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Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (84)

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.)

You should probably check out the bookish rounds post from last week. This one is a lot shorter, since it’s back to normal scheduling around here…


Rights Report:


  • The Canny Town of Ingot - William Alexander (about a girl who moves with her mother, a librarian and Ghost Appeasement Specialist, to the curiously un-haunted town of Ingot, where she must learn what has happened to Ingot's ghosts and what will happen if they ever come back. The first book is scheduled for summer 2017; McElderry Books).
  • 17 Years - Ava Dellaira (a YA novel told in alternating perspectives about a mother and daughter, each at 17 years old, on the brink of adulthood, and struggling to imagine her future and to discover her place in the world. Publication is slated for 2018; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • My Shelf Life - Lilliam Rivera (a YA novel about a girl named Margot Sanchez who charged $600 on her father's credit card and is stuck spending the summer working off the debt at the South Bronx location of the family chain of grocery stores. Publication is set for spring 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Remember to Forget - Ashley Royer (debut; The novel tells the story of Levi, who, depressed after the death of his girlfriend, moves from Australia to his father's home in America. Publication is planned for spring 2016. HarperCollins/Blink).


From Publisher’s Lunch:



From last time:


  • The Well - Jake Wyatt, illustrated by F. Choo (YA fantasy graphic novel; The book follows Lizzy, a girl who steals coins from the town wishing well and is then forced to grant the wishes attached to them. Publication is set for 2018; First Second).
  • Shakshuka series - Galia Oz (bestselling in Israel. [The three books] will be published as one middle-grade volume titled Dog Trouble & Other Julie Stories featuring Julie's candid narration of the ups and downs of school and family life. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Crown).
  • Struttin' with Some Barbecue - Patricia Hruby Powell (a middle-grade book in verse about jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Lil Hardin Armstrong... Ahead of her time and in a man's world, Lil Hardin Armstrong – Louis Armstrong's second wife – made a career in the early days of jazz. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Charlesbridge).
  • Lucy and the Rocket Dog - Will Buckingham (a middle-grade story told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, an aspiring astrophysicist who has built a rocket ship in her backyard, and Laika, Lucy's beloved dog who wanders into the rocket ship and is subsequently shot into space. Publication is set for summer 2017; Knopf).
  • Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production - Sarah Schauerte Reida (MG debut in which 12-year-old film-obsessed Lissa discovers a shape-shifting monster in her woods and decides to film the greatest horror movie of all time. Then her little sister is taken to the monster homeland of Down Below and she needs the monster's help to get her back. Publication is tentatively set for fall 2016; Sky Pony Press).
  • Blues Bones - Rick Starkey (MG debut in which a 13-year-old boy uses voodoo to overcome stage fright and has to suffer the consequences of dabbling in dark magic. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Leap Books Seek)
  • Howard Wallace, P.I. - Casey Lyall (debut; a lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer. Publication of the first book is slated for fall 2016; Sterling).
  • PhilanthroParties: A Party Planning Guide for the Social Activist - Lulu Cerone and Lucy Keating (The book will serve as a DIY guide for teens to partying with a purpose and incorporating philanthropy into their social lives. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Beyond Words and Simon Pulse).
  • Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies - Lawrence Goldstone (MG narrative nonfiction debut about the men and women who pioneered modern aviation and popularized flying through their aerial feats in the first decade of powered flight. Publication is set for spring 2017; Little, Brown).
  • Family Poems/Poemas familiares - Francisco X. Alarcón, to be illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (The bilingual collection of original poems, the sixth collaboration of the author and illustrator, celebrates the days of the week along with familiar family life experiences of Latino children in the U.S. Publication is set for fall 2016; Lee & Low Books).
  • Naughty Claudine - Patrick Jennings (about a girl who does not doubt the existence of Santa, but is not comfortable with his spying and judging and breaking and entering, so she decides to act naughty to stop him from coming down the chimney. Suzanne Kaufman is slated to illustrate. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Random House).
  • How to Survive Extinction - Paul Acampora (a middle-grade novel about 13-year-old Leo, his cousin, his sometimes forgetful grandmother, and a dog named Kermit, who hit the road together in search of dinosaurs. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Scholastic).
  • Just Fly Away - Andrew McCarthy (YA debut; In the story, 15-year-old Lucy discovers that her father has a son from an affair, an eight-year-old named Thomas who lives in the same suburban New Jersey town, causing Lucy to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her own life. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Algonquin Young Readers).
  • The Sweetest Sound - Sherri Winston (about a shy but talented 10-year-old girl who needs to build up the courage to enter her church's singing competition – while grappling with the fact that music was one of the few things she and her estranged mother had in common – only to have the stakes raised when her anonymous recording leaks. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Little, Brown).
  • Garbage Island - Fred Koehler (MG debut; In this animal fantasy, young inventor Archibald Shrew lives on a massive garbage patch adrift at sea, but dreams of leaving the island to discover things, especially news of his long-lost family. Publication of the first book is planned for fall 2017, Boyds Mills).
  • Will Nolan Eats Bugs - Rebecca Petruck (in which a class clown tries not to worry about how his parents fight all the time by being funnier than ever. But a “hilarious” presentation with insects as snacks leads to heckles, retaliation, and possible expulsion. Publication is set for fall 2016; Abrams/Amulet).
  • Confessions from the Principal's Kid - Robin Mellom (a middle-grade novel about a girl whose insider status at school leaves her an outsider among her classmates. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Hmh)
  • There Will Be Blood: The HelloFlo Guide to Puberty - Naama Bloom and Glynnis MacNicol (With the support of a panel of experts, the book will incorporate real-life stories along with facts and illustrations. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Dutton).
  • How to Save an Elephant - Linda Oatman High (MG; In it, 12-year old Lily Pruitt and a circus elephant are drawn together by the shared loss of the same man – grandfather, best friend and keeper – and journey through a series of life changes to save not only themselves but each other. Publication is scheduled for winter 2017; HarperCollins).
  • Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust - Planaria Price and Helen West (nonfiction YA memoir; This eyewitness account tells the story of Barbara Reichman, West's mother, who took on a different identity and hid in plain sight to make it through the war. The book is planned for winter 2017; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • What a Beautiful Morning - Arthur A. Levine, to be illustrated by Katie Kath (in which Grandma's support helps a boy accept his grandfather's gradual memory loss, and to enjoy the moments they still have together. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Running Press Kids).
  • Maud and Grandmaud - Sara O'Leary, to be illustrated by Kenard Pak (In the book, a girl visits her grandmother's house for a sleepover; they have breakfast for dinner, watch old films, and enjoy other simple pleasures made sweeter for doing them together. The book will be co-published with Tara Walker at Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra Books in summer 2018. Penguin Random House).
  • Wolf in the Snow - Matthew Cordell (in which a girl, caught in a fierce blizzard, stumbles upon a lost wolf pup and must choose to find her own way home or return the pup to its pack. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • Q & Ray: The Case of the Mola Lisa - Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan (Graphic novel series; In the book, two animal sleuths set out to solve cases using wits, disguises, and teamwork. Publication is planned for fall 2017… Lerner/Graphic Universe).
  • Debut illustrated middle-grade series Marty Pants - Mark Parisi (Parisi is the creator of the long-running Off the Mark comic. The first book is slated for winter 2017; HarperCollins).
  • One Hundred Spaghetti Strings - Jen Nails (In the middle-grade novel, Steffy's mother has a severe brain trauma, and isn't able to care for Steffy and her moody older sister. When their long estranged father returns to live with them, Steffy hopes that the special recipes she loves to cook will bring her fractured family back together again. Publications is scheduled for winter 2017; HarperCollins).
  • City of Secret Rivers - Jacob Sager Weinstein (MG debut about an American girl transplanted to London who discovers a dark secret lurking beneath its streets, with terrifying repercussions. The book sold at auction in a three-book deal; the first volume will publish in summer 2017. Random House).
  • A Friend Like You - Beth Ain (a middle-grade verse novel about a fourth grader and the small moments in her year that add up to big surprises. Publication is slated for 2017; Random House)

Unfortunately it seems that many books this week or from before aren’t up on Goodreads.

Authors: Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas, Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon, Dumplin - Julie Murphy, Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa, Into the Dim - Janet B. Taylor, The Fix - Natasha Sinel

Awards/Lists: Lesyle Walton won the PEN USA Literary award for YA. The Longlist for the National Book Award for YA/Young people was released.

You can vote now for YALSA’s top ten teen books of 2015 until Teen Week in October.

Book trailers: Ghostlight - Sonia Gensler, The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich, Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed - C.L. Gaber.

Excerpts: Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick, Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch, Consider - Kristy Acevedo, Sweet Madness - Trisha Lever & Lindsay Currie, The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan, Untamed - A.G. Howard, Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

The tenth anniversary edition of Twilight will include some bonus content. Here’s a look back at Twilight and its legacy.

From September 2014 - September 2015, here’s Booklist’s list of top 10 YA romances. Similar list -- here’s one focusing on top 10 YA sports books.

On Sept. 6th, Corinne Duyvis started the hashtag #OwnVoices: “the hashtag focuses on recommending titles about marginalized groups of people by authors in those groups.”

And in unsurprising news, most authors earn below the poverty line for their income.

Independent bookstores are thriving because… they’re bookstores. They’re personal. They’re an experience. At least four reasons, but that just made me think of discussing the old closure of Borders with my mom last week: “No one goes to bookstores these days.” Not true.

Publisher’s Weekly did a profile on editor and author Leila Sales (which will hopefully become freely readable soon…)

A brief summary of recent author and industry events, including a bunch of photos from the 2015 National Book Festival.

If you’re a Red Queen fan, you’re getting 4 books, not three. Outlining the third book, VA admitted to needing a fourth book to end the series where she wanted.

The Unwanteds is coming to a close, while Zeroes is starting a new series with a novel spin on heroes and the Illuminae Files are also making their start.

This past summer, sales really increased for children’s books.

