Popular young-adult author Ned Vizzini, who wrote It’s Kind of a Funny Story — adapted into a film starring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, and Oscar nominee Viola Davis — has written another novel about an unusual, complicated teen. The Other Normals (out Sept. 25) centers on 15-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert, who’s seriously obsessed with an uber-dorky role-playing game called Creatures & Caverns. Concerned about his stunted social skills and need for fresh air, Perry’s parents decide to ship him off to summer camp to become a man. He anticipates the worst summer of his life until he arrives at camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals, a place where his nerdy childhood may serve him well — but not without connecting with the real world first. Take a look at the cover below! READ FULL STORY »
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Are there truly always two sides to every story? New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins seems to think so.
In her upcoming YA novel Tilt (out Sept. 11) Hopkins takes the interwoven lives of three mothers from her adult novel Triangles and tells their stories from another point of view: their children’s. The free verse narrative follows three teens, Mikayla, Shane, and Harley, as they navigate first loves, friendships, and their parents’ meltdowns.
For fans of Hopkins’ books, EW has the first look at Tilt! Check out the cover below: READ FULL STORY »
Jodi Picoult has created plenty of memorable young characters throughout her writing career, but Between the Lines (out June 26) will be her first book geared for teens, and her first co-authored by daughter Samantha van Leer. Melding ordinary life with fantasy, the novel will center on Delilah, a teenage bookworm who can’t get enough of one book in particular. When one day the hero of that story, the handsome and kind Prince Oliver, literally speaks to Delilah, she learns that Oliver is actually a complicated teen boy who’s trapped in the book against his will and hates that his life must follow a predetermined plot. As Delilah fights to free Oliver from the pages, a romance blooms between them, and their journey tests everything they know about destiny and their place in the world.
For longtime fans and younger readers who will be discovering Picoult’s work for the first time, EW has the first look at Between the Lines! Check out the cover below. READ FULL STORY »
This looks like the result of an “unconventional” Project Runway challenge. Hard Case Crime is known for publishing pulpy novels with scantily clad or naked women on the covers. This summer, its books inspired an unusual combination of reading and public nudity. So it’s a little ironic that designer Hally McGehean used hundreds of Hard Case jacket designs to cover a woman up (albeit barely).
So Shelf Lifers, use your critical reading skills to fashion-police this unusual garment: best-seller or crime against fashion? What do you think of the weird girdle-type thing around the waist (clearly I’m not used to writing about style)? READ FULL STORY »
Well, actually 2009. But, then again … it goes back to 2007. Sort of.
To be honest, it’s a little tricky because the 19-year-old hero of Tempest, Jackson Meyer, is unstuck in time. So forget the “strictly from the present day” part.
In the story, Jackson Meyer has the natural ability to flash backward in time, but he tends to go only a short chronological distance, usually a few hours. He has a playful — some might say immature — attitude about it, using the power as a plaything instead of harnessing its true potential. But, you know — he’s just a kid.
Then tragedy strikes as the love of his life, Holly, is brutally murdered before his eyes.
Of course, that becomes a chance to use his power to save her, but in rage and panic he finds this flash backward goes not a few hours, but two years. Turns out Holly’s death was not some random act of violence. They were targeted because of his abilities, and he continues to be pursued by these “enemies of time” who wish to either recruit him, or execute him too.
Here we present the a first look at the cover of the book, by debut novelist Julie Cross, as well as the short, mysterious prologue that kicks off the tale.
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Is gubernatorially-themed science fiction one of this year’s hot trends? Could be. It only seems like, oh, six weeks ago that EW broke the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governator TV show and comic book. Meanwhile, this September will see the publication of the novel, The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, whose cover art you can see to the left and below.
After all those nautically themed ballads, Colin Meloy, the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Decemberists, has written a novel. His literary debut, Wildwood, is a middle-grade fantasy (middle-grade is publisher-speak for Young Young Adult) set in an alternate-reality version of Meloy’s hometown, Portland, Ore., in which adventure and magic have replaced flannel and independent coffee houses. Take a look at the exclusive cover reveal below.
It’s got a cool, Wes Anderson-y feel to it that make me think it’d be perfect for any twelve-year-old with an ironic mustache.
There’s some strange stuff marketed to our kids, and the people Heavy.com came up with a list of the top 20 worst children’s book covers. And like they said, I think it’s safe to say you can go ahead and judge these by their covers.
They’ve really hit all the high points. Polar bear sex, playing with fire, disabled people. This is real life, people. But don’t worry! There’s an awkward book cover for everyone. My favorite cringe-worthy cover? I Found a Dead Bird: The Kid’s Guide to the Cycle of Life and Death. Can someone say morbid? I think it’s safe to say putting a dead bird on the cover of a children’s book is not the best idea in the world.
After clicking through, what’s your pick for the worst children’s book cover? And are there any more covers that should be added to the list?
this Schwarzenegger. (By the way, I’ll be referring to everyone by first name now. That’s really hard to spell!) It seemed pretty likely. Sure enough, Katherine is the governator’s oldest daughter with wife, Maria Shriver.Last week, Katherine Schwarzenegger’s first book arrived in the EW offices. I checked immediately to see if she was related to
So I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when I first saw Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back (whew! That’s a mouthful) I rolled my eyes. Really, Katherine? ShelfLifers, please take a look at the completely gorgeous girl at the left. Hence the aforementioned eye roll. I’m pretty sure we can all concede that she’s led a fairly privileged life. Then there’s the fact that Katherine is the ripe old age of 20. Can you truly have “been there and back” when you’re still so young? I’m not so sure.
Anyway, I definitely started chapter one with my mind already made up about how ridiculous this book was going to be. Here’s a quick look at some of the more interesting items:
- Oprah is mentioned just as many times as the phrase “Rock What You’ve Got” (four references each).
- At all costs, avoid chapter two. Katherine gives a detailed account of the arrival of Aunt Flow. Sure, it’s a natural process. But I don’t want to read about another girl’s “I got my first period” story.
- Her dad, Ahhnold, “is in great shape, but he isn’t ‘pumped up’ all the time.” Good to know!
- Do you know what an umbilicoplasty is? Apparently, it’s the “reconstruction and reshaping of one’s belly button to look more attractive.” What the what?!
- