Tag Archives: Young Adult

Picture the Dead

14 Oct

A few months ago, I was wandering around Book Expo America in New York and as I passed by the Source Books booth, a book cover caught my eye. It was gothic, full of deep reds, blacks, and silvers, and it was called Picture the Dead

…I had to have it. I was actually lucky enough to happen upon the booth just as the line was starting for the author and illustrator signing! Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown were both lovely and hilariously dressed like this:

 

Adele is the one in the moustache. Lisa's in the corset.

 

At the time, I didn’t realize how perfectly their attire tied in with the book. Picture the Dead turned out to be a terrifying and romantic tale—part mystery, part ghost story—set in the Civil War era. Check out what Kristin, our very own TAB/TeenRC Editor, had to say about it:

“A spy sees everyone, but is seen by no one. Remember that, Jennie.”

Jennie Lovell has lost everything: her parents, her twin, her fiancé…even her home. Forced to depend on uncaring relatives, Jennie tries to find a way out of her shattered life. When she meets a spirit photographer who claims to take ghostly pictures of the departed, she is sure he is a charlatan. But when the photographs begin to unveil clues to her fiancé’s death, Jennie finds herself in the middle of a chilling mystery. A haunting tale with amazing illustrations about the dark secrets kept by the living…and the dead.

Want to know more? Watch this clip of Lisa and Adele talking about the genesis of Picture the Dead:

Definitely pick up Picture the Dead on TAB October!

Vlad Tod Smiley Face

4 Oct

Perhaps you’ve seen the image of a smiley face with fangs around town (on bags, T-shirts and pins) and wondered what it’s all about. If so, that means you’re missing out on the immensely popular, action-packed, and sometimes hilarious vampire series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod!

Think junior high and high school are tough? Try adding a desire to drink blood and enemies who never die to the mix and you’ve got real problems. Vlad Tod is just your typical student. He worries about the bully who seems set on ruining his life, a crush on a girl who seems to like his best friend, and never-ending homework. He’s also got a secret. A big secret. He’s a vampire, and ever since the mysterious death of his parents three years ago, only his aunt and best friend know. When some really shady characters start showing up in town, Vlad realizes that confronting his past might just be a matter of life and death!

Watch this great trailer for the second book in the series, Ninth Grade Slays, and see what all the excitement is about!


The final book of the series, Twelfth Grade Kills, is out now and available in October’s TAB. Haven’t started the series yet? TAB is also offering the first four books as well.


SoHG: Final Winners!

25 Aug

We did it, you guys! Summer of Hunger Games was a huge success, and so much more fun than we could have imagined. Mockingjay may have come and been read, but the conversation never ends at Book Talk. There’s always books to talk about so definitely stay tuned for more reading projects!

Thank you to everyone who participated, we loved your comments and thoughts, and how friendly everyone was. Congratulations to our final giveaway winners:

Zoe, Phacelia, Shannon A., Rivah, Cassandra, Felicia, Kat L., Laura, FireFleye7, Eva L., Alice F., Toby P., and Em.

Have fun reading and rereading, and may be the odds be ever in your favor!

Don’t forget, if you did not win a pin, you can get one with your purchase of Mockingjay from Scholastic Book Clubs September’s Tab and TeenRC Clubs.

Summer of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pin Give-Away!

26 Jul

So begins the Summer of Hunger Games!

If you have not started reading already, get on it. We will being discussing parts I and II on Friday. And to get your hunger going, we are going to kick things off today by giving away two Mockingjay Pins. Yay! These pins are exclusive to Scholastic Book Clubs so they are pretty rare. To enter, just comment on this post and be sure to include this phrase in your comment: “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay pin!”

In addition to the pin, each of the two winners will receive a paperback copy of the Hunger Games to get started on the Summer of Hunger Games. If you already have a copy, you can give it to a friend! I’m sure they won’t mind!

You will have until tomorrow July 27th, 2010 at 12pm EST to enter. We will draw two (2) names at random tomorrow 1pm EST. Click here for RULES.

If you don’t win this time, do not worry. We will be having these all month long leading up to the anticipated release of the 3rd book in the series, Mockingjay! If you are interested in seeing how you can purchase a Mockingjay pin, be sure to check out September’s Tab and Teen Readers’ Book Clubs, which you can start ordering from on the first week of August! These pins come with your pre-ordered Mockingjay book if you order from Scholastic Book Clubs.

Also, don’t forget…if you can’t wait until Friday to start discussing, join the conversation on Twitter. We are using the #SoHG hashtag.

Let the games begin… and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Attention: The Contest is now over! Thanks for all the amazing entries you guys! Stay tuned for the winners!

Summer of Hunger Games!

23 Jul


It is the Summer of Hunger Games. Mockingjay comes out August 24th… and we intend to be ready. In anticipation of its release, the Book Talk team is going to relive the experience of Hunger Games and Catching Fire and we want you to join us!

Our plan of attack: Three books over four weeks – are you up to the challenge? Start reading tomorrow, July 24th, swing by for a give-away July 26th,  and check back July 30th to participate in our weekly discussion posts. We will be reading as if for the first time- so no worries, Hunger Games newbies, each post will be spoiler free (trust us, we’ll be checking). Reading ahead and can’t wait for the next discussion? Head over to Twitter and use #SoHG to get in on the action.

The Summer of Hunger Games will culminate at midnight on August 24th with a Mockingjay release party post and discussion.

CALENDAR:

July 26th: First Give-Away!!
July 30th: Hunger Games: Parts I & II
August 6th: Hunger Games: Part III
August 13th: Catching Fire: Parts I & II
August 20th: Catching Fire: Part III
August 24th: Mockingjay

In addition to talking about the books, get ready for some awesome prizes (exclusive Book Clubs Mockingjay pin, Whaaaaaat!) and book give-aways in the days to come.

We hope you join us for the Summer of Hunger Games… and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Shhh… it’s September $1 Books!

22 Jul

Welcome to a very sneaky sneak preview of our September dollar books! We wanted to give you guys a sneak peak so you could plan ahead for Fall reading. Check out all the books you can get for just one dollar!

Dollar Books This Way

Summer Backslide & Our Top 5

20 Jul

A few weeks ago we posted an article from USA Today on our Facebook page about how reading during the summer might be the best way to protect against the summer backslide. It got us thinking here at the Book Talk team, what were our favorite summer reads growing up? That being said, here are our Top 5 summer reads from when we were younger:

Trevor:

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Giver
Max and Me and the Time Machine
Miracle at the Plate
Sideways Stories from Wayside School


Preeti:

A Wrinkle in Time
Lord of the Rings
Anne of Green Gables
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Alanna: The First Adventure

Erin:

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Midwife’s Apprentice
A Cricket in Times Square
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Redwall


Jen:

Mrs. PiggleWiggle-anything
Strega Nona
Amelia Bedelia-anything
A Wrinkle in Time
Hatchet

Ben:

Watership Down
Redwall
The Little Prince
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Where the Red Fern Grows


Kym:

A Wrinkle in Time
The Secret Garden
My Side of the Mountain
Anne of Green Gables
Matilda

As you can see, we have some repeats but what can we say…A Wrinkle in Time is awesome.

What would your top 5 be?