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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Readergirlz and Best Books for your BFF

Brimstone and other fabulous things have been brewing, including exciting news from Readergirlz:

Give the World, Gift a Book: Readergirlz Celebrates the Holidays with Best Books for Your BFF

In celebration of the holidays and girlfriends, the critically-acclaimed online book community, readergirlz, has launched a collection of sassy shopping lists of YA literature for teen readers and their best friends.

Seattle, WA – November 23, 2007 – Give your girlfriends the world this holiday season; give them a book chosen especially for them. Readergirlz—the pre-eminent book community for teen girls—has literally bookmarked those exact books to make holiday shopping easy and soulful this year.

Readergirlz has partnered with one of America’s leading children’s bookstores and its own advisory council of children’s lit bloggers, the postergirlz, to create ten sassy shopping lists for avid teen readers: Best Books for Your BFF. The ten collectible bookmarks feature YA novels both to encourage teens to give books to their best friends this holiday season and to read beyond the bestseller lists.

“Why give a book for a gift?” asks RenĂ© Kirkpatrick, book buyer for the acclaimed All for Kids Books in Seattle. “Whole worlds are held in a pair of hands: a flat package filled with lives and words, bursting with surprise and ideas. That’s why a book will always be the perfect gift. And these readergirlz bookmarks will be immensely helpful for teens who might not know which book to choose.”

Each of the bookmarks is designed for a specific personality, making Best Books for Your BFF an easy way for book-loving teens to find the perfect novel for even their most well-read friends on their holiday list. For The Girl Who Saves Her Neck for Edward, Jackie Parker, the prominent blogger of interactivereader.blogspot.com and a member of the postergirlz, selected of A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, and Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. For The Girl Who Dances in Glass Slippers, readergirlz diva and author Dia Calhoun chose Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

"Every one of the recommenders of Best Books for Your BFF made a concerted effort to craft eclectic lists, featuring some underground and overlooked YA novels alongside classics and non-fiction work. Armed with these lists, not only will teens find that perfect read for their favorite reader, but they’ll learn about books they may never have heard about otherwise," says Dia.

To discover more about this literacy project or to download the readergirlz Best Books for Your BFF bookmarks, please check www.readergirlz.com.

About readergirlz: Started by four award-winning YA authors—Dia Calhoun (The Return of Light: A Christmas Tale), Janet Lee Carey (Dragon’s Keep), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe) and Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard)—readergirlz has quickly become one of the foremost online book communities for teen girls. To promote teen literacy and gutsiness in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month as well as spearheads innovative literacy initiatives, such as October’s 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens. For more information about readergirlz, please visit www.readergirlz.com and www.myspace.com/readergirlz, or contact divas@readergirlz.com.

Justina Chen Headley, readergirlz co-founder and author



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