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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 (85)

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:

 

  • The Packer Inheritance - Varian Johnson (MG; In the story, two 12-year-olds search their small Southern town for the hidden will of an eccentric millionaire who disappeared years before. Publication is slated for 2017; Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • Dollar Will - Alison McGhee (a YA novel told in 100-word vignettes, of a boy in Los Angeles who leaves dollar-store items as anonymous gifts to neighborhood characters. A publication date has not yet been set; Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / S&S/Atheneum).
  • Dreamfall - Amy Plum (the first book of a duology. In the books, a radical experiment to cure chronic insomnia goes wrong, and its seven teenage test subjects are plunged into a shared coma populated by one another's nightmares; those who die in the dream will also die in real life. The first book comes out in summer 2017, with the second book publishing in summer 2018. HarperTeen).
  • Roseblood - A.G. Howard (YA retelling of the Phantom of the Opera set in a boarding school for music and art inside a French opera house. Publication is slated for January 2017; Abrams).
  • Moxie - Jennifer Mathieu (which follows a girl who takes inspiration from her mother's stories of the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90's to start her own anonymous zine, sparking a modern-day feminist revolution at her small-town Texas high school. Publication of Moxie is scheduled for fall 2017. Roaring Brook).
  • Someday Birds - Sally J. Pla (debut in which bird-loving Charlie, diagnosed with OCD and Asperger's, reluctantly travels cross-country with his siblings to see his dad, hospitalized after a brain injury. Charlie bargains with the universe that if he can spot along the way all the rare birds that the two had been hoping to see someday, then everything might just turn out okay. Publication is set for 2017. HarperCollins).
  • The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo - Drew Weing (graphic novel; The book tells the story of a boy named Charles who moves to a new city and learns that it's infested with monsters. The first volume will be published in 2016; First Second).
  • Marvin and the Moths - Jonathan Follett, illus by Matthew Holm (MG; the book is a send-up of middle school, suburbia, and giant mutant moths. This is the first collaboration for Holm and Follett, who have been friends since middle school. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Scholastic).
  • The Princess and the Page - Christina Farley (a middle-grade novel about a girl whose dark fairy tale comes to life after writing it with a magical Word Weaver pen. Publication is slated for 2017; Scholastic).

From last week:

  • 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).
  • There were a lot more but none had GR links, so I’ve decided to give up on them.

 

Authors/Interviews: This Monstrous Thing - Mackenzi Lee, Ink and Ashes - Valynne Maetani, These Vicious Masks - Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker, The Weight of Feathers - Anna-Marie McLemore, Bookishly Ever After - Isabel Bandeira, Monstrous - Marcykate Connolly, The Body Institute - Carol Riggs, Nightfall - Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, Carry On - Rainbow Rowell, Dumplin’ - Julie Murphy, Tonight the Streets Are Ours - Leila Sales, Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Book Trailers: Faceless - Alyssa Sheinmel, Cloud Country - Noah Klocek, A Madness So Discreet - Mindy McGinnis,Illuminae - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

Excerpts: Young Man with Camera - Emil Sher, Beastly Bones - William Ritter, All American Boys - Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman, This Monstrous Thing - Mackenzi Lee, Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys, A Thousand Nights - E.K. Johnston, Evolution - Stephanie Diaz

Mira Jacob gave a speech about race to the publishing industry and no one listened (Here is the thing about how discrimination works: No one ever comes right out and says, “We don’t want you.” In the publishing world, they don’t say, “We just don’t want your story.” They say, “We’re not sure you’re relatable” and “You don’t want to exclude anyone with your work.” They say, “We’re not sure who your audience is.”).

Reading While White appears to be a new blog that’s getting quite a bit of recognition: “It is therefore essential to devote a space to examining Whiteness, lest we White people try to “escape” acknowledging our privilege by shifting into discussions about the identities along which we are marginalized.”

Richelle Mead has been posting excerpts from Adrian’s diary these past weeks. Here’s the latest.

Rita Williams-Garcia discusses writing diverse books with kids (RWG: “Our books should really reflect the diversity that is the world. Let’s tell not just one single story but a variety of stories from so many different perspectives. We need diverse stories for each and every reader so that that reader can feel that the world is an open book. And that they have only to reach out and grab their book.”).

Famous kidlit authors who actually disliked kids. Yeah, I learned about Shel Silverstein’s situation a couple of years ago but had no idea about Dr. Seuss! (Meanwhile check out the celebration of Dr. Seuss here).

Have you ever wondered what an author’s daily life is like? Here are 18 testimonials, esp in the YA realm.

It’s time for… the Library Card Selfie.

In the UK, less than a quarter of kids are frequent readers. They prefer, instead, to surf the internet or use Facebook.

People were in a bit of an uproar about the Nielsen Book Scan (Summit) results. Here are some of the main points from the summary article.

  • Children’s book sales are up 12.6% in the U.S., 28% in Brazil, and 10% in China, with 11 of the 20 bestselling books in the U.S. being children’s titles. 
  • Children’s share of print markets is averaging 34% across the board internationally, in Australia and New Zealand, it’s almost 50%
  • Kids ages 5-8 ... account for 39% of dollars spent on children’s books, and for 38% of children’s book sales overall.
  • ...today’s children under the age of nine are split demographically 50/50 between multicultural and white. → “If you create content that speaks to [specific] cultural segments,” the data shows that “it is resonating across all races and ethnicities.” Furthermore, Doc McStuffins, a female character, also has strong appeal for boys. → REAL DATA BEHIND CRY FOR DIVERSE BOOKS + “Diverse books don’t sell//aren’t universal” + “we need more boy protagonists/boys can’t relate” = horse ****.
  • 80% of all the YA books that are selling are being bought by adults
  • The panel seemed to suggest that the YA moniker can be limiting… one panelist suggested that publishers “change the name from YA to YAH - Young at Heart.” → for the people who were upset about this, I’d like to point out that the whole panel is a sample size of less than 10. If you take that panel’s advice, statistically you’re not making a very smart decision without polling more of your consumers.
  • Many of these [adult] readers discover books by browsing bookstores, and having their eye caught by good design, by hearing of forthcoming movie adaptations, and through the Internet via GoodReads and Twitter. VS. how teens discover books → The teens said they are definitely influenced by movie releases when choosing to read books. They cited the Internet, particularly Amazon’s suggested books feature and Wattpad, as a place they find out about new books, and many stated that the recommendations of friends largely inspired their reading choices, as well as those from teachers and librarians.
  • You can read all the tweets about the summit here.

 

Creepy! Scholastic had a campaign to “Unveil Voldemort” in Jim McKay’s new illustrated HP and check out the picture. ACK, as a kid that might have actually haunted my nightmares if I saw that.

Yay for a continuation of the I Can Readathon campaign! (HarperCollins’s I Can Read! books and PBS KIDS are collaborating on a national I Can Readathon campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign is designed to get kids learning every day through fun, engaging activities that encourage them to explore the world of books and develop a love of reading.)

Undecided about reading Dumplin by Julie Murphy? Check out these 9 quotes!

8 Women Who Changed Literature Forever - I’m surprised Stephenie Meyer isn’t on that list, though it’s not specific to YA. Still. For all that backlash, she def helped make YA.

What’s it like to be an author and an editor? Leila Sales’s take.

A brief summary of author and industry events.

We Need Diverse Books has postponed its diversity festival to the summer of 2017 or 2018. And on a similar note, indie booksellers have announced a diversity initiative.

Have you checked out the dedicated online initiative Penguin has set up for Nightfall?

Banned Books Week is coming up! And meanwhile the author of New Zealand’s first banned book in 22 years has decided to speak out.

Cover Reveals:

young adult cover reveals
young and new adult cover reveals
*I think I may have already featured this before - my bad.


Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Seven YA Books That Show the Lives of Teens Around the World - can we have more of these please? Also, would add to the list a book I recently discovered: Hate Is Such a Strong Word. Set in Australia with a Lebanese-Australian girl MC. The Lebanese diaspora is huge, so you’re unlikely to actually get a YA book set in Lebanon, methinks.

Favorite grandparents from kidlit - i actually can’t think of any book i’ve read recently with grandparent characters… hm.

Hey, reviewers! Disability in Kid Lit is looking for MORE reviewers.

For Bi Visibility Day: 15 YAs Celebrating Bisexuality. I really want to read Otherbound. Adaptation & Love were good ones - recommended here :).

5 YAs to Read while You’re Waiting for Scream Queens - huh, so out of the horror loop that I didn’t even know what Scream Queens was. But if you’re looking for YA horror recs…

15 Authors Share Their Most Prized Possessions - A SIGNED DWJ book? A SIGNED first edition of THE THIEF? Yeah, they’re right when they say you’re about to experience book envy…

Thrilling YA Stories Sparked by Ecological Disasters. Huh. I hadn’t heard of some of these // didn’t know that they were about ecological disasters. Also makes me think of “Water Wars.

11 Contemporary Classics to Complement Your YA -- > the title is actually the other way around, but this is just the way I think of it ;).

Can’t Stop Reading. Aka: Christina’s Book Nerd problem when she’s trying to convince herself to actually make a bookish round post and/or be productive.

There will almost always be a Harry Potter article in these posts, haha. Some Harry Potter fans left notes in the margins for future readers, talking about the impact the books had on them (that’d be cool, IMO. Love getting to see how others have reacted). The 6 stages of whether or not to reread Harry Potter + 9 Reasons I’ll Read the Harry Potter Series to My Kids (this reminds me of my boss who said that one of her main worries was that her kids wouldn’t like the HP series as much as she did hahaha) + More information on the Potter family was released along with the new Pottermore design (aka Harry’s invisibility cloak origins).

Apparently a lot of children’s books this fall feature imaginary friends.

Do you think that it’s possible for TV to make for better readers?

Movies/TV Shows:

Remember how Tuck Everlasting was chosen to go to Broadway? Check out its veteran cast.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer was released, and it is a SPOILER if you haven’t read the book.

The trailer for The Jungle Book was released.

Miss Peregrine’s has been moved back from March 4 to Christmas Day 2016.

News may be coming soon on The Scorpio Races adaptation.

The official trailer for the 5th Wave movie was released.

The Scorch Trials was released last weekend. Did you see the movie? Its weekend box office was around $30 million, which ensured a #1 spot and was about the same as The Maze Runner, though less than Divergent. And Wes Ball will be staying onto direct the last film.

Giveaways:

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 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.

Other:


New Releases: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's #3) by Ransom Riggs, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett, The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett, The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler, This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee, The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear #2) by Michael Grant, I Crawl Through It by A.S. King, Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter, Ungodly (Goddess War #3) by Kendare Blake, Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson, Silver Eve (Guardians of Tarnec #2) by Sandra Waugh, Bits & Pieces (Rot & Ruin #3) by Jonathan Maberry, Sound by Alexandra Duncan, Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Mudstone Trilogy by Mal Peet.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my mini review of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and my full review of The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. Both recommended for sure!

I haven’t written a review for this, but I also LOOOOOOOOVED Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Thanks, Mel!

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.