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1. Vintage Book Trailer Contest

 

BOOK TRAILER NINJAS AND RARE BIRD BOOKS HOST FIRST EVER VINTAGE BOOK TRAILER CONTEST

Book Trailer Ninjas and Rare Bird Books invite filmmakers to enter the first of its kind vintage book trailer contest. Entry is free and filmmakers may enter multiple times.

 

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Entrants will choose one novel from Rare Bird Books’ library or any book available in the public domain. Participants will then create and edit a vintage book trailer based on the chosen novel and submit the trailer by no later than November 30, 2015.

Author Peter Straub will be judging the contest. The first-prize winner will receive $500, as well as a paid three-trailer mission with the ninjas. Runner-up will receive $250 and a paid two-trailer mission. Third-place winner will receive $250 and a paid one-trailer mission.

 

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Filmmakers can visit Archive.org for available footage. Examples of successful vintage book trailers are viewable on the Book Trailer Ninja’s website.

Participants may enter the vintage book trailer contest here. Contact:
headninja@booktrailer.ninja 

 

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2. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass, releasing June 7, 2016 from Disney Hyperion. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Eliza:

 
We all have our story. Something that is unique only to us.
 
It isn’t always a happy story.
 
At least not all the time, but it’s personal, vibrant, heart-beating alive. And it’s scary to share.
 
The Cresswell Plot is that story for me. It was inspired by feelings of powerlessness, of being controlled, of fear, but also by laughter, lust and finding the strength inside to overcome any obstacle, even when you are fighting alone.
 
I wrote this book for people who feel alone, who question things, who stand up for what they believe in, no matter how powerful the opposition.
 
It’s just a book, but it’s about something that’s more than a book. It’s about standing up and telling YOUR story, whether it’s happy, sad or life-changing.
 
Thank you to Maria E. Elias for bringing this story such an exciting cover.
 
~ Eliza Wass (THE CRESSWELL PLOT, Disney Hyperion)
 

 

 

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THE CRESSWELL PLOT

by Eliza Wass
Release date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 978-1-4847-3034-0
 
 
About the Book
 
The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.
 
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Casper, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
 
Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice. 
 
Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.
 

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Eliza Wass is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She has thousands of friends, all of whom either come in a dust jacket or post obsessively on Twitter. Eliza spent seven years in London with the most amazing man in the world, her late husband Alan Wass of Alan Wass and the Tourniquet, who inspired her to pursue her dreams and live every day of her life. Visit her website at www.elizawass.com and follow her on Twitter @lovefaithmagic.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of THE CRESSWELL PLOT (when available). 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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3. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Vicarious by Paula Stokes + Giveaway (International)

Hello, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes, releasing August 2016 from Tor Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Paula:

 
I am so excited to be here on YABC revealing the cover for VICARIOUS. This book has been the slowest of all my books as far as path to publication. I wrote it way back in 2012, but due to a variety of factors (finishing grad school, overlapping deadlines with my work-for-hire books, my option clause, etc.) it didn’t go out on sub until the end of 2013 and it’s not hitting the shelves until over four years after I started writing it. Having these characters in my brain for so long has made them incredibly real to me. I wanted a cover that did justice to their story and struggles, so what I asked for was a fierce-looking Korean model, the St. Louis skyline, and a dark, gritty futuristic feel. So basically this cover is everything I’ve ever dreamed of, and then some. Even the little things like the swirls of snow, the tilted horizon, and the fonts are perfect. I am so grateful to my editor Melissa Frain and the design team at Tor for coming up with this incredible cover art! I hope you love it as much as I do :)
 
~ Paula Stokes (VICARIOUS, Tor Teen)
 

 

 

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VICARIOUS

by Paula Stokes
Release date: August 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
 
 
About the Book
 
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.
 
Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.
 
When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.
 
Great for fans of All Our Yesterdays, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Inception, Vicarious is an unforgettable, action-packed, high-tech thriller.
 
 

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Paula Stokes grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she studied psychology, education, and nursing. In between her degrees, she worked as an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. Paula is the author of several books for teens, including Liars, Inc. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of VICARIOUS (when available). 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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4. Meet the New Griffin Teen!

 

Contributed by the Griffin Teen Team!

 

The new school year means a whole new wardrobe.  Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Griffin Teen got a brand new look!

Newly updated, we now have a beautiful website featuring some of our favorite and up-and-coming titles and a very convenient way to sign up for the Griffin Teen Newsletter!

 

   

 

Check out the Griffin Teen Griffin Ten Sweepstakes for a chance to win books from Rainbow Rowell, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, R.L. Stine, Amanda Hocking and more!

 

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As always, you can still find us on TwitterTumblr, and Facebook with the Griffin Teen handle.

Thanks for your continuous support and we hope you like the new Griffin Teen as much as we do!

Cheers,

The Griffin Teen Team

 

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5. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Nirvana by J.R. Stewart + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Happy September, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NIRVANA by J.R. Stewart, releasing November 10, 2015 from Blue Moon Publishers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from J.R.:

 
Testing 1-2-3. Ha, tech-joke. Welcome! I’m author and virtual reality expert J.R. Stewart and I’m pleased to present the cover for my upcoming dystopian novel, Nirvana.
 
A few days ago, I was told that I was going to be doing a “reveal” and I nearly had a stroke. I do not believe in revealing anything as I am still working on a number of secret corporate and government virtual reality projects - my true identity could be compromised and we wouldn’t want that, would we? However, doing a cover reveal for my debut book, Nirvana, is something I can get behind. I begin writing this book nearly 5 years ago and I knew it needed a special cover – something that would grab a reader’s attention – because the story presented in this book is closer to reality than some may think. When I first saw the cover, I nearly cried. It’s everything an author could have hoped for. I want to thank the talented staff at Blue Moon Publishers and my marketing team at DigiWriting for collaborating on this masterpiece.
 
~ J.R. Stewart (NIRVANA, Blue Moon Publishers)
 

 

 

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NIRVANA

by J.R. Stewart
Release date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
ISBN: 9780993639777
 
 
About the Book
 
When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?
 
Larissa lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the supposed death of her soul mate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible – even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa knows that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of the Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual.
 
Nirvana is a fast-paced page-turning young adult novel combining elements of the romance, mystery, and science fiction genres. Part of a three-part series, this book introduces readers to a heroine who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so. As the lines between the real and virtual worlds begin to blur, Larissa and the reader realize that all is not as it seems, and the complex mystery only deepens.
 

