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"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (82)

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. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

 

Publishing:
Rights Report 1, 2:

 

  • Timekeeper trilogy - Tara Sim (The debut LGBTQ steampunk series, set in an alternate Victorian era in which time in each city is controlled by a clock tower, follows teenage prodigy clock tower mechanic Danny. Hoping to save his father, who is trapped in a town outside of London, Danny is also battling a force seeking to destroy all of the towers and stop time. The first book in the series is slated for fall 2016; Sky Pony Press).
  • Songs About a Girl - Chris Russell (YA debut about a wallflower teen girl who is swept up into the surreal world of the world's hottest boy band, and becomes caught between the charms of its two star members. A publication date has not yet been set. Macmillan's Flatiron Books).
  • This Promise I Will Keep - Aisha Saeed (In it, a Pakistani teenager enters indentured servitude to pay her family's debts, and must choose between pursuing an education and freedom or the chance to save her village from a dangerous threat. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Penguin's Nancy Paulsen Books).
  • Untitled - Kym Brunner (It tells the story of a teenager at his first falconry meet who is determined to win the Best Apprentice pin. But he runs up against trouble when he finds himself falling for a girl whose parents are leaders of a radical animal-rights group. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
  • Unnatural Deeds - Cyn Balog (in which a girl, found lying battered and broken in a ditch, must recount the events that led to her demise, and ultimately, to murder. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Sourcebooks Fire).
  • Untitled - Susan Kuklin (Next nonfiction book for young adults. Kuklin, who won the 2014 Stonewall Honor Award for Beyond Magenta, will now shift her focus to young, undocumented immigrants. The book, which is not yet titled, will be accompanied by Kuklin's photography. Publication is set for fall 2017; Candlewick).
  • Genesis Begins Again - Alicia Williams (The middle-grade novel deals with family and body image, as 13-year-old Genesis struggles with the shade of her skin. Dlouhy also acquired a second, untitled novel by Williams. Publication is scheduled for winter 2017; Dlouhy Books at S&S/Atheneum)
  • The Bastard Table - Andrew Shvarts (a YA fantasy debut in which the bastard daughter of the Lord of the West and a group of fellow outcasts witness her father commit a murder, and are forced to go on the run to save a princess and prevent a war. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Disney-Hyperion).
  • The Memory of Objects - Danielle Mages Amato (YA debut; When a 15-year-old uses her new ability to access the powerful memories attached to objects in order to resurrect her brother's reputation after he dies of a suspected overdose, she is plunged into the world of psychometry, murderabilia, and the underbelly of political corruption and social inequality in Washington, D.C. Publication is set for winter 2017; Balzer + Bray).
  • The Capybara Conspiracy - Erica S. Perl (MG in which non-jocks kidnap their sports-obsessed school's beloved mascot, Cappy the Capybara. The book will be published in fall 2016, Knopf).
  • Benjamin - Kelsey Sutton (MG verse; Benjamin lives on the moon, keeping watch over the world below but caring nothing for the lives he observes... until he discovers Sam, a girl who makes him long for more. Publication is planned for summer 2017, Philomel).
  • Courage - James Preller (MG; Eleven-year-old William Meriwether Miller's summer plans are abruptly pushed aside when his typically not-there father announces that they are going on a road trip to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark. It's scheduled for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • Maxi's Secrets - Lynn Plourde (MG; Timminy is the shortest kid in fifth grade, and he's afraid the teasing will get even worse when he adopts an enormous dog named Maxi. As it turns out, Maxi is deaf. And, along with the take-charge blind girl next door, Maxi's got a lot to teach Timminy about accepting yourself for who you are. Publication is slated for spring 2016; Nancy Paulsen Books).

 

From Publisher's Lunch:

 

  • Rachel Renee Russell's new illustrated book series called THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY,introduces Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs at South Ridge Middle School; homeschooled by his grandmother until he begs his family to send him to public middle school, Max begins to rethink that choice when another boy keeps stuffing him in his locker, to Aladdin for publication starting in April 2016 followed by a second book in Spring 2017. See a full article on the book deal here.
  • Shelley Johannes' (debut) first three books in the BEATRICE ZINKER, UPSIDE DOWN THINKER series, charting the adventures of a plucky third-grader whose topsy-turvy point of view turns the world sunny side up, to Disney-Hyperion.

 

From Last Week:

 

  • Jack and the Beanstalk - Josh Funk (about a young Jack who is not keen on climbing any beanstalks and would much prefer to tell his own story. The book is slated for fall 2017; Amazon/Two Lions).
  • Finding Marvin Gardens - A.S. King / Amy Sarig King (debut MG about a boy who encounters an entirely new creature in the woods behind his house – an animal that eats plastic – and the consequences that ensue. Publication is set for spring 2017; Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder (pitched as Lord of the Flies meets The Giver. It tells the story of a girl named Jinny, one of nine kids who live on an idyllic island without adults where, every year, a new young child is mysteriously delivered by boat and the oldest is taken away. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; HarperCollins's Walden Pond Press).
  • Dragons vs. Drones - Wesley King (New MG series Pitched as part Eragon, part Transformers, the books follow a young computer genius who is chased by sleek, high-tech drones into a land populated by Godzilla-size dragons, setting off a war that only he can stop. Publication for the first book is slated for spring 2016; Razorbill).

