Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (63)

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 Reports 1, 2:
  • The Marvels - Brian Selznick (a "multi-layered reading experience in words and pictures" according to the publisher, weaves together two seemingly unrelated stories — one in words, the other in pictures. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. It will be published on September 15, 2015 simultaneously in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Scholastic).
  • Spare and Found Parts - Sarah Griffin (In this YA debut, which draws inspiration from Frankenstein, the daughter of an inventor of biomechanical limbs finds a prosthetic hand on the shoreline of her ravaged city. It's the first boy's hand she's ever held, and it gives her an idea for her own great invention. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Greenwillow).
  • The Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland (In this postapocalyptic graphic novel thriller, Addison Merrick must unravel the secrets of the mysterious Spill Zone, and uncover her own family history in the process. Publication is set for 2016; First Second).
  • Crossing the Line - Meghan Rogers (first in a spy series starring 18-year-old Jocelyn, who, after being kidnapped as a child and trained as a North Korean spy, escapes with plans of revenge that she'll only be able to enact if she can win over the same U.S. agents she has spent most of her life fighting against. Publication is slated for winter 2016; Philomel).
  • Eagles for Their Buttons: The Civil War in Black and White - Ray A. Shepard (The YA narrative history tells story of two African-American soldiers and their white officer – members of the first black regiment from a northern state, the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Volunteers, drawn from their letters. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Boyds Mills Press's Calkins Creek imprint).
(None of the titles listed below are up yet because the rights report was posted yesterday. I will come back in and look for them again on Friday, maybe).
  • Strange Girl - Christopher Pike (His new story is told from the perspective of a boy in love with a mysterious girl who seems to have an unearthly ability to heal, but the ability carries quite a cost. Publication is planned for December 2015; Simon Pulse).
  • Sweaterweather - Sara Varon (a collection of some of Varon's earliest work; an untitled graphic novel about a donkey shoemaker; an untitled picture book about two friends, a dog and a bird; and Darwinia, a graphic novel with T.R. Simon about a monkey that sails around the world. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016 and onwards; First Second).
  • Irena's Children - Tilar Mazzeo (young readers edition; a biography of Irena Sendler (sometimes called the “female Oskar Schindler”), who saved over 2,000 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The release of the young readers edition will be timed to the publication of the adult edition, which is Gallery's lead title for fall 2016. Margaret K. McElderry).
  • Prettyboy - Karen Hattrup (debut; When Frannie eavesdrops on her parents fighting, she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. When he arrives, they embark on an extraordinary eight weeks, a summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. Publication is set for 2016. HarperCollins).
  • YA debut - Aaron Starmer (Students are exploding at Covington High School. In this black comedy, one spontaneous combustion is an anomaly, two is coincidence, and three marks a pattern. Publication is planned for 2016; Dutton).
  • The Innkeeper's Daughter - Cindy Trumbore (YA debut; set in the mid-sixth century, when the clash between paganism and Christianity was at its height, the novel is a retelling of an epic Irish legend, in which an innkeeper's teenage daughter is swept up in court intrigue, a dark prophecy, and a choice between honor and love. The projected publication date is spring 2016; Egmont USA).
Nothing from Last Week.

Alexandra Bracken will be writing the next illustrated MG Star Wars book.

Interviews: The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin, Atlantia - Ally Condie, Ask Katie McGarry a question, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee - Shallee McArthur, Even in Paradise - Chelsea Philpot

Awards: The nominations for YA books and characters for the 2014 Book Shimmy awards from EpicReads are being announced today at TeaTime. Voting begins today as well! Don’t forget to vote for your favorites in the Goodreads Choice awards: Best Debut Author, Best Young Adult Fiction, Best Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Middle Grade & Children’s. The TAYSHAS list was also announced. So was the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction award.

Excerpts: The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black Excerpt 1 & Excerpt 2, Dead of Winter - Kresley Cole Excerpt 1 and Excerpt 2, Stranger - Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown.

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign met its goal on IndieGogo, but you can still support it here.

The full list of Mackids books coming in Winter 2015 is here, if you’re curious.

KidLit TV was launched last week, featuring author interviews and news.

Wow. The Wimpy Kid series is seriously popular. The Long Haul, book #9, sold 320,000 copies its first week, making it the #1 English title worldwide.