About the Author

J.R. Stewart has worked on many government and corporate projects throughout a prolific IT academic and consulting career and has become one of North America's foremost experts on virtual reality. After having worked on advanced "VR" technologies for over a decade, Stewart grew concerned about the implications of this work and the possible psychological effects that it may have on its users. In 2010, Stewart considered publishing a revealing account of the advances being made regarding this technology, but was concerned about the implications that a tell-all book may have on career prospects. The next year, writing under a protective pseudonym, Stewart began work on the speculative "Nirvana" series instead. Finally ready for publication, these novels present a story that is closer to reality than you may assume.
 

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Giveaway Details

Five winners will each receive a signed copy of NIRVANA. 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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6. Giveaway: Tammy & the Declaration of Independence (The Wutherington Diaries #2) US Only

Tammy and the Declaration of Independence ( The Wurtherington Diary Book #2) 

Illustrated by Duy Trung, Nour Hassan, Jesse Ty 

Release Date: October 1, 2015

 

About the Book


Follow alongside of ten-year-old Tammy Wurtherington, the little doll girl from River Falls, Ohio in this exciting new adventure that is sure to delight any youngster. Her cute associates, Cedric the Mongoose, Zeke the orphaned opossum, and Alfred the mouse accompany her in this trip through history in which they must see that the space-time continuum is maintained and the Declaration of Independence is signed on July Fourth, 1776. The emphasis is on telling a spell binding story that will leave any reader with a firm understanding of the events that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the reasons for the Revolutionary War.


The reader will be alongside of the leaders of the Revolutionary War as they reach the decisions that will make them true heroes in the minds of historians. Tammy becomes a part of the rebel minutemen and joins the spy network that led to Paul Revere's famous ride in which he declared, "The British Coming!" Ride along with Tammy and Paul Revere and then witness her account of "The Shot Heard Around the World?" in Lexington. Historians have long argued as to exactly who fired that first shot that began the Revolution War and Tammy's accounting settles the issue for all time.


You will be there on a hot summer day in Independence Hall when the Committee of Five, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston are nominated to write the Declaration of Independence. Take part in the discussions during the three weeks in which they created what many believe to be the most important words in the history of the English language. The reader will be see how Tammy assisted Betsy Ross and George Washington in creating the first American flag. And exactly how did that crack in the Liberty Bell occur?


Whether you are a young reader or a parent/educator, everyone will enjoy this remarkable tale of a wonderful little girl who became a legend in her efforts to "nudge" history and see that the American Revolution began with out a hitch.

On a final note, Reynold Jay brought in an international team of restoration artists to restore the beautiful illustrations that were found in the Diary. In that there was a flood, the Diary and the art were nearly lost forever. Reynold Jay says, "It has been a two year journey and I can only hope that we find readers for it. Whether there is any interest in the private thoughts of a little girl living in 1883 will be of any interest to today's modern readers is yet to be seen."


Progress and updated news on the series may be found at the writer's web site.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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Reynold Jay is the leader of a team dedicated to publishing the fascinating  1883 Wurtherington Diary. He has authored a dozen books and co-authored a non-fiction book with Amara, "Eternal Defilement." Once a Special Education teacher--now an author/publisher/restoration professional,  he hopes to inspire his readers with this series meant for young and old alike.

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1 winner will receive a signed book. US only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: How many British soldiers do Tammy and Mark see marching through River Falls as they walk to school? Check out Reynold Jay's web site.

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7. What's New in YA--September 1, 2015

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past...

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. 

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

 

 

 

The sixth and penultimate book in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. John is on the front lines of the fight in New York City. And just as the odds seem stacked against him, his best friend, Sam, a human, inexplicably develops a Legacy—and Sam isn't the only one.

While the pair try to track down Five and Nine amid the chaos, they encounter another teen who can wield abilities that were once only meant for the Garde. Whether she is a friend or a foe, however, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Six, Marina, and Adam are trapped in Mexico. They fought their way into the Sanctuary and were able to awaken the power hidden within, but their preceding battle has left them without any way to reach the others. The Mogs are returning in full force, and it will take a miracle to escape.

The Garde are stretched thin, fighting this war on many fronts. The only chance they have is to take out the Mogadorian leader once and for all—but his fate is now irrevocably tied with Ella's. They can't destroy one without the other. But if the Garde can't find another way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Loric: annihilation.

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching.

A SHIVERING OF WORLDS

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning. . . .

THE FINAL DISCWORLD® NOVEL

 

 

 

 

 

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. 

Monsters. 

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it's taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities,behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky. 

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people. 

Joy soon realizes that the city's powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers,and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they're in-to them, Joy and her corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them 

 

 

 

 

 

What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney's Aladdin.

 
When Jafar steals the Genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
 
 
 
 
 
In the stunning follow up to The Secrets of Life and Death, Rebecca Alexander has created a gripping supernatural thriller that bridges time, legend and the power of blood.
 
Following her showdown with Elizabeth Bathory, Jackdaw Hammond is running from her past, hiding from her future, and hoping to contain her newfound thirst for blood. Buying an overgrown home in the middle of nowhere seems like the perfect place to escape…at least until she finds herself in the sights of a murderous family with a terrible secret and a penchant for dark magic. Meanwhile, her old ally Felix Guichard has gone to New Orleans to conduct his own investigation into the nature of blood magic, but is soon sucked into the intrigues of the city’s occult underworld. But Jack will need Felix more than she knows, for the battle for her soul is set to begin.
 
Her only salvation may lie with the secrets of 16th century master occultist Edward Kelley, and a dangerous mission he undertook in Venice to confront the Inquisition, the darkest deeds of his own past, and the fearsome power of Elizabeth Bathory.
 
 
 
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8. It's live!! Cover Reveal: I Love Him, I Love Him Not by Ella Martin + Giveaway (US Only)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT by Ella Martin, releasing September 29, 2015 from Clean Reads/Astraea Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ella:

 
Hi, guys! Thanks for joining me for the cover reveal for my newest book, I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT.
 
I’m so psyched about this cover, and I think Talia, the main character of I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT would approve of the awesomeness. The designer, Amanda Matthews, did a fantastic job of capturing just the right amount of angst, and it sets the tone of the novel perfectly. Oh, and I so want those boots. You’ll see what I mean. ;-)
 
Check out more about the book below, and I’ll see you at Westgate Prep!
 
xoxo,
 
~ Ella Martin (I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT, Clean Reads/Astraea Press)
 

 

 

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I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT

by Ella Martin
Release date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Clean Reads/Astraea Press
 
 
About the Book
 
Talia Nicoletti’s life has been turned upside down–and that’s probably an understatement. Her mother goes off on a business trip… and comes back married. Her estranged father wants to be less estranged. And her best friend Jake DeSantos suddenly has a new confidante who Talia doesn’t want to like but kind of does anyway.
 
