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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 (93)

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:


  • The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco (YA follows a young necromancer who recounts the dramatic story of her exile on a desolate beach to a bard who begins to suspect her of sinister motives. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Sourcebooks Fire).
  • Waking in Time - Angie Stanton (a YA novel about a time-traveling college student who wakes in the same dorm room throughout different decades meeting a mysterious professor who wants to help, her young grandmother who harbors a secret, and a college boy who becomes the love of her life. Publication is set for spring 2017; Capstone).
  • Bug Girl - Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens (MG series follows insect-obsessed Amanda and her best frenemy as they overcome social awkwardness, mall mishaps, and a slew of mutant crawlies in order to save their mothers and rescue the town of Oyster Cove. Publication of book one, Bug Girl, is scheduled for spring 2017; Macmillan's Imprint).
  • The Prince's Bane - Alexandra Christo (It tells the story of a killer siren with a taste for royal blood, banished from the ocean to the surface to hunt down the one prince who has sworn to end the war between land and sea by any means possible. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017. Feiwel and Friends).
  • The Neptune Cipher - Deborah Hopkinson (a mystery set during World War II about coded messages, espionage, danger, and friendship, featuring an American girl and a British boy. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Knopf).
  • Clivo Wren and the Fall of Phoenix - L. Fisher (Debut about a boy who is forced to step into his father's shoes as a top-secret tracker of legendary creatures to save the world from a ruthless organization harnessing Nessie, Bigfoot, and others for organic warfare, all with the help of the world's youngest group of basement-dwelling conspiracy theorists, plus a sequel. Publication is set for fall 2017; FSG).
  • Busted - Gina Ciocca (This romance follows Marisa, whose reputation for sniffing out cheaters makes her the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys at her high school. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Sourcebooks Fire).


None from last week had GR links so I’m giving up on them.

Awards/Lists: Don’t forget to vote in the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. SLJ’s Best MG Books of 2015 & Best YA Books of 2015 were announced. Here are also their Best Adult Books for Teens. Check out the nominees for the Andre Norton award. I linked to this late last week, so I’ll link again: the National Book Award winners and finalists (another article here). Chapters Indigo has named their Best Books of 2015. David Almond won the Guardian Children’s Book Prize.

Book Trailers: As I Crawl Through It - A.S. King. Steamy stills from the Blood and Salt trailer. Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

Excerpts: Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare, The Last Time We Were Us - Leah Konen, Oblivion - Jennifer Armentrout, The Love That Split the World - Emily Henry, My Sister Rosa - Justine Larbalestier, Places No One Knows - Brenna Yovanoff,Hear - Robin Epstein, Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Authors: Adam Silvera opened up on his struggle with suicidal thoughts. Ruby Reinvented - Ronni Arno, The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez - Robin Yardi, Gena/Finn - Kat Helgeson, The Rosemary Spell - Virginia Zimmerman, Veronica Roth & Amy Lukavics on horror, Thicker than Water - Brigid Kemmerer, Light of Day - Allison Van Diepen, Minna’s Patchwork Coat - Lauren A. Mills, The Iron Warrior - Julie Kagawa

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom took Frankfurt by surprise, has been sold in multiple countries, and has been optioned, with Jerry Bruckheimer attached. However, Scott Bergstrom upset a lot of readers and authors by suggesting (in the linked article) that not a lot of YA was morally complex. So, check out: #MorallyComplicatedYA. (Also, I'm simplifying a lot of this. Which is why I'm linking to the hashtag, where people much smarter than me have already deconstructed the shit-storm that is such an assertion.)

Do books for children try too hard to be politically correct today? (“The debate over A Fine Dessert reminds us that children’s literature – since what children must read continues to be decided for them – can be complicated, and contentious. “)

Junot Diaz discussed social activism in academia. Particularly relevant, given what’s been happening across the U.S. in colleges and universities. (Though maybe less relevant to kidlit bookish news - but hey, if you’re interested).

Which books are YA authors most thankful for? Authors also give thanks in this video.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is December 5th. Don’t forget! And potentially you could take them to the awesome indie bookstore near you?

(P.S. Yasss to this New York Times Article -> The Gift of Reading.)

Fans are not happy with the way The Hunger Games theme park has turned out (or at least in this case, concept art) and are fighting to take back the narrative.

Will you be gifting YA this year?

Rick Riordan will be publishing a new series called The Trials of Apollo.

