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Read -A-Long Community [Jan. 25th, 2009|05:49 pm]
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I hope it's ok to post this here, I didn't see anything against it iin the rules, if it is not, let me know and I will remove.

read_gg is a community dedicated to reading the Gossip Girl Series, book by book.

Please, join! ♥♥♥

Starting on February 2nd we will start reading the Gossip Girl Series book by book and discussing it daily. Please check it out and join if it's your fancy. The more, the Merrier.

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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2007|01:27 pm]
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(note: I posted this to the other ya lit communities I belong to)

I loved TTYL and TTFN, so I looked forward to reading l8r, g8r, the third in the wonderful "winsome threesome" series by Lauren Myracle. I'm still astounded by how Lauren Myracle can tell such riveting stories using only instant messaging format, and l8r, g8r may very well be my favorite of the three books. There are so many twists and turns in this story I'm not going to attempt to summarize it, but I will say that just when I think there're no more possible ways for a YA author to make "senior prom" fresh and new, someone rises to the challenge. In fact, this is probably one of my favorite prom scenes ever. This book stands well on its own, but I recommend reading the other two first.
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ya novel recommendation [Mar. 5th, 2007|01:55 am]
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(Note: I posted this to the other ya lit communities I belong to)

Just finished a wonderful ya book, Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowski. It’s a story of a high school girl going through first love and heartbreak. And that’s all! There’s no rape, incest, death, divorce, dysfunctional families, or domestic abuse. There’re also no disabilities, discrimination, teen pregnancy, disease, addictions, eating disorders, religion issues, gangs, poverty, being a social outcast, or oppression. There're not even any vampires or supernatural powers. Still, it's one of the most emotionally naked stories I’ve ever read. I recommend this strongly, esp for readers about to start college since it spans senior year of high school through freshman year of college. (The book jacket says it’s for readers 14 and older, though I think 16 should be the minimum because of the graphic, though very realistic, nature of the love scenes.)

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(no subject) [Sep. 16th, 2006|12:34 am]
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[music |placebo "every you every me"]

Hi, my name is April and I'm 16 years old. I love to read and I work at my local library. My favorite author of all time is David Levithan. I recently made a community dedicated to David here on LJ. If you'd like to join that'd be great because I'm trying to get it started off well, and hopefully I can get ahold of David to 'officialize' it soon. :)
Thanks guys for all your help!
x :)

ps. Don't forget to add us to your friends page!
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2. For freedom: the story of a French spy, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. [Jul. 22nd, 2006|05:39 pm]
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2. For freedom: the story of a French spy, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 2003. M/H, Fiction: Historical, 181 p. * * * 6/13/2006

Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs.

This was a pretty interesting novel. I didn't like it so much at first, because it felt like the main plot took too long to get started. I did find myself captivated by what was going on in the story, though. Would you believe that this novel was based on interviews with Suzanne David, the French teenager who risked her life and who eventually married an American soldier and moved to the US?

Bradley definitely describes the horrors of war—violence, unease, suspense, traitors lurking among friends, mental and emotional distress, death, and so on. But the story of Suzanne David is certainly one that fans of historical fiction or World War II would appreciate.

For freedom: the story of a French spy was listed as a selection or nominee for these state-sponsored student book awards or book lists:

AR Diamond/Charlie May Simon 05/06
CT Nutmeg Children's Award Nominees (Gr 7-8) 2007
ME Student Book Award 04/05
MO Show Me/Mark Twain/Gateway Teen 05/06
OK Sequoyah Children's/Young Adult 2006
SC Junior Book Award Nominees 05/06
TN Volunteer State Young Adult Award 05/06
UT CLAU Beehive Award 04/05
VT Dorothy Canfield Fisher / Red Clover 04/05

kateshort's challenge ending date: May 31, 2007.

2/50 books for my challenge year = 4% completed
389/15000 pages since June 1st = 2.6% completed

Crossposted to kateshort, middlebooks, slms_r_us, teenreading, yalitlovers, and 50bookchallenge.

