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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 (92)

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:


  • Rebound - Kwame Alexander (The deal includes Rebound, a prequel toThe Crossover, as well as an untitled trilogy. The trilogy will chronicle one boy's epic quest for freedom after being taken from his home in Ghana, and will cover the Middle Passage, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and beyond. Publication ofRebound is scheduled for spring 2018; the world rights deal was brokered by Arielle Eckstut of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency. … other agent policies: how did you know you were almost finished?
  • Frostblood Saga - Elly Blake (The first book, Frostblood, follows a 17-year-old girl who must hide her powers from the ruling class. LBYR's acquisition also follows on the heels of strong foreign sales; in the U.K. the series was preempted by Hodder & Stoughton, and in Germany it was bought for six figures by Ravensburger. Publication will start in January 2017, with book two set for fall 2017 and book three for summer 2018. Little, Brown).
  • Welcome to Hotel Monster - Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe (Monster is the first in a new series about a trio of mystery-solving kids living in a luxury hotel whose clientele includes bigfeet, vampires and fairies, among other “supernormals.” Publication of book one is slated for summer 2017; Greenwillow).
  • Wait for Me - Caroline Leech (and an untitled second book, in an exclusive submission. The novel is a historical romance set in Scotland during WWII, in which a teenage girl falls in love with a wounded German POW sent to work on her father's farm. Publication is set for winter 2017; HarperTeen).
  • Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray (about a young soldier, Noemi, who is in an intergalactic war, and the robotic enemy warrior forced by his programming to obey her. When Noemi realizes that destroying him could save her world, she's torn between her duty and her growing belief that he may be far more than just a machine. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Little, Brown).
  • Perijee & Me - Ross Montgomery (US debut; It's a comic middle-grade novel about a lonely girl who discovers a tiny alien on the beach, Perijee. He becomes her secret friend – but he's growing like mad, and Caitlin can't hide him forever. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Random House).
  • Like Vanessa - Tami Charles (MG debut. The story features 13-year-old Vanessa, who struggles with an absent mother, a disengaged father, and her sense of self in 1983 Newark. On the heels of Vanessa Williams's historic Miss America win, a reluctant Vanessa enters her school's beauty pageant even though her father and the coolest girl in school are sure she doesn't belong on stage. Publication is slated for spring 2018; Charlesbridge).
  • The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops - R.K. Sager (MG debut about a 12-year-old girl chef who opens her own restaurant inside a San Francisco trolley car. Publication is set for summer 2017; Disney-Hyperion).
  • The Mighty Odds - Amy Ignatow (a new series about a group of mismatched middle-schoolers who gain oddly limited powers (super strength but just in the thumbs; teleportation but only four inches to the left), and who reluctantly band together to combat dark forces. Publication will begin in fall 2016; Abrams/Amulet).
  • Heartless - Sarah Henning (YA debut fantasy, tentative title, and pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess's point of view. Publication is set for fall 2017; HarperCollins's Katherine Tegen Books).


Last week: nothing is up on GR, so I'm giving up.

Awards: Don’t forget to vote in the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. USA books announced its winners. Last week, I added this kind of late so here it is again: the Winter 2016 Kids’ Indies Next List. Check out the RT Choice Award nominees in YA & NA. The winners of the National Book Award were announced.

Excerpts: You Know Me Well - David Levithan & Nina LaCour, Stars Above - Marissa Meyer, The Great Hunt - Wendy Higgins, Strange Girl - Christopher Pike, The Seventh Miss Hatfield - Anna Caltabiano

Authors: Just Visiting - Dahlia Adler, Tell Me Three Things - Julie Buxbaum, All We Left Behind - Ingrid Sundberg, Ten Thousand Skies Above You - Claudia Gray, Color Me Creative - Kristina Webb, Calvin - Martine Leavitt

If you’re looking to read more Jewish books this month to celebrate until the 6th, here are some more recommendations.

Don’t judge authors by their covers.

Trans representation in YA is only the beginning - “Because while including transgender and gender nonconforming characters is an important shift in contemporary young adult fiction, I believe it also matters how such representation is handled, what messages accompany that representation, and what readers see through the course of character development, plot development, description, and subtext, and priorities in the narrative.” And if you’re interested in reading more books with trans characters, here are books with trans characters written by trans authors.

Lee and Low had its staff undergo diversity training and then posed the question: was it worth it? Based on the answers from the staff, it sure sounds like it.

Remember that feminist anthology Kelly Jensen was organizing? Joining its ranks are Mindy Kaling and Roxane Gay among others. You can add it here on Goodreads.

Stephenie Meyer recommended a bunch of books, if you’re interested. (I do always love when famous authors discuss what they’ve been reading).

Taylor Swift has partnered with Scholastic to donate 25,000 books to New York City public schools.

In its first week, Jeff Kinney’s tenth Wimpy book sold over one million copies. The 5th Wave is also selling really well.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

Check out photos from the Savannah Book Fair, and a recap of Woodstock 2015 and the Shanghai fair (& what it means for the industry).

Anne Frank’s Diary is getting a co-author (Otto Frank)

Here are some other famous teenage authors.

