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Monday, June 1, 2009

Welcome, Sara Zarr!

We are thrilled to welcome Sara Zarr to readergirlz. Her novel, Sweethearts, is our June pick! Check out the our interview with Sara, book party ideas themed around Sweethearts, and our Reach Out project idea--as well as the awesome soundtrack Sara's chosen for the book--on readergirlz.com.

Here's a little about the book: As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also each other's only friend. So when Cameron disappeared without warning, Jennifer thought she'd lost the one person who would ever understand her. Now in high school and known as Jenna, she is popular, happy, and dating -- everything "Jennifer" couldn't be. When Cameron suddenly reappears, they both are confronted with the memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken. Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.

And the buzz...

"We are honored to have National Book Award Nominee Sara Zarr at readergirlz this month to celebrate the theme of Truth with her beautiful novel, Sweethearts. When Jenna's childhood friend Cameron walks back into her life, Jenna must face the fragile self she has left in the past as well as the life-altering memory she shares with Cameron. I think her journey will resonate with readergirlz of all ages as we consider the truth of who we are, and who we want to be." - Holly Cupala, readergirlz diva

A 2008 Cybils finalist

An Oprah Book Club Kids Reading List pick

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, VOYA

"...wistful prose and skillfully layered characters." - Horn Book

Cybils Award Finalist 2007

We are psyched! Join us all month right here on the blog for discussions and mark your calendars a LIVE chat on Wednesday, June 17th at 6pm PST/9pm EST.

Happy June, readergirlz!


Erin said...

Welcome, Sara!! We're so excited to have you here this month!

Marie said...

Hello Sara! I've been meaning to read this one for a long time now! Yay!

holly cupala said...

Welcome, Sara! We're so excited to have you!

Vivian Mahoney said...

Welcome, Sara! Can't wait to learn more about your work!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds awesome. I can not wait to read it. I'll pick it up at the library this weekend! :D

Melissa Walker said...

Yay, Sara!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Welcome, Sara! We are so honored to host you!

Little Willow said...

Hey Sara! So glad you're here this month. :)

Silence is Golden, But Ducktape is Silver said...

Hiya Sara! I love you! You're amazing!

For serious. She rocks ma socks.

Loved Sweethearts, read it over a year ago when my grandma was in surgery. It was like having a wee piece of comfort with me.

You're All I Have- Snow Patrol

Awesome song! Awesome Band.

So welcome!

Dia Calhoun said...

HI Sara,
Thrilled you are with us this month!

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