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Unplug June
Unplug and Unleash Girl Power

Happy UNPLUG JUNE, girls!

This June, let’s Unplug. Join iTwixie and Unleash our Girl Power! We will become stronger, bolder, smarter and kinder.

Here’s how:
Step 1 - Spend at least 3 hours a day without your phone, computer or TV – totally UNPLUG, girls!

Step 2 - Make your bed every day.

Step 3 - Read Nancy Drew Mystery, THE SECRET OF THE WOODEN LADY by Carolyn Keene with the iTwixie Book Club

Step 4 - Volunteer 20 minutes a week to help someone or some organization.

Step 5 - Go outside! Every day,  do one of these 3 things, outside: run for 10 minutes, play catch for 20 minutes, or do 10 pushups! You choose! Feel like doing something else? Tell us!

Have fun doing these 5 things, girls! Be sure to write about how you feel on your blog, right here in the comments section or anywhere else on iTwixie. Let’s Unplug June and Unleash our Girl Power!

Together we are changing the world.

Now go UNPLUG!

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Win a T-Shirt!

Way to go, @lifeliver166! You won an iTwixie t-shirt! Just send your parent’s mailing address to info@itwixie.com and we’ll get it in the mail to you right away! Woo hoo!

Ready for another chance to win?

5140EdKTZDL._AC_SR98,95_In the book,  Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff, the story gets told in a comic book style. Do you like it? Do you think it helps you imagine the action or do you think a story without pictures helps you enjoy it more? Aren’t they cool? Do you want to read more comic book/manga books with iTwixie? Tell us!

Have you ever read a comic book? Which one was your favorite?

Every girl who answers gets a chance to win a cool iTwixie T-Shirt. So tell us what YOU think! And congrats again, @lifeliver166!

Here’s a little more about the book:

Delilah Dirk travels the world to develop skills to help her rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. She uses a flying boat and BFF, Selim, to evade the Sultan’s guards, leave angry pirates in the dust, and fight her way through the countryside. Ready to read about a smart girl having amazing adventures? Then you are going to love Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant! Get reading. Next week we’ll have a contest to win a cool, t-shirt, just for reading this cool, smart book!
You go girls!
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Bad or Bold Girls
February 26, 2014
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So what did you think of  BAD GIRLS: SIRENS, JEZEBELS, MURDERESSES, AND OTHER FEMALE VILLAINS by Jane Yolen

Answer these 3 questions and you could win a FREE writer’s journal!

1. Are bold girls also bad girls?

2. Is spying bad? Are spies bad? Are spy girls bad? Have you ever thought of becoming a spy?

3. Who was the worst bad girl from this book of 26 Bad Girls from history?

Stay tuned for more from iTwixie’s Book Club! When you read, you WIN! Happy reading, girls!

Photo Credit: amazon.com  

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Book Club: Vote for a Book
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Ready to choose the first book we’ll start reading together in 2014? Check out these books and then click on the one you’d like to read! Thanks for all of the great suggestions, girls!

We’ll announce the winning book on January 15. So stay tuned and get ready to get your Game On and start off 2014 reading a fantastic book together! And remember, with iTwixie’s Book Club, when you read, you WIN!

Happy voting, girls!

Photo Credit: Enokson

Which book do you want to read next?

  • BAD GIRLS: SIRENS, JEZEBELS, MURDERESSES, AND OTHER FEMALE VILLAINS by Jane Yolen (50%, 4 Votes)
  • CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins (25%, 2 Votes)
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (13%, 1 Votes)
  • RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier (13%, 1 Votes)
  • A STUDY IN SCARLET by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Book Club: Help Choose iTwixie’s Next Book!
December 25, 2013
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Each month, iTwixie girls pick a book to read together for our book club. In December, you chose Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. What will be the top pick in the new year?

Use the comments below to share your ideas. On January 8, we will have a vote to make the final  decision for our new book. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

(Photo Credit: Joel Bedford)

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December’s Book of the Month: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
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Did you enjoy reading Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment as much as we are? Scroll down for a wrap up of:

Chapter 81-epilogue

Chapter 41 through 80!

and

Chapter 1 through 40!

