Thursday, April 30, 2009

Susan Beth Pfeffer

Mark your calendar for next Monday evening! Whether you're at work or at home, you won't want to miss this!

One Book New Jersey invites you & your teens to an online discussion of the 2009 teen selection, Life as We Knew It, on Monday, May 4 @ 7:30 P.M. Come prepared with your thoughts on the story, your NJ experiences, and questions for the author!

Simply go to at 7:30 P.M. where you will find directions for
logging on. This discussion is free, no registration necessary, and open to all!

Ms. Pfeffer has won various awards for many of her young adult novels, and Life as We Knew is also the winner of the 2009 Garden State Teen Book Award in the 6-8 Grade category. the dead & the gone is the companion book to Life as We Knew It.


Teen Ink Environmental Solutions Contest
No Deadline: Entries Accepted Throughout Year
Do you have a creative plan to stop pollution? Have you found a way to encourage recycling in your neighborhood? Share your idea to solve an environmental problem or describe a current solution.
Every month one teen is honored for the best Environmental Solutions article. Essays are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive $25 and a copy of the magazine featuring their environmental solution.
For contest guidelines and submission requirements, visit the Teen Ink contest page

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book IV Inheritance Cycle

Book 4 Index | What We Do Know | Loose Ends | Book 4 Theories


Does Book 4 have a name or book cover yet?
Book 4 does not have a name or book cover at this time. Any name or book cover found floating around on the internet is fake fan art. When the name and book covers are released, official announcements will be made on the official Inheritance Cycle website as well as here on Shur'tugal.

Does Book 4 have an official release date?
At this point in time, there is no official or unofficial release date for Book 4. Christopher Paolini is hard at work on Book 4. Any release dates you may encounter on the internet are fake.
Is Book 4 the final book in the Inheritance Cycle?
At this point in time, Christopher Paolini plans to end the Inheritance Cycle on the closing page of Book 4.

"Book 4 - What We Do Know" is a guide to all of the confirmed facts about Book 4. Please keep in mind that these are the only confirmed facts regarding Book 4 at this time.

The staff of Shur'tugal have put together a one-of-a-kind guide to the loose ends left by the events of Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr and can be used as a basis to remember and speculate about events and plot threads that need tying up and explaining in Book 4.


Thursday, April 9, 2009



Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel available at New Milford Public Library. It made two Top 10 lists put out by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It made the Best Books for Young Adults and Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists.

The book also received media attention late last year when the writer, Mariko, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, but Jillian, the illustrator, was overlooked. Legendary graphic novelists Seth, Chester Brown and several other notable writers/illustrators published an open letter to the GG’s jury to properly acknowledge both contributors for the nomination.

“This auspicious graphic novel debut by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki tells the story of “Skim,” aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a goth girl in an all-girls school in Toronto, circa the early ’90s. Skim is an articulate, angsty teenager, the classic outsider yearning for some form of acceptance. She begins a fanciful romance with her English teacher, Ms. Archer, while nursing her best friend through a period of mourning. The particulars of the story may not be its strong suit, though. It’s Jillian’s artwork that sets it apart from the coming-of-age pack. Jillian has a swooping, gorgeous pen line-expressive, vibrant and precise all at once. Her renderings of Skim and her friends, Skim alone or just the teenage environment in which the story is steeped are evocative and wondrous. Like Craig Thompson’s Blankets, the inky art lifts the story into a more poetic, elegiac realm. It complements Mariko’s fine ear for dialogue and the incidentals and events of adolescent life. Skim is an unusually strong graphic novel-rich in visuals and observations, and rewarding of repeated readings. (Feb.) ”
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Which Cover Art Do You Prefer

Check out this blog to see the difference in International Covers for the same books. Vote for your choices in comments. and go to Teens and BBYA

Friday, April 3, 2009

YA Authors on Twitter

Here's the list (in alphabetical order) of published or about-to-be published authors who write for teens should you want to follow any or all of us. Note to new tweeps: this list closed at midnight 3/31/09. Please feel free to compile an addendum and link to it in the comments.

