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July 2007

 
Kidsreads.com Newsletter

Mid July 2007

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Harry Harry Harry....

Visit Our All-New Harry Potter Site!

Books Into Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

So What Do YOU Think About Harry? Vote in our Harry Potter Poll to Weigh In

Special Feature: INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst

Series Feature: Warriors: Power of Three by Erin Hunter

Now in Stores: FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead

Kidsreads.com Talks To Nancy Pearl, Author of BOOK CRUSH

Don't Miss: THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Book #13 in R.L. Stine's Rotten School Series Has Been Released

Cool New Books for June

June's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

Poll: Required Summer Reading Lists

Question of the Month: Most Anticipated Book on Your List

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Harry Harry Harry....

When I say Harry, what do you think of? For your grandparents, Harry meant Harry Truman or Harry Houdini. For us, we may think Harry Connick, Jr. But for children, there's only one Harry and his last name is Potter. This month is all about him and his lightning bolt scar and signature glasses. He's the character who made wearing glasses cool for kids, and I have to wonder if J.K. Rowling was thinking of that when she wrote those specs into the storyline.

We here at Kidsreads.com join with you in celebrating Harry this month, but we have a special reason for this. Kidsreads.com launched in July 1998, the same year that Harry first came to America (he got his start in the UK in 1997). So as we celebrate our ninth anniversary this month, we feel a special kinship to this series. We feel like we all grew up together. And while we will not match Harry's magical sales numbers in the millions, we did have more than 312,000 unique visitors to Kidsreads.com in June. Have you checked out our Harry Potter feature on Kidsreads.com, which we call Harry Central? Have you pre-ordered your copy of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS? Have your kids answered our Harry Potter Poll?

But you don't need to wait for Harry to get your kids reading this summer. We have a great list of titles this month that should keep you turning pages and discovering new stories to love. We have some Cool New Books and New in Paperback titles that are perfect to pack up for vacation.

Ever been stuck on what to read? If so, there's a book about books this month that you will not want to miss called BOOK CRUSH: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest by Nancy Pearl. She has a book chock full of reading suggestions that had us all making our own booklists and reflecting on some wonderful books that we have read. We have an interview with Nancy this month where she talks about her book and some of the stories behind it.

Summer is a great time for children to think about starting a book club with their friends. Wondering how to do this? Well, we have a book to get them started. It's THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK: Reading Ideas, Recipes, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids' Book Clubs by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp. We have a review of the book and touch on just some of the ideas that the authors share. 

Lots more to share, so keep on reading...there's a lot you do not want to miss, including Sarah Beth Durst's debut novel, INTO THE WILD.

Enjoy July, the one TOTALLY non-school month cross-country, unless you are in a year-round school. Happy reading. And if you, like me, are headed to a Harry Potter Party on Friday night, may I suggest an afternoon nap?

Carol Fitzgerald for Kidsreads.com

 

Visit Our All-New Harry Potter Site!

In anticipation of that certain Saturday in July, we at Kidsreads.com are thrilled to unveil our all-new Harry Potter site!

All of your fun favorites are still here, including an extensive Harrypedia, perfect for brushing up on the who, what and where in the magical world of the most famous boy wizard of all time. Peruse the fascinating Harry’s Spellbook for your favorite jinxes, potions and curses. And, just in time for the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, Hogwarts’s most confusing and mysterious Professor offers her predictions for the seventh and final exciting installment.

Have you always wanted the inside scoop on the writing mastermind behind it all? Check out one fan's account of a live reading given by wizard-creator J.K. Rowling. There's terrific insight into the author herself --- and a few great hints at what’s coming up for Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the wizarding world.

What are the 7 biggest questions that fans are hoping Rowling will answer in THE DEATHLY HALLOWS? Download the bookmarks and see for yourself. While we’re on the subject of what might happen, have you taken a close look --- a really close look --- at the cover of the new book? We have, and we think that doing so may shed some light on what’s to come. Visit Secrets of the Cover and see if you agree with our analysis.

And if you’re one of the few people who has never been enticed to read about the boy wizard and his adventures before now, then you must check out So You’ve Never Read HP? You are about to embark on an incredible journey as you take a peak at the world of Harry Potter!

Click here to visit the all-new Harry Potter site on Kidsreads.com.


 

Books Into Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This is, without a doubt, the summer of Harry Potter. It's impossible not to get swept in the mania with two (yes, TWO) Potter releases heading our way. Just days before the publication of the most anticipated book of the year, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hit the big screen last week, promising a darker, more intense story. This trip to the movies is the perfect way to catch up with the characters we all know and love before their ultimate fates are revealed in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, in stores beginning July 21st.
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So What Do YOU Think About Harry? Vote in our Harry Potter Poll to Weigh In

With the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS fast approaching, we at Kidsreads.com would like to get your thoughts on the seventh and final book, the film adaptation of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and the series overall.

Click here to participate in our HP Poll!


