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1. Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

This month we have a blast from the past on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. Who remembers the Mr. Men and Little Miss books?

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2. Best Selling Kids Series | July 2014

Thanks to World Cup Soccer, the new Magic Tree House book, Soccer on Sunday, has the series on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list.

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3. Cassandra Clare to Follow Up ‘Mortal Instruments’ with Three New Book Series

Last night, novelist Cassandra Clare headlined a 92Y event to celebrate the launch of the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. Fellow writers Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and David Levithan joined her on stage. The group kicked off the night by reading a series of voice mail messages that were recorded by the protagonists some time in between book five, City of Lost Souls, and book six. Johnson announced that this material would be featured in the print edition of The Bane Chronicles; this short story collection is due out for release on November 11, 2014. At one point during the night, Black teased that Clare plans to have "lots of fairies" in the stories of her forthcoming new series, The Dark Artifices. In addition to the first installment of Dark Artifices, Clare's fans have plenty of projects to look forward to including the middle-grade Magisterium series co-written with Black and a trilogy set in the Edwardian era called The Last Hours. What do you think? (Photo Credit: Joyce Culver)

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4. Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, & Tom Robbins Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 01, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #3 in Children's Fiction Series) The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare: "Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother." (May 2014) continued...

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5. ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/26/14. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green leads the list followed by City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. continued...

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6. Best Selling Kids Series | June 2014

Best Selling Books for Kids This month, DK Readers: Star Wars are on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list.

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7. New Releases (2)

New Releases is a feature I've started to showcase some of the awesome books I've been sent by publishers that I am incredibly excited about, but haven't yet had a chance to get to.




City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Hooray!! I know a lot of you have been waiting for this one too and I can't wait to read it. Just too many books on the pile right now. I've decided I'm never going to sleep again...too many good books are out.

Thank you to the awesome people at Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy!

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I am an affiliate of both IndieBound and Powells and will receive a small percentage of the purchase price.

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8. The Troll Under the Internet Bridge - Lucy Coats

Trolls.  They only exist in fairytales, don't they?  Trip trap trip trap go the three Billy Goats Gruff over the Troll's bridge.  The youngest goat is allowed to pass by saying that his middle brother is bigger and more tasty.  The middle brother is allowed to pass by saying that his older brother is biggest and yummiest.  And what does the older brother do? Why he tosses the Troll over the side of the bridge with his great big horns and watches him smash on the rocks below, making the bridge safe forever.


If only it were as easy to get rid of trolls on the internet.  In case you don't know what an internet troll is, here's a basic definition:

"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response."

Internet trolls are clever.  Sometimes they use what seem like reasonable arguments to draw people in.  Often they act 'hurt and wounded'.  Always they have an agenda, whether it be garnering publicity, provoking other people into online fights, or just plain old nastiness.  What they love best is to be fed more material (ie comments) for them to get their sharp, cruel teeth into.  They are vindictive, destructive, and a part of internet life I absolutely abhor.

I have been 'trolled' on this very blog.  I won't say where or when, but it was one of the most upsetting experiences I've ever had - and the worst bit was feeling so totally helpless when it all kicked off.  Luckily we managed to shut it down quite quickly, but not before some damage had been done and feelings badly hurt.  My mistake was to 'feed the troll' by trying to be reasonable, polite and patient with his comments for far too long.  This was a mistake.  I've learned from it.

So why am I writing this post now?  Because in the last month two authors have spoken out about their own experiences of being trolled and cyberbullied.  One is Cassandra Clare, and you can read her account of what happened to her HERE.  If you don't know what cyberbullying is, here's another basic definition:

Cyberbullying is "the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner." Cyberbullying methods include "communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit, or humiliate the recipient. The actions are deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior intended to harm another." I would include "passive-aggressive behaviour" along with "hostile".

The other person who has been trolled and cyberbullied very recently is Debi Gliori.  Her piece about the campaign against her and her newest picture-book, The Tobermory Cat is HERE.

To be honest, both these stories make me angry, mostly because I hate any sort of bullying with a passion.  I'm glad Cassandra and Debi were brave enough to come out and expose their tormentors, though, because too many people are scared to come forward and say something.

This is what bullying does.  It isolates, makes you feel alone and frightened, is a small, insidious whisper in the brain, telling you that no one is on your side, that everyone hates you, and if you tell, everyone will hate you more. Cyberbullying is trolling whipped up into a campaign.  It's much easier to hide behind a keyboard than to physically bully someone.  You can even do it across borders, across continents.

No author should have to suffer it.  No child should have to suffer it (though too many do, and die because of it, as in the recent case of Amanda Todd's suicide).  Not one single human being deserves to be bullied or cyberbullied. Ever. Full stop.

Although I maintain that 'feeding the trolls' is not a good idea (and by 'feeding' I mean engaging with them on a longterm basis), I also believe that we should stand up in public and support, reasonably, politely and firmly, those who have been trolled or cyberbullied.  Many of us have done so in Debi's case.  Nicola Morgan has written an excellent piece on the ins and outs of intellectual property law HERE, and now the Guardian has also picked the story up.