Talia has to unravel her tangled up emotions to figure out what she really wants. Does she want to accept her father back in her life? Can she trust her new-stepfather? There’s too much hitting her at once, and she’s not ready to deal with any of it. The one person she can always turn to is Jake, and he’s being secretive and isn’t exactly available. And that hurts her more than she thought possible. Talia prides herself on being able to keep her emotions in check and hates that she’s jealous of the new girl in Jake’s life, especially since she can’t decide if she loves him … or if she loves him not.
 
To learn more about the first book in the Westgate Prep series, WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP?, and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Ella Martin is a young adult author and self-described “prep school survivor” from Southern California. With a keen sense for combining relatable teen characters with engrossing stories, her books blend aspects of romance, angst, and intrigue. Her Westgate Prep series of books tackle female friendships, quirky characters, and sensitive topics with equal tact.
 

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Giveaway Details

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • Westgate Prep school supplies (folder, notebook, composition book, and pencils)
  • a signed copy of WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP? (the first book in the Westgate Prep series)
  • an autographed poster of the cover for I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT

Two additional winners will each receive an autographed poster of the cover for I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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9. Author Chat with Pat Schmatz

 

Contributed by Eden Grey

 

Eden Grey: Where did the concept of Lizard Radio come from? Did you start with the main character, Kivali, or was it something else?

Pat Schmatz: The concept for Lizard Radio started in my sketch book a few summers back. I drew a picture of a lizard (not a very good picture). The lizard wore headphones with a cord that connected to nothing, and whispered something about being a very young lizard alone in the world. The lizard was desperately searching for a signal. That got my attention, and started a long process of getting to know the lizard. Part of that process was learning how to draw a lizard!

EG: Kivali is a strong and confrontational main character ‐ where did her traits come from? Is there anything of yourself in Kivali?

PS: Kivali and I share a lot of the same emotions and questions and ideas about the world, but she’s much better at taking action and holding steady than I ever was. She is who I wish I could have been – my best imagining of my best young self in an entirely different situation.

EG: Can you tell us about being a "bender" and what that means in the context of Lizard Radio?

PS: The world of Lizard Radio has a very complex set of rules around gender, with the goal of assigning everyone to the gender that best fits them. There’s not much room in that world for in­ betweens of any kind – the gov would say that in­betweens make for confusion, conflict and unhappiness. The official definition of bender is one who falls midway between male and female (as defined by the gov’s gender testing on a single continuum), but the term is also used as a general slur for anyone steps outside of gender norms. The gov’s gender program is designed to help all youngsters choose the correct gender, move out of the bender range, and become clearly defined and responsible adults in community. Some like Kivali remain mid­range benders despite all “help” from the gov. Their chances of acceptance and success are minimal.

EG: Where did you get the idea for CropCamp?

PS: My parents ran a summer camp for boys throughout my childhood. It was a family business so I was very involved, and I’m very familiar with – and fond of – the camp setting. I also spent many summers in girls’ camp as a camper and counselor. The world of Lizard Radio needed a lot of organic produce (the public health consequences of factory farming had become alarming), which would require cheap labor. What better source of labor than teenagers in a mandatory program? Of course, there are lots of other kinds of camps too – but CropCamp is the catchall for teens without a clear talent or proficiency to take them to more specialized learning and labor. The gov’s labor source turned out to be a perfect way for me to bring teenagers together in the woods where (I learned as a teen at girls’ camp) most anything can happen.

EG: What kind of influence did you have on the fantastic and hypnotic cover design for Lizard Radio?

PS: Cover design is one of my favorite parts of the publishing process. I had said that I was hoping for a komodo dragon on the cover (I sent a few pictures for reference). Candlewick Book Designer Pam Consolazio’s beautiful and textured design knocked me out from the start. I could never have come up with something that other­worldly and fitting for the book on my own.

EG: What can readers look forward to from you next?

PS: That’s a good question. I’m working on a middle­grade novel, but I also have an idea for a companion novel to Lizard Radio. I don’t like to work on two things at once, but both ideas are bombarding me. So far, that means really slow progress on both, and I can’t tell yet which one will rise to the top. 

 

A big thanks to both Pat Schmatz and Eden Grey for this enlightening interview! For more about Pat, her book, and (drumroll..........) the lastest giveaway, read on!

 

 

Meet Pat.

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Pat Schmatz is the author of Bluefish, which garnered three starred reviews and about which School Library Journalsaid has “all the hallmarks of a classic.” About Lizard Radio, the author says, “I keep a notepad with sketches and ideas, and one day, a lonely lizard wearing headphones came out of my pencil. When I tuned in, I found this story.” Pat Schmatz lives in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

 

Now meet Pat's book, Lizard Radio

 

Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither?

Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift—the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her? A coming-of-age story rich in friendships and the shattering emotions of first love, this deeply felt novel will resonate with teens just emerging as adults in a sometimes hostile world.

 

Sounds great, right? Click HERE to pre-order and keep reading for a chance to win your very own copy!

 

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Lizard Radio

  1. By: Pat Schmatz

  2. Release Date: September 8, 2015 

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*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a copy of Lizard Radio and Bluefish, US only.

 

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Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, we have a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What unusual (for lizards anyway) accessory did Pat's first lizard
 wear?

 

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10. First in Line--Press Release

 

RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS LAUNCHES NEW

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM “FIRST IN LINE”

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First In Line offers YA readers exclusive advance access to authors and behind-the-book content.

New York, NYRandom House Children’s Books is launching First In Line (FirstInLineReaders.com), a new program that features young adult books and exclusive content from debut and bestselling authors. First In Line is both an innovative online experience for YA readers and a physical merchandising program for booksellers and librarians.

 

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First In Line will feature a curated selection of monthly book picks, with the inaugural list showcasing the following yet-to-be-published Random House Children’s Books titles:

  •   New York Times bestselling author David Levithan’s ANOTHER DAY (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale August 25, 2015)

  •   Debut author Nicola Yoon’s EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (Delacorte Press | On sale September 1, 2015)

  •   Bestselling and critically acclaimed authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s ILLUMINAE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young

    Readers | On sale October 20, 2015)

  •   Internationally bestselling author Lauren Kate’s UNFORGIVEN (Delacorte Press | On sale November 10, 2015)

  •   New York Times bestselling author James Dashner’s THE GAME OF LIVES (Delacorte Press | On sale November 17, 2015)

  •   Debut author Gavriel Savit’s ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale

    January 26, 2016)

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Readers can sign up for the program at FirstInLineReaders.com. Members receive a monthly newsletter and access to locked sections of the site. This will include special behind-the-book material and author content, such as never-before-seen deleted scenes, extended excerpts, author videos and Q&As, sharable social images, and advance reader’s copy giveaways. Members also receive VIP invitations to First In Line events across the country and online.

