Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (71)

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:
  • Zeroes - Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti (The trilogy follows three characters, all with special abilities, and several other teens born in the year 2000 in California who together make up the self-named Zeroes. Their abilities make them anything but heroes – until a high-stakes crisis changes everything. The first book is scheduled for release in fall 2015, with books two and three to follow in fall 2016 and fall 2017. Simon Pulse).
  • It Looks Like This - Rafi Mittlefehldt (The YA debut follows Mike, a shy gay teen who moves to a new town in the conservative South. Mike finds a silver lining when he meets Sean – and discovers the terrifying ways that events can spiral out of control. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Candlewick).
  • Drive Me Crazy - Terra Elan McVoy (MG debut narrated by two 12-year-old girls, Lana and Cassie, who are stuck together with their honeymooning grandparents on a summer road trip. It's slated for summer 2015. Katherine Tegen Books). 
  • This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker – Terra Elan McVoy (a companion novel (to above) in which a girl's embarrassing diary falls into the hands of the popular girls – will follow in summer 2016. Katherine Tegen Books).
  • The Mysteries of Cove - J. Scott Savage (the first volume in the Fires of Invention series, about a steam-powered city built inside a mountain, where creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word. Publication is set for fall 2015; Shadow Mountain).
  • Filming the Locals - Lygia Day Peñaflor (YA debut about a young actress struggling to meet the demands of an ambitious director, his edgy script, and her pushy mother. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016. Roaring Brook).
  • Horus and the Curse of Everlasting Regret - Hannah Voskuil (Set in the 1930s, the novel brings together two kids, a spunky pet bat, and a cursed child mummy to find a girl who vanished while visiting an ancient Egyptian museum exhibit. Publication is slated for summer 2016; Knopf).
  • Black Sabbath - John Hamburg and Lev Novak (The publisher called the debut “equal parts Die Hard at a bar mitzvah and comedic New York City coming-of-age.” It follows a 13-year-old who becomes an unlikely hero when a classmate's bar mitzvah is threatened by criminals. The book is slated for spring 2017. Soho Teen).
  • A new middle-grade series - Kirby Larson (The series will feature bookish orphan Audacity “Audie” Jones, who, stuck at a school for wayward girls, solves real-life mysteries. The first Audie Jones book is set for spring 2016. Scholastic).
  • Two middle-grade historical novels - Kirby Larson (The historical novels will be companions to Larson's award-winning Duke and Dash books (which feature stories, set in WWII, about kids being separated from their dogs). The first of the new historical works is set for spring 2016. Scholastic).
  • Dr. Fell - David Neilsen (a comic horror story in which three young children work to save their neighborhood from the mysterious and ancient Doctor Fell. Publication for the first is scheduled for fall 2016. Crown).
Nothing from last week aside for this: From here: The Goblin King - S. Jae-Jones

Excerpts: Finding Audrey - Sophia Kinsella, The Wrong Side of Right - Jenn Marie Thorne, The Winner’s Crime - Marie Rutkoski, Everybody Knows Your Name - Andrea Seigel and Brent Bradshaw, The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand

Book Trailer: The Forsaken - Lisa Stasse.

Authors: The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black

Awards: Winter 2015 New Voices. The children’s choice book awards are getting three extra categories. The 2015 Rainbow List was announced. So was the YALSA 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, 2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. The 2015 Scott O’Dell award winner was announced. Penguin received eleven 2015 ALAYMG awards.

The big news this week was the announcement of the ALAYMG awards. You can see the full list of winners here. I will highlight some below. I’ve gotten rid of anything related to illustrators.

Alex Awards: Winner: “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr; Honors: “Bellweather Rhapsody,” by Kate Racculia “Bingo’s Run,” by James A. Levine, “Confessions,” by Kanae Minato, “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng, “Lock In,” by John Scalzi, “The Martian,” by Andy Weir, “The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice,” by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles, “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” by Michael Koryta, and “Wolf in White Van,” by John Darnielle.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Winner:“Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson. Honor: Kwame Alexander for “The Crossover,” Marilyn Nelson for “How I Discovered Poetry,” and Kekla Magoon for “How It Went Down.”

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award: Winner: “When I Was the Greatest,” written by Jason Reynolds, is the Steptoe winner.

Coretta Scott King -- Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Winner: Deborah D. Taylor.

John Newberry Medal: Winner: “The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander. Honors: “El Deafo” by Cece Bell, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson.

Margaret A. Edwards Award: Winner: Sharon M. Draper.

Michael L. Printz Award: Winner: “I’ll Give You the Sun,” written by Jandy Nelson. Honors: “And We Stay,” by Jenny Hubbard, “The Carnival at Bray,” by Jessie Ann Foley, “Grasshopper Jungle,” by Andrew Smith, and “This One Summer,” by Mariko Tamaki.

