33 Following

Christina Reads YA

"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 (89)

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.)


Rights Report 1, 2:


  • Untitled - John Corey Whaley (2 books; the projected publication dates are summer 2018 and summer 2020. Dial).
  • Untitled YA - Meg Medina (The YA novel follows siblings, one of whom has intellectual disabilities, as they navigate their first year of high school, and will publish in 2017. Candlewick)
  • Untitled MG - Meg Medina (The middle-grade novel is about an interfering, multigenerational family living under the same roof in Queens, and will publish in 2018. Candlewick).
  • A World Without You - Beth Revis (In the book, a teenage boy suffering from delusions is convinced that he can travel through time to save the girlfriend he suddenly and unexpectedly lost. The book is scheduled for summer 2016; Razorbill).
  • We Come Apart - Brian Conaghan & Sarah Crossan (tells the story of Nicu and Jess, whose paths cross when they meet while on probation. Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home, while Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence; friendship and romance grows between them. The book will publish globally in winter 2017. Bloomsbury U.K.).
  • Star-Crossed - Barbara Dee (is about a girl with a crush on another girl, who is playing Juliet in a middle-school production of Romeo and Juliet. The first book is slated for fall 2016; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Stuff I Know About You - Barbara Dee (hinges on a tween girl's suspicions during a field trip to Washington, D.C. that her roommate has an eating disorder...with the second to follow in spring 2017. S&S/Aladdin).
  • Camp So And So - Mary McCoy (a YA mystery with a supernatural twist pitched as Cabin in the Woods meets Wet Hot American Summer with the interlocking mystery structure of The Westing Game. At a summer camp for girls, each cabin is trapped into acting out a warped version of a different classic camp story; they must find out how their stories connect and who is pulling the strings. Publication is set for spring 2017; Carolrhoda Lab).
  • Garden of Blood and Dust - K.K. Pérez (a YA fantasy inspired by the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, the world's first female serial killer, pitched as a cross between Maleficent and American Horror Story. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Simon Pulse).
  • A Boy Called Christmas - Matt Haig, illus by Chris Mould (interior art) (a middle-grade Santa Claus origin story, in which a young St. Nick goes on a journey to find his father and discovers a hidden world of magic, mystery, and surly reindeer. Publication is scheduled in time for Christmas 2016. Knopf).
  • Birds of Prey - Terry Lynn Johnson (It's a middle-grade survival story about 12-year-old Karma's quest to rescue her dad after a car accident leaves him trapped in the desert. Karma has only the help of her trained falcon and a troubled runaway boy, who may or may not be a friend. Publication is slated for 2018; Charlesbridge).
  • Feathers Like Rain - Sharlee Glenn (MG novel; The book is a coming-of-age tale set on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation. Publication is set for 2017; Charlesbridge).
  • Disaster Diaries - R. McGeddon (Featuring survival tips and sketches from a comic perspective, the middle-grade novels follow three unlucky but resourceful 12-year-old friends as they work to save their town, Sitting Duck, from outlandish disasters. The first two books, Zombies!and Aliens!, are scheduled for spring 2016; the third is scheduled for fall 2016. Macmillan's Imprint).
  • You Know Me Well - Nina LaCour & David Levithan (is the story of an unlikely friendship that evolves between two teens over the course of Pride Week in San Francisco. Kate, an artist, has just run away from a chance to finally meet, in the flesh, a girl she has been in love with from afar for months. Mark is hopelessly in love with his best friend, who may or may not feel the same way. When the two meet on the first night of Pride, little do they know that each is exactly who the other needs – a true friend. Publication is slated for June 2016; St. Martin's Press).
  • Speak of Me as I Am - Sonia Belasco (YA debut; The story is told in the alternating perspectives of two teens who, in the aftermath of loss, learn how to grieve, how to love, and how to find their true selves through the literal lens of a camera and the figurative lens of Shakespeare. Publication is set for summer 2017; Philomel).
  • Fire Color One - Jenny Valentine (It tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who struggles to find her way out of her mother's game of greed and revenge, and connect to the father she never knew she had through a mutual love of art. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Philomel).
  • Closer to Fine - Carrie Mac (U.S. debut from CA author. The contemporary YA follows the story of Maeve, who is struggling with severe anxiety, and who falls in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything. Publication is set for spring 2017; Knopf).
  • Hitchcock, Grandma, and the First Kiss - Ellen Wittlinger (centers on 12-year-old Maisie's dream of becoming a movie director, her relationship with her forgetful grandmother, and a complicated best-friend love triangle. The first book is scheduled to publish in 2017; Charlesbridge).
  • Be Always Tender - Ellen Wittlinger (focuses on three unlikely friends – Izzy, Ben, and Oliver – who become for each other the family they all need...with the second to follow in 2018; Charlesbridge).
  • Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy - Gareth Wronski (debut; MG sci fi about a schoolgirl kidnapped by alien space pirates who mistake her for the missing princess of a far-away galaxy. She must join with her eccentric science teacher and a mysterious new student to escape the pirates, locate the princess, and find her way back to Earth. Publication is slated for summer 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Army Brats - Daphne Benedis-Grab (When their mother accepts a post at an army base, siblings Tom, Charlotte, and Rosie find that life on base is full of new friends, rules, and challenges – including solving the mystery behind the creepy abandoned building. Publication is planned for 2017; Scholastic).
  • Once Upon a Cruise - Anna Staniszewski (about a 12-year-old girl who lands a summer job on a cruise, only to find her magical vacation quickly turning into a titanic mess. Publication is set for fall 2016; Scholastic Press).


