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review 2019-10-03 20:34
Graphic novel about the teenage Dahmer; depicts a disturbed individual in an environment that helped create a monster
My Friend Dahmer - Derf Backderf

This meticulously drawn graphic novel about Jeffrey Dahmer as a high schooler is a haunting portrait of a disturbed individual in his formative years and it depicts how the environment that he grew up in helped create one of the most notorious serial killers in recent memory.

The author-artist is fellow Dahmer classmate Derf Backderf, who proves how hindsight can be 20/20, recognizing all the disturbing behaviors and situations upon reflection, and after Dahmer's ghastly murders were committed. Derf has pieced together the timeline for the graphic novel with help from Dahmer's father's novel and other records, used recollections from other classmates, and paints a picture of Dahmer that is both shocking and in many ways sympathetic.

If there was ever a playbook for creating or spotting a serial killer Derf shows how Dahmer 'checks all the boxes': a disturbed mind and untreated mental illness, teenage alcoholism, isolated in a small town in an era when school had few rules, dysfunction at home where parents go through a nasty divorce, mother has her own mental health problems, dad is oblivious to his son's issues, Dahmer doesn't fit in at school and is bullied by some of his peers, repressed sexual urges and closeted homosexuality, interest in dead animals and roadkill, collection of animal carcasses, his apathy and lack of emotion. So many warning signs. So little done to step in.

Derf asks at one point 'Where were all the adults?' but he also recognizes that this was a different decade, a different era, and remarks that even his teachers would comment on rolling their own joints, and obviously turned a blind eye to a drunk Dahmer every day. There's also a point where, after Dahmer's first murder, thanks to shoddy police work, he SHOULD have been caught. Today, we have our eyes open to all sorts of new concerns, and schools have zero tolerance for any substance use and keep an eye out for mental health problems and bullying.

This is a tragic tale, but I appreciate that Derf told it the way he did (even with the adolescent ignorance involved) and that the movie adaptation happened. May another horrific set of crimes, or such a troubled individual, never come out of a similar circumstance again.

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review 2019-01-05 07:51
After 1987's Predator, There Are The Comics...
Predator - The Essential Comics Vol.1 - Mark Verheiden,Chris Warner,Ron Randall

When Predator was released unexpectedly in 1987, it was one of the finest science fiction movie of its time since the release of Alien in 1979. In 1989, Dark Horse published Predator, the comic book series as an in-direct sequel to the movie before 1990 Predator 2. I have not read any of the comic versions until finally, I bought this... and I have some mix feelings towards it.


Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 features three reprinted mini-series that was published before over the years and one never before published adaptation of Predator 2 until now. In Predator: Concrete Jungle, the story takes place in New York city where during the hottest summer, the Predator is on the hunt again... except, he brings his compatriots. Detective Schaefer, brother of Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, together with Detective Rasche investigates the murders and the conspiracy of one certain general that was involved from the movie. As the Predators invade New York City, it take Schaefer and Rasche to save the day. In Predator: Cold War, the Predators are now in Siberia and once again, on the hunt. Schaefer and Rasche once again together with a beautiful Russian soldier will stop the Predators on their hunting game... only the Russian government and the American government and a certain general want the Predators technology. In Predator: Dark River, its summer all over again and this time, a crazed Predator from Schaefer's past returns and wreck havok in South America. Once again, Schaefer investigates and this time, he will put an end to it.


The comic book series is filled with a lot of one-liners and cheesy action. I can see that writer Mark Verheiden really love the movie and so, his style of writing is similar to how the 1980s are then but it doesn't get any better. Although I do feel the concept of the Predator universe is some what not understood, its not exactly the best of its own when it comes to reading. On art, Chris Warner and Ron Randalldid a good job capturing the presence of the characters. Its not really good and its not that terrible. Its just how it is when reading a Predator adaptation comic and felt as if a fan would have envision it. Overall for me, Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 would appeal to fans but not as an introductory story to those who are not familiar with.

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A Monster Calls

We just got back from seeing A Monster Calls. Mom and I have read the book, my brother and sister had not. We all LOVED it.


Seriously, it was absolutely incredible. I was bawling by the end with no shame. So was a lot of the movie theatre. Possibly my brother but I couldn't tell. 


Really, it was one of the best adaptations of a book I have ever seen. About 90% of the book was there, word for word. There were a few differences and they added some new material but overall it was the book I love brought to the screen. The stuff the added was also incredible and fit in wonderfully with the story and enhanced it. The acting was all flawless. I was especially impressed with the young actor who played Connor. He did amazingly.


If you love the book, I really think you'll enjoy the movie. Just bring some tissues. I didn't have any and now my hoodie is all gross. 

