Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (44)

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:

** The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig (The debut YA fantasy centers on 16-year-old Nix, who has grown up on a ship that travels through time. Her father Navigates from one map to another—including those of ancient history and even myth and legend – and is determined to journey back to 1868 Honolulu to save her mother's life, despite knowing that changing history risks erasing Nix's very existence. Greenwillow Books, winter 2016).

** Ninja Timmy - Henrik Tamm (MG novel with color illustrations; it features Timmy the cat and his animal friends; while peddling their invention in the fantastical city of Elyzandrium, they get mixed up with the wrong crowd, uncover a mystery, and ultimately become a successful crime fighting gang of Ninjas. Delacorte Press, fall 2015).

** Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand (YA adaptation of her adult bestseller; Hillenbrand will write the adaptation, to be called Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive; it will be published on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, with a first printing of 200,000 copies. Unbroken tells the story of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini's odyssey during WWII, and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome. Since its original publication by Random House in 2010,Unbroken has sold close to four million copies; a film based on the book, directed by Angelina Jolie, is set for release on Christmas Day 2014. Delcaorte Press.).

** Tonight the Streets Are Ours - Leila Sales (a YA novel about a teen girl living in the suburbs who becomes obsessed with a blogger in New York City, and sets out to track him down in real life. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, fall 2015).

** Once Was a Time - Leila Sales (MG debut featuring two best friends who are wrenched apart when one time-travels away from their home in war-ravaged 1940s England. Chronicle, spring 2016.).

** Shut-In - Marisa Reichardt (Debut YA; In the aftermath of a deadly high school shooting, 17-year-old Morgan is an agoraphobic trapped in the apartment she shares with her mother and brother; when surfer boy Evan moves in next door, she has to face the life she's been missing. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, winter 2016).

** Seniors -  Teddy Steinkellner (Debut YA; described as Robert Altman's Short Cuts for teens, it follows a group of high school seniors as they navigate life-changing decisions, moving around in time and perspective to show the different potential outcomes of their choices. Simon & Schuster, summer 2016).

** The Bad Kid - Sarah Lariviere (MG mystery-comedy debut; set in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 11-year-old Claudeline LeBernadin hopes to take over the "family business" previously run by her mobster grandfather, who has recently passed away, while trying to uncover a local scam artist and salvage her friendship with her BFF. Simon & Schuster, summer 2016).

** I Am Drums - Mike Grosso (The MG debut was pitched as "an anthem for band kids everywhere," and tells of 12-year-old Samantha, whose dreams of playing the drums run up against the hard reality of school budget cuts, leading her to improvise. Egmont USA, fall 2015).

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From last 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).
This week:

** The World's Greatest Detective - Caroline Carlson (In a city with more sleuths than crimes to be solved, a boy enters his hapless uncle for the World's Greatest Detective competition in hope of avoiding being sent to an orphanage, only to discover his own knack for investigation when the contest host turns up dead. HarperCollins, winter 2017).

** Untitled - Lily Myers (Her performance at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Competition of her poem "Shrinking Women" went viral, garnering over four million YouTube views. The YA debut book is tentatively slated for winter 2017, Philomel).

** Home Team - Mike Lupica (New MG series - each Home Team novel will tell the story of one of four friends living in a fictional town called Walton, a diverse group of sports-loving kids who each face adversities but won't back down. The series begins in spring 2015 with The Only Game; Simon & Schuster).

** Untitled - Mahtab Narsimhan (The MG story follows 13-year-old Dylan, a budding photographer and rabid Lord of the Rings fan who is invited to attend a wedding in Mumbai with his best friend, and jumps at the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey. Scholastic, spring 2016).

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 Pannell Awards (for independent bookstores). 2014 Indie's Choice Book Awards (Eleanor & Park won for YA + some other titles were honored along with James Patterson). 2013 Foreword Book of the Year. 2014 Hugo Awards (no YA category, but Catching Fire was nominated, so you can still vote for it!). 2014 Top Ten Teens' Nominations from YALSA (Alphabetical order by author: Arnett, Mindee. "The Nightmare Affair." / Banks, Anna. "Of Triton." / Bardugo, Leigh. "Siege and Storm." / Block, Francesca Lia. "Love In The Time Of Global Warming." / Charbonneau, Joelle. "The Testing." / Dashner, James. "The Eye of Minds." / Edwards, Janet. "Earth Girl." / Gleason, Colleen. "The Clockwork Scarab." / Gray, Laurie. "Maybe I Will." / Henry, April. "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die." / Howard, A. G. "Splintered." / Kate, Lauren. "Teardrop." / Konigsberg, Bill . "Openly Straight." / Laybourne, Emmy. "Monument 14: Sky On Fire." / Richards, Natalie D. "Six Months Later." / Rowell, Rainbow. "Eleanor & Park." / Sales, Leila. "This Song Will Save Your Life." / Sanderson, Brandon. "Steelheart." / Sanderson, Brandon. "The Rithmatist." / Smith, Jennifer E. "This is What Happy Looks Like." / Smith, Andrew. "Winger." / Stine, R.L. "A Midsummer Night's Scream." /  Tucholke, April. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." / Winters, Cat. "In The Shadow of Blackbirds." / Yancey, Rick. "The 5th Wave."). 2014 Eisener awards (re: comics, now includes some for kids).

