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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: January 19: Literacy News and Reviews

Jpg_book007Tonight I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's books and raising readers. It is sent out once every two weeks. There are currently 1000 subscribers.

Newsletter Update: In this issue I have three book reviews (one middle grade and two young adult), two children's literacy round-ups (one here and one at The Reading Tub), and two posts with Kidlitosphere news. I also have posts about the ALA Youth Media Awards (Newbery, etc.). All of the posts from my own blog these past two weeks are included in the newsletter. At Booklights, I have a selection of links for parents related to raising readers, and a post about the 2009 Cybils shortlists.

Reading Update: I've had a pretty good reading year so far. In the past two weeks, I five middle grade novels (all from the Cybils shortlist for middle grade fantasy and science fiction, one middle grade graphic novel, two young adult novels, and one adult mystery. Note that because I am a second round judge for the Cybils, I have not posted reviews of the Cybils titles (the first five books listed below). But they are certainly all worth picking up.
  • Julianna Baggott: The Prince of Fenway Park. HarperCollins. Completed January 8, 2010.
  • Neil Gaiman (ill. Brett Helquist): Odd and the Frost Giants. HarperCollins. Completed January 9, 2010.
  • Wendy Mass: 11 Birthdays. Scholastic. Completed January 9, 2010.
  • Grace Lin: When the Mountain Meets the Moon. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Completed January 11, 2010.
  • Joni Sensel: The Farwalker's Quest. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed January 17, 2010.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta. Knopf. Completed January 17, 2009. My review.
  • Caroline B. Cooney: They Never Came Back. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed January 12, 2010. My review.
  • Dom Testa: The Comet's Curse: A Galahad Book. Tor Teen. Completed January 18, 2010. (Review to come)
  • Harlan Coben: Long Lost. Dutton. The 9th Myron Bolitar mystery. Completed January 9, 2010. This book marks Coben's return to the Bolitar series after several years of publishing stand-alone thrillers. I found this one to be something of a cross between the style of the previous Bolitar novels and the thrillers. I read this one in one sitting - it's quite well-written and suspenseful (if occasionally a bit more violent than I would prefer).

How about you. What have you been reading and enjoying? Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms.

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