Teens love to be the first to get their hands on the next big thing. We credit the success of many of our YA bestsellers, like E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, and James Dashner’s blockbuster Maze Runner series, to the early readers who eagerly embraced these books and passed them on to their friends,” said Kim Lauber, Director of Marketing, Random House Children’s Books. “First In Line is our thanks to them and rewards these literary trendsetters with even more advance access to our authors and forthcoming books that we know they will love.”

 

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First In Line is dedicated to supporting booksellers and librarians in their efforts to bring great YA to their customers and patrons. Sign-up is available to retailers and librarians in the “About” section of the site. Member locations will receive a free First In Line Merchandising Kit seasonally, which includes materials to create displays and giveaways, including chapter samplers for each featured book that contain unique sweepstakes only accessible through the physical entry form. Additional perks are also offered to locations with active teen book groups.

 

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Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids@Random (randomhousekids.com), offers an array of activities, games, and educational resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC. 

 

 

 


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11. YABC August Book Haul

It's here! It's Here! The August Book Haul is finally here!

Enjoy this mountain of wordy-filled goodness. 

Yay for books!


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12. Giveaway: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (US Only)

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

20th Century Fox
In theaters September 18, 2015

 

The Maze was just the beginning!

See Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in theaters September 18

 


In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
 
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, and Patricia Clarkson
Screenplay By: T.S. Nowlin, based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner
Directed By: Wes Ball

 

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Giveaway

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One (1) winner receives:
$25 Visa to see the film in theaters
·         Survival Notebook

·         Stickers

Copy of the book (Movie Tie-In Cover)

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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13. Celebrating National Dog Day with Richard Torrey!

TOO COOL TO BRAG. TORREY’S MY DOG, BOB, INTRODUCES KIDS TO A DIFFERENT WAY TO BE GREAT

 

Quiet dignity is vastly underrated, but it’s a quality shared by those who are truly fortunate to have learned one of the best kept secrets of self-esteem -- that true success isn’t bragging about what you do, but being content to be proud of what you do well. Bob, the uniquely talented four-legged protagonist of Richard Torrey’s new book, My Dog, Bob, doesn’t show off – even though he does know how to cook a gourmet meal and drive a car – he just happily goes along enjoying himself and giving pleasure to those around him.

 

When confronted by a neighbor intent on showing off the skills learned by her classically trained poodle, Truffles, Bob quietly watches Truffles catch, sit, fetch and speak on command, and then quietly apologizes to his owner, Jeff; then they return home together so Bob can cook Jeff’s favorite food for dinner.

Inspired by a real dog, Bob, who Richard Torrey’s father-in-law, Jack had owned, this picture book is a tribute by Torrey to them both. “My father-in-law, Jack, is a remarkable man, but also very humble,” explains Torrey. He’s extremely talented both in his work as an estimator for a large construction company, and in his hobbies ranging from building furniture, canoes, and a cannon; to designing stained-glass windows. He’s also had a heart attack, cancer and a nearly fatal 20 foot fall onto a steel barge, but I’ve never heard him complain.”

 

 My Dog, Bob draws on themes covered in many of Torrey’s books, including in his recently published picture book, Ally-Saurus & the first day of school, which has received starred reviews from Kirkusand Publishers Weekly. The beliefs he shares are, “Don’t try to be someone you are not. Be yourself, and be proud of it. Understand that not everyone is going to like you. That’s okay. Don’t take it as a sign you need to change or act differently. Just try to be the best you can be.”

 

Good lessons to share with the kids we love – and to remember to tell ourselves!

 

Richard Torrey, is the author/illustrator of fifteen books and illustrator of dozens more. He first made a name for himself as a cartoonist for King Features and Creators Syndicate with comic strips Hartland and PETE AND CLETE published internationally. Inspired to pursue illustration after meeting Peanuts creator Charles Schultz at a pro-hockey game when Torrey was in elementary school, Torrey went on to have his own top-selling line of greeting cards at Recycled Paper Greetings and illustrating for syndicates and a broad range of magazines including The National, Inside Sports, Kids City, and Highlights. The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bill Torrey, Richard has also published kids’ sports books, and he teaches cartooning and manga art at The Art League of Long Island.

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MY DOG, BOB| Written & Illustrated by Richard Torrey| Published by Holiday House| Pub. Date: September 2015| Price: $16.95| Ages: 4-8| Hardcover/ISBN: 978-0-8234-3386-5

 


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14. Author Trisha Leigh's TOP 5 OTPs

Today we welcome Trisha Leigh, author of RETURN ONCE MORE, to the blog to share with us her top 5 OTPs! 

RETURN ONCE MORE is a book about a teenage girl caught between her responsibility to document the past and her desire to use time travel in order to meet her one true love—even if he is destined to die young.

Since the idea of a one true love is so integral to the plot of Return Once More, Trisha’s going to share her top 5 OTPs. That’s one true pairing, for the noobs, aka people who have lives outside of the internet. :)

 

Meet Trisha: She has an unhealthy number of dog pictures on her Instagram, thinks Iowa might be the best state in the entire country, and can quote any episode of Seinfeld straight from memory.

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Meet Trisha's book: It has time travel, sexy space pirates, romance, and relentless adventure!

 

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And now for Trisha's Top 5 OTPs!

5. Adam + Mia (If I Stay, Where She Went by Gayle Forman)

This was me, reading the scene on the bridge (you know which one I mean). I feel for her. I feel for him. THEY HAVE TO BE TOGETHER WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL OF THESE FEELINGS.

 

4. Peter + Olivia (Fringe)

My favorite part of their pairing was how inevitable it felt from the very beginning, even when Peter was still a huge prick and Olivia was deeply in love with someone else. They’re a perfect example of how love doesn’t just happen once. Knowing they would be together made watching their evolution from combatants to unwilling allies to friends to lovers that much sweeter.

Related: Marionette is one of the best episodes of television, ever.

 

3. Josh + Nastya (The Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay)

If there’s a pattern to my OTPs, it’s probably this: My favorite relationships are the ones that take some time to develop. It gives us time to root for the pairing but more than that, it gives the characters time to lay a foundation that can’t be easily shaken by the crap that inevitably gets thrown their way.

Josh and Nastya are two of the most heartbreaking characters I’ve ever read and watching (reading?) them slowly let the other in, and fall in love without meaning to—without wanting to—is a beautiful experience.

It kind of makes you feel like this:

 

2. Pacey + Joey (Dawson’s Creek)

Another friends to lovers story that just works, and the first of two pairings that weren’t supposed to be the focus of their respective series but ended up stealing the show. My favorite thing about Joey and Pacey is how easy it is for the audience to see they’re meant to be together—even way before they themselves start to admit it. Dawson wants Joey to be the perfect vision in his head. Pacey pushes Joey to be the best version of who she wants to be, and loves every second of it.

