Thursday, May 21, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (80)

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, 3, 4, 4a, 4b, 5:

  • Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts - Esta Spalding, to be illustrated by Sydney Smith (MG series features a band of loosely related self-reliant siblings who live alone in their car on a tropical island, populated with terrible grown-ups. The book will be published simultaneously in Canada by Tara Walker at Tundra/Penguin Random House in spring 2016. Little, Brown).
  • The Dark Lord's Daughter - Patricia Wrede (MG series follows a girl who discovers she has inherited a dysfunctional, depressed magical kingdom. Publication is slated for 2017; Random House).
  • dotwav - Mike A. Lancaster (YA sci fi thriller; In the novel, a young female hacker joins forces with a member of a secret teen government agency to uncover a sound embedded in music that's being used to control fans. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Sky Pony).
  • The Assassin Game - Kirsty McKay (At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game – it's an elite secret society. But what happens when the Game becomes real and it seems that she's the next target? Publication is set for August 2016; Sourcebooks)
  • Unearthed - Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (a YA duology pitched as Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in space. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017 and fall 2018; Disney-Hyperion).
  • Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant - Bryan Methods (Debut; Oliver Diplexito, the meek son of a British industrialist, discovers the identity of Edwardian England's most notorious thief: Mr. Scant, his family butler. Too frightened to say no, Oliver assumes the dangerous role of Scant's apprentice. Publication begins in 2016, with books to follow in 2017 and 2018; Carolrhoda).
  • Untitled - Candace Fleming (New chapter-book series in which historical figures make their way into a contemporary setting. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Random House's Schwartz & Wade Books).
  • A sequel to Girl, Stolen - April Henry & Run, Hide, Fight Back - April Henry (first is scheduled for 2017; the second is a thriller set in a shopping mall, and is scheduled for 2018. Christy Ottaviano Books/Macmillan).
  • Funny Girl - Betsy Bird (a humor anthology for girls ages 9-12, featuring short stories, personal essays, comics, and poetry from nearly 30 female writers, including Lisa Graff, Cece Bell, Jenni Holm, Shannon Hale, and Rita Williams-Garcia. A portion of the proceeds will support WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring organization for teen girls. Publication is set for spring 2017; Viking).
  • Orphan City - Amy Christine Parker (In the story, two orphaned siblings who are recruited to an elite school where almost every student develops superpowers, and the older sibling discovers the school's sinister plans for its students. Publication is slated for 2016; Adaptive Books).
  • Kyle Constantini Finds Her Way - Susie Salom (MG debut; As Kyle participates in a problem-solving competition, she also navigates the maze of sixth-grade friendships, crushes, and trust, using T'ai chi, echolocation, twin ESP, and her lucky blue fedora. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • Sydney MacKenzie Knocks 'Em Dead - Cindy Callaghan (about a girl who is forced to move into the creepy funeral home her family has inherited; she and her friends find a maze of abandoned tunnels and unearth a century-old secret. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; S&S/Aladdin).
  • The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters - Kara LaReau (a middle-grade trilogy about two sisters, apparently abandoned by their parents, who are kidnapped by lady pirates and forced to endure excitement and solve mysteries. The first book will publish in fall 2016; Abrams).
  • Dead (But Cautiously Optimistic) - James Preller (pitched as The Walking Dead meets The Mysterious Benedict Society. In the “not-too-distant future,” a seventh-grade undead boy has to adjust to middle-school life as a zombie, and with three unlikely friends, he navigates a mystery involving global warming, disappearing bees, and billionaire developers... and more zombies. It's slated for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • The Love That Split the World - Emily Henry (a debut novel for teens. In the story, Natalie navigates a cosmic phenomenon that allows her to see different versions and eras of her small Kentucky town, and the stakes are raised when she falls in love. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Razorbill).
  • These Books Belong to Ken Z - R. Zamora Linmark (YA debut an exploration of coming out and subsequent heartbreak, viewed through the lens of Oscar Wilde's work and life, and told through a variety of narrative forms including haikus, emails, imaginary dialogues, and lists. Publication is set for spring 2017; Delacorte).
  • A Psalm for Lost Girls - Katie Bayerl (YA debut which centers on an abduction that forever alters the lives of three girls – one who has been missing, one who is living, and one who is dead and rumored to be a saint. It's slated for spring 2017; Putnam).
  • The Last Thing You Said - Sara Biren (about a boy and a girl who are struggling after the death of his sister – her best friend – and can no longer avoid their grief or their feelings for each other. Publication is planned for 2017; Abrams).
  • Mighty Jack - Ben Hatke (MG graphic novel sold to First Second (due in fall 2016 and 2017)) 
  • Miracle Molly - Ben Hatke (an illustrated middle-grade novel (due in spring 2017), sold to Roaring Brook)
  • Mystery Club - Maggie Thrash (YA series In the first installment, two social pariahs at a private school in Atlanta stumble upon their first case when the school mascot hurls itself off a bridge at halftime. Publication is slated for fall 2016, with the second book to follow in 2017. Simon Pulse).
  • The Secret Horses of Briar Hill - Megan Shepherd (MG novel is a novel in the vein of The Secret Garden about a girl named Emmaline living in a children's TB hospital during WWII, who sees winged horses in the hospital mirrors and then discovers that one of the horses has entered her world and needs her help. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Delacorte).
  • Gap Life - John Coy (YA about a high school senior whose parents will only pay for college if he studies what they want; instead he meets a girl who is taking a gap year, gets a job in a group home for adults with special needs, and begins learning things for himself that no university can teach. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends). 
