Teen Thursday

It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!

Where we bring you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corps!

July Buzz Book: Conversion

We are buzzing about Conversion by Katherine Howe. Seventeenth-century Salem witch paranoia and modern-day high school life collide in this suspenseful and exciting mystery.

Here is what the Teen Press Corps has to say about it:

“This book is FABULOUS. FAB-U-LOUS. Conversion is one of my favorite books of 2014!”

“A chilling mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat!”

Classmates of Colleen Rowley, a senior at a prestigious private all-girls private school, start exhibiting troubling behaviors such as uncontrollable tics, seizures, and hair loss. News media and parents try to figure out the cause of these alarming developments – is it just the stress of senior year, social pressures, or is there something else going on? In seventeenth century Salem, teenager Ann Putnam, is a witness to similar behaviors in her friends. Told in alternating points of view between Colleen and Ann, this is a gripping, keep-turning-the-pages, read past bedtime book. Part historical fiction, part modern-day thriller, with a dash of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, this makes for a compelling and engaging read.

More about Conversion on the TPC blog.

UPDATE: News flash from the Texas Teen Book Fest


Authors Austin Kleon and Scott Westerfeld have joined the line-up for the 2014 TTBF. Kleon, the super bestselling
author – and one of our all-time favorite local authors – of the books Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work, will lead a special Blackout Writing workshop. Westerfeld is the author of favorites such as the Uglies series and Leviathan trilogy. His next book is Afterworlds and comes out September 23.

Also just announced: “The Stakes Are High, Tensions Run Higher” panel with authors Alaya Dawn Johnson, Jason Reynolds, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Lauren Oliver!


Texas Teen Book Festival happens on October 18, 2014 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. It’s one of our favorite events of the year. We’re proud to be co-founders of this festival and love working on it (and of course being there the day of with all of the books!) Don’t miss it!

Coming soon to BookPeople: Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are so excited that bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is coming to the store next month!! She will be speaking and signing Opposition – the last installment in the Lux series. Obsidian is the book that started it all and we are going to celebrate the ending of an amazing series with Lux-inspired cupcakes and punch! If you haven’t read this series yet, you are totally missing out!

Join us August 5th, at 7:00 PM for a LUXurious event!

Can’t make it to the event??

If you would like to order a signed copy of the book, you may do so via bookpeople.com.
We ship all over the world!

Review: The Prisoner of Night and Fog

One of our favorite books from the spring is The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. TPC member Olivia reviewed it and said of the book, “is an intriguing and utterly brilliant tale of impossible love between a Jewish man and Hitler’s niece. This psychological, historical romance will leave you wanting more and more long after the last page. It will take you back in time to witness things that will shock and enthrall you. A true must-read by far!”

Author Anne Blankman is also featured in Publishers Weekly’s 2014 Spring Flying Starts. And deservedly so. The other five Flying Starts picks are well-chosen, IMHO, too. Flying Starts highlights debut authors with notable works each season. Anne’s profile offers tidbits about where she got the idea for the book, how the book came to be published, and a peek at her next books, including a follow-up to The Prisoner of Night and Fog.


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