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!

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 2009: rgz News Flash!

Welcome to readergirlz in June!

Many thanks to the National Book Foundation for awarding rgz with the Innovations in Reading Prize! As rgz is a volunteer organization, this award will help us with operational costs and kick off a new literacy program we've been brainstorming for the coming year. Thank you, National Book Foundation! We are honored!


National Book Award nominated Sara Zarr hangs with rgz!

In June we are gathering to chat with Sara Zarr about her novel Sweethearts which received multiple starred reviews. Publishers Weekly called the work, "Engrossing." Be ready to discuss memories, friendship, and childhood sweethearts throughout the month. rgz LIVE! with Sara will be held on June 17th at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern at the readergirlz blog.


Check out the postergirlz recommended reads to accompany Sweethearts!

  • The Alison Rules by Catherine Clark
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • Purge by Sarah Darer Littmann
  • Hold Me Tight by Lorie Ann Grover
  • Peeled by Joan Bauer
  • The Year We Disappeared by John and Cylin Busby


rgz LIVE! chat with diva Melissa Walker!

We are celebrating diva Melissa Walker's latest release, Lovestruck Summer! Party it up June 9th at our blog at 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern. Save the night, even join us with your laptop or iPhone poolside! We’ll talk music, summer romance, and wave to our rgz in Austin, Texas. Congrats, Melissa!


June Community Service

In keeping with Sweethearts, our PR specialist Sara Easterly has brought Bully Bust 2009 to our attention. Check out the rgz June issue to learn more about empowerment against bullying and follow the link to sign the STAND UP pledge.


If you have any suggestions for our online book community, contact us at divas@readergirlz.com. Thanks for joining us as we read, reflect, and reach out!

Best in books,

the readergirlz divas~

Lorie Ann Grover, Hold Me Tight
Dia Calhoun, Avielle of Rhia
Holly Cupala, A Light That Never Goes Out (2010)
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
Melissa Walker, Lovestruck Summer

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Melissa Walker said...

Awesome month!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks for the post, Holly!

Little Willow said...

Bring it on, June!

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