  • Reeve's End - Kelley Armstrong (In the psychological suspense YA novel, Winter Crane has to survive by her wits and her wilderness skills while unraveling the mystery behind the string of teen disappearances from her Appalachian town, but danger catches up to her. Canadian rights were sold to Amy Black at Doubleday Canada; U.S. and Canadian publication is scheduled for spring 2017. Crown).
  • Witchtown - Cory Putman Oakes (a YA novel about a teenage girl in the business of robbing wealthy witch havens with her mother, who discovers a shocking truth about the life she leads. Publication is set for October 2017; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
  • P.S. I Like You - Kasie West (about a girl who finds herself falling for a mystery boy she exchanges letters with. Publication is planned for summer 2016; Scholastic). 
  • The Hidden Islands - Sarah Beth Durst (MG fantasy in which a magic barrier has shrouded the islands of Himitsu for centuries, keeping the kingdom safely hidden from all perils, but now the barrier is failing, and two princesses try to save their people. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Clarion).
  • Tito the Bonecrusher - Melissa Thomson (MG debut about a boy who seeks the help of a pro-wrestler turned action star to rescue his dad from a deportation detention center, in a story about heroes, friendship, and forgiveness. It's slated for winter 2017; FSG).
  • Hamstersaurus Rex - Tom O'Donnell, illustrated by Tim Miller (a young middle-grade series about a quirky class pet that undergoes a transformation and helps defend a loyal sixth-grader from a werewolf-obsessed bully. The first book is slated to release in fall 2016. HarperCollins).
  • Scarlet Ibis - Gill Lewis (the story of a girl’s efforts to reunite with her younger autistic brother after they’re sent to different foster homes. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Atheneum's Caitlyn Dlouhy Books).
  • Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars - Martine Murray (Molly and Pim tells of a girl who longs for normalcy while her mother collects herbs and concocts potions; when one of those potions goes awry, Molly, with the help of her new friend Pim, sets out to make things right. Publication is set for fall 2016; Knopf).
  • Crushing It - Joanne Levy (Pitched as Cyrano de Bergerac for tweens, the story stars 12-year-old Kat, accustomed to being the invisible wallflower, who ends up wooing the boy next door and learning that true beauty and confidence come from the inside. Publication is set for spring 2017; Aladdin/MIX).
  • The Graces - Laure Eve (YA duology; a teenage girl becomes transfixed by a trio of wealthy and glamorous siblings who wield power over their community, fueling rumors of witchcraft. It's scheduled for publication in fall 2016, with the second to follow in 2017. Abrams).
  • The Traded Girl - H.M. Bouwman (MG historical fantasy; a multi-plotted mythology of immigration that brings together the Zong slave ship, the fall of Saigon, an enormous Raftworld in search of a home, and two Kraken in love; as well as a second, as yet untitled book. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Putnam).
  • The Movie Version - Emma Wunsch (YA debut; In the story, 16-year old Amelia Anderson must deal with the fallout of her brother's schizophrenia diagnosis while balancing her first serious relationship, friendships, and a budding interest in filmmaking. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Abrams).
  • The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming - J. Anderson Coats (MG novel; It tells the story of a headstrong girl with big dreams who boards a steamship bound for Washington Territory, as part of the Mercer Expedition of 1866. Publication is set for spring 2017; Atheneum).
  • Willows vs. Wolverines - Alison Cherry (a middle-grade novel in which a girl invents a fictitious, legendarily brilliant prankster older brother to persuade her new summer camp bunkmates to let her take the lead in the camp's longstanding prank war. Publication is planned for summer 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Untitled - Candace Fleming (an untitled chapter book about Strongheart, the early canine film star. It's scheduled for fall 2016; Random House's Schwartz & Wade).
  • Mabel - Rowboat Watkins (The new book tells the story of a lonely mermaid who learns that the secret to happiness is often right under your nose. Publication is set for spring 2017; Chronicle).
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear - E.K. Johnston (riffs on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, reimagining the character of the queen who becomes a statue as a devastatingly popular cheerleader who refuses to become a cautionary tale after she's sexually assaulted. It’s scheduled for spring 2016. Dutton Children's Books).
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing - E.K. Johnston (imagines a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and teenage life looks very different. Dutton Children's Books).
  • Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth - Ned Rust (This first book in a series, pitched as a middle-grade The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, follows a 12-year-old boy's adventures in a parallel, screen-obsessed world, where he learns that he and a giant rabbit are the key to saving the universe. It's scheduled for spring 2016; Roaring Brook).
  • Chub and the Cadre of Evil - Mark Maciejewski (debut; The story is about a bald middle-school outcast who becomes an unlikely hero when he decides to bring down his arch-nemesis and destroys an evil empire in the process. Publication is set for summer 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Catacomb Hill - Charlotte Salter (It's a debut middle-grade novel about a headstrong girl who searches for a mysterious object in a mansion surrounded by sea monsters. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Dial Books for Young Readers).
  • We Are Party People - Leslie Margolis (MG novel about 12-year-old Pixie Peterson will do anything to blend in with the crowd, but must step in the spotlight with the help of her friends. It will be published in fall 2017; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • No Dogs Allowed - Cathy G. Johnson (MG graphic novel; a story about a soccer team of misfit girls. Publication is slated for 2017; First Second).
