Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ALA Update #2

What a whirlwind weekend!! Here are some of my highlights of ALA Part 2:

-Saturday night I went to dinner with fellow librarians/bloggers and it was so much fun! We talked forever and it was a blast talking about teens, YA books, libraries, and sharing ideas.
It made me wish everyone was close by so we could meet up all the time. Kelly, Tiffany, Katie, Drea and Michelle were all at my end of the table and I had so much fun talking to them. Can't wait til we can all meet up again-ALA Midwinter, right girls??

-The YALSA YA Coffee Klatch. This was my favorite event last year and it rocked again this year! We had great authors at our table but I'm too tired to remember them all. One of my favorite parts was meeting James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd Fish. I hadn't heard of his book but I left the table wanting to read it (and so did Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan who hardly ever reads YA-score!). He gave us all mixed CDs inspired by the book-and it's the strangest soundtrack ever, but it also totally rocks.

-Scholastic brunch. I don't know how I ended up being able to attend this, but it was great. Six authors read from their upcoming books and we got to eat yummy food. In a random twist, the person I shared a cab with over to the brunch was my children's lit professor, who I had not met in person due to my class being online, so it was great to touch base with her!

-Elizabeth Scott's three crazy signings. The amazing Elizabeth Scott had three book signings Sunday-and they were all back to back. But she made it through and being the fan girl librarian I am, I had to pick up all three of her books for summer reading prizes (and OK, one for me). She was so sweet and funny and I loved meeting her in person. I don't know how she continues to write amazing books, but each book I read amazes me. I finished Grace on the way to ALA and let me tell you-it's fantastic!

-Running into Holly Cupala, Jackie Dolomore, Maggie Stiefvater, Lindsey Leavitt and attending Heidi Kling's signing. It was so great to talk to these authors and tell them how excited my teens have been to read their books. I love spreading the book love!

-Meeting Rita Williams Garcia and gushing over One Crazy Summer and telling her how much I wanted her book to win the Newbery this year. If that book doesn't win, I will cry!

-Meeting Avi and Karen Cushman-two of my favorite authors from childhood. Yes, I fangirled to both, but they were so great and it was wonderful to meet them and get signed books. My nine-year-old self was freaking out!

-Book Cart Drill Team. Drea and I ended up not having Fabulous Films for Young Adults meeting on Sunday, so we went back to the exhibit hall for the Book Cart Drill Team. It was fun and the emcee's are Mo Willems and Jon Scieszka, which was hilarious. Here's the video of this year's winning team, Night of the Living Librarians. So cute!

-Shipping two boxes of books, one large suitcase, and one carry-on back to my library for my teens. They are going to be thrilled with everything I'm bringing back-posters, tote bags, bookmarks, and of course books. My Teen Library Council gets to read and review ARCs as part of being on the council, so they will be well stocked for several months now! I'll try to share their reviews on the blog.

-Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan being amazing and running back to security 25 minutes before our flight left DC because we realized that our Nathan Fillion READ posters fell out of the bag during the security check. He's amazing-and the posters are safe. Mr. Fillion will be replacing Edward and Bella on my office door in the teen space tomorrow! Also, did you know Nathan Fillion is the co-founder of Kids Need to Read? He just keeps getting cooler!

-In the most random event of all, the adorable Lindsey Leavitt was on my flight to Chicago back from DC and we sat next to each other. She is so super sweet and I loved talking books and getting her feedback on what an author thinks about author visits and what they want from a library event. Thanks Lindsey!!

Although ALA was exhausting (and Midwinter will be even crazier with non-stop committee meetings), it was a great time and I had such a fun time meeting and hanging out with everyone. I can't wait to do it again in January!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

ALA Update #1

It's been a busy time at ALA which means not as much time for blogging. But I'm having a blast and I thought I'd share some of my highlights so far:

-Visiting the Young Reader's Room at the Library of Congress. And yes, they had Hunger Games and Catching Fire on display, as well as five versions of Harry Potter and the Order and the Phoenix, including a set in Braille!

-Blogger breakfast with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-these two are super sweet and nice and they love bloggers! They're hoping to do lots of blogger outreach at every tour stop, so be sure to keep at eye for their tour stops and events.

-Hanging out with my librarian friends Drea and Katie-they rock and are fellow teen librarians who also have book blogs you should check out!

-Being the first person to purchase the Nathan Fillion READ poster. Apparently this news was enough to make the ALA flickr account, which I find flattering and also a little embarassing! I can't wait to take this back to my office and decorate my front door (with the poster of course, not my picture)

-Committee meeting for Fabulous Films for Young Adults. Oh my goodness you guys, do I have a long list of movies to watch! But it's a great list-and we still want more! (I know, we're crazy!) So nominate your flims for Fabulous Films for Young Adults!

-Networking, networking, networking! I love talking books and meeting other librarians, so ALA is always a ton of fun because I get to meet other people who do what I do and love it as much as I do. It's great!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Here are the winners for the recent contests on GreenBeanTeenQueen:

Countdown Winner
Sonia J
Nice and Mean Winner
Deception Winner
Carol M

Congrats winners! You have all been e-mailed and should recieve prizes soon.

Waiting on Wednesday: Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan's ALA Wishlist

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Breaking the Spine!