Try to convince me there’s a legit reason to be Team Dawson. Seriously. 

 

1. Chuck + Blair (Gossip Girl)

I cannot, in good conscience as someone who loves good television, recommend that you watch Gossip Girl. After season 2, there is literally no reason to tune in other than to follow Chuck and Blair’s relationship to its conclusion (and even that gets pretty rough toward the end).

That said, Chuck and Blair are absolutely my favorite television pairing of all time. They’re romantic in that fatalistic, no one else could ever do, sort of way. They believe in true love, that it will find a way if its meant to be, and through six seasons they manage to convince us, too. They’re the fairytale and come on, even the most cynical of people (*cough* me *cough*) fall for that once in a while.

 

That’s all for me! Who is your OTP? If you could meet them, even knowing you could never be together, would you want to?

 

And stay tuned for a Return Once More quiz that will pair you with the historical hottie of your dreams!

 

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15. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Emerge: The Edge by Melissa A. Craven + Giveaway (US Only)

Welcome to today's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for EMERGE: THE EDGE by Melissa A. Craven, releasing September 29, 2015 from Midnight Hour Studio. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Melissa:

 
Hello YABCers! And welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for my new release, EMERGE: THE EDGE, (prequel to Emerge: The Awakening.) 
 
I am beyond excited to reveal this amazing cover art! Despite the fact that I went to art school and have spent years and years producing my own designs -- I totally blank whenever it's time to create a new cover. My brain gets so overloaded with ideas I just cannot express in words. Yep, the writer is reduced to "Dude, it has to have color, I mean like, color!" And that's about as descriptive as I get. Thank God for 99designs.com where I met the amazing, Zoe Shtorm. She entered my design contest for book one, and nailed it on the first try. Right away I thought, "this girl gets me." I am constantly blown away by the compliments I receive for her hard work. It was a no brainer to return to Zoe for my next cover, and she rocked it again. Hope you love it as much as I do. 
 
~ Melissa A. Craven (EMERGE: THE EDGE, Midnight Hour Studio)
 

 

 

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EMERGE: THE EDGE

by Melissa A. Craven
Release date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio
ISBN: 978-0-9909819-2-3
 
 
About the Book
 
Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence. He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get through each day, overwhelmed by the pain and loss of everyone around him. As he fights a constant battle to control the gifts that threaten to push him over the edge, he dreads the day his world will look to him to fulfill a prophecy that he doesn’t even believe in. 
 
As Aidan’s equal, Allie Carmichael endures the same isolation, but in complete ignorance of her true nature. When she meets Gavin, Allie sees a tiny glimmer of the life she wants to live, and the person she wants to be, but her instincts tell her it will never work. 
 
Allie and Aidan have led parallel lives on opposite ends of the earth, but their paths are about to converge. With others making decisions for them, will they ever truly understand the immeasurable power they possess, or the prophecy that might not be about Aidan after all?
 
To learn more about book 1 (EMERGE: THE AWAKENING) and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Melissa A. Craven was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
 
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can't seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like "lake effect snow" and wind that will knock you flat. Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she's weird like that, but she's an artist and artists are notoriously "unique" and "quirky."
 
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but has always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
 
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.
 

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Five winners will each receive a copy of EMERGE: THE AWAKENING (Book 1) and EMERGE: THE EDGE (Book 1.5). 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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16. On the Horizon

 

DC Comics’ Lois Lane Returns in Lois Lane: Double Down from Switch Press

 Second Book in the New Young Adult Series by Gwenda Bond

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 24, 2015) – DC Comics’ iconic character Lois Lane will be back for more in Lois Lane: Double Down, the second book in a new series from Switch Press, the Young Adult imprint of Capstone.  Following the success of the first book in the series, Lois Lane: Fallout, author Gwenda Bond returns with a new story of the adventures of a teenage Lois Lane, as she begins to discover her passion for journalism and become the character loved by generations of fans.

"Lois Lane is an icon, one of the most well-known and enduring figures in American pop culture--and for good reason,” says Bond. “She's a hero all of us can relate to. It's been a tremendous honor and a great pleasure to get to write about her in an all-new way, as a modern teenager, and I'm thrilled to be continuing her story in Double Down."

Lois Lane has been an integral part of the cultural landscape since her first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938, which also introduced the world to Superman.  A super Super hero Hero without superpowers, the character has been featured in a dizzying number of comic books, films, and television shows.

“Switch Press has been thrilled with the critical and fan response to Lois Lane: Fallout and we are all excited to see the series continue with Double Down,” said Miles Stevens-Hoare, Managing Director of Capstone’s Global Trade business. The Lois Lane series is produced through Capstone’s licensing partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment.

In a starred review of Lois Lane: Fallout, Kirkus writes: “This first in a planned series gets plenty right.  Lois is as fully rounded as she is in the comics, headstrong, capable and equipped with a solid moral compass . . . [a] lighthearted and playful tone permeates the novel, making for a nifty investigative mystery akin to Veronica Mars or Buffy the Vampire Slayer … a spectacular prose start for DC Comics’ spectacular lady.”

In The Comics Journal, comic book historian Tim Hanley writes: “Bond’s Lois is a distillation of the most compelling traits of past incarnations of Lois Lane. She’s got the brash ambition of 1938’s Lois, the crusader for truth and justice qualities embodied by Margot Kidder, and the snark and smarts of Dana Delany’s animated Lois. While she may just be a high school student, she’s very much the Lois Lane that fans know and love.”

Lois Lane: Double Down will be released on May 1, 2016.

 

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About the Author

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout, Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods. She has also written for Publishers Weekly and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her online at gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter. 

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. 

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world. 

 About Switch Press

Launched in 2014, Switch Press offers brave and dynamic books and media that reflect the lifestyles, aspirations and everyday realities of young adults. The Switch Press product line includes contemporary nonfiction and fiction in a variety of formats, genres and subjects such as graphic novels, cookbooks, craft/how-to, historical fiction, fantasy and memoir. Switch Press is a trade imprint of Capstone. www.switchpress.com or @SwitchPressPub on Twitter


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17. What's New in YA--August 25, 2015

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

 

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Miserables, A Little in Love beautifully conveys the heartbreaking story of street girl Eponine.

 

Paris, 1832

A girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart.

Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend.

Now, at sixteen, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship–the love of a boy?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

 

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A timely, nonstop action-adventure about the War on Terror–and a family torn apart.

When seventeen-year-old Iranian American Kamran Smith learns that his brother has been labeled a terrorist, he knows something isn’t right. In a race against time, it is up to Kamran to prove his brother’s innocence, even as the country has turned against him and his family. With the help of a ragtag team of underground intelligence professionals, Kamran must piece together the clues and the codes that will save his brother’s life–and save his country from possibly the largest terrorist attack since 9/11.