 

Special Feature: INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah Beth Durst's imaginative debut work of fiction, INTO THE WILD, adds a new twist to the classic "happily ever afters" when famous fairy-tale heroes and heroines escape into the real world and must rely on a 12-year-old girl to save them when the stories want their characters back. In this interview with Kidsreads.com's Alexis Burling, Durst discusses how the form and idea for this novel evolved over several years --- from a musical she wrote in high school to what it is today --- and describes how she ultimately chose which tales and figures to feature in the book. She also shares her thoughts on the much darker endings of the original Grimm stories, reveals which one of these she loves the most and touches on the possibility of a sequel.


INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst

The Wild is a fairy-tale world --- at least it was until the fairy-tale characters escaped -- but lately it's just a mass of hungry vines stuffed under Julie's bed. Julie, her mom Rapunzel (yep, that Rapunzel --- think long hair, tower, prince), and her brother Puss-in-Boots (okay, he's a cat) do their best to keep it hidden and under control. But Julie's sick of living with the Wild --- it eats her jeans and sneakers whenever it wants! Junior high is tough enough, even with a normal family.

When someone makes a dangerous wish that sets the Wild free, it grows and grows and quickly begins to devour Julie's entire Massachusetts town. The Wild is hungry, and this time it wants its characters back for good.

Julie must venture deep into the Wild and outsmart wicked witches, feisty giants, and super-cute princes in the ultimate quest to save her family. She fights her way to the heart of the fairy tale and discovers she must risk everything or lose her chance to live in the real world…and if Julie can't find a way to defeat the happily-ever-after, she'll never see her family again.

-Click here to read our interview with Sarah Beth Durst.
-Click here to read an excerpt from INTO THE WILD.
-Click here to read critical praise for INTO THE WILD.
-Click here to see Sarah Beth Durst's bio.
-Visit the author online at www.sarahbethdurst.com.
Click here to read a review of INTO THE WILD.

 

Series Feature: Warriors: Power of Three by Erin Hunter

WARRIORS: POWER OF THREE by Erin Hunter
Warriors fans worried that the conclusion of The New Prophecy may have spelled the end of the fascinating stories of these cat Clans. So we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief with the release of THE SIGHT, the first book in an exciting new story arc. Filled with the series' trademark omens, personality plays, heroic deeds, revelations and battles, Warriors: Power of Three begins with a breathless bang that never lets up, giving readers the assurance that this will be a valuable new installment in the beloved Warriors saga. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

Click here to read our Warriors: Power of Three series feature.


 

Now in Stores: FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead

FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead

Peter is thrilled to join his parents on an expedition to Greenland, where his father studies global warming. Peter will get to skip school, drive a dogsled, and-finally-share in his dad's adventures. But on the ice cap, Peter struggles to understand a series of visions that both frighten and entice him.

Thea has never seen the sun. Her extraordinary people, suspected of witchcraft and nearly driven to extinction, have retreated to a secret world they've built deep inside the arctic ice. As Thea dreams of a path to Earth's surface, Peter's search for answers brings him ever closer to her hidden home.

Rebecca Stead's fascinating debut novel is a dazzling tale of mystery, science and adventure at the top of the world.

-Click here to read a review of FIRST LIGHT.
-Click here to read an excerpt from FIRST LIGHT.
Click here to read more about FIRST LIGHT.

 

Kidsreads.com Talks To Nancy Pearl, Author of BOOK CRUSH

Nancy Pearl is a librarian, book reviewer and speaker, as well as the bestselling author of BOOK LUST, MORE BOOK LUST and the recently published guide for children's and young adult literature, BOOK CRUSH. In this interview with Kidsreads.com's Krista Vitola, Pearl explains why she chose to focus her latest effort on younger readers and reveals the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of writing it. She also discusses her personal qualifications of a "classic," describes how her reading habits have grown over the years and reminisces about her own first "book crush."

BOOK CRUSH: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest by Nancy Pearl
A good read is sometimes very hard to find. That's why when someone like Nancy Pearl, author of BOOK LUST and MORE BOOK LUST --- and now BOOK CRUSH  --- provide us with solutions to our reading dilemmas, readers want to take notice. In BOOK CRUSH, Pearl presents more than 1,000 books organized into 118 lists aimed at preteen and adolescent readers. With endless pages of insight into young adult reads --- from the classics to the recently published --- one would find it extremely difficult not to discover something that will spark his or her interest.

-Click here to read a review of BOOK CRUSH.
Click here to read our interview with Nancy Pearl.
 

Don't Miss: THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK: Reading Ideas, Recipes, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids' Book Clubs by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Based on surveys representing 500 youth book clubs across the country and interviews with parents, kids, educators and librarians, THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK features the top 50 favorite book club reads for children ages 8 to 18; ideas and advice on forming great kids' book clubs; and recipes, activities and insights from such bestselling children's book authors as Lois Lowry, Jerry Spinelli, Nancy Farmer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Andrew Clements and many others.
Click here to read a review of THE KIDS' BOOK CLUB BOOK.

