Vote for the Best YA Books

Ollivanders Wizarding Shop at Orlando Universal Resorts

NPR is running a poll allowing readers to vote for their favorite YA books – you can vote for up to 10!  Of course Harry Potter and Twilight are on the list, but so are some classics like a Wrinkle in Time and the Lord of the Rings…So vote now…and tell us who you picked….

Vote for best YA books here

Win The Magnificent Twelve – The Call

The Magnificient Twelve the Call by Michael Grant
The Magnificient Twelve the Call by Michael Grant

Hey GirlMoguls, now that Harry Potter is over have you been jonesing for a new series to sink your teeth into?  Well you should check out The Magnificent Twelve  – The Call a new fantasy, sci-fi-ish series by Michael Grant.  It’s a totally fun and funny book with the main character Mac an unlikely hero – for one thing he is totally ordinary – height, face, hair, abilities.  And he’s afraid of everything, name a phobia, this kid has it!  The book alternates between events a long time ago, when a band of heroes defeated the Pale Queen and banished her to eternity forever, which since they couldn’t count very high back then was only 3000 years – and now, those 3000 years is drawing to the close, and a new band of heroes must be called.  And Mack is the first.  And he brings with him Stefan, formerly Richard Gere Middle School’s most terrifying bully but now Mack’s body guard.

Mack starts his quest and finds the second of the 12- Jarrah.  And the big bad evil this time – Risky, the Pale Queen’s daughter.  With a million dollars and a credit card, Mack and his crew are set for adventure – you’ll love the funnies in this book and look forward to the next one.
Ready to get it – well a lucky reader can win a SIGNED copy from Michael Grant, the author, from GirlMogul.  All you have to do?  Tell us your favorite phobia (a fear of…), with bonus points for the scientific name in the comments below and we’ll pick a lucky winner to get a copy of The Magnificent Twelve: The Call, by Michael Grant.  The book is also available at and all bookstores.

First Sneak Peak at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hey GirlMoguls!  I just got a few cool pics of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter the new attraction at Universal Orlando Resort.  How cool are these – how many of you would love to go there and see it for yourself – do you think you would feel the magic of the books or the movie.  You have to admit the castle looks pretty cool.

Hogwart's Castle at Orlando Universal Resorts Photo Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando RessortThe magical transformation continues.  Although still very much a work in progress, the magnificence of Hogwarts castle is beginning to take shape above Hogsmeade as work continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Hogwarts will be the home of a thrilling, new, state-of-the-art attraction – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – that uses ground-breaking technology to bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before experienced. Set to open in Spring 2010 only at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.

Ollivanders Wizarding Shop at Orlando Universal Resorts
Ollivanders Wizarding Shop at Orlando Universal Resorts

Also available is a sneak peak at Ollivander’s wand shop, where the wand chooses the wizard – you’ll get to experience it just like in the books.   You can see a cool video about the experience here:

And if you truly want to wait – and keep dropping hints to your mom and dad, you can go to the main website of the park and check out all the deets including a map, so you can plan out your trip