If all of us stand together and keep saying no to each cyberbully and troll as we come across them, then maybe we, like the eldest Billy Goat Gruff, can use our horns to throw them down onto the rocks under the internet bridge and defeat them one by one.  Unfortunately trolls and their cyberbully cousins are very resilient.  I fear it'll be a long job, but I, for one, will keep on trying. I couldn't live with myself otherwise.

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9. Best Selling Kids Series Books | September 2013

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10. Lauren Zurchin Completes Fantasy Author Calendar

calendarSoon it will be time to buy a new calendar for 2014. Earlier in the year, photographer Lauren Zurchin ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a fantasy author-themed calendar project called “Beyond Words: A Year of Daydreams.”

The calendar is now complete and features photos of fourteen authors dressed up as fantasy characters. Each calendar costs $20; the proceeds generated from the sale of these calendars will be donated to First Book and Worldbuilders.

The participating authors include Lauren Oliver as a trapped spiritGregory Maguire as a steampunk automaton, Cassandra Clare as Autumn, and Christopher Paolini as Death. Here’s more about Paolini’s photo shoot:
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11. Best Selling Kids Series | March 2014

The popular Who Was …? series tops The Children's Book Review's best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

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12. Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

The New York Times bestselling "Pete the Cat" picture book series tops The Children's Book Review's best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

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13. Best Selling Kids Series | May 2014

Best Selling Books for Kids This month, the popular Who Was …? biography series is back on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

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14. City of Heavenly Fire

Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends must face Clary's brother Sebastian in the last battle between Shadowhunters and demons. Cassandra Clare outdoes herself in this gripping conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series. Books mentioned in this post Mortal Instruments #6: City of... Cassandra Clare New Hardcover $24.99

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15. Waiting on Wednesday: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting!

Coming December 6, 2011!


Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

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16. Diva Delight: Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

You know we love steampunk at readergirlz. We had a blast with Scott Westerfeld, right? Well, how about a collection of steampunk short stories by some more of our favorite, favorite YA authors? You'll recognize many from our rgz Circle of Stars, past guests and contributors. Grab your goggles, because this collection by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant delivers!


So, what will you find in Steampunk: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories? How about mystery, murders, and machines? Worlds of gears and steam in amazing new locations from the minds of 14 writers: M. T. Anderson, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Shawn Cheng, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Dylan Horrocks, Kathleen Jennings, Elizabeth Knox, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Christopher Rowe, Delia Sherman, and Ysabeau S. Wilce.


How fun to find new authors I hadn't discovered before among old friends, all writing speculative fiction which often left me with chills. This quote from Cory's short story "Clockwork Fagin" really captures the collective atmosphere of Steampunk!:

"For machines may be balky and they may destroy us with their terrible appetite for oil, blood, and flesh, but they behave according to fixed rules and can be understood by anyone with the cunning to look upon them and winkle out their secrets. Children are ever so much more complicated."

Perfect, right? With three starred reviews already, look for this release October 11th!

Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
edited by Kelly Link and Gary J. Gavin
Candlewick Press, 2011

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17. Goliath: The Final Book in a Trilogy of Hugeness

GoliathCover     Scott Westerfeld is going to have to start writing another gargantuan book series pretty soon.  I just finished Goliath, the third book in the Leviathan series, and I am going to go into Westerfeld withdrawal by November. Also, between this series and Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series, I've become a tad crazy for the steampunk stuff. Someone pointed out to me that the Leviathan books are not technically steampunk, as the engines described in the book don't run on steam. I don't care. So, don't tell me again that I'm mislabeling the series. At Powell's Books, they put Behemoth on the shelf in their steampunk display, so hah!

    Goliath begins right where Behemoth left off: World War I rages on across Europe and Asia. It's Clankers vs. Darwinists in this revisionist version of the Great War. Aleksander, the heir to the Austrian throne, has just helped lead a revolution in Turkey and is back on the British airship Leviathan with his best pal, Dylan Sharp. By now, Dylan's secret- that he is, in fact, Deryn Sharp, a girl in disguise- is no longer quite so secret. People seem to be finding out or figuring it out left and right.  But as long as the crew of the Leviathan doesn't know, Deryn is fairly certain she can stay on and continue to fly, which has always been her dream. It's when Alek finds out she's not who she says she is and worse, that she's in love with him, that things get a bit wonky.

    In the meantime, the Leviathan is on a mission to Siberia to rescue the brilliant scientist Nicolas Tesla, who claims to have built a weapon so powerful that merely showing it to the world will stop the war. Anxious for peace, Alek falls in beside Mr. Tesla, against the better judgement of his advisors and friends. Alek feels that ending this war is his destiny, his great legacy, and no one can talk him out of going along with Tesla's plans.  What Alek refuses to acknowledge is that Tesla is a bit of a madman, and his motives may not be as peaceful as Alek thinks.

