Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (43)

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:

** Just a Second - Tricia Springstubb (Told from multiple perspectives and with a shifting time frame, the MG story is about a girl who faces choices about love, forgiveness, and the future when her former best friend's brother commits a shocking shooting, a split-second decision with huge consequences in a year when an extra second is due to be added to the official clock. Balzer + Bray, summer 2016).

** Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman (Set in 1877 Arizona, the story – pitched as True Grit meets Blood Red Road – follows Kate Thompson as she tracks the gang who hung her father, only to find herself entangled in a bloody search for lost gold in the Superstition Mountains. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, fall 2015).

** Dead Girls Society - Michelle Krys (about a girl who escapes her helicopter parents by joining a high-stakes dare club; she discovers more than thrills: girls are going missing, and she might be next. Delacorte Press, 2016).

** The Fall - James Preller (in which a boy struggles to come to terms with his role in the life and death of a classmate after her suicide, partly as a result of cyber-bullying. Feiwel and Friends, fall 2015).

** Wadjda - Haifaa al Mansour (Her feature film debut -> adaptation -> into a middle-grade novel of the same name. Wadjda tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up in the suburbs of Riyadh, who dreams of owning a green bicycle. Dial Books for Young Readers, fall 2015).

** Renee Reinvented - Ronni Arno Blaisdell (Debut aimed at middle-graders - The story is about a girl who, desperate to live a normal life after growing up the daughter of famous parents, transfers to a Maine boarding school, only to find her lies about her background drawing her into ever-deeper trouble. S&S/Aladdin, fall 2015).

** Blackhearts -Nicole Castroman (Inspired by the tale of Blackbeard, it's the debut story of a forbidden romance between a servant girl desperate for freedom and the master's son who dreams of a life at sea. But they are caught up in something bigger than their circumstances: a love that changes the course of history. Simon Pulse, spring 2016).

** Inn Between - Marina Cohen (The story follows 12-year-old Quinn, who is driving across country with her best friend's family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns terrifying. Roaring Brook, winter 2016).

Not Up Yet:
Check next week.

** Somewhere Among - Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu (MG debut - Eleven-year-old Ema, the daughter of a Japanese father and a white mother, finds herself between two worlds during the summer leading up to and through 9/11 and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Atheneum, 2016).

** Marble Boys - Tamara Ellis Smith (MG Debut - The novel tells the story of two boys who have experienced great trauma and loss – one with the death of his best friend near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and one in losing his home in Hurricane Katrina – and the ways the world pushes them together to find healing. Publication is scheduled to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in August 2015, Schwartz & Wade).

** A Tiny of Piece of Sky - Shawn Stout (Set in 1939, the story tells of a girl who decides to prove she is more than just a #3 sister to her older siblings by trying to clear her father of accusations that he's a German spy – with surprising results. Philomel, early 2016).

** Radioactive: How Two Brilliant Women Unwittingly Helped to Create the Atomic Bomb - Winifred Conkling (Aimed at younger teens, the book will tell the story of physicists Irene Curie and Lise Meitner, who learned to hate war after volunteering as X-ray technicians during WW1, only to have their life's work used to create the world's most destructive weapon during WW2. Algonquin, spring 2016).

** A Story of War, A Story of Peace - Tanya Lee Stone (Delving deeper into a little-known Japanese attack on U.S. soil introduced in Courage Has No Color, Stone focuses on a hot-air balloon bomb explosion that killed five Oregon students. Candlewick, 2017).

Nothing from last week was up still. So I'm giving up on those titles.

Awards: If you are a teen/kid (or know one who'd be interested), you can now cast your vote for the Children's Council Book Awards. For book & author of the year in the teen categories -- Eleanor & Park, Allegiant, Clockwork Princess, Smoke, and the 5th Wave... and V. Roth, Rick Riordan among others. Winners to be announced May 12-18. 2014 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award (James Patterson).

Excerpts: Camelot Burning - Kathryn Rose, Don't Look Back - Jennifer Lynn Armentrout, Chapters 1-7 of Frozen - Erin Bowman

Interviews: Laini Taylor, Ann Brashares, Julie Kagawa, Cassandra Clare (next week). There are a lot more interviews out there than I post here. I generally just include the ones I see at major publications/sites.

Swallows and Amazons author was suspected Russian spy: Details of Arthur Ransome's political activities among 150 MI5 files available online for first time. So... uh. A children's book author was a spy???? And they say authors have no interesting hobbies...

Redleaf Press Launches Trade Imprint ("Redleaf Press, which has specialized in publishing curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals since 1973, is moving into the trade market this season with the launch of Redleaf Lane, a picture book imprint that will be, along with Redleaf’s other publications, distributed by Consortium.")

How to Be Popular Without Being Mean: The Method That Got a Girl a Book Deal ("Maya Van Wagenen made news last fall when DreamWorks optioned her memoir — a big achievement for anyone, but more so for Van Wagenen, who turns 16 in June. Her book,Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek(out April 15 from Dutton Children’s Books), tells the tale of her eighth grade year, during which she decided to follow advice from a 1950s popularity guide by teen model Betty Cornell and see where it got her.")

