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One Shot World Tour: Best Read with Vegemite

On Wednesday, August 15th, I'll be participating in the first One Shot World Tour, brought to you by the SBBT team. Some 15 blogs will each be featuring authors from Australia (and a bit of New Zealand). Other countries will be featured in coming months. The One Shot World Tour will include book reviews at some sites, and interviews at others.

Colleen Mondor, our tireless organizer and champion, put together the following schedule for the One Shot World Tour: Best Read with Vegemite edition:

We hope that you'll enjoy the first One Shot World Tour.


Children's Literacy Round-Up: August 10

Here are a few children's literacy stories and announcements from the wires. My favorite is the news that Sesame Street is going to be giving extra emphasis to children's literacy this season.

  • Here are some tidbits sent to me by Reading is Fundamental: "RIF has joined with Macy’s to create "Be One for the Books!" which provides new books and literacy resources to underserved children throughout the nation. Last year’s this program raised $1.2 million for the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy non-profit organization. With these funds, RIF has also launched a new Multicultural Literacy Campaign to address the reading gap in African American, Native American and Hispanic Communities... RIF has (also) launched a new, free educational website, in English and Spanish, to help parents and caregivers develop the language skills of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. RIF’s Leading to Reading (Semillitas de aprendizaje) is a fun and interactive online resource featuring stories, games, music, and other engaging activities for adults to experience together with young children. Both sites are accessible at www.rif.org... Older kids can check out the RIF Reading Planet. Designed for children ages 5 to 12, the RIF Reading Planet features fun literacy-rich games, contests and other activities."
  • According to Fox11AZ.com, "A community health center was recently awarded funds to continue and promote literacy among Tucson youth. The Qwest Foundation donated $10,000 to the El Rio Foundation on July 23 to benefit the community health center’s “Reach Out Read” children’s literacy program."
  • According to an article from USA Today, "Starting Monday, as Sesame Street begins its 38th season on PBS, 26 new episodes will focus on early literacy and language skills. Literacy has always had a starring role, but it will be emphasized even more this year because of a rising gap in literacy and language skills between lower- and middle-income children, says executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente".
  • According to an August 10th press release, "Thanks to the generosity of Verizon's customers who participated in the company's Check Into Literacy program, the Verizon Foundation seeks to award $341,000 to nonprofit organizations in Maryland that support literacy and learning activities for children, adolescents and adults."

Not To Be Missed

I haven't had a chance to catch up with everything that's been going on in the blogs while I was away, but here are a few not-to-be-missed items:

  • An all-new issue of the online journal The Edge of the Forest is now available. There's lots of great stuff, including an interview with Pam Coughlan about the 48 Hour Book Challenge, and two blogging writer features.
  • Readergirlz have also released a new issue for August. This month features Ironside, a teen fantasy novel by Holly Black. The issue includes author chat, book discussion questions and book club suggestions, companion reading, and a while-you-read playlist. Next month's featured book will be Sold, by Patricia McCormick.
  • The first ever Picture Book Carnival was published on August 1st at Mentor Texts & More. Some wonderful books are featured.
  • Little, Brown has put together a cool new website in honor of this week's release of the third title in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. I am eagerly awaiting my copy of Eclipse. I read somewhere that there's a million copy first printing, so I imagine a lot of other people will be reading it, too.

More this weekend...


July 2007 Reading List

I'm a bit late with this, but here are the books that I read in July. I hope to have time for some reviews next week.

Children's and Young Adult Books

  1. Susan Vaught: Trigger. Bloomsbury. Completed July 2, 2007. My review.
  2. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire (Book 4). Scholastic. Completed July 5, 2007.
  3. John Marsden: Tomorrow, When the War Began (Book 1). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 7, 2007.
  4. Suzanne Collins: Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, Book 5). Scholastic. Completed July 7, 2007. My review.
  5. John Marsden: The Dead of Night (Tomorrow #2). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 11, 2007.
  6. John Marsden: A Killing Frost (Tomorrow #3). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 12, 2007.
  7. J. K. Rowling: The Order of the Phoenix (Book 5). Scholastic. Completed July 17, 2007.
  8. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6). Scholastic. Completely July 20, 2007.
  9. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). Scholastic. Completed July 21, 2007.
  10. John Marsden: Darkness, Be My Friend (Book 4, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed July 22, 2007.
  11. John Marsden: Burning for Revenge (Book 5, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed July 23, 2007.
  12. Heather Brewer: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites. Dutton. Completed July 25, 2007.
  13. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Treasures of Weatherby. Atheneum. Completed July 26, 2007.
  14. Robert C. O'Brien: Z for Zachariah. Simon Pulse. Completed July 26, 2007.
  15. Tim Lott: Fearless. ARC from Candlewick, a dystopian fable about girls imprisoned in a hopeless school. Completed July 29, 2007.
  16. Jo Knowles: Lessons from a Dead Girl. ARC from Candlewick, about what a girl has learned from her former best friend and tormentor. Completed July 29.
  17. Jay Asher: 13 Reasons Why. ARC from Razorbill, about a boy who receives 13 audiotapes from a girl he had a crush on, who committed suicide. Completed July 30.
  18. Rachel Cohn: Shrimp. Simon & Schuster, second book in the series that started with Gingerbread, about a rebellious teen living in San Francisco. Completed July 31, 2007.

Adult Fiction

  1. Jeffrey Deaver: The Sleeping Doll. Simon & Schuster. Completed July 5, 2007, on MP3.

I'm Back

Hi all! I'm back from my blog vacation, though, as it was also a work vacation, it will probably take me a couple of days to dig out and get back up to speed. I did manage to get some good reading done while I was away. I read:

  • Fearless by Tim Lott (ARC from Candlewick, a dystopian fable about girls imprisoned in a hopeless school)
  • Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles (another ARC from Candlewick, about what a girl has learned from her former best friend and tormentor)
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (ARC from Razorbill, about a boy who receives 13 audiotapes from a girl he had a crush on, who committed suicide)
  • Shrimp by Rachel Cohn (Simon & Schuster, second book in the series that started with Gingerbread, about a rebellious teen living in San Francisco)
  • Spud by John van de Ruit (another ARC from Razorbill, about a young boy attending private school for the first time, in 1990 South Africa)
  • North by Northanger by Carrie Bebris (Tor Books, the latest in an adult mystery series featuring Elizabeth Darcy, after Pride and Prejudice)
  • Rounding the Mark by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin Books, from the Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily)
  • The Patience of the Spider by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin Books, from the above series)
  • The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard (Ballantine Books, more a literary novel than a mystery, winner of the Agatha Award)
  • I'm also halfway through Black Order by James Rollins (Harper, thriller about the secret Sigma Force arm of the US military)

I selected which books to take with me from my "to read" stack based largely on text to weight ratio, by which YA ARCs are a good choice (paperback, relatively dense). The weird thing is that four of the five YA books that I read included, in most cases as a major plot point, the death of a young adult. Just a coincidence, but still somewhat freaky. Perhaps that's what caused me to switch over to adult mysteries for the rest of the trip (someone usually dies in those, too, but it's less emotionally wrenching). Still, I enjoyed everything I read, and I especially enjoyed being able to find some time to read. I'll be back with more detailed comments on the YA books soon. It's great to be home!