From Teenreads.com:

Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2008 for the Teen Choice Book Award!

In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2008. The five titles that receive the most “votes” will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2009 Teen Choice Book Award. Later we will tell you where you can go vote for them once the five finalists have been announced. The winner will be announced in May 2009.

All you have to do is fill out the form found here between now and January 31, 2009. Your top five selections may come from the list we’ve provided below, or you can vote for titles not on the list. Important Note: Please be sure that the book(s) was released for the first time in 2008; this means that paperbacks originally published as hardcovers will not be accepted. If you’re uncertain about a book’s release date, we suggest you search for that title on Amazon.com.

Click here to nominate your favorite books of 2008.

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The next time a parent or teacher yells at you for text messaging too much, then you can tell them this story.

Two doctors used text messaging to perform life-saving surgery on a 16-year-old in Congo.  The young man’s arm had been shot off, and the wound became infected.  To save him, a doctor would need to amputate the remains of his arm and shoulder.  The only available surgeon had never performed this very risky surgery, but he knew another surgeon in England who had.  So, they communicated through text messages before and during the surgery.  The surgeon in England texted step-by-step instruction to the surgeon in Africa, the operation succeeded, and the young man lived!

Keep texting, and someday you could save a life!

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Actor Robert Pattinson appeared recently at Orland Square Mall south of Chicago.  Read about his adventures in this article.

Here’s another story about fans  who were turned away from the event.

Would you have waited overnight for a chance to meet Pattinson?  Would you be upset if you were turned away?

The Twilight movie opens nationwide on November 21. 

If you’re planning to see it anyway, then why not write a review?  From Betsy, at Teen Ink Magazine:

Hey all:

We’re holding a “Twilight” movie review contest, and we want you to participate whether you’re a lover or a hater! The writer of the best review (positive or negative) will receive their choice of a Twilight companion book or a Teen Ink book. You’ll also receive a year’s subscription to Teen Ink Magazine, and your review will be seriously considered for publication!

-Betsy

The contest deadline is December 1st.  Post your review (positive or negative) on Facebook, or email it to betsy (at) teenink.com.

You can also post your movie reviews at the NPLD website.  Local reviewers are entered in a monthly prize drawing!

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Teen Ink is looking for bloggers!

From Teen Ink:

Do you like fashion? Or music or books? Are you in the college application process, or do you have an obsession you would love to write about?

Email blog@teenink.com to apply to be a Primary Blogger for Teen Ink magazine.

If you don’t see a category there that interests you, tell us what you’d LIKE to see on the blogs.

WHY APPLY:

– You can write for an audience of millions!
– It looks GREAT on a college application or resume.
– If you want to be a writer, you’ll have a ton of writing samples and be ahead of the game.
– It’s heck-a fun!

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Actor Josh Hutcherson has been chosen as the official spokesperson for Teen Read Week 2008.  15-year old Josh has appeared in many movies, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Bridge to Terabithia.  He recently finished filming Cirque du Freak, based on the series by Darren Shan.  Here’s a brief excerpt from a recent interview:How has reading helped you become a movie star?

Well, I have to read a lot of scripts first of all. Also, reading helps you learn about the type of character that you are going to play. For example, if you are going to play a role of someone who lived in the 18th century, you have to read about life back then in order to understand your character.

Visit the ALA website to read more about Josh and Teen Read Week!

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