Teen Thursday 6/18/15

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. Here is the latest:

Texas debut author Jenny Martin is making her first appearance at TTBF. If you come to the festival, you’ll get to meet Jenny, welcome her to TTBF, and discover her first book, Tracked.

Aaron Hartzler has joined the line up! He’ll be promoting his tense and unflinching book based on real life events, What We Saw, at TTBF. It is his second book but his first YA fiction, and it will be brand new in time for the festival.

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-300x300DEADLINE APPROACHING!! All you writers – don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

New 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!

Are you excited yet?? You should be!!

Get the news first by following TTBF online:

Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public.

Our Summer TBR Lists!

Not sure what to read next? Sometimes we have the same problem because there are just too many things we want to read! Our Teen Press Corps and staff are always reading and reviewing books. What we highlight on the blogs is only a fraction of what we read. The blogs rarely ever show what books we have queued up to read next. Here is a peek at our towering to-be-read (TBR) piles that we hope to get through this summer. Many of these books are new or upcoming, but are available to pre-order. What is in your summer TBR stack?

Teen Press Corps~
Emily – Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
Eden – The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Xander – Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Olivia – Library of Souls: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Book 3 by Ransom Riggs
Kendall – The Land of Stories, Book Four: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer (Meet Chris at BookPeople July 13!)
Read more about these picks on the TPC blog!

I Am the Weapon by Alan Zadoff
The Diviners and Lair of Dreams by Libby Bray
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Undone by Cat Clarke
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
To listen to: Ready Player One by Ernest Kline

John G.~
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Armada by Ernest Kline (Meet Ernest at BookPeople on July 28!)

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Everyone Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Upcoming YA Events!

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

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 Remnant 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!

News from Hollywood!

The official poster for the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials movie was just released!

Be sure to check out more reviews from our amazing Teen Press Corps over on the Teen Press Corps blog!


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