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 Festival News!

It was a big announcement week for the #TTBF14 – the full schedule and author roster was released! We are so excited to see that it’s going to be another great festival! Led by keynote speakers James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Lauren Oliver (Panic), the panels, and ever-popular author-vs-author game show are going to combine for an awesome day!

“This year’s festival is THE one to attend,” says librarian and Fest founder Heather Schubert. “You’ll find amazing keynotes, interactive events, writing workshops, a hilarious game show, and much, much more. Expect to leave with a list of new favorite authors and a stack of books you can’t wait to read!”

We totally agree!

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Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on October 18, 2014 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public. 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!)

Reviews of the Week!


The United States of Asgard, Book One: The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton
Signy of the Valkyrie has a riddle to solve to be accepted into the Valkyrie Tree. After spending what feels like decades and with help from several people she meets, Signy realizes what she needs to do to solve her riddle.I have to say my favorite character was one of the guys she met named Sharkman; he had no order and no control and his personality was so different from what I normally read. I really enjoyed the book and the author’s cool twists on the story.
Read the complete review.


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This is one of the best novels I’ve read this year. Centered around close twins Jude & Noah, this book is told from two points of view and two points in time. Both twins are artistic – Jude is a sculptor, Noah draws – and share the mystical twin ESP. But Jude is an extrovert dare-devil, where Noah is an introvert and cautious. Their twin bond is strained in the wake of a tragedy as each figures out their own identity as an individual, as an artist, as a family, and love. All the characters are beautiful, flawed, struggling, and strong. This is a novel where I felt like a voyeur because the writing put me so solidly with Jude & Noah and their Northern California home. A really wonderful read!
*Jandy Nelson is a 2014 Texas Teen Book Fest author!

Movie News!


Actress Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and author Gayle Forman.

Have you read If I Stay yet? The movie is out everywhere tomorrow and we are so excited! The film’s star, Chloe Grace Moretz and the book’s author, Gayle Forman, sat down for a chat about bringing If I Stay to the screen.
*Gayle Forman is a 2014 Texas Teen Book Fest author!

Good news for fans looking forward to the film production of Lois Lowry’s The Giver; The Washington Post reports Lowry has given the film adaptation of her classic dystopian novel the thumbs up.

“The movie made much more complex the character of the Chief Elder,” the head of the society, Lowry says. “And then once they cast Meryl Streep — who never would have taken the role the way I wrote it in the book — the quality of her acting, just the turn of her eyes or the way her mouth curves, it was astounding to watch her. Now I wish I could go back and write the book the way she performed it.”

The film hits screens August 15. The book is on our shelves now. (And you know we always recommend reading the book before seeing the movie.) What do you think? Were you excited before? Are you even more excited now? Will you buy a ticket to The Giver?

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