- The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr (YA set in 1941 Ukraine and portrays the story of a 14-year-old girl who has lost everything, and two endangered horses threatened by a Nazi campaign of extermination, Knopf, March 2014)
- The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (standalone YA - Stephen falls in with a mysterious girl and her troubled twin brother, only to learn that their dark allure masks an even darker secret, HarperCollins, winter 2015)
- Peak 2 by Roland Smith (sequel to Peak; continues the story of Peak Marcello, who has been invited to participate in an "International Peace Ascent" in the Hindu Kush along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The climb is supposed to be non-political, but in that complicated part of the world that proves to be impossible, HMH Books for Young Readers, fall 2015)
- Three books in the Green Light Reader series by Lisa Clough and Ed Briant (On Petal and Poppy, a worrisome elephant and an exuberant rhinoceros, and their various misadventures, HMH spring 2014).
- Two titles by Tad Hills (star his picture book character Rocket, Schwartz & Wade Books). (I should note that I did not quite understand the way PW phrased this deal.)
- The Heavenly Library by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Sue Heap (a picture book about a librarian who starts a library in heaven, Schwarts & Wade, spring 2016)
- Henri's Hats by Mike Wu (debut picture book - imaginative boy with an extensive collection of signature hats sets off on adventures that take him everywhere from sailing the seven seas to exploring the far reaches of outer space, Disney-Hyperion, spring 2015).
- Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson (MG novel pitched as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Clue, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers summer 2015)
- There Was an Old Dragon by Penny Klostermann and illustrated by Ben Mantle (debut picture book on the tale of a ravenous dragon who swallows more than his belly can hold, Random House).
- Peril Lurks Below by Todd Strasser (speculative YA novel Billed as Ray Bradbury meets Moby Dick in which teens are sent to other planets to harvest resources and bring them back to the environmentally ravaged Earth; it centers Ishmael, the young manta-hunter who discovers the truth about his ill-fated expedition, and the obsessions of their mysterious captain, Ahab, Candlewick Press, fall 2015).
- I Love You, Blankie! by Sheryl Haft and illustrated by Jane Massey (debut picture novel about a beloved blanket that inspires a child's imaginative bedtime adventure, Little, Brown, spring 2015).
- Nightbird by Alice Hoffman (MG - a work of modern folklore set in the Berkshires, where rumors of a winged beast draw in as much tourism as the town's famed apple orchards. Twig lives in a remote area of town with her mysterious brother and her mother; a new girl in town might just be Twig's first true friend, and an ally in vanquishing an ancient family curse, Random House Children's Books, spring 2015).
- Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (a companion to her Shiver trilogy following Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the series with the ability to shape-shift into a wolf, and Isabel, one of the few who know his secret, Scholastic, July 1, 2014 for US/UK/Australia/New Zealand/Canada).
- Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato (a book of daily affirmations based on her public chronicling of her struggles with addiction and depression, November 19; a Spanish edition on December 3, and a memoir will follow at a later date, Macmillan).
- Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (YA about two sisters at odds with the world and each other, who are forced to go on the run in the Pacific Northwest, Little, Brown, fall 2015)
- A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery (YA about 16-year-old Kelsey, who hides her twin sister's death from her sister's boyfriend, who is on active duty in Afghanistan, by pretending to be her – only to fall in love with him herself, Poppy, spring 2015).
- Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (YA novel pitched as “part love story, part cross-country trip” that follows Eva, a 16-year-old obsessed with romance novels but boyfriend-less in real life, who treks from Manhattan to L.A. with her best friend in search of her one true love, Harper Teen, summer 2015)
- The Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert and illustrated by Lisa Brown (set in ancient Egypt and tells of a mummy cat longing for his young owner, as their history is revealed in hieroglyphics, Clarion Books, spring 2015).
- 21 Kisses by Daisy Whitney (Manhattan teenager who leaves love letters around the city in an effort to make amends for the ways that love has disappointed her, while trying to choose between two very different boys, Bloomsbury, winter 2015)
- It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff and illustrated by Lauren Castillo (a bedtime story, Clarion Books).
- Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz (picture book on the inevitable frustrations and embarrassments that ensue when a giraffe tries to make friends, Bloomsbury, fall 2015).
^-- One, look how many titles sold last week. Two, there were a lot of titles sold at auction o.O.
Remember how I said Katie of One Page at a Time Reviews sold her book? Well, now it's on Goodreads, if you'd to like to add it or check out more information.
YA Authors Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs got married. Go congratulate them!
There will be a print edition of the Shatter Me stories plus bonus content, to be released in February.
Have you been looking for LGBTQ YA books? Here's a list of 25 Must Reads with LGBTQ protagonists.
Candice Accola (aka Caroline) on The Vampire Diaries is narrating Unbreakable by Kami Garcia. That's some massive publicity there.
Are you a fan of Kristin and P.C. Cast? Goodreads is offering you the chance to ask them a question.
Tamora Pierce fans, look at this extensive interview with Goodreads.
Curious about The Dream Thieves? Check out this video interview with Maggie Stiefvater via Goodreads.
Oh, hey, look they released another Allegiant quote. And look at the publisher notes on that third book. So extensive. So many post-its and emails o.O.
You a Cassandra Clare fan? She shared two teaser quotes from City of Heavenly Fire.
James Patterson is donating one million dollars to independent bookstores. His stipulation? That those stores have children's sections.
Jim Carrey, Julianne Moore, Giada de Laurentis: 5 Hot Hollywood Kids' Books.
The longlist for the National Book Awards (for YA lit) has been announced. Did any of your favorites make it? Which do you think and/or hope will win?
Glad to read that Children's Books Boston was a success!
China targets inappropriate children's novels.
Were you curious how the designer made the Divergent cover? Look at this cool featurette.
(does this count as YA/kid lit? I don't usually include titles that I'm unsure of but *shrug*)
More cover reveals:
*actually adult but since she's a popular YA author...
Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:
Why publishing scheduling is not an exact science. Yikes, especially at that multiple stages of editing section.
Taking the risk and taking the heat. (On diversity in YA lit). And another nice post: What is personal perspective, really?
Pleasure reading significantly increases school performance. Okay, so can we all agree that reading is the best? It's been proven scientifically ;).
Is digital publishing so focused on maximizing its metadata that it neglects a crucial component of digital bookselling—the cover?
17 problems only book lovers will understand.
Will science find the next Twilight? Eh.
How to enjoy YA movies as a discerning grown-up. I'm not sure why we need this article, but then again, given the links it cites, looks there are some who need guidance lol.
Books for boys and books for girls: problems with gendered reading.
Why most YA movie franchises haven't taken off since "Twilight" and "Harry Potter." <-- Really enjoyed this article, particularly after last week's TTT about books that would make for cool adaptations.
Have you visited Asti at A Bookish Heart? She's got a bunch of guest posts up, and a lot are fun or discussion-y types, if you're interested (too many to link to here!).
- Ashley at Nose Graze: Do book bloggers need Photoshop? If so, which version?
- Melissa at Book Nerd Reviews: Blogging 101: Before you hit publish.
- Blogger panel at Adrift on a Vulcan: Best Advice for Newbie Bloggers
- Ashley at Nose Graze: Should you review books you don't finish?
- Brittany at The Book Addict's Guide: How to make Goodreads work for you.
- Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Blog must-haves (for me, anyway).
- Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Which Genre Is Which?
General: On Bloggers & Blogging (comments, interactions, audience, etc.):
- Christine at Oh, Chrys!: Blogger Interaction: Daunting or Effortless?
- Amanda at Book Bender: 3 Uncomfortable truths about blogging
- Amy at Book Loving Mom: How my thoughts on blogging have changed.
- Rainy Day Ramblings: So you want to be a blogger: how do you stay in control of your book intake?
- Sophie at A Day Dreamer's Blog: It's a Lonely World
- Lilian at Books and Cake: Blogs and Bloggers I Appreciate
- Nikki at the Paper Sea, guest post from Willa at Willa's Ramblings: As a teen blogger.
- Leanne at Literary Excursion: Attack of the Spam (Or, I <3 Askimet)
- Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: What happened to my blog (aka you can visit her again!)
- Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Reviewing the Reviewer
- Carrie at the Mad Reviewer: Posting Schedules
- Leigh at Little Book Star: Who's your audience?
- Kezie at Chapteriosity: How has blogging changed you?
- Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Commenting on Comments.
The Experience (Rituals, Characters, Feels, etc.):
- Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: Bedtime Reading Ritual
- Sandy at Tea Between Books: Between Music and Books
- Nara at Looking for the Panacea: Remembering the finer details
- Chayse at Books with Bite: Books Can Make Men Cry
- Eve at Paper Grey: Cry me a river (over a book)
- The ladies at Book Nerd Reviews: The Downfalls to great reads
- Kayla at The Thousand Lives: On Katniss Everdeen. Or Why My Opinion Has Changed So Drastically
- Jenn at A Glo-Worm Reads: That Name AGAIN?
