It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!
We’re bringing 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!
TTBF Announces: The Outsiders screening with Penguin Authors!
For the first time ever, #TTBF is partnering with Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a very special pre-TTBF event!
On the evening of Friday, September 30, the Texas Teen Book Festival, Alamo South Lamar, and Penguin Teen will host a very special screening of The Outsiders, the 1983 film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s YA classic.
Penguin authors Sabaa Tahir, David Arnold, and Renée Ahdieh will join the exclusive event for a Q&A with Sarah Pitre from Drafthouse and Forever YA and chat about The Outsiders, a seminal work of the YA genre, and its special spot in their hearts as writers for a young adult audience.
There’s more! You could ALSO win VIP tickets to the TTBF Author Social, an exclusive opportunity! Check out the details here at texasteenbookfestival.org.
Upcoming Events at BookPeople
signing It Looks Like This
Sunday, September 18th at 3PM
Join us this afternoon in welcoming Rafi Mittlefehldt for his debut YA novel, It Looks Like This! Mike is learning how to navigate the pressures of his father, his small town evangelical church, and his own self when he meets Sean. They soon become inseparable, but there are always watchful eyes to look out for. Come out to celebrate this heartfelt, lyrical novel. Austin’s Out Youth will be in attendance with more information about LGBTQIA activism in Austin.
signing Invisible Fault Lines
Wednesday, September 28th at 7PM
Join us tonight for an incredible YA event! Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Invisible Fault Lines, is here in conversation with Writer’s Barn owner and local author Bethany Hegedus to discuss her wonderful novel. Callie is faced with the realities of her father’s disappearance, and must learn how to move on. But she finds more mysteries than she expected along the way. Set in San Francisco, this lyrical novel can’t be missed.
From the Teen Press Corps
Title: Lost And The Found
Author: Cat Clarke
Release Date: 9/13/16
Reviewed by: Emily
I stayed up until 2 in the morning to finish this book. I immediately texted one of my friends and said, “I just finished this book and honestly I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep for a while. You need to read it.” Which is a very common text to receive from me.
The not-being-able-to-sleep is for two different reasons. For the first part of the book, it was because I was too scared to sleep without my lights on, my door locked, and my dog in my room with me (so I can blame any weird sounds I hear on her). For the last part of the book, it was because my mind was going a thousand miles a minute. The last paragraph of the book just completely blew my mind. Just those few sentences made me see the story in a whole new light.
Title: A Court of Mist & Fury (A Court of Thorns & Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 5/3/16
Reviewed by: Parker
*Beware of Spoilers!
I love Sarah J. Maas. I met her at the Texas Teen Book Festival in 2014, where I got my Throne of Glass book signed. (And I’m meeting her again in a couple of weeks at BookPeople!) Her books are my absolute favorite, including her newest one A Court of Mist And Fury—the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
I thought I would take a look at some reviews to see what people were saying about the sequel, and I was happy to see that fans agree with me—that the first book A Court of Thorns And Roses was good, but A Court of Mist And Fury is…amazing! 10 out of 10! 5 stars!
Title: The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Lesley Walton
Release Date: 3/25/14
Reviewed by: Kate
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: 10/28/14
Reviewed by: MacKinsey
Title: Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Release Date: 4/7/2015
Reviewed by: Kendall
Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about Simon Spier, a sixteen year old who is not so openly gay. He lives his life and saves drama for the school musical until an email falls into the hands of class clown Martin. Martin blackmails Simon thus causing Simon to become his wing-man or risk his and Blue’s, the boy he has been emailing, sexual identity being thrust into the spotlight.
News from The Bookosphere!
Speaking of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda… Hollywood Reporter has news about the movie!
From Hollywood Reporter: “Greg Berlanti, best known as one of the architects of DC’s television universe, is heading to the movies.
The TV showrunner is in negotiations to direct Fox 2000’s adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill are producing the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s YA best-seller along with Pouya Shabazian.
Described as a coming-of-age coming-out story, the plot centers on a high school junior named Simon whose sexual-orientation secret falls into the hands of the class clown. The latter blackmails the teen into playing cupid and while that unfolds, Simon tries to navigate a way that will let him come out to his friends and family, not pushed out.
Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger , who co-exec produce the new NBC show This Is Us, wrote the script and an early 2017 start date is being eyed.”