From last week:


  • The Magic Misfits - Neil Patrick Harris (an illustrated debut middle-grade series. Little, Brown; Publication is slated for spring 2017).

Authors: Illuminae - Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, The Rose Society - Marie Lu (and another), Romancing the Dark in the City of Light - Ann Jacobus, Beyond the Red - Ava Jae, Unscripted Joss Byrd - Lygia Penaflor, Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch, An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes - Randy Ribay, Wolf by Wolf - Ryan Graudin, The Edge - Roland Smith

Excerpts: Outrun the Moon - Stacey Lee, Winter - Marissa Meyer, Soundless - Richelle Mead, Salt to the Sea - Ruta Septys,My Lady Jane - Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand

Book Trailers: The League of Unexpected Children - Gitty Daneshvari

Awards: The winner of the Kirkus Prize for YA was Echo Munoz Ryan. The list of “Indies Introduce New Voices for Winter/Fall 2016” was announced. The Carnegie Medal nominees were announced. I announced this last week, but again: theNational Book Award finalists were announced (my prediction: Bone Gap). You can get to know the finalists here. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial longlist was announced.

If you are an independent bookseller employee or know one, consider filling out this form to nominate him/her for James Patterson’s holiday bonus of $250k by November 1st.

Even though the publishing industry has a younger workforce, it’s still predominantly white (89%). Women are paid less than men even though they make up the majority of the industry (77%). Low salary was the biggest complaint among industry professionals. There is actually a lot more in that article in way of facts; check it out if you have the time.

Where do Jews fit in the diversity movement?

And on that note, here’s a really interesting blog post on the many faces of diversity and perspectives across different topics (diversity and racism; diversity in diversity, etc.).

In its first week of publication, Twilight Reimagined: Life and Death sold 66k copies; the illustrated Harry Potter 44k copies; the first Magnus Chase book 69k copies; and Carry On 12k copies. (These are “print units”).

If you’re headed to YALLFest, here is the list of panels you can attend.

In previous posts, I wasn’t sure who created #StoriesForAll: Bloomsbury! Read more in the CBC summary.

Kids are apparently reading more than adults, according to a new study, even if adults apparently make up the majority of YA readers. Similar results can be found in the Nielsen scan in the UK.

