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Monday, August 3, 2009

August 2009: rgz Newsflash!

We are showering birdseed on diva Melissa Walker! She just got married! Here’s to a lifetime of love, Melissa. And postergirl Jackie Parker must have caught the bouquet. She’s engaged! We are happy for you, ladies!

rgz welcomes Coe Booth!
In August we are chatting with Coe Booth and highlighting her intense, thought-provoking novel, Kendra. Discuss related topics all month at the rgz blog. rgz LIVE! with Coe will be held there on August 26th at 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern.


Postergirlz recommend!

Here are the postergirlz recommended reads to accompany Kendra:

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
Violet by Design by Melissa Walker
So Not the Drama by Paula Chase
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
GirlForce by Nikki Goldstein


Sneak Peek TBD ’10!

Diva Lorie Ann Grover had an amazing time representing rgz at ALA 2009. She met with Loriene Roy, the past president of ALA, the American Indian Library Association, and the The Office for Literacy and Outreach Services about Operation Teen Book Drop '10. The Diversity Fair brought TBD to the attention of many. With such support and enthusiasm, we are going to rock the drop next April. Get ready, rgz! If you are a publisher wanting to participate, e-mail diva Dia Calhoun at diacalhoun @ msn.com.


August Community Service

Kendra’s mom wasn’t alone in having a baby at the age of 14. Statistics show that in the U.S., three out of every ten teenage girls will get pregnant at least once before turning twenty. Visit http://www.stayteen.org/ for more teen pregnancy information and share it with your community.


Did you catch the gorgeous gallery postgirl Little Willow put together for us last month? The participation was exceptional in honor of the theme Art Saves and Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg’s graphic novels, The Plain Janes and Janes in Love. Check them out!

As always, if you have any suggestions for our award-winning 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, Tell Me A Secret (2010)
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
Melissa Walker, Lovestruck Summer

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Lorie Ann Grover said...

Yay for the newsflash, Holly! Thank you.

Melissa Walker said...

Awesome month!

Little Willow said...

Happy August, everyone.

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