Saturday, August 2, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (50)

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.

Super long bookish rounds post ahead! The last post was on June 4th, since I had gathered a bunch of links for a post before I moved (June 24th), but was then too busy/lazy to focus on organizing them. I've organized things according to specific weeks... I will hopefully return to normal scheduling next week, though I'm still trying to figure out my routine here.

This is ridiculously long, though, so I had to cut somewhere... a few sections do not have content as usual - but that will change with the next bookish rounds.

Book Deals (according to rights reports), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8:
  • Sprout Street Neighbors - Anna Alter (Pitched for fans of The Wind in the Willows and Winnie-the-Pooh, Sprout Street Neighbors is about a group of friends (a chicken, a rabbit, a mouse, a cat, and a squirrel), who live in the same building: celebrating birthdays, planting gardens, and (mostly) getting along. Knopf, Book 1 spring 2015).
  • Memoir - Stephanie Kuehnert (In the book, Kuehnert chronicles her teen years “from geek to grunge to goth to grrrl” through prose, lists, and zine pages – including her battle with self-injury, a first love that turned into emotional and sexual abuse, and her descent from overachiever to college dropout. Dutton).
  • Betrayed - Jennifer Rush (Set in the world of her Altered saga, the first of 2 novellas follows an existing character's involvement with a rebel group; the second, currently untitled, introduces a new character and tells how she became involved with the mysterious Branch. Little, Brown fall 2014).
  • All We Have Is Now - Lisa Schroeder (With just 28 hours left until a giant asteroid is due to destroy the U.S., a 17-year-old runaway and her best friend make it their mission to fulfill as many people's last wishes as they can, until she realizes there are things left undone in her own life. Scholastic, summer 2015). 
  • Never Ever - Sara Saedi (Inspired by Peter Pan, the YA debut tells the story of a girl and her two brothers; when a handsome stranger invites the three of them to a secret island where no one grows old they think they've won the lottery, but they soon discover that something sinister is going on. Viking, summer 2016).
  • Safe at Home - Jenn Barnes, writing as Jenn Bishop (It's a debut middle-grade novel that alternates between two summers as 11-year-old Quinnen struggles to find her way back to the baseball diamond and is forced to confront everything she wishes never happened when her older sister died. Egmont USA, spring 2016).
  • Furthermore -  Tahereh Mafi (MG debut tells the story of two unique worlds and their unlikely champion: 12-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow. When Alice's father disappeared from Ferenwood he took nothing but a ruler with him, and after almost six years, she embarks on a journey to find him. A publication date has not yet been set; Dutton Children's Books).
  • V.I.P. - Jen Calonita (MG series about a girl who gets to go on tour with her favorite boy band when her mom scores a job as the band's new publicist; it's pitched as Dork Diaries meets One Direction. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Little, Brown).
  • The Bitter Side of Sweet - Tara Sullivan (Explores child labor on chocolate plantations in Africa through the story of a boy and his younger brother, modern-day slaves on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast. Publication is slated for winter 2016; Putnam).
  • Dreamology: A Love Story - Lucy Keating (YA debut pitched as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Jenny Han. In the story, a girl has had vivid, fantastical dreams of the same boy her entire life, only to walk into a new school and discover he is real. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016; HarperTeen).
  • Ghostlight - Sonia Gensler (a contemporary ghost story about two kids who spend their summer vacation making a scary movie, only to discover the house where they're filming is actually haunted. It's scheduled for fall 2015, Knopf).
  • The Ghost of Goldenrod - Jane O'Reilly (MG debut tells of a girl who moves with her father to a mysterious and remote old house, and finds herself caught up in secrets of the past that are surprisingly the key to her own future. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Egmont).
  • Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise - Jandy Nelson (The story follows a trio of siblings whose father disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances; their lives are upended by the arrival of an enigmatic girl. The new book is tentatively slated for fall 2017; Dial Books).
  • Unlocking the Truth - the tween heavy metal band (The book, called Unlocking the Truth, will chronicle the path to success for the band's three members – (from l.) Malcolm Brickhouse (13), Jarad Dawkins (12), and Alec Atkins (13) – from a basement in Brooklyn to opening for Guns N' Roses and an album deal with Sony. Charisse Jones has been signed as writer. Publication is scheduled for summer 2015; Putnam).
  • Legend Chasers - Shawn Thomas Odyssey (A middle-grade series about a group of friends who are obsessed with legendary creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch. On their first adventure, using old photos and their detective skills, they set out to find the Tiger-Wolf of the Sierra Foothills. Publication of book 1 is scheduled for spring 2016; Egmont USA).
  • Juniper Cove series: Lay It on the Line and Yours to Lose - Julie Cross (It's pitched as Friday Night Lights with hockey; the books are set in a small Minnesota town that lives and breathes high-school hockey. The first book will pub in spring 2016, and the second in spring 2017. Simon Pulse).
