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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this engaging site connects girls who love to read with one another and with the authors of some of today's best young adult novels. It highlights a book each month (with strong female characters) with author interviews and book club questions and also offers guidelines for starting a book club. The content is directly tied to the featured books, so depending on their themes, weighty topics may pop up. There's a link to the site's myspace page, where users can interact with one another through online chatting. A bonus: there's no advertising.
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What's it about?
READERGIRLZ.COM is the brainchild of four women, all authors who depict strong female characters in their books. Each month, the fun-colored site profiles a novel, offers an in-depth interview with the author, and suggests book club questions. Users have the opportunity to email questions to the author, engage in online book chats with other girls, and even download a playlist of music that fits the book.
Is it any good?
One of the most engaging areas of the site is the "Readergirlz Community Challenge," where each month The Readergirlz Divas pick a cause related to the book and provide an outlet to make a difference.
Readergirlz.com starts with the premise that books can change lives -- they feed us, challenge us, and comfort us. The site then wants readers to shed the view that reading a book is passive and solitary; instead, books "rock our worlds" and demand active engagement.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes for quality reading. Why do certain books touch us? Can we better understand a story when we hear from the author? What are the stories your daughter has to tell? Families may want to encourage daughters to start a face-to-face book club using the site's guidelines.
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