Sunday, May 22, 2005

Flamingnet May Enewsletter


1. Some of the New and Advance Books Recently Reviewed On Flamingnet
2. Book Giveaway for the Month of May
3. Special Advance Review Copy Offer for Flamingnet Members
4. Adult Reviewer Needed
5. Congratulations to Student Reviewer, Mitchell Yousem, on 20 Reviewers!
6. More Blogging
7. Support Libraries - Buy Through Flamingnet
8. Please Tell Your Students and Friends
9. To Unsubscribe

1. Some of the New and Advance Books Recently Reviewed On Flamingnet

A CRACK IN THE LINE Michael Lawrence Harper Collins
A Crack in the Line, by Michael Lawrence, is a story about two sixteen-year-olds, Alaric and Naia, who discover that they are living in parallel universes. In these parallel universes, they are both living almost the exact same life. They share the same thoughts, moments, and they even look alike. Only one major difference exists between their lives, other than the fact that Alaric is a boy and Naia is a girl. Alaric's mother died in a train crash two years earlier, while Naia's mother survived the disaster. After Alaric accidentally finds a way to travel to the universe in which Naia is living, the two of them work together to figure out why their lives are so similar and why this major difference exists. Events lead them to a major discovery, and their actions result in mistakes, which could ultimately change their lives forever.

HOME TO THE SEA Chester Aaron Brown Barn Books
This book is about a girl named Marian who's family has always had a medical condition called syndactyle which skipped a generation. Marian has it and her condition progresses more than any of her ancestors. Slowly, she finds out that she is turning into a mermaid. Now, her life is rapidly changing. What can she do about this and what will happen when the time comes that she becomes a fully developed mermaid?

YA YAS IN BLOOM Rebecca Wells Harper Collins
Third in a trio of "Divine Sisterhood" novels, Rebecca Wells' new book "Ya-Yas In Bloom" gives a deeper and sweeter background to the quirky and beloved characters from her earlier bestsellers. But instead of producing a rehash of the same old thing, Wells creates a shimmering, multifaceted look at the Ya-Yas, the Petite Ya-Yas, and even into the third generation of these closer-than-close friends.
"Ya-Yas in Bloom" is a heartwarming, nostalgic foray into the kinds of friendships that transcend whatever time, hardship, and change may bring - an entrenching and genuinely satisfying read even for newcomers to the series.

TROLL FELL Katherine Langrish Harper Collins
An orphaned boy and the twin giants that are his uncles are not a good match. Especially when the only reason the uncles want him is so that they can sell him to the trolls for gold. Peer loves his home even though his father is now dead. Unfortunately, his uncles don't care whether he wants to stay there or not, because they want him at their mill at Troll Fell. At least he gets to take his dog Loki, but that turns into a problem too when they meet Grendel, the twin's dog. Can anything possibly go right for Peer and his dog? Can he possibly make friends in this place where he is treated like a slave and fed only the few remains of the Grimmsson twin's meals? In a place where evil reigns and friends are hard to come by, can Peer survive, or worse yet, does he want to?

FINDING LUBCHENKO Michael Simmons Penguin
16 year old Evan McAllister's rich dad never gave him any money, afraid Evan would become a spoiled brat. So desperate for some money, Evan steals stuff from his dad's company to sell online. Then his dad is wrongly accused of a murder. Evan could clear his name but only if he reveals his own crime. Unwilling to face his dad's punishment Evan decides to find the real killer but gets involved in the dangerous world of international crime in the process.

In the book, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, the six main protagonists all have at least one thing in common: they can fly. Max, Fang, Nudge, Iggy, the Gasman, and Angel, who live by themselves in the middle of nowhere, are ninety-eight percent human and two percent bird. Before the events that occur in the story, Max and her family all escaped the clutches of the School, an institution where "scientists" perform sadistic tests on their subjects. With the help of Jeb, a "scientist" who befriends the main characters, they flee to the forest where Jeb instructs them in self-defense and survival skills.
This book was a delight to read, full of rich characters and endearing plots. James Patterson wrote the book with small chapters, so the reader is treated to each riveting story in less than eight pages.

THE GIRLS THEY LEFT BEHIND Bernice Thurman Hunter Fitzhenry & Whiteside
In a story drawn from events in her memoirs, Bernice Thurman Hunter uses potent realism in day by day descriptions to tell the story of one girl's transition to womanhood in the "greatest generation." The Girls They Left Behind tells about a young Canadian girl named Beryl who has to sit and watch friend after friend depart from Union Station to go off to war, leaving her behind. When even her cousin Carmen leaves, Beryl decides to move on with her life, and stand silently waving goodbye at the train station no longer. Changing her name to Natalie (deciding her other name is "not fit to print"), she gets a job helping the war effort. The things she learns from her correspondence with her "war boys" and daily life with others "they left behind" make up the heart and soul of this novel.

