth. Waterworks. Wow. Bravo, Anna Godbersen. Not many books can touch me like that.

Second, Henry is more of a man than I gave him credit for. Not that I don't love him, but he's made some very serious mistakes as far as Diana is concerned, and I think this last act is finally going to atone for them. I feel bad for Grayson, but I'm sure something will happen for him. As for Penelope..ugh..Lina, in the end though she proved to be pretty ruthless herself, got what I felt she deserved. Or at least, what she tried so hard to achieve. I'm actually happy for her. And I do hope to see more of Teddy Cutting in SPLENDOR, the fourth and I believe final, book in the series. I'm hoping to make the trip to the book store this afternoon to purchase it.


And as all The Luxe novels, this cover is amazing.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061345695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061345692


Product Description from Amazon

After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.

All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.


This book is even better than the first. I just closed the back cover and I'm about to start reading the third book in The Luxe series, ENVY. I HAVE to know what happens next! I love the style in which these books are written. Anna Godbersen is a brilliant writer. She pays careful attention to every detail making the reader feel like she's right there.

I'm not at all surprised at Penelope and what she's done, but I am disappointed in Lina. And I cried for Elizabeth and Diana :( but I'm glad that Elizabeth has returned to NY and I can't wait to see how she's changed.

Sisters in Sanity

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 Reprint edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060887494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060887490

Have to admit, I'm not crazy about the paperback cover. The hardcover was much better.
Product Description from Amazon

Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you—not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities—will listen to you?

For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's doing more harm than good.

No girl could survive Red Rock alone—but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it's hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare.

This book is about sisterhood. It's about believing in yourself and taking a stand for what you know is the right thing. Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie and Martha form a sisterhood in the secret confines of an empty office when the "goons" at Red Rock--a school for misguided teen girls--turn their backs. Together, the girls learn the ins and outs of Red Rock. They learn to survive it and they learn to rely on each other.

Sisters in Sanity is not a typical coming-of-age tale but the reader follows Brit through her stay at Red Rock where she discovers who she is and what she's made of. It's well written, an easy and entertaining read that can make you laugh one minute, cry the next and be fuming with anger when you turn the page again. The characters are unique, full of individuality and life. You feel like you're right there with them in the quarry, building walls or hiking up the hills in 90 degree heat. You can't help but feel like a part of their sisterhood.

Thank you, Gayle Forman--author of IF I STAY-- for writing this book. I plan on gifting it to my "Sisters".


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067001110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Get it on Amazon here

“We held hands when we walked down the gingerbread path into the forest, blood dripping from our fingers. We danced with witches and kissed monsters. We turned us in to wintergirls, and when she tried to leave, I pulled her back into the snow because I was afraid to be alone.” WINTERGIRLS, page 99

This book brought a lot of controversy. It was banned from several schools by concerned parents/educators but now that I've read it for myself, I see how it could be helpful for girls like Lia and Cassie, rather than harmful. (Not that I thought it was harmful to begin with) WINTERGIRLS allows the reader to explore dark thoughts and fears from a safe corner in her own bedroom. You feel what Lia feels and you understand why she does what she does. I even looked at my pizza differently last night, but I still ate three slices. For girls (or boys) who are in similar situation as Lia, this book might just be the sort of awakening they desire to find the help they need. Or, it could just be a source of great entertainment, like it was for me.

It's beautiful, inside and out. The hardcover is gorgeous (and I do recommend you get it in hardcover, it's one of those). The metaphors that Anderson uses are so vivid and strong, you can't help but read passages like the above over and over. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone; young, old, male, female. Doesn't matter. It's one of those that shouldn't be missed.

Teen Read Week and The Luxe.

In honor of teen read week, and having just finished THE LUXE, I took the "Who is your Luxe boy" quiz @ and my result is Will Keller. As for girls, my results say I am Diana Holland, who happens to be my favorite ;)

Teen Read Week:

From the website:

Teen Read Week 2009

Teen Read Week 2009 will be celebrated Oct. 18-24! This year's theme is Read Beyond Reality @ your library, which encourages teens to read something out of this world, just for the fun of it. Registration for Teen Read Week 2009 is now closed.


  • Happy Teen Read Week! Thank you for encouraging teens to read something out of this world, just for the fun of it. Tell us what you're doing to celebrate on the 2009 Teen Read Week wiki.
  • Have teens vote for the 2010 Teen Read Week theme! The 2010 choices are Books with Beat @ your library, Deal with It @ your library, and Find an Alibi @ your library. We'll announce the 2010 theme on this website in November.
  • See who won the 2010 Teens' Top Ten! Watch the webcast, hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment's Superstars and Divas and featuring a video of this year's winner.

About Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teen Read Week started in 1998.

Why is it important to celebrate? For a lot of reasons! Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce. Also, it’s a great chance to let your school or your public library communities know how important teen services are! Let teens know the possibilities that exist within your doors, and within the covers of books.

If you have other questions, please take a look at our most frequently asked questions or email YALSA.

Related Links

Teen Read Week Wiki


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Teens' Top Ten

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The Luxe

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061345660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061345661

From Publishers Weekly

With a quote from The Age of Innocence as an epigraph and an enthusiastic blurb from the creator of Gossip Girl on its back cover, this lavishly produced debut makes no secret of its twin influences. The story opens in 1899 with the funeral of Elizabeth Holland, a well-bred beauty said to have plunged to her death in the Hudson River. The narrative then travels back several weeks, tracing the relationships and events that have led to the somber assembly. This tangled web includes not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers; an upstairs/downstairs romance; a scheming social climber; a bitter servant girl; and oodles of money, all set in a Edith Wharton via Hollywood vision of Old New York. The dialogue has its clunky moments, and the plot twist that drives the tale is telegraphed from the very start, but readers caught up in the fancy dress intrigue are unlikely to mind much: it’s all part of the dishy fun. Needless to say, the ending paves the way for at least one sequel. Ages 14-up.

My Thoughts:
I just finished reading THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen. On a 1-10, I give it a 10. You fall in love with the characters right from the start. Although the book is told from the (3rd person) perspective of five different characters, you sympathize with all of them (except maybe Penelope Hayes) and by the end of the book, you feel you know them like your own friends. Even the supporting characters are great!

The cover of this book is beautiful and a very nice quality. I only wish they had had it in hardcover when I purchased it. Thankfully, I have the third book in the series in hardcover.
It's lengthy, the paperback being 433 pages, but you never loose interest. It is definitely a page turner, even to someone like me who has never really gotten in to historical romances.

Gosbersen (I love her name by the way, don't you?) recreated Manhattan island in 1899 just as you would imagine it--girls in unspeakably gorgeous gowns dancing with handsome young men at lavish parties and engaging in forbidden romances. This book is not to be missed!

Pick it up now for TEEN READ WEEK!

ATTN: Writers!

Literary agent Mary Kole is hosting a contest for writers of picture books, mid grade and young adult novels. Contest ends October 31st, so start polishing those queries!

It's Fate

I listen to a certain 50's rockabilly singing in my car on satellite radio (once went for 20 hours without changing the channel). This singer is the inspiration for the book I'm going to write for NaNoWriMo. Yesterday, I'm driving to the supermarket, listening to my guy on the radio and thinking about this book project. Mindlessly, I trek across the parking lot and note the no less than six idiots who drive the wrong way down the one way lanes, and into the store. I walk straight to the coffee beans, which happen to be placed beneath a speaker. Playing on that speaker, is the same rockabilly 50's singer! (Not the same song because the grocery store doesn't use satellite radio, but yeah!) That almost never happens. I have decided, that it is fate and this book must be written.

New NaNoWriMo "Book Cover"

Of course, this is just for fun. If a book makes it to publishing, the house has control over the cover design (but it's still really fun to make one for yourself!). The idea of NaNoWriMo, is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It's all about quantity, not quality. As author Gayle Forman states, it's like trowing down a lump of clay. You have to get it out there so you can go back and mold it to where you want it. I've had this story in mind for quite some time and I'm ready to throw it down on paper.

Editing (text etc) by me
Photo by

My crappy cover art

I'm one step below novice in photoshop, but I thought I should make something resembling a book cover for my NaNoWriMo project. Here it is! Aren't you proud of me--I put a text box on an image...I wish I could find a way to make the O's vinyl records that say "Moon Records". That would be cool! Edit: Found it! Working on better versions.