Lauren Oliver will be releasing a free e-novella on the Book of Shhh from Delirium.

Last week I reported that Otto Frank was being added onto Anne Frank’s Diary as a co-author. This week, I’ll link you to an article about people challenging the copyright extension of the book.

Since November is Native American Heritage month, Publisher’s Weekly looked at the current representation of American Indians in Children’s Publishing. (“Furthermore, popular titles derived from traditional stories of American Indians are often shelved in different sections from similar titles from other religions. “Rather than shelve them with world religions,” Reese said, “they’re put in the folktale section, which marginalizes us as a people whose religions are no more superstitious than Christianity. Other things that sell? Bogus stories about Thanksgiving, that, like A Fine Dessert, sugarcoat history.”)

Yikes! The children’s book version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have given away key plot points in the movie.

Were you sad to have missed YALLFest? Here’s a recap in photos. Same for the 2015 National Book Awards.

Pope Francis is releasing his first children’s book (see cover below).

Some international publishers have stopped whitewashing RIck Riordan’s Kane Chronicles covers, per his criticism.

Ninja Day is coming - and these authors have organized Story Time for their books.

A brief recap of author and industry events from last week.

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II is a hit yet some people are disappointed - why? Here are the biggest book to movie changes… and some hilarious tweets about The Hunger Games. There’s going to be a huge gap now that THG is finished;studios are looking to fill that post-THG.

How YA books first became a category.

Goosebumps are getting a new kind of adaptation -- they’re being presented in abandoned railway tunnels beneath the Waterloo station in London.

Cover Reveals:

The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee - Erin Petti
The cover for Dear Pope Francis - Pope Francis was also revealed.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

What your favorite YA novel says about you - with 12 popular YA titles for examples.

10 of the best Literary TED Talks from 2015. I want to watch that Laura Boushnak talk now.

The most beautiful book covers of 2015. No YA on there that I saw but really interesting book covers!

Does the way you read compare to the way everyone else does?

Beautiful bookstore photos from around the world - always welcome.

Life problems solved by Harry Potter quotes. This made me laugh and think of a friend who claimed not to like Harry Potter because she didn’t believe its contents discussed anything relevant to real life.

Quotes on what it’s like to have a crush.

If you’re looking to read more historical YA, perhaps you should read these novels. If you’re waiting on Glass Sword, check out these fantasy YA recommendations. And if you loved the Babysitters Club, these recommendations are made for you.

Make sure to always have a back-up book in hand.

Some quotes from YA authors from YALLFest on writing, haters, fantasy & its importance.

The five senses of a book lover. Definitely to the beautiful cover alert -- see the reveals above.

After watching Mockingjay Part II, you might want to read these books.

One day, I will get back to linking to other bloggers's discussion posts. Today is not that day.

Movies and TV Shows:

According to the producer, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child will be like “Goblet of Fire.”

!! Check out the teaser trailer for the adaptation of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

YA author Jennifer Quintenz is writing the screenplay for the adaptation of Dissonance by Erica Rourke.

Brad Pitt’s production company has optioned Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

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Debby Ryan will be executive producing the adaptation of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling’s It List. Chloe East is playing Jessica Darling, and Blair Fowler is playing Bethany.

Carter Jenkins, Jesse Henderson, Keith Powers, and Niki Koss have been cast in the adaptation of Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.

An interview with James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series, since the DVD for the Scorch Trials will be released soon.

Liv Hewson has been cast to play Anna Cartullo in the adaptation of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Check out the newly released character posters for Shadowhunters the show (and its main cast poster). You can also watch the video Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters.

Jacob Hopkins has been cast in the adaptation of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson.

Philippa Boyens has signed on to write the screenplay for the adaptation of the Merlin saga by T.A. Barron.

Patrick Carman’s 13 Days to Midnight was optioned by Bold Films.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: New Releases 11/23/15! 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 11/29/15.

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: Queen (Blackcoat Rebellion #3) by Aimee Carter, Promises I Made by Michelle Zink, Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern, Light of Day by Allison van Diepen, Reckless Hearts (Wicked Games #2) by Sean Olin, Undeniable by Liz Bankes

Recent Recommended Reads: I’ve just finished reading Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith, so you can expect a review from me next week. I also just remembered that I need to review The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows. Also just finished Passenger by Alex Bracken, which I’ll hopefully be reviewing soon as well.

Happy reading to you all :)

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.