1. Susan Adrian @@susan_adrian
2. Jill S. Alexander @jillsalexander
3. Tara Altebrando @TaraAltebrando
4. Laurie Halse Anderson @halseanderson
5. R. J. Anderson @rj_anderson
6. Joelle Anthony @joellewrites
7. Andrew Auseon @andrewauseon
8. Kim Baccellia @ixtumea
9. Cyn Balog @cynbalog
10. Jennifer Lynn Barnes @jenlynnbarnes
11. Lauren Barnholdt @laurenbarnholdt
12. Clare Bell @rathacat
13. Robin Benway @robinbenway
14. Holly Black @hollyblack
15. Coe Booth @coebooth
16. Robin Brande @Robin_Brande
17. Heather Brewer @heatherbrewer
18. Susan Taylor Brown @susanwrites
19. Meg Cabot @megcabot
20. Janet Lee Carey @janetleecarey
21. Ceil Castellucci @cecilseaskull
22. Susane Colasanti @susanecolasanti
23. Paula Chase Hyman @Paulachy
24. Tera Lynn Childs @teralynnchilds
25. Cassie Clare @cassieclare
26. Eoin Colfer @eoincolfer
27. Deborah Copeland @authorgrl
28. Holly Cupala @hollycupala
29. Sarah Dessen @sarahdessen
30. Cory Doctorow @doctorow
31. Kathleen Duey @kathleenduey
32. Anthony Eaton @anthonyeaton
33. Daniel Ehrenhaft @danielehrenhaft
34. Beth Fehlbaum @bethfehlbaum
35. Neil Gaiman @neilhimself
36. Liz Gallagher @lizgallagherliz
37. Linda Gerber @gerbsan
38. K.L. Going @klgoing
39. Alison Goodman @alisongoodman
40. Alan Gratz @Alan_Gratz
41. John Green @realjohngreen
42. Lorie Ann Grover @lorieanngrover
43. Megan Kelley Hall @megankelleyhall
44. Brendan Halpin @bhalpin
45. Jenny Han @jennyhan
46. S.A. Harazin @saharazin
47. Brent Hartinger @brenthartinger
48. Louise Hawes @louisehawes
49. Justina Chen Headley @justinaheadley
50. Simmone Howell @postteen
51. Mandy Hubbard @mandyhubbard
52. Mark Jeffrey @markjeffrey
53. Maureen Johnson @maureenjohnson
54. Varian Johnson @varianjohnson
55. Carrie Jones @carriejonesbook
56. Heidi S. Kling @seaheidi
57. Jo Knowles @joknowles
58. William Kostakis @williamkostakis
59. Marie Lamba @marielamba
60. Margo Lanagan @margolanagan
61. Jessica Leader @JessicaLeader
62. E. Lockhart @elockhart
63. Greg Logsted @greglogsted
64. Lauren Baratz Logsted @laurenbaratzl
65. Rita Lorraine @ritalorraine
66. Eric Luper @ericluper
67. Lisa Madigan @lkmadigan
68. Bennett Madison @bennettmadison
69. Marianne Mancusi @mariannemancusi
70. Christine Marciniak @ckmarciniak
71. Melissa Marr @melissa_marr
72. Georgia McBride-Wohl @Georgia_McBride
73. Lisa McMann @lisa_mcmann
74. Neesha Meminger @NeeshaMem
75. Kate Messner @kmessner
76. Saundra Mitchell @saundramitchell
77. Sarah Mlynowski @SarahMlynowski
78. Tee Morris @TeeMonster
79. Kirsty Murray @kirstymurray
80. Alyson Noe @alysonnoe
81. Sarah Ockler @sarahockler
82. Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich @olugbemisola
83. Micol Ostow @micolz
84. Kelly Parra @kparra
85. Mary Pearson @marypearson
86. Marlene Perez @MarPerez
87. Mitali Perkins @mitaliperkins
88. Diana Peterfreund @dpeterfreund
89. Karen Rivers @karenrivers
90. Dana Reinhardt @dsreinhardt
91. Chris Resttstatt @Rettstatt
92. Christine Rose @christinerose
93. Penni Russon @eglantinescake
94. Sara Ryan @ryansara
95. Lisa Ann Sandell @lisaannsandell
96. John Scalzi @scalzi
97. Janni Lee Simner @innaj
98. Linda Joy Singleton @LindaJoySinglet
99. Jon Skovron @jonnyskov
100. Rhonda Stapleton @rhondastapleton
101. Courtney Summers @courtney_s
102. Sarah Sumpolec @SarahSumpolec
103. Nikki Tate @WriterGrrrlTx
104. Tiffany Trent @tiffanytrent
105. Gaby Triana @gabytriana
106. Melissa Walker @melissacwalker
107. Diana Wallach @dianarwallach
108. Gabrielle Wang @gabriellewang
109. Robin Wasserman @robinwasserman
110. Sara Bennett Wealer @sbennettwealer
111. Deborah Wiles @deborahwiles
112. Lili Wilkinson @twitofalili
113. Sara Zarr @sarazarr
114. Michelle Zink @michellezink

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chat with an Author

In the next month, I'll be chatting with TWO famous authors. Will you join me?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will be on hand to discuss the 2009 One Book New Jersey adult selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, on Thursday morning, April 16 from 11:00 to 12:00, and there's a chance he'll be back for the second discussion on Thursday evening, April 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mark your calendars! -- It's only a few weeks away!

Participate in one of our online discussions and "meet" the authors! Readers from throughout the state (and even beyond) are encouraged to login to to discuss OBNJ selections. This is also your opportunity to talk to the authors about their books! Participation is completely free and there are no registration or log-in requirements. All are welcome!

Discussions of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will be held on Thursday, April 16, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

A discussion of Life as We Knew It with author Susan Beth Pfeffer will be held on Monday, May 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Transcripts of all discussions will also be available at
Much thanks to Guy Dobson, Internet Services Librarian at the Bergen County (NJ) Cooperative Library System, for moderating and generally assisting with the online discussions.

Kate Vasilik
2009 Chair, One Book NJ

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Free Comic Book Day

Come visit us the first Saturday in May, May 2nd
and pick up a free comic book compliments of

Newtown, Conn.