The top 10 most frequently challenged books of the 21st century include ... (1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.); 2) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence.); 3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 4) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James (Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.); 6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.); 7) Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 9) Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya (Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.); 10) Bone (series), by Jeff Smith (Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence.)). I think the thing I find most sad about that list is that so many of them seem to be because they're for a young crowd.

Bloomsbury Debuts 'If Only' YA Romance Series ("One teen falls for two boys while traveling in Italy, and another plots revenge after her boyfriend dumps her. These are the plots of Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae and Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard, the launch titles of Bloomsbury’s If Only YA contemporary romance series. Due May 6, the novels exemplify the line’s focus on teenage girls who want what they can’t have and fall for someone they shouldn’t.")

Vulnerability and 'Really Good Trouble': Children's Books at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. A good round-up of the event & some YA panels.

If you're looking for a bunch of YA authors / publishers to follow on Instagram, YA Highway has compiled a list (and if you're looking to get on the list, they tell you how!).

The all-new monthly literary prize – for self-published authors (As DIY publishing gains respectability and established authors join the throng, the Guardian is joining forces with Legend Times to find the best self-published novels, in any genre, every month). to Acquire Comixology ( today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.). Here's a discussion about this development from a person much more informed than me.

Cover Reveals:

Runaways - Beth Szymkowski

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Why Splitting Allegiant into Two Movies Was the Right Choice vs. Hey Young Adult Franchises: Stop Splitting Books into Two Movies. I actually disagree with the latter article's clumping of Twilight, THG, and Divergent; I think THG will be okay because they'll just make the foray into the Capitol long and cinematically dramatic. But I'm not convinced yet about Allegiant - where is the right split? Any theories?

Sister, Sister: 17 YA Sisters We Love.

5 Good Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Library Today.

And.. Reality That Is Stranger Than Fiction (introducing you to other titles that might not be on your library's radar).

11 Classic Young Reader Books Updated For Today. Lol, I don't even know half of the titles they've edited, but also... pretty spot on. Wikipedia Brown.

17 Children's Books We Still Love As Grownups. Why can't we love all children's books as grown-ups? :(

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests. I can see that happening. How having so many features could distract children. You may have already noticed how short an attention span I have just from reading these bookish rounds posts :P.

We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit. Lots of really good links to other discussions on diversity + coverage on what's happened recently + insightful discussion. (A conversation particularly brought up because of the VIDA Children's Literature pie graphs).

Appetite for Risk: At the Intersection of Video Games and Literature. Interesting - I mean, if the point is to get more kids/people reading the books, that'd be an amazing motivator, I imagine... At the same time, you have to wonder how much would actually get adapted.

Before Game of Thrones, no one named babies "Khaleesi." In 2012, it beat the name "Betsy." Lol. Not just Khaleesi, but also Arya and Draco, too, apparently.

** Ashley at Nose Graze: Should You Review Books From Different Age Groups On One Blog?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Squarespace vs. Wordpress - Why Wordpress Wins
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Don’t Post More Tips for Blogger
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: 21 Questions to Ask When You’re in a Book Blogging Slump
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: BEA Tips - Battling BEA Overload
** Kara/Lyn/Bekka at Great Imaginations: BEA with Great Imaginations: Preparing for the Conference

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: The Comparison Game
** Nova at Out of Time: Commenting and Receiving Comments
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: On Commenting
** Savannah at Books with Bite: Bookish Sites
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: How has blogging changed your reading experience?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Peek in My Pocket -- My Biggest Purchases as a Blogger
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Overcoming Blogger Guilt
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: How Not to Criticize a Book Reviewer
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Don’t Let The Memes Eat You Alive!!!
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Blogging Creatively

Recommendations, Ratings, Reviews, ARCs, Authors:
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: Lesser Known Contemporary YA
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Elena Recommends: Classic Japanese Literature
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Crossing Over: A Book Rec Feature for Those Scared of Adult

The Experience:
** Andye at Reading Teen: Why I’m STILL Reading This Book (or how I’m the slowest reader ever)
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Bi-literate Reading
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: What do you do with books that you’ve read?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Self, Do Not Succumb to It!
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Finding Diamonds in the Rough
** Keertana at Ivy Book Bindings: On Reading Slumps & College Visits
** Katy at A Blighted One: Bookish Facts
** Lisa at Lisa Is Busying Nerding: Musings on DNF books and guilty feelings
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: Fiction Vs. Reality
** Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Reading at the Kids’ Table
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: I Just Don’t Get As Excited

** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Tackling Series (update 2)
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Do the Endings of Books/Series Affect Your Overall Opinion?
** Ana at Read Me Away: Scared by the Next Book
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Does the Internet Ruin Finishing a Series?

** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Bookish Heroines
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Common Archetypes: People Who Only Like Old Music/Books

Specific Books:
** Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews: That Awkward Moment When I Dump You for Laini Taylor
** Charlene at The Duchess: Why I Love Shakespeare
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Feeling En-Titled: Blood Daughter of the Shadow City of Stars and Fire
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Baking the Books: Percy Jackson Cupcakes
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: Disney Destroyed My Soul and Made Me Narrow Minded

Books, Books, Books:
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Quality over Quantity and Your Bookshelf
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: I Found Love in Audiobooks
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: I Miss Printed Bpoks
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Dust Jackets or Naked Books?
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Let’s Talk about Movie Adaptations, Baby!
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: The Next “Blah Blah,” For Fans of “Author McAuthorPants”

Hey YA:
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Contemporary YA Reading Slump: Which Book Should I Read Next?
** Alyssa at the Reader’s Refuge: Announcement - SYNC YA starts in 1 month!
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: My Experience with LGBT YA
** Kelly at Stacked Books: On Expectations for Girls in YA Fiction, Misleading Reviews, and Sexuality
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: 2013 YA Romance Highlights
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: What Morals Are We Promoting? [II]

** Jen at YA Romantics: The Faceless, Part II
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: The Abundance of Gender Neutral Covers

Movies/TV Shows:

Have you seen the If I Stay official trailer??? So excited for this movie now! I'm really surprised there hasn't been more promotional stuff for it, like releasing stills... but maybe they're trying to distance themselves from the marketing tactics of other YA adaptations? Or I haven't seen them yet/they're not as publicized? Here's one high-res still.

And the report from last week was made official: Chloe Moretz from the If I Stay adaptation has also been cast as Cassie in The 5th Wave adaptation.

The official soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars has been released and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. You can also watch the first officially released clip from the film, "It's a Metaphor," re: Augustus and his cigarettes and look at this adorable still and these other two stills.

If you haven't already heard the news, Divergent is joining the ranks of YA adaptations with the last book being split into two parts. Yay or nay for Allegiant part I and part II? (I wonder where the split will occur and if they will bleed some of the Insurgent plot into the first part of the third movie...). In other news, were you curious about the CGI in Divergent? Here's a pretty cool behind the scenes clip at how it was done.

Were you confused about The Giver being in color? Well, it looks like the movie isn't actually! Here's a newly released featurette between Jonas and the Giver, with some insight from the author Lois Lowry.

Not only did Lauren Kate announce the full cast of the Fallen adaptation, but the people in charge have also released some stills re: the Hungarian castle they're filming in.

The students from the New England School of Communications will create a short film adaptationof J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

More Maze Runner promotional graphics: Everyone does their part & what if we were sent here for a reason?

Catching Fire won a bunch of awards at the MTV Movie awards.

Moonbot Studios announced today that it will acquire film rights to the Olivia Kidney trilogy of young adult books by award-winning author Ellen Potter.

This has nothing to do with YA adaptations, but did you see the first Gone Girl trailer? Also so excited for that film!


ARC of Plus One - Elizabeth Fama, INT, 05/02.

ARC of Sekret - Lindsay Smith, INT, 04/26.

ARC of Love Letters to the Dead - Ava Dellaira, INT, 04/27.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 04/21, 04/2105/01.

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 entire Legend trilogy. US only, 04/17.

Paperback of the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen. US/CA only, 04/18.

April YA Lit new releases. INT, ends 04/30.

The Shadow Prince - Bree Despain. US/CA only, 04/21.

Hardcover copy of Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. US/CA only, 04/18.

Copy of She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. US/CA only, 04/20.


New ReleasesFrozen (Taken #2) by Erin BowmanThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. SmithWhat I Thought Was True by Huntley FitzpatrickHouse of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie WhippleTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanDust Lands: Raging Star by Moira YoungOpen Road Summer by Emery LordSunrise by Mike MullinDon't Look Back by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Looking Glass by Jessica ArnoldThe Last Enemy: The Malichea Quest by Jim EldridgeThe Last Apprentice: Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph DelaneyYou Only Live Once (Snap Decision #2) by Bridie Clark.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my spoiler-free mini review of the Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa (aka five reasons to read it, if you haven't already). Besides that, I finally finished reading The Prophet by Khalil Gibran and then read his The Broken Wings (do me a favor; never, ever spell his name as Kahlil in my presence). And in another departure from my traditional YA pile, I finally finished reading The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger, which provided some fascinating, far-reaching analysis on the seventh Harry Potter novel and made me appreciate the complexity of the series and that novel yet again. What're you reading now? Any of the April Goodreads YA Movers & Shakers?

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. I really don't get why they want to split Allegiant.. I can't think of any good moment to split the book. The only thing I can think of doesn't make sense: right in the moment where they decide to go over the wall, because that's in the beginning of the book.. Unless they really want to stretch it out, I don't see this working out.

    Khaleesi.. that wouldn't be the first name I'd use for my baby. I think there are better names to pick from.

    1. I think that they might end up splitting it right before the climax. I don't remember Allegiant very well, but I think most of the action happens within that last 100 pages, right? So maybe 50 pages before that, like they did with HP, elongating that battle. I do think that they are going to stretch it out and might bleed some of the Insurgent plot into Allegiant.

      Hahaha, yep. Agreed. Even Cersei > Khaleesi.


Thanks for visiting my blog! Please make sure to indicate your blog name so that I can return the favor later :).

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...