Pimpage time: If you like short stories, visit http://budgie_uk.livejournal.com/546343.html and issue budgie_uk a 200-word Fast Fiction challenge!
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Hello! [Jul. 18th, 2006|03:52 pm]
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Hi, my name is Bee, and I have a Wish List of books for which I would like to recieve before school starts! (September 6th.) I've gone into "teen book collecting" and I love reading them. But a few books on the list are for school.

So if anyone would like to help, please go to the link below!


Thank you so much. :)
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1. Alt Ed, by Catherine Atkins. [Jun. 30th, 2006|10:24 am]
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1. Alt Ed, by Catherine Atkins. 2003. H, Fiction: Realistic, 208 p. * * * 6/9/2006

In order to avoid expulsion after committing various offenses, six very different high school students are required to meet with the school counselor, in a group, every Wednesday afternoon for a semester.

I liked this one overall. It had notes of The Breakfast Club and was somewhat stereotypical in spots, and I really wished that Susan would Just Shut Up every once in a while, but I think it's a realistic portrayal of how high school kids can be.

I do wish that Atkins had limited the language. Although it was realistic, it's something that would probably keep me from buying the book for my middle school library.

Alt Ed was listed as a selection or nominee for these state-sponsored student book awards or book lists:

MO Show Me/Mark Twain/Gateway Teen 05/06
SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees 05/06
SD Prairie Buds/Prairie Pasque/YARP 05/06
TX Tayshas 04/05

kateshort's challenge ending date: May 31, 2007.

1/50 books for my challenge year = 2% completed
208/15000 pages since June 1st = 1.4% completed

Crossposted to kateshort, middlebooks, teenreading, yalitlovers, and 50bookchallenge.

Pimpage time: If you like short stories, visit http://budgie_uk.livejournal.com/546343.html and issue budgie_uk a 200-word Fast Fiction challenge!

Community suggestions: Read whatever you like. Read however much you want to. Start your challenge year when you want to. Count whatever you think is reasonable. Nobody turns anyone over to the book police… :D
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(no subject) [May. 23rd, 2006|12:12 pm]
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Attention Due to a lack of response in the past few weeks the Young Adult Book Drive 4 Rural Libraries will be closing on June 10th. I would like to thank everyone who helped out either by making donations, giving me advice on the website or on where to find books. If you would like to make a final donation it would be very much appreciated. We've managed to collect around 280 books and help five libraries. I am still in possession of some of the donations and will be making the final delivery after the book drive closes. Thank you so much for everything!

Take Care
YA Book Drive
Amazon Wish List
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2006|02:24 pm]
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Hi everyone,

My name is Kat and I work at the Benton Harbor Public Library in Benton Harbor Michigan. We serve a predominantly African-American economically disadvantaged population.

I am trying to collect books for our teen summer reading program. We receive books each year from "Michigan Friends of Education" but this year they only sent books suitable for younger readers. This has left me to seek alternate means of securing books to give away during our summer reading program. One of the goals of our program is to make sure that every participant gets a book of their own. Our participants are between the ages of 12-19.

We tried going to Scholastic but did not meet the qualifications for a book grant from them.

I have started up an amazon wishlist of paperbacks that people can buy and donate to the Benton Harbor Public Library. Between the Wishlist, a direct donation requests we've collected aproximatly 25 books so far. We are hoping to make a goal of at least 100 books. If you would like to make a donation please visit the amazon wishlist, or leave a reply here or at my livejournal if you want any other information.

Thank you.
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(no subject) [Apr. 5th, 2006|09:21 am]
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Do you have used young adult books on your shelves you aren’t reading? Please consider making a donation to the YA Book Drive for Rural Libraries. I work at a library in the New York Southern Tier and have started a book drive to provide the libraries in the surrounding communities with books for their young adult collection. When libraries have tight budgets it is the teens that are left out. Please take a moment to check out the book drive’s website and browse our Amazon Wish List where you can purchase books for the YA Book Drive. Questions, comments or suggestion? Just email me at bookdrivegirl@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.

Thank you,
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