It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!
We’re bringing you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the BookPeople Teen Press Corps Blog! Don’t forget to check out the blog for new reviews, event reports, and other teen news!
Secrets & Second Chances Panel!
Featuring Jessica Brody, Jenny Martin, Chandler Baker, and Meredith Moore! Join us for an amazing panel! Secrets and Second Chances brings together four incredible YA authors to discuss their work. From science projects gone wrong to the unraveling of lifelong friendships, from fast-paced thrillers to high-octane rebellions, secrets and second chances are the thread that weaves these awesome books together.
TPC Exclusive Interview with Colleen Oakes!
Today, the Teen Press Corps has an exclusive interview with Colleen Oakes- the author of one of our favorite books titled Queen Of Hearts! We got to sit down and chat with the author and dive into the world of Wonderland and everything bookish!
YA New Releases!
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.
A.J. Hartley will be at the Texas Teen Book Festival this year, October 1st at St. Edward’s University. See you there!
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since. But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books. When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
From the Teen Press Corps!
Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
“I’m liking the recent rise in westerns that I’ve seen in Young Adult. Six years ago, my mom took my sister and I on a road trip along the Oregon trail and a side-trip along the path of the California gold rush. To prepare for the trip, I checked out all the the books about the wild west and the Oregon trail I could find. Walk the Earth a Stranger would have been perfect for that trip.
Lee was strong, determined, and intelligent. Despite her parents’ murders and taking a dangerous, deadly path to escape her controlling uncle, she never gave up. She must pretend to be a man in order to reach California and escape her uncle, but that’s not her only secret. She can sense gold, a very lucrative power that her uncle won’t let slip through his fingers so easily.”
Hello? by Lisa Weimer
Somehow, some way, 5 Wisconsin teens’ stories intertwine and mesh together. Liza Wiemer’s YA debut, HELLO? is sure to capture readers with its unique concept and fluid storytelling.
HELLO? is such an incredible story that, to be told well, has to be executed correctly. Guess what? This book was. The POVs in this book are unique and each new chapter brings an exciting perspective and an inspiring Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. (OMG is that why Emerson’s name is Emerson? *mind blown*) I love how Liza alternated between narrative, screenplay, and poetry to tell the stories of the characters based on their passions. Overall, HELLO? was a wonderfully played out book with great character development and writing. Would I recommend this? HELLO? What are you talking about? Yes I would!
Join us on this Teen Thursday for a YA event you won’t want to miss! Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer, co-authors of The Season will be here at BookPeople to speak and sign their novel. The Season follows Megan McKnight, soccer star and Olympic hopeful, as she navigates the world of Dallas debutantes. This Pride and Prejudice retelling is charming and hilarious, perfect for fans of Austen! Come on out!
News from The Bookosphere!
From Brightly: With the weather warming up and summer break looming, it’s time for everyone to get their hands on some good books. Even with jobs, friends, and vacations your teen is likely to have a lot of down time during the summer months. What more enjoyable way to spend those warm afternoons than with a book? Whether you are shopping for your teen or you’re a fan of YA yourself, this is a list of must-read books for this summer and the next.
From The Hollywood Reporter: Doug Liman is in talks to direct Lionsgate/Summit’s post-apocalyptic YA thriller Chaos Walking.
Robert Zemeckis had previously been attached to the film, which is based on the first book in Patrick Ness’ best-selling young-adult trilogy.
The story takes place in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.