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!
Local author Katherine Catmull is collaborating with Physical Plant Theater to bring adults and young adults an interactive, long-form story–texted directly to your phone!
“Sister of Shattering Glass is a mesmerizing adventure story for adults and young adults alike — told entirely with text messages. No set, no lights, no venue to go to.
Taking the role of a concerned father, you receive messages from your two daughters who are trapped inside a great, dark maze behind the mirrors of the world.
Find all the information and sign up for a “ticket” here at the show’s Kickstarter page. And if you’d like, donate a little more and sponsor a young adult to experience the story for free!
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.
Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she’s an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja’s turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief’s name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.
News from The Bookosphere!
Based off of the New York Times bestseller of the same name, the series follows the story of teenager Hannah Baker — who has recently committed suicide — when her classmate Clay Jensen receives a set of cassettes from her following her death. Hannah explains the cassettes detail the 13 reasons why she took her life — each being a specific person she says contributed to her decision.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
YALSA Finalists: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal; In The Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis; Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds; This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne