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August 2004

Kidsreads.com Newsletter August 2004
What's New on Kidsreads.com
Summer Vaca: It's ALMOST OVER!
Cool New Books for August
Series Feature: Geronimo Stilton
Series Book Update
Author Trivia Games
Books Into Movies
New Reading Group Guides
Reviews and Features
Poll: Personal Reading Goal
Question of the Month
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Summer Vaca: It's ALMOST OVER!
 
Some of you may have started school already. Others of you are in "the countdown" till school starts. It's time to read a couple more books for "pleasure reading" --- or if you already are in school, grab a book for your backpack to read on the bus to and from school!

Love this website? Consider sharing it with your teacher! Think about it. If you do this, you might even get a chance to log on during computer time in your classroom. Wouldn't THAT be nice?

We love meeting authors --- and we bet you do too! To celebrate the September 7th release of THE WRATH OF MULGARATH, the highly anticipated fifth and final book in the first cycle of The Spiderwick Chronicles, co-creators Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black will be visiting the following locations this fall:

New York/Connecticut -- September 7, 8
Portland, Oregon -- September 10, 11
Seattle, Washington -- September 13, 14
Vancouver, British Columbia -- September 16
Columbus/Cincinnati/Dayton, OH & Lexington, KY -- September 23-27
California -- September 29 - October 2

Want details on where you can see them? Click on the link below.

Enjoy August everyone. We hope you find a great book to read here right now.

Booker T. Worm for Kidsreads.com
For more information about the Spiderwick author tour, click here.
 
Cool New Books for August
 
Wendelin Van Draanen, author of the popular Sammy Keyes series, returns with her second adventure featuring Nolan Byrd, aka Shredderman. This cyber-superhero once again proves his dedication to truth and justice when he decides to track down a vandal who's spray painting graffiti around town. Also included in this month's roundup of cool new books is a fun collection of "fractured" fairy tales from Gregory Maguire, the hilarious sequel to the bestselling REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN, and a brilliant debut by a well-known screenwriter who asks the question, "What would you do with a million in cash?"
Read our Cool New Books for August feature here.
 
Series Feature: Geronimo Stilton
 
Check out Book #10 just out:

Geronimo falls in love with the gorgeous young countess Stephanie von Sugarfur, but she won't give him the time of day. He's so befuddled by romance that his family worries about him.
Read more about the Geronimo Stilton series here.
 
Series Book Update
 
We had a REALLY busy month updating all of your favorite series features. We've added titles, new art and even updated some Trivia games.

Check it out!
Read our updated Series features here.
 
Author Trivia Games
 
Think you know the books from your favorite author?

Test your knowledge with our Author Trivia Games!

We have more than 60 games for you to play.
Play Trivia games here.
 
Books Into Movies
 
Did you like the book? Well now you can see the movie! Check out the newest summer flicks that are based on books to get another dose of the stories you love. And here's an extra special treat. Some of the films we've assembled have companion books that are based directly on the motion picture screenplay and that take you behind-the-scenes at the making of the movie --- which means you can enjoy the story long after the credits stop rolling.

We cannot wait to see The Princess Diaries Royal Engagement!
Read our Books Into Movies feature here.
 
New Reading Group Guides
 
Many of you have written to ask us for more book club discussion guides. As a result, we are happy to share that we have added:

THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke
INKHEART by Cornelia Funke
SO B. IT by Sarah Weeks
HEARTBEAT by Sharon Creech

May we suggest you try a book club with your friends this summer?
Read our new reading group guides here.
 
Reviews and Features
 
MILLIONS by Frank Cottrell Boyce
What would you do if a fortune fell into your lap and you had to spend it in secret --- in less than three weeks? That's what happens to Damian and his brother in this absolutely unforgettable novel. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

REGARDING THE SINK by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Sisters Kate and Sarah Klise have created a clever and touching sequel to REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN, as readers once again find themselves immersed in a mystery with the students at Geyser Creek Middle School. Reviewed by Renee Kirchner.

THE SIEGE: Guardians of Ga'Hoole - Book Four, by Kathryn Lasky
Soren the barn owl and his friends have a new quest ahead of them --- a quest that is terrifying but essential to the well-being of all the owls who live in the Ga'Hoole tree. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

EAGER by Helen Fox
When the Bells get a new family robot they name Eager, they're amazed to discover that he has feelings and the ability to think for himself. Eager and his two young owners notice the suspicious activities of the high-tech BDC4 robots and decide to follow up in this amazing science fiction novel, which explores the question of "life." Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

MY TRAVELS WITH CAPTS. LEWIS AND CLARK, BY GEORGE SHANNON by Kate McMullan
Kate McMullan has written an outstanding piece of historical fiction, as she accurately relates the happenings of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the unique format of journal entries. Reviewed by Melissa A. Palmer.
Read our reviews and features here.
 
Poll: Personal Reading Goal
 
Did you meet your own personal reading goal for this summer?

Yes, I did!
No, but I am close.
No
I did not give myself a personal reading goal.
Answer the Poll here.
 
Question of the Month
 
What author (besides J.K. Rowling) gets you to make a beeline for the store or library when a new book is out?
Click here to answer our Question of the Month.
 

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