Acclaimed author Alan Gratz takes readers on a nonstop action-adventure journey through the emotional, political, and cultural landscape of the War on Terror, while weaving a poignant tale of two brothers.

 

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It’s a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles — and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods — and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention — even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.

 

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When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.

The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.

 

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Jess Tennant’s classmate is kidnapped right before the Christmas holiday in this third novel in Jane Casey’s brilliant young adult mystery series.

It’s Christmas in Port Sentinel, the tiny English town where Jess Tennant has been living for more than a year now. She wasn’t sure how she felt about moving away from London when her mom dragged her to Port Sentinel right before the beginning of high school, but even Jess has to admit the town has completely outdone itself for the holidays. There’s a Christmas market complete with mini ice-rink, and fairy lights decorate the bare trees all over town.

For one of Jess’s classmates, though, the Christmas season is anything but magical. She’s been kidnapped and is being held in a dilapidated cottage near a deserted beach. And Jess might be the only one who can figure out where she is in time to rescue her.

Hide and Seek is another delightfully clever young adult mystery from beloved author Jane Casey.

 

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Lilith Bennette runs at midnight. She scales walls in the dark and climbs without a harness. She hopes that if she follows exactly in the steps of her strong air force pilot mother, she’ll somehow figure out the mystery of her mother’s death—and the reason why her necklace of Greek symbols has been missing ever since.

So when Lil is invited to Crete for a Future Leaders International conference, the same conference her mom attended years ago, she jumps at the chance to find some answers. But things in Melios Manor are not what they seem. Lil finds herself ensnared in an adventure of mythological proportions that leads her and her friends through the very labyrinth in which the real Minotaur was imprisoned. And they’re not in there alone. What secrets does the labyrinth hold, and will they help Lil find the truth about her mother?

This book is perfect for older fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus–and anyone who wants to find out the true story behind the magic of the Greek gods.

 

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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

 

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“Death comes to Windsor.”

Sophia Dee, the most unusual spy of Queen Elizabeth’s Maids of Honor, has run out of time for her psychic skills to fully manifest. A terrible new prophecy now haunts Windsor Castle, and the Queen demands answers before the next doomed soul dies.

Thrust into a dangerous and horrifying competition to solve the deadly prediction, Sophia finds herself pitted against the most celebrated mystics of Europe: John Dee, her devious uncle and the Queen’s personal astrologer. . . and Nostradamus, the renowned prophet-seer of France.

In a court where whispers of witchcraft, poisonous plots, and grim assassins threaten her at every turn, Sophia needs answers fast. But does she dare trust Marcus Quinn, her uncle’s striking and over-ambitious assistant? Or, instead, should she turn to the tortured dark angel of the spirit realm, who whispers to her only of sorrow and death?

As new dangers surface and dire prophecy sweeps toward its final victim, the five Maids of Honor prepare to do battle. Only then will the girl who so often sees the future finally discover if she can save the Crown—and herself.

 

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Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

 

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When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

 

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In the tradition of 127 Hours and The Edge, a fascinating and suspenseful novel about a group of teens battling for their lives against the most violent villain in history—Mother Nature.

It’s human instinct to survive…but Mother Nature has other plans.

Plagued with guilt after surviving the car accident that took her sister’s life, Emma ventures into the rugged and mysterious wilderness of the Boundary Waters in search of some much needed peace. But when a freak windstorm kills her guide, Emma and a handful of other campers are forced to fend for themselves. Lost, hungry, and exhausted, the small group must rely on their survival instincts as they travel through the forest towards Lake Superior.

But the Boundary Waters is vast and unpredictable, and as the days drag on, it becomes clear that the group is no match for what Mother Nature has in store—and time is running out.

As they continue to battle the elements, Emma realizes that nature isn’t her only threat: there’s one camper who will do whatever it takes to make it out of the Boundary Waters alive. Even if he’s the only one…

With ripped-from-the-headlines drama, this stirring story of heroism and survival will have you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.

 

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Asylum meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up “troubled” young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play–and it doesn’t want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house’s history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house’s next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

 

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

 

 
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18. Exclusive Sneak Peek at LIGHTLESS by C.A. Higgins + Giveaway (US Only)

LIGHTLESS by C.A. Higgins

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Ballantine / Del Rey Hardcover

 

About the Book

With deeply moving human drama, nail-biting suspense—and bold speculation informed by a degree in physics—C. A. Higgins spins a riveting science fiction debut guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations.
 
Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to theAnanke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.
 
While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities’ most relentless surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden.
 
As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan’s mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever—if it doesn’t kill her first.

 

“[A] riveting sci-fi debut” —Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Books Preview

 

“The stakes in this story are high—life and death, rebellion and betrayal—and debut novelist Higgins continually ratchets up the tension…A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed.”

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“Written by an author with a degree in physics and featuring a computer reminiscent of 2001’s HAL, LIGHTLESS is an intellectual but no less exciting story set in the infinite vastness of space...expansive and exhilarating” 

Romantic Times, 4 Stars!

 

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On the video screen, Althea saw that Domitian had reached Ivanov’s cell. Without a word, his face still and set as stone, he opened the door. Ivanov didn’t move even though he had to crane his head back to look at Domitian’s face.

“We know who you are,” Domitian said, his low rumbling voice poorly picked up by the cameras, so that Althea had to lean forward to listen. “We know who your companion was.”

Ivanov cocked his head to the side. The camera in his cell was positioned above where Domitian now stood, and so Althea could not see Domitian’s face clearly but Ivanov’s face was nearly head--on.

He was smiling, insolent, amused.

“What we want to know,” said Domitian, “is why you are on board.”

Ivanov took a beat longer to reply than was normal. Althea’s fingers were tight around the edge of the control panel.

“Simple curiosity,” Ivanov said. His accent had changed. No longer sharply, purely Terran or broadened by the traces of an adopted Mirandan drawl, it had something of Jupiter in it, faintly similar to Domitian’s accent. “We were flying past, and by pure chance we saw your strange ship.”

Ivanov’s eyes flickered up and straight into the camera. Althea knew he couldn’t see her, but she was made uneasy nonetheless and was relieved when a moment later he looked away.

“You don’t expect me to believe that,” said Domitian.

“I don’t expect you to believe anything I say,” Ivanov said, “but I’m telling you the truth. Mattie and I were on our ship, headed for Mars, when our path intersected with yours. We wouldn’t have even found the Ananke if we hadn’t nearly run into her. Now, men like us, when we see a ship this magnificent—-”

Domitian interrupted. “If you’re hoping for rescue, none is coming. Gale was killed trying to escape.”