Queen of Shadows sold 18k print copies, with about 219k in print of the first three books.

So, Patrick Ness’s fundraiser ended up raising over $1 million, and even involved Suzanne Collins among other authors.

New Zealand bans its first YA book and the reaction isn’t pretty.

Remember when Courtney Summers’s book was censored/removed from a reading list? Well, the internet is a wonderful place sometimes.

Cover Reveals:

You should really check out last week’s post, since there were many then and then even a lot more in the two months I hadn’t made a bookish rounds. Now there are a lot because I am awful about keeping up with MG titles - I get the occasional one on my radar for cover reveals, but today I discovered so, so, so many MG I hadn’t posted. And that was just in the past two months! I cut myself off there, but I’ll be better about this. (Note: I’m also pretty bad about NA cover reveals - you’d best find some other sources for the lesser known NA).
The Transatlantic Conspiracy - G.D. Falksen

Discussions/Other Blogger Posts:

Have you read these popular September YA books?

The greatest female sci/fi authors of all time - I knew Le Guin would be on that list. Can’t wait to read more female SFF outside of YA!

Indianapolis has an interesting initiative with its Big Free Libraries.

Take a look at the most popular libraries in the U.S.

5 YA Books to Read after a Breakup, 5 Psychic Protagonists Whose Stories You Want to Read, 5 YA Pirate Tales to Bring Out Your Inner Swashbuckler - sometimes, looking at these B&N articles, I really want to know how they come up with these lists and recommendations. Because how is it that every time there’s at least one book I don’t recognize? Not having even seen its cover before?

Looking for some YA urban fantasy to kick the Cassandra Clare / shadowhunter craving? Here are three recently published ones that might help.

9 YA Novels That Every Woman Should Have on Her Reading List - it makes me sad that I’ve read like 3 of these novels only. But, hey, at least I’ve got some. What do you think?

32 Books Guaranteed to Give You Wanderlust & because it’s a community curated list, there are actually some YA novels!

17 New YA Books That Will Make Your Heart Happy - yaaas to A Thousand Nights and some of these other fall releases.

16 YA Books That Will Keep Your Attention to the Last Page - yasss to Poison Study and Grave Mercy and some of the others on this list.

The magic of Harry Potter will never be over - a HP themed bar is opening in Toronto, and Pottermore is expecting a radical relaunch.

Top 10 islands in children’s fiction - like with B&N, I actually haven’t heard of some of these titles.

Remember how these 24 YA books changed dramatically between hardcover & paperback?

If you’re ready for school, maybe you’re ready for a new book boyfriend.

Leila Sales discusses her favorite 10 YA contemporary books - love getting to see these from authors! And like with most B&N articles, some of these I hadn’t even heard of!

Movies/TV Shows:

Man, even though I posted a lot of movie/tv show news last time, I think I missed some things...

They’ve changed the title of the final Divergent movie from Allegiant to Ascendant. You can read Veronica Roth’s thoughts here. Here are the new posters. Also, they’ve released a teaser clip of Allegiant.

Zoey Deutch will be starring in the adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.

You can watch an exclusive clip from The Scorch Trials here.

You can watch the first and second trailers for Goosebumps.

The official trailer for the 5th Wave movie was released. You can also see the new poster (which is on the movie tie-in edition, as shown above.)

Throne of Glass was optioned for t.v.

Check out the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay poster/banner.

Olive Cooke has been cast in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One.

The Sky Is Everywhere was also optioned - but by Warner Bros, for a movie.

Paramount optioned Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, with the hopes of starting a new franchise.

The Animorphs is getting its own movie.

Barry Sonnenfeld will be directing A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Do you think that these are the best YA films of all time?


I’ll be hosting a giveaway soon. Keep your eyes out for that!

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: Celebrate Four MILLION page views with us by entering our MASSIVE giveaway! Giveaway ends 9/21/15; Win one of FOUR packs of FIVE popular or recent YA titles, plus swag to help reward readers, for underfunded classrooms, schools, or libraries. Know a school or library who needs books? Nominate them! This month's donations from Martina Boone, Kami Garcia, Liza Wiemer, and Jessica Porter at Crossroads Reviews. Ends 10/1/15;Win $50 American Express Gift Certificate, one of 5 beautiful Tiffany-style Key necklaces, Compulsion for Reading T-shirts, a What I'm Reading chalk mug, Fictionista Notepads, and much more in the PERSUASION pre-order celebration. Also TONS of free downloads, including stickers, bookmarks, magnets, door hangers, and wallpapers.; Win DAMAGE DONE by Amanda Panitch. Enter by 10/8/15.

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.


New Releases: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy, Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, The Marvels by Brian Selznick, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, Mirrored by Alex Flinn, The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus, Breakaway by Kat Spears, Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty, Queen of Always (Stolen Empire #3) by Sherry D. Ficklin, Imposter by Antony John, Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prunes, One by Sarah Crossan, Delicate by C. K. Kelly Martin

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo :). And hopefully I’ll have a booktube video up soon as well!

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.