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January 2004

Kidsreads.com Newsletter January 2004
What's New on Kidsreads.com
Our First Newsletter of 2004!
Cool New Books for January
Feature and Contest - LIONBOY by Zizou Corder --- Win One of 25 Books!
Award-winning Books!
The Making of A Writer by Joan Lowery Nixon
Series Update
Calling All Sports Fans! Author Matt Christopher's New Website is LIVE!
Reviews and Features
Poll
Question of the Month
Some Links on Kidsreads.com
 
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Series Feature
Play a trivia game here
Word Scrambles
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Our First Newsletter of 2004!
Very belated Happy New Year to all of you.

As we write this newsletter the wind is whipping around and it is freezing cold in New York. We're sure that you like many other parents can find winter a bit wearing as you try to come up with ideas on what to do with your children inside.

Sooooooooooo...we are here to give you some good ideas of new books to read and explore! And a new poll and question to answer. And a BIG update to our Series feature.

We also have a contest where 25 children will win a copy of a book we are just crazy about --- LIONBOY by Zizou Corder (the pseudonym for a mother/daughter writing team). See details below. It's perfect for children aged 8-12. My 8-year-old son, Cory, just loved it. We've interviewed the authors and will share that interview with you next month!

Whew. I think that will keep everyone busy for at least a few hours! Perhaps it even will give YOU time to explore a new book that you have been dying to read. Stuck on what to pick? Explore another website in TheBookReportNetwork.com --- Bookreporter.com. The site has weekly updates of great books to read as well as author interviews and book commentary.

In a book group with friends? Why not take a look at ReadingGroupGuides.com, the online book community for reading groups. We have over 1,280 guides there!

Some of you have asked where you can buy the titles listed at Kidsreads.com. Every selection is available at Amazon.com! I know when I am in local bookstores with my children I often cannot find the backlist titles that they crave. That's where shopping at Amazon makes even more sense.

Have a great month.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 

 
Cool New Books for January
 
One of the major highlights in this month's roundup of cool new books is THE BOY ON FAIRFIELD STREET, a picture book biography of Ted Geisel --- creator of the legendary feline Dr. Seuss and bestselling author of such classics as THE CAT IN THE HAT and GREEN EGGS AND HAM. 2004 marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth, and reading about Geisel's life is a great way to celebrate this memorable occasion.

We also have some marvelous works of fiction, including the story of a young boy who learns all about the importance of freedom from the writer of the Declaration of Independence himself.
Read our Cool New Books for January feature here.
 
Feature and Contest - LIONBOY by Zizou Corder --- Win One of 25 Books!
 
There is a new book that we are just crazy about ---LIONBOY by Zizou Corder. Here's the plot:

Charlie Ashanti is determined to locate his parents, who have just been kidnapped. Fortunately he knows how to speak Cat, so his feline friends do everything they can to help him. But little does Charlie know that in this search of his, the fate of the world is at stake. Read more about this book and the authors (psssst...Zizou Corder is the pen name of a mother/daughter writing team).

Next month we will review this book and interview the authors!

To celebrate the publication of LIONBOY by Zizou Corder, Kidsreads.com is running a contest where 25 readers each will have a chance to win a copy of the book! For details and rules check out
http://www.kidsreads.com/funstuff/contests/0401-lionboy-contest.asp
Read more about LIONBOY here.
 
Award-winning Books!
 
The American Library Association (otherwise known as the ALA) has announced its 2004 awards --- the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert --- honoring the best children's books published in 2003. And we've got them all for you right here!
Read about the award-winning books here.
 
The Making of A Writer by Joan Lowery Nixon
 
In this informative and entertaining book, four-time Edgar Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon shares the incidents from her childhood that helped her to grow and develop as a writer. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.
Click here to read more about Joan Lowery Nixon's THE MAKING OF A WRITER.
 
Series Update
 
We've updated our Series feature listings with new as well as soon-to-be-published books. Whether you want to see what is going on with your favorite series, or find a new series to explore, this is the link you don't want to bookmark!
Read our Series Updates here.
 
Calling All Sports Fans! Author Matt Christopher's New Website is LIVE!
 
Readers who are sports fans will want to explore MattChristopher.com, the new official website for bestselling author Matt Christopher. Christopher's recent books include Body Check and On The Court With...Shaquille O'Neal. MattChristopher.com offers information about his work --- including a bibliography broken down by the type of sport. The site also has an "All-Star Trivia Game," tour/appearance information, and a special section for teachers and librarians.
Click here to visit MattChristopher.com.
 
Reviews and Features
 
LILY B. ON THE BRINK OF COOL by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Thirteen-year-old Lily Blennerhassett, who hopes to be a great novelist some day, spends the summer missing her best friend and keeping a journal of her boring life at home and her encounters with the glamorous LeBlanc family. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

DONUTHEAD by Sue Stauffacher
Can a kid who fears everything survive being paired with one who fears nothing? This hilarious and touching novel features a neurotic, scared boy and a tougher-than-nails girl who help each other in more ways than they can imagine. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

BLACKWATER BEN by William Durbin
Thirteen-year-old Ben works at Blackwater Logging Camp as a cook's helper to his Pa, but Ben longs to be out in the woods with the lumberjacks. When an orphan boy arrives in camp and signs on to work with Pa, Ben makes both a friend and a rival. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.

ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
Second-grader Elisa Michaels misses her grandmother, helps take care of her little brother, and enjoys other quiet adventures in this heartwarming chapter book about family. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

THE MAKING OF A WRITER by Joan Lowery Nixon
In this informative and entertaining book, four-time Edgar Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon shares the incidents from her childhood that helped her to grow and develop as a writer. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

OUTLAW PRINCESS OF SHERWOOD: A Tale of Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer
Ettarde, a runaway princess, must choose between her freedom with the outlaws of Sherwood Forest and her duty to her family. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

UTTERLY ME, CLARICE BEAN by Lauren Child
In this entertaining chapter book, Clarice Bean becomes a detective like her favorite mystery series hero, Ruby Redfort. The question is, can she solve the mysteries in her own life without Ruby's high-tech gadgets? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.
Read our reviews and features here.
 
Poll
 
Which do you remember most in the books you read?

Plot
Characters
Setting
Other
Answer the Poll here.
 
Question of the Month
 
If you were writing a book and could name the main character anything that you wanted, what name would you pick?
Click here to answer our Question of the Month.
 

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Keep reading! Until next month...

Booker T. Worm and Friends