 

Book #13 in R.L. Stine's Rotten School Series Has Been Released

GOT CAKE?: Rotten School #13 by R.L. Stine

The most popular dude in school?


It has to be Bernie Bridges. Just ask him!

Bernie wants to win the Most Popular Rotten Student of the Year title. But first he has to prove he's the most popular dude on campus. How? Easy. He'll get Jennifer Ecch, the yearbook photographer, to follow him around. All she has to do is snap pictures of him being popular.

When that doesn't work, Bernie decides to throw himself the biggest birthday party ever.

But, look out, Bernie....

Some birthday parties turn out to be surprise parties!


-Click here to play the Rotten School game!

Click here to see our Rotten School series feature.


 

Cool New Books for June

June’s roundup of Cool New Books includes THE ICEBOUND LAND, a heartstopping adventure that continues John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice series; NO TALKING, a middle-grade novel from Andrew Clements that pits boys against girls in an experiment that will determine which team can say the fewest words during the course of two full days; DOGKU, a delightful picture book told entirely in haiku by Clements; and FAERIES OF DREAMDARK: BLACKBRINGER, a startling new fantasy from debut novelist Laini Taylor in which a determined faerie sets out to defeat an ancient evil that rises to unmake the world.
Click here to read our roundup of Cool New Books for June.

 

June's New in Paperback Roundup

June’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE WRIGHT 3 by Blue Balliett, the highly anticipated sequel to CHASING VERMEER and a fast-paced mystery with plenty of hidden clues, codes and coincidences; THE BURNING BRIDGE, the second installment in John Flanagan’s epic adventure series, Ranger’s Apprentice; LUNCH MONEY by Andrew Clements, whose main character’s thriving comic book business is in danger of being shut down; and Natalie Fast’s THE SECRET APARTMENT, in which two girls who observe people living their lives in nearby apartments see something one day that doesn’t look right --- and it’s up to them to save the day.

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for June.
 

This Month's Reviews

SUMMER BALL by Mike Lupica
Summer has arrived, and Danny Walker is going to basketball camp for the first time. While excited, Danny is also nervous and wonders how his skills will measure up against the other campers. What Danny doesn't realize is how many challenges he will face both on and off the court. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SUMMER BALL.

VAMPIRATES: TIDE OF TERROR by Justin Somper
In this sequel to VAMPIRATES: DEMONS OF THE OCEAN, there's a traitor aboard the Diablo and enemies at every turn. As the danger intensifies, Grace discovers a place where her twin brother Connor could learn more about the pirate way without risking his life: the elite Pirate Academy. Will Connor choose an education by sea or by school, and will Grace be forced to follow him wherever he goes? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

NO TALKING by Andrew Clements
Andrew Clements's latest middle-grade novel centers on two very believable characters. Dave Packer is a fast-talking fifth grader at Laketon Elementary whose big mouth sometimes gets him into trouble. When he hurls an insult at Lynsey Burgess, he starts a war between the boys and girls in his class. Reviewed by Renee Kirchner.

THE CHAOS KING by Laura Ruby
Georgie is the one person who can disappear at will and has become the richest girl in the world since finding her mom and dad. Unfortunately, her parents have forbidden her to vanish, her new school is full of snooty heiresses, and her best friend in the world, a belligerent boy named Bug, seems to have abandoned her. But adventure is just around the corner, as a madman who calls himself The Chaos King has Georgie and Bug in his sights. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

SAMUEL BLINK AND THE FORBIDDEN FOREST by Matt Haig
After a family tragedy, Samuel Blink and his sister are sent to Norway, where their eccentric aunt's endless rules are just the beginning of their problems. Matt Haig's first novel for young people is a clever, wickedly funny but emotionally mature masterpiece. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE RISING STAR OF RUSTY NAIL by Lesley M. M. Blume
Franny Hansen is a 10-year-old piano prodigy living in Rusty Nail, Minnesota, a run-of-the-mill town with one traffic light and a bizarre cast of characters. She has long exhausted the talents of the town's only piano teacher and seems destined to perform at church events and school assemblies, until a mysterious Russian woman arrives in Rusty Nail. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

MAGPIE GABBARD AND THE QUEST FOR THE BURIED MOON by Sally M. Keehn
With down-home Appalachian flavor and a brave and sassy heroine, MAGPIE GABBARD AND THE QUEST FOR THE BURIED MOON is an old-fashioned tall tale that combines real folk elements into an imaginative, inventive quest story. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

Click here to read our reviews.


 

Poll: Required Summer Reading Lists

Do you have a required summer reading list?
Yes
No
Not sure

How many books are on the list?
5 or more
4
3
2
1
I do not have a summer reading list.

Do you like the books on your summer reading list?
Yes, all of them
Yes, some of them
None of them
Not sure

Click here to answer our poll.


 

Question of the Month: Most Anticipated Book on Your List

Which book on your required summer reading list are you most looking forward to reading?

Click here to answer our question.


 

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