  • The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor (a gothic-flavored fantasy scheduled for fall 2016. In a statement, Taylor said she was excited to be finally writing “this story that’s been in my head for about two decades.” She went on to describe the basic concept: “There was a war between men and gods, and men won. The few surviving children of the gods have grown up in hiding, dreading the day they know must come: when humans find them, and end them. That day is at hand.” According to Taylor’s editor, Alvina Ling, v-p and editor-in-chief at LBYR, the forthcoming trio of titles is not planned as a trilogy and most likely will not take place in the same world. A topic for one of the subsequent books has been tentatively agreed upon, and the third project will be open to Taylor’s inspiration.) 
  • The Fix-It Friends - Nicole Kear (debut chapter book series; The series stars a well-intentioned but overly enthusiastic second-grader who leads a group of problem-solving elementary-school kids helping other students deal with social issues. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Imprint).
  • Freya series from Rovio Entertainment, written by Matthew Laurence (The novels follow the goddess Freya as she comes out of self-imposed exile and gains power in a modern world. It launches in 2017; Imprint).
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here - Anna Breslaw (debut; 16-year-old New Jerseyan Scarlett Epstein finds herself without an outlet for her online writing after her beloved TV show gets canceled, leading her to write fanfiction about the kids in her own high school. Publication is set for spring 2016; Razorbill).
  • The Distance Between Us - Reyna Grande (MG adaptation of the memoir; an account of the author's childhood in Mexico – where her parents left her in dire poverty at the age of four to be raised by a resentful grandmother, the author's border crossing at the age of nine, and subsequent life in the U.S. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Sequel to An Ember in the Ashes -Sabaa Tahir (which was released in February and has hit national bestseller lists. The second volume takes readers into the heart of the Martial Empire as protagonists Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia's brother from prison. Razorbill has tentatively scheduled the untitled follow-up for April 2016, with an announced first printing of 250,000 copies.)
  • Ryan Quinn: Freedom Run - Ron McGee (MG series follows the titular 14-year-old who, after his parents disappear, finds out his family is part of a secret organization dating back to WWII that performs dangerous rescue missions. It's planned for fall 2016; HarperCollins).
  • The Elementae series - A.C. Gaughen (A New YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction. Terra, the first volume, is slated to publish in 2017; Bloomsbury).
  • Jade - Renée Watson (a YA novel about a teenage girl from a poor neighborhood who must take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way, including a scholarship to a private school on the other side of town and an assigned mentor with whom she doesn't relate. Jade is scheduled to release in winter 2017; Bloomsbury).
  • Night Speed - Chris Howard (The story centers on a teen who, in an act of revenge, uses a highly addictive drug that bestows superhuman strength and speed in order to infiltrate a gang using the drug to commit crime. Publication is set for summer 2016; HarperCollins's Katherine Tegen Books).
  • American Road Trip - Patrick Flores-Scott (a YA novel about Teodoro “T” Avila, a 17-year old whose family is affected by the economy and the Iraq War, but when he falls for college-bound Wendy, he fights to overcome family chaos and turn his life around. Publication is slated for winter 2017; Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books).
  • Letters to the Lost - Kate Bassett (Told from two perspectives, it's a YA novel about a girl and a boy, both running from difficult situations, whose chance encounter leads to a cross-country journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and love. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Flux).
  • Matylda of the Bright and Tender Skin - Holly McGhee (MG debut tells the story of two friends, loss, and a leopard gecko named Matylda. Publication is set for spring 2017; Candlewick Press).
From last time:
  • Maudeville - Michelle Schusterman (MG standalone was previously under contract with Egmont USA. It's about a girl who longs to sing and, after flubbing a big audition due to stage fright, comes upon an old theater run by a glamorous but sinister grand-dame of show business. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Random House).
  • Hibiscus Daughter duology - Lana Popovic (The YA contemporary fantasy series, pitched as The Night Circus meets the The Tiger's Wife, is about two sisters, one cursed to be Death's courtesan and one forced to pass the curse on to the next generation, who must find a way to save each other. Publication for the first book is planned for 2017, with the second to follow in 2018; Katherine Tegen Books).
  • Useless - M.J. Beaufrand (a YA novel set on an island in Puget Sound, in which a teenage girl and her four brothers search for a missing child, but uncover disquieting truths about themselves and their community along the way. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Abrams).
  • The World from Up Here - Cecilia Galante (a middle-grade novel following a 12-year-old girl who, in the wake of a family event, must confront her fears while moving to an aunt's house with her autistic brother and their dog. Publication is set for summer 2016; Scholastic).
  • Deleting Tenley Tylwyth - Jennifer Gooch Hummer (In the MG Debut, a 13-year-old girl who can create weather patterns must protect humans from an evil and vindictive Mother Nature. Publication is slated for 2017; Month9Books).
  • Cici Reno Knows it All - Kristina Springer (first in the middle-grade Yoga Girls series; It follows a pre-teen yoga enthusiast who helps her best friend get a crush's attention by impersonating her on Twitter, but a friendly favor turns into a social media love triangle. Publication is slated for spring 2016; Sterling Children's Books).
Book Trailers: An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir (new one), Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon (German), The Night We Said Yes - Lauren Gibaldi, Still Life Las Vegas - James Sie, Isle of the Lost - Melissa de la Cruz, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, The Cage - Megan Shephard, Tiny Pretty Things - Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clatyon, The Heir - Kiera Cass, Extraordinary Means - Robyn Schneider

Authors/Interviews: Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen, P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han, The Cost of All Things - Maggie Lehrman, Tracked - Jenny Martin, The Truth Commission - Susan Juby, Making Pretty - Corey Ann Haydu, An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir, The Lost Marble Notebook of Random Boy and Forgotten Girl - Marie Jaskulka, Denton Little’s Deathdate - Lance Rubin, Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager, None of the Above - I.W. Gregorio, In a World Just Right - Jen Brooks, The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter, Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel - Megan Morrison, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer - Kelly Jones, The Girl at Midnight - Melissa Grey, Flower - Shea Olsen, Material Girls - Elaine Dimopoulos, Crossing the Line - Meghan Rogers, Tracked - Jenny Martin, Made You Up - Francesca Zappia

Excerpts: Ruins - Joshua Winning, 21 Stolen Kisses - Lauren Blakely, the 2015 YA Fall/Winter catalog of Buzz Books from Publisher’s Marketplace, Extraordinary Means - Robyn Schneider, The Game of Love and Death - Martha Brockenbrough, Nil - Lynne Matson (Bonus Scene), The Winner’s Kiss - Marie Rutkoski Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh, Those Girls - Lauren Saft, This One Summer - Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo Chpt 1-2, Nowhere But Here - Katie McGarry (also here), Nothing Left to Burn - Patty Blount, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy - Sam Maggs, The BookCon sampler (sort of similar to the Buzz Books catalog), An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir, Chantress - Amy Butler Greenfield, Devoted - Jennifer Mathieu, The Heir - Kiera Cass, Kissing in America - Margo Rabb, Nearly Found - Elle Cosimano, Passenger - Alexandra Bracken, Tiny Pretty Things - Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Where the Staircase Ends - Stacy Stokes, Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger, Black Iris - Leah Raeder, Charmed - Michelle Krys, Legend the graphic novel - Marie Lu, The Remedy - Suzanne Young, Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen, The Whitechapel Fiend - Cassandra Clare, A Girl Undone - Catherine Linka, Mary Unleashed - Hillary Monahan, Hollywood Witch Hunter - Valerie Tejeda, Legacy of Kings - Eleanor Herman, Anything Could Happen - Will Walton, I Am Princess X - Cherie Priest

