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September 2003

Kidsreads.com Newsletter September 2003
This Month on Kidreads.com
Fall Into Reading
Cool New Books
Poll
Question of the Month
Author Talk: Neil Gaiman, Author of THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS
Kidsreads.com's MAGGIE'S DOOR/NORY RYAN'S SONG SWEEPSTAKES
LILLY'S GHOST by Laura Ruby
Harry Potter Trivia and Characters
New Book Reviews
We Asked/You Said
Links to Kidsreads.com
 
Kidsreads.com Home Page
Series Features
Book Reviews
How to Start A Book Club!
Word Scrambles
Fall Into Reading
 
By now most of you are back into the school routine. We have been happy to hear that so many schools have great reading programs to encourage children to read. One of the kids we know told us that his class is "reading around the room." Each day the teacher adds up the hours that children in the class have read and tallies the hours to a chart that goes around the room. Once they have "read around the room," they get a pizza or ice cream party. My nephew has this same concept going on at his school. but they are reading "across the United States." Each book read equals a mile!

Let us know if you school does anything else to encourage kids to have great reading habits.

We have a lot to share with you this month including a new contest, so keep reading.

Have a great month...
Booker T. Worm

 
Cool New Books
 
It's September, which means you can all look forward to another exciting year of learning at school. But even as you're flipping through the pages of your math, history and science textbooks, it's important to remember that there are a number of great entertaining --- and educational --- books to be read outside the classroom --- and many of them can be found right here in this month's roundup of cool new books.
See Cool New Books for September.
 
Poll
 
When you go to the store or the library do you know what you want to read, or are you just browsing around?

I ALWAYS know what I am looking for.

I usually have an idea of what I might want to read and then go browsing from there.

I usually just look around to see what is interesting to me.

I am not sure what I do.
Vote in the poll here.
 
Question of the Month
 
Name one book that did not look interesting to you when you first saw it, that became one you really liked.

Click the link below to send your reply.
Click here to send your answer.
 
Author Talk: Neil Gaiman, Author of THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS
 
In this interview, award-winning author Neil Gaiman tells readers what inspired him to write his latest book for children, THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS. He also talks about the process of creating a book with illustrator Dave McKean and reveals what he would never want to find in the walls of his house.
Read our Author Talk with Neil Gaiman here.
 
Kidsreads.com's MAGGIE'S DOOR/NORY RYAN'S SONG SWEEPSTAKES
 
MAGGIE'S DOOR/NORY RYAN'S SONG Sweepstakes
To celebrate the publication of Patricia Reilly Giff's MAGGIE'S DOOR, Kidsreads.com is running a sweepstakes where readers have a chance to win a copy of MAGGIE'S DOOR plus NORY RYAN'S SONG --- the first book to feature the Ryans and the Mallons.

In the mid-1800s Nory Ryan and her friend, Sean Red Mallon, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.

Kidsreads.com's Wiley Saichek talks with Patricia Reilly Giff about her latest novel MAGGIE'S DOOR, the companion to NORY RYAN'S SONG. Giff describes the research she conducted for both books and offers helpful advice to young people who would like to learn more about their family's

 
Read contest details, a review and an excerpt of MAGGIE'S DOOR here and an interview with Patricia Reilly Giff.
 
LILLY'S GHOST by Laura Ruby
 
In this spooky and hilarious mystery, 13-year-old Lily Crabtree is forced to spend the long winter in her Uncle Wes's creepy summerhouse in Cape May, New Jersey --- a place just crawling with ghosts. And if she doesn't find out what they want in time, she may end up doing some eternal haunting of her own.

Lily and her mom spend the winter at Uncle Wes's creepy summerhouse in Cape May. The place is crawling with ghosts, and Lily is determined to find out exactly what's going on. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.

Debut novelist Laura Ruby talks about her decision to write a book and specifically what inspired her to write LILY'S GHOSTS. She also reveals how some people have reacted after reading the book and offers valuable advice to children who would like to become writers.

For more about Laura Ruby, go to LauraRuby.com
To read our review, interview and feature about LILLY'S GHOST, go here.
 
Harry Potter Trivia and Characters
 
Reminder that we have three new Harry Potter Trivia Games --- all based on HP5! Click on the link below to play.

Also make sure to visit our "New Characters" feature to keep track of the new characters introduced in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. Character profiles can be found at
http://www.kidsreads.com/HP/who.asp
Play THREE new Harry Potter games here.
 
New Book Reviews
 
THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS by Neil Gaiman
Lucy is positive that there are wolves living in the walls of her house. Naturally, her family doesn't believe her. But then one day, the wolves do come out --- and it's up to Lucy to reclaim her family's house. Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber.

MAGGIE'S DOOR by Patricia Reilly Giff
In the mid-1800s Nory Ryan and her friend, Sean Red Mallon, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

LILY'S GHOSTS by Laura Ruby
Lily and her mom spend the winter at Uncle Wes's creepy summerhouse in Cape May. The place is crawling with ghosts, and Lily is determined to find out exactly what's going on. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

MILKWEED by Jerry Spinelli
Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli tells the heartbreaking tale of an orphan living in Warsaw in 1939, as he struggles to survive during the Nazi takeover. Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber.

ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, The Santa Fe Trail, 1848 by Megan McDonald
When Florrie's mother decides to move their family from Missouri to New Mexico, the Ryders encounter endless hardship as they undertake the journey across the Great Plains of the Midwestern prairie, hoping for a better life at the other end. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

AT THE SIGN OF THE SUGARED PLUM by Mary Hooper
It is 1665, and Hannah has arrived in London to help her sister Sarah in her candy shop. Unfortunately, the Plague soon begins to take hold of the city --- but Hannah is determined to stay and face the worst alongside her sister. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

BICYCLE MADNESS by Jane Kurtz
As Lillie struggles with the recent death of her mother and the daunting prospect of participating in a spelling bee, a peculiar lady moves into the neighborhood --- and she and Lillie soon become good friends. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.
Read our new book reviews here.
 
We Asked/You Said
 
Read here to see what other Kidsreads.com readers said about our past Question of the Month questions.
Read We Asked/You Said here.
 

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