  • The Leaving - Tara Altebrando (Billed as a cross between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Returned; in the story, five kids who were abducted when they were in kindergarten return home as teenagers and have no memory of where they've been, or of the sixth child who was taken with them. It's scheduled for spring 2016; Bloomsbury).
  • Stella Montgomery Intrigue series: Withering-by-Sea - Judith Rossell (Illustrated middle-grade novels set in Victorian England. In book 1, an inquisitive 11-year-old orphan witnesses a man hide a package for which he is murdered, plunging her into an adventure. Pub date is set for spring 2016; Atheneum).
  • Gertie - Kate Beasley (MG debut follows a girl who is attempting to be the best fourth grader possible, in order to show her distant mother that she doesn't need her. Gertie's scheme hits a roadblock, though, when the daughter of a famous movie director arrives in town. Publication is set for fall 2016; Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).
  • The Serpent King - Jeff Zentner (A YA novel about growing up in the rural south, as three outcasts try to make it through senior year without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Crown Books for Young Readers).
  • Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You - Todd Hasak-Lowy (YA debut, told completely in lists, centers on a teenage boy grappling with his parents' divorce and his older brother leaving for college – who ditches school with a mysterious girl and goes to visit his brother in freak-out mode after a revelation about his family turns his world inside out. Publication is set for spring 2015; Simon Pulse).
  • Danger Is Everywhere - David O'Doherty & illus by Chris Judge (A handbook compiled by the fictional Dr. Noel Zone for avoiding all kinds of danger – from snakes posing as toothbrushes, to sharks hiding in toilets, to robots disguised as kindly grandmothers. It will pub in October 2014; Little, Brown).
  • A Most Magical Girl - Karen Foxlee (Set in London during the Industrial Revolution, MG novel features a girl who never believed she could be more than pretty and graceful and who, when she is thrust into a world of subterranean rivers, broomsticks, and nature gone wild, learns to trust herself and her destiny. It's set for spring 2016 publication; Knopf).
  • The Way We Bared Our Souls - Willa Strayhorn (In the YA debut, a teenage girl from Santa Fe facing a life-changing diagnosis convinces four friends to participate in a totem-swapping ceremony that causes them to swap problems and walk in each other's shoes. Publication is slated for January 2015; Razorbill).
  • Not If I See You First - Eric Lindstrom (Debut in which a blind 16-year-old girl with a take-no-prisoners attitude navigates friendships, romantic relationships, and her high school's track field, in a two-book deal. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Poppy).
  • NewsPrints - Ru Xu (MG graphic novel series follows a newsboy named Blue (a girl, actually) who, during a war, befriends a reclusive inventor as well as one of his inventions – a boy who is the prototype for a flying metal soldier. Blue must figure out how to save them both from the government that wants to reclaim them. Book one is projected for 2016, Scholastic's Graphix.)
  • The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich (YA debut psychological thriller is about the discovery of a diary in the ruins of a high school that burned down 25 years earlier. The diary was written by the twin sister of a student who disappeared in the fire. Fall 2015, Little, Brown).
  •  Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin (A debut novel about Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley's anonymity. Winter 2016 is the projected pub date; Balzer + Bray).
  • Nemesis - Anna Banks (In the YA Fantasy, a princess who possesses the power to create energy escapes her father, who wishes to weaponize it, only to be captured by another kingdom where she discovers that her powers could be used to fight a terrible plague. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • The Girl Who Could Not Dream - Sarah Beth Durst (MG debut tells of a girl whose family owns a secret store where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams, but who can't have any of her own, and the adventure that she and her pet monster go on when someone starts kidnapping dreamers. Publication is planned for fall 2015; Clarion Books).
  • Toya - Randi Pink (YA Debut - Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • Holding Smoke - Elle Cosimano (Pitched as The Shawshank Redemption meets If I Stay, the story tells of a boy serving time for a murder he didn't commit and who, after a near-death experience, finds himself able to separate his soul from his body and travel in a quest to find the real killer and clear his name. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Hyperion).
  • Black Bird of the Gallows - Meg Kassel (A debut novel about a teenage girl who discovers the new boy next door is a harbinger of death, and who must find a way to survive in a town destined for destruction. Publication is planned for early 2016. Egmont).
  • Pax - Sara Pennypacker (It's the story of a boy, the fox he rescued, and their struggles to return to each other in the face of war. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016; Balzer + Bray)
  • Code of Honor - Alan Gratz (YA thriller tells of a Persian-American high school senior who goes on the run from the Department of Homeland Security to prove that his older brother – an Army Ranger captured by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan – isn't a terrorist. Publication is set for fall 2015. Scholastic).
  • The Odds of Lightning - Jocelyn Davies (In the story, the lives of four teens intersect by chance during a freak thunderstorm in New York City. When they are struck by lightning, they embark on an epic all-nighter to follow their dreams, fall in love, reconcile the past, and ultimately realize they were brought together to help each other break free of everyone else's expectations – including their own. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Simon Pulse).
