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YA Appreciation Month

Once again the brilliant bloggers over at Booksmugglers are running their YA Appreciation Month. Click on the image to take a look…

Free YA e-book download

Daniel A. Rabuzzi‘s debut fantasy novel The Choir Boats (ChiZine Publications, Toronto, 2009) is featured
as Wowio‘s July Book of the Month. During July 2010 only, the e-book version is FREE to download here: The Choir Boats

The Choir Boats was selected by January Magazine as a Top Ten YA Novel for 2009.
Reviewers describe it as “Gulliver’s Travels crossed with The Golden Compass and a dollop
of Pride and Prejudice,” and “a muscular, Napoleonic-era fantasy that, like Philip
Pullman’s Dark Materials series, will appeal to both adult and young adult readers.”

P.C. Cast Video Interview

New YA Library Website

Fantastic news – the UK has a new Young Adult Library website – YALibraryUK. There is also a twitter feed here:

The good work is spreading!


The Embassy of Japan is once again launching the major manga-writing competition, MANGA JIMAN 2010, with fantastic prizes and open to anyone fourteen (14)* years of age or over.

The amazing First Prize is two (2) return air tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways!**
The Second Prize is a fabulous TOSHIBA laptop computer.
Third Prize is a superb digital camera from RICOH UK Ltd
Runners-up will receive and a selection of manga publications, available in the UK from various UK manga publishers amongst others prizes.
The winners’ works will also be displayed in a special MANGA JIMAN EXHIBITION at the Embassy of Japan.

This competition is open to all UK residents. All creations should be original and between six (6) to eight (8) A4-sized pages in length and although entrants are free to choose their own theme, restrictions do apply, and importantly the manga should in some way make reference to nami or ‘wave’. The closing date for the submission of entries is Monday, 1 November 2010.

Manga by Ollydead

Should you wish to enter, please read the full MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2010 RULES & REGULATIONS and then carefully fill out and submit the official entry form along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman 2010 Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

* The competition is open to all legal residents of the United Kingdom who are, or will be, over the age of fourteen (14) by 1 January 2011.

**Terms and conditions apply.

Teen Librarian Monthly: June Edition

Apologies for the late uploading of the June edition of TLM (it was out last month). Now available to download here:
june tlm

Vampirology Competition Winners

The winners of the Vampirology Competition are:

Anish Harrison and Sabi

Could you please let me know what your contact addresses are and I will get your prizes sent off to you!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Teen Librarian Monthly May 2010

The May edition of TLM is available to download here

Inside My Head by Jim Carrington

Guest review by Charlie Morris
Inside My Head tells the story of fifteen year old Zoë recently moved from London to rural
Norfolk with her mum and dad. Not best pleased with her parents decision to move she is
about to discover what life will be like at her new school.
Already at the school are Paul Knaggs the resident bully, David, Knaggs’ sidekick and
Gary Wood their desperately unhappy victim. Constantly bullied Gary is the school loner
and in the eyes of the other kids, he is the lowest of the low, the son of a ‘farmer’. As
Knagg’s unremitting bullying escalates and Gary’s temper reaches breaking point, David’s
loyalty to his bully friend is put to the test.
When Gary is suspended from school for fighting back he is befriended by Zoë who has a
totally new perspective on the situation. As David struggles with his conscience, the need
for him to take a stand against Knaggs before the situation gets completely out of control
becomes more and more urgent.
Inside My Head started life as a short story inspired by anti-bullying week and portrays the
gritty realities of teenage life in a small rural community. Narrated from the points of view of
the main characters the reader is offered a look inside the heads of the bully, the victim,
the best mate and the newcomer making for a challenging examination of the impact of
bullying and the consequences taking a stand which keeps the reader guessing until the
very end.