Odyssey Award: Winner: “H. O. R. S. E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination,” produced by Live Oak Media and written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers. Honors: “Five, Six, Seven, Nate!” produced by AUDIOWORKS (Children’s), written by Tim Federle, and narrated by Tim Federle; “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place,” produced by Listening Library, written by Julie Berry, and narrated by Jayne Entwistle; and “A Snicker of Magic,” produced by Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Natalie Lloyd, and narrated by Cassandra Morris.

Pura Belpré Award: Winner "I Lived on Butterfly Hill" is the 2015 Pura Belpré (Author) Award winner. The book is written by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White. Honor: "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes," written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón.

Schneider Family Book Award: Winner for teens: “Girls Like Us,” written by Gail Giles; winner for MG: “RAIN REIGN” written by Ann M. Martin; Honor: “A BOY AND A JAGUAR” written by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien.

Robert F. Silbert Informational Book Medal: Winner: “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” written by Jen Bryant. Honors: “Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson, “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia,” written by Candace Fleming, “Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker,” written by Patricia Hruby Powell, “Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands,” written and illustrated by Katherine Roy, and “Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award: Winner: "This Day in June,” written by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten. Honors: “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out,” by Susan Kuklin, “I’ll give you the sun,” written by Jandy Nelson, and “Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress,” written by Christine Baldacchio, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant.

William C. Morris Award: Winner: “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces,” written by Isabel Quintero. Finalists: “The Carnival at Bray” written by Jessie Ann Foley, “The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim” written by E.K. Johnston, “The Scar Boys” written by Len Vlahos, “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” written by Leslye Walton.

How would you react if you’d found out you’d just won those awards? Here’s a PW interview with some of the winners.

Richelle Mead announced her new fantasy book, Soundless.

Wendy Higgins announced her new fantasy book, The Great Hunt.

Harper Lee is releasing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.

Publisher’s Weekly gives its “most anticipated” list of titles releasing spring 2015 (only a couple YA in there, beware).

Looking at the award winners for this year’s ALAYMG, we have to recognize the importance of We Need Diverse Books. SCWBI has now added a Diversity in Children’s Books discussion forum. This report from Diversity Matters at ALA also highlights WNDB’s importance. You might have heard of diverse books, but there are fewer lists highlighting diverse authors. WNDB is also calling for submissions for The Walter Award. You can check out pictures from Diversity Matters day at ALAMW here too. And a teen is compiling diverse science fiction and fantasy.

A really cool look at JK Rowling’s (publishing) life after Harry Potter.

Target will no longer be carrying the Nook.

Unfortunately, no Winds of Winter from George R.R. Martin this year. Maybe the t.v. show really will finish before he does…

SAD SAD SAD: a huge library in Moscow went up in flames.

Cover Reveals:

*may have forgotten to include...

And sometime today, you’ll see the cover reveal for the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray along with Wishing for You. This Thursday: Persuasion by Martina Boone along with Storm by Amanda Sun. On Friday, Carrie Mesrobian’s latest novel. Next Monday-Wednesday, Ice Like Fire. And on the 13th, Dreamland.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Moar lists on which YA titles you should have on your radar this year!

To celebrate Black History Month, check out these 8 new and forthcoming YAs with African American Narrators. (I’ll double that recommendation for Brown Girl Dreaming -- so good!).

So, as you saw above, I’ll Give You the Sun won the Printz Award. When you’re finished reading that title, here are five others that might appeal to you too.

Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time or fairy tale mash-ups? These two series are for you.

Someone needs to write these gender-swapped classics into YA novels stat.

Experiencing PLL withdrawal? Here are five YA novels to help you.

Dress like your favorite kidlit character with this guide!

Are you in a long distance relationship? Can you identify with these seven quotes?

That time when you were carrying too many books and they all fell down.

A list of YA books that feature music prominently!

Are you an awkward penguin like me? Apparently these books should make us feel better about ourselves!

NGL, this is kind of freaky (but also cool). A book cover that judges YOU? Apparently if it doesn’t like your face, it won’t open for you.

Book lovers will never say these ten things.

Want to see me poke a lot of fun at myself with regards to booktube thumbnails?