As you know, ALA is coming up fast-I leave tomorrow!! Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan is traveling with me and here's his ALA Waiting on Wednesday list:
The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud-Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan is so excited for this one, it would make his ALA trip!
As you can see, Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan loves fantasy, so he'll be on the lookout for great fantasy series and I'll of course ask him to write reivews for you all!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tween Tuesday: I So Don't Do Makeup by Barrie Summy

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme started at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens-because tweens need books too! Join the fun and leave your Tween Tuesday post in the comments.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Release Date: 5/11/2010

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Series: I So Don't Do Mysteries, I So Don't Do Spooky

About the Book: Sherlock (Sherry) Holmes is on the case again! Someone is out to sabatoge the new makeup kiosk in the mall, Naked Makeup. When Sherry and her friends use the makeup, it burns their skin and now they're saying they so don't do makeup-and Sherry's not going to let that happen! Is it the competing vendor who wants Naked Makeup's prime kiosk space, the Janes, a group of girls who refuse to wear makeup, or Drew, the lovesick co-worker? If anyone can save Naked Makeup, it's Sherry!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book was just too cute!! I loved that Sherry wasn't perfect (like Nancy Drew) and she was very spunky and fun. She has the perfect tween voice-she's 13, but wishes she was older and I could see the tweens I work with at the library in Sherry. Also, I love that it's a mystery series, as mysteries seem to be really popular with this age group and I can never find enough good ones!

While this is the third in the series, there's plenty of catching up and enough back story that the reader can jump right in and not feel lost. This is great when you don't always have the first of a series on the shelf at the library.

The mystery was pretty easy to figure out, although maybe that's my adult reader coming into play. Because I had the mystery figured out early on, I got frustrated with the author for leading the characters on wild goose chases. It seemed like the book was longer than it needed to be with one too many suspects to investigate and too much going on. Some readers might find this annoying, but many I suppose will laugh along with Sherry's antics. Sherry reminds me a bit of an updated Nancy Drew and she has plenty of spunk and sass that tweens will love her. If you have Nancy Drew fans or readers who have read through the Sammy Keyes series, I would suggest Sherry Holmes as a new tween detective.

Check out author Barrie Summy's website where she's hosting a giveaway! One Grand Prize winner will receive autographed copies of the three books in the series, I So Don't Do Makeup, I So Don't Do Spooky, and I So Don't Do Mysteries, plus a tote bag and t-shirt! Three lucky runners up will win an autographed copy of I So Don't Do Makeup and a t-shirt!

To enter, send an email to ISoDontDoMakeup@gmail.com (note: no apostrophe!) with the subject line "Pick Me!" In the body of the email, include your name and email address (if you're under 13, submit a parent's name and email address). One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped to US or Canadian addresses. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on June 30. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on July 1 and notified via email. Check Barrie's website after July 6 for the list of winners!

Full Disclosure: Recieved ARC from publicist for review

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 4/27/2010

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About the Book: Isabel is a shifter-an immortal creature bound to protect the king of Somorna. Years ago something happened to make Isabel disappear into the wood and now Prince Rokan needs Isabel's protection. But Isable knows Prince Rokan is lying to her and she finds her loyalties being tested-who can she trust, who should be protect, and can she trust her heart?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked this book up because of the blurb comparing it to Graceling. I could see how this could appeal to fans of Graceling, but I don't think it's complex and detailed as Graceling was. It's still an enjoyable read and I found myself compulsively reading Mistwood over the course of a couple of days.

Isabel starts the novel not knowing anything about her shifter past-she really has no memories and we the reader feel Isabel's joltedness from the start. We're thrown in with her, with no back story and we learn what has happened as Isabel learns it. This was somewhat jarring at first, but I liked it as I felt it made me more empathetic towards Isabel.

Although this is a fantasy, I would give it to readers who might typically shy away from fantasy. I never found the world to be hard to understand and it's much more a mystery and conspiracy driven novel than it is fantasy. I kept trying to figure out who was telling the truth and there's a big twist about halfway through the book that I really liked. I did have the ending guessed pretty closely, but it was fun getting there.

My complaints would be the big fight at the end-I felt like that was the only part of the book I didn't follow as well-there was too much going on and it happened so fast I had to go back and re-read it to make sure I knew what was happening. There's also some mild romance, but it was so light and not really built and developed that I wasn't sure it fit. As much as I like romance, I either would have liked it more developed in the storyline or left out completely.

All in all, this was a good debut and I've recommended it my co-worker who enjoys fantasy and I'm eager to hear her thoughts. Overall, the book is pretty clean, so it would work for middle school and up and mystery fans as well as fantasy fans should enjoy Mistwood.

Full Disclosure: copy recieved from my local library

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Teen Book Mania

(from left to right: Holly Schindler, Jenny B. Jones, Me, Brent Crawford, Brian Katcher)