Awards/Lists: New Voices: the Amaterasu Project - Axie Oh, Amazing Audiobook Nominations, NYPL Summer Reading List, 12 of the Best New Books in May. The Edgar award winners were announced. Jennifer Mathieu won the Teen’s Choice award for debut author and the One by Kiera Cass won best YA book. Here’s the full list of winners. And the Summer 2015 Indie’s Next List.

A brief summary of author and industry events from last week and the week before, and the week after, and the week after that, and a summary of “news from the north,” with more technical details of publishing.

Photos from Children’s Book Week! and Teen Lit Con!

The CBC won BEA’s Industry Ambassador Award.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting YA: a post about the recent trends in YA, including horror and mental illness. I saw on Edelweiss somewhere a book described as having a mentally ill character, which was the hot new thing. I don’t remember the exact phrasing, but it was a little bit disgusting.

If you’re headed to BEA, check out this “Can’t Miss Galleys” list from Publisher’s Weekly.

If you didn’t already know, Penguin greenlit the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes.

Like Ember, Dorothy Must Die is a really popular series.

What happens when a manuscript goes on submission at a publishing house?

An eight-year-old girl is on a crusade to stop Scholastic in the UK from gendering books.

Making ebooks “free” doesn’t actually help poor kids.

Jay Asher has been on the “50 States against Bullying” tour with 13 Reasons Why.

Erin Stein is making an imprint at MacMillan called Imprint. Oneworld is also launching a new YA Imprint. And Caitlin Dlouhy gets an imprint at Atheneum.

Juvenile book sales plummet. I’m confused, weren’t they just last month on the rise?

First Book & its partners are giving away 60,000 books to children in need. CBC is making books available to prisons by establishing libraries.