Althea supposed Domitian was telling the truth in a way; Gale would be dead soon from asphyxiation or starvation unless he was picked up by another ship, and with no one looking for him, his escape pod probably would never be found.

Ivanov went very still in exactly the position he had been in, his head cocked slightly to the side. His face showed nothing at all.

Then his face relaxed back into the insolent amusement he had adopted against Domitian.

“You know, the first rule of interrogation is to get the subject’s trust,” Ivanov said. “You just lost it.”

“I killed Gale, and I can kill you, too,” said Domitian.

“Then why don’t you kill me?” Ivanov asked. “You could shoot me in the docking bay. Fire that gun there”—he nodded at Domitian’s hip and the weapon resting on it beneath Domitian’s heavy hand—“-right into my chest. And I fall. And then you leave and open the air lock. My body, my blood, all the mess goes flying out into the solar wind. Maybe I’m already dead, or maybe you’re a bad shot and I’m not dead yet, so I get to drown in my own blood and suffocate in a vacuum both.”

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_CAHiggins--Lisa-Verge-Higgins.jpgAbout the Author

C.A. Higgins is a debut author who writes novels and short stories. She was a runner up in the 2013 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing and has a B. A. in physics from Cornell University. Lightless is her first novel, written during her time as an undergrad at Cornell.

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19. Giveaway: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen (US Only)

The Revenge Playbook 

by Rachael Allen 

Release Date: 6/16/15

 

About the Book

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson--but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she’s also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.

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20. Giveaway: The Glass Sentence & The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove (US Only)

THE GLASS SENTENCE and THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC 

by S. E. Grove 

Release Date: 6/16/2015 (pb) and 7/14/2015 (respectively)

 

About the Book

The eagerly-awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence -- a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!

It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents’ disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the country—but one after another proves to be a dead end.


            Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.


            There is a city that holds all of the answers—but it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can only be reached by a journey through darkness and chaos, which is at the same time the plague’s cure: The Golden Specific.

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To learn more about the books and see our review, go HERE and HERE.
 


About the Author

S.E. Grove (www.segrovebooks.com) is a historian and world traveler. She is working on the third volume of the Mapmakers trilogy.

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21. Giveaway: The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe (US only)

THE APPEARANCE OF ANNIE VAN SINDEREN

by Katherine Howe 

Release Date: September 15, 2015

 

About the Book


A haunting, contemporary love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Conversion


It’s July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There’s just something about her that he can’t put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie’s from the city, and yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she’s been searching for something—a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes’s help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner, secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie’s dark past.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


b2ap3_thumbnail_katherine-howe-author-photo-credit-laura-dandaneau.jpgAbout the Author


Katherine Howe is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which is part of many high school reading curriculums, as well as The House of Velvet and Glass and her young adult debut Conversion. Her books have been published around the world in 25 languages to date. Author Site: katherinehowe.com

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 2 winners will receive a copy of the book. US only.

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22. Giveaway: Jillian Cade: Fake Paranormal Investigator by Jen Klein (US & Canada Only)

JILLIAN CADE: (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR

by Jen Klein 

Release date: September 1, 2015

 

About the Book


When rebel outsider Jillian Cade finds an obituary — HER future obituary — in her locker, she ends up teaming with the cryptic (and hot!) Sky Ramsey to solve the mystery of who’s trying to scare her… or if she’s really going to die in six months like the newspaper scrap says.  It’s a lot to add to her already-full plate which includes navigating the social minefield of high school life while juggling (fake) paranormal investigations in Los Angeles.

Except… Jillian’s starting to realize that maybe not all the cases are fake, after all.

And maybe everything she’s been told about her own life has been a lie.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


b2ap3_thumbnail_JKheadshot_6.2015.jpgAbout the Author

Emmy-nominated Jen Klein is currently a writer on ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY.  She wrote the screenplay for the Lifetime movie THE CHOKING GAME.  She is also the author of the forthcoming contemporary YA romance SHUFFLE, REPEAT from Penguin Random House.  Jen is from North Carolina but now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and several animals, all of whom are unruly and ill-behaved.

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1 signed hardback copy of the book, a “full moon” adjustable ring, postcards, Jillian Cade buttons. US & Canada.

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23. Giveaway: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender (US & Canada Only)

THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL 

by Katie Alender 

Release Date: August 25, 2015

 

About the Book


Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.


Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.
So the house kills her.


Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


b2ap3_thumbnail_Katie-Alender-2015_credit-Christopher-Alender.JPGAbout the Author


Katie Alender is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including the Bad Girls Don't Die series; Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer; and Famous Last Words. A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Katie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter, and her very spoiled dog, Winston. She enjoys reading, sewing, and eating delicious high-calorie foods. To find out more about Katie, visit www.katiealender.com.

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24. Letters to the Living

 

Contriubted by Joanne Mumley

 

Our very own Joanne Mumley, interviewed Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Deadat Comic Con. This wonderful book and Joanne's interview, which you can find below, inspired all of us here at YABC! Don't believe us? Read on to find out more!

 

 

Joanne: What made you decide to use letters as a format to tell Laurel’s story?

 

Ava: It was actually sort of intrinsic to the idea. I thought of the title first along with the concept of the idea of a girl dealing with grief by writing letters to famous dead people. It was always inherent to the story for me. I think the reason why, with perspective, for me letters signify reaching outwards into the world. So instead of writing it in journal format, letters are a wanting to connect. I think that is something Laurel as a character wants really much to do. Even though at the beginning of the book she doesn’t know how. There is something inherently hopeful about writing a letter. There is a desire to be heard.

 

J: Do you find yourself writing more letters since you wrote the book?

 

A: I have always loved writing letters. I do still write real letters to friends. Definitely. I have saved so many letters I have gotten. I have a whole giant drawer.

 

J: What is one thing you want your readers to take away from your book?

 

A: What Laurel says at the end, “Our lives matter.” I hope people will take this away. Along with the importance or the power of words and communication and how much healing can happen by opening up and telling the truth.

 

J: Did you initially start off writing for YA?

 

A: No. I initially started out writing wise as a poet. I got my Master's degree in poetry. It was always what I loved as a teenager. Poems in my journal. After graduating from Iowa, there isn’t many ways to make a living writing poetry right now. I didn’t want to go the route of academia teaching in universities. It didn’t feel like the right thing to do. I wanted to do something that connected with a larger audience. I’ve always been interested in popular culture and film. So I moved to L.A. with the idea that I wanted to work in screen writing. I got a job as an assistant for Stephen Chbosky who wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I ended up being an associate producer on that movie. It was his suggestion, when I finally got up the guts to show him one of my scripts, when he said “Hmm. I think you should try writing a book.” I wrote the book without really thinking about YA or not. It was just the book that felt natural to me at the time. That was the book that was inside me wanting to come out.