On June 5th, my library hosted Teen Book Mania-our very first teen lit conference! We had a panel of four authors: Brent Crawford, Jenny B. Jones, Brian Katcher, and Holly Schindler. The event was great, the authors and teens had a great time, and I can't wait to do another author event.
All the weeks leading up to the event were not smooth and happy. May was a month full of summer reading school visits. I was very lucky to be able to visit every classroom in all three of my library districts middle schools and about eight classes at the high school. But that meant all of May I was hardly at the library because I was out at schools-I did a total of 62 class visits and spoke to over 1700 students in May! I promoted the books and mentioned Teen Book Mania everywhere I went. I passed out flyers to the librarians to have at the schools. I put out flyers and posters at my own library. But I still stressed out over the event. I had nightmares that my teens ate all the pizza before the authors got there for lunch-silly nightmare, but I woke up feeling panicked! There were some advertising mistakes made that made me stress and I was worried that no one would come.
But I shouldn't have worried. The whole event went wonderfully! I had ten teens from my Teen Library Council come early to help set up. Each author was assigned two teens as "hosts" (the other two teens worked as emcees during the Q&A session). The teens set up tables and chairs and we all made black t-shirts with silver paint pens that said "T.B.M"-many of the teens then had the authors sign their shirts during the signing. We served pizza and cookies for lunch and then the teen hosts took their authors for a library tour. We then had our authors pose for a READ poster that our community relations department is printing up to hang in our libraries. Borders provided books to sell before and after the event. We spent an hour with the authors for Q&A and asked the ultimate YA author question-"who would win in a fight, Harry Potter or Edward Cullen?" (The result was unanimous for Harry-he is a wizard after all, and as Jenny pointed out, he now has his own theme park!) After the Q&A was a book signing, and all the authors were so great and signed bookmarks, papers and t-shirts, so everyone left with something signed. We had over 40 people-teens and adults-attend and the event was a big success.
So what did I learn from my first author event?
-Don't stress-so much easier said than done! But it will all work out and if there is a bump, you can work through it.
-My teens are hyper, but willing to do what I ask, even if it's crazy, like take out all the brown M&M's from the bowl (Brian's spoof request that we just had to honor!)
-YA authors rock! I knew this before, but I was reminded again why I love YA authors. They are so nice, fun, and anyone who can handle ten hyper teens is a superhero in my book!
-My teens have the best questions! I was nervous about getting the same few questions from the audience (I've been to signings like that) but our group came up with really great questions. My favorite was "what advice would you give your teen self knowing what you know now?"
-Have questions prepared in advance and ask those first-get the "what inspired you", "how did you become a writer", "what advice do you have for young writers", questions out of the way first. If you can put a new spin on them, (someone in our audience asked "when were you first affirmed in your writing?") that's even better.
-If you have teen volunteers, find a way to honor them and make them stand out. For my Teen Library Council, I purchased black t-shirts. This worked great because they had something to take home from the event (signed even!) and it made us match and stand out so our audience members knew we could help
-Have fun!!! Author events are a lot of work, but they're also worth it-so have fun and enjoy it.
Check out Jenny's post about Teen Book Mania (with lots of pictures) and Holly's post (with video!) Thanks again to our fabulous authors-I can't wait to do it again!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Why I Do What I Do

The teen summer reading program at my library is all online and as part of that the teens are able to write book reviews. We have over 600 book reviews posted on the site-the reviews are always a big hit of summer reading! While I was reading over the reviews to preview them before posting them on the site today, I came across a great review from a teen that ended with this quote:

"I just got into reading this year and I'm really glad I did."

That dear readers is why I'm a librarian! Moments like that make it all worth it!

YA Movie News

Are you ready for this week's YA Movie News? It's going to be a long post this week!

-The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame has a big budget movie in the works. The movie will be live action and animatronics, filmed in New Zealand and has Peter Jackson's visual effects company working on it. This could be really good, so I'm keep my hopes up for now. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the news.

-The Breaking Dawn movie will be split into two-and it's officially confirmed. Kristen Stewart wants Bella's vampire transformation as the split for the films. I still think that makes for two boring movies with no action, but Hollywood's not listening to me, they're listening to money. Oh well.

-Disney has writing duo Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, of The Game Plan, to adapt Lauren Kate's novel Fallen. I haven't read the book yet, but from what I hear, it will make a great movie. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news.

-The Clique series is getting a web series. Warner Premire is set to produce a web series based on the books-one report said the web series would feature new characters, so it looks like the web series might me more of a spin-off. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Two Wizard of Oz based movies in the works-although I don't think either one is based on any of the books. The first is a prequel called Oz: The Great and Powerful and will be directed by Sam Raimi (of Spider-Man fame) and stars Robert Downey Jr. The other Oz movie is called Dorothy of Oz and Lea Michele (of Glee fame) has signed on to voice the lead of Dorothy. The movie is a 3D animated feature and is a new story taking Dorothy and Toto back to Oz. Take a look at the cast list on the Dorothy of Oz website-looks good and I have to admit I'm excited.

-Miley Cyrus has been cast as the lead of Janie in the movie adaptation of the novel Wake by Lisa McMann. Not exactly how I pictured Janie, but she'll bring a lot of star power to the movie, so hopefully it will get teens into libraries and bookstores. I'm looking on the bright side here, can you tell?:)

-And of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens this weekend! Is anyone planning a trip-can I go with you??:)

Trailer time:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pretty Little Liars-The Booklist

With Pretty Little Liars now a TV Show on ABC Family, my hold list for the series is up and teens are wanting to read the series. So what can you give readers while they're waiting? Here are other books to suggest:

Private Series by Kate Brian-I haven't read this one yet, but it has boarding school secrets, mystery, and scandal, so fans of Pretty Little Liars should find similar themes. There's also a Private webseries, so readers can get hooked on another show.

She's So Dead to Us by Kate Brian-Rich girls turns poor girl, this was recommend in the comments!

Top 8 by Katie Finn-Another one I haven't read yet, but my teens have told me it's good. This one has social networking sabatoge-with someone hacking Madison's Friendverse profile.

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen-This one has gossip, secrets, jealousy, backstabbing mean girls, romance, and lots of fashion.

Paper Towns by John Green-I read this for my lit class and I can't believe I never reviewed it! After a crazy night, Margo disappears and Quentin is determined to find her. Trust me-this book is great! Give this to readers who like the mystery and friendship over the gossip girl plot.