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Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (90)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)


Rights Report 0, 1, 2

  • The Black Hole of Broken Things - Scott Reintgen (debut sci fi YA trilogy; In the novel, a Detroit teen accepts an interstellar space contract only to realize the promised millions must be won in a brutal competition where winners face the ultimate choice – take the money and become pawns in the corporation's sinister plans or find a way to fight that won't compromise their humanity. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Crown).
  • The Romantics - Leah Rowan (a YA romantic comedy told from the perspective of Love as a character, about a teenage boy who is hapless in love until Love steps in to help him, only to find that her meddling yields unexpected results. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Abrams/Amulet).
  • Borderlines - Mitali Perkins (YA; The book links 15 stories about a Bengali family in Queens. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • The Valiant - Lesley Livingston (The book tells the story of 17-year-old Fallon's journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire. Publication is set for spring 2017; Razorbill).
  • The Memory of Things - Gae Polisner (a YA novel about two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love as their fractured city tries to put itself back together in the days following 9/11. It is slated for publication in fall 2016; St. Martin's).
  • The Loser's Club - Andrew Clements (The Loser's Club tells of a resourceful boy figuring out how to survive sixth grade and bullying by using what he's learned from books to become the hero of his own story. Publication of the first book is planned for fall 2017; Random House).
  • The Castle in the Mist - Amy Ephron (The middle-grade novel follows siblings Tessa and Max, who discover a magical key that gives them access to the ancient castle, and gives the indecisive Tessa a chance to have a single wish granted. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Philomel).
  • A Small Zombie Problem - K.G. Campbell (Debut MG series which he will also illustrate. The story follows the adventures of a boy who accidentally unearths a family curse – and raises a lot of zombies in the process. Publication will begin in summer 2017; Knopf).
  • We Are (So Not) the Trevors - Jake Burt (MG debut; The book is about a 13-year-old pickpocket in the foster-care system who longs for her own family. When a clan called the Trevors offers to take her in, it seems like she's gotten exactly what she wanted – until she learns that the family is being pursued by a killer and is about to enter the witness-protection program. The book is set for spring 2017; Feiwel and Friends).
  • The Art of the Swap - Jen Malone (l.) and Kristine Carlson Asselin (When two teen girls living in the same Newport, R.I., mansion, but in different centuries, accidentally switch places, they must solve a 100-year-old art heist in order to return to their proper time periods. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Untitled - Jan Greenberg (l.) and Sandra Jordan (Middle-grade biography of Cindy Sherman, widely celebrated as one of the world's most significant contemporary artists. It will be illustrated with the artist's work. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Roaring Brook's Neal Porter Books).
  • Bad Guy - Hannah Barnaby, illustrated by Mike Yamada (about a boy who relishes playing the villain and his kid sister, who must endure his antics. Publication is planned for summer 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Sci-Fi Junior High - John Martin (l.) and Scott Seegert (In the illustrated novel, Kelvin Klosmo, a 12-year-old boy whose parents' jobs take the family to an intergalactic space station on the far side of the galaxy, must learn to deal with alien teachers and classmates of all types – and an evil plushy bunny who wants to rule the universe. The book is scheduled for February 2017; the new Jimmy Patterson imprint).
  • The Dragon in the Leaves - Emily Arsenault (debut YA novel about a teenage girl who reads tea leaves for fun until a classmate asks her to do a reading about his missing friend, drawing her into a world of dark secrets and possibly murder. Publication is slated for June 2017; Soho Teen).
  • Fever Dreams - Maurene Goo (a YA novel about a girl who decides to take control of her lackluster love life by following the “love rules” found in Korean dramas – staging her own perfect romance. Publication is planned for 2017; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux).
  • Teddycats - Mike Storey (a middle-grade debut that was inspired by the 2013 discovery of an elusive mammal species that lives high up in the cloud forests of South America. This jungle adventure novel follows Bill Betancourt, a wily young Teddycat who becomes an unlikely hero after accidentally exposing his previously hidden species to the most dangerous predator of all: humans. The first title is set to publish in July 2016; Razorbill).
  • The Duke of Bannerman Prep - Katie Nelson (debut; a YA retelling of The Great Gatsby in which a teen is recruited to an elite prep school to bring their debate team a victory at Nationals, and is drawn into a glittering world of parties and after-curfew bonfires, only to discover that the thrill-seeking playboy who has taken him under his wing is more conman than caviar. Publication is tentatively scheduled for spring 2017; Sky Pony Press).
  • Kiss/Kill - Amy Rose Capetta (the story of Zara, a teen who wins her dream role in a Broadway show and the love of the young female lighting designer – only to find herself surrounded by mysterious deaths that are hastily blamed on the theater's curse even though everyone on stage has a motive or two. Publication is set for fall 2017; Candlewick).
  • Ultimatum - K.M. Walton (two teen brothers, whose father's health is deteriorating rapidly, must come face to face with their demons – and each other – and set aside their differences if they are going to survive an uncertain future. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Sourcebooks Fire).
  • The Wood - Chelsea Bobulski (YA debut; Winter is the guardian of the woods behind her house, rescuing travelers from madness and death. When a mysterious boy shows up, knowing more than he should, it's up to the two of them to learn the truth about her father's disappearance and to stop a killer from striking again. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Feiwel and Friends)
  • A Flag for Harvey - Rob Sanders (the story of Harvey Milk and the creation of the gay pride flag. Steven Salernowill illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2018. Random House).
