Author Cayla Kluver self-published her first novel, Legacy, in 2008.   Now the 16-year-old has signed a deal with AmazonEncore – a new publishing venture from Amazon.com.  Soon,  (August 18) Kuvlar’s book will be available online and in print at bookstores nationwide.

Legacy, intended to be the first volume in a trilogy,  is a fantasy adventure centering on the story of Narian, a character imagined by Kluvar.  Kluvar is currently at work on the second book in the series, Allegiance

Kluvar began writing her first book at age 14.  She graduated from high school at age 15.  Read more at her official website: www.caylakluver.com.

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DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER Contest

To Enter:Write an essay on the topic, “What it means to be a real Gallagher Girl.”Please email your essay to: AllyCarterContest@gmail.com on or before April 30, 2009.

Your essay can be no longer than 250 words. Essays may be shorter than 250 words, but essays over this length will not be considered.

Essays will be judged both on what you say and how you say it, so be sure and spell-check, proofread and turn in an essay that would make a Gallagher Girl proud!

A parent, guardian, or teacher may assist, but you must write the essay yourself.

Entries must be included in the body of the email — no attachments, please. Emails that contain attachments will be deleted immediately and will not be considered.

The subject line of your email should read: GG3 ARC contest.

You may only submit ONE entry, so make it a good one.

Along with your essay, include the following information:

 

  • Your Name

  • Your age (if under 18)

  • A complete mailing address where any prizes you might receive should be mailed (this could be home, school, your parent’s work address, etc.—please note to whose attention the package should be addressed)

  • Your preferred t-shirt size

  • Your email address

Unfortunately, due to the cost and difficulty of shipping overseas, the contest will be limited to people in the U.S. and Canada.If you’ve read and understood these rules and feel up to a challenge, then start writing!The first place winner will receive a signed Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER and a Gallagher Girls t-shirt. The winning entry will be posted on AllyCarter.com!

Second place will receive a “playaway” version of the CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY

audiobook from Brilliance Audio for your school library and a Gallagher Girls t-shirt for you! (A “playaway” is like a mini ipod that has an audiobook automatically loaded on it.)
Winners will be notified via email on or before May 8, 2009.

Winners will be announced on AllyCarter.com on May 9, 2009—exactly one month before DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER will be in stores everywhere.

Thanks, and good luck!

Ally

 

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Nominate your favorite movie  on the theme Outside In: Rebellion vs. Conformity for a YALSA Top Ten award!

The nomination form has been created with librarians in mind, but you don’t need to be a librarian to submit a movie.  Just fill in as many of the fields as you can, and include your contact information.

For information about producers, distributers, etc. check out IMDB.com or contact a librarian!

 

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Need a book but short on cash?  Try Better World Books – they’re kinda’ like amazon, but they specialize in used books.

Better yet, borrow books for free from the library!  Search our catalog using the handy widget on our website.  If we don’t have the book you need, then we can probably get it for you from another library.  And you won’t have to pay for shipping!

Search our catalog for the book you've gotta have!

Search our catalog for the book you've gotta have!

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Publisher ABC-CLIO is hosting a new history research competition, History Uncovered.  Teams of 2-6 high school students can compete for cash prizes for them and their school.  From the History Uncovered website:

Select the top 10 people, events, or places that have shaped the course of history.

Choose from the following options:

  1. U.S. History

  2. U.S. Government and Civics

  3. Ancient World History (through late Middle Ages, A.D. 1500)

  4. Modern World History (A.D. 1500 through present)

  5. Geography

    Prizes for the High School Competition will be awarded in each of the five categories.

    Prizes include digital whiteboards, monetary grants, ABC-CLIO online database product subscriptions for schools, and cash awards for student winners. All Team Entries have an opportunity to be included in the History Uncovered Hall of Fame, and are also eligible for monthly drawings for school site prizes!

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The American Library Association (ALA) just announced the 2009 winners of its media awards for young people.  How many of the winners do you recognize?  See any favorites?  See something new that looks interesting?  What’s missing from the list?

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball  written & illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book, and Coretta Scot King Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books)

Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (Belpre Author Award for work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written and narrated by Sherman Alexie (Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production)

Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta (Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults). 

 

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson; Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart; Nation by Terry Pratchett; and Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Newbury Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature)

Four Newbery Honor Books were named:  Underneath by Kathi Appelt, Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle, Savvy by Ingrid Law, and  After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson.

Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Chains, Fever 1793, Speak, Twisted, Prom, and Catalyst)  won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

 

 

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