KidzLit @ BookTowne Newsletter
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What a wonderful summer it is turning out to be! We hope you are all enjoying your time off from school and your days at the beach. Don't forget to stop by BookTowne on your way there. The store is well stocked with a great selection of BEACH READS for parents, kids and teens.
Pick up your Required Summer Reading at BookTowne and receive a 10% discount. Books for all the surrounding school districts are currently in stock. Tell your friends!
Our Teen Book Club still has room for members! If you're interested in joining please look below for more information or email Heather@BookTowne.com.
We wish all of you a very happy and healthy 4th of July!
See you around Towne,
Rita, Janice, Heather and Deb
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Don't Miss These July Events!
Join us for STORY TIME every Tuesday morning at 10AM. Perfect for children ages 3-5.
Teen Book Club
The next meeting of the Teen Book Club will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at 6PM. We will be discussing The Knife of Never Letter Go by Patrick Ness. Please RSVP if you'd like to join us by emailing
Shellie, The Magical Dog
Join us on Sunday, July 29th at 11am as we welcome author Michael Amiri! Michael will be discussing and signing copies of his children's book about a dog with a magical belly. Children ages 4-7 will greatly enjoy this wonderful story!
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Great Books For The Young (And The Young At Heart!)
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers . . . an idea for a story. This book is sure to appeal to kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. (IndieBound)(Grades 1-2, Ages 5-7)
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
What could be better, what could be more fun than a taco party for dragons?! Just be careful not to use spicy toppings or the results could be a bit hotter than you wanted. This red-hot little gem will have you planning a party and craving tacos in no time. (Kriss Vreeland, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA)(Kindergarten, Ages 5-6)
Books for Middle Readers
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
After being sent to boarding school, Jon . . . discovers an ancient family curse and four vengeful spirits set on sending him to meet his ancestors. Filled with murder, betrayal, lies, loyalty, and true friendship, this book will satisfy the noble knight in all of us. (Gretchen Shuler, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC)(Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12)
The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford
When Minty discovers a hollow tree in the woods . . . with . . . a secret written on a scrap of paper stashed inside, it sets the stage for a slightly creepy, good old-fashioned mystery. . . . Middle-school dynamics, pesky sibling relations, a rumored haunted house, some truly heart-wrenching situations and a mystery all combine to make this coming-of-age novel an engrossing read. (Kirkus)(Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12)
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Greg doesn't have any friends. Earl's not his friend . . . Rachel's not his friend; his mom's just making him spend time with her because she's dying . . . This book is . . . smart. It is funny. . . Most of all, it is very real . . . Greg is one of the most painfully flawed narrators I've seen in a while. This book literally had me laughing out loud . . . and had tears of sadness rolling down my cheeks . . . This is an awesome book. (Sarah at Page Appropriate. For the entire review please click here.)(Grades 7-9, Ages 12-14)
BZRK by Michael Grant Noah Cotton takes a simple trip to go visit his sick brother. While there he only gets one word out of him - berserk. Sadie McLure is a care free rich girl plagued with losing both her brother and her father. The two suddenlty find themselves training for BZRK, a gorilla group of teens fighting against an evil group attacking the world with Nano Technology. This high-paced thriller is definatly a must read! (Carly, Brielle)(Grades 10-12, Ages 15-18)
|BOOKS WE LOVED! |(And You Will Too!) Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Wahoo Cray's father is a professional animal wrangler with a big heart and a short fuse. When the family takes a job for a reality survival show, Wahoo not only has to help with the animals, but he has to make sure his father doesn't loose his cool with the dimwhitted TV Star. Set in the Florida Everglades, Carl Hiasen's newest book is filled with crazy antics as well as serious family issues. It is sure to be a hit with kids who love a good adventure and big laughs. (Heather)(Grades 4-6, Ages 9-11)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
On the run from an arranged marriage, Ismae finds herself at the convent of the Saint of Death where she is trained as an assassin to fight for her country, Brittany. Dedicated to the cause, Ismae is determined to do her Saint's bidding, until certain actions and mysterious circumstances cause her to doubt the instructions she has been given. An action packed, medieval adventure, this book was a terrific read that I could not put down until the very end (and even then I had a hard time parting with it). (Heather)(Grades 10-12, Ages 15-18)
Amy Ignatow Makes a Road Trip to BookTowne
Popularity Papers author, Amy Ignatow, visited BookTowne on June 21st and was greeted by some very excited fans. They loaded her with different questions about the series and future books which Amy answered as best she could without giving too much away! Signed copies of The Popularity Papers are currently available at BookTowne.
Christine Hughes Book Launch
Local Author Celebrates the Release of Her First YA Novel 'Torn'
It was a pleasure hosting Christine's launch party on June 23rd for her first novel, Torn, a Young Adult fantasy book that centers on the balance of good and evil. Christine is such a lovely person, and her book will intrigue fans of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Insturments Series and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush. Signed copies of Torn are currently available at BookTowne.
|HIGH 5IVE GIVEAWAY WINNER! |
to Sydney, Age 8, who won this beautiful copy of The Secret Garden! Sydney's name was pulled out of the basket filled with all of our High 5ive Giveaway Entries. Come into BookTowne and give us a High Five to be eligible for this month's drawing on July 5th!
|Look What's New! |
Latest Additions to BookTowne
We've got a great new selection of Children's T-Shirts based on some of our most beloved children's classics. Purchase one with a copy of your favorite book today!
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Authors We Love
Lauren Tarshis is the author of the I Survived Series for young readers. These books bring history to life and are perfect for 3rd and 4th graders who love action and adventure. Readers not only learn about some of the most influential events in our history, but they witness them through the eyes of children who were there. The latest book in this series deals with the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. With this latest installment, Tarshis hopes to "help honor memories and answer questions without raising fears." Learn more about Lauren and her books at LaurenTarshis.com.
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Receive 10% off any I Survived book by this month's featured author, Lauren Tarshis.
Offer Expires: July 31, 2012
Reviews For Kids, By Kids
Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil
A Little About The Book:
Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick. The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and his friend Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way. (IndieBound)
She has a pet rabbit who lives in her living room!
1.) What was your favorite part (or parts) of the book?
My favorite part was when they found the boat in the barn.
2.) Who are your favorite characters?
My favorite character was Charlie. I like how she stood up to Nicholas and didn't care that she was friends with a boy.
3.) What else did you like about this book?
I liked how I could connect it to my life. I felt like my great Uncle Dave was like Uncle Nick in the book because he has his own island and it made me think of my brother and I visiting his island in the summer (where we will be sailing.)
4.) Is there anything you didn't like?
It was somewhat annoying how the two main characters were named Nick and Nicholas. It was hard to remember who was who at times.
5.) Is there anything else about the book you would like to share?
No, I don't want to give anything away.
6.) Who would you recommend this book to?
I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read mysteries. It might be helpful to have some sailing background to understand what Hayley and Hetty are referring to.
ATTENTION MIDDLE READERS!
If you're between the ages of 9 and 13 and would like to review books for KidzLit, please email Heather@Booktowne.com for details.