  • Karma Khullar's Mustache - Kristi Wientge (contemp MG debut; It tells the story of a biracial Indian-American girl who must navigate big changes in her friendships and family life as she starts sixth grade, all while trying to rid herself of an unexpected problem: 17 hairs that have sprouted on her upper lip. Publication is planned for summer 2017; Simon and Schuster).
  • Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe - Jo Hackl (debut which combines a quirky southern ghost town, survival in the woods, and an art history mystery. Publication is set for fall 2017; Random House).
  • The Gravedigger's Son - Patrick Moody (MG debut in which an 11-year-old boy must reluctantly embrace his ability to speak to the dead after awakening the inhabitants of the graveyard his ancestors have spent centuries tending. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Sky Pony Press).
  • Untitled YA - Adi Alsaid (the story of Carlos, a wealthy Mexican teen who is struggling to come to terms with his older brother's death – and unbeknownst to his family, is hearing and seeing messages from that brother. Convinced by his brother's spirit to risk everything to pursue his dreams, Carlos runs away from his sheltered life in Mexico City and apprentices himself to a famous American chef, finding love and a sense of purpose along the way. Publication is slated for 2017; Harlequin Teen).
  • Of Blood and Shadow - Kerri Maniscalco (The debut gothic thriller, inspired by the Ripper murders, is about a Victorian-era lord's daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London's East End. The book is scheduled for fall 2016; Jimmy Patterson Books).
  • Keep Me in Mind - Jaime Reed (Contemp YA about a girl who doesn't remember and the boy who can't forget her. Publication is planned for April 2016; Scholastic).
  • Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios (about a 16-year-old girl who tries to reclaim her life from bad relationships with three men: her father, an alcoholic ex-Marine; her stepfather, who would rather she didn't exist; and her dangerously abusive boyfriend. A publication date has not yet been set; Henry Holt).
  • Queen of the Sea - Dylan Meconis (debut; a hybrid graphic novel/historical fantasy inspired by the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, about a girl raised in a convent on a small island, whose happy life is shattered when she discovers the convent is actually a political prison... and she herself one of its most dangerous prisoners. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Abrams).
  • Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo - Ben Costa and James Parks (graphic novel series about a walking, talking, singing skeleton bard who embarks on an epic quest with his gelatin sidekick to discover his origins in a world of ogres, gnomes, haunted woods, and a kick-butt knight who is not all she seems. Publication will start in summer 2017; Knopf).
  • For the Love of Double Dutch - Doreen Spicer-Dannelly (debut MG tells the story of a girl who must salvage her double-dutch dreams after her parents' rocky relationship takes her away from Brooklyn – and her beloved team – to spend the summer with her cousin in North Carolina. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Random House).
  • Lifeboat 12 - Susan Hood (MG debut; The story, based on true events, follows six boys who survived a major naval disaster in September 1940. Publication is planned for fall 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • The Sun Race - Wesley King (a middle-grade novel told in three voices about a school field trip to the Carlsbad Caverns that goes horribly wrong. Publication is set for fall 2017; S&S /Paula Wiseman).
  • The Mortification of Fovea Munson - Mary Winn Heider (debut MG; a 13-year-old girl is forced to spend her summer vacation working at her parents' cadaver lab, where friendships form under the most unlikely circumstances. Publication is scheduled for summer 2018; Disney-Hyperion).
  • The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead (a romantic fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds, which follows three girls as they embark on a journey in search of empowerment and love. Publication is planned for April 2016; Razorbill).
  • Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eagar (debut; part of a previous two-book contract, is slated to publish in March 2016. Candlewick has bought these two additional titles to make Eagar a staple of Candlewick lists through 2019. The books for this latest deal are untitled and will publish in 2018 and 2019; Candlewick).
  • Untitled - Peadar Ó Guilín (The as-yet-untitled books tell the story of a girl, ravaged by a childhood disease, who fights to defend herself against an evil that targets the children of Ireland. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Scholastic).
  • Spurt - Chris Miles (debut about Jack Sprigley, an eighth grader and former reality TV star who decides to fake puberty to avoid embarrassment. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Words in Deep Blue - Cath Crowley (about two teens who find their way back to each other while working in an old bookstore full of secrets and crushes, love letters and memories, grief and hope. Publication is set for spring 2017; Knopf).
  • Thornhill - Pam Smy (a dark yet ultimately uplifting novel that explores themes of bullying, identity, and friendship. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Roaring Brook).
  • Far from Over - April Lindner (a digital original novella and spinoff of her novel Love, Lucy, about restless traveler Jesse Palladino as he leaves behind his summer romance in Rome and must decide where his heart lies. Publication is slated for May 2016; Poppy/NOVL).
  • Blobby Blobson - Evan Kuhlman, illustrated by Merrill Rainey (first in an illustrated middle grade series. It features the adventures of a blob boy from the sewer who tries to fit in at a suburban middle school. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Razorbill).
  • In Darkling Wood - Emma Carroll (In the story, a girl named Alice is shipped off to her estranged grandmother's house when her brother receives the chance for a heart transplant, and finds herself entangled in a battle to save the magical woods next to her grandmother's home. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Delacorte).
  • Nana in the Country - Lauren Castillo (This was part of a previously unreported deal that encompassed Caldecott Honor book Nana in the City. Nana in the Countryfinds Nana visiting her grandson, who sets out to share with her all the lovely things the country has to offer. Publication has not yet been set; Clarion)