 

J: What kinds of pop culture inspired you as you grew up?

 

A: I did love Kurt Cobain. Probably at a younger age than Laurel. For me it was my entrance to middle school where I discovered Nirvana. I made an abrupt turn from listening to Mariah Carey and Brandy. I still love Mariah, but I kind of went from Mariah Carey being my first CD to Nirvana’s In Utero being my second. It was a really big jump. Middle school was a very intense and scary time for me. It felt like I became a teenager instantly. I was just walking around a corner and you are in such a different world. I think that specific music really helped me navigate that. It gave expression to so many feelings I didn’t have words for.

In high school I loved a lot of 60s music; Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan. I’ve always had broad musical taste. I like country and hip‐ hop.

 

J: What are some authors or books you are a fan of now?

 

A: From this year: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I really admire her a lot as author. She is very inspiring. Reading that book, as her second book, it made me feel like there was something to aspire to. I love Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It is a book I always want to recommend to people. I also love the Neapolitan Series, by a lesser‐ known Italian author Elena Ferrante. It isn’t really YA, although the characters start off in the first book as teenagers.

 

J: If you could have dinner with any three actors, authors, or musician who would it be?
 

A: Emily Dickinson

John Lennon

Judy Garland


Not necessarily my one and only answer. But these are the ones that just first came to me.

 

J: Any other projects or books you are working on?

 

A: I am just stating on another YA book. I can’t say much about it yet. I have been writing the screenplay now for over a year. So now I finally have some time.

 

J: Who are your biggest supporters in your writing career?

 

A: I definitely had a lot of amazing English teachers who were hugely supportive and inspiring. Starting in middle school and a couple teachers I was really close to. My mom was also very supportive. I remember being in high school and submitting my poem. I wanted to get something published. So I bought a guide to submitting to literary magazines. Before the Internet I bought a book. I saved up from my summer job to pay for the submission fees. I was a senior. I really wanted to publish one of my poems. I remember my mom telling me that if it doesn’t work out and I don’t get a poem published it didn’t mean I’m not a writer. At the time I really didn’t hear that. I just wanted to succeed in the way that I imagined success right then. But sure enough I did not get it, I got rejection letters from all the magazines. Many years later, after taking classes in college, I finally got a poem published in a journal. This was after my mom passed away. Then, Love Letters to the Dead was the second thing ever published.

I tell this story because of young writers. I identify with needing recognition now. Wanting something in the outside world to say you are a writer. For me, when I was able to believe for myself that I was a writer, without someone else telling me that, it helped me write more honestly in some way. It takes time and patience, but it can happen eventually.

 

 

J: Any other projects or books you are working on?

 

A: I am just starting on another YA book. I can’t say much about it yet. I have been writing the screenplay now for over a year. So now I finally have some time. 

 

A big thank you to both Ava Dellaira and Joanne Mumley!

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Want to know more about Love Letters to the Dead?

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It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was -- lovely and amazing and deeply flawed -- can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

 

 

"There is something inherently hopeful about writing a letter. There is a desire to be heard."--Ava Dellaira 

We want our favorite authors and characters and books to hear from us. Check back tomorrow for our first "Love Letters to Literature" post contibued by Kayla King! 

 


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25. Love Letters to Literature #1

 

Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

Dear J.K. Rowling,

 

I suppose the best way to begin this letter would be to say thank you! Many readers might say that you changed their lives with the inception of your boy wizard. I'm sure that's true. But I want to let you know that you've not only changed my life, you've shaped it. 

 

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This year, on May 2nd, I spent the day remembering the seventeenth anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. I remembered all of the amazing things in my life that happened because you wrote a story about magic, about good and evil and friendship and love.

 

This may seem like a lot of remembering. Maybe you could even say that I drowned that day in the Pensieve. I also remembered a line you quoted from Arthur Levine: "and they say we shouldn't teach children about evil." If reading the Potter books taught me anything, it was that evil exists in every part of the world, wizarding or not, and often it exists within each of us as well. But there is something even more powerful that you've taught us through seven years at Hogwarts. You've taught readers about friendship, love, loyalty, imagination; all of which are true magic. 

 

Today I turned on the news only to hear about murders and horrific acts of violence. But I also saw acts of kindness and love and it makes me think that there is hope for our world. If your books gave me anything, I'm glad it is a sense of hope beyond the atrocties. And while many of us would rather not face what is happening, I think about teenagers coming together to fight the power of a Ministry, I think of Dumbledore's Army hiding out in the Room of Requirement to train for the difficult days ahead. I think of sacrifice and intellect and I think of the tension between Purebloods and Halfbloods and Mudbloods. Of propaganda posters railing against "The Chosen One," of lightning bolt scars, and hateful words etched on arms. I think of the damage of the Holocaust. I think of the destruction in cities and countries and the callous acts happening everywhere. And I think about what we can do to try to stop it. 

 

I know it will take a group, or an Order of people coming together to make this world right. Sometimes I wonder why others are so willing to ignore the atrocities of your Wizarding World and all that it stands for. What's to say we won't do the same thing when it comes to our real world? 

 

So once again I am reminded of that quote, "and they say we shouldn't teach children about evil," one that I believe originated on the day our world became a world of after, the day two towers fell and began this war on "terror." But if we remember, as you've taught, that there is hope for tomorrow, that maybe someday there will be a better world, maybe things will begin to change. After all, "happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

 

With September 1st just around the corner, I imagine myself stepping toward Platform 9 3/4 and boarding the Hogwarts Express. I think about Treacle Tarts and Acid Pops and Chocolate Frogs and even Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. I think about thestrals and dementors and the Sorting Hat (I think we'd have quite the conversation since I'm a Revenpuff; wise and loyal). I think about all of the beautiful times I've already spent at Hogwarts, and I know, it is my home away from home.

 

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From my front yard I look at the single hydrangea bloom as summer starts to fade. It reminds me of Harry hiding beneath the window sill, listening to the news. And it reminds me of the summer I spent on my back patio devouring Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I remember watching one of my favorite worlds darken just as my real world did the same thing. I lost friends and battled the halls of high school, but I always had Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I was the bookish girl who made it through because of your books and your role models and your wonderful words. 

 

And if you aked me if I still love your world and your writing "after all this time," I would reply "always." 

 

 

xoxo

Kayla King 

 

 

 

 

Kayla King  is a writer of poetry and fiction. She is the Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer at YABC, which means she loves to read and review books! She is an editor for 1:1000 and as such, reads great stories and contributes a new piece of flash fiction every month, and is a permanent writer for Germ Magazine. Kayla graduated from Buffalo State College with her B.A. in Writing and is currently pursuing her MFA from Southern New Hampshire University. You can find her website and blog here.

 

 

 

 


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