** Rita at Blog Genie: How to Take Charge of Your Blog Even If You’re Tech Challenged
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: How to Use Instagram as a Journaling Tool
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: VSCO Cam is the only photo app you’ll ever need
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Square Border
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Book Blogging
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Book Blogger Checklist Infographic

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Let’s Talk about Book Blogging
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Three Wishful Wishes
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: I Wasn’t Stressed Out About Blogging Until I Found Out I Was Doing It Wrong
** Tanja & Glass at Ja čitam, a ti?: Spread Love, Not War
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: 8 Tips for the 2015 Blogging Community
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: 2015 Book Blogger Love-a-thon Sign-ups
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Ask the blogger: What is your blogging identity?
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Take Back the Booksphere: How the Book Community Is One of the Best on Earth

Ratings, Reviews, Recommendations, ARCs, Authors:
** Michelle at Playing Jokers: Falling Out of Love with Reviews
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Do You Recommend Three Star Books?
** Nova at Out of Time: To GIF or Not to GIF?
** Cait at Paper Fury: What Is the Point of Negative Reviews?

The Experience:
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: My Pre-Reading Rituals
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Do You Ever Peek at the Ending?
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: To Spoil or Not to Spoil
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: I’m a Mood Reader with a Semi-Schedule
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: When the Book You’re Reading Is Just “Meh”
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Snobbery and Elitism in Reading
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Confessions of a Mood Reader
** Emz at Paging Serenity: Are You a Mood Reader?
** Emz at Paging Serenity: What’s the Best E-Reader?
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: How the Library Changed My Reading Habits
** Guest Post at Oh, The Books! Ten Tips for Overcoming Post-Series Depression

Romance & Characters:
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: “I have just met you, and I love you.”
** Annie at the Runaway Reader: I Like Romance and I’m Proud of It
** Ana at Read Me Away: Your Non-Canon OTP
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: The Thing About Romance

Books, Books, Books:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Fun on a Budget
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: What We Know and Don’t Know about Harper Lee and Her Book
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: Bookcon, Youtube Celebrities, and Giving Racists Book Deals
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: How are your bookshelves organized?
** Trish at Between My Lines: Inspired by Books: Wearing Masks
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: DIY: Where’d You Go Bernadette Card
** Nara at Looking for the Panacea: What’s with all the books on suicide?
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Standalone Is Not a Dirty Word
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Leaving Behind Books Sucks
** Christy & Erika at Novel Ink: Series We Want to Try

Hey YA (& Genre):
** Rose at Chapter Break: Genre - Paranormal Romance
** Allie at Little Birdie Books: Why Fiction Is Just My Cup of Tea
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: 2015 Youth Media Awards: Reactions and Thoughts
** Jen at YA Romantics: Is 2015 the Peak Year of the YA Illness Book?
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Mourning the end of a YA Series from Start to Finish

Movies/TV Shows:

The winners for the Twilight New Voices competition were announced.

In Insurgent news… did you see the pre-Superbowl trailer, “She Is the One?” There’s also a new Insurgent poster and a new still.

Jeff Bridges discusses his regrets about the Giver movie.

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl won a bunch of awards at Sundance (it’s based off the 2012 YA book of the same name by Jesse Andrews). Maybe we’ll hear more about it soon?

Epic Reads takes us behind the scenes of The Seventh Son movie.

Not YA, but OH WELL. Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer :O :O :O

Casual Vacancy from BBC trailer.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 02/09, 02/14, 02/27.
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}.

Hardcovers of Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, City 1 by Gregg Rosenblum, and The Prey by Tom Isbell, INT, ends 02/27.

ARC of I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, INT, ends 02/13.

The Originals: The Rise (book) + The Originals (season 1) DvDs, US/CA only, ends 02/04.

I’ll put more giveaways in later...


New Releases: Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers, Shutter by Courtney Alameda, Dearest (Woodcutter #3) by Alethea Kontis, Soulprint by Megan Miranda, I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, The Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen, The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi, Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes, Something True (True Love #3) by Kieran Scott, Shadow of the War Machine (Secret Order #3) by Kristin Bailey, Kiss and Tell (Truth or Dare #3) by Jacqueline Green, This Side of Home by Renee Watson, Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston, Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton, Scripted by Maya Rock, Bet Your Life by Jane Casey.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. You can also watch my video on my most anticipated debuts of 2015. Plus you can just catch up with my January recap aka all the January goodness on this blog + my BT channel.

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. so many books, they all look really good :)

  2. Right??? That's the story of my life, Georgia.

  3. No probs :). I usually try to link to GI. If I don't, it's because I've missed the post and/or I haven't created a writing discussion section yet (I think y'all had a Nanowrimo post and I kept debating whether I ought to include it or not...).

  4. I didn't know that I'll Give You the Sun won the Printz award. I've had it forever and haven't read it yet. Need to make it a priority!

    Game of Thrones…I. Cannot. Wait. ~Pam

  5. I need to read it too! I started to right after BEA and then too many books o.o. Jandy Nelson has beautiful prose & her book continues to win many awards! Can't remember which one I saw recently but yeah... another award came in too for the book. Maybe the Children's Book Council?

    Hahaha YESSSSSSSS me neither. I want to set up a Game of Thrones watching date with my roommates...


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