Excerpts: Sleep No More - Aprilynne Pike, Love and Other Words - Erin McCahan, How to Be Popular, '50s Style: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek - Maya Van Wagenen, Divided We Fall - Trent Reedy

Interviews: Rosamund Hodge (On Gilded Ashes), Ann Brashares (The Here and Now), Laini Taylor (Dreams of Gods and Monsters), Jennifer E. Smith (The Geography of You and Me), Nina LaCour (Everything Leads to You), Jennifer Lynn Armentrout (Don't Look Back)

Book trailers: The One - Kiera Cass

Disney Partners with Bestselling Children's Authors for New Star Wars Adaptations (Disney Publishing Worldwide will release four new children’s books tied to the original Star Wars film trilogy, starting in October 2014. Authors Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm), and R.J. Palacio (Wonder) are reinterpreting the original Star Wars saga storylines in advance of the December 2015 release of the next Star Wars film, Episode VII.)

'Vampire Diaries' Writer Bites Back (In one of the strangest comebacks in literary history, L.J. Smith is using fan fiction to reclaim her own series) -- this is really cool, actually, given what's happened to L.J. Smith after TVD and I hope it all works out for her.

You remember how those Idaho students were protesting their school's decision to ban The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from their curriculum? Well, thanks to the efforts of two women and their private fund-raising drive, the kids will now be able to get their own copies of the book.

Waterstones to open its first new store in six years (Waterstones is to open its first new store in six years “designed for the 21st century,” which follows news that the growth in ebook sales is set to slow.).

Time's 100 Most Influential People list is soon to come... you can vote now, and vote for two recognized YA authors, aka Veronica Roth and John Green.

After the criticism of the BookCon panel consisting of all white males, Reedpop has promised to add diversity to the panel. Sort of.

The author's guild is appealing the court's decision on the Google copyright case.

Female authors are doing well, according to the statistics at Smashwords.

Cover Reveals:

Divinity - Michelle L. Johnson
Finding Faith - BreeAnna Rae

Discussions/Other Blogger Posts:

On Reading Heavy. I wouldn't say that reading lighter books would improve your outlook on life but if you're a mood-reader or make decisions based on your mood, I can imagine that some books would either enhance or depress what you're already feeling...

Reading Agency survey finds 63% of men rarely read. I'm always skeptical of articles like these because of how they've framed the statistics and how they've gathered the numbers too.

Six Slam Poems Every Woman Should Hear. Linking here so that you can listen to the poem by Lily Myers, whose book deal was listed above.

10 Scenes from Fallen  That We Can't Wait to See on the Big Screen. I'm really curious about how faithful they'll remain to the book - whether some of the points made in that link won't even be mentioned.

You can now take classes at Hogwarts. You're welcome ;).

Really cool blog post from a teacher - she surveyed the teenage girls in her class to see whether they saw themselves in the books they were reading for school.

23 Words Teenagers Love to Use And What They Really Mean. I have no idea what some of these are, but I am in favor of... YASSSSSSSSSS on occasion :D.

** Kimberly at On the Wings of Books: My Favorite Wordpress Plug-ins
** Kara/Lyn/Bekka at Great Imaginations: BEA with Great Imaginations - Part Two: Navigating BEA
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: A BEAst of a convention
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why Your Wordpress Site Was Hacked
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Create Dynamic Featured Images in Wordpress
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Challenge You To Clean up Your Tags/Labels!

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Get Creative! No One Likes a Stale Blog
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Putting Twitter in Time Out
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: I’m Tired of Playing It Safe
** Marlene at The Flyleaf Review: On Book Blogging Goals and Expectations
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: Bloggers Anonymous: Enough is Enough
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Survey Results: What Do You Think of the Book Blogging Community?
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Results from the Survey on Book Reviews
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: 8 Ways in Which Blogging Is Like Grad School
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Let’s Talk about Dollars
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Why Engage with Book Blogs and Bloggers
** April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: YA Fest 2014 Wrap Up

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Jennifer at Live to Read, Love to Read: Friday Favorites
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Bookish Guides: LGBTQ in YA
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: On Full Fathom Five and Supporting Authors
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Do You Boycott?

** C.J. at Sarcasm and Lemons: Let’s be friends at Book Expo America (BEA)!
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: My Favorite Words
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: When I’m Not Reading: Four Legged Edition

The Experience:
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Bookmark Me
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Girls Reading: What They Are Seeing (Or Not Seeing)
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Why I Love Active Reading
** Andye at Reading Teen: To Read the Book, or to Watch the Movie? That Is the Question
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Spoilers
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: Authenticity and Accuracy: when a novel keeps it real
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Reading Slumps
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Do You Enjoy Binge Reading a Series or Do You Take Breaks?