  •  The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary - Laura Shovan (MG debut in verse; When fifth graders learn that their school will be torn down and replaced by a supermarket, they take their teacher's 1960s political teachings to heart and fight to save it. Publication is slated for spring 2016. Random House).
  • This Is How It Ends - Cathy Lo (YA debut. For Jessie, high school always felt like something she had to survive, until Annie came along. Told through the girls’ alternating points of view, the story tells what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
  • One Hundred Dresses - Susan Maupin Schmid (A fantasy about 100 magical dresses in a castle built by dragons, aimed at fans of Gail Carson Levine and Jessica Day George. It's scheduled for spring 2016 publication; Random House).
  • Cici series - Tyler Page and Cori Doerrfeld (This three-book series features a 10-year-old girl who wakes up one day to find that she's grown fairy wings. Publication for book one is scheduled for spring 2016; Lerner Publishing Group's Graphic Universe imprint).
  • The Bunker Diary - Kevin Brooks (The YA novel, a “grim and gripping” hostage story, continues Brooks's career-long exploration of the darker corners of human nature. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Carolrhoda Lab).
  •  Immaculate - Katelyn Detweiler (In the first book, 17-year-old Mina finds herself pregnant and claims to be a virgin. Some brand her a slut and some brand her a heretic, but others believe that her unborn child might be the second coming of the Messiah. The first book pubs in summer 2015; Viking Children's Books).
  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves - Michelle Rowen writing as Morgan Rhodes (This HF series is a spinoff of the author's Falling Kingdoms books; in the launch title, two sisters discover that a mysterious, unreadable book delivered to their father's antique bookshop provides a portal to a faraway world, and a secret society will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Publication is slated for May 2015; Razorbill).
  • This Raging Light - Estelle Laure (The debut novel follows a teenager and her younger sister as they try to deal with their mother's sudden disappearance; things become further complicated when older sister Lucille falls for her best friend's brother. Fall 2015 is the projected pub date; HMH Books for Young Readers).
  • After Life - Stacey Kade (It's the story of the teenage son of a mega-church pastor who survives a car accident that kills his twin, leaving him with questions and doubts, and the mysterious girl who turns out to be only one of his brother's secrets. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Simon & Schuster).
  • Jennie McGrady series - Patricia Rushford (In which 16-year-old determined detective Jenny McGrady, with the help of her retired FBI grandmother and her best friend (and crush) Ryan, try to uncover the truth of her father's disappearance five years ago. Publication is scheduled to begin in June 2014; Blackstone Audio).
  • Fourteen Dreams - Brenna Yovanoff (Pitched as Say Anything meets Donnie Darko, the story is about a high-achieving girl who falls for the most imperfect boy in school through a series of mysterious dreams, which change how she feels about herself, her future, and love. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Delacorte Press).
  • Untitled YA - Leila Howland (About an hardworking 18-year-old student at prestigious Carter Academy, who is rejected from every college due to a misstep sophomore year. Knowing only a huge risk can save her, she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Publication is slated for 2016; Hyperion).
  • A Fletcher Summer - Dana Alison Levy (Companion to The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. In the story, the Fletchers must use any means necessary to stop a greedy developer masquerading as a visiting artist from tearing down the lighthouse on their beloved Rock Island. Publication is set for spring 2016; Delacorte Press).
  • My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma (A multicultural teen romance about Winnie Mehta, a Bollywood film groupie who is dumped by her boyfriend Raj via Facebook status as senior year begins, and an additional untitled YA novel. Publication is slated for spring 2016; Crown Books for Young Readers).
  •  Breakout - Kevin Emerson (The story of young rocker and anti-hero Anthony who pens his first song lyrics and is unwittingly thrust into a free speech rebellion at his school, and an additional untitled YA novel. Breakout is slated for spring 2015 publication; Crown Books for Young Readers).
  • The Art of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson (It's a story of an unlikely love triangle between 14-year-old David who has always wanted to be a girl; Leo, a tough guy from the wrong side of town who is trying to stay out of trouble; and the gorgeous Alicia, who thinks Leo is something he is not. Publication is set for spring 2016; Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
  • Untitled debut YA novel - Shannon Gibney (It tells the story of Alex, an African-American teenage girl who has gained a reputation as an elite baseball player thanks in part to her famous white father. Alex is also a transracial adoptee coming to terms with her race and her two families. Publication is set for late 2015 or early 2016; Carolrhoda Lab).
  • Secrets of Selkie Bay - Shelley Moore Thomas (MG realism; When Cordie's little sister claims their missing mother has turned into a selkie, Cordie has only herself to blame, since she's the one who made up that lie in the first place. But in order to discover the truth of what happened to their mother, Cordie must take a treacherous journey to the hidden Selkie Isle. Publication is set for spring 2015; Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