According to Amazon, these are the 100 YA books to read in your lifetime.

Both The Heir and Saint Anything debuted on the Indie Bestseller List.

J.K. Rowling & John Green have so many followers on twitter, I guess, they can’t say anything without people making a big deal. Rowling revealed Myrtle’s full name and people started wondering whether she’d based the character off the U.S. Senator. Though both use their accounts to do some good.

Cover Reveals:

It's Your World - Chelsea Clinton (MG)

So I've definitely missed a few covers - were there about 121 reveals in the past month? If I have missed some that you've seen around, please let me know :).

Cover Reveal Watch: Miss Peregrine #3, The Mirror King

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Have you read these popular May books?

Are you anticipating these June books?

As happens when you ignore such a post for a month, I’ve got a ton of recommendation links for y’all. Read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and A Tale of Two Besties. 7 YA Pairs That Rival Bonnie and Clyde (and one day Christina will catch up on pop culture & watch Bonnie & Clyde), 5 Beauty and the Beast Retellings That We’re Adding to Our Floor-to-Ceiling Libraries (can I have this library too plskthx?), 7 YAs based on Myths and Tales from Around the World (would love to read Cindy Pon’s book + Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu’s book), YA Books for Every Lunch Table in the Cafeteria (Graceling & Raven Boys are definitely also for the Nerds haha), 5 Ebook Prequels You Definitely Want on Your Reader (totally knew the Throne of Glass ones would be there - & sometimes I wonder if their popularity spurred the release of others), 5 YAs for Fans of Ready Player One (so much YA I haven’t heard of!), 9 of the Best Words I Learned While Reading The Girl at Midnight (totally true, I also texted my friend living in Japan about one of these words), 7 of Our Favorite Eerie Small Town YAs (I keep hearing really good things about Bone Gap & I really really want to order it! But looking at my shelf, I can’t :O), Visit the Right Coast in These 7 East-Coast Set YAs (so interesting; definitely hadn’t heard of these even though there must be more in that category… B&N is so good at exposing you to new reads!), 6 of YA Lit’s Best Shakespearan Retellings (can’t really judge this until I read more Shakespeare), Visit the American West with These 7 YAs (huh… I didn’t think Wyoming is West but I’m totally skewed because west = west coast for me haha), 13 Under the Radar LGBTQ YA (see this is why B&N ROCKS!), 7 Nice YAs from the Midwest (I love all the categories that B&N also comes up with), 2015 YA Summer Romance Preview (just the other day I saw someone asking for recs of this nature!), 5 of Our Favorite Platonic Boy-Girl Friendships in YA (yes more of these please!), Have you ever gone back to build your teen self a dream bookshelf, 6 YA Books with Awesomely Unique Formats (yes, I love that YA is pushing the boundaries of what we’d consider a traditional novel), 1960s Set YA Novels (historical YAs are definitely the ones that fall through the gap the most for me), 7 YA Books That You Can Read in One Day (Well, depending on how quickly you read…), 7 of the Best Girl Packs in YA (yeah, you can’t make this list without mentioning Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), 8 Awesome Aussie YAs Everyone Should Know (Melina Marchetta will make any Aussie YA list :D), 7 YA Books That Celebrate the Art of Storytelling (Mermaid in Chelsea Creek! I actually have that on my shelf!), 5 YA Books to Read While You Angrily Await the Remaking of The Craft, 6 YA Reads for Russophiles, 9 Indispensible YA Brother Stories, 7 YAs That’ll Make You Terrified of the Ocean, Just in Time for Summer, Awesome Books to Bust You Out of Any Reading Slump, 6 Books Every Introvert Should Read, Diverse Genre Fiction for Teens, 5 Books to Watch for in May, 10 Best New YA Books That Explore Sexuality, 6 Frenemies in YA, 12 Must Read Graphic Novels

Basically, lol, I got tired of writing comments on each article, but that doesn’t mean those later ones are any less worthy of your attention! It’s more than just Barnes & Noble Teen Blog.

