Teen Thursday 7/2/15

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:

Jenny Han is coming back to TTBF!! We really enjoyed her the last time she was a fester, and we are so glad she wanted to return. The follow-up of last year’s To All the Boys I Loved Before, just came out last month. Come to the fest to hear all about P.S. I Still Love You.

Graphic novelist Gareth Hinds is attending TTBF15! You may know him from his graphic adaptations of classics such as Beowulf, The Odyssey and Romeo & Juliet. His newest book is that Scottish play, Macbeth. Come meet him and see his incredible work!

In case you haven’t heard the news that’s been all over Facebook and Twitter this morning, Sonia Manzano, who portrays Maria on Sesame Street, has announced that she is retiring from the show. She started in 1971, and has been part of so many early childhoods. Thanking her in person is yet another reason to come to #TTBF15 and hear her speak about her upcoming book, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

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.

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.

July Buzz Book: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

“The novel starts with Minnow being sentenced to juvie for beating a man almost to death right after she escaped the cult, and shows flashbacks to her life at the camp. This book took on faith, trauma, and even the prison system. Minnow was taught that her only purpose in life was to bear children. Questioning the word of the Prophet led to punishment. The world outside the camp was dangerous, and the camp was protected by God. Yet she asked questions, sneaked away, and refused to marry when she was told. Then she lost her home, her family, and her hands. I admired Minnow’s strength and determination, but I also respected her fear, anger, and guilt. The darker sides of Minnow’s emotions and outcomes of her trauma were laid bare, never sacrificed for a sanitized story of triumph. Minnow’s connections with the FBI agent Dr. Wilson and her cellmate Angel helped her heal.”

–Emily, Teen Press Corps

Read more about this incredible book!

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!

New Voices in YA!

Publishers Weekly highlights new authors each publishing season in a feature they call Flying Starts. For Spring 2015, they have named six Flying Starts authors, and four of those are YA authors! These are four authors to keep an eye on and check out their books that are all out now. Take a peek at each piece PW did about each author, which gives insight about their book came to be, how they found an agent or publisher, and what’s next for them.

Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Spring 2015 PW Flying Starts: Becky Albertalli

I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above

*This book was our April Buzz Book!
Spring 2015 PW Flying Starts: I.W. Gregorio

David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

*Teen Press Corps interviewed David!
Spring 2015 PW Flying Starts: David Arnold

Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not

*This book was our June Buzz Book!
Spring 2015 PW Flying Starts: Adam Silvera

Entertainment News!

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is now open in New York City. Based on the movies based on the books, Panem comes to life. Yes, you can visit Panem via this exhibit as well as see all of Katniss’s dresses and Mockingjay gear. It sounds and looks incredible! Different areas of the exhibit focus on different things such as District 12 & 13, The Capitol, the Tribute Train, and of course, the making of the games. We want to go!!! Find out more about the exhibit on the official website as well as this summary that appeared in USA Today.

There’s a new Harry Potter story!!!!! Okay, so it won’t be a new book, but it is in the canon, and it will be a stage play! J.K. Rowling announced via Twitter that she is working with a creative team to bring Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to life on the stage. It is confirmed that this play will open in London in 2016. Rowling and the other creative minds are being very tight-lipped about the story, but Rowling insists that this is not a prequel to the books we all know and love, but an untold part of Harry’s story. There no artwork or casting or anything visual yet to show you, but there is an official website. What fantastic news! We were looking for an excuse to go to London next year.

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


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