  • Anywhere but Paradise - Anne S. Bustard (Debut MG historical tells the story of Peggy Sue Bennett, a fish out of water in post-statehood Hawaii, baffled by local customs and bullied by an eighth grader for being white. Bustard is the former co-owner of Toad Hall Children's Bookstore in Austin, Tex. The book is scheduled for spring 2015; Egmont USA).
  • The Extremely Epic Viking Legend of Yondersaay - Aoife Lennon-Ritchie (MG fantasy debut. The story follows brother and sister Ruairi and Dani, who while spending the holidays with their grandmother on the legendary island of Yondersaay, get into trouble after Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and intended to be sacrificed at sundown. The first book in the series will be published in fall 2015; Month9Books's new MG imprint, Tantum Books).
  • Resource Room - Natalie Haney Tilghman and Bill Sommer (YA epistolary novel tells of an unlikely friendship that develops via email correspondence between 14-year-old James, who studies the Urban Dictionary in hopes of making sense of his bewildering peer interactions, and 23-year old Darren, who is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend while doing grunt work on the set of a sitcom. The projected pub date is fall 2015; Carolrhoda Lab).
  • The Summer of Lost and Found - Rebecca Behrens (In it, a girl's father mysteriously disappears and her botanist mother drags her to Roanoke Island for a research trip, where she decides to solve the mystery of the Lost Colony. It will publish in spring 2016; Egmont USA).
  • Leaves - Samantha Mabry (Debut YA, a reimagining of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story “Rappaccini's Daughter.” It blends magical realism and mystery to tell the story of a boy who is lured into the world of a girl who is nourished by the poisonous plants that fill her scientist father's home in San Juan, where legends collide with reality, the bodies of missing girls are washing ashore, and time is running out for the girl filled with poison. Publication is tentatively scheduled for spring 2016; Algonquin Young Readers).
  • The Wishwellians - Carrie Firestone (Debut YA about a 17-year-old whose pre-college summer plans change drastically when her grandmother books the entire family on a death-with-dignity ship called the Wishwell, because she is dying of cancer and is determined to leave this world in her own way. Disney-Hyperion, for publication in 2016.)
  •  Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit (Set during the Second World War, the debut is the story of a girl whose father is taken away by the Germans during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. With nowhere else to turn, Anna follows a mysterious man who can speak the language of birds into the wilderness. Publication is set for spring 2016; Knopf).
  • The Way Back from Broken - Amber Keyser (The novel follows two adolescents, one 15 and one 10, who are both older siblings of infants who died. When the kids are taken into the Canadian wilderness by one of their mothers, the publisher said, they find disaster, “in addition to the fragile hope and terrible beauty that mark the way back from broken.” It's slated for fall 2015. Carolrhoda Labs).
  • Mysterium - Julian Sedgwick (Book one in the MG series, The Black Dragon, came out in the U.K. in July 2013, and book two in January 2014. Mysterium follows a boy named Danny Woo who is born into a circus company; after losing both his parents in a fire, Danny travels the world in search of their killers. Carolrhoda has scheduled The Black Dragon for 2016).
  • Charlie Pie Chart - Marilyn Sadler and Eric Comstock (In the first installment, Charlie Pie Chart and the Case of the Missing Slice, family pizza night is disrupted when a slice disappears, and boy detective Charlie Pie Chart must use math and his unconventional methods to solve the mystery. The first book is scheduled for fall 2015; Katherine Tegen Books).
  • The Remedy - Suzanne Young (In the book, 17-year-old Quinn McKee has the unusual job of helping grieving families with their loss by playing the role of a recently deceased loved one, working alongside grief counselors. The line between work and life begins to blur, though, when Quinn begins acting the part of the girlfriend whom fellow teenager Isaac has just lost. Publication is set for spring 2015; Simon Pulse).
  • Anne and Henry - Dawn Ius (A debut contemporary retelling of the romance between King Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn, in which Henry is a wealthy, popular teen destined for political greatness, and Anne is the manic pixie dream girl who ensnares him and threatens to destroy the life he's worked so hard to build. Publication is planned for fall 2015; Simon Pulse).
  • Wanderlost - Jen Malone (Debut YA tells the story of a teenage girl who agrees to impersonate her older sister to keep her from losing her summer job working as a tour guide for a senior-citizen bus trip through Europe. When their carefully constructed plan derails, she'll have to put her improv skills to the test to avoid causing an international incident. Publication is planned for summer 2016; HarperTeen).
  • Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eagar (MG debut; Pitched as Holes meets The House on Mango Street, it's the story of a girl whose feelings about her aged, rambling grandfather are overturned when his tales of a healing tree, a beautiful lake and the imminent return of bees to the desert of New Mexico, start to come true. Publication is set for spring 2016; Candlewick).
  • The Maypop Kidnapping - C.M. Surrisi (Debut MG mystery is set in a small coastal Maine village filled with eccentric locals; when 13-year-old Quinnie's beloved teacher goes missing, Quinnie leads a relentless, sometimes misguided search – against her mother's orders. It's scheduled for publication in 2015; Carolrhoda).
Publisher's Lunch:

