Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (59)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Rights Report 1, 2
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts - Susan Cain (based on her bestseller for adults, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. The new version will focus on the strengths and challenges of being an introverted child and teenager. Publication is set for May 2015; Dial).
  • The Accident Season - Moïra Fowley-Doyle (YA debut; Cara and her family become mysteriously accident-prone during the same time every year, until Cara begins to unravel the accident season's dark origins, revealing the secrets her family members are hiding from one another. Publication is scheduled for 2015; Penguin's Kathy Dawson Books).
  • The Dim - Janet Taylor (Debut pitched as Outlander for teens, about a 16-year-old girl who must travel back in time to 12th-century England to rescue her mother. Along the way, she becomes entangled with a secret society of time travelers and a mysterious boy who may be the key to setting her mother free. The book is scheduled for summer 2016; HMH).
  • Wing & Claw - Linda Sue Park (A new middle-grade fantasy-adventure series; a gifted young apothecary must protect the creatures of the Forest of Wonders from the dangerous effects of his own botanical creations. The first book, Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders, is slated for winter 2016; HarperCollins).
  • The Shadow Clock - Heather Mackey (13-year-old orphan Thorn is a renowned criminal in the dark market of buying and selling magic. All his skills are put to the test when a rival thief offers information about his family in exchange for a dangerous job. Publication is scheduled for 2016; G.P. Putnam’s Sons).
  • My Favorite Manson Girl - Alison Umminger (Debut tells the present-day story of 15-year-old Anna, who escapes to Los Angeles for the summer and finds herself immersed in the story of the Manson Girls and begins to see disturbing parallels around her. It will pub in 2016; Flatiron Books).
  • A Totally Awkward Love Story - Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison (previously titled Lobsters in the U.K.... The book, which Sullivan calls The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight meets Bridesmaids, is a dual narrative novel by authors who dated when they were in high school, about a boy and girl who must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears about being virgins forever. It's slated for summer 2016; Delacorte).
  • Phantom Army: The U.S. Ghost Soldiers of World War II - Paul B. Janeczko (about the dangerous game of deception played by a unit of U.S. soldiers with the Nazi Army during the last year of WWII; spring 2017, Candlewick). 
  • Heist: Art Thieves and the Detectives Who Tracked Them Down - Paul B. Janeczko (spring 2018; Candlewick).
  • The Lost and the Found - Cat Clarke (It's a psychological suspense novel about a girl whose older sister turns up 13 years after being kidnapped – and she begins to suspect that it's not really her sister after all. The book is slated for summer 2016; Crown).
  • Flower - Elizabeth Craft (l.) and debut author Shea Olsen (In the story, 17-year-old Charlotte has sworn off boys in her quest to be the first person in her family to go to college. But her plans are derailed when she crosses paths with Tate Collins, a reclusive, mysterious singer who has walked away from his superstardom. Publication is set for February 2016; Harlequin Teen).
  • Violent Ends - a novel with 17 authors, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson. The story centers on a 16-year-old school shooter, with each chapter set at a time before the shooting and told by characters who knew him, trying to answer one question: Why? Contributing authors include Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Brendan and Neal Shusterman. Fall 2015 is the projected pub date; Simon Pulse).
  • Currently untitled middle-grade novel - Lynda Mullaly Hunt (in which Darlene "Baby" Clemens, who has seen the return of a long-missing parent, learns to shake off the dream of the perfect life to appreciate what she already has. It's planned for the second half of 2016; Penguin's Nancy Paulsen Books).
  • This Is Our Story - Ashley Elston (a teenage girl acts as the eyes and ears of the local prosecutor who must determine which of four boys killed the fifth member of their hunting party. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Disney-Hyperion).
  • Sweet Madness - Trisha Leaver (l.) and Lindsay Currie (It's a reimagining of the Lizzie Borden murders, told through the perspective of Bridget Sullivan, Lizzie's maid and confidant, who finds herself in a perilous situation. Merit Press).
  • Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures - Maggie Stiefvater (illus) and Jackson Pearce (In the series, Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures, her aunt is a vet for magical creatures, and her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok – and they often do – Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston's Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that requires frequent amending. The first volume will be published in May 2015; Scholastic).
  • Off the Page - Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha van Leer (In the new story, 16-year-old Delilah has gotten together with Oliver, a prince who has, literally, sprung from the pages of a fairy tale. For Oliver to exist in Delilah's world, however, he must take the place of another boy; Edgar then comes forward and volunteers to swap places with Oliver. It's scheduled for a May 2015 release; Random House Children’s Books).
  • The Shadow Queen - C.J. Redwine (A dark fantasy inspired by "Snow White," in which a princess has lived in hiding from her stepmother for years, until the false queen sends out a new kind of huntsman – the crown prince of a nation of powerful dragon shifters, desperate enough to save his people to ally himself with even an evil usurper. It's scheduled for 2016; Balzer + Bray).
  • Gobsmacked - Natasha Friend (13-year-old Anna must navigate the murky waters of middle school without her best friend, who has moved on to different – more popular – group of girls, and without her mother, who is in the psychiatric ward after a suicide attempt. Publication for Gobsmacked is set for winter 2016. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).
  • Monster - Victoria Schwab (tells the story of a teen boy and girl who never should have met, since their fathers are rival leaders of a divided city where violence breeds literal monsters. Conspiracies and betrayals send the teens on the run for their lives, but together, they could become each other's worst nightmare. Publication is planned for 2016; Greenwillow Books).
  • The Summer After You and Me - Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (follows a New Jersey teen named Lucy who struggles to mend her broken heart and rebuild her life in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Sourcebooks).
  • The Midnight War - Robin Yardi (debut; When Mateo sees two skunks steal his sister's tricycle, he can't believe his eyes. Fortunately, he and his friend Ashwin are aspiring knights, and they're prepared for a quest to retrieve the trike and win a stinky midnight war. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Carolrhoda Books).
  • Never Been Texted - Linda Joy Singleton (Ashlee, whose discount cell phone receives texts from a brokenhearted stranger, must decide whether or not to meet the sender. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015 for English rights; Leap Books).
  • Julie Eshbaugh's IVORY AND BONE, pitched as a YA Clan of the Cave Bear, this fantastical debut with a unique narrative structure tells the story of two star-crossed teens whose competing clans share a dark history, and who must choose between trusting—or fighting—each other, to Harper Children's for publication in Summer 2016.
From two weeks ago:
  • Wireman - Sashi Kaufman (YA novel focuses on the complicated and longstanding friendship between two teenage boys, one of whom is hearing-impaired. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Carolrhoda Lab).
  • Bull - David Elliot (a contemporary retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur in verse for teens; in the story, a bull asks readers to ally their sympathies with the Minotaur rather than Theseus. It's scheduled for fall 2016; HMH).

Excerpts: Half Wild - Sally Green, Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard, In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken 1, 2, 3, Elizabeth Eulberg’s new shorts, Penguin Teen’s six spring books, Sublime - Christina Lauren, The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Awards: The finalists for the National Book Award have been announced. So were the finalists for the Kirkus Reviews prize for kids.

Interviews: Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch, Tabula Rasa - Kristen Lippert-Martin, Stray - Elisa Sussman, Damsel Distressed - Kelsey Macke, The Baby Sitters Club & Rain Reign - Ann M. Martin, Mortal Gods - Kendare Blake, Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick, Ask Ally Condie a question, Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future - A.S. King, R.L. Stine, Clariel - Garth Nix, Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel - Sara Farizan, Nightmares - Jason Segel, Ghosts of Heaven - Marcus Sedgwick

Book Trailers: The Young Elites - Marie Lu, In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken

Fan of Jay Kristoff’s writing? You’re getting more books from him!

If you’re interested in Endgame by James Frey, you might want to watch this video.

If you’re a fan of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, there are going to be six books.

Margaret Stohl’s #MarvelYA novel has been announced: Black Widow.

Kate DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has another book coming out with Candlewick in 2016.

Did you want all the covers of your Stephanie Perkins novels to match? Your wish has been fulfilled.

A new set of books for Star Wars fans.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder passed away.

Did you celebrate Teen Read Week?

With all of John Green’s recent success, it’s not too surprising that Penguin will be releasing a 10th Anniversary Edition of Looking for Alaska.

Along that line, Susan Cain will be publishing a children’s version of her highly popular non-fiction book on the power of introverts, Quiet (see above from rights reports). Apparently this is a trend for nonfiction writers to “sanitize and simplify” their works for kids.

The Publishing Industry needs to step up its game with regard to promoting diversity in both salaries and positions. (Complete with some nice graphs!)

What difference can a name make in the publishing industry? What would you think of a novel written by Preeti Singh or one written by Pat Smith?

Egmont is selling its US division.

HarperCollins is offering its authors a 10% increase in royalties if they sell directly from the HC site.

Marie Lu had a fantastic article on women in sci fi and fantasy: “Why do women rule YA?”, some ask, when the real question should be, “Why do men dominate everything else?”

A recap of PNBA along with a recap of author & industry events 2 weeks ago and last week.

Jeff Kinney’s bookstore will be open soon.

How would you describe the library of the future?

J.K. Rowling recently released a small tidbit (Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…) about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie in the form of an anagram. Did you see some of the guesses?

Numbers to blow your mind: The last book in the Heroes of Olympus series has a three million first printing while the Wimpy Kid series passes over 150 million books in print.

In addition to later TMI news (see Movies section), Cassandra Clare and co. are releasing a Shadowhunter e-series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

The popularity of YA continues to rise. AwesomenessTV is launching a YA book imprint.

Print books in the US are higher than those of ebooks in 2014.

Amazon’s opening its first ever bookstore in NYC.

Cover Reveals:

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Being a Girl - Hayley Long & illus by Gemma Correll
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Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

SNL has parodied all the YA movies ever made in one video: The Group Hopper.

S.E. Hinton and the YA Debate. From the New Yorker -- and the infamous Slate article gets discussed again, but with S.E. Hinton.

A teen blogger asks where all the disabled characters are in children’s books.

CNN predicts what teens will read next.

And now I’m going to link you to YA Highway, which has a much more thorough (& also succinct!) round-up of previous criticism on women writers:
Huzzah to YA getting recognized in a lot of major news outlets! PBS on Why adults are buzzing about YA.

Looking for a literary Halloween costume this year? Here are 22 for couples.

And because I can never resist HP articles: 25 Truths HP taught you about Friendship & 27 Characters Who Would Have Been Way More Interesting Than Harry Potter & 13 Things You Only Realize When You Reread Harry Potter as An Adult (loooool I didn’t realize that Harry had a boner in the third book…)

19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit. *drools* And here’s even more.

12 Awkward bookseller moments.

22 Signs a Book is Taking Over Your Life.

And then the queen kissed the princess: fairytales get a modern makeover.

Looking for Halloween reads? Try these eight books from your childhood.

When a book lover finds out that his/her favorite book is being made into a movie… what happens?

Have you ever forgotten to pre-order a book? You’re not alone.

Are you in the mood for some spooky reads? EpicReads has 21 books for you in its latest recommending YA graphic.

Never be the last person to read a book in a series. Find out why.

The Nashville Public Library team “celebrates library cards in this adaptation of Meghan Trainor’s performance of ‘All About That Bass,’ as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

11 YA Fantasy Fandoms Before Fandoms Were Fandoms. I’m proud to say that I’ve read some of these books. Loved some of the Chrestomanci books -- still have to read the others… and am bookmarking this for future reference!

Does this list of books make you want to swear off social media forever? Do these books make you wish you went to boarding school? Do these books remind you of the country-music world?

What does it mean to write well? Well, according to Steven Pinker

Why can’t we just let teenage girls enjoy their sexuality? Good question.

8 YA books that should be made into movies next. I kind of want to look through my bookish rounds posts and find all the articles like this and see whether there’s some sort of overlap.

In the digital age, how do you model reading for kids?

My kid doesn’t like books and it’s okay.

** Rita at Blog Genie: 23 Top Productivity Tools for Bloggers
** Rachel at Parajunkee: HTML Cheat Sheet
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Twitter Tips and Tricks
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: DIY: Starting Your Own Blog - A Checklist
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Tips for Moving Your Blog To a New Home

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Sophie at A Daydreamer’s World: Book Blogging Truths
** Ana at Tara! Let’s Be Happy: How Do You Keep Track of All Your Social Media Accounts?
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: One Year of Book Club
** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: How To Move Backwards and Forwards at the Same Time
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Keeping Things Fresh
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why “Follow Backs” Are Pointless
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Why I Don’t Participate in Blog Memes
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: The 10 Types of Book Bloggers

Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, Authors, ARCs:
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: No One’s Opinion is “wrong”
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Too Easy to Please
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Authors, don’t feel sorry for yourselves.
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: Why I’m Backing Away from Requesting ARCs
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: Reviewing Books Too Much?
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: Recommending Books: It’s For You, Not Me
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: I Suck at Saying How Much I Love Books
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Why I Sometimes Write 4 Star Reviews with Little to No Negativity
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Author Events
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Why Reviews Don’t Get ALL the Love

The Experience:
** Kat at My Shelf Confessions: Is There a Right Moment to DNF?
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Why Do You Read?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: I Think I’ve Made a Terrible Mistake
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: 8 Reasons I Struggle To Put Down A Book
** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: Sharing a Love of Reading -- Is It Supposed to Be Hard?
** Ana at Read Me Away: On the Go Book Consumption
** Leigh at Little Book Star: A Perspective on Binge Reading
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Weasley Twin Syndrome: How Making Me Laugh = Making Me Love
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: I Love Maps, But…
** Nova at Out of Time: Extreme Mood Reading
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: The Desire to Find out How a Book Ends without Reading It
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Ten Signs You Are a Book Junkie

** Allie at Little Birdie Books: What Makes a Great Heroine?
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: Character vs. Plot

Halloween/Spooky reads & trends:
** Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: Podcasts - Ghosts
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Random, Halloween Related Prompt
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: Getting Ready for Halloween with These Witchy Reads

Books, Books, Books:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Series
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Sequel/Companion Series
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Is the Book Always Better Than the Movie?
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Confession: I’m a Reader Who Doesn’t Like Bookstores
** Annie at the Runaway Reader: How Podcasts Have Changed My View on Audiobooks
** Amanda at Book Badger: The Problems with Loving Books
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: How Many Unread Books Do You Have?
** Rose at Chapter Break: Do you own tons of books that you have never read?
** Mariko at The Storybook Kingdom: Where do you get your books?
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Book Shopping Is Torturous
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Book This // 6 Book Inspired Objects
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: The Urge to Buy Books
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: The Magic and Not Magic in Books

Specific Books & Trends:
** Amber at Books of Amber: Guest Post: Queer Representation in the Raven Cycle
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Pride and Prejudice - Next Steps: Need Your Help
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: In Defense of Tragedies

Hey YA:
** Emily at The Loony Teen Writer: 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Read YA Books
** Kelly at Stacked Books: The Death Business in YA Fiction: A (Short) Reading List
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Plagues & Epidemics

Movies/TV Shows:

Have you listened to Lorde’s Mockingjay track, Yellow Flicker Beat, yet? Plus check out the four new stills for Mockingjay Part I. Sponsors for the movie include Doritos, Whole Foods, and Mazda (isn’t that a strange group).

The Mortal Instruments will be returning as a television show.

The writer of Gossip Girls has been hired to pen the script for I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Thanks to the fact that the Maze Runner has now crossed the $200 million mark worldwide, The Scorch Trials is picking up steam in its cast: Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge and Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones.

And so is John Green’s Paper Towns: Jaz Sinclair has been cast as Angela, Austin Abrams as Ben, Halston Sage as Lacey, and Justice Smith as Radar.

If you’re curious for more information on the Twilight short films previously announced, Stephenie Meyer posted on her website.

The Fantastic Beasts movies might include more than 3…. hmmm more HP vs. that whole trend of splitting the last book into more movies for more money.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 10/09, 10/27.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

The Body Electric - Beth Revis, US/CA, ends 11/04.

15 Wonderfully Diverse MG novels, US only, ends 10/31.

Scholastic October giveaways, US/CA, ends 10/31.

Spooktacular giveaway hop, ends 10/31, each giveaway specific to each blog.


New Releases:

The week of October 7th: The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Fall by Bethany Griffin, Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan #1) by Heather Demetrios, Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho, Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah, Lailah by Nikki Kelly, Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan, Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell, Whisper the Dead (Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey, Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross, ZOM-B: Family (ZOM-B #9) by Darren Shan, Not in the Script (If Only #3) by Amy Finnegan, Night Sky by Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann, Unraveled (Crewel World #3) by Gennifer Albin, Stray by Elissa Sussman, Emergent (Beta #2) by Rachel Cohn, Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney, Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir, Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander, The Good Sister by Jamie Kain, Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez, This is How It Ends by Jen Nadol, The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe.

The week of October 14th: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King, My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins, Mortal Gods (Goddess Wars #2) by Kendare Blake, Sublime by Christina Lauren, The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney, Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis, They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire, The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix, Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot, Redeemed (House of Night #12) by P. C. Cast, Undivided (Unwind #4) by Neil Shusterman, Chasing Power by Susan Beth Durst, Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail, Damaged by Amy Reed, Oh, Yeah Audrey! by Tucker Shaw, Very Bad Things by Susan McBride, The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp, Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer, The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham, Remake by Ilima Todd.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of The Raven Cycle (with some thoughts on Blue Lily, Lily Blue) as well as my mini reviews of In the Shadows, Don’t Touch, The Young Elites, and The Perilous Sea.

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.


  1. Oh, no! I hadn't heard about Afterworlds. I suppose I will in an hour or so when I start gathering links for the next bookish rounds, but anywho. It's actually not that many books if you think about it - they often will option only the *super* hyped titles for tv/movie, but those options don't last forever. Sometimes options will run out before they act on the project. They seem to hope that the project will have a lot of fans by the time they produce it but that doesn't always happen.

    And I'm glad the posts are helpful! I need to read THIS IS NOT A TEST. Everyone raves about Courtney Summer. I read one of her books over five years and I vaguely remember liking it, but she's so loved in the blogosphere, I feel like I'm down on my game lol. I hope you enjoy the sequel for TINaT :).

  2. I always spend so much time going through these posts, Christina.

    I'm excited to see that there's a sequel to THIS IS NOT A TEST as I loved that book. I'm also surprised to see how many books are being made into movies/TV shows right out of publication nowadays. For instance, have you heard the news about AFTERWORLD's being turned into a show?


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