Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (13)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent YA book-related news. I'll post about articles I've read from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. For more information, visit the first CMtBR post.

Publishing Industry:

Rights report:
  • 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.

Cover Reveals:

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!).


General: On Bloggers & Blogging (comments, interactions, audience, etc.):

The Experience (Rituals, Characters, Feels, etc.):

Slumps/No Longer Reading/What to Read

Reviews & Ratings

Authors & ARCs:

Specific Topics (Medea, Sex in YA fiction, and Time Travel):

Random Fun

Movie/TV Shows:

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.


The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends September 19th at 6:00 p.m CST.

Don't forget to check out YABC's September giveaways.
Ashley at Nose Graze hosted Jessica Verdi who talked about supportive parents in YA and is giving away a copy of My Life After Now. (September 31).

In honor of Banned Books week, September 22-28, Simon and Schuster is giving away posters featuring quotes from Ellen Hopkins, Sonya Sones, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Mindee Arnett is giving away two ARCs of Avalon here. (October 3).

ARC of The Offering, ARC of Uninvited, and signed copy of Asylum -- Kimberly Derting's Back to School giveaway. (October 3).

$20 worth of books from The Book Depository from Asti at A Bookish Heart if you comment on her guest posts for the month. Yours truly wrote one.

ARC of This Song Will Save Your Life (October 6).

ARC of Brother, Brother (September 27).

I know that I said that I'd find more giveaways this week, but between the familial and priestly visits of the past few days, the shopping for funeral clothes, and the work I do outside of this blog, I haven't had much free time. In fact, I'm a bit behind on returning emails and catching up with my favorite blogs. For instance, I believe I told Jen of Starry-eyed Revue and Kate of Finding Bliss in Books that I'd visit this weekend and get caught up with their content and did I? *sigh* But here, go to The Friday Five post. Make fun of me and my weird accent attempts. Maybe that'll make it up to you?

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  ;).

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. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater -- WANT WANT WANT. That's all!!! I bet that Demi Lovato book will do fine in sales. She has so many fans and people who're bullied will probably be very affected by that book and most likely end up reading it. OH SHIIIIIIIZZZ!! Candice Accola is one of the best actors on TV in my opinion. As Kevin Williamson said in an interview, she can do comedy, action, drama--she can do anything. When she steps into the room, it's magic! I love her intonation and I have faith that she'll do great. I really liked the original narrator though, but I guess the book didn't sell enough so they're trying to attract an audience. Funny since I believe Michael Trevino is reading Magnus Bane #6? HAHAHHAHA. I watched that M. Stiefvaterinterview LOL I don't like the word chuckle at all either. OH AND SHE'S SO TALENTED! O.o I had no idea she was THAT talented. I'm so excited about The Book Thief adaptation as well even though I haven't read it since the trailer looks soo good. I'll give TVD a few episodes to see if I'll continue. I won't watch that OUaTiW since I just ended up watching the first two seasons of Once Upon a Time last week and they were ah-mazing! LOVED it and I'll probably start Grimm so I can't way I have that much time to watch all these fantasy shows that're so alike. So nope.. I hope if you'll end up watching it, you'll love it:)

  2. Woah, sounds like a good week for contemporary authors!

    *cringe* Why, why why would you want to find the next Twilight?

    I'm gonna be checking out Once Upon a Wonderland, I don't think I'm going to like it as much as OUAT but it's a spin-off so I'll give it a shot.

    I think Commander Lyme was a commander of District 2, just googled and she was a past victor that was part of the rebellion. I'm not sure if you included this in a past CMtBR post but so excited about Natalie Dormer being inside Mockingjay! She's playing uhhh the director of Katniss's videos, do not remember the character name though... oh dear I should reread the books.

  3. The Winter Horses sounds amazing! 1941 Ukraine? *immediately adds to wishlist*
    And The Book Thief movie! I recently did a re-read & I'm so excited(if apprehensive) for the movie!

  4. SO EXCITED about the Harry Potter spin off movie. Never enough HP <3

    I've added some new books to my GR list, like it's not long enough already, haha.

    The poster for The book thief is pretty. I'm starting to warm up for the movie, but they better not screw it up. My heart will cry.

    I'm a huge fan of Once upon a time, so of course I'm going to watch the Once upon a time in Wonderland. I don't think that will surprise you or anyone :p

  5. Ok, A Million Miles Away, Kissing in America, and 21 Kisses all sound so good and I don't read that much YA contemporary (although I'm starting to read more and more). Once Upon a Wonderland...definitely watching that show. Thanks for putting together all of this great information! ~Pam

  6. I love Once Upon a Time, and I love any and all Alice retellings, so I will definitely be checking out Once Upon a Wonderland. Not that I really need to add any new tv shows to my lineup, since I only JUST caught up on OUaT, but I can't help myself. :) Also, very excited for Sinner...I knew she'd said she's never revisit Sam and Grace's story, but I'm glad she's still got more of Cole and Isobel's to tell! :D And yay for Katie! I love the sound of her book. :)

  7. WOW this is a fabulous post!!! I love the things only book lovers will get! I seriously agree with every single one of them :) OH & Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, YAY!!! Loved Shiver :) Well back to reading more of these lovely links you posted :)

  8. Thanks so much for the tv shows/movies summary. I've been so out of the loop lately that this was a ton of help!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  9. Yay, Juhina! Glad to hear it :). I hope you enjoyed the links on the tv shows and movies.

  10. haha, yes, I actually just noticed that that was an older post, though I'd only seen it recently o.o. but you know what? it was just fabulous. totally the right post for all us book lovers. I hope Sinner works out for you :D.

  11. Thanks, Jenna. I loved your post even though I didn't a chance to comment on it before linking :D. Hopefully we'll be able to discuss TVD when the new season comes along!

  12. Me too, I think. I've heard such great things about both of those authors... and yay, Jennifer! Hope you enjoy the links :).


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