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Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD)

Hey rgz,

YALSA and readergirlz are inviting you to participate in an awesome opportunity!


We are partnering on a second teen literacy project, Operation Teen Book Drop(TBD), after the success of our 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens program last October. To build awareness for April 17, 2008, Support Teen Literature Day, readergirlz and YALSA have organized a massive, coordinated release of 10,000 publisher-donated YA books into the top pediatric hospitals across the country.

We now invite you to celebrate Support Teen Lit Day with us. How? Donate one of your books to your community and join an unprecedented online book bash: The TBD Post-Op Party!

What To Do Now?
· Download a TBD bookplate from here. Paste this bookplate into the book you plan to donate. If you are an author, download this plate.

· Blog about Operation TBD and your upcoming participation, and place the “I Rock the Drop” icon on your site. You can get the code here.

· At the readergirlz MySpace group forum look for the thread “TBD rgz,” and post a reply that you plan to “Rock the Drop.” Watch and participate in other readergirlz MySpace group forum TBD threads as they are posted.

Drop a Book on April 17th
· Leave your book, with a TBD bookplate pasted inside, in a teen gathering spot in your community. Place it where the book will be found, taken, and read. (i.e. a coffee shop, the park, school, a bus stop.)

Join the TBD Post-Op Party, April 17th
· We invite everyone to join our online two-hour book party hosted at the readergirlz MySpace forum, on April 17th (Support Teen Literature Day), at 6-8pm Pacific/9-11pm Eastern. The chat will be in a thread titled "TBD Post-Op Party." The readergirlz divas will be giving away books and prizes!

We've invited so many authors, you just never know who you might end up chatting with! This is the same day all 10,000 publisher-donated books will be dropped in pediatric hospitals across the country, and it is the same day authors and librarians themselves will have released their own favorite books into their communities as you have.

Operation TBD has special meaning to the readergirlz divas. After researching pediatric oncology wards for her novel GIRL OVERBOARD, Justina Chen Headley spent a year purchasing autographed YA novels to donate to her local Children’s Hospital, specifically because most hospitals do not have comfort objects for teens. Lorie Ann Grover (ON POINTE) and Dia Calhoun (AVIELLE OF RHIA) personally know the healing power of stories during hospital stays, since they both live with chronic illness. Mitali Perkins (WHITE HOUSE RULES) has recently joined the team and is eager to support a readergirlz/YALSA special project.

We all know that books give hope. Let's make this an awesome event, rgz!

Read, reflect, and reach out!

Lorie Ann Grover,

and Justina Chen Headley, Dia Calhoun, and Mitali Perkins

readergirlz is wild with joy to welcome the incomparable Sarah Dessen, our featured author for March and our hot topic: TRUTH.

Just Listen is a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade.

Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything." This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend, no peace at home, and no one to sit with at lunch.

Until she meets Owen Armstrong, a music-obsessed boy. With his help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

This is young adult fiction at its best. -- School Library Journal

Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story. —VOYA

A Booksense Top Ten Pick
A New York Times Bestseller
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Talk with Sarah all month long on the readergirlz group forum. And don't miss our Sneak Peek Lock and Key party on Thursday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. pst/3:00 EST on the forum. For lots more about Sarah, check out the complete readergirlz issue. And check out our new look for our one year anniversary!

Girl Overboard Challenge Grant!

Thanks to Little Willow for this awesome graphic!

Girl Overboard

Burton Snowboards and Girl Overboard author Justina Chen Headley, in partnership with Youth Venture, are co-sponsoring the Go Overboard Challenge Grant to fund the best youth-led ideas to change the world.

The Go Overboard Challenge Grant encourages young people to commit to a cause they are passionate about and submit an action plan describing how their team (two or more persons) will "Go Overboard" to create a new, sustainable community-benefiting organization (venture). The challenge grant asks that participants form an entirely new venture to address a problem they have identified in their school, neighborhood, community or the world. The best ideas will win one of 12 grants, each worth $1000, to help them realize their vision.

To learn more about the Go Overboard Challenge Grant, visit www.burton.com/gooverboardgrant

For information on Girl Overboard book and tour, contact Tracey Daniels at 828-859-9456 or tracey@mmpublicity.com




The holidays are here, readergirlz! And what better gift for your BFF than a book perfect for her passion? The divas, postergirlz, and one fabulous bookseller have teamed together to give you the most excellent shopping list for your BFF, designed by readergirlz divas Dia Calhoun and Lorie Ann Grover.

Is she The Girl Who Saves Her Neck for Edward? Jackie's list will do the trick.

Or maybe she's The Girl Who Dances in Glass Slippers. Dia's list is right on.

Check out our list of ten personalities, print out the PDFs, and then shoot over to your local bookstore. Even better, print out all the lists, hole punch the corner, and tie them together with a ribbon. There may be a book you want for yourself as well! Let the shopping begin!

And remember, check out www.2SMRT4U.com for tips on keeping you safe online. They're giving away way cool FREE rings for you and a friend. Slip a ribbon around the ring and you've got yourself a stand-out present topper.

So consider these bookmarks our gift to you & your BFF and our very personal community service project all rolled in one. So read, reflect, and reach out. Happy holidays!


Download postergirl picks as a PDF or JPG

Download diva picks as a PDF or JPG


Some fun ways to dress up your BFF Bookmarks

·         * Cut out your bookmarks with zig-zag scissors or other fun designs

·         * Decorate with glitter pens, markers, stamps, or stickers

·         * Spray with a light coat of pearl or glitter paint

·         * Punch a hole in the corner and tie with a ribbon

·         * Punch a series of holes around the bookmarks and thread with a cord

·         * Use a cute brad fastener or ribbon to group bookmarks together (punch  small hole first)

·         * Try something new, and have fun!

