Monday, June 21, 2010

Canadian Teen Read Awards

I'm going to break one of my rules today and blog about something happening at work*. I'm doing this because I believe 250% that what we're taking part in is something fan-freaking-tastic.

Today the Teen Read Awards (presented by Indigo) site launched**. This a teen-voted-for-awards thing for books. It it is the coolest thing I have seen Indigo/Chapters do. (And I've had the pleasure of seeing them do some really cool stuff.)

And there's daily prizes! I can't win them, but you can if you're 11–17 and a resident of Canada—excluding Quebec. Under 15 you need parental consent to vote. I heard rumors of movie passes from Cineplex and even a Kobo eReader? (I <3 mine!) Read all the rules here.

Four books in each category have been chosen, but there's a fifth spot open for your choice. You can vote once a day in each category, after you've registered. (Voting in nominations closes July 25th.) I think this page—despite my involuntarily muscle spasm at the use of the word "deets"—sums it up nicely.

So, a favor, Canadian teens. There's this book, you see, and I love it with all my heart; it's called Beautiful Creatures. Maybe you've heard of it? Well, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl are nominated for Best New Writer—and they have some tough competition from Lauren Oliver & Lauren Kate.

Please, if you LOVED Beautiful Creatures and you can vote, will you help Kami & Margie win? If it was up to me, I'd also give Beautiful Creatures Best Hottie, Best Lip Lock, Best All Time Fave, Best Read, and Best Hero! (Sorry, but it's City of Glass for Best Villain.) Thank you for any assistance you feel comfortable providing.

While you're at it, maybe you could nominate Melissa Marr for Radiant Shadows, Lisa Mantchev for Perchance to Dream, Jackson Pearce for Sisters Red, Kimberly Derting for The Body Finder, Catherine Fisher for Incarceron or maybe even Matthew Quick for Sorta Like a Rock Star... the list just goes on and on.

Even if you didn't like Beautiful Creatures, please participate—if you're eligible—and vote for the books you do LOVE. Tell your friends! Get on Facebook or Twitter to champion your favorites. Happy voting, Canada!

* I point you to the disclaimer about this being all my personal opinion, legal department, thank you kindly.
**Be a little patient with the site today, too, because earlier we overwhelmed it.


Leslie said...

You were completely right about Beautiful Creatures. I recommend it to almost every kid I teach now.

And as for your list of recommendations, I haven't read a bunch of them! Yay! I love new recommendations! I'll definitely add them to my list of things to read this summer. I'll also try to arrange to be in Kamloops for the Teen Book Club meeting in August. They're a the beginning of months, aren't they?

Chandra Rooney said...

August 4th for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. We're reading a classic this summer. :)