 

Book Trailers: Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman, The Hired Girl - Lara Amy Schlitz, The Book of Spirits and Thieves - Morgan Rhodes

Authors: RubyFruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown, Raising Rufus - David Fulk, The Abyss Surrounds Us - Emily Skrutskie, Alive - Chandler Baker, Secret of the Sevens - Lynn Lindquist, Book Scavenger - Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Legacy of Kings - Eleanor Herman,

Awards: Vermont Youth Book Awards, 2015 Carnegie UK Medals, Amazon’s Best YA books so far (& best books of the yearso far)

Excerpts: Shadowshaper - Daniel Jose Older, The Copper Gauntlet - Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, Date with a Rockstar - Sarah Gagnon, Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone, Hello, I Love You - Katie M. Stout. Jesse's Girl - Miranda Kenneally.The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness, The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan

*You can read the inspiration chapter behind Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

The Ferguson Library was named the library of the year.

Gayle Forman is writing her first novel for adults (13 children’s book authors who would have written for adults too - a list to accompany that article).

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: the hashtag that sparked a literary movement. Checking in on Diverse Books: a CBC Panel. It’s still a white children’s book world. But you know, booksellers can also battle bias on the shop floor and keep in mind how youdesign backlist titles too.

A publishing house will only be publishing female writers for a year. That’s cool… and also I’m wondering how long before you get a man going “that’s sexist0131281!!!”

Penguin Random House reached a deal with Amazon. So no more pushback on Amazon this year, it seems. Maybe more in the future? Or pubs were real hesitant after the Hachette incident?

YES PLEASE: an attorney was getting the local barber shops to stock books for boys. Why not? I always get really, really bored if I’m getting my hair done… read a book! Good idea and gets kids to read more too.

Really cool: a professor teaches a social justice and YA lit course. Here’s his syllabus. (This is when I know behind. I haven’t read most of the books on that list, sadly…)

Heather Brewer will soon become Zac Brewer to embrace his true self.

The Accident Season is being pitched as a cross between We Were Liars and How We Live Now.

A brief summary of author and industry events.

J.K. Rowling wrote about why the Dursleys hated Harry so much (lol at the explanation for the Dursleys’ names), and well there are 36 things still unexplained about HP (okay, so I was less convinced that there needed to be a spin-off / JKR should never leave HP again until I saw this and was like, how did I never notice these things about the books?).

FiveThirtyEight tried and failed to identify the most banned book in America from ALA’s yearly lists.

From YA Highway, which has better links than I would for this: "Nine black church-goers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina were gunned down by a white man who hoped to start a race war. The victims included librarian Cynthia Hurd, manager of one of Charleston County's busiest branches. You can donate to Friends of the Charleston Library in her honor. You can also refer to the #CharlestonSyllabus, a public list of books on race, compiled in the wake of the massacre."

Cover Reveals:


Cover Reveal watch - Today: CamGirl by Leah Raeder. Also probably more from HarperCollins. (See my Pinterest - I missed a bunch of covers that should have been in this post but will be in next week's instead...)

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Are you anticipating these July releasing books?

What about these 13 best new books in June and 24 June books that might just charm your pants off? Or June’s Best Bets?

Great YA Break-up Novels. Definitely on The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes.

6 Great YAs Exploring Childhood Abduction, 20 Unlikely YA Heroes That We Love (is Celaena a heroine or an anti-heroine for the very reasons they mention? Same with Adelina, who Marie Lu said is a villain, not a hero), 20 YAs That Kept Us Up All Night (article proof that I need to read more horror novels, ha), The Preapocalypse Is Now: 5 YAs That Take Place Before the World Ends, 20 Books to Read After Paper Towns, 8 Life-Affirming YA Books Guaranteed to Fill You With Joy, 7 Super-Twisted YA Friendships (Sadie/Miles in Delicate Monster is most definitely twisted).

What happens when you think you’ve lost your book?

Best young adult books for the summer + another summer list + and yet another + and another, curated by TED speakers..

The 10 Best Independent Bookshops in the world: do you agree?

Symptoms of a book hangover. ← Currently my symptoms. I need the cure!

Do you think these side characters need their own books?

Articles all about the importance of YA these days: a golden age for kidlit, which sf/f book helped you to grow up, selfies, sex, and body image - the revolution in books for teenage girls, if Hollywood won’t feature modern superheroines then it’s up to YA literature.

Blogging:
Support/Advice/Questions:
** Rita at Blog Genie: 5 Reasons Bloggers Need to Build an Email List
** Rita at Blog Genie: 5 Beginning List Building Mistakes You Can Fix Today
** Rita at Blog Genie: 14 Ways Evernote Can Make Blogging Easier
** Rita at Blog Genie: 3 Steps to An Effective and Consistent Blogging Routine
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: How to Start a Book Blog (Mechanics & Essentials)
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Ten Steps to Increase Your Facebook Engagement
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Organize Your Blogging Life
** Ashley at Nose Graze: It Makes Total Sense That Blog Tour Organizers Allow Only Positive Reviews
** Ashley at Nose Graze: New Plugin and Theme
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Always Test All Aspects of Your Blog and Design

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: The State of the Blog
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Blogging: Things I Suck At
** Cassie at The Casserole: Why I Blog
** Sarah at The Reading Petal: Caught in Comparisons
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: Lost Months & Lost Words
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Signs That You Want to Quit Blogging
** Ashley at Lovely Literature: Blogger guilt: Zero Motivation
** Annie at the Runaway Reader: Feeling My Age in the Blogging Community
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: 5 Years of Blogging
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Accepting Changes

Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors, Recommendations:
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: I’ve Met You, Now I Need to Read You
** Rebecca at The Library Canary: 5 Books That Should Be on Your Radar
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: 5 Novels You Should Read This Summer
** Jen at YA Romantics: Are You An Early Review Avoider?
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Who Are Your Auto-Buy Authors?

Reading:
The Experience:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: A Lesson Learned Abroad
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: We All Read Throne of Glass (And No One Remembers)
** Julie at Chapter Break: Books That Ruined You for Other Books
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: The Struggle is Real | Dealing with Book Amnesia
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: I’m Not Too Old for That
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Should You Only Request Books You’ll Love?
** Trish at Between My Lines: Why Do You Read?
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Why Meh Books Can Be Good Books
** Cait at Paper Fury: Overlooked but Highly Useful Lessons You Can Learn from Books
** Cait at Paper Fury: What Is the Most Delicious Part of a Book?
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Seemingly Impossible Journey?
** Josephine at Word Revel: 5 Reasons for Multi Format Reading
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Is It a Spoiler to…?

Books, Books, Books:
** Lillian at The Whimsical Carousel: Books to Survive High School
** Alicia at a Kernel of Nonsense: Why Do You Buy Books?
** Kelly at Stacked Books: How Do You Organize Your Books?
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: My TBR Jar and I Are Frenemies
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: How Far Would You Go for Your Favorite Books?
** Emz at Paging Serenity: Uniform Book Sizes
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: The Despised Phrase

Summer Miscellany:
** Jim at YA Yeah Yeah: Diversity Panels
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: How to Choose Your Holiday Reading
** Amber at Books of Amber: An Epic Guide to Summer Novels


Characters, Romance, Adaptations:
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: The Pressures of Being the Chosen One
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: Why We’re Never Going to Escape Love Triangles
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Do We Really Need Strong Women?
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: The YA Sorting Hat Part III
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: What’s a Story without the Malicious Villains?
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: What It’s Like to Be a Shipper
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Books into TV Shows
** Christy at Novel Ink Blog: Which Ship Will Sink?

Movies/TV Shows:

Becca Thomas is the new director for the Looking for Alaska adaptation.

Shatter Me was optioned for television by ABC Signature Studios. You can watch Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs discuss this news here.

The Let It Snow adaptation (Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle and John Green) now has a release date of 2016.

The film rights for Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Poston were optioned by Shorelight Pics.

The trailer for The Diary of a Teenage Girl has been released as well some pictures.

The Hunger Games portraits (apparently never seen before?).

Stephenie Meyer & Kristen Stewart honored the women who won the Twilight Shorts.

21 YA adaptations that failed to launch: what?! I had no idea The Spiderwick Chronicles had been made into a movie.

AwesomenessTV is launching its film division to seek out more YA projects.

Giveaways:

If you want books, email me.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: New Releases 6/22/15! Win FOUR great new YA novels that release this week, plus interviews and a round-up of all this week's new YA novels. Giveaway ends 6/28/15; PICK ANY YA Novel, plus signed Compulsion, Tote Bag, Necklace, T-Shirts and more; Win Compulsion, Stolen, Like Water on Stone, Now that You're Here, and Dangerous Deception plus a prize back of "I Have a Compulsion for Reading" incentives, ends 6/30/15

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}.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know. NGL, this is the least important section to me.

Other:

New Releases: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes, Tangled Webs by Lee Bross, Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky, A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka, The Leveler by Julia Durango,Date With a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon, The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue, Calling Maggie May by Anonymous.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway here. I’m currently on a book hangover from the Poison Study series (mostly book 1 and Yelena/Valek o.O).

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.