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 Our thanks to writer, Holly Cupala, for these fun decoration ideas!



Currently listening :
By Josh Groban
Release date: 09 October, 2007



Poster by Dia Calhoun

Here's a quick round-up of some of the wonderful results from 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens

31 nightly chats connecting teens with the best authors of today
Girlz (and guyz) who are reading more widely
Publishers Weekly article
School Library Journal article
ALA website announcement
YALSA blog coverage
Beaucoup coverage in the rest of the blogosphere, from children's lit bloggers to library blogs
Library website features, some even making weekly slide shows
Librarians and teachers reading the transcripts with their students
Librarian love at WLMA
Librarian love at the Teen Volume Conference with the Chicago Public Library
Worldwide participation: U.K., Italy, Australia, Kuwait, Spain, France, Argentina, and New Zealand
Publisher websites linked
Publisher newsletters announced 31
Publisher 31 book donations

Thanks to all our 31 Fabulous Authors! 

Thanks to all our generous and critically-acclaimed authors who participated in the YALSA-readergirlz mega-event: 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens.  We applaud MySpace newbies for braving the teen hangout, and we commend everyone for dealing so well with the MySpace group forum.

As one teen told us, "So I went to the library today and got a HUGE bag of books from all the authors we'll be meeting this month. Hope no other readergirl goes looking at my library because she won't find anything."

Thanks to the three fabulous women at YALSA who celebrate teen reading: Beth Yoke, executive director; Paula Brehm-Heeger, president; and Judy Nelson, former president.

"What an amazing mission YALSA has to engage teens in literature. For many Teen Read Week could be the moment they start their own amazing journey of discovery, through a book in their hands." - Lorie Ann Grover, readergirlz diva, On Pointe

"Just as teenagers must come of age as people, they also must come of age as readers. Teen Read Week puts a spotlight on this transition, and reminds us all of the importance of getting good books to teenagers." - John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Thanks to our beloved Postergirlz for sending us their author interviews, book reviews and co-hosting chats!

Thanks to the fab teachers and librarians who lurked and posted on the chats -- you know who you are.

And thanks to all the readergirlz and guyz who put off homework (and dinner!) every night to spend time with our amazing authors!

Celebrate with your favorite ice cream

Are your scoops ready?



Holly Black kicks off our final week of 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens!! 

Get ready to Chat with award-winning author Holly Black tonight at the  readergirlz MySpace Group Forum  @ 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

And chat with a New Author Every Night This Week beginning 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT  (Special Time for Stephenie Meyer Chat begins 9pm PDT/12pm EDT)

Here's Our Big Scoop on Week Five!

October 28th Holly Black  

Check out readergirlz issue featuring Holly Black complete with playlist, party ideas, and Holly's interview with the divas!

October 29th Cynthia Leitich Smith

October 30th Dia Calhoun

October 31st Stephenie Meyer   

 (Stephenie Meyer Chat begins 9pm PDT/12pm EDT)

Come join us for the chat tonight. 

Are your scoops ready?

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Sonya Sones starts off week four of 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens!! 

Get ready to Chat with award-winning author Sonya Sones tonight at the  readergirlz MySpace Group Forum  @ 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

And chat with a New Author Every Night in October beginning 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

Here's Our Big Scoop on Week Three!

October 21st Sonya Sones 

October 22nd Lisa Yee

October 23rd Carolyn Mackler   

October 24th E. Lockhart  

October 25th Janet Lee Carey  

October 26th Gaby Triana

October 27th Lauren Myracle

Come join us for the chat tonight and each night this week. 

Are your scoops ready?

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Tanya Lee Stone starts off week three of 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens!! 

Get ready to Chat with Tanya Lee Stone tonight at the  readergirlz MySpace Group Forum  @ 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

And chat with a New Author Every Night in October beginning 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

Here's Our Big Scoop on Week Three!

October 14th Tanya Lee Stone 

October 15th John Green

October 16th Sara Zarr  

October 17th Deb Caletti  

October 18th Rachel Cohn  

October 19th Kirsten Miller

October 20th Mitali Perkins  

Come join us for the chat tonight. 

Are your scoops ready?


Week 2 of 31 Flavorite Authors!!



Ellen Hopkins kicks off week 2 of 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens!!  

Get ready to Chat with New York Times Best-selling Author, Ellen Hopkins, tonight at the  readergirlz MySpace Group Forum  @ 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

And chat with a New Author Every Night in October beginning 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

Here's Our Big Scoop on Week Two!

October 7th  Ellen Hopkins

October 8th Justina Chen Headley 

October 9th Chris Crutcher 

October 10th Ann Brashares 

October 11th Sarah Mlynowski

October 12th Cecil Castellucci

October 13th Kirby Larson


Come join us!  


Are your scoops ready?

 Don't miss a single moment with this amazing lineup!


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Announcing readergirlz 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens!

Get ready to Chat on the readergirlz MySpace Group Forum every Night in October beginning 5pm PDT/ 8pmEDT

Here's Our First Big Scoop on Week One!


October 1st  Meg Cabot


October 2nd Tiffany Trent


October 3rd  Brent Hartinger


October 4th Lorie Ann Grover


October 5th K.L. Going


October 6th Nikki Grimes


Come join us!

Don't miss a single moment with this amazing lineup!

Are your scoops ready?