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readergirlz is a literacy and social media project for teens, awarded the National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading Prize. The rgz blog serves as a depot for news and YA reviews from industry professionals and teens. As volunteers return full force to their own YA writing, the organization continues to hold one initiative a year to impact teen literacy. All are welcome to "like" us on Facebook!

Friday, May 1, 2009

May: rgz Newsflash

Welcome to readergirlz in May! We are ready to salsa into Latina Book Month!

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We Rocked the Drop!

Many, many thanks for everyone’s participation in Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD ’09). Over 8,000 books were dropped, readers across the country left YA books in their communities, and we partied it up at our blog! We heart Support Teen Literature Day! Here’s one more round of applause for YALSA, GuysLitWire and our publishers:

Abrams Books, Bloomsbury/Walker Books, Candlewick Press, Full Cast Audio, Hachette Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hyperion, Milkweed, Mirrorstone Books, Orca Book Publishers, Peachtree Books, Perseus Book Group/Running Press, Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Soft Skull Press & Red Rattle Books, TOKYOPOP and Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen.

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Welcome Laura Resau to rgz!

In May, we’ll celebrate Latina Book Month with author Laura Resau and discuss her critically acclaimed novel, Red Glass. The starred review from Publishers Weekly stated, “The prose captivates from the first chapter ... a vibrant, large-hearted story."

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Check out the postergirlz recommended reads!

The postergirlz have selected these works to accompany Red Glass:

* Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa by Micol Ostow
* Estrella's Quinceanera by Malin Alegria
* Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
* Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico by Malin Alegria
* The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
* The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
* Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States



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Prepare for our summer rgz reads!

* Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
* The Plain Janes and Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
* Kendra by Coe Booth

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Here’s to a sizzling month of reading. Contact us at divas@readergirlz.com.


~the readergirlz divas~

Lorie Ann Grover, On Pointe
Dia Calhoun, Avielle of Rhia
Holly Cupala, A Light That Never Goes Out (2010)
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
Melissa Walker, Violet Series



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8 comments:

babygirlG said...

YAY to Operation Teen Book Drop!

Melissa Walker said...

So excited for RED GLASS!

Shelf Elf said...

I am also SUPER excited about Red Glass this month. It is one of the most beautiful books I read this year.

I can't wait to read a few of the recommended titles too!

Hooray!

LauraResau said...

Hi everyone--
I'm *thrilled* that Red Glass is this month's RGZ book-- what an honor-- thank you! And big congrats on making the Book Drop such a success!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks for sharing your time with us, Laura! I absolutely LOVE Red Glass!

Thanks for posting the newsletter, Holly!

And thanks to the postergirlz for the recommends!

cupcakewitch said...

Yay for OTBD & a new RgZ month! Woo!

LauraResau said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments about Red Glass! (And especially to Lorie Ann who wrote despite her migraine (according to her facebook update)... hope you feel better soon! ;)

You guys did an awesome job with this issue-- I'm especially excited that you mention the Dream Act. During author visits to schools, I've met LOTS of teens and kids who are great students (and all-around great people), but since they came here without legal papers (often as little kids), they can't get in-state tuition for college or get professional jobs after graduation. So... I'm very happy you're spreading the word about the Dream Act, which would help these students! Muchisimas gracias!!

Little Willow said...

Hi, Laura! Thank you for joining us this month. I really enjoyed Red Glass, and I look forward to discussing it in depth with everyone here.
Holly, Shelf Elf, Lorie Ann and I had a great roundtable discussion about it. (I posted that blog yesterday, and it's linked in the issue.)