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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman, serving aboard a living airship. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way . . . taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

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"Leviathan is steampunk at its best: an imaginative historical and technological adventure filled with characters of heart and courage. Any one who dreams of following her dreams and discovering her destiny will soar through this book." - Dia Calhoun, readergirlz diva

"This steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic." - School Library Journal

"The request line for the sequel can start forming now." - The Bulletin

Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and The Bulletin.

"When a book pursues you into your dreams, you can't ignore it." - Sunday Telegraph

Westerfeld was named one of eight YA writers who shaped the decade by Amazon's book blog.

Bonus Book Goodies:

Check out this exclusive video with Scott, giving us a tour through his writing space and talking about the research and work that went into Leviathan.

Watch the trailer for Leviathan.

If you can't see the trailer above, click here.

The Leviathan audio book is narrated by Alan Cumming, who was Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids movies and Nightcrawler in the X-Men films. Listen to a clip.

Leviathan is beautifully illustrated by Keith Thompson. Visit his website to check out some of the artwork from the book.

 

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On the nightstand: About 20 books, three pairs of reading glasses, water.

Favorite drink while you write: Water with bubbles in it. (Just got a machine to make my own.)

Favorite bookstores: Kinokuniya in Sydney, Australia. Huge YA section, lots of manga and graphic novels as well. Half Japanese and half English.

Favorite library: New York Public Library Central, the one with the stone lions out front.

Pets: A telescope shaped like a penguin.

Place to write: In my study on an old Chesterfield couch covered in cracked leather.

Inspiration: Human beings. We're hilarious, and often awesome.

Dream book tour: One where I only go to bookstores that are within walking distance of my house.

Writer buddies: E. Lockhart, Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Robin Wasserman, Cassandra Clare

Cure for writer's block: Blow something up (in the book).

Favorite outfit: Pajamas.

Laptop or longhand? Laptop, the smallest one I can find.

Stilettos or Uggs? Barefoot

Next up: Behemoth, book 2 of Leviathan.

Author idols: Samuel R. Delany

Other YA Novels: Uglies series, Midnighters series, So Yesterday, Peeps, and The Last Days.

Additional Interviews: Three different pieces at the Tor website.

Website: www.scottwesterfeld.com

 

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Discuss the book with the author himself. Scott Westerfeld will be chatting live at the readergirlz blog on Wednesday, March 17th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST. The chat will last for an hour.

 


Model UN

 

Are you interested in world politics, or conflict resolution? Do you love debating? If so, you should check out Model UN.

In their own words, UNA-USA's Model United Nations is "a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda."

If your school doesn't have a Model UN chapter yet, click here to learn how to set one up.

The following tunes were hand-picked by the author to accompany his book.

1. "Airship Pirate" by Abney Park
2. "Metal on Metal" by Kraftwerk
3. "Christiansands" by Tricky
4. "Hustle Rose" by Metric
5. "Galang" by M.I.A.
6. "The Sea" by Morcheeba
7. "We Are Pilots" by Shiny Toy Guns
8. "Barracuda" by Rasputina
9. "Supermodel" by Bran Van 3000
10. "Vingt à trente mille jours" by Françoiz Breu
11. "Flicks" by Frou Frou
12. "Yerkemo Sew" by Mulatu Astaque


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Discuss the following questions (and more!) with other readers at the readergirlz blog.

1. Have you ever wanted to live in a different time in history?

2. Have you ever, like Deryn, had to hide what you really were to follow your dream?

3. How is reading an illustrated book different from reading one without pictures?

4. While reading Leviathan, did you ever "cheat" and skip ahead to the next picture?

5. Have you ever imagined "what if" history had changed in some way?

6. Whose point of view did you enjoy more, Alek's or Deryn's?

7. Are you a Darwinist or a Clanker?

8. What's your favorite period of history for clothing?

9. If you could make any animal in the world into a loyal pet, what beastie would you choose?

10. Have you ever had a friendship with someone who you couldn't tell something important about yourself?

11. Have you ever felt, like Alek, that your parents have tried to protect you too much?

12. Would you want to grow up as royalty, if it meant you couldn't have any friends your own age?

 

 


Planning your own book group/get-together? Here are some party ideas from the author.

Invite: Something with gears, or Victorian wallpaper.

Décor: Match the invite.

Attire: Victorian clothes: corsets, bustles, long dresses, fancy hats. Check out some pieces of steampunk jewelry and ensembles here, there, and everywhere.

Food: Anything shaped like gears.

Movies: Sherlock Holmes, The Golden Compass, Wild Wild West

 

 

     

Recommended by postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council

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The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Non-Fiction
Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them by Jillian Venters

 

 

The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

 

 

 

Read ahead! Get ready for our upcoming book discussions:

April: The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

May: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

June: Paper Towns by John Green

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