Welcome to the October edition of The Teen Menu. (BTW, how is it October already!?)
For those who have been waiting for e-book versions of the Harry Potter books, which were originally scheduled to be available this month on the Pottermore site, those releases have been delayed until the first half of 2012.
The Guardian ran a preview of what fans will see when the "Making of Harry Potter" exhibition opens at Leavesden Studios in England next year.
This month I read Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley, a book I spotted while at a book signing for a friend earlier this year. It's the story of Corrinne Corcoran, a rich girl living in New York City until the recession puts her father out of job. Suddenly, her dad has to take a job in Dubai, she has her credit cards taken way (no shopping at Barney's!), and has to move, along with her mom and little brother, in with her grandparents in Broken Spoke, Texas (aka the middle of nowhere).
The book starts with a letter to the reader from Corrinne herself. In it, she admits that at the beginning of the story you might not like her a lot. After all, she's selfish and not always nice. But she asks that you stick with the story to see what kinds of changes she undergoes. When she arrives in Broken Spoke, she's got that turned-up nose attitude about her grandparents' small, modest home, the paltry shopping and entertainment options in the little town, and the hicks she has to go to school with. But gradually, Corrinne starts to fit into her new life, even seeing some positives along the way -- be it a unexpected but true friend or a boy she could have never imagined liking before the recession turned her life upside down.