From Publisher’s Lunch:

  • Ross Welford's TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER, when young a boy is given a letter from his dead dad, it leads him to something extraordinary: a time machine; but his dad has a mission for him too: go back in time and prevent the accident that eventually killed him, to Schwartz & Wade.

From last week

  • Feathers Like Rain - Sharlee Glenn (MG novel; The book is a coming-of-age tale set on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation. Publication is set for 2017; Charlesbridge).
  • The rest weren’t on Goodreads, so I’m leaving them now.

: Publisher’s Weekly announced its list of the best books from 2015. The winners for the Woodcraft Circle Awardswere announced. We Need Diverse Books announced the recipients of the Walter Grant. The YALSA Top Ten was announced. The Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees were announced. Jacqueline Wilson is being presented with the JM Barrie Lifetime achievement award. The NYT released its list of the best illustrated children’s books of 2015. The Guardian children’s fiction prize shortlist was announced.

Authors/Interviews: Persuasion - Martina Boone, Upside-Down Magic - Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins, Sarah Mlynowski,Save Me Kurt Cobain - Jenny Manzer, Liars and Losers Like Us - Ami Allen-Vath, Anne & Henry - Dawn Ius, Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here - Anna Breslaw, Life Before - Michelle Bacon, Underneath Everything - Marcy Beller Paul, Consider - Kristy Acevedo, Ruby Reinvented - Ronni Arno, Unforgiven - Lauren Kate, Traffick - Ellen Hopkins, Need - Joelle Charbonneau, A Madness So Discreet - Mindy McGinnis, Jeff Kinney, Anna Bond

Book Trailers: How to Be Brave - E. Katherine Kottaras, Bleeding Earth - Kate Hart, Manners & Mutiny - Gail Carriger, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie

Excerpts: The Forbidden Wish - Jessica Khoury, Outrun the Moon - Stacey Lee, Their Fractured Light - Megan Spooner & Amie Kaufman, The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Don’t Get Caught - Kurt Dinan, Truthwitch - Susan Dennard, My Kind of Crazy - Robin Reul

Eric Smith’s INKED is getting a sequel, RISE OF THE UNPRINTED. (“...introduces a class of characters that get brought up in book one, but aren’t really explored. The Unprinted, the citizens without the magic, moving tattoos that define one’s place in society, who have opted to live off-the-grid and away from the mandatory practice of magical Ink…”)

Alexandra Bracken has sold four more books to Disney. “She’ll start a new middle-grade series, pen a stand-alone YA novel and write a fourth to-be-determined book. The new series is called The Last 13 Nights of Prosperity Redding. The story follows a 13-year-old New England boy who must rid himself of the demon sharing his body and break the family curse.”

Michelle Hodkin has sold the spin-off series of Mara Dyer called The Noah Shaw Confessions. (“The series will be told from the point of view of character Noah Shaw, and will explain “what happens after the happily ever after,” according to the publisher. Noah’s father is murdered in the first book of The Shaw Confessions, and while Noah inherits both knowledge and wealth beyond his wildest dreams, he also has a chance to find others like himself. As Noah and Mara begin their search for others, it becomes clear that they have vastly different goals — and Noah must choose between the girl he loves and world peace.”)

Super cool stop-motion animation on Hogwarts, all built from the pages of a Harry Potter book.

If you’re interested in reading The Girl on the Train, the publisher recently hosted a tumblr Q&A with the author.

Benjamin from the booktube channel Benjamin Of Tomes has created a book publishing imprint, oftomes.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a sequel. No more epilogue - things may not be as happy and idealistic as they were left.More details here. Are you one of the people who wishes JKR would leave Harry Potter alone, or will you be seeing the play (if you can)?

President Obama on reading: “fiction helps us to find truth in a complex world.” And kids talk about the impact of reading.

Diversity in publishing is not where it should be. A storify with the perspective of several authors from September but still highly relevant. Related-ish article: what should editors be doing?

Scholastic and We Need Diverse Books are teaming up to create a poster with over seventy-five diverse recommendations for younger readers. I’d love to see more publishers do something similar.

Lee & Low and Simmons College have created a diversity scholarship to help solve the “pipeline” problem of getting more people of color into the publishing industry.

Several authors discuss romance in YA Lit, with diverse themes. And for intersex awareness day, Gregorio some great tweets into a Storify.

Latino authors weighed in on reaching readers for a NYPL panel. (I liked getting to read about what they related to & also how that ended up influencing their own writing-- like Silvera’s comment on women being the heroes of his life & novels).

I really liked what I’d read of the Reading While White posts I’ve seen so: on creating safe spaces & what they mean (safety vs. comfort); on “be kind” and other BS; and a guest post from Brendan Kiely on his presentations with co-author Jason Reynolds (“But I’d never thought that the book might do danger to the very people I claimed to be working with in the Black Lives Matters movement. I had to take a breath. I’m so glad I did, because if I’d just answered straight from the gut, I’d have said something dumb, no matter how factually correct, and I would have done exactly what he was warning me about.”)

Has “Diversity” Lost Its Meaning?

At SCIBA, diverse books were the focal point. (The education sessions included a financial session on the economics of publishing, a panel on how to sell high-end gift books, a panel on diversity in YA books, and a session on Independent Bookstore Day.)

James Dawson has come out as transgender.

Here’s a summary of the EW fest for YA books & five things the writer learned from the panel.

I wish I was going to YALLFEST. 60 YA authors. All so soon.

J.K. Rowling is writing a new children’s book! No plans yet but AAAAHHH

The Hunger Games theme park keeps expanding.

A panel to discuss the latest trends in YA from the editors -- what do you think? (But the new trend is a style of books that Julie Strauss-Gabel is championing now, and always has been, is contemporary realistic fiction. “There are also a lot of readers interested in a new genre that could be called ‘heightened contemporary,’” she said... “Also, sci-fi is gaining ground again.”)

Another panel - Think That I saw It - this time discussing a variety of topics, from middle-grade, YA, and picture book authors and illustrators.

Another panel discussing the hell that is Middle School (When kids are reading past middle grade, which is typically considered for ages 8-12, and aren’t quiet emotionally ready for the heavier themes of YA suggested for 14-18 year olds, where do readers, booksellers, and librarians turn?).

Youtube authors are all over the NYT Bestsellers list.

Twilight Reimagined is still selling really well (24k copies/week).

Amazon opened its first brick and mortars bookstore.

Teen Book Festivals are a win-win for all. Check out the photos from the Texas Book Festival.

A brief summary of author and industry events this last week and the one before.

I am so interested in this book - it maps famous literary locations (and the maps look so gorgeous!).

Cover Reveals:

Project Unpopular - Kristen Tracy
(slight redesign from last bookish rounds)
*note: this says cover not final

You can vote for the cover for Night Flower by Kate Elliott.

Discussion & Other Blogger Posts:

One of the best costumes… sexy Gandalf. Oh la la.

As is usual when I’ve not done one of these posts for a long time, there are a ton of recommendation posts. You can read books with haunted houses, adventure books, YA books with multiple narrators, books for Gilmore Girls fans, diverse horror reads,amazing YA books by Latino authors, book recommendations from YA Highway, YA books to keep you warm in the chilly weather, for fans of the Scream Queens, books that prove you should be afraid of the dark, 9 fantasies to make your fall more magical, 7 books that will help you win your book club. And if you’re looking for NaNoWriMo inspiration, these books might help. These books started as NaNo projects. Of course, you can always reread Harry Potter for inspiration.

On one end: the 15 most anticipated November YA books. On the other: November’s top picks for young readers.

You can also use an emoticon chart to determine which horror book is up your alley.

Do you recognize these YA novels from the 2000s?

How many of these YA books have you read across the states?

17 Beautiful Rooms for the Book-loving Soul. CAN I LIVE THERE???

Have you read any of these popular November books?

6 Ghostly YA book quotes & 18 stories you should not read in the dark.

Can you read a book to death?

How often do you read over people’s shoulders?

27 excuses to use when you want to stay home & read. I use #1 a lot.

YA authors who also rock middle grade. This list will only be increasing as the years pass...

An open letter to those who give kids banned books: rarely, too rarely, do we talk about the good things that come when you share dangerous books with teens.

Movies & TV Shows:

Dolphin Films has optioned The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary Pearson.

I missed this and technically it’s not YA, but I’m sure there are a lot of crossover fans -- did you see the Magicians trailer from NYCC?

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was acquired by Fox 2000.

Check out your first look from Fantastic Beasts… and did you know the equivalent of Muggle in the States is No Maj?

The BBC will be adapting His Dark Materials into a TV show.

Selena Gomez and Jay Asher are working on a 13 Reasons Why show to be picked up by Netflix.

They released the second tv spot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II.

Halston Sage, Logan Miller, and Kian Lawley have been cast for the Before I Fall adaptation.

Dreamworks has optioned John Connolly’s MG trilogy (including the Gates) for a possible movie franchise.

Jerry Bruckheimer & Paramount optioned the rights to YA novel, The Cruelty by S. Bergstrom (self-published).

Johnny Depp is in talks to join the Neil Gaiman adaptation, Fortunately, The Milk.


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

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: New Releases 11/2/15! Win TWO great new YA novels that release this week, plus read interviews and a round-up of all this week's new YA novels. Giveaway ends 11/8/15; Win one of SEVEN packs of FIVE popular or recent YA titles, plus swag to help reward readers, for underfunded classrooms, schools, or libraries. Know a school or library who needs books? Nominate them! This month's donations from Martina Boone, Maggie Stiefvater,Danielle Paige, Laurie Halse Anderson and Maria Dahvana Headley. Ends 11/1/15; Win signed, personalised copies of COMPULSION and PERSUASION, plus signed copies of Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

You have until January 1st to complete your Storyboard Sprites board and win a book up to $15.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


New Releases:

October 25th - 31st: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, The House by Christina Lauren, What We Left Behind by Robin Talley, Persuasion (Heirs of Watson Island #2) by Martina Boone, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus, Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul, Gabriel (Styclar Saga #2) by Nikki Kelly, Diamonds are Forever (Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle Madow, The Winter Place by Alexander Yates, Placebo Junkies by J. C. Carleson, Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep, Unspoken (Shadow Falls After Dark #3) by C.C. Hunter, Fathomless (Redemption's Heir #2) by Anne Pillsworth, Frosted Kisses (Cupcake Queen #2) by Heather Hepler

November 1st - 7th: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young, Traffic (Tricks #2) by Ellen Hopkins, Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray, NEED by Joelle Charbonneau, The Conjurer's Riffle (Inventor's Secret #2) by Andrea Cremer,Manners and Mutiny (Finishing School #4) by Gail Carriger, All In (The Naturals #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett, Hollow Girl (Twinmaker #3) by Sean Williams,The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey, Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller, The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens, The Revolution of Ivy (Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel, Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn, Captive by A. J. Grainger,How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras, Fearless (Arena #3) by Marianne Curley.