Ok, this is kind of what I want. What I'd like to do, is put crinkled up music paper on top with the title in black font, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

Still not perfect, but I think it's kinda cool. It's just too square. I need to figure out how to put the torn part up more. I'm learning. Slowly.

Author Event!

And if you don't live in or around Flemington, NJ, have no fear! You can join Gayle Forman (Sisters in Sanity, If I Stay) virtually, while sipping hot cocoa and watching Ellen (with the volume low so you don't miss a thing Gayle says!)

SATURDAY OCT. 17th at 2 pm at Borders in Flemington, NJ, author Gayle Forman will be reading from her newest book, IF I STAY and answering your questions!

Gayle is an all around groovy chick. Yeah, I said groovy...what? So even if you haven't had the chance to read IF I STAY, and I assure you you should make the time because it's awesome, you don't want to miss the chance to meet her.

Win a signed copy of HUSH HUSH!

Win a copy of HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick at book reviews by Jess!

Jess has a great review site and she's always got new and exciting (and easy to enter) contests going on! Check her out even if you don't want to enter this one!

This Contest is too awesome not to post!


Literary Agent, Nathan Bransford (Curtis Brown Literary) is hosting a contest on his blog.
All you need to do for your chance to win a partial critique (and hopeful/possible representation) is post in the comments section, your first paragraph.


1) Their choice of a partial critique, query critique, or phone consultation

2) A very-sought-after galley of THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer Hubbard, which will be published by Viking in January
3) A signed THE SECRET YEAR bookmark

4) The envy of their rivals

5) The pride of a job well done

6) I think you get the picture


a) Query critiques

b) A signed THE SECRET YEAR bookmark (assuming you live in a place that is reached in a reasonably affordable fashion by the postal service no offense forraners)

c) Pride. Lots of pride.

Contests are fun!

And right now FANTASTIC BOOK REVIEWS is having a great one! (Yes, I totally entered thanks to Jess

Win an autographed set of the BLUE BLOODS series by Melissa De La Cruz! Also check out the great author interview with her here.


My "Elegant little Witch"

These photos are just so great I have to share. This is my oldest daughter, dressed and ready for Halloween. The photos were taken by amateur photographer Jason White, a long time acquaintance.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

First, I am kicking myself in the butt for not sticking around the Brooklyn Book Festival long enough to meet Claudia Gray, Libba Bray and M.T. Anderson. I decided to leave it early and get back home to the young ones. All the books I've read by these authors have been great.

Evernight Book 1 by Claudia Gray
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 Reprint edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061284440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061284441

I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow up until about page 140 and then it's like WHAT!?!?! Totally surprised me. I almost felt deceived. The rest of the book was more fast paced and fun to read and the ending left me wanting the second book in the series, STARGAZER. Honestly it took me a little while to warm up to Bianca, but she is a likable character. She just didn't come off as very interesting until that "holy crap" moment. I'd have to say Balthazar is my favorite character. I hope we see more of him in Stargazer.

From because I haven't yet had a cup of coffee (in my Elvis Presley mug, btw)

The Evernight series, four books coming from HarperCollins beginning in May 2008, follows the story of Bianca Olivier.

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she's spent her whole life. She's a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the "Evernight type." There's a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can't be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart... and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed to be true.

Order Evernight in Hardcover or Paperback at!

Get a sneak peek at the Evernight prologue!

Listen to the soundtrack!

A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441017835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017836

A TOUCH OF DEAD was released yesterday (Oct. 6th) and you can bet I was at Barnes and Noble, membership card in hand, the minute they unlocked their doors. Can you tell I'm a fan?

I knew going in that this book was a collection of all the Sookie short stories ever written. I already have two books by various authors that include a Sookie story (Many Bloody Returns, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe) but I'm a collector and I had to have this book.

I'm glad I bought it, I love Sookie and I want every sip of her and the vampires of Area 5, but I am a little disappointed in it. First of all, it is only five stories(in all fairness, it isn't hard to figure that out before you buy it. I just thought it would be more). The book retails for $24 here(USA) and $30 in Canada and it's only 5 short stories. I felt a little cheated.