New Adult: Jay Crownover's new series, THE SAINTS OF DENVER, which features characters first introduced in the Marked Men series, as well as the third installment in the Welcome to the Point series, to William Morrow, in a five-book plus novella deal, for publication starting summer 2015.

Children's: Middle grade: Actresses and twins Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry's TWINTUITION, in which twins move to tiny Aura, Texas, and begin receiving eerie visions just shy of their thirteenth birthday -- they must determine whether they can really predict the future, and if so, how they are going to stop their visions from terrifyingly coming true, to Harper Children's.

Children's: Young Adult: Jodi Lynn Anderson's next two untitled books, following up THE VANISHING SEASON, to Harper Teen.

Children's: Middle grade: Adele Griffin's THE OODLETHUNKS, a prehistoric chapter book series illustrated by Pixar Animator and author/illustrator of ELLIE, Mike Wu, pitched as The Flintstones meets Judy Moody, to Scholastic, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2015.

The late Jeff Brown's FLAT STANLEY series extension, with 3 new Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures chapter books and 3 new I Can Read stories, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan, to Karen Chaplin and Tamar Mays at Harper Children's.

Children's: Young Adult: Abbi Glines' THE FIELD PARTY, a new series set in the world of Southern bad boys, pickup trucks, football and high school field parties, to Simon Pulse.

Mackenzi Lee's THE SHADOW BOYS ARE BREAKING, pitched as a reimagining of Frankenstein set in an industrialized 1818 Geneva, where a teenage mechanic must rediscover the line between man and monster after he uses clockwork to bring his murdered brother back from the dead, to Katherine Tegen Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2015.

Children's: Young Adult: Karen Rivers's GREAT WHITE ME, the story of a shark-obsessed teen whose best friend commits suicide (or was it an accident?) in front of him; he spends the summer processing his grief on an abandoned beach resort island where his dad is the caretaker, to Farrar, Straus Children's.

New Adult: Monica Murphy's next new adult series, about three bad boy billionaire best friends and the women who tame them, to Avon.

Specific Deals:

Fan of Melissa de la Cruz? Good news if you're in the UK: Orchard bought the rights to Frozen, and de la Cruz is working on a book based on the Disney Channel movie "Descendants."

'TombQuest' Is Scholastic's Newest Multi-Platform Series.
Margaret Stohl is working with Dinsey and Marvel on a secret project #MarvelYA.

Penguin and Jim Henson Company Team Up for Dark Crystal Project

David Levithan will be releasing a musical spin-off, Hold Me Closer, to Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

A Harry Styles fanfic is getting published...

Zoe Sugg, a popular YouTuber, will be publishing her first novel, Girl Online, with Penguin.

Reading Rainbow Is Coming Back Thanks to $2M From Kickstarter.

Excerpts: Hachette's summer books, including The Walled City, Prequel to Proxy - Alex London, first three chapters of Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater, Character stories from Take Back the Skies, The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey, first seven chapters of Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead, first five chapters of The Jewel - Amy Ewing, Spring 2015 Children's Sneak Previews from Publisher's Weekly.

You probably already read the extra Harry Potter content, but here's a slice of it.

Book Trailers: Dream Boy - Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg, Open Your Eyes - Bea Miller (part IV, many teasers for Deep Blue - Jennifer Donnelly), My Soon-To-Be Sex Life - Judith Tewes, Messenger of Fear - Michael Grant, Rumble - Ellen Hopkins, No Safety in Numbers - Dayna Lorentz, Vampires of Manhattan - Melissa de la Cruz.

Interviews: Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead, Between - Megan Whitmer, Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook), Lane Smith, Let's Get Lost - Adi Alsaid, Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett - Bernie Su, Four: A Divergent Collection - Veronica Roth, Lies My Girlfriend Told Me - Julie Anne Peters, Colleen Houck, Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future - A.S. King (and more other discussion), David Levithan, Far from You - Tess Sharpe.

Awards/Recognition: Mythopoeic Award Finalists 2014 (William Alexander: Ghoulish Song; Holly Black: Doll Bones; Joseph Bruchac: Killer of Enemies; Sara Beth Durst: Conjured; Robin McKinley: Shadows), 2014 Amelia Walden Award Winner (Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell + other finalists), ITW YA Thriller (All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill), The Carnegie Medal Should Create a Separate Award for Teenage Fiction, Eisner award winners, Carnegie and Kate Greenway award winners, Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year (criteria & the full list), Spring 2014 Flying Starts from Publisher's Weekly, 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, Best YA / Teen Books So Far from Amazon, BFYA nominations.

