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!

Gearing Up for the Texas Teen Book Festival!


We are getting so amped up for the Texas Teen Book Festival! The fest is chock-full of great authors and programs. Don’t miss these fantastic panels on Saturday, October 18!

danger is my middle name
Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Joelle Charbonneau, AND Garth Nix on the same panel?! That’s crazy, but true! Looks like we’ll be taking a trip to the dangerous side of things with these dystopian authors who will be stirring up trouble!!!! Take a peek at some fun facts about each author.

come on feel the noise

It wouldn’t be an event in Austin without music. To our knowledge, there will not be any live music at this panel, but no matter, music will still be discussed. So, get ready to rock with Len Vlahos, Kevin Emerson, Frank Portman, and Gayle Foreman as they join forces for this panel all about how they use music in their books.

Even during lunchtime, the fun never stops at the Texas Teen Book Festival!!! In the middle of all the excitement, National Book Award longlist author Andrew Smith and Printz honor winner A.S. King will appear in conversation about their new books, 100 Sideways Miles, and Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. They might even be discussing how Sony Pictures is tapping Edgar Wright to direct Grasshopper Jungle!!! Yes, it is being made into a movie!!! You do not want to miss out on this one of a kind lunch!

100 sideways miles BookKids staffer Ellen adds: “I love this pairing of two of my favorite authors, YA or otherwise. Both have books this year that take a look at who we were, who we are, and who we might become. Andrew Smith had two books – 100 Sideways Miles and Grasshopper Jungle – and they could not be more different, but each wonderful. 100 Sideways Miles is about a boy who is grappling with a tragedy that occurred with he was a young child. Even though it has been years since this random tragic act happened, it still defines how he measures his life. In Grasshopper Jungle, a trio of friends take on what could be the end of the world in an action-packed, yet character-driven, off-the-wall coming of age and apocalyptic story. It’s a fabulous, weird, and outrageous book. A.S. King’s excellent book, Glory O’Brien and the History of the Future, is a thought-provoking read that stars a complex main character. The future King imagines is truly frightening because it is a future that is, in my opinion, plausible. All three books are must reads!”

Are you Excited Yet?? You Should be!!

Get the news first by following TTBF online:

Check out the full TTBF14 line up here.
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.

Shop at BookPeople to support TTBF

Day of Sales

Who: You, dear book lover!

What: Percentage of all sales benefiting the Texas Teen Book Festival

Where: Right here! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

When: All day, September 23, 2014

We’re donating a portion of sales on Tuesday, September 23rd to the Texas Teen Book Festival to keep the festival free and open to the public! Come by, pick up a book and support one of our favorite events of the year. The Texas Teen Book Festival has grown so much since we first started working with Heather Schubert and other Austin librarians to create a day-long celebration of all things YA back in 2009.This year is going to be the biggest year yet, with a long roster of amazing authors and a day full of panels, signings, a crazy game show, and so much YA book love!

We hope you’ll come by on September 23rd and help support this wonderful event for young readers!

Throwback Thursday, TTBF Style


Teen Press Corps members posing in this cool photo booth for Ally Condi’s REACHED.

Here is another walk down memory lane with the Teen Press Corps’s recap of the 2012 Austin Teen Book Fest.

Upcoming YA Event at BookPeople

Join us Sunday, September 22 at 2PM, for author Lindsey Lane and her new book Evidence of Things Not Seen!

For more information, or to pre-order a signed copy, visit bookpeople.com.

YA Book Reviews!

TPC member Miriam reviews just-released Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeline Kuderick, and she loved it. “Kenna is just another girl trying to fit in, but she does so by cutting herself. At first, it was just once or twice a week, but soon it grew into the only thing she could think about. Just like everyone with an addiction, Kenna says that she’s not addicted and that she’s fine. It takes a 72-hour stay in the local hospital to realize that she’s not. I know this isn’t a book that most people would want to read because of the cutting part, but I loved it a lot. I guess it’s the fact that I’m reading about something that is “forbidden.” Read the rest of her review.

Our awesome Teen Press Corps is always reading new and upcoming books. Here’s a sample of what they are reading right now. For a longer list of current reads, go here.

Four by Veronica Roth
Haley says: Four is a collection of Divergent short stories written in Tobias Easton’s/Four’s point of view. This book is amazing! It is always fun to get inside another characters head instead of the main character. This is a must read for all Divergent fans!!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Emily says: This is an amazing dark epic fantasy that will blow your mind. I love the world-building and how Lu developed the fantasy elements. This is great book for all teens who love imaginative story-telling and dark magic!
*Marie Lu will be talking about The Young Elites at Texas Teen Book Fest! Don’t miss it!

YA New Releases

Every week, we are getting lots of great new books, and we are recapping what we receive, so you don’t miss a thing. Still to come this fall are new releases from Texas Teen Book Fest authors like Scott Westerfeld and Garth Nix. Yaaaaayyy!!!!

Here’s what’s new:

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga (The Conclusion to the I Hunt Killers Trilogy)
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Lockwood & Co., Book Two: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
Made for You by Melissa Marr
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeline Kuderick
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
The Zom-B Chronicles by Darren Shan
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson **Meet Jandy at the Texas Teen Book Festival!**
Jackaby by William Ritter
Ashes to Ashesby Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Movie News!

The Infinite Seathe highly anticipated follow-up to Rick Yancey’s blockbuster bestseller, The Fifth Wave, is on our shelves today! SONY is marking the occasion with a sweepstakes to send one lucky fan to the set of The 5th Wave movie!

Here’s What You Have To Do To Enter: 

Follow @5thWaveMovie on Twitter and Instagram and share a selfie with your copy of #The5thWave and  #TheInfiniteSea books using #5thWaveSetVisitEntry before 10/1 for a chance to win!

Pretty simple, right?

tanecia with yancey book
Copies of The Infinite Sea are ready and waiting for you on our shelves & via bookpeople.com.

The first full-length official trailer for the movie Mockingjay, Part One came out this week. It looks soooooo goooood! Read it before you see it, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is on our shelves now!


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