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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 (86)

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 and another:

 

  • Triangles: The Points of Love - edited by Natalie C. Parker (which explores the myriad tragic, frustrating, humorous possibilities of the teen love triangle, and features 15 new stories from Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Alaya Dawn Johnson,E.K. Johnston, Tessa Gratton, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Cajiuat Posadas, Veronica Roth, Maggie Stiefvater,Sabaa Tahir,Brenna Yovanoff, and Parker herself. Publication is scheduled for 2017; HarperCollins).
  • The Diabolic - S.J. Kincaid (a stand-alone YA action-adventure thriller set in space. The book tells the story of a genetically created teenager named Nemesis, called a Diabolic, thought to be a soulless killing machine. Nemesis was created to protect an heiress, but when the Emperor summons this heiress to his court to serve as a hostage and pawn, Nemesis is sent in her stead and discovers she may be more human than she thought. The book will be released in fall 2016; Simon & Schuster).
  • We Were Never Here - Krystal Sutherland (debut; In the book, high school senior Henry Page finds himself falling for Grace Town, the new girl at school, despite her dirty clothes and weird vibe. Though Grace has secrets that keep Henry at arm's length, like why she visits a graveyard every day, Henry is determined to win her over. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Putnam).
  • Grendel's Guide to Love and War - A.E. Kaplan (in which teen misfit Tom Grendel seeks to take down the obnoxious jock-next-door, while falling for his enemy's sister and discovering secrets about his own family in the process. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Knopf).
  • Elementals - Amie Kaufman (a middle grade fantasy-adventure trilogy. The series features an ancient, ongoing battle between two clans of humans who can shapeshift – ice wolves and scorch dragons – and follows two siblings who combine the powers of the enemy clans. The first book, as yet untitled, pubs in winter 2018, and the next two books will follow annually thereafter. HarperCollins).
  • The BAT Chronicles - Elana K. Arnold (MG series; In the spirit of Clementine and Ramona, the books follow Bixby Alexander Tam – nicknamed BAT – a third-grader on the autism spectrum, and his funny, unexpected, authentic experiences at home and at school. The first book, A Boy Called BAT, is set to publish in 2017; HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press).
  • The Pants Project - Cat Clarke (MG debut; The story chronicles a transgender boy's fight to change his school's outdated dress code, gaining a new best friend in the process. Publication is set for early 2017; Sourcebooks Fire).
  • Park, Place - Danielle Svetcov (debut MG; The book, set in San Francisco, is about the unexpected friendship between two kids from very different places – Cal, the ham-fisted, 12-year-old martyr from the plush mansion he shares with his restaurateur mother, and struggling, straightforward Jeanne Ann from the van parked across the street, where she lives with her own mother, a wayward short-order cook – and how they end up saving themselves in the course of saving each other. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Dial).
  • Butterfly Wishes - Jennifer Castle (chapter book series about two sisters, their friends, and winged magic. The first two books will be released in fall 2017; Bloomsbury).
  • The Lords of Glass Town - Catherynne M. Valente (MG novel follows Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Brontë as they discover a portal into Glass Town, a Narnia-like fantasy world of their own creation. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Braced - Alyson Gerber (MG debut in which 12-year-old Rachel learns her scoliosis has worsened and she has to wear a back brace, but the experience teaches her that she is made of stronger stuff than even her brace. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • If Found Return to Astropop - Lucas Hargis (debut in which, unaware of one another's gender or appearance, two gender fluid teens become mutually smitten by reading each other's journals. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; HMH).
  • Dead Man's Curve - Alex Van Tol (YA horror novella; The book tells the story of 18-year-old Booker, who accidentally runs over a mysterious figure on a wilderness highway. Publication is set for fall 2016; Leap Books' Shine imprint).

 

From last week:

 

  • 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).
  • 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).

 

From Publisher’s Lunch:

 

 

And from another deal:

 

  • Juan Felipe Herrera, the current (and first-ever Latino) U.S. Poet Laureate, has signed a four-book deal with Candlewick Press….includes Jabberwalking, a middle-grade book that charts Herrera’s writing process and the act of walking.

 

Excerpts: The Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard, The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan, The House - Christina Lauren

Authors: Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo (and another here and another & one with Rae Carson here), Zeroes - Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, My Senior Year of Awesome - Jennifer DiGiovanni, Mr. Puffball, Stunt Cat to the Stars - Constance Lombardo, The Star Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi, Julie Murphy & Aaron Hartzler, What We Saw - Aaron Hartzler, This May Sound Crazy - Abigail Breslin, A Step Toward Falling - Cammie McGovern, The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani, Blood and Salt - Kim Liggett

Awards: You can vote now for YALSA’s top ten teen books of 2015 until Teen Week in October. The first ever Walter award will be given out next March.