If you’re looking to attend an MFA program, here are some suggestions from Publisher’s Weekly.

I’m glad that there’s a really long, good article about a CBC panel on marketing diverse books from Publisher’s Weekly and that maybe publishers won’t keep blaming the books (“diverse books don’t sell”).

Seeing these YALLFest 2014 pictures makes me wish I was there instead of sitting here, compiling bookish rounds links while at work. (Oops. Bad worker?)

A summary of author and industry events last week.

The big news this week is that Amazon and Hachette have finally resolved their dispute. Good discussion on what this means for both sides included.

I don’t really understand what this means (to be honest), but Amazon bought the .book domain and it appears to have some people freaked out.

Are you curious about Kindle Unlimited sales?

Penguin Random House has introduced a new app where you can sample their audiobooks.

The ebook market will reach $16.7 billion in 2020. Barnes and Noble is now bundling books and ebooks together at discounted prices. And now people are reading on their iPads more than on their Kindles.

For all you BEA attendees, next year bookcon will be for two days, Saturday and Sunday.

Really interesting set of studies on kids' reading habits (I always knew that girls read more than boys, but it’s interesting to see it put to actual figures).

YA book sales increased 20.9% while adult book sales increased less than 2%. Wowza, the sales figures in August.

Cover Reveals:

Popular - Maya Van Wagenen (new pb redesign)

*Sometimes some cover reveals look old, but I’ll post them here if it’s something I haven’t seen or “revealed” before.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Essay worth reading: Black Girls Don’t Read Sylvia Plath.

YA before YA: What My Parents Read. I could never write an article like this. My mom read romance books and the last book my father read was in 1967 lol.

A guide to growing past stereotypes in your writing (in relation to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign & NaNoWriMo).

Movers and shakers for November -- have you read any of these?

How don’t people consider books the reason for existence? BookNerdProblems about unrealistic dating expectations (and YA(?)).

What time machines would you want to try out?

Want some recommendations for book series for younger children?

10 YA Retellings beyond fairy tales: this reminds me of how few retellings I’ve read and am familiar with.

Looking to shop for a fellow book lover this holiday? Here are 13 ideas for a gift.

Hollywood should be looking at Tamora Pierce’s work, according to io9. (Also I recently bought my first Pierce novel, so wish me luck there!)

Horror story recommendations for children from actress Evangeline Lilly? Okay, is it sacrilegious if I say that I haven’t read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

From Mockingjay to Narnia: Fantasy Series Conclusions, Ranked. I am so, so surprised that HP7 was ranked after Mockingjay. Whaaaaaaaaat.

The Ageless Appeal of Young Adult Literature & 24 Things All YA Fans Are Sick of Hearing vs. Should YA, Fantasy, and SF novels be considered literature? & violence in teen fictions goes in dock -- why the latter set of articles still exist, I don’t know. *grumbles about complaints about YA* *grumbles*

Neil DeGrasse Tyson has some book recommendations for you as do a bunch of other celebrities.

Look at how Jane Austen’s book covers have evolved over the past 200 years.

Apparently a lot of best new writers lists are based on age.

If you’re in Scotland, send your library a love letter.

** Rita at Blog Genie: The One Tool to Find Hot Post Ideas & Key Influencers
** Rachel at Parajunkee: A Blogging Quick Tip: Journaling Is Key!

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Julie at Chapter Break: 10 Reasons Why I Will/Will Not Follow Your Blog Email
** Rose at Chapter Break: Grammar
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Why I Can’t Choose a Favorite (of Anything)
** Anne at Lovely Literature: Posting for commenting’s sake
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Blogging How You Want and Why It’s Important
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Should I Say That?
** Cait at Notebook Sisters: Stop Apologising!
** Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Sometimes You Just Gotta Shake It Off

Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, Authors, ARCs:
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: How Do You Like Your Book Reviews (Results)
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How Long Does It Take You to Review a Book?
** Jen at YA Romantics: My WNDB Update for 2014
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Should Bloggers Review Everything They’re Sent?
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: 9 YA Authors With Books in Other Genres
** Cait at Notebook Sisters: 5 Glorious Debuts of 2014 I Wish to Embrace Forever
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Book Recommendations