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Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment have partnered on a new digital-first imprint to be called Alloy Entertainment. The unit will focus on young adult, new adult, and commercial fiction, which are Alloy's specialty areas in its book packaging business.

DreamWorks Press, a new unit of the movie studio DreamWorks Animation that was established in February, is set to release its first list this fall. Books will be tied to the studio’s major franchises—Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon—as well as new movie releases and original Web properties from DreamWorks’ two YouTube channels, AwesomenessTV and DreamWorksTV.
Strange Chemistry is shutting down.

Founded a year ago in Los Angeles, Adaptive Studios is an unusual venture that looks to find abandoned Intellectual property and revive it for production in a wide variety of media. The venture most recently launched Adaptive Books, a book publishing line that has just released a YA novel with plans to release from six to 10 books over the next year.

In a court filing, Open Road attorneys last week assailed what it called HarperCollins' "extreme" proposal for an injunction and more than $1.1 million in legal fees and damages to settle claims stemming from Open Road's unauthorized e-book edition of Jean Craighead George's Julie of the Wolves.

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the acquisition of SchoolChapters, Inc., an educational solutions provider dedicated to standards-based education quality management, accreditation services and community-based resources for educators and learners.

 OverDrive Carries Self-Published eBooks, but Don’t Worry – They’re in a Ghetto

The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has opened up the applications process and is accepting submissions from 2014-2015 applicants.

In a major digital distribution move for the manga category, U.S. manga publisher Viz Media and digital comics marketplace Comixology announced an agreement that will bring Viz’s manga line to the Comixology platform in North America. For the launch Viz will make more than 500 volumes of its most popular series available for purchase and download from Comixology.

Amazon Expands Fan Fiction Play Kindle Worlds Into Romance: Kindle Worlds Introduces Four New Worlds from Best-Selling Romance Novelists Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre, H.M. Ward, and Lucy Kevin

Bloomsbury is combining its marketing and publicity departments, led by two newly created roles.

New Penguin Random House Logo Could Be Cooler.

Apple settles e-book antitrust case with US states, others.

The Perseus Books Group, founded by the late Frank Pearl in 1996, is being sold to the Hachette Book Group. Through the deal, Hachette will then sell Perseus' distribution business to Ingram.

Amazon/Hachette/Amazon in general:

Walmart cashes in on Amazon – Hachette fight: Walmart has seen a boost in book sales thanks to a feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publisher, over e-book prices. When Amazon made it harder to order Hachette titles, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Target slashed prices on affected books.

Indie booksellers join Hachette's battle with Amazon: Shops launch 'I didn't buy it on Amazon' sticker campaign, rallying customers and authors including JK Rowling.

Amid continued attention (and press coverage) for its ongoing terms dispute with Amazon, the Hachette Book Group has announced a round of layoffs. A statement from the publisher said the move is part of a "cost-saving initiative" to improve its "resilience to a changing marketplace."

Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that would cost $9.99 a month. According to pages that were pulled down, it will offer access to over 600,000 titles.

Amazon-backed award turned down by Ahlberg. Distinguished children’s author Allan Ahlberg has declined the inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award, because it is sponsored by Amazon. Ahlberg, 76, who has written more than 150 children’s books in a career spanning nearly four decades, explained that he felt compelled to take the stand on ethical grounds following widespread reports of Amazon’s tax avoidance in the UK.

UK publishers have raised concerns about Amazon’s new contractual arrangements, with the giant retailer pressing for improved terms from a number of publishers, even as its stand-off with Hachette Book Group continues in the US.

Amazon seeks a “dramatic shift” in terms with suppliers (like Hachette), unveils new small business-destroying phone.

What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything.

New Amazon terms amount to 'assisted suicide' for book industry, experts claim: Report says publishers under heavy pressure to make damaging concessions including giving online retailer rights to print on demand.

Amazon Makes Plea to Authors to Quiet Down.

Amazon cuts delays on JK Rowling novel after consumer pressure: The Silkworm, written as Robert Galbraith, was advertised with long delivery delays, but web retailer appears to have backed down

Amazon Angles to Attract Hachette’s Authors to Its Side: The confrontation between Amazon and Hachette is growing louder and meaner, as the combatants drop all pretense that this is a reasonable dispute among reasonable people. Amazon has proposed giving Hachette’s authors all the revenue from their e-book sales on Amazon as the parties continue to negotiate a new contract. Hachette’s response on Tuesday was to suggest that the retailer was trying to make it commit suicide. For another article on the same proposal. And another. And another from a Hachette author.

