At readergirlz.com girls are directed to a MySpace readergirlz site, where they can chat about anything and everything to do with books and empowering girls. The only things prohibited are vulgar language, personal attacks, and commercial promotions. A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that 70 percent of girls between the ages of 15 and 17 use the social networking site. Those members who don't have access to MySpace can still participate by visiting readergirlz.livejournal.com or by e-mailing the authors.
The divas will select a book-of-the-month and provide links, author interviews, and even book-party ideas. The site's launch, planned for March 1—to coincide with Women's History Month—will feature Chen Headly's Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies) (Little, Brown, 2006), a book that includes an ugly racist incident, which, of course, is expected to generate a lot of discussion about intolerance and prejudice.