MIDNIGHTERS:THE SECRET HOUR Scott Westerfeld HarperCollins
In a town with a secret hour, time freezes for everyone during midnight. Four children are granted the ability to move in the secret hour. When a new girl comes to town, she stirs up unusual activity from the creatures that also live in the secret hour. To the other midnighters, Jessica Day is a misfit with nothing special about her. Other than her strange eyes, that is. A mysterious novel that leaves you wondering, Midnighters: The Secret Hour will make your heart skip a beat.

2. Book Giveaway for the Month of May
CONGRATULATIONS to our members who last month won copies of YA-YAS IN BLOOM by Rebecca Wells.

To celebrate the release of KILLERS OF THE DAWN from the New York Times Bestselling Series Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan, we are running a book giveaway contest during the month of May.
FROM THE PUBLISHER - Little, Brown & Company
"Outnumbered, outsmarted, and desperate, the hunters are on the run, pursued by the vampaneze, the police, and an angry mob. With their enemies clamoring for blood, the vampires prepare or a deadly battle. Is this the end for Darren and his allies?"
"Soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers, Cirque du Freak is the compelling saga of a young boy's journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and an unexpected ending, Cirque du Freak will chill, thrill and leave readers begging for more."

Three copies of KILLERS OF THE DAWN will be given away to FLAMINGNET MEMBERS selected at random during the month of May.

All FLAMINGNET MEMBERS have a chance for this new release giveaway. Therefore, if you are not yet a member of Flamingnet, JOIN TODAY for a chance to win!

3. Special Advance Review Copy Offer for Flamingnet Members
To promote the release of RANGER'S APPRENTICE on June 16th by the Penguin Young Readers Group, we are giving away 20 (ARC) advance reader copies. This ARC does not have the final cover or a few final edits, but otherwise it is very representative of the final version of RANGER'S APPRENTICE due out next month. RANGER'S APPRENTICE looks like it will be a great book for 9 - 12 year olds who enjoy fantasy and adventure.

Book Description
They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .
Australian John Flanagan brings to America an epic fantasy adventure in the tradition of The Lord of the Rings

If you would like a FREE advance copy of RANGER"S APPRENTICE, please email us you name and address at We will send copies to the first 20 people who email us.

4. Adult Reviewer Needed
The Time Warner Book Group (Little, Brown & Company) has recently asked Flamingnet to review MY GIRL:ADVENTURES WITH A TEEN IN TRAINING by Karen Stabiner. This book was just released last month, and is a realistic and honest view of a parent/child relationship during adolescence. We would prefer to have this reviewed by a parent who can relate to the experiences described by the author, especially someone who has done book reviews before or who would like to try their hand at it. If you are interested in reviewing this book for Flamingnet, please email us at and we will send it to you.

Editorial Review of MY GIRL:ADVENTURES WITH A TEEN IN TRAINING From Publishers Weekly
Girls turn into monsters as soon as they reach puberty-or so many mothers have warned Stabiner (All Girls). But in this charming memoir, the author argues that such doomsday predictions are not necessarily true. The mother of a relatively well-adjusted pre-teen, Stabiner describes her relationship with 11-year-old Sarah to show that mothers and daughters can live together peacefully. Rather than offering specific parenting advice, Stabiner chronicles her personal experience as a mother, touching on such universal themes as self-esteem, middle-school cliques and dealing with the turbulent emotions of adolescence.

5. Congratulations to student reviewer, Mitchell Yousem, on 20 reviewers!
Flamingnet now "employs" many student reviewers all over the country to read and review books for you. These students range from fifth grade to college. Over the years, we have developed relationships with some really great students who we feel lucky to have helping us. Mitchell Yousem, a sixth grader in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of these dedicated and hard-working Flamingnet student reviewers who we have really come to appreciate. This month he completed his twentieth book review for us. As many of you know, our reviewers receive a $15.00 gift certificate to for each five reviews that they submit and that are accepted for posting on Flamingnet. Mitchell has so far received 4 gift certificates. CONGRATULATIONS MITCHELL, and we also want to thank all of our other Flamingnet student reviewers too. It is fun working together, and we really enjoy your emails and reviews.

Here is a link to a very nice article about some of our student reviewers in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

We are now accepting more student reviewers and announcing it in this newsletter before posting this on the web site. Therefore, if any members know of a student who would be interested in reviewing for Flamingnet, please have them fill out this application and email it to us as soon as possible. They must be a very good reader, have the ability to coherently express themselves in writing, and be conscientious. We only have a few openings right now. All other qualified applicants will be placed on our waiting list.

6. More Blogging
We are now adding reviews from our student reviewers to our blog too. These reviews will immediately be posted on our blog so that they can be available to you right away and will reach an ever-expanding Internet audience. Along with our student reviews, our blog also includes reading lists on various topics and themes, past editions of our enewsletter, and personal muses by us about preteen and young adult topics such as Cyberbullies.

7. Support A Library - Buy Books and Other Items Through Flamingnet
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Gary and Seth
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