Amazon offers to donate Hachette book proceeds to charity: Preston said Amazon would not be able to divide Hachette and its authors. “First of all, I’ve been with Hachette for 25 years,” he said. “I have a six-book contract with Hachette. The thing about Amazon, they think it’s all about money.

And probably in reaction to the growing Hachette-Amazon fight: HarperCollins Pivots to Sell Print and Ebooks Directly to Readers Through Main Website.

Amazon Is Now in Talks With Simon & Schuster.

Amazon is not your best friend: Why self-published authors should side with Hachette Indie authors will benefit most if Amazon loses its war with traditional publisher.

Stephen Colbert Helps One Hachette Author Beat Amazon Negotiation Fallout +++ “It was an out-of-body experience”: Stephan Eirik Clark on his novel getting the “Colbert bump” +++ Colbert Nation vs. Amazon -- Eden Lepucki.

Settling isn’t the Amazon way, whether the dispute is with book publishers or the federal government. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday filed a suit in a Federal District Court in Seattle, contending that Amazon improperly billed customers for “many millions of dollars” of charges that children made without their parents’ consent. The suit focuses on charges related to games downloaded through Amazon’s app store.

Sales and the Growth of YA:

The Bestselling Books of 2014 (So Far), with YA topping the charts.

How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make, with lots of cool charts.

The Rise of YA Authors on the Celebrity 100 List (two guesses as to which authors are there).

Comic-Con 2014: authors flourish in the spotlight as YA genre grows up.

Another authors' earnings report that is sure to depress you: "What are words worth now?"

UK author income survey: Another publishing bombshell.

YA market opens up a whole new world for authors.


Britain's first Young Adult Literature Convention - report (YALC 2014, shown here).

UtopYA: The Conference with Heart.

Which Authors will be at Y'allFest 2014.


If you've been eagerly anticipating The Retribution of Mara Dyer like I have, well, good news: every pre-ordered first edition will be signed.
Are you excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After? I know I am, and check out the pre-publication campaign from Dutton.


Lemony Snicket Helps 'Little Free Library' Advocate Spencer Collins

Lower 9th Ward librarian wins first Lemony Snicket Prize


Barnes & Noble to Split Retail Stores, Nook Digital Business (by March 2015, supposedly).

Strand Bookstore's 'Prose Before Hoes' Magnets Spark Outrage Among Staff.

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign has applied to become a Non-Profit organization. Find out more information here.

Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1, 2014. Scholastic wrote a nice tribute here.

Cover Reveals:

You can find a majority of the cover reveals in this post from last week. Also you'll find more up at my Pinterest which I've been too lazy to add into this post.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:
More Publishing Oriented discussions:
Movers and Shakers: July 2014 & June 2014 - have you read the books on these lists?

Lists & Recommendations:



"The Great YA Debate" aka when a writer insultingly implied that adults should be ashamed to read young adult and the interweb exploded:

The Influence of Books:

The Fault in Our Stars/John Green:

Opinion Pieces/Trends:



Why YA/Kidlit is awesome:

Isn't Just Reading Enough Anymore? -- A post, I'm sure, many bloggers will identify with.

Changing Expectations across Book Formats :: my latest discussion post. I also asked for audio recommendations and mentioned which bookish events I'm going to in NYC/NJ.

*I have only linked to discussion posts from this week because my Feedly currently scares me in the number of posts I have missed.*

[I'm sorry. This took way longer than I thought it should - I've been working on just naming all these links since Wednesday... and so I'm not including blogger posts this time. Will do so next Wednesday.]

Movies/TV Shows:

The Maze Runner:


The Giver:

If I Stay:


John Green/The Fault in Our Stars:
Percy Jackson:

Non-YA aka 50 Shades + Outlander:

The Duff:

New Options/Other Promising Movies:

Harry Potter:


There are much fewer giveaways this week because I figured most would have ended in the month's span between posts. I'll get to more later.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 08/03, 08/04, 08/18.

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}.

New Releases:

July 29 - August 5: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead, Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, The Young World by Chris Weitz, Kalona's Fall by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, The Bridge From Me to You by Lisa Schroeder, Before You (Before and After #1) by Amber Hart, The Devil's Intern (Devil #1) by Dana Hosie, Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson, Afraid by Jo Gibson.

July 22 - July 29: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington, Strange Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) by Susan Dennard, Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore, Endless (Shadowlands #3) by Kate Brian, Extraction by Stephanie Diaz, Fire Wish (Jinni Wars #1) by Amber Lough, The Year of Chasing Dreams (The Year #2) by Lurlene McDaniel, Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke, The Burnouts (Quarantine #3) by Lex Thomas, Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz, Like No Other by Una LaMarche.

July 15 - July 22: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones, Dirty Wings (All the Pretty Songs #2) by Sarah McCarry, Rain by Virginia Bergin.

July 8 - July 15: Four: a Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth, Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl, The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Series #1) by Mary Pearson, Embers & Ash (Cold Fury #3) by T.M. Goeglein, The Midnight Thief by Olivia Blackburne, Defiant (Forsaken #3) by Lisa Stasse, Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt, Unravel (Linked #2) by Imogen Howson, Earthquake (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike, Starbreak by Phoebe North, Wild by Alex Mallory, Where Silence Gathers (Some Quiet Place #2) by Kelsey Sutton, The Half-Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno, Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley-Deriso, ZOM-B Clans (ZOM-B #8) by Darren Shan, In Deep by Terra Elan McEvoy.

July 1 - July 8: Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls 3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater, On the Fence by Kasie West, The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Conversion by Katherine Howe, Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg, The Vast and Brutal Sea (Vicious Deep #3) by Zoraida Cordova, Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker, Latitude Zero by Diana Renn, Reckoning (Silver Blackthorn #1) by Kerry Wilkinson, Find Me Where the Water Ends (So Close to You #3) by Rachel Carter, Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch, The Dare by Hannah Jayne.

June 24 - July 1: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn, The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor, License to Spill by Lisi Harrison, Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler, In the End by Demitria Lunetta, Garden of Darkness by Gillian Murray Kendall, Summer of the Vanities (The Innocents #3) by Lili Peloquin, The Stepsister's Tale by Tracy Barrett, Defector (Variants #2) by Susanne Winnacker, Awkwardly Ever After by Marni Bates, Wickedpedia by Chris von Etten.
June 17 - June 24: Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone #3) by Leigh Bardugo, Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau, Fan Art by Sarah Tregay, 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen, The Body in the Woods by April Henry, #scandal by Sarah Ockler, Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore,
No Dawn Without Darkness (Safetly in Numbers #3) by Dayna Lorentz, Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana, I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin #2) by Allen Zadoff, Blazed by Jason Myers.

June 10 - June 17: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2) by Teri Brown, When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan, The Strange Maid (United States of Asgard #2) by Tessa Gratton, My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal, Brazen by Katherine Longshore, Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards, Wicked Games by Sean Olin, Don't You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn,Inland by Kat Rosenfield, Rebellion (Tankborn #3) by Karen Sandler, On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor, Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock, The Merciless by Danielle Neal, Hexed by Michelle Krys, The Fallen (Enemy #5) by Charlie Higson, Push (Game #2) by Eve Silver, Drift by M.K Hutchins, Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters, I Become Shadow by Joe Shine.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my latest reviews on review novels (Complicit, On the Fence, and Fan Art) as well as mine on various audiobooks (Code Name Verity, Speak, Every Day, and All Our Yesterdays), books to anticipate (The Kiss of Deception, Black Ice, Landline, Heir of Fire, and A Little Something Different), books to anticipate in sampler edition (Isla and the Happily Ever After, The Mime Order, Atlantia, Let's Get Lost, and The Young Elites), Don't You Forget about Me by Kate Karyus Quinn, and The Truth about Alice - Jennifer Mathieu.

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. You always manage to find books I have never heard of (and I do spend a lot of my time browsing on Goodreads) so now I've added: Furthermore (although I still haven't read her Shatter me series) I already had a lot of those books added to GR and I'm especially excited about 'My lady Jane' Never ever: (Peter Pan, duh :p) and One hundred dresses, sounds magical and I like both authors who are pitched in the blurb.

    MarvelYA sounds so exciting! I'm a huge fan of the Marvel movies.

    DreamWorks press sounds great to me :D And I'm still very sad about Strange Chemistry. I've read some great books from them and the contact I had there was always so kind!

  2. Yay! I'm glad of it :D. I'm really looking forward to Furthermore because it sounds awesome and so different from the Shatter Me series. My Lady Jane! YES, I am so looking forward to that. There are so many books to add here. I've yet to go through my own posts and make a list to watch out for ;).

    Strange Chemistry was a great press; very nice and solid with some great authors. I wonder now what will happen to their older titles like The Assassin's Curse. Do they have to find another home just to stay in print if they sell more than what the bookstores have?

  3. Lol, I had to! If I didn't get it done, I wouldn't have this feature. And bookish rounds are the only way I keep up with news o.o. Hahahah I hope you get to add lots of books and yay for the Will Grayson, Will Grayson musical :D!!

  4. WOW! You've been a busy bee! I'll be here all night perusing all these links. Most important, though, is adding all of the upcoming books to my TBR. =D 'Cause it's not out of control as it is or anything, lol. Also, YAYYYY for the Will Grayson, Will Grayson musical...freaking love that book. And good riddance to Hush, Hush no longer being optioned. Bad enough that Fallen is really going to be a movie, but H,H would have been 10x worse.


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