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Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Coming Soon! Greenwood Academy! A pan-fandom roleplaying game!

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Thursday, September 9th, 2010
3:04 pm - Francine Pascal dishes on all things Sweet Valley!

Francine Pascal talks about Sweet Valley Confidential (March 2011!), the movie with Diablo Cody, how Sweet Valley High was almost a TV soap opera and more.

I had no idea Francine and her husband got their start writing for the ABC soap The Young Marrieds. And I love that NBC thought Sweet Valley was "too pink" for a TV series.

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Sunday, September 6th, 2009
9:39 am - A BSC prequel?

A new Baby-Sitters Club book?

The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (April 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0545160936
ISBN-13: 978-0545160933

Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four girls named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill. As they start the summer before seventh grade (also before they start the BSC), each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Kristy is still hung up on hoping that her father will return to her family. Mary Anne has to prove to her father that she's no longer a little girl who needs hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind...

...in order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

The Summer Before . . . is a sweet, moving novel about four girls on the edge of something big - not just the Club that will change their lives, but also all the joys and tribulations of being twelve and thirteen.

(Many thanks to escritoireazul for the heads up.)

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Saturday, November 8th, 2008
6:09 pm - YA/Kidlit GLBT book recs?

I just got the new Manny Files novel, and I'm looking forward to reading it, but the mention of the Drama! series in the new TLA catalog I got today has me wondering what it's like and what are some other GLBT YA/kidlit books that are good reads.

Like, are there any YA supernatural-themed novels with a queer protagonist? Or other lighthearted, fun reads like the Manny Files novels. Or just plain good YA/kidlit with a GLBT focus.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:48 am - Yet another reason YA lit is so damn awesome.

YA for Obama.

What is YA for Obama?

YA for Obama is a community of YA writers and readers and friends who have joined together because of our commitment to Future United States President Barack Obama. We think he’s the right person for the job.

...We have some amazing authors, like Judy Blume, John Green, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Megan McCafferty, Holly Black, Libba Bray . . . forget it. The list is too long to put here.

AWESOME isn't enough to describe this. *flails*

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Saturday, July 26th, 2008
11:27 pm - Feminist Book Recommendations.

Cross posted at various communities.

After regularly reading requests for feminist book recommendations I've decided to create a community for that very purpose.


The Feminist Library is a community in which members can recommend books to others. With the use of the tags and memory feature it is hoped that it will eventually provide a resource to the countless requests for book recommendations on feminist sites.

Books do not have to be explicitly feminist, just be of interest to some one with 'feminist ethics.' By this we mean it may have a strong female role model, show gay families in a positive light, include strong characters of colour (not just token references) or positively present children doing things that are gender non conformist. This community was mainly set up for people looking for books for their children and teenagers who were disappointed with many of the themes and messages in the books aimed at those age groups. However it is open to books aimed at any age group.

Both Fiction and Non-Fiction can be posted as long as they have a feminist message and are tagged correctly.

This is not a place to request a certain type of book. You can do so at communities like feministbooks and feminist_lit.

This community is not supposed to tread on the toes of the library thing, LJ Feminist site, simply to provide an alternative.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
1:03 pm

Here's a great summer read for teenage girls - I read first it in seventh grade and loved it; now I'm entering college and I still think it's brilliant. Everything is written in free verse, with beautiful illustrations. Highly recommended.

(The video is only a minute long; make sure to turn up the sound.)

Happy reading!

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Friday, May 16th, 2008
5:52 pm - Twilight?

So, there's a book series called Twilight and apparently its about vampires. I've never heard of it until I got on Facebook and the Flair application and every other piece of flair was about Twilight, and it makes me want to read them, but I don't know if they are any good. Can anyone tell me what it's about?
I love vampires, so I hope I have a new series to read!!

Also, can someone tell me the title of the books that were about twins, one boy and one girl, and they were ghosts and they had a ghost dog, and they lived in a resort or something and their house got rented out a lot. I remember I had a few of those but I'm not sure where they are and I want to read the rest of that series!

Thanks for you help :)

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Friday, April 11th, 2008
8:37 pm - Sweet Valley sequel still coming... and a musical?!?!

She talks about the re-launch of the Sweet Valley High books, writing Sweet Valley Confidential and yes, Sweet Valley High: The Musical.

"The updates don't bother me because the stories are still the same. I felt very taken with the ideals: love, friendship, loyalty and compassion, all the most classic values," says Pascal at her Midtown apartment. "I believe that's the time [high school] when they mean the most, and I knew that any high school kid would identify with that. It's also very dramatic, still, because the things that happen to you are life and death."

Pascal says fans will have lots more to look forward to - she's currently writing "Sweet Valley Confidential," a novel that follows up with the twins and their friends at 26 years old. She's also planning "Sweet Valley High: The Musical," which she hopes to open in LA this fall.

"I can tell you that what you thought was going to happen to those people doesn't happen. Different things happen," she says mysteriously, flicking her shiny blond hair over her shoulder.

"Ten years, from 16 to adulthood, has made very different people. And I'm having kind of a good time writing it, doing what I want to do with these people. But my stars are still the twins."

And here's a slightly dated interview with Francine.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
8:59 pm - Gah. All this talk of advertising in YA novels is giving me a headache.

Perhaps some Excedrin(tm) will help get rid of it.

