Teen Thursday (1/26/17)

Copy of TEEN BANNER UPDATE (2)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 Buzz!

tumblr_o10h5ugls71r0yglfo2_1280Local 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.

Written by Katherine Catmull, the acclaimed YA novelist of Summer and Bird — and featuring beautiful photographs by Annie Gunn and immersive sound design by Buzz Moran.”

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!

New Releases


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.

Ellen Hopkins will be at BookPeople Friday, February 3rd at 7PM. Don’t miss out!

9781101931752_8fa27The 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!


selena-gomez-11-20-2016-billboard-1548Selena Gomez Teases Upcoming Netflix Project ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

Selena Gomez released a short teaser trailer on her Instagram Wed. (Jan. 25) for the upcoming Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why, which she is producing.

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.

Check out more (including the release date!) here at Billboard.

march-book3-cover-713x1024American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Printz Honor Books: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill; The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry; Scythe by Neal Shusterman; The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Morris Finalists: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard; Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel; The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock; Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young AdultsMarch, 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

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