- Ellie at Book Revels: I always fall for the anti-hero.
Slumps/No Longer Reading/What to Read:
- Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner: Current Status: Drowning in Books!
- Christy at Christy's Book Addiction: Deciding what to read.
- Hollie at Music Books and Tea: When Reading Stops Being Fun.
- Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: Things That Distract Me from Reading.
- Helen at My Novel Opinion: Reading Slumps
- Cassie at Books with Cass: What would you do if you could no longer read?
Reviews & Ratings:
- Jen at the Starry-eyed Revue: Project Falling Stars
- Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: The art of note-taking.
- Katie at Doing Dewey: Short Story Collections
Authors & ARCs:
- Renae at Respiring Thoughts: On Reader/Author Interaction
- Laura at Owl Tell You About It: A new outlook on ARCs
- Kelley at Another Novel Read: Authors and ARCs and Signings
- Reem at I Read and Tell: Types of Writers.
Specific Topics (Medea, Sex in YA fiction, and Time Travel):
- The Book Smugglers, guest post from YA author, Sarah McCarry: SFF in Conversation: Seven Ways of Thinking about Medea
- Wendy at the Midnight Garden, guest post from YA author, Fiona Wood: On Girls, Sex, and Wildlife
- Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: Why I like time travel in stories.
- Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Cover Snark (71): The One with Great Imaginations (If you have never visited a cover snark post, you are seriously missing out.)
- Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog: Reading Time: The Falconer by Elizabeth May
- Reem at I Read and Tell: Alternate and Terrible Ending to: Harry Potter.
- Trish at Between the Lines: My Bookish Travels
- Charl at A Place on the Bookshelf: My Fantasy Bookshop
- Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: Fall TV
The biggest news of the week? J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay based on one of her companion books! SO EXCITED AND READY FOR THE HP SURGE! Especially because of this.
Julianne Moore has officially been cast as President Coin in Parts 1 & 2 of the Mockingjay adaptation. Also, new 'Catching Fire' still: Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. Also, Lily Rabe will play Commander Lyme. (Okay, I so need a refresher on Mockingjay; who is Commander Lyme again??)
New Vampire Diaries photos from the season 5 premiere... and an extended promotional video for season 5. Are you excited? I know I am. It'll be interesting to see how the PNR vibe is brought to a college campus.
Liana Liberato is playing Mia's best friend, Kim, in the If I Stay movie adaptation.
Oooh, yeah, look at Rose Hathway wielding a stake in the Vampire Academy adaptation.
Okay, so I'm definitely lost because I'd seen stuff on Once Upon a Wonderland around the internet, but I'm still not sure whether to include that here. Or whether I'll watch the show. But hey did you see the new photos? Are you going to watch the show?
Are you free between September 29 and October 1st? If yes, you could win a trip to visit The Fault in Our Stars set. (Enter by September 23, 8:00 A.M. EST). Also John Green takes you behind the movie set in this video (and filmed his cameo a few days ago, I believe).
The Book Thief movie poster. Even though I haven't read this novel, this is probably the adaptation that I am most excited about. (PS - if you haven't read the novel yet, the ladies at the Midnight Garden are hosting a read-along :D).
According to the Publisher's Weekly rights report (linked above), Disney has begun production on a made-for-TV movie based on Boys Are Dogs, an Annabelle Unleashed book by Leslie Margolis. The comedy adventure, Zapped!, (2014) will star Zendaya.
ARC of This Song Will Save Your Life (October 6).
ARC of Brother, Brother (September 27).
You can also be like Siiri of Little Pieces of Imagination and send me links/covers that you'd like to see here or pass on because you think that they'd interest me. :)
Most Featured: According to the Goodreads YA newsletter, this is All Our Yesterdays, Steelheart, All the Truth That's In Me, More Than This, and Fangirl. I can't say that I've seen many reviews for Sanderson's work or Ness's, but I have seen them around quite a bit on people's shelves. Have you read any of them?
Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of The Burning Sky--think Graceling meets Harry Potter but with later 19th century London in mind--and my review of This Song Will Save Your Life--a beautifully rendered story on social isolation and self-love. Other than that, I am currently reading The Midnight Dress per recommendation by Jen of YA Romantics. I'll let you know how that goes ;).