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It’s that time of year again. Time to start freaking out over every announcement coming out of the Texas Teen Book Festival. The annual festival featuring over thirty of your favorite YA authors is kicking the year off right, by announcing the biggest and best writers of them all…YOU!
That’s right the TTBF Fiction Contest is open for submissions. If you’re between the ages of 11-18 and a Texas resident this is your chance to show off your original content. So crank up those laptops and turn on your writing soundtrack because your time to shine is now!
Submissions due by: July 1, 2017. More details available at: http://texasteenbookfestival.org/2017-fiction-writing-contest/
The End of Oz: by Danielle Paige
In the fourth installment of the Wizard of Oz inspired Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm has finally defeated Dorothy. But her work isn’t finished yet! Amy must travel to the land of Ev to face the Nome King in an attempt to save Oz from evil for good. But when a close confidant betrays her, will Amy’s plans to restore balance crumble or will there finally be a light at the end of the Yellow Brick Road?
Danielle Paige visited us at BookPeople last night and it was amazing! Signed copies of The End of Oz (and some back titles) are still available.
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
Every two years on her birthday, Min is murdered in cold blood by the same man, but within hours she awakens to find herself in her hometown, safe, unharmed, and completely confused.
Noah, on the other hand, has been haunted by dreams of murder and death that feel too real to be anything but.
And that’s not even the worst of it. When an asteroid threatens the Earth, there isn’t much time for the two classmates to figure out the mysterious circumstances surrounding their high school class. And what they start to unravel, is much darker than they ever imagined.
News from The Bookosphere!
Movie news is being cranked out left and right. There’s so much to squeal over it’s hard to keep up!
Jennifer Aniston cast as the mom in Dumplin’
Bust out your Dolly wigs and start singing Jolene because the biggest news of the week is definitely the casting of Jennifer Aniston as the mom in the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’! Can you say ‘Fabulous!’”
Dumplin’ is the story of Willowdean, a confident, plus-sized teen who adores all things Dolly Parton. When Willowdean enters a pageant to spite her former beauty queen mother, both she and her mother will learn to love themselves, and each other, for who they really are.
Colton Haynes joins the cast of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Fans of the CW’s Arrow and Teen Wolf rejoice! The ever impressive Colton Haynes has joined the cast of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. He’ll be playing the hottie college student that hits on Simon, a role he’s definitely prepared to be swoontastic in.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the story of sixteen-year-old, Simon Spier, who likes to keep his relationships a secret, saving all the drama for his musical performances. But when an email ends up in the wrong hands, it’s Simon’s secret life that may end up stealing the show.
Percy Jackson and the Bright Lights of Broadway
Speaking of musicals…The Lightening Thief is taking center stage this April, and the first cast pictures have been released in anticipation. While it’s technically Middle grade you won’t see us complaining as we pack our bags and head to NYC for this Percy Jackson musical!
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the epic journey of a twelve year old demi-god who must prevent a war between the Olympian gods by returning Zeus’s missing master bolt and rescuing his mother from the clutches of Hades.