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!

Texas Teen Book Fest News!

There have been a lot of announcements from the fest in the past few weeks. Many amazing authors have joined the line up, so here is a wrap-up of all the news. To get all the news from the TTBF as it breaks, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Gayle Foreman (If I Stay), Len Vlahos (The Scar Boys), Frank Portman (King Dork Approximately), and Kevin Emerson (Exile) will rock your socks off on the Come On Feel the Noise panel!


Holy moly, Garth Nix (Clariel), Joelle Charbonneau (Graduation Day), Sarah J. Maas (Heir of Fire), and Marie Lu (The Young Elites) join forces for the Danger Is My Middle Name panel!


We are so excited by the line up for the Stakes Are High, Tensions Run Higher panel featuring Alaya Dawn Johnson (Love Is the Drug), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory), Jason Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest), and Lauren Oliver (Panic)!

Hollywood Beat: Movie News!


Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is going to be a movie! It was announced at ComicCon that Edgar Wright will direct. No casting news yet, but if you have read this amazing novel, who do you think should be cast as Austin Szerba? And if you haven’t read this killer book, what are you waiting for?


There is a contest to win a trip to the Hollywood premiere of If I Stay but move fast – the deadline to enter is August 8th!

Movie Trailer Madness!
YA fiction is going to be all over the movie screens this fall and we can’t wait! The first teaser for Mockingjay is out! The second official trailers for If I Stay, The Giver, and The Maze Runner have been released!


Here’s the first breathless trailer for If I Stay.


Here’s the first trailer for The Giver.


Here’s the first action-packed first trailer for The Maze Runner.

Book Reviews!


Emily K. reviews We Were Liars, “This book was stunning. The prose was beautiful, and it made even the simplest of sentences ring in my mind like poetry.”


Kendall reviews Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, “I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any Sci Fi reader. I can’t wait until the latest installment of the series, Opposition, comes out. Definitely a book worth checking out!”
**Jennifer Armentrout will be in-store on August 5th at 7PM! She will be speaking and signing her book, Opposition which will be released the day of the event! Pre-order your signed copy today in-store or via bookpeople.com.**

the glass sentence
Sarah H. had a lot to say about the new novel The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove. Here is an excerpt:
The Glass Sentence is a novel of astounding imagination. The world of the protagonist, Sophia Tims, is, at first glance, the real Boston, Massachusetts of the late 1800s. But nearly a century before Sophia was born, the Great Disruption caused a split in the continuity of time over the continents that was so severe, different eras began appearing all over the globe. Europe was plunged into the mid 13th century, the western frontier of North America is a mish-mash of multiple eras (and consequently a very lawless place), and South America exists in an Ice Age (past or future is not known). How this happened, why, and what happened to all the people from the “present” are never explicitly explained, as the characters themselves are baffled by these questions.
Read more of her review.

New Releases!

We get great new books every week. Two new releases that caught our eye . . .


The Young World by Chris Weitz
The author is screenwriter/director Chris Weitz, and this is the first book in a post-apocalyptic trilogy about teenagers who are the only survivors of the Sickness. New York City is the setting where gangs of teens control – and fight over – different areas of the city. Told by two characters, this is a thrilling, violent, and breathless story. Publishers Weekly says, “Weitz offers a satisfying YA interpretation of the Greek classic Anabasis, brimming with gristly encounters and gallows humor. A game-changing cliffhanger will have readers ready for the next book.”


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This is book one in The Remnant Chronicles. “Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one – no one – is quite what they seem. Readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that has been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read – I couldn’t put it down!”-Robin LaFevers, NY Times best selling author of the Grave Mercy trilogy.

Happy Birthday to Harry


We would be remiss not to wish a certain boy wizard a happy birthday today. Fictional Harry Potter has his birthday today, July 31, and so it is also the birthday of his totally real creator, J.K. Rowling. (FYI, Harry is 34 and Rowling is 49.) We love you both!

A round-up of some great quotes from the seven Harry Potter books is a fun read. Which quotes would you add to this list? Share them in the comments!

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