The Experience:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: I Am a Logophile
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: On Taking Things for Granted
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Kindles are bad for your eyes?
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: 5 Bookish Things to Do When You’re Not Reading
** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: Is It You? Is It Me? Is It the Timing?
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Inconsistency
** Oh, The Books!: Guest Post: Are You Book Monogamous?
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Reading Phases
** Josephine at Word Revel: How to Read All the Time
** Gaby & Lisa at Bookish Broads: Reading Habits
** Cait at Notebook Sisters: I Am a Hopelessly Peer Pressured Reader
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: The Scary Place: The Art of Bingeing and Total Fiction Obsession

Books, Books, Books:
** Emily at The Loony Teen Writer: If Books Were Disney Songs
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Should Books in a Series Have a Recap Section?
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: I Have Become an Audiobook Junkie
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: My Wish List Is (sorta) Full of
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: 8 Uses of Books
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Traveling with Books
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: Do YA Books Have Prettier Covers than Adult Books?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: 11 Books I Haven’t Read from BEA 2014
** Josephine at Word Revel: Caught in the Middle: Unread Sequels

Genre, YA, Trends, & Events:
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: Trying to Explain YA to Someone Who Doesn’t Read
** Gaby & Lisa at Bookish Broads: YA Books We Wish Were Video Games
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: Fall Into Fantasy
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Fall Into Fantasy
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Here There Be Dragons
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Sci-Fi Month 2014
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Sci-Fi YA Periodic Table
** Ana at Read Me Away: Why I Love Science Fiction
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Ask Yourself: Am I Awake or Am I Dreaming?

** Meg at Cuddlebuggery: 21 Stages of Finding a New OTP
** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Surprise! This Character’s Transformed into a Dick

The Holidays:
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Holiday Gift Guide for Book Addicts
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Books for Christmas
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Book Recommendations for Christmas 2014
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: Holiday Book Buys on a Budget

Movies/TV Shows:

The teaser trailer for THE DUFF (by Kody Keplinger) has been released! I really liked this book and I actually also really, really like this trailer. It looks like it’s going to be fun.

If I Stay is now available on Blu-ray. You can read an exclusive interview with Gayle Forman here and an interview with the director here.

Universal has optioned Gayle Forman’s JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR, with the intention of combining both into one movie. Reminds me of … what’s the title… Before Sunset? Or Before Sunrise?

Z for Zachariah is based on a book from the 1970s and here’s your first look at it (with Chris Pine!).

The Mockingjay LA premiere was on Monday. Check out some of the outfits here. Also, they didn’t use CGI to complete Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Meanwhile Donald Sutherland hopes that The Hunger Games inspires a youth revolution.

In LA, there are calls for auditions for The Giving Tree.


Follow the schedule for the Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan relay -- you’ll have a chance to win the book but only during a 24 hour period on each blog. Goes through 12/04.

A hardcover of A Thousand Pieces of You, US only, ends 11/21.

Check out Scholastic’s Pinterest board for a list of all the blogs participating on the Blue Lily, Lily Blue tour for a chance to win tarot cards + the series so far. Goes through the end of this month.

Copies of Cat Patrick’s books, US only, ends 11/24.

Make You Remember - Macy Beckett, US only, ends 11/24.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 11/23.

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: Stolen (Frozen #2) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur, Bright Coin Moon by Kirsten Lopresti, I Wish by Elizabeth Langston.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my mini review round-up for A Thousand Pieces of You, Clariel, and Snow Like Ashes as well as my currently reading (The Darkest Minds, In a Handful of Dust) updates, thoughts on books I won’t review (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Paper Towns, Linger, The Book of Imaginary Beings, A Brief History of Time, and Imaginary Girls), and reviews yet to come (The Vanishing Season, The Vault of Dreamers, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, The Cure for Dreaming).

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. Thanks so much for doing these! Love it.


  2. Thanks for visiting & letting me know, Lauren :).

  3. Crossing the Line sounds really good.

    That's crazy, the YA sales versus adult sales.

    The DUFF…trailer look great!!

    Thanks, as usual, for putting all of this together…you're amazing! ~Pam

  4. I know, right? YA is selling quickly. I saw somewhere a quote about how all "classics" end up becoming children's literature... well, maybe more and more people are realizing the power of kidlit. And I looove the Duff trailer. The YT comments have made me a bit concerned (they pointed out how the trailer makes it look like they're selling the story where the girl has to change herself to get the boy), and I really hope that's not true and they follow the book in that regard.


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