Make sure to vote in our new poll — and get ready to pick a new book for January!

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
(You can buy your copy on Amazon by clicking on the picture of the cover)

Part three: Chapter 81-epilogue

Using the voice in her head — and mysterious images that popped in her brain — Max is able to bring the flock to the Institute of Higher Learning. Along the way, the fight Erasers, escape from cops  – and even getting free disguises courtesy of an unsuspecting makeover store! Max also is revisited by Jeb, who reminds her that she is meant to save the world — and then there’s the time that she KISSES Fang. Eek!

Oh, and the members of the flock are discovering they have new powers, such as Angel’s ability to breathe underwater, and Nudge’s power to touch objects and see the people who use them. Pretty cool.

After climbing down in the sewer — and past rats — to get to the Institute, Max and her family print out files they find about their origins, and they open the cages of other bird children they find locked up in a lab.  Also, Angel gets a pretty amazing dog named Total. But as they escape the Institute, Ari appears again, and when he and Max fight, she accidentally kills him, her own brother.

That night, as the flock gathers by a fire to read over their files, Max discovers a new mystery: She is the only one without a file of her own.

You said Fang was your favorite character. Now here’s a new poll to try:

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Part two: Chapter 41 through 80

After Max reluctantly leaves Dr. Martinez’s house, she reconnects with Nudge, Iggy, Fang and the Gasman, trying to stay ahead of the Erasers and save Angel. Along the way, they steal money from an ATM, “borrow” a van, and go to a fast food restaurant to stock up on junk food (anyone else think it’s weird that Max eats chicken? She is part bird after all!). But then Max, Nudge and Fang are captured by Erasers, and put in cages at the School.

There, Max is surprised to see Jeb working with the whitecoats — and even more surprised at what he tells her: she was created to save the world. But even though he begs her to trust him, she escapes, taking the rest of the flock — including Iggy and Gazzy, who’ve only recently arrived on campus — with her.

Max starts feeling really sick, but when Angel tells them all about the Institute, where there are complete files that explain more about the experiments that created them, they head to New York to find out more. But even in the city chaos, they are not safe.

You said the superpower you’d most like to have is “Ability to fly.” Now here’s a new poll to try:

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Part one: Chapters 1 through 40

Fourteen year old Max is 98 percent human and two percent bird — just like the other members of her flock, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel. Besides being able to fly, they have other amazing powers: Angel can read minds, for example, and they all have amazing vision (except for Iggy, who is blind).

After escaping a lab, known as the School —  where they lived in cages and were subjected to cruel experiments, they are living pretty peacefully on their own. That is until Erasers — the School’s security force of men than can morph into wolves– arrive and kidnap little Angel, Max’s favorite.

Max and the flock make a daring to return to the School and rescue Angel, but they are soon separated. While the others continue with a daring plan, Max ends up shot by local boys — and rescued by a veterinarian named Dr. Martinez, who cares for her like a loving and protective mother. The whitecoats are already experimenting on Angel, whom they call “It” — when Jeb, the man who had rescued them when they had escaped the lab the first time — appears to be working at the School again.

You said the word to best describe Max is “Brave.” Now here’s a new poll to try:

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Book Summary: In James Patterson’s blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare–this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb–now her betrayer and greatest enemy–that her purpose is save the world–but can she?

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Which Book Should We Read Next?
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Don’t know much about these titles yet? Take a closer look before making your choice!

 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ultimately settles out west on the farm she’d dreamed of having since childhood. It wasn’t until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman.

 

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

In James Patterson’s blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare–this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb–now her betrayed and greatest enemy–that her purpose is save the world–but can she?

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

“The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.”

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie’s cousin Cody isn’t sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie’s and Cody’s travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The Wanderer sails toward its destination—and its passengers search for their places in the world.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all-including Leo-related to a god.

Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense in The Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless–and panting for Book Two.

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Summer Books Battle WINNERS
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Books Battle

Here are the Winners from iTwixie’s 2013 Summer Books Battle! Way to go, girls! Check and see if you won a prize and then send your mailing address to info@iTwixie.com so we can get those prizes to you as soon as possible! 

HUGE thank you to our Summer Books Battle Sponsors:

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Here are our Leader Board Winners & Prizes:
@GalacticLullaby  -  Zuzee gift pack
@Silverstream – gift from Girl Gotch
@gothgirl – gift from Girl Gotch
@tefy21 – Zuzee tote bag
@silverlynx – gift from Good for you Girls
@FableHaven – gift from Girl Gotch
@lubist - gift from Girl Gotch
@Unahachichi – gift from Good for you Girls
@peanutbutterclub14 – gift from Girl Gotch
@MusicRox1310 – gift from Girl Gotch
@heingirl – gift from Girl Gotch

Did you make the Weekly Leader Board? Congratulations!

 

EVERY GIRL who participated in the 2013 Summer Books Battle was entered into a random drawing for prizes, as many times as she participated! How fun! So here are our Lucky Winners:

 

@coolpurple - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@Musicrox1310 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@GalacticLullaby - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@HappyRainbow123 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@megsm00 – a free year of BYOU Magazine
@orangeisawesome123 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@windixie1208 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@peanutbuttercup14 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@tefy21 - gift from Girl Gotch
@turtles1 - a free year of BYOU Magazine
@FaithsColor - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@FableHaven - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@Unahachichi - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@silverlynx – a free year of BYOU Magazine
@Gertie1999 – a gift from Good for you Girls
@Silverstream - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@gothgirl - Zuzee tote bag
@ironman5555 - a free year of BYOU Magazine
@middle_blocker99 - a free year of BYOU Magazine
@lifeliver166 - a free year of BYOU Magazine
@lubist - a free year of BYOU Magazine
@LoveNotSpoken – a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@JumpingPlatypus - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@shimmer923 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@pidayismyday- a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@dillsk - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@thgand1dfan - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@Lollypop52 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine
@wahlgirl12 - a free year of DiscoveryGirls Magazine

Congratulations to all our winners! What a great SUMMER BOOKS BATTLE! And again, special thanks to our sponsors for providing these great prizes!

Did you win? Great! Just send your mailing address to info@iTwixie.com and we’ll get your prizes right to you!

Wishing you had won? Don’t worry! Next week we’re starting iTwixie’s Fall Book Club. So you’ll get lots of chances to win, then, too!

Way to go iTwixie Girls!

 

 

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Show Us Your Savvy
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This section of the book happens on or near the Pink Bus – how funny is that? Now you can read about 5 situations from this part of Savvy and tell iTwixie what you would do!

Just write what you think you would do in the comments or Reply section below. You will win Power Reader points for your entries and remember these are your ideas — no right or wrong answers.

1. The Beaumont family has family secrets that Mibs tries to keep even when keeping the secrets makes life hard on her. What would you do?

2. Mibs loves her father so much she is willing to do ANYTHING to try and help him. Is there a limit to what you would do to help your father?

3. Mibs can tell Will likes her a lot but she pretends not to notice until she can decide what she wants to do. Would you take that path ever?

4. Mibs has 2 brothers with her on the bus who are very protective of her. Would you find that to be nice or annoying? What would you do?

5. Mibs can tell what people are thinking if they have any ink or tattoos on them. At one point, she puts an ink face on Will so she can tell what he is thinking. What would you do?

 

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SAVVY by Ingrid Law

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him.
Just click on the picture above or the title and author and you can read a lot of the book right online!

  • Are you liking Savvy? If you haven’t started yet, there’s still time! On May 29, we’ll have a party for the whole book Savvy - so fun!
  • Next  Wednesday, May 29, we’ll also announce more Power Reader Winners!
  • AND THERE’S MORE! Just click on iTwixie’s Book Club to chat about more book club stuff ;)

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