Recent Recommended Reads: I will be filming a booktube video tonight about the three audiobooks I have recently read!

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.

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url 2015-09-19 03:53
Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (84)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

You should probably check out the bookish rounds post from last week. This one is a lot shorter, since it’s back to normal scheduling around here…


Rights Report:


  • The Canny Town of Ingot - William Alexander (about a girl who moves with her mother, a librarian and Ghost Appeasement Specialist, to the curiously un-haunted town of Ingot, where she must learn what has happened to Ingot's ghosts and what will happen if they ever come back. The first book is scheduled for summer 2017; McElderry Books).
  • 17 Years - Ava Dellaira (a YA novel told in alternating perspectives about a mother and daughter, each at 17 years old, on the brink of adulthood, and struggling to imagine her future and to discover her place in the world. Publication is slated for 2018; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • My Shelf Life - Lilliam Rivera (a YA novel about a girl named Margot Sanchez who charged $600 on her father's credit card and is stuck spending the summer working off the debt at the South Bronx location of the family chain of grocery stores. Publication is set for spring 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Remember to Forget - Ashley Royer (debut; The novel tells the story of Levi, who, depressed after the death of his girlfriend, moves from Australia to his father's home in America. Publication is planned for spring 2016. HarperCollins/Blink).


From Publisher’s Lunch:



From last time:


  • The Well - Jake Wyatt, illustrated by F. Choo (YA fantasy graphic novel; The book follows Lizzy, a girl who steals coins from the town wishing well and is then forced to grant the wishes attached to them. Publication is set for 2018; First Second).
  • Shakshuka series - Galia Oz (bestselling in Israel. [The three books] will be published as one middle-grade volume titled Dog Trouble & Other Julie Stories featuring Julie's candid narration of the ups and downs of school and family life. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Crown).
  • Struttin' with Some Barbecue - Patricia Hruby Powell (a middle-grade book in verse about jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Lil Hardin Armstrong... Ahead of her time and in a man's world, Lil Hardin Armstrong – Louis Armstrong's second wife – made a career in the early days of jazz. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Charlesbridge).
  • Lucy and the Rocket Dog - Will Buckingham (a middle-grade story told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, an aspiring astrophysicist who has built a rocket ship in her backyard, and Laika, Lucy's beloved dog who wanders into the rocket ship and is subsequently shot into space. Publication is set for summer 2017; Knopf).
  • Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production - Sarah Schauerte Reida (MG debut in which 12-year-old film-obsessed Lissa discovers a shape-shifting monster in her woods and decides to film the greatest horror movie of all time. Then her little sister is taken to the monster homeland of Down Below and she needs the monster's help to get her back. Publication is tentatively set for fall 2016; Sky Pony Press).
  • Blues Bones - Rick Starkey (MG debut in which a 13-year-old boy uses voodoo to overcome stage fright and has to suffer the consequences of dabbling in dark magic. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Leap Books Seek)
  • Howard Wallace, P.I. - Casey Lyall (debut; a lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer. Publication of the first book is slated for fall 2016; Sterling).
  • PhilanthroParties: A Party Planning Guide for the Social Activist - Lulu Cerone and Lucy Keating (The book will serve as a DIY guide for teens to partying with a purpose and incorporating philanthropy into their social lives. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Beyond Words and Simon Pulse).
  • Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies - Lawrence Goldstone (MG narrative nonfiction debut about the men and women who pioneered modern aviation and popularized flying through their aerial feats in the first decade of powered flight. Publication is set for spring 2017; Little, Brown).
  • Family Poems/Poemas familiares - Francisco X. Alarcón, to be illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (The bilingual collection of original poems, the sixth collaboration of the author and illustrator, celebrates the days of the week along with familiar family life experiences of Latino children in the U.S. Publication is set for fall 2016; Lee & Low Books).
  • Naughty Claudine - Patrick Jennings (about a girl who does not doubt the existence of Santa, but is not comfortable with his spying and judging and breaking and entering, so she decides to act naughty to stop him from coming down the chimney. Suzanne Kaufman is slated to illustrate. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Random House).
  • How to Survive Extinction - Paul Acampora (a middle-grade novel about 13-year-old Leo, his cousin, his sometimes forgetful grandmother, and a dog named Kermit, who hit the road together in search of dinosaurs. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Scholastic).
  • Just Fly Away - Andrew McCarthy (YA debut; In the story, 15-year-old Lucy discovers that her father has a son from an affair, an eight-year-old named Thomas who lives in the same suburban New Jersey town, causing Lucy to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her own life. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Algonquin Young Readers).
  • The Sweetest Sound - Sherri Winston (about a shy but talented 10-year-old girl who needs to build up the courage to enter her church's singing competition – while grappling with the fact that music was one of the few things she and her estranged mother had in common – only to have the stakes raised when her anonymous recording leaks. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Little, Brown).
  • Garbage Island - Fred Koehler (MG debut; In this animal fantasy, young inventor Archibald Shrew lives on a massive garbage patch adrift at sea, but dreams of leaving the island to discover things, especially news of his long-lost family. Publication of the first book is planned for fall 2017, Boyds Mills).
  • Will Nolan Eats Bugs - Rebecca Petruck (in which a class clown tries not to worry about how his parents fight all the time by being funnier than ever. But a “hilarious” presentation with insects as snacks leads to heckles, retaliation, and possible expulsion. Publication is set for fall 2016; Abrams/Amulet).
  • Confessions from the Principal's Kid - Robin Mellom (a middle-grade novel about a girl whose insider status at school leaves her an outsider among her classmates. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Hmh)
  • There Will Be Blood: The HelloFlo Guide to Puberty - Naama Bloom and Glynnis MacNicol (With the support of a panel of experts, the book will incorporate real-life stories along with facts and illustrations. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Dutton).
  • How to Save an Elephant - Linda Oatman High (MG; In it, 12-year old Lily Pruitt and a circus elephant are drawn together by the shared loss of the same man – grandfather, best friend and keeper – and journey through a series of life changes to save not only themselves but each other. Publication is scheduled for winter 2017; HarperCollins).
  • Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust - Planaria Price and Helen West (nonfiction YA memoir; This eyewitness account tells the story of Barbara Reichman, West's mother, who took on a different identity and hid in plain sight to make it through the war. The book is planned for winter 2017; Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • What a Beautiful Morning - Arthur A. Levine, to be illustrated by Katie Kath (in which Grandma's support helps a boy accept his grandfather's gradual memory loss, and to enjoy the moments they still have together. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Running Press Kids).
  • Maud and Grandmaud - Sara O'Leary, to be illustrated by Kenard Pak (In the book, a girl visits her grandmother's house for a sleepover; they have breakfast for dinner, watch old films, and enjoy other simple pleasures made sweeter for doing them together. The book will be co-published with Tara Walker at Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra Books in summer 2018. Penguin Random House).
  • Wolf in the Snow - Matthew Cordell (in which a girl, caught in a fierce blizzard, stumbles upon a lost wolf pup and must choose to find her own way home or return the pup to its pack. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • Q & Ray: The Case of the Mola Lisa - Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan (Graphic novel series; In the book, two animal sleuths set out to solve cases using wits, disguises, and teamwork. Publication is planned for fall 2017… Lerner/Graphic Universe).
  • Debut illustrated middle-grade series Marty Pants - Mark Parisi (Parisi is the creator of the long-running Off the Mark comic. The first book is slated for winter 2017; HarperCollins).
  • One Hundred Spaghetti Strings - Jen Nails (In the middle-grade novel, Steffy's mother has a severe brain trauma, and isn't able to care for Steffy and her moody older sister. When their long estranged father returns to live with them, Steffy hopes that the special recipes she loves to cook will bring her fractured family back together again. Publications is scheduled for winter 2017; HarperCollins).
  • City of Secret Rivers - Jacob Sager Weinstein (MG debut about an American girl transplanted to London who discovers a dark secret lurking beneath its streets, with terrifying repercussions. The book sold at auction in a three-book deal; the first volume will publish in summer 2017. Random House).
  • A Friend Like You - Beth Ain (a middle-grade verse novel about a fourth grader and the small moments in her year that add up to big surprises. Publication is slated for 2017; Random House)

Unfortunately it seems that many books this week or from before aren’t up on Goodreads.

Authors: Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas, Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon, Dumplin - Julie Murphy, Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa, Into the Dim - Janet B. Taylor, The Fix - Natasha Sinel

Awards/Lists: Lesyle Walton won the PEN USA Literary award for YA. The Longlist for the National Book Award for YA/Young people was released.

You can vote now for YALSA’s top ten teen books of 2015 until Teen Week in October.

Book trailers: Ghostlight - Sonia Gensler, The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich, Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed - C.L. Gaber.

Excerpts: Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick, Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch, Consider - Kristy Acevedo, Sweet Madness - Trisha Lever & Lindsay Currie, The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan, Untamed - A.G. Howard, Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

The tenth anniversary edition of Twilight will include some bonus content. Here’s a look back at Twilight and its legacy.

From September 2014 - September 2015, here’s Booklist’s list of top 10 YA romances. Similar list -- here’s one focusing on top 10 YA sports books.

On Sept. 6th, Corinne Duyvis started the hashtag #OwnVoices: “the hashtag focuses on recommending titles about marginalized groups of people by authors in those groups.”

And in unsurprising news, most authors earn below the poverty line for their income.

Independent bookstores are thriving because… they’re bookstores. They’re personal. They’re an experience. At least four reasons, but that just made me think of discussing the old closure of Borders with my mom last week: “No one goes to bookstores these days.” Not true.

Publisher’s Weekly did a profile on editor and author Leila Sales (which will hopefully become freely readable soon…)

A brief summary of recent author and industry events, including a bunch of photos from the 2015 National Book Festival.

If you’re a Red Queen fan, you’re getting 4 books, not three. Outlining the third book, VA admitted to needing a fourth book to end the series where she wanted.