The printed book will last another 500 years.

A win for John Green & anti-censorship: a NJ school district is no longer banning Looking for Alaska. The same happened for the historic New Zealand YA book, Into the River.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week. Along that line, you can read up on New York Comic Con and the2015 New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Conference.

HarperCollins will be simultaneously releasing Alyson Noel’s new novel, Unrivaled, in sixteen languages come next May.

Cover Reveals:

The Sapphire Cutlass - Sharon Gosling
Compass South - Hope Larson, illus by Rebecca Mock
Making Faces - Amy Harmon, 2 year anniversary edition

The cover for Beth Revis’s new YA book will be revealed today.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

If you like the Night Circus, you should read these books.

You can treat your Game of Thrones withdrawal with these fantasy books. Plus some recommendations from YA authors.

If you like the rich boy/poor girl dynamic, you should read these books.

Looking for a YA book that is different from others? Here are some that think outside of the box.

Cameras play a big role in these YA books.

Badass women in literature.

There’s more to fame than glitz and glamour in these YA novels.

Are you anticipating reading these November releasing YA novels? (I wonder why October seemed to have so many more of the “big” titles. Or maybe it was split between September/October? Is Nov/Dec too close to holiday season?)

Want to get into fall? Check out these books that’ll give you the fall feeling.

And if you don’t want to fall into fall but rather would like to get away, here are some recommendations.

Quotes from The Rose Society by Marie Lu & 9 Dreamiest YA pick-up lines.

24 Pictures that express what it really means to be a book nerd.

And #booknerdproblems: Being Patient with New Book Nerds.

A list of YA books that deal with abortion: surprisingly small.

On sex in YA and positive representation, from author Carrie Mesrobian.

34 YA book gifts (dude, the underpants? What.).

If you like Taylor Swift, here are her songs paired with YA books.

Hilarious tweets about Harry Potter and if the Harry Potter titles were honest: seriously, there will be at least one HP article per bookish rounds post.

This article. The Children’s Book Guy: An Ideal Crush Object.

These three new books are helping children cope with traumatic events.

How many of these musicals did you recognize as having been based off a children’s book?

Will you be using children’s books as inspiration for your Halloween costume?

Movies/TV Shows:

If you were curious about the Goosebumps adaptation, here’s an interview with R.L. Stine. Goosebumps opened to the #1 spotwith about $23 million.

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout has its screenwriter: YA author Ava Dellaira.

The big news - though not really related to adaptations per se - is that Netflix is reviving Gilmore Girls.

Disney has ordered a sequel for The Descendants.

The Thousandth Floor, a book not being published until 2017 by HarperTeen, has already been optioned.

Famous in Love was optioned, with Bella Thorne as the main star in the TV pilot.

Some interviews with the Paper Towns cast: Justice Smith, Jaz Sinclair.

Shadowhunters TV show: you can meet Magnus Bane and watch the 4 minute clip introduced to fans at NYCC.


ARCs & Hardcovers, INT, ends 11/01.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: …New Releases 10/19/15! Win FOUR 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 10/25/15 …; …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 signed, personalised copies of COMPULSION and PERSUASION, plus signed copies of Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.....; ... Win one of SEVEN 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, Maggie Stiefvater,Danielle Paige, Laurie Halse Anderson and Maria Dahvana Headley. Ends 11/1/15.

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}.

You have until January 1st to complete your Storyboard Sprites board and win a book up to $15.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


New Releases: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin; Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff; Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall; Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown; The Distance From Me to You by Marina Glessner; Confessions of a Murder Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro; If You're Lucky by Yvonne Printz; Dead Investigation by Charlie Price; The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley Archer; Losers Take All by David Klass; Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted; Willful Machines by Tim Florin

Recent Recommended Reads: Slightly falling behind! And might be this week! An abstract for an important conference I’d like to attend is due the 30th and I haven’t finished writing my coding script or the data analysis. Ack!

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.