Rights Report for this week:
- Undertow by Michael Buckley (YA series - undersea warriors and modern-day Coney Island, spring 2015)
- Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split by Anica Rissi (MG debut series, summer 2015)
- Forever Free by Winifred Conkling (MG nonfiction - largest slave escape in U.S. history, spring 2015)
- The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr (picture book on loss, separation, and learning to heal via pet fish POV, spring 2015)
- Altered: The Beginning by Jennifer Rush (a digital original prequel to YA Altered series, fall 2013)
- Finding Winnie by author Lindsay Mattick and illustrator Sophie Blackall (picture book that delivers the true story of the bear that inspired author A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh character, fall 2015)
- Gilded by Robert Venditti (MG series - alien invasion, May 2015)
- Dogs Are People Too by Dave Coverly (dog themed cartoon book, fall 2014)
No link to the rights report for this one, but I'd seen a few tweets on it just being added to GR - YA summer 2014 debut from Harper Teen: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley.
YALSA Nominations for 2014 have been posted. Are your favorites there?
NPR: 100 Must Reads for kids 9-14.
The coolest kids bookstore in the world. WHO SAYS THAT'S ONLY FOR KIDS? (Can I go there now?)
If you're eagerly anticipating the City of Bones movie adaptation, School Library Journal has some recommendations of similar books you can read in the meantime.
Speak fans, guess what? The book is being adapted into a graphic novel.
You interested in The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas? The book trailer was recently released.
Excited for The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon? She's doing a Google Hangout on August 29th if you're interested. Also, here's an excerpt.
Throne of Glass fans: there's an exclusive scene, The Assassin and the Princess, out just for you. Part I, Part II, and Part III too. There's also an interactive feature for the world here, and don't forget to turn in your receipt for your Crown of Midnight preorder here.
The title of the fifth Bloodlines book will be revealed as soon as the Facebook page reaches 70,000 likes. Looks like soon. Maybe. Possibly. And while I was sniffing out Richelle Mead and Vampire Academy (movie) news, I learned that the movie trailer will go live this month along with chapter 2 of The Fiery Heart.
Curious about Frozen? Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston on husband and wife collaboration.
And how about the much-hyped All Our Yesterdays? The first webisode was released.
Look! The first eight chapters of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown are now available too.
*Note: the title and cover for the third Shatter Me book will be revealed tomorrow at the MTV hollywoodcrush blog.
Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:
Some interesting articles I came across this week on diversity: Natalie Whipple on media exposure and diversity, and an older blog post from Ellen Oh on being a POC author. Stormy C. at Book Blog Bake also talks about the need for other perspectives.
Sex in YA fiction--appropriate or no? One mother apparently described a masturbation scene in Diary of a Part-Time Indian as "Fifty Shades of Grey for kids." Meg and Chri at Ink Skies also discussed this very topic with a blogger panel. Meanwhile, Willa at Willa's Ramblings responds to the original PW article on the Diary of a Part-Time Indian by presenting a compelling case against banning books.
Looking for a YA book discussing faith? The Compulsive Reader has compiled a helpful list of recommendations.
How do you think publishers could improve in their interactions with bloggers?
Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue discusses the problem of her reading schedule and wanting to read everything. Meanwhile, Mel at the Daily Prophecy talks about the problems we readers face: misguided conceptions of us and reading, recommendations, and more, Eve at the Paper Sanctuary expresses her hatred of being interrupted while reading, and Debby at Snuggly Oranges discusses ARC Envy.
Reem of I Read and Tell has categorized us readers into different types. Which do you fall under?
Cayce at Fighting Dreamer wants to know how you came up with your blog name.
Do you have reading or writing quirks? Gillian at Writer of Wrongs wants to know about them. Meanwhile, Leanne at Literary Excursion wants to know whether you have a bedtime reading ritual.
Alise at Readers in Wonderland defends the value of DNF reviews.
Asti at The Bookish Heart is currently having some troubles with second book syndrome. Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me is also having trouble, but instead with her childhood favorites.
Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog wants to know when a YA blogger crosses the line.
Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads discusses the compulsion to buy more books. Lauren at Lose Time Reading instead has the compulsion to borrow too many books from the library. Helen at My Novel Opinion also wants to know how you deal with your TBR pile.
Eve at the Paper Sanctuary is wondering whether zombies are the next big hit in YA lit.
Jenn at A Glo-Worm Reads wants to know if you cave into hype. Very appropriate, with all the movie adaptations coming up o.O. Here's one response to the hype machine monster: Amanda at On a Book Bender is striking "must-read" from her vocabulary
Christine at Oh, Chrys! names her favorite Shakespeare adaptations and invites you to do the same. Christine also made a really interesting infographic for authors to use when determining whether they are being bullied.
Book Girls Don't Cry: They Vent - Last week, the topic from Amy, Giselle, and Jenni was how they read reviews. Leigh at Little Book Star, meanwhile, discussed what she doesn't like to see in a review.
Jenni of Alluring Reads lists the top ten books she should have read by now.
Meanwhile, Lisa at Read.Breathe.Relax wants to see more of these books. Agreed, especially #2 & 6.
Have you considered moving to Wordpress? Ashley at Nose Graze has a great how-to guide and shows you how to track statistics. Trish at Between the Lines has some great tips for marketing your blog and increasing those stats.
Mireille Enos will play Mia's mom in the If I Stay adaptation.
Susannah Grant has been hired to write the adaptation for The 5th Wave movie adaptation.
Excited for The Mortal Instruments movie? A new clip was recently featured.
Meryl Streep will play the Chief Elder in The Giver adaptation.
For those wondering about The Book Thief adaptation: LA Times is wondering whether the movie will be a sleeper hit with its prime Oscar nomination November 15 release date. But here's a first look at Geoffrey Rush in the movie and at how Sophie Nelisse landed her role.
The Spectacular Now adaptation is the best reviewed movie of the year on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ender's Game fans: a new clip was released.
The Gallagher Girls books were optioned.
As was Artemis Fowl.
And Liv, Forever.
And hey, here's John Green to talk about the latest on The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation.
Celebrate with Judith from Paper Riot: her blog has turned 1-year-old. INT, ends August 31st.
Most Featured Book: I'm seeing three different books get a lot more attention recently. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (my review coming Friday for those interested!), Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (my review coming Tuesday for those interested!). These three seem to be the big hype-masters of August (besides The Beginning of Everything), and I enjoyed and recommend all three!
Recent Recommended Read: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. There are so many other books to read, but when I got approved for it via Netgalley, I may have #squeed and then read through the night. If any of you have read--would love to discuss. If you haven't, get ready for Ronan's tale! Other than that, the latest book would be The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.