The Unwanteds is coming to a close, while Zeroes is starting a new series with a novel spin on heroes and the Illuminae Files are also making their start.

This past summer, sales really increased for children’s books.

Queen of Shadows sold 18k print copies, with about 219k in print of the first three books.

So, Patrick Ness’s fundraiser ended up raising over $1 million, and even involved Suzanne Collins among other authors.

New Zealand bans its first YA book and the reaction isn’t pretty.

Remember when Courtney Summers’s book was censored/removed from a reading list? Well, the internet is a wonderful place sometimes.

Cover Reveals:

You should really check out last week’s post, since there were many then and then even a lot more in the two months I hadn’t made a bookish rounds. Now there are a lot because I am awful about keeping up with MG titles - I get the occasional one on my radar for cover reveals, but today I discovered so, so, so many MG I hadn’t posted. And that was just in the past two months! I cut myself off there, but I’ll be better about this. (Note: I’m also pretty bad about NA cover reveals - you’d best find some other sources for the lesser known NA).
The Transatlantic Conspiracy - G.D. Falksen

Discussions/Other Blogger Posts:

Have you read these popular September YA books?

The greatest female sci/fi authors of all time - I knew Le Guin would be on that list. Can’t wait to read more female SFF outside of YA!

Indianapolis has an interesting initiative with its Big Free Libraries.

Take a look at the most popular libraries in the U.S.

5 YA Books to Read after a Breakup, 5 Psychic Protagonists Whose Stories You Want to Read, 5 YA Pirate Tales to Bring Out Your Inner Swashbuckler - sometimes, looking at these B&N articles, I really want to know how they come up with these lists and recommendations. Because how is it that every time there’s at least one book I don’t recognize? Not having even seen its cover before?

Looking for some YA urban fantasy to kick the Cassandra Clare / shadowhunter craving? Here are three recently published ones that might help.

9 YA Novels That Every Woman Should Have on Her Reading List - it makes me sad that I’ve read like 3 of these novels only. But, hey, at least I’ve got some. What do you think?

32 Books Guaranteed to Give You Wanderlust & because it’s a community curated list, there are actually some YA novels!

17 New YA Books That Will Make Your Heart Happy - yaaas to A Thousand Nights and some of these other fall releases.

16 YA Books That Will Keep Your Attention to the Last Page - yasss to Poison Study and Grave Mercy and some of the others on this list.

The magic of Harry Potter will never be over - a HP themed bar is opening in Toronto, and Pottermore is expecting a radical relaunch.

Top 10 islands in children’s fiction - like with B&N, I actually haven’t heard of some of these titles.

Remember how these 24 YA books changed dramatically between hardcover & paperback?

If you’re ready for school, maybe you’re ready for a new book boyfriend.

Leila Sales discusses her favorite 10 YA contemporary books - love getting to see these from authors! And like with most B&N articles, some of these I hadn’t even heard of!

Movies/TV Shows:

Man, even though I posted a lot of movie/tv show news last time, I think I missed some things...

They’ve changed the title of the final Divergent movie from Allegiant to Ascendant. You can read Veronica Roth’s thoughts here. Here are the new posters. Also, they’ve released a teaser clip of Allegiant.

Zoey Deutch will be starring in the adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.

You can watch an exclusive clip from The Scorch Trials here.

You can watch the first and second trailers for Goosebumps.

The official trailer for the 5th Wave movie was released. You can also see the new poster (which is on the movie tie-in edition, as shown above.)

Throne of Glass was optioned for t.v.

Check out the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay poster/banner.

Olive Cooke has been cast in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One.

The Sky Is Everywhere was also optioned - but by Warner Bros, for a movie.

Paramount optioned Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, with the hopes of starting a new franchise.

The Animorphs is getting its own movie.

Barry Sonnenfeld will be directing A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Do you think that these are the best YA films of all time?


I’ll be hosting a giveaway soon. Keep your eyes out for that!

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: Celebrate Four MILLION page views with us by entering our MASSIVE giveaway! Giveaway ends 9/21/15; Win one of FOUR packs of FIVE popular or recent YA titles, plus swag to help reward readers, for underfunded classrooms, schools, or libraries. Know a school or library who needs books? Nominate them! This month's donations from Martina Boone, Kami Garcia, Liza Wiemer, and Jessica Porter at Crossroads Reviews. Ends 10/1/15;Win $50 American Express Gift Certificate, one of 5 beautiful Tiffany-style Key necklaces, Compulsion for Reading T-shirts, a What I'm Reading chalk mug, Fictionista Notepads, and much more in the PERSUASION pre-order celebration. Also TONS of free downloads, including stickers, bookmarks, magnets, door hangers, and wallpapers.; Win DAMAGE DONE by Amanda Panitch. Enter by 10/8/15.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


New Releases: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy, Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, The Marvels by Brian Selznick, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, Mirrored by Alex Flinn, The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus, Breakaway by Kat Spears, Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty, Queen of Always (Stolen Empire #3) by Sherry D. Ficklin, Imposter by Antony John, Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prunes, One by Sarah Crossan, Delicate by C. K. Kelly Martin

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo :). And hopefully I’ll have a booktube video up soon as well!

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.
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