Deception by Lee Nichols-This new YA release has a paranormal twist-the main character sees ghosts. But there's lots of questions on who can really be trusted and a great paranormal mystery that will engage readers.
Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag -Four high schoolers with secrets studying in Paris when one of them disappears.
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young-Cheerleaders who lead a secret life as spies and catch cheating boyfriends.

What else are you giving your Pretty Little Liars readers?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Random Updates and News

I get e-mailed about great things to share, so I thought I'd put them all in one big post.

-I was contacted by the YA Reader's Advisor (I love that title) from Evanston Public Library about an interview the library hosted with YA author
Ann E. Burg, author of All the Broken Peices. Check out the interview-and the teen blog/website. I love the site and hope I can get my library teen page looking as cool!

Teen Fire Ning is hosting a Dream Up Your Own Romance Title contest in honor of the release of The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells. Have you ever thought of a genius book title, even before you came up with the plot? We’re launching another contest and a chance to win copies of The Summer of Skinny Dipping. It’s time to get lovey-dovey in the sunshine and share your original title for a summer romance novel!

-I love audiobooks, so when I found out about SYNC, an audibook community, I had to share!
SYNC is an online community that seeks to build the audience for audiobooks among readers 13 and up.
• Each week, SYNC will give away 2 FREE downloads--a popular Young Adult title paired with a Classic title that appears on Summer Reading lists--starting July 1 through September 1, 2010.
• SYNC is hosted at
Audiobook Community, a new social networking site for the discovery of audiobooks.
• Listeners can choose to join a conversation about these titles with authors, narrators, publishers, librarians, and other listeners. Listeners are not required to join Audiobook Community to follow the conversation on SYNC nor to download FREE titles from SYNC.

-Also, anyone who is heading to ALA and would like to meet up, let me know. I'm making my schedule and I'd love to hang out with YA bloggers/readers!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: ALA Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

With ALA coming up, I thought I'd share some of my wish list!

Crave by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz-I loved, loved, loved Melinda Metz's books as a teen, so I was thrilled she had a new book coming out! I've only been checking Amazon obsessively for the last ten years!! I have no idea if this book will even be there-I'm just keeping my fingers crossed!

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud-the newest Bartimaeus book (no final cover art yet). This is my husband's top pick for ALA. He's not as excited about the conference as I am, although he'll go and help carry my books. So if he could get his hands on this one, it would make the trip worth it!

A lot of my other wist list I've done WOW's on before, so I'm listing the titles mostly so I can remember them all!

Matched by Ally Condie (she's there signing-can't wait)
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (finally she writes another YA)
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (I loved The Luxe series, so I'm eager to read this one)
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (I'm intrigued by the plot for this one)
Grace by Elizabeth Scott (she's also signing-yay)
Gaurdian of the Gate by Michelle Zink (can't wait to find out what happens in this series!)

If you're going to ALA, what's on your wish list?

Pretty Little Liars Secret Keepers Update

I need your help again Pretty Little Liars fans! 'A's mission for me today is watch tonights episode of Pretty Little Liars (on ABC Family 8/7 central) and finish this statement:

"Someone should take those posters down..." I'm playing the game as Emily, so I'm thinking it might be something Emily says-but 'A' can be tricky! Will you help me out?

I'm a Guest!

I'm a guest blogger at Kiersten White's blog today! I'm blogging about my undying love for Gilbert Blythe-sigh....really-how can you not love him-he's so crushworthy!!

Won't you come join me and share your lit crush? Plus, Kiersten is awesome, her blog is awesome and she has a very cool book coming out called Paranormalcy-you should go pre-order it!

Tween Tuesday: The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that features reads for tweens! Join in the fun and post your own Tween Tuesday post and leave a link in the comments.

The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Comic

Release Date: 4/1/2010
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About the Book: Lydia and Julie are not popular so these best friends decide to figure out what makes popular people so popular in the first place. The girls plan out different experiments and keep track of their results and observations in a notebook which they share. As the girls undergo their popularity research, they find themselves less popular, in trouble, and drifting apart.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked this book up because it was sitting on the new shelf in the children's department at my library and I was looking for good booktalk ideas for fifth and sixth graders. This book is another great addition to the comic-type books that are popular with tween readers.

Lydia and Julie's observations about popularity are humorous and will resonate with tween readers. They beg for cell phones, aren't quite sure about their feelings on boys-gross or cute, Lydia auditions for the school musical. They think their plans are great, but things don't always go as they thought and readers will love reading about their mishaps. Lydia is outgoing and wants to be on stage, Julie is shy and more of a tomboy. I think readers will also relate to the way friends can change in the tween years and start to grown apart. Lydia and Julie are perfect examples of tweens-how every day can be filled with drama and emotion, friendships change, you can discover new hobbies, and you become more independent-and that's OK.

The artwork is fun and bright and colorful and is a change of pace from the black and white filled comic books. The book can be somewhat hard to read at first because it's written in the girls handwriting. I also thought the story was a little too long and while it's funny, I didn't find it as laugh out loud hilarious as other reviewers have. But tweens will love it and will be nodding their heads in agreement with Lydia and Julie's commentary on tween life. The Popularity Papers is a must add to any school or public library collection with a strong comic readership.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from library copy

Monday, June 14, 2010

Author Interview: Lee Nichols

Lee Nichols is the author of Deception: A Haunting Emma Novel. Check out my review of Deception and have a chance to win a copy!

GBTQ: Deception is your first novel for young adults. How did you decide to write for YA?

LN: I originally conceived of Deception as an adult novel, but kept making the main character younger and younger until I realized I really wanted to write a YA novel. I love what's happening in YA right now, it's a really exciting place to be.

GBTQ: Do you believe in ghosts?

LN: Not in the way that I imagined them here, but I do believe places and things can feel like they're haunted by the spirits of previous occupants or owners.

GBTQ: Emma has a lot of different powers as a ghostkeeper-what power of hers would you want?

LN: Communicating would obviously be the best. I'd just want to talk to them.

GBTQ: What books are currently on your nightstand to be read?

Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy every book I read, which is why I love libraries. Just went yesterday and brought home American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld, Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton and Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn--I'll probably read this one first.

Enjoy your books Lee-and thanks for stopping by-I love authors who love their libraries!:)

Check out Lee Nichols' first young adult novel, Deception!

Deception by Lee Nichols PLUS Giveaway

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

Release Date: 6/8/2010

Series: Haunting Emma

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About the Book: When Emma's parents leave on a business trip and don't return, Emma's world turns upside down. Her new friend at school lets social services know that Emma's been living alone and Emma finds herself saved by her brothers best friend Bennett. Bennett takes Emma away to his family's museum-mansion and enrolls Emma in a fancy private school. Emma starts to have visions of ghosts like she did when she was a child-and last time that happened no one believed her and she ended up in a mental hospital. Bennett is hiding secrets that hold the key to Emma's visions and there's more to Emma's ghost-seeing abilities than she knows. She may just hold the key to solving a murder.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ghosts, romance, mystery, a Gothic feel, a mysterious private school, secrets-this book has everything a reader wants in a paranormal mystery. When I received my copy for review there was a note that said set time aside to read this one in one sitting-and it was right. Once I started reading Deception, I didn't want to stop!

Emma is a strong character and I loved her voice. She just felt so normal-even when she discovers her supernatural powers, she never stops being a normal teen. She has a crush on Bennett, but she never gets overly whiny or obnoxious about it. She might not be the most popular girl, but her worries about school and her friends don't consume the book. She has no clue about her powers or why she's seeing ghosts, so the reader discovers things along with Emma, which I liked. I also liked how there's romance, but that's not the main focus of the book.

Deception is a ghost story with a Gothic feel to it. The pacing is perfect and the mystery unravels slowly, but there's still enough to hold the reader's interest and keep them intrigued. It is a start to a series, and while some things are wrapped up, I still have lots of questions. And the ending has such a surprise that I want the next book now! The mystery genre in young adult sometimes feel lacking, so I'm glad to have a new ghostly mystery to give my mystery readers at the library. There's a little bit of everything in this book, so it's sure to please fans of paranormal, romance and mystery. An engaging start to a new series, I can't wait to return to Emma's story!

Want to win your own copy of the book? Bloomsbury has graciously given me an ARC to give away! Fill out the Google Doc below to enter! Must be 13+, have a US address for shipping (no P.O. boxes). Contest will end June 21 at midnight central time.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for blog tour.

Friday, June 11, 2010

YA Movie News

-The upcoming Monster High by Lisi Harrison is getting all sorts of promotion! There's an interactive website for the Monster High series that's already up and running with webisodes and games, Universal Pictures acquired the rights for a live action movie musical version of the books, an animated special is in the works, tween clothing store Justice will feature accessories starting in July, and Mattel will have a Monster High doll line starting in July. With all this promotion you can expect to be hearing lots about Monster High in the next few months. The first book in the series releases September 1. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!

-John Stamos is in talks to join the cast of Glee next season as Emma's dentist boyfriend. I really hope this happens because I've loved John Stamos since he was Uncle Jesse and I'd love to see him on Glee! Thanks to Cynopsis for the news.

-Did you see the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One? I can't wait!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pretty Little Liars Secret Keepers-I Need Your Help!

I've blogged about the Pretty Little Liars Secret Keepers game before but this time I need your help!

'A' has given me a mission that involves you! My mission today is to get readers of my blog, friends, family, anyone to write a story about how you got your friends to like your new boyfriend on the Pretty Little Liars message boards. Please give me, Sarah-aka GreenBeanTeenQueen, credit in your story. You can find my post under "Friends Liking Your Boyfriend" on the message boards. If I don't get enough stories shared, 'A' will spill my secrets! You'll help a girl out, won't you??

Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy

Release Date: 5/25/2010

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Other books in series: Eyes Like Stars

About the Book: Bertie and company are traveling from the Theatre in order to save the pirate Nate from the sea goddess who kidnapped him. Bertie is a mistress of tales and can write the company's story, but her words don't always work out the way she plans and the journey takes many unexpected twists. Ariel travels with Bertie and occupies her days, while Nate takes up her dreams at night. Will Bertie be able to save Nate and the company? And who will Bertie's heart choose?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Eyes Like Stars, so I couldn't wait to read this one.

Perchance to Dream brings the return of the characters that made Eyes Like Stars so wonderful-Bertie, Ariel, Nate and the fairies are all there, and there's an addition of some new characters that add to the story. Lisa Mantchev's beautiful writing is there and she again weaves a magical story. I was worried with Nate being kidnapped we wouldn't see him much, but I was happily surprised that Nate appeared more than I thought he would (and I totally call dibs on Nate-love him-I'm Team Nate for sure!) There's an addition of a Cirque du Soleil inspired circus that Bertie and company travel with and I wish we could have spent more time with them-they were my favorite part!

