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Readergirlz is an online book community[1] that is an advocate for literacy in teenage girls. The site was founded on March 1, 2007[2] by Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley.[3] The site is a partner of the Young Adult Library Services Association. Readergirlz hosts authors monthly for an exchange with teens and administers special literacy projects, including the support of Teen Read Week, the third week of October, and Support Teen Literature Day in April.


  • $2,500 James Patterson PageTurner Organization Award[4]
  • $2,500 National Book Foundation 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize[5]

Authors featured[edit]

Author Title Theme Date
Anderson, Laurie Halse Prom Risk-Taking 2008/06
Asher, Jay Thirteen Reasons Why Compassion 2008/10
Bingham, Kelly Shark Girl Triumph 2008/04
Black, Holly Ironside Imagine 2008/08
Bray, Libba The Sweet Far Thing Risk-Taking 2009/10
Booth, Coe Kendra Self discovery 2009/08
Cabot, Meg How to Be Popular Self-Respect 2008/12
Caletti, Deb The Secret Life of Prince Charming Truth 2010/04
Calhoun, Dia The Phoenix Dance National Mental Health Month 2007/05
Carey, Janet Lee Dragon's Keep Speak Out 2008/06
Carvell, Marlene Sweetgrass Basket Native American Heritage Month 2009/11
Cashore, Kristin Graceling Triumph 2009/09
Castellucci, Cecil The Plain Janes Creativity 2009/06
Cohn, Rachel Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Spontaneity 2008/10
Dessen, Sarah Just Listen Truth 2008/05
Donnelly, Jennifer A Northern Light Courage 2009/01
Garcia, Rita Williams No Laughter Here Resilience 2009/02
Grimes, Nikki Bronx Masquerade Self-Worth 2008/02
Grover, Lorie Ann On Pointe Verse Novels 2007/04
Hale, Shannon Book of a Thousand Days Honor 2008/05
Headley, Justina Chen Nothing But The Truth (and a few white lies) Gutsy Girls 2007/03
Draper, Sharon Copper Sun Determination 2010/02
Hopkins, Ellen Impulse Hope 2009/04
Larson, Kirby Hattie Big Sky Hope 2008/01
Levithan, David Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Spontaneity 2008/10
Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Risk Taking 2010/01
McCormick, Patricia Sold Strength 2007/09
Miller, Sarah Miss Spitfire Give 2007/12
Pearson, Mary The Adoration of Jenna Fox Identity 2009/03
Pierce, Tamora Daughter of the Lioness Independence 2009/12
Reinhardt, Dana A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life Family 2007/11
Resau, Laura Red Glass Family 2009/05
Rugg, Jim The Plain Janes Creativity 2009/06
Schorr, Melissa Goy Crazy Fun 2007/07
Walker, Melissa Violet Series: Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design, Violet in Private Body Image 2008/08
Westerfeld, Scott Leviathan Self-discovery 2010/03
Yee, Lisa Absolutely Maybe Hope 2010/05
Yoo, Paula Good Enough Tolerance 2008/09
Zarr, Sara Sweethearts Truth 2009/06


  1. ^ Burling, Alexis (2008-03-08). "An Online Book Club". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  2. ^ Goodnow, Cecelia (2007-02-20). "Local authors hope 'Readergirlz' site helps create women of substance". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst Seattle Media. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  3. ^ Dunnewind, Stephanie (2007-02-24). ""Gutsy" girl books — and beyond". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  4. ^ "2007 Winners : James Patterson PageTurner Awards". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Innovations in Reading Prize, 2009". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 

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