Young adult novels plumb new depths of product placement.

A new series of books by HarperCollins and named for a heroine called Mackenzie Blue is offering brand sponsorship for each new novel before the books are even written.

The author of the books, Tina Wells, is not even a writer by trade; she is, according to the NY Times, "chief executive of Buzz Marketing Group, which advises consumer product companies on how to sell to teenagers and preteenagers."

Man, this really makes me long for when the only brand name in YA novels was Bruce Patman's Porsche and the girls in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret used Teenage Softies.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
11:46 am - Viva Judy!

The Telegraph talks with Judy Blume.

And she has a blog!

Now I want to dig out my Judy Blume books and reread them...

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
2:53 pm - Sweet Valley High to be re-released?

Apparently the series is going to be re-released with updated touches like cell phones and e-mail.

The first four have also been rereleased in the UK with new covers.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2007
10:59 pm - Kidlit/YA snark sites?

Does anyone know if there are other sites like BSC Headquarters and The Sweet Valley Diaries?

Probably not, but I figured it didn't hurt to ask while I wait for Tiffany (from BSC Headquarters) to get back from vacation and SV Diaries to update with the next book.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2007
10:47 am - Reflections on the "Problem Novel"

Reflections on the "Problem Novel": Do These Calamity-Filled Books Serve Up Too Much, Too Often, Too Early?, by Barbara Feinburg

I was recently directed to this article that explores why a lot of award-winning and recommended or required books for children -- especially in late elementary and through middle school -- are so depressing and sometimes nightmare-inducing. The author noticed that her children were gearing themselves up for a required summer reading book, that her 12-year-old son wouldn't read those summer reading books without his door open and lots of lights on, and got to wondering why.

The article really got me thinking. I'm in the age range that she discusses, though perhaps old enough that I didn't get as much of a whallop -- and I know I didn't have the kind of required summer reading that kids have these days -- but I didn't read a lot of this kind of book. I only remember a few books like that, and I largely steered clear of the depressing ones by choice. Dicey's Song is the only one she discusses in the article that I read, and I remember it being melancholy, a book not to read unless in an appropriate mood, but not hopeless. But I have worked on an off in a bookstore since 1999, and have seen the summer reading lists come in, and I recognize a lot of the books she mentions.


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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
9:08 pm - New series from Ann M. Martin

I was flipping through a recent book of hers in Target the other day (it was the "autobiography" of the stray dog, I can't remember the title), but what caught my eye was the ad in the back of the book for a "new series" from Ann M. Martin coming "Summer 2007".

It's called Main Street and the ad wasn't too informative beyond that. A search on the Scholastic site (which is horribly set up, IMO) reveals a chat transcript where she talks about it a bit.

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Summary of the first book from Amazon: Welcome To Camden Falls - Flora and Ruby do not want to move to Camden Falls. But they don't really have a choice -- their parents are dead and their grandmother, Min, is taking them in. It's strange to be in a new place. But luckily, it's a very welcoming place. Min runs a sewing store, Needle & Thread, at the heart of Main Street in Camden Falls. There, Flora and Ruby become friends with Olivia, who likes to organize things, and Nikki, who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Even if Flora and Ruby never expected it to, Camden Falls becomes their home . . . and its stories become a part of their stories.

I'm not really feeling any interest, especially after finding out more about it, but I thought some of you might like to know.

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007
10:21 am - Depression

I need your help in terms of bibliotherapy - I am looking for book recommendations where the protagonists experience depression.

The only great book I can think of is Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. Any suggestions are really appreciated!


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Friday, September 29th, 2006
2:18 pm - Sweet Valley Fans
emmarenhaw Hi :) I've finally figured out how to join this journal! :) I'm Emma, from the UK, and I'm a MAJOR Sweet Valley fan...and an even bigger Elizabeth and Todd fan :D I love talking about SV online, cos everyone is as mad about it as I am! I have very high hopes for the release of SV Confidential as well ;)

I'm the owner of The Hidden Bookcase, a huge Sweet Valley site, which is at:


I've also just started a Sweet Valley Forum there!


Hopefully we can get as many SV fans there as possible, and have some fun! (Its also a forum for other book series's, such as The Babysitters Club and The Sleepover Club, and any other series you like really!) I'd love to here from all the SV fans!!

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Saturday, September 16th, 2006
12:54 am
lhowea Hi, my name is April and I'm 16 years old. I love to read and I work at my local library. My favorite author of all time is David Levithan. I recently made a community dedicated to David here on LJ. If you'd like to join that'd be great because I'm trying to get it started off well, and hopefully I can get ahold of David to 'officialize' it soon. :)
Thanks guys for all your help!
x :)

ps. Don't forget to add us to your friends page!

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
12:05 pm

i've recently come across a wonderful author, penelope farmer.

thus far i've read "the summer birds" and "charlotte sometimes."

i must say that i was very impressed with both books and would love any suggestions for further reading!

current mood: hopeful

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Sunday, July 9th, 2006
11:38 pm - Beauty and the Beast

What is your favorite picture-book version of Beauty and the Beast? I don't have a clear place to start--no version ever won the Caldecott Medal or Honor or was featured on Reading Rainbow. Do you like the one illustrated by Mercer Mayer, Jan Brett, Ruth Sanderson? Tell me!

x-posted to nostalgia_books

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