I didn't really like that this whole book took place outside of the Theatre-I found myself confused at parts because I was unfamiliar with the setting. The company's travels jumped around a lot too, which wasn't always easy to follow. There's some background, but this one picks up right at the end of the first book without a lot of recap, so it would probably be helpful to re-read Eyes Like Stars before reading this one. There were also a few characters that were thrown in and not given as much development as I would have liked (one a very important character for Bertie and her story). Sadly, I guess I just felt somewhat lost during the first half of the book.

There's also a lot of set-up for book three and this is very much a place holder before the big finale of book three. I do think Ms. Mantchev is a talented author and she writes some very funny scenes that had me laughing out loud! This one just did not live up to the hype I had build up for it. I'm hoping Bertie and company return to the Theatre where I think they truly shine and I hope they have the big fantastic ending they deserve. (And go Team Nate!)

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Graphic Novel Class

I'm very excited to be starting my Graphic Novels and Comics class that I'm taking as part of my MLS. The last time I took a lit class, several of you wanted to see the reading list, so I thought I'd share the graphic novels I'll be reading over the next three weeks (yep-it's a three week summer class-I'm going to be busy!) I've kept in my professor's annotations for more info.

Our textbooks:

1. Understanding Comics. by Scott McCloud

2. Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections, by Steve Miller.

Graphic Novel Required Reading:

1. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman.- Pulitzer Prize winner that explores the life and family dynamics of a Holocaust survivor. Adult content.

2. Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. -- Eisner award winners present their classic story, a complex murder mystery that explores absolute power, love and the medium of comic books.Teen and adult content.

3. Persepolis: Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi. -- Written by one of the few women graphic novelists, explores a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. Teen and adult content.

4. Pedro and Me, by Judd Winick. -- Winick, a professional cartoonist pays tribute to his Real World housemate and friend Pedro Zamora, an AIDS activist and educator..

5. Choose one -- either a or b:
a. Stuck Rubber Baby, by Howard Cruse -- Eisner award winner, sets a story in the South in the early '60s and deals with homophobia, racism and gay culture. Adult content.
b. Cancer Vixen, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto. -- Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto's graphic memoir about her battle with breast cancer.

6. Two other graphic novels of your choice, at least one must be manga, please.

We also have to do one comic/movie pairing and we get to choose from this list:

Film Noir
FILM: Frank Miller’s Sin City, 2005, Rated R, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez TEXT: Frank Miller's Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (1st or 2nd edition)

FILM: History of Violence, 2005, Rated R, directed by David Cronenberg
TEXT: History of Violence by John Wagner ISBN: 1563893673

FILM: American Splendor, 2003, Rated R, directed by Shari Springer and Berman Robert Pulcini TEXT: Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

FILM: Persepolis, 2008, Rated PG-13, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
TEXT: The Complete Persepolis ISBN 0375714839 or Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood AND Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return ISBN:

Super Heroine
FILM: Elektra, 2005, Rated PG-13, directed by Rob Bowman

TEXT: Elektra The Movie Sean McKeever
FILM: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 2001, Rated PG-13, directed by Simon West
TEXT: Dan Jurgens and Andy Park’s Tomb Raider, Vol. 1 : Saga of the Medusa Mask (Paperback)

Super Hero/Family
FILM: Astro Boy, 2009, Rated G, directed by David Bowers

TEXT: Astro Boy: Volumes 1&2

FILM: Fantastic Four, 2005, Rated PG-13, directed by Tim Story
TEXT: Essential Fantastic Four Volume 1 by Stan Lee

FILM: The Incredibles, 2004, Rated PG directed by Brad Bird
TEXT: Incredibles graphic novel by Brad Bird Dark Horse comics

Super Hero – Action
FILM: Iron Man, 2008, Rated PG-13, directed by Jon Favreau
TEXT: Ultimate Iron Man: Volume 1 Orson Scott Card

FILM: Spiderman 3, 2007, Rated PG-13, directed by Sam Raimi
TEXT: Spiderman the Birth of Venom by Jim Shooter

FILM: The Dark Night, 2008, rated PG-13, directed by Christopher Nolan
TEXT: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

FILM: The Ring (Japanese or American Film), 2003, Rated PG-13, directed by Gore Verbinski
TEXT: The Ring Volume 1 by Hiroshi Takahashi

Should be fun-I'll let you know how the class goes! I'd love to hear suggestions of what you think I should read for the two I get to pick!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pretty Little Liars-Don't Forget!

Don't forget Pretty Little Liars premires tonight on ABC Family at 8/7 central! Who will be watching? And check out the show's website: there are some great message boards to talk about the show!

Tween Tuesday: Jessica Leader Interview & Giveaway

Please welcome Jessica Leader, author of Nice and Mean, to Tween Tuesday! You can visit Jessica at her website and find her on www.twitter.com/JessicaLeader

Jessica was kind enough to answer some questions for Tween Tuesday:

1. Nice and Mean is the story of two girls who don't like each other yet have to work together on a project. Did you ever have to work with someone you didn't like-and how did you handle it?

JL: Strange to say, I can’t remember getting stuck with any really awful partners. (It’s possible that I’ve blocked them out but channeled them into my poor characters’ lives.) I do remember prepping a presentation for history class, though, in which I worked with two good friends and one so-so friend, and it did not go entirely smoothly. The good friends and I would say, “Oh, we’ll do this and this,” and the so-so friend would say, “And I’ll do the map.” And when we made plans to work on it at someone’s house, we said, “We can run through the presentation,” and so-so gal would say, “And I’ll work on the map.” You can see where this is headed.

