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September 2004 Newsletter for Parents September 2004
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Making Time in the Routine for Reading!
Cool New Books for September
Introducing a NEW Series: Mostly Ghostly by R.L. Stine
Series Feature Update: THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES Book 5: THE WRATH OF MULGARATH by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Series Feature Update: HAPPY HAUNTING, AMELIA BEDELIA by Herman Parish
Series Feature Update: Book 11: IT'S HALLOWEEN, YOU 'FRAIDY MOUSE! by Geronimo Stilton
Series Feature Update: THE STOLEN RELIC: Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective #7 by Carolyn Keene
Reviews and Features
Poll: Bookstore and Library Events
Question of the Month
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Making Time in the Routine for Reading!
Tomorrow it will be fall. I confess I will miss summer. By now I am sure that your house is back into the swing of things with a constant juggle of school, after school activities and less hours in a day than you might like.

My older son headed to high school this year, which means among other things that I am getting up an hour earlier to ensure he makes the bus! It also means that the morning "get off to school" routine in our house now lasts 2.5 hours until my younger son is on his bus.

As I move to this new schedule I am trying to make more time for reading and exercise within this time period. My favorite reading/exercise combo (multi-tasking is a good thing) has been reading on my exercise bike. I still am trying to figure out how I can listen to audiobooks as I swim. Ideas on this one? Shoot them my way.

I am lucky that my children both enjoy reading. At my younger son's walkthrough at school I found myself flipping through his class bookshelves seeing the books that were available there. When my older son brought home his reading list for English class, I immediately got a picture of what he would be doing in class. I also was nostalgic for some of those books, and I see some re-reading in my future.

While the holidays are a ways away, think now about celebrating with your children's class by donating a book or two to the class library. If you are in a book club, think about having your book club do this as a holiday project!

Are you in a book club? If so, you may want to check out another website in our Network called We have more than 1,490 reading group guides available on this website, as well as tips for readers. We started registering groups about 3 months ago and already have more than 1,000 registered. Registered groups will have the opportunity to receive special advance reading copies and other special offers from publishers.

See more by clicking on the link below.

Enjoy the rest of September.

Carol Fitzgerald (
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Cool New Books for September
Simon, Jared and Mallory Grace must rescue their mother from a dangerous shape-shifting ogre in THE WRATH OF MULGARATH, but unexpected twists and turns ensue in the exciting fifth and final book in the first Spiderwick series. This month's roundup of cool new books also marks the return of literal-minded housekeeper Amelia Bedelia and the release of the action-packed second novel in the Lionboy trilogy, by mother-and-daughter writing team Zizou Corder. In addition, we're featuring an outstanding new picture book by author-illustrator Jeanette Winter titled SEPTEMBER ROSES, which is a moving tribute to the memory of September 11, 2001.
Read our Cool New Books for September feature here.
Introducing a NEW Series: Mostly Ghostly by R.L. Stine
Ooooh, is there anything better than snuggling down with a nicely ghastly ghost story? Maybe just one thing: settling in with a whole series of heebie-jeebie-inspiring books. The MOSTLY GHOSTLY series by R.L. Stine celebrates friendship between Max, and brother and sister Nicky and Tara.

Ooooh, you are going to love being scared to death!

Terry Miller Shannon of interviews R.L. Stine, the #1 bestselling children's author of all time. Stine talks about his inspiration for the MOSTLY GHOSTLY series, explains why he enjoys writing books for children, and offers advice to young people who would like to follow in his footsteps.
Read more about the Mostly Ghostly series here.
Series Feature Update: THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES Book 5: THE WRATH OF MULGARATH by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
In this fifth and final book in the first cycle of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the Grace children's mother is in serious trouble and they have to rescue her. But how will they get her away from their dangerous enemy Mulgarath, the shape-shifting ogre? Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.
Read our updated Spiderwick Series feature here.
Series Feature Update: HAPPY HAUNTING, AMELIA BEDELIA by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia has completely forgotten about the Halloween party that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers will be having at their house. Fortunately, they persuade her to participate in the festivities --- and that's when the fun really begins!
Read our Series Feature Update of our Amelia Bedelia here.
Series Feature Update: Book 11: IT'S HALLOWEEN, YOU 'FRAIDY MOUSE! by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton's Halloween goes from bad to worse when he meets Creepella von Cacklefur, a very spooky mouse who lives in a tomb in a graveyard and develops an instant crush on him. How can a scaredy mouse like Geronimo ever survive the year's most terrifying holiday?
Read our update of the Geronimo Stilton series feature here.
Series Feature Update: THE STOLEN RELIC: Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective #7 by Carolyn Keene
Nancy, Bess, George and Ned travel to Moab for some hiking and biking fun --- but instead they end up searching for a tour guide who has mysteriously vanished.
Read our update of our Nancy Drew Series Feature here.
Reviews and Features
When someone tries to blame Shredderman for graffiti appearing around town, Nolan Byrd must try to catch the tagger while protecting his secret superhero identity. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood and excerpted.

Darren Shan, Vampire Prince and vampaneze killer, faces his worst nightmare yet --- school! But homework is the least of Darren's problems. Bodies are piling up. Time is running out. And the past is catching up with the hunters fast. Reviewed by Carlie Webber.

LEAPING BEAUTY: And Other Animal Fairy Tales by Gregory Maguire
Gregory Maguire reinvents fairy tales with surprising plot twists and winning animal characters in this entertaining collection of eight new stories. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE HOUSE ON THE GULF by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In this suspenseful mystery, Britt's perfect older brother Bran is up to something this summer. Determined to find out what's going on, Britt does some investigating --- and what she learns shocks her. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

Measle Stubbs is an orphan who lives in a dreary, horrible house with Basil Tramplebone, his terrifying guardian. His life is miserable --- and suddenly gets worse when Measle finds himself on the wrong end of one of Basil's evil spells. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.
Read our reviews and features here.
Poll: Bookstore and Library Events
Do you go to events in local bookstores or libraries to meet authors?

Yes, I have done this.
No, I have not done this though authors appear near my house all the time.
No, I have not done this since authors do not appear at stores or libraries near me.
No, I am not interested in this.
Answer the Poll here.
Question of the Month
Besides J.K. Rowling, what author would you most like to meet?
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