Book Trailers: The Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head - Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester, Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers

A brief summary of author and industry events.

Reading While White: “Do I have the right to write about ___?”, a question frequently asked by white writers and diversity in novels. Loved reading the post + the comments section has a great discussion as well.

And for your reference, a list of articles on racism in YA.

A really sad thing is looking at the CCBC’s compiled results of 2015 so far in terms of books about PoC characters or written by PoC. Apparently the results are not that much different from 2014.

This week is Banned Books Week. Here are 10 Frequently Challenged YA books (and the top 10 books challenged in the U.S. this year), and five very true tales of book censorship. Books for teenagers should reflect real life, which includes sex and swearing, although we might want to stop calling them young adult books. Regardless, we should always question why a book has been banned. Also, parents, please stop trying to ban books. And, hey, we can also admire these quotes on censorship(and these as well), and celebrate banned books week.

Jacqueline Woodson hopes for more dialogue and less shouting when it comes to banned books.

The book that had been getting a lot of attention as New Zealand’s first banned kidlit book in a couple of decades was now acquired for publication in the U.S.

Authors discussed what made their school visits great - some really great stories in there.

Are publishers responding to teachers’ and librarians’ needs?

Photos from the Brooklyn Book Festival.

It was once predicted that ebook sales would continue to increase while those of print books declined. Not so, my friends. The case is potentially more complicated.

A manifesto for children’s literature: Books “for children” or “for teenagers” are books for all who are ready to listen to them. They are for all who recognize that art cannot be confined within such narrow labels. <<<< YASSSSSSSSSSSSS.

Dear United States and other countries, these figures on illiteracy are very disappointing.

Cover Reveals:
 
Pantomime - Laura Lam, new publisher redesign
Shadowplay - Laura Lam, new publisher redesign
*I think this one might be old. My bad.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

According to Buzzfeed, these are the best YA books of all time. I wonder what the qualifications were? It seemed like there were more recently published books than older books, which is unusual for a list like that. → just found out that it’s based off Goodreads ratings. No wonder. No one rates old books anymore.

Are these some of your favorite last lines in books?

Do you agree that these are the best villains in YA fiction?

Diverse book recommendations for teens dealing with social issues.

If you like Once Upon a Time, here’s a list of potential YA recommendations to read.

Maybe the appeal to YA literature is the hope, the optimism. (Or check out the manifesto from the link in Publishing.)

Are you anticipating these October releasing YA books?

Realistic Contemporary YA Love Stories ⇒ Jellicoe Road yaaasss. (I also measure other couples against them. But also I have not read any of the other books on that list… sadface).

If you’re looking for more YA horror books to read, here’s a start.

If you’re looking for more YA fantasies with awesome magical systems, here’s another place to start.

You should spend every summer vacation rereading Harry Potter. Duh.

You need to own hardbacks, but you read paperbacks. You are not alone.

If I have time, I'll come back and put book blogger discussions here.

Movies & TV Shows:

Expect more movies to come: Hollywood isn’t buying the YA movie fatigue.

Matt Sobel will be directing the adaptation of The Scorpio Races.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child will be in two parts. See Pottermore for more details and announcements.

Kate Maberly will be directing the adaptation of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Maisie Williams is attached as an actress.

The Disney Channel has optioned Upside-down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins (which was released yesterday).

Adam Wilson will be playing Ragnor Fell in the Shadowhunters TV show.

Check out the international trailer for The Jungle Book adaptation.

Rob Marshall may be directing a new Mary Poppins movie.

Giveaways:

ARCs & Hardcovers, INT, ends 11/01.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: New Releases 9/28/15! Win THREE great new YA novels that release this week, plus read interviews and a round-up of all this week's new YA novels. Giveaway ends 10/4/15; 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 THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS by J.J. Howard. Enter by 10/29/15.; Win a MASSIVE prize pack including books by Scott Westerfeld, Nikki Kelly, Lisa Gail Green, Kiera Cass and more. Enter by 10/7/15.; Win DAMAGE DONE by Amanda Panitch. Enter by 10/6/15.; Win BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett. Enter by 10/20/15.; 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.

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: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3) by R. L. Stine, Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) by Gina Showalter, Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, Madly by Amy Alward, Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher,Untwine by Edwidge Danticat, Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack, Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Brambles

Recent Recommended Reads: You can check out my recommendations for adult fiction for YA readers.
 
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.