Sure enough, when we actually got together, my good friends and I were sprawled around the bedroom, eating hummus and crackers and outlining what we’d say, and the so-so friend was just crouched over a map, carefully tracing. The map wasn’t that big a part of the project; we all needed to plan our parts; and this girl wasn’t even paying attention! Finally I said, “Hey, So-So, can you help us with the presentation?” To our immense gratitude, she reluctantly parted with her mechanical pencil.

Even though it was just a small moment of asserting myself, and with someone I wasn’t particularly intimidated by, I felt proud that I’d asked for what I wanted, instead of just fuming and rolling my eyes. That’s the kind of thing I hope people might gain the confidence to do after reading Nice and Mean.

2. If you weren't an author, what would you career be?

JL: I’d go back to my previous profession, teaching middle-school English. Reading, writing, dressing up; celebrating projects with pints of icing (yes, icing.) What’s not to love?

3. If you were stuck on a desert island, which five books would you take with you?

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt.
The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Ulysses by James Joyce…so maybe I’d finally finish it.

4. What mean girl (real or fictional) would you hate to be partnered with?

JL: The current iteration of Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. She’s pretty conniving, but she’s not as clever as Blair, so I’d really have a hard time with her. Plus, I’d get in trouble for cutting her hair. There’s such a thing as too much long platinum blondness.

5. What's your favorite thing about the library or favorite library memory?

JL: From kindergarten through sixth grade, library class was part of our weekly schedule. In sixth grade, it came right before lunch. The school I went to in New York City had thirteen floors, with the library in the lobby and the lunchroom in the basement. This small detail was responsible for a real gaffe that befell a friend I’ll call Quin.

One Wednesday in library, Quin didn’t show up and didn’t show up. Was she in trouble? Had she gone home sick? Nobody knew. After about fifteen minutes, she burst into the library, everything askew. “I forgot we had library,” she wailed, “so I went all the way down to lunch! I got my food and I sat at the table in the corner, but nobody showed up. At first I thought everyone was ignoring me. Then I realized that nobody from our grade was in the lunchroom. And then I realized that we didn’t have lunch—we had library! I was in such a rush to come up here that I put my tray away without even throwing out my food. Do you think I’ll get in trouble?”

Fortunately, it was the kind of school where you didn’t get in trouble for things like that. Mostly, we laughed. I still think it’s hilarious that even though we had library fourth period on Wednesdays every single week, for some reason on that particular Wednesday, that piece of information just slipped Quin’s mind.

I know that story doesn’t really highlight what’s awesome about libraries, but I’ve actually written about that a bunch this year, thanks to Jenn Hubbard’s Library-Lovin’ Blog Challenge and Shelli Johannes-Wells’s Library Appreciation Day.
To read those stories, head here.

Thanks for having me, GreenBeanTeenQueen! I love librarians who care about finding new books for their readers, and I’m honored to be featured alongside them!

Jessica is hosting a giveaway in honor of Nice and Mean's release!
Winners will recieve a choice of book out of the book box:

* Summer Camp Secrets by Katy Grant (for all your middle-grade reading pleasure)
* The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (hm, I'm sensing a summer theme)
* Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson (a page-turner by Jess's indispensible friend)
* A signed copy of Need by Carrie Jones (yes! Signed by the author! Not by Jess; that would be weird)
* Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis (one of Jess's favorite middle-grade books)
* The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm (worth all ten pounds)
* Front Page Face-Off by Jo Whittemore (debut author's madcap middle-grade)

and Nice and Mean-related swag

* signed N&M bookmarks
Swag of Nice Girl Sachi:
* Indian bangle bracelets (not as special as Nani's ring, but still important)
* Indian coconut candies (these are so good--you're lucky Jess didn't eat all of them)
Swag of Mean Marina:
* Dr. Pepper lip gloss (Dr. Pepper: the only drink)
* Pilot Rolling Ball pens (PRBs: the only pen)
* stick-on rhinestones (Yuck! Marina wishes you wouldn't mention these. The mess with Rachel is their fault!)

Leave a comment below telling me if you're nice or mean and you have a chance to win something from Jessica's Nice and Mean Loot Box! Ages 13+, US Address, and contest will end at midnight June 13-so start commenting!!

You also have a chance to win more at Jessica's blog! Don’t forget to head over to
Jessica Leader’s blog to enter the Nice and Mean Grand Prize Giveaway—aka, all this swag plus a copy of the book. Learn how to earn points by spreading the word, or win the battle of wits,where you get others to vote for your favorite nice or mean character in books, tv and movies.

Want more of the tour? Check out The Story Siren and The Page Flipper!

Tween Tuesday: Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that features great reads for Tweens! Add your own Tween Tuesday links in the comments below and join the fun!

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 6/8/2010

About the Book: Marina is mean, Sachi is nice. So when the two girls get paired up as partners in video class, working together is not going to be easy.
Marina wants to do a video on fashion-and use it to show everyone how awful her friend turned frenemy Rachel really is. Sachi wants to do a video that people will remember and find important-not spoof a fashion show. She really needs her video to be something great because she lied to her parents about taking video and she needs to have something her parents will like. But middle school is never fair and Marina and Sachi are going to learn all about being nice and mean.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Nice and Mean is a cute and fun read-and tween girls will love it! Marina reminded me of someone who could be in The Clique series, so tweens who are looking for similar reads will enjoy Marina. Sachi is shyer and has strict parents and I think tweens who feel like their parents are being unfair and the struggles of being a tween will relate to Sachi.
Ms. Leader used to be a middle school teacher and that shows in her writing-she has the tween voice down. You can tell she’s spent time with this age group!