Next, I hate when a short doesn't match what happens in the book. Call me a dork, but I get in to what I'm reading and I want it to all fit together. This is why I have problems watching movies based on comic books. It's never the way it's supposed to be. Yes, I understand you have to add and change things to make a comic into a full blown film, but it erks me. I know I'm in the wrong, but that's me (I can tolerate it in TRUE BLOOD because Ball did such an amazing job with the changes). In the story "One Word Answer" someone died and that someone also died in the book but in an entirely different way. Arrgghh!

Charlaine Harris did tell us in the introduction that sometimes she succeeded in creating shorts of Sookie's life seamlessly, and other time she did not. She admits that it may not fit in exactly with the series and so I forgive her. I love Harris's writing enough to forgive her even if she didn't warn me. She is an outstanding author and I haven't loved Vampires so much since Anne Rice.

I did find a booboo in the text. On page 153, she says "Greg had his hands up" but it most certainly should read "John" as Greg was no where near that scene! But as an aspiring novelist, I know how impossible it is NOT to make those types of mistakes. Blame the copy editor, lol. No biggie, any reader with half a brain cell will understand it's supposed to be John and move right along.

In conclusion, the stories are fun to read, well written and creative. I am just not a big fan of shorts. I like my Sookie in large doses and I need more Vampires! Book 10 can't come fast enough!

Guest Authors @ Readergirlz!

To celebrate Teen Read Week, the "Beyond Daily Life" readergirlz Chat will feature Cynthia Leitich Smith (Eternal), rgz diva Holly Cupala (Tell Me a Secret), and Lisa McMann (Wake) on Oct. 21.

It all happens at the rgz forum ( beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Mountain Time, 8 p.m. Central Standard Time, 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

See the whole readergirlz "Read Beyond Reality" chat schedule for Oct. 19 to Oct. 23:

beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Mountain Time, 8 p.m. Central Standard Time, 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: Book Cover
  • eading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525421033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525421030

I bought this book at the Brooklyn Book Festival and had it signed by Gayle Forman herself! Gayle is a super cool chick, by the way.

IF I STAY is a gripping story about Mia, a teen girl pressed to make a difficult decision. After a car accident that leaves Mia an orphan, she finds herself set apart from her comatose body, unable to interact with the living. Mia watches her remaining family members and friends as they come in and out of the ICU. Mia must decide if she should stay with Adam, her boyfriend, Kim, her best friend and her grandparents, or if she should leave and go where ever her mom, dad and little brother went.

I cried. I won't lie. I really enjoyed the heck out of this book. It's sad, but not overly so. I was cheering for Mia to stay! I won't tell you if I got my wish, but I will say I think it had a happy ending. Who doesn't love a happy ending?

A little bit about the author (taken from amazon) and don't forget to check in to Gayle's other book, SISTERS IN SANITY. I'll be reviewing it as soon as I have the chance to read it!

An Interview with Gayle Forman

Q: You started your career as a journalist and your first book is a travelogue about going around the world. Is YA literature a departure for you?

Gayle Forman: Actually, it’s more of a homecoming. My first writing job was at Seventeen, where I spent five years on staff and as a contributor reporting the magazine’s social-issues stories. I loved writing for teens then because—contrary to popular opinion—they really care about serious issues (from child soldiers in Africa to kids embroiled in the drug war here) and the engage in their reading with such passion. So, now that I’m writing young-adult literature, it feels like I’ve come full circle.

Q: This book explores some serious themes. Why is this a book for kids and not adults?

GF: It’s a book for kids precisely because it explores serious themes. Teenagers are grappling with choices about life and love as much as adults, so why shouldn’t their reading reflect that? I don’t set out to write YA. It just seems like I’m drawn to stories about young people. That said, I think If I Stay is for adults, too. I love the idea of teens reading this book and then handing it off to their parents.

Q: Many key characters are serious musicians, and songs are referenced throughout the book. Are you a musician?

GF: No. Except for piano lessons when I was a kid and a brief spate of guitar playing in my teens, I’ve never played an instrument. I am, however, a huge music fan. And my husband is a musician; he was playing in a punk band when we met, so I’ve spent a lot of my life ensconced in that scene. I seem drawn to writing about musicians, though I’ve never been all that interested in the cello until Mia popped into my head.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

GF: Music. Oregon. People I have loved. And unfortunately, the book is inspired by a real-life tragedy that happened several years ago.

Q: This is a book about death, but it’s not depressing. Why is that?

