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Many questions

We have put together a very quick survey for you all to do. The reward for completing it is a sense of achievement! How great is that.

The survey can be found here.


Authors are bloggers too

So you kind of like this author, right, and you want to, you know, get to know them a bit better…

Some writers have surprisingly good websites and blogs (and some have sites with flashy buttons and bright colours from the nineties…), and reading them can give you a good insight into their writing and what they’re up to and all that.

Here are some good examples:

book coverStephenie Meyer’s site has got lots of info (if you can see past the Arial font) and a countdown to the publication of Breaking Dawn (65 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes and 7 seconds when I last checked).

You can buy Scott Westerfeld-ish T-shirts from scottwesterfeld.com. Plus he calls his blog Westerblog, which I kind of like… and the header image is great.

E. Lockhart (who wrote The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks) has a blog that she updates daily, and sticks photos on. It’s quite chatty and, well, blog-like.

book coverNeil Gaiman’s blog is great. He is a very clever man, plus there’s a link to a teaser for the Coraline movie, which is out some time soon.

Robert Muchamore (CHERUB Campus)- there’s a helicopter that flies across the top of the header. Cool. Also, join CHERUB and you also get monthly newletters and… missions!

I tried to look at Darren Shan’s site, but got a message about bandwidth. I’m sure that means it’s really flash (no pun intended).

And finally there’s *another* countdown at alagaesia.comChristopher Paolini’s counting the days until Brisingr (3 months, 22 days, 9 hours and 48 seconds, I saw).

There you are.

My Sister’s Keeper

Jodi Picoult fans will be excited to learn that My Sister’s Keeper is going to be made into a film.  Casting so far includes Cameron Diaz and Abagail Breslin.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this book, My Sister’s Keeper is a novel about a teenage girl, Anna, who was conceived by her parents as a bone marrow match for her older sister Kate, who has leukaemia.  Anna loves her sister but strongly believes that she should have the right to decide how her own body is used; so she files a lawsuit against her parents for medical emancipation.  This is a really compelling read and I loved it so much, I hope the movie doesn’t disappoint!

And the winner is…

Maurice Gee… who won the Young Adult Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Salt, his fantasy novel about Hari and his mission to save his father from the Deep Salt mine, where he has been taken to work as a slave.

The Young Adult Fiction Honour Award went to Anna Mackenzie for The Sea-wreck Stranger.


Maximum popularity

book coverThe Maximum Ride series by James Patterson is just about the hottest thing at the moment (the CHERUBs excluded*). The books are about a genetically altered teenager (the name’s Ride, Maximum Ride) who just happens to be able to fly. Because of the flying thing, she’s very useful (and so are the other Flock-six kids) to all sorts of people (as you can imagine), from environmental scientists to government agencies, to people who want to control the world…

But you probably know all that, since everyone seems to be reading the series at the moment! If you haven’t had the chance, reserve the latest book Maximum Ride: The Final Warning – you shouldn’t be waiting too long. But while you are, you could visit James Patterson’s website – you’ll find all the information you ever wanted to know (the books are going to be made into a movie, for example) and probably some stuff you didn’t know you wanted to know. There’s news, interviews and much more.

* Which is better: Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB series or Maximum Ride? Hm.

Little bow … wow

We’re all familiar with cute animals, and especially cute animals saying funny things. But sometimes we tire of cuteness (well, not really), and need to look at really ugly dogs. And vote for the ugliest! It’s not often that an opportunity like this presents itself. (My vote went for Pee Wee Martini.)

(Cute bunny inside!)

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New Comics!

A massive stack of new graphic novels has arrived. There are (like the new books) too many to list, but here are some of the outstandings ones.

 There are about fifty other new comics. Most are new installments of established series, from J.S.A., Batman and Spiderman to The Hardy Boys, Duck Tales and Avalon High. Check them out!

Some new books for you

We suddenly have fifty new teen books! (I carefully counted them all.) Far too many to list, but here are some of the more interesting ones:

  • Once Upon A Time In The North, by Phillip Pullman (95 pages). This small book recounts the meeting of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison. Great for fans of His Dark Materials! We also have the Golden Compass on DVD (not so great for fans of the books).
  • Snow Falling in Spring, by Moying Li (176 pages). This biography of a girl growing up in the Chinese Cultural Revolution will appeal to those who enjoyed the Chinese Cinderella books.
  • Maximum Ride : The Final Warning, by James Patterson (312 pages). The latest in the very popular series.
  • Breathe My Name, by R. A. Nelson (314 pages). Eleven years ago, Frances Robinson’s three sisters were smothered by their mother. Now she is to be released from prison, and Frances needs to know why. Kym describes this as a ‘smashingly good read.’
  • The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, by Eric Berlin (215 pages). Winston Breen loves puzzles. When he and his sister find a puzzle in an antique box, he and his friends find themselves hunting for long-hidden treasure. Excitingly, this book is full of challenging puzzles for the reader to do as well.

The quick brown fox

TypeRacer is a Flash game in which you race a car against others. Your typing speed determines the speed of your car. My measley 50 words per minutes seems to let me lead most races (though the current champion can type 219 wpm).

Not only is this game fun, it also qualifies as typing practice.

The ‘Everywhere Girl’

I must admit that I have a bit of a thing against stock photography, particularly in shopping centres: perfect-looking models with perfect white-toothed smiles, holding iPods, showing off shoes, posing in jeans, eating exotic looking foods, flirting with other exceptionally good-looking people; these images just don’t seem representative of the people who are doing the actual consuming! It feels fake. But love it or loathe it, stock photography plays an important role in everyday image exchange. Stock photography is found pretty much everywhere in the media: on book covers, advertising posters, websites and magazines…

Now just imagine if a photo shoot turned you into one of the most used stock-photo faces in the world. This happened to Jennifer Anderson. She’s no celebrity musician or movie star, but her stock-shot face features in numerous advertisments, on countless book covers and various websites. Anderson has gained a cult internet following and has her own blog and online store at www.theeverywheregirl.com .

What are some of the stock photos or images that seem to be everywhere? Let’s “take stock” of them (groan, bad pun alert!). Comment back with the web addresses, advertisments, or book covers that feature the image, or a variation thereof. You’ll need to have seen the image in two or more places for it to qualify.

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