I did find the alternating chapters somewhat confusing at first and there were a few times I forgot who was talking. Even though the stories come together, I wish we could have seen more from Sachi-I felt Marina’s plot was more fleshed out and developed. I also really disliked Rachel and didn’t like that she was never really seen for the mean girl she was. I would have liked for someone to tell Marina’s friends that Rachel wasn’t that great of a friend either!

I think tween girls will love this one-especially girls who are into fashion. If you have tweens looking for a “mean girl” read, give them Nice and Mean.
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by author/publisher

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sea by Heidi Kling

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 6/10/2010

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This post is part of the Sea tour by Traveling to Teens.

About the Book: As a surprise for her birthday, Sienna's father invites Sienna to be part of Team Hope's trip to Indonesia-the same place her mother's plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean three years before. Team Hope will be spending two weeks working at an orphanage and helping children heal from the tsunami that tore through their country six months before.

While there, Sienna connects with Deni. Both haunted by nightmares from their past, Sienna and Deni help each other heal in ways they never imagined and together they find the answers they were searching for.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Love, Love, Love it! I love books with romance, but sometimes the romance genre feels oversaturated with paranormal or new girl falls for hot guy who finally notices her storylines. Sea stands out among these romances and is a breath of fresh air. In Sea, you'll find a wonderfully lovely story about a normal girl-and this girl actually travels the world and helps people! Sure, she's reluctant to at first, but what I loved about Sienna is that she goes for it-she joins Team Hope and travels to Indonesia and steps out of her comfort zone. She made me want to jump on a plane and find a Team Hope of my own.

What really made Sea stand out for me though was that the unique storyline could have gotten very preachy about helping others, joining service projects and doing good. But it never does-this is more Sienna and Deni's story about finding and helping each other-and it just happens to be in a more exotic setting with a unique premise. This is much more than a contemporary love story-it's a story about two people thrown into hard situations and making it through and the healing that can come after tragedy. Even if you typcially shy away from books with romance, give this one a try-I think you'll be surprised!

I do wish we could have gotten more information on the orphange and Deni's concerns about the owner, but I do that stayed true to the fact that Team Hope was only there for two weeks-they couldn't change everything. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I have to say that I loved the ending-it was just right and I really loved how everything came full circle. Sometimes when an author tries to pull of an ending like the one in Sea, I want to throw the book across the room because it just doesn't work. But Ms. Kling makes it work and it left me happy and there was no book throwing-she pulled it off perfectly!

I stayed up late reading Sea because it was a book I couldn't put down. It starts out innocently enough and I thought "I'll just read one chapter"-but this one pulled me in and once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Sea ranks at the top of my debut book list for 2010 and should be added to everyone's must read list.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for tour

Friday, June 4, 2010

YA Movie News

-ABC Family has two books to TV shows this summer, one of which is Huge based on the book by Sasha Paley. Check out the Huge website. Huge premieres June 28th and has some great producers attached: Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life) and her daughter Savannah Dooley will produce as well Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein from Alloy Entertainment, Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries. I have high hopes for this show!

-Chris Columbus' 1942 Pictures has two books to movies in the works: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor. While I didn't love Columbus' Percy Jackson movie, I still think he does a decent job with books to movies (he did direct the first two Harry Potter films) so I have hopes that The Graveyard Book is in good hands. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news!

-McG has acquired the rights to tenner novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger. Congrats Kody on the movie deal! The Duff will be released in September. Looking at McG's IMDB page, he also has a movie version of I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President in the works, which is also a book to movie. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news!

-According to author Wendy Mass' e-mail newsletter, her novel Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is in the early stages of becoming a movie. I'll let you know more details when I find them out!

-ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars premieres Tuesday June 8th-and I hope you're watching! I think this show will be my summer guilty pleasure!

-Here's the trailer for Flipped, based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen. What do you think?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pretty Little Liars Secret Keeper Game Update

I was invited to play in ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars Secret Keepers game to help promote the June 8th premiere of the show.

I was sent a free Driod phone and I'm playing as Emily. 'A' has been texting me almost every day with a new mission I have to complete or else one of my secrets gets spilled-and I so don't want that to happen! Some of my more recent missions have been harder-I had to actually call Emily's boyfriend-ACK!! And today involved some counting and message boards and I'm hoping I was right with my answer that 'A' won't reveal my secret. And not only is 'A' sending texts saying she's going to spill if we don't do what she says, but she comments on our Facebook posts-she's everywhere and she always seems to know what's going on!

I'm friends with many of the secret keepers on Facebook and reading about their missions I know 'A' has it in for me and I'm going to get a really hard mission soon. Plus, it's really freaky getting mysterious texts from 'A' saying she knows what you were really doing last night instead of studying at the library and you better complete her task-or else! Let's just say I'm glad I'm not the real Emily-and I completely understand how the girls would be freaking out!

One of the fellow Secret Keepers is Cinnamon who blogs at A Journey of Books. She had a great idea to feature the Secret Keepers on her blog throughout the contest-and she has great posts about her missions. She's not in my group (we're all playing in mini-groups of four), so I can cheer for her to win and she's playing as Hanna and has had some pretty tricky missions from 'A'.

I'll be blogging about my Secret Keeper updates, but you can also follow me on Twitter for updates. Let's hope I can keep my secrets hidden!
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