GF: Maybe because it’s really about the power of love—of family, friends, music—and therefore it ultimately affirms life.

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia's friend Kim. I know you'd hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
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New Bike

Not a whole lot going on with me at the moment so I thought I'd do a quick blog about our new bike (I almost said "new toy" but I don't like when people call their motor vehicles "toys" so I didn't) !
Anywho, we've been wanting one of these for a while and we finally got one last night. New Roc harley Davidson is a very nice dealership, by the way.

It's a 2006 Road King Police bike (the one the police ride)


Click the image to grab your copy of REBEL MOON! Includes PARALLEL, a YA supernatural short by me!

REBEL MOON: An Anthology of supernatural tales
Have you ever wondered what Death would look like if he approached you at a bus stop? Or what would happen if a vampire’s chosen victim turned out to be more than they had bargained for?

Rebel Moon is a collection of stories that will whisk you into worlds of vampires, werewolves and witchcraft so prepare yourself for a bumpy ride as sometimes the dead have more of a life than the living and if this book teaches you anything it is to always expect the unexpected!

From the teen witches you wouldn’t want to cross in One Witch Down to the dark comedy of Evil 101, this is a book you won’t want to put down.

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel Books LLP (May 30, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956503519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956503510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
Can also be purchased from Amazon, WHSmiths, Waterstones and Book Depository.

My collaborative (free!) short fiction can be found at Tangled Fiction, a blog shared by myself, Valerie Kemp, and Natalie C Parker.

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater---A MOVIE!

Straight from the author's blog!

Shiver. The. Movie.

Unique Features picked up the film rights -- they are associated with Warner Brothers -- and this is the official word:

Unique Features has acquired screen rights to "Shiver," a bestselling supernatural romance novel by Maggie Stiefvater that is the first of a three-book series.

Pic will be produced by Unique Features partners Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.

Book covers a bittersweet paranormal romance between a teen who becomes a wolf each winter and his girlfriend, who helps him find the secret to staying human. The first installment was published by Scholastic Press in August and has been on the bestseller lists for six weeks. The sequel novel, "Linger," will be published next August. Unique acquired all three books in the series.

Shaye and Lynne, who at New Line covered such fantasy and supernatural subject matter as "The Lord of the Rings" and "Blade," sparked to the author's voice, and said they couldn't ignore the grip that otherworldly stories have on young viewers.

"I'm not the biggest werewolf or vampire fan, but the author has a strong take on a young adult sensibility," Shaye said. "It's also a sexy love story that isn't too over the top."

Shaye and Lynne used their discretionary fund to acquire the book in a competitive bidding situation. They will bring it first to Warner Bros., where they have a first-look deal, and will set a writer shortly.

Unique adds "Shiver" to a slate of pic projects that include an adaptation of the Paul McCartney children's book "High in the Clouds," a Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of the musical "City of Angels" and the Broadway-bound musicals "Elf" and "Secondhand Lions."

Calling all Teachers!

Author Laurie Halse Anderson (WINTERGIRLS, TWISTED, SPEAK, and many more) needs your help! If nothing else, SPREAD THE WORD and support your freedom to read!

From the author:
TWISTED still under threat in KY - you can help

The English teacher in KY who has been dealing with the challenges to several books, including TWISTED, has to jump through new hoops before the books will be allowed back in the classroom.

Three of the books: TWISTED, LESSONS OF A DEAD GIRL, and RAPTURE OF CANAAN have again been banned by the superintendent. According to the teacher, he does not feel they are appropriate for college level work, i.e. they do not belong as literature circle selections in an AP English course.

The teacher writes: "The superintendent wants to know that other schools are using these books in the classrooms, not in their libraries. If you all know of ANY schools where any of the listed books are being used, or if you have any evidence that they are "college level" and prepare students for college, PLEASE send it ...."

Here is my plea.

If you use any of these three books in your classroom, please email us.

If you can provide your rationale for any of these three books, please email us.

If you are a college professor and you have knowledge of the teaching of these books, please email us.

If you are or were a student who was taught any of these three books please email us.

Send all your information and comments to my assistant, Queen Louise. Her email is queenlouise AT writerlady DOT com . We'll forward everything to the district in questions.

Thanks so much for all your help with this, my friends.
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