Teen Thursday 5/28/15

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 blog! Don’t forget to check out the blog for new reviews,
event reports, and other teen news!

Texas Teen Book Fest 2015 News!

It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for the Texas Teen Book Festival! The announcements of the awesome authors attending the 2015 festival are starting to come out. It has already been announced that Sonia Manzano, known to many people as “Maria” on Sesame Street, will be the keynote speaker, but this week also saw the announcement of several more authors on the schedule –

Author Carrie Ryan has a new book that just came out this week – a thriller with NO zombies – called Daughter of Deep Silence.

Another high-adrenaline thriller from author Sophie Jordan! Unleashed is the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Uninvited.

And returning to the festival for his second year in a row is Andrew Smith! Stand-Off is the follow-up to the excellent book, Winger.

To start planning your visit, information about attending this year’s festival is up, and you can keep it tuned here for author line up & programming announcements.

writing-contest-300x300New for this year, is a fiction writing contest sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. You know Delacorte as the publisher of Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands & Teeth), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Matt De La Pena (The Hunted), Ann Brashares (The Here and Now), Frank Portman (King Dork), and Libba Bray (Going Bovine). Delacorte’s got YA chops, to be sure. There is a deadline – July 1! – so be sure to check out all the rules and entry form. Good luck and happy writing!

Upcoming YA Events!

Fun upcoming events of YA interest this summer. Mark your calendar and join us and these authors!

Saturday, June 13 at 4PM

Grand Dame of YA and chapter books, Judy Blume is coming to BookPeople! BUT – please note, she is NOT here to promote a new children’s or YA book. She’s going to be speaking about and signing her new ADULT novel, In the Unlikely Event. Find out more about this event here.

Friday, June 12 at 7PM
Chandler Baker, author of Alive, a romantic, supernatural thriller about a girl who gets a heart transplant and unexplained things start to happen to her.

Sunday, June 14 at 2PM
Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs, authors of Powerless, a new romantic thriller that blurs the lines between superheros and supervillians.

Monday, July 13 at 7PM
Chris Colfer of Glee fame is a middle-grade author. Even though his books are a little younger than YA, some of you might be interested in meeting him and getting his new book, The Land of Stories, Book 4: Beyond the Kingdoms. He won’t be signing any Glee or other memorabilia. Check out the event details and rules here.

Friday, July 17 at 7PM
Mary E. Pearson, author of The Heart of Betrayal, the second book in The Remnants Chronicles. Princess Lia is a captive in the hostile kingdom of Venda, where she, Rafe, and Kaden, have a complicated and uneasy relationship with the Komizar, the unpredictable and sly ruler of Venda.

Tuesday, July 28 at 7PM
Ernest Kline, author of Ready Player One and his new book Armada. While both these books are published for adults, but we know you – our teen customers – love Ready Player One, too!

Reviews from the Teen Press Corps!


Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Robyn Schneider is one heck of a writer, you guys. Not only does she craft utterly beautiful sentences, she also has a masterful hand when it comes to plot lines and characters. The thing that draws me to Robyn Schneider books over everything else though is that her books are full of NERDS.

That’s right.


Read more about Extraordinary Means.


The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

You read the books. You laughed and cried with America Singer. You fell in love with Prince Maxon. You read the final page of The One and told yourself that they live happily ever after. But what happens after happily ever after?

Horrible, horrible things.

It is twenty years in the future . . . continue reading but beware of series spoilers!

Willa, again!~

Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed

Written in the Stars tells the story of Naila, a senior in high school who is bound for college in the fall. She has a boyfriend (who her parents know nothing about) she’s incredibly in love with, a best friend (who she is barely able to hang out with outside of school), and loving parents. Naila desperately wants a future with Saif, her boyfriend, but her parents will never let that happen – Naila will have an arranged marriage to a man of her parents’ choice. This is what drives the book: Naila’s disagreement with her parents over her future. When her parents find out about Saif, they decide to go on a family “trip” to Pakistan, where they go in search of Naila’s future husband.

Read more of Willa’s review and check out the interview she and other members of the TPC did with Aisha Saeed and David Almond!

Be sure to check out more reviews from our amazing Teen Press Corps as well as this week’s new releases over on the Teen Press Corps blog!


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