Books, Books, Books:
** Jess at Books and Sensibility: Bookshelf Redesign
** Alison at Alison Can Read: Why Do People Hate Award Winning Books?
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Visiting Friends
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: What Books Don’t Live up to Hype?
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: When Series Names Are the Same as Book 1 Titles
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: How Should Books Be Judged
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: When People Manhandle Your Books
** Cassie at Books with Cass: In Regards to Fantasy
** Brooke at Paper Mountain: Fiction vs. Non-fiction
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Favorite Change in the Book World

Hey YA:
** Kristilyn at Reader in Winter: The “Outsiders” in YA
** Holly at Novel Bliss: How I Discovered the Wonderful World of YA

Covers, Characters & More:
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Judging a Book By Its Cover
** Jen at YA Romantics: Silhouette Romance
** Siiri at Little Pieces of Imagination: Villain PoVs
** Ana at Read Me Away: Same Name Game
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Cuddlebuggery Swearing Style Guide

Movies/TV Shows:

The movie tour for The Fault in Our Stars is being powered by a Tumblr vote. And this Friday, with the opening of The Other Woman, another trailer from the movie will be released.

They showed more clips from The Maze Runner at WonderCon. Here's a recap of the panel with TMR and about the clips... and including an interview with James Dashner. And a new site with character profiles.

If you know of anyone who could play Jacob in the adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children... tell them to go to the open casting call.

First trailer for Petals on the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic!

News I missed last week: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares was acquired by Alloy Entertainment & others & Recovery Road by Blake Nelson was acquired by ABC Family & Mae Whitman may be starring in the adaptation of Kody Keplinger's The Duff.

The first movie review of If I Stay (that I've seen): faithful adaptation. Pros & Cons list. And Gayle Forman posted a summary of the international release dates for the film.

More casting for the Fallen by Lauren Kate adaptation.


ARC of She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick, INT, 05/12.

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: 04/2805/01, 05/05, 05/15.

The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski (audiobook), INT, 04/30.

One of Jessica Verdi's books, INT, 05/04.

My Not So Super Sweet Life - Rachel Harris, INT, 04/28.

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}.

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

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway hop. Ends 04/24.

2 Copies of Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly. US only, 04/25.

LGBTQ month giveaways.


New ReleasesShe Is Not Invisible - Marcus SedgwickThe Inventor's Secret - Andrea CremerHow I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love - Ken BakerThe Hunt (Paper Doll Project #2) - Stacey KadeMeridian (Arclight #2) - Josin L. McQueinDon't Call Me Baby - Gwendolyn HeasleyThe Last Best Kiss - Claire LaZebnikTalker 25 - Joshua McCuneExpiration Day - William Campbell Powell,  Deception's Princess (Princeses of Myth #7) - Esther FriesnerThe Art of Secrets - James KliseThe Chance You Won't Return - Annie CardiSummer State of Mind - Jen CalonitaVictories (Shadow Grail #4) - Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick (I know, without a doubt, that I'll not be forgetting this novel anytime soon.). Two read-alongs this past week: A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess, which was gifted to me by the lovely C.J. of Sarcasm and Lemons for my birthday, with Bonnie of For the Love of Words, and Just One Year - Gayle Forman with Nara of Looking for the Panacea. I finished Part I, still have parts II and III in Clockwork Orange and am about 200 pages into Just One Year. More to come on those!

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. Tonight the Streets Are Ours sounds really good, that will be a definite buy for me. And the LJ Smith writing fan fiction for her own series…how bizarre is that? I remember reading the first three book and loving them, but if I'm remembering correctly, the fourth book just got weird and I stopped reading them. And Mae Whitman…love her, I think that casting will actually work. Great, informative post as usual! ~Pam

    1. It is a bit bizarre to see an author doing that, but since she'd been fired from the show based on her books and fired from writing more - having a ghost writer work on her stuff & the company profit from her idea - I'm all for her reclaiming that world. Making a splash about it too. :) like you, though, I did also like the later TVD books less and less.

  2. The girl from everywhere sounds interesting *adds* After falling in love with This song will save your life, I'm very excited for Once was a time *adds too*

    I really don't think that the type of books you read change you in such a way that it can make you depressed. And if it does, it's - I think - because you are sensitive for such influences and you'll probably also be depressed after watching the news. The only thing books can do is make you look different at certain aspects of life or certain people.

    The article about Teen age girls seeing themselves reflected in the book they read was very interesting to read!

    1. :D :D yay more books for mel!!

      True. If you're so empathetic that a book can make you depressed, there might be a lot of different things in the world that would do that to you and it's not necessarily just the book :).

      Yes! I wish there were more articles like that (though sometimes I'm still a bit eh, because the majority of YA readers aren't actually teens despite our emphasis on them).

  3. Honored to be included here. Thanks so much Christina. And Mel, I'm glad it's piqued your interest!

    1. Congratulations on the book deal, Heidi! :) and I'm glad to have included your book here as well.

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  5. Oops ^ :) Thank you for sharing the cover for my debut novel, HE FOUND ME. :)


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