This past week was #IReadYA week from Scholastic & here are 16 reasons you’ll never get tired of reading YA. And of course 46 of the most beautiful sentences in YA. And 5 reasons why reading YA as a teen is beneficial. How much should children read after all?

Have you ever been curious about the age of the models on YA book covers? The answers might surprise you.

A long time ago there was a twitter hashtag about #VeryRealisticYA. This was a pretty good Buzzfeed round-up of some of the tweets.

Do you think that you should read Middle Grade lit? Here’s a flowchart you can use to ask yourself that question.

Should you give a kid a book? The answer is always yes.

And here are 67 children’s books that changed your life.

Because Children’s Literature is full of hidden gems.

What are the best children’s books on the second world war?

There are many different ways to read a book.

Do you have a long distance book BFF?

School libraries can positively impact kids’ test scores! wowza.

Epic Prom Fails in pop culture.

Book Nerd Problems: when all your authors sign at the same time, returning to the real world, trying to explain a YA book to your parents

Yes, I will gladly accept all of the book dresses on all the YA book covers, regardless of rank.

Would you rather” for book nerds. Yikes.

19 of May’s best YA books, according to Bustle.

But lots of really interesting discussion articles that I am ALSO going to loop together because otherwise this post is going to be SO LONG: Sex: the last taboo in YA literature? Not anymore! (this title is so sensationalist); Why teenagers have to take terrible risks in YA literature - and real life (this article actually made me think of the research I’m doing now); 5 Reasons Why the Children’s Choice Book Awards Are Better than the Oscars (and All Other Awards Shows) (especially if you, like me, don’t like watching those other award shows anyway); Why are YA books about politics always dystopian (not true unless “main focus”; cc: The Wrong Side of Right & My Life Next Door); Why showing Representations of Female Friendships in YA Is More Important Than Ever (I 100% agree to the point where if a book doesn’t have a good female friendship, it’s unlikely to make my “faves” list); can YA fiction help cure our obsession with body image? (cure is a hefty word; but perhaps present body positive themes? yes, cc: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy); top 10 ways to be evil in children’s books (lol).

10 fun and fabulous children’s books from around the world!

No book blogger discussions this time. Will make up for it next week though.

Movies/TV Shows:


So, remember, Shadowhunters is a tv show on ABC Family. They’ve cast Clary, Alec, Luke, Magnus, Valentine, Jocelyn, Izzy, Simon.

Tuck Everlasting has been optioned for Broadway! Oh, that set would be FANTASTIC.

Todd Haynes is developing Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck.

The trailer for Jem and the Holograms was released.

They released a new Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II poster at Cannes.

Megan Abott’s The Fever is being developed into a television show.

Alicia Vikander will be starring in the adaptation of The Circle.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson was also optioned.

Robert Sheehan + Hailee Steinfeld = the couple cast for the adaptation of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith.

For Allegiant, they’ve roped in Bill Skarsgard & Jeff Daniels is now David.

Stephanie Shannon has been hired to adapt We Were Liars.

New Paper Towns trailer.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper has also been optioned.

So was Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters, and now Hailee Steinfeld has been cast.

Kiera Cass’s The Selection has been optioned by Warner Brothers.

And the rights to the Altered series by Jennifer Rush were also sold for a t.v. series.

MTV showed us a first look at the Scorch Trials set, and we got our first trailer.

Bel Powley will be starring in the adaptation of Between Shades of Grey (which is called Ashes in the Snow).

Ransom Riggs with the cast of Miss Peregrine’s.

Maybe news on a Shatter Me movie?

The 5th Wave movie is actually coming really soon...


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: Win SKINK NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen, ends 5/25/15, New Releases 5/18/15! Win SEVEN great new YA novels that release this week, plus interviews and a round-up of all this week's new YA novels. Giveaway end 5/24/15, Win DANGEROUS CREATURES (signed) & DANGEROUS DECEPTION by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, ends 6/15/15.

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}.

Box of March / April books, INT, ends 05/31.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know. NGL, this is the least important section to me.