    As the Leviathan crisscrosses the world from Tokyo to Mexico to New York, Alek and Deryn meet a host of historical figures: Tesla, William Randolph Hearst, even Pancho Villa. How far will Tesla go with his weapon Goliath? Is he, and in turn, is Alek, willing to raze an entire city to show the weapon's power? And how can Alek, a royal heir fall for Deryn, a commoner?

    Goliath is a fit ending to Westerfeld's action-packed series.The plot zooms along, as was the case with the first two books, though the characters take more time for quie

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18. Trailer Tuesday: Clockwork Prince, Legend, The Alchemyst

Legend by Marie Lu releases today. How better to celebrate than with the trailer?

If you've read this book, write your review here for a chance to win a Bag of Books from our YABC Book Shelf!




Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The highly anticipated trailer for Clockwork Prince released yesterday. What do you think?

Have you read this book? Write your review here! Each review you write enters you into our Bag of Books drawing at the end of the month!




Here is a cinematic trailer for The Alchemyst by Michael Scott, the first book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. If you've read this book, write your review here!



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19. Happy book birthday Clockwork Prince, Deadly Little Voices, Ruthless and Surrender

Some awesome books are coming out today. Have you pre-ordered any of these, and are anxiously awaiting for it?

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2), by Cassandra Clare
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I read Clockwork Angel last year, and I loved it! I've yet to read TMI, though.
And guys, YOU CAN HEAR THE 1ST CHAPTER READ BY ED WESTWICK ON GOODREADS!!! GO, GO, GO!


Deadly Little Voices (a TOUCH novel), by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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I haven't read any of these yet. Should I?

Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10), by Sara Shepard
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I don't know if I'd like these, sometimes I think I would, other times I just find a book that I want to read more.

Surrender (Haunting Emma, #2), by Lee Nichols
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Haven't read the first one either, but I hear it's good!
You can win a copy on Goodreads! US only, though.

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20. Book Review: Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare


Reading Level:     Young Adult 

Hardcover:          502 Pages 

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21. In My Mailbox: December 5 - 11, 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Thanks to Faye at Poppy!

Coming January 2, 2012!

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.


Bought:


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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22. INFOGRAPHIC: Most Quoted Books of 2011

Bookstore owner and novelist Ann Patchett wrote the most quoted passage on Goodreads last year in State of Wonder: “Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”

During the same period, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare was the most quoted book on Goodreads. Nearly 130,000 quotes were added to the social network last year–we’ve included a Goodreads infographic linking to all the most popular quotes of 2011.

If you want to share book quotes on Facebook, you can also follow this link to enable Goodreads on your Facebook Timeline. The new app connects with your Goodreads account, making the books and quotes you read a permanent part of your Facebook memories.

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23. Cassandra Clare: Love Triangles and Forbidden Love, Creating and Maintaining Romantic Tension in YA Literature

Cassandra Clare is the bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.

A strong theme of forbidden love runs through her books.

Readers go where the tension is, but readers also love romance. The path of love does not run smooth.

Love can be forbidden in several ways: by family, by society/taboo, or it can be unsuitable or dangerous in some manner.

Don't be afraid to create really big obstacles because it creates higher and higher stakes for your characters.

"The bigger the obstacles, the bigger the love needed to overcome them."

Love triangles are extremely popular. It's been part of our storytelling culture for hundreds of years.

Some pitfalls of the love triangle:
*Epic language, like "I will always love you."
*Indecision
*Having a love V, rather than a triangle because two characters don't have any connection.

"The kind of love story that is fun to live, is not fun to read about."

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24. Cassandra Clare Inks Deal for YA Fantasy Series

Cassandra Clare has landed a deal for a new young adult series called The Dark Artifices. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will release the first book in 2015.

Editorial director Karen Wojtyla negotiated the deal with Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. This will be her third Shadowhunters series, the same world featured in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Here’s more from the release: “Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, the series follows Emma Carstairs, the fiercest warrior and most skilled young Shadowhunter since Jace Wayland, and Emma’s sworn partner in arms, Julian Blackthorn. Despite Emma’s complicated feelings for Julian, the two must band together to investigate a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.”

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25. Why You Should Make a Deadline (Even If You Don’t Have a Deadline)

Do you make writing deadlines for yourself?

The Song Remains the Same author Allison Winn Scotch urged writers to set a personal deadline, even if their editors don’t give them one. She encouraged readers to break a large project into smaller components, setting a specific timeline to complete each individual task.

Here’s an excerpt from her blog post: “With the screenplays I’m working on, I actually give deadlines to my producers…they are happy to get what I turn in whenever I turn it in, but I can’t work that way. So, for example, I’ll say: I intend to get you 50 pages by X date, and then I work backwards from there. I calculate how many pages a day I’ll need to write to meet that deadline…and I write them. Often times, I write faster than I imagined but without that date looming over me, there’s no chance I would. I think this can be a really useful tool when you’re working on a spec manuscript.”

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