Can you guess which publisher has put forth the most books that won the Caldecott? The result surprised me.

Do you feel like book blurbs are so recycled, you could play mad libs with them? I loled at the John Green/Rainbow Rowell meets ____ aspect for the YA contemporary novel.

Do gendered book lists have any place in a reader’s advisory?

Thanksgiving is approaching, and this post highlighted some unfortunate tendencies in American culture to portray the mythology of our holiday.

Libraries can change lives.

Agents addressed authors and illustrators, answering questions about pitches, social media, and more. Similarly, a group of YA authors also addressed these kind of questions.

YALLFest was this past weekend. You can read about YALLCrawl, which involved author signings around the city. You’ll see more summary posts, probably, next week.

A handful of Youtube stars have recently become NYT bestsellers.

Cover Reveals:


The Neverland Wars - Audrey Greathouse

Three Wishes - Lisa T. Bergren

One Week - Shana Norris

The Truth about Boys - Shana Norris

You Know Me Well - Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Dark Shadows - Toni Vallan

Ruler of Beasts - Danielle Paige

Judged - Liz De Jager, UK

So Much More - R.C. Martin, NA

Ascendancy (The Van Winkle Project) - Karri Thompson

Red Witch - Anna McKerrow (UK?)

Inflict - Cora Carmack, NA

Inspire - Cora Carmack, NA, redesign

Rising (New World) - Jennifer Wilson

Future Shock - Elizabeth Briggs

Uprooted - Naomi Novik, UK pb redesign

Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell, redesign

Even When You Lie to Me - Jessica Alcott, pb redesign

Earth's End - Elise Kova

Autumn's Kiss - Bella Thorne, pb redesign

Tripping Back Blue - Kara Storti

The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge, US

The Left-Handed Fate - Kate Milford

Fallout (Lois Lane) - Gwenda Bond, pb redesign

The Ministry of Suits - Paul Gamble

Drag Teen - Jeffery Self

When They Fade - Jeyn Roberts

One Silver Summer - Rachel Hickman

Goldfish - Nat Luurtsema

The Dark Talent (Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians) - Brandon Sanderson

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson, illus by Hayley Lazo, new publisher redesign

Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon - Rena Rocford


Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

I don’t remember if I posted this earlier, but I hope that you’ve had these YA books releasing in October through December on your radar.

Serious question: are you dying in a Victorian YA novel?

How would you survive a YA Apocalypse? Several authors chose Veronica Roth as their protector/companion.

It’s recommendation time! You should read these books with popular bands, unconventional family ties, super heroines who have attitude, and spectacular speculative fiction.

If you’re looking for a book lover's gift this holiday season, look no further. I WANT THAT MUG WITH THE CAT NAMES. You can also Gift YA.

You should read or reread I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. (I’m so awful, I STILL haven’t read this! ARGHHHH)

You should also reread these classics now that you’re an adult. Also maybe these - everything seems more profound.

Have you ever been guilty of the cover buy?

Penguin Teen is running its own YA book club now, if you’d like to join.

Some authors are plain awesome to follow on twitter.

Have you ever accidentally started a series with book 2? I know I’ve done this at least twice. I read Frostbite by Richelle Mead before reading Vampire Academy. Also Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen. Oh, I accidentally bought book 2 of Susan Dennard’s series and same with A.G. Howard’s novels…. I fail.

I also fail at keeping up with my TBR pile.

Lovely collection of quotes from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and classic YA from the 1990s.

I did not know this until now: there are a lot of YA books with “Shadows” in their title.

Which of all the Selection cover dresses do you like best? I like The Heir dress the most, but I am definitely not edgy and in charge :). I wonder how the Epic Reads team decided on dress/personality type?

Movies & TV Shows:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 cast paid tribute to the victims of the Paris Attacks on premiere day. Reviews have also been coming in for the movie; some positive, some negative. (Lol, at this venture, will the reviews matter? It’s the fourth movie in the series.). You can also see the Victor posters they designed of Augustus Braun, the 67th winner of the Hunger Games. Also, per Suzanne Collins’s letter, please thank the filmmakers.

Cate Blanchett may be starring in the Where’d You Go, Bernadette adaptation.

You can watch the new Allegiant trailer and check out the new character posters as well.

A new poster was revealed for the 5th Wave adaptation.

Bella Thorne posted a picture of herself as Paige, the character she plays in Famous in Love.

Margaret Qualley is in talks to play the female lead beside Nat Wolff in the Death Note adaptation.

Josh Hutcherson, in collaboration with Indigenous Media, will be looking for young adult screenplays on The Black List.

Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes are teaming up for the adaptation of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.

Robb Riggle and Lauren Graham have been cast in the MG adaptation of James Patterson’s “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.”


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: New Releases 11/16/15! Win one of the 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 11/22/15

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: The Game of Lives (Mortality Doctrine #3) by James Dashner, Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler, Strange Girl by Christopher Pike, Everything But the Truth (If Only #6) by Mandy Hubbard, Calvin by Martine Levitt, Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Recent Recommended Reads: Y’all, I got nothing. I’m still reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. When I’ve had time to read, I’ve not been in the mood.

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.