New Releases:

April 26 - May 2: In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks, Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, The Girl of Midnight by Melissa Grey, Magnolia by Maria Dahvana Headley, The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa, Rook by Sharon Cameron, Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond, Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne, The Boyfriend Project by Rachel Hawthorne, The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberly Derting, The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine, Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger, Invincible by Amy Reed, None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio, Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep, Be Not Afraid by Cecelia Galante, Flirty Dancing (Ladybirds #1) by Jenny McLachlan, The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver, Diva Rules by Amir Abrams, Deception's Pawn (Deception's Princess #2) by Esther Friesner, Encore to an Empty Room (Exile #2) by Kevin Emerson.

May 3 - May 9: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, Dust to Dust (Ashes to Ashes #2) by Melissa Walker, The Heir (Selection #2) by Kiera Cass, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum, Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini, Ice Kissed (The Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking, Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone, The Summer after You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, Galgorithm by Aaron Karo, Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts #2) by Katie Finn, Undertow by Michael Buckley, Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart, Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly, The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu, Swept Away (Sixteenth Summer #4) by Michelle Dalton, Chantress Fury (Chantress #3) by Amy Butler Greenfield, The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe, Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos, Overtaken by Mark Kruger, Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman, The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell, What Remains by Helene Dunbar.

May 10 - May 16: Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9) by James Patterson, End of Days (Penryn #3) by Susan Ee, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius, The Hunted (The Living #2) by Matt de la Pena, Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan, Burn (Scan #2) by Walter Jury and Sarah Fine, Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani, The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters by M. J. Beufrand, Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt, Velvet by Temple West, 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger, The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehman, Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu, A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy, NIL Unlocked (NIL #2) by Lynne Matson, Out of Control by Sarah Alderson, The Eternity Key (Into the Dark #2) by Bree Despain, Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes, Vanished by E. E. Cooper, A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi.

May 17 - May 23: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, A School for Unusual Girls by (Stranje House #1) by Kathleen Baldwin, Off the Page (Between the Lines #2) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, Dangerous Deception (Dangerous Creatures #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by A. G. Gaughen, Illusionarium by Heather Dixon, Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion, A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith, The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman, Killer Within (Killer Instinct #2) by S. E. Green, Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham, Eternity's Wheel (Interworld #3) by Mallory Reaves, Michael Reaves, or Neil Gaiman, The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher, Three Day Summer by Sarvenez Tash, Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert, Sparks in Scotland by A. Destiny and Rhonda Helms.

Recent Recommended Reads:

Apologies on having been gone for so long on this feature. The first week, I quite simply didn’t feel like making my rounds. The second week, I was sleeping in my office at work in order to get something finished in time (yes, I literally slept at work and scared the maid who came in to pick up the trash at 4:30 a.m.). The third week… I don’t even remember o.O. Now, if I don’t pick this feature back up again, I won’t… ever. So, here we are.

In the meantime, you can read my review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik, my review of Black Iris by Leah Raeder, my review of Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn, and my review of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. And I discussed which books I think y’all ought to anticipate & which ones I am too along with how far I’m willing to go for my favorite books and which books I most want to read! And don’t worry, even if I have some questions about blogging, I don’t think that I’m stopping until at least after BEA :P, if at all. A stranger also commented on my video about the bias against young adult literature and mansplained to me what the bias actually was. Also if you’re looking for some #QuietYA recommendations, check out this post thread from Nick at Nick’s Book Blog - I participated along with other book bloggers in curating a bunch of recommendations :).

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT UPDATE: I promise that I’ve not been ignoring y’all. It’s not even that I’m really behind on commenting… it’s also that Disqus has officially stopped syncing with Blogger for me, which means that I’m no longer receiving emails when you are leaving me comments! WHICH MEANS THAT I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN SOMEONE IS COMMENTING. I mean, I knew about the Disqus problem but it didn’t even occur to me that something went wrong with comments until I checked Disqus to “approve” of comments as per usual and was like, wait, what? These people have been commenting on my blog and I’ve not been getting emails? What’s going on?

So, essentially: not ignoring you, hoping to catch up & reply & visit blogs again sometime soon.

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.

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