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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 (91)

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.)

Slightly shorter rounds today - my computer decided to randomly shut down on me, and I don’t remember what articles I had pulled up. But there should still be plenty to look through.


Rights Report 1, 2:


  • Fragments of the Lost - Megan Miranda (a YA psychological thriller in the vein of 13 Reasons Why. As a girl packs up her dead boyfriend's room, each item reveals a pattern of deception that leads her to wonder if you can ever really know another person. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Crown Books for Young Readers).
  • Heart of a Dolphin - Catherine Hapka (MG novel; When 11-year-old Annie Reed frees a dolphin trapped in a fishing line, it seems like a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. But then the dolphin returns the next day, striking up an unlikely friendship with Annie, and ultimately saving her life in more ways than one. Publication is set for spring 2016; Scholastic).
  • The Black Hole Who Lives in Our House - Michelle Cuevas (MG novel about an isolated child who befriends a black hole – one that is unpredictable, capricious, and kind of cute. It's scheduled for summer 2017; Dial Books for Young Readers).
  • Motley Education - S.A. Larsen (MG debut in which a class assignment sends two friends on the journey of their lives battling creatures from Norse mythology to find a relic that is vital to saving both the spirit world and themselves. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Leap Books Seek).
  • The Shaw Confessions - Michelle Hodkin (will pick up where Hodkin's Mara Dyer trilogy left off, this time from Noah Shaw's point of view, as he is forced to face the fact that the love of his life might turn out to be his worst enemy. The first book will be released in summer 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Sing - Vivi Greene (YA debut in which the world's most famous, unlucky-in-love pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up, only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible decision: her new guy, or her music. Publication is scheduled for June 2016; Harper).
  • Geeked Up! - Obert Skye (illustrated MG series about a band of geeks, set in a post-apocalyptic world. The first book is scheduled for 2017; Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books).
  • Mia and the Emperor's Treasure - Kat Zhang (MG debut in which a Chinese-American girl on a summer trip to China embarks on a hunt for a long-lost treasure while searching for her eccentric aunt who has gone missing. Publication is slated for summer 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Carmer & Grit - Sarah Jean Horwitz (MG debut fantasy adventure about a one-winged fairy and a magician's apprentice who team up to solve a conspiracy that could change both their worlds forever. Publication is set for spring 2017; Algonquin).
  • Molly in the Middle - Ronni Arno (tween novel about a girl who feels invisible in the middle of her parents' divorce, her sisters, her class, even the alphabet. As she sets out to be noticed, she must decide exactly how far she's prepared to go to be popular. Publication is planned for summer 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • The Pomegranate Witch - Denise Doyen (The story tells of the friendly battle between a witch who protects her prized pomegranate tree and the group of kids who are determined to taste its fruit.Eliza Wheeler is set to illustrate. The book will publish in fall 2017; Chronicle).
  • Walk Your Dog - Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, illustrated by Neesha Hudson (debut for both author & illustrator. In the story, a girl and her dog discover there's no better place to find the courage to face your fears than beside a loyal friend. Publication is planned for summer 2017; Putnam).
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies - Rhoda Belleza (read more here; two sisters — sole survivors of a murdered royal lineage – must reunite from opposite ends of the galaxy to salvage what’s left of their family dynasty and save the universe from a greater threat.” The publisher has set the release date for Spring 2017. Razorbill).


From last week:


  • Borderlines - Mitali Perkins (YA; The book links 15 stories about a Bengali family in Queens. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • We Are (So Not) the Trevors - Jake Burt (MG debut; The book is about a 13-year-old pickpocket in the foster-care system who longs for her own family. When a clan called the Trevors offers to take her in, it seems like she's gotten exactly what she wanted – until she learns that the family is being pursued by a killer and is about to enter the witness-protection program. The book is set for spring 2017; Feiwel and Friends).
  • For the Love of Double Dutch - Doreen Spicer-Dannelly (debut MG tells the story of a girl who must salvage her double-dutch dreams after her parents' rocky relationship takes her away from Brooklyn – and her beloved team – to spend the summer with her cousin in North Carolina. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Random House).
  • The rest were not listed, so I gave up on them.
Authors: My Kind of Crazy - Robin Reul, For the Record - Charlotte Huang, Winter - Marissa Meyer, a bunch of personal stories from nine awesome authors, Dangerous Lies - Becca Fitzpatrick, Until We Meet Again - Renee Collins, A Blind Guide to Stinkville - Beth Vrabel, Sugar Skulls - Lisa Mantchev and Glenn Dallas, Traffick - Ellen Hopkins, Devil and the Bluebird - Jennifer Mason-Black, The Trilogy of Two - Juman Malouf

Awards/Lists: Jacqueline Woodson will be receiving the Langston Hughes medal. A lot of awards were announced last week. Don’t forget to vote in the Semifinals round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. Paste Magazine announced its list for the 10 most exciting YA books of November. Amazon announced its list for the Best YA Books of 2015, with An Ember in the Ashes being named the best of them all. The Telegraph announced its Best YA Books of 2015 as well. The Winter 2015-2016 Indies Next list was also announced.

Excerpts: Thanks for the Trouble - Tommy Wallach, Highly Illogical Behavior - John Corey Whaley, The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas, Until We Meet Again - Renee Collins

Book Trailers: Stills from the trailer for Passenger - Alexandra Bracken.

Abrams bought an award-winning Finnish trilogy (“The feminist, folkloric work is the start of a trilogy known as the Red Abbey Chronicles, in which a girl finds a small island inhabited only by women during what is known as the Hunger Winter. The abbey is threatened after they take in a girl who is being pursued by violent men.”). You can add the book to your GR shelf here.

The literary world should not romanticize rejection; talent isn’t hiding--it’s being ignored.

Walter Dean Myers taught Sofia Quintero to stop writing white. It is so important for everyone of all ages to find their mirror books. We need to redefine heroism so that everyone can see themselves as a hero. Diversity is magic; and in the words of one of the authors in that roundtable discussion, “a lack of cultural diversity can lead to the stagnation of society, the death of intellect.”

National Jewish Book Month is running from now until December 6th. And here are some YA books with Jewish protagonists.

If you wanted to read Twilight Reimagined without buying the book because you were curious about the changes, well, here are 36 examples of sentences that have been changed, comparing them to those in Twilight. However, if you are interested in reading or are a fan of Twilight Reimagined, you can check out the “answertime” Stephenie Meyer hosted on tumblr with Little Brown for the book.

The Dork Diaries # 10 is selling well. The top-selling juvenile fiction of 2015 was Melissa De La Cruz's Isle of the Lost, which sold more than 381,000 copies as of the beginning of October.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

Penguin Teen’s marketing campaign, “Wicked Reads,” has been focusing on YA with thriller elements (the tagline is about being devoured by the books, but they’re hesitant to call them horror o.O).

Did you see how publishers celebrated Halloween?

If you live in New York, meet the NYC Reads 365 Challenge. Even if you’re not, reading daily is beneficial for you!

Did you join the resistance in support of the Lunar Chronicles? (Gah, I can’t wait for Winter to arrive. I wasn’t that excited but then seeing everyone else so excited -- oh, the glorious ways of fandom).

Do you think that Rainbow Rowell embodies YA’s past and signals its future?

Stephen Colbert thinks that JKR needs to stop with the Harry Potter revelations, lest we find out that Snape is actually pronounced Snapple.

Cover Reveals:
young adult cover reveals
The It Girl - Katy Birchall, new publisher design
middle grade cover reveals
Shadows of the Dark Crystal - J.M. Lee
Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Lol this is great -> If YA Book Titles Were Honest. The Judy Blume book? 100% true for me back in the day.

Check out these great recommendations with PoC main characters. That’s only a starter’s list - you can find many more of those books elsewhere, such as Serpentine by Cindy Pon.

Black Girls Matter: a YA Reading List. If you want to read more diverse books, there are countless lists like this (and I know that this coming year, I need to take charge and read more diversely -- I’ve been a bad ally). Also, I’d second the recommendation of Brown Girl Dreaming.

And if it’s weird YAs you’re looking to read, here are some recommendations.

Buzzfeed is calling for feedback: what do you think is the most romantic line in YA literature?

Can you kick ass in a corset? These YA heroines certainly can. And so can these strong YA heroines, both pre and post Hermione Granger.

Problems that only we book lovers understand.

In honor of Veterans Day, perhaps you’d like to check out these military themed YA books.

Have you been to any of these literary landmarks?

Do you think that these YA books would make for great web series?

iBooks wants to know which YA characters you’d want as your book bestie; they’ve recommended several books they think have characters who’d make for great friends.

This is a really cool article about Rue’s importance in The Hunger Games -- and how she’s a mockingjay, how she starts the revolution.

Quotes from YA heroines that’ll inspire you. I really like this effort to encompass traditionally classic novels within YA. Like Jane Eyre. Let’s get rid of those older, outdated labels.

Standalones > Series. Yes, no, maybe so?

Trying to determine which books to be excited for this coming spring? Here are five of Penguin’s most anticipated books.

How do you find books for a kid who wants to read up?

Love can transcend space and time according to these 8 YA novels.

Philip Pullman draws an interesting parallel between the daemons of his novels and loneliness.

Movies/TV Shows:

Check out pictures from the Fantastic Beasts set. In case you didn’t know, here is the plot of that movie. One thing you might also notice… look at all the white people in that movie. There is a serious lack of diversity in Fantastic Beasts, and that’s unacceptable -- even if the entire trilogy hasn’t been cast yet, look at the main characters for the first movie. It’s not exactly promising.

Bron Animation will be adapting Lois Lowry’s The Willoughbys into an animated feature.

Fox 2000 will be developing Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi into a movie.

Chloe Grace Moretz has been cast as the lead in the live-action Little Mermaid movie.

The cast of the Baby Sitters Club movie recently reunited and the internet is all agog.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas was optioned for film by Jo Bamford and Piers Tempest at Tempo Productions.

Jennifer Beals has been cast as Samantha’s (Zoey Deutsch) mom in the Before I Fall adaptation.

Check out the first trailer for Disney’s Through the Looking Glass.

Stephenie Meyer is looking to adapt The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, along with Lionsgate, for Hulu.

Check out the official trailer for The Little Prince adaptation.

Johnny Depp, Edgar Wright, and Bret McKenzie will be adapting Neil Gaiman’s MG novel, Fortunately the Milk.

Ellen DeGeneres and Disney will be adapting the MG fantasy, Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon.


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, US, ends 11/14/15.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: New Releases 11/9/15! Win SEVEN 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 11/15/15

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: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer; Soundless by Richelle Mead; Autumn's Kiss (Autumn Falls #2) by Bella Thorne; Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick; Unforgiven (Fallen #5) by Lauren Kate; Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz; For the Record by Charlotte Huang; DaVinci's Tiger by L. M. Elliott; Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson;Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts; All the Major Constellations by Pratima Cranse; If Only by Richard Paul Evans;Darkness Hidden (Name of the Blade #2) by Zoe Marriott; The August 5 by Jenna Helland; Consent by Nancy Ohlin; This Way Home by Wes Moore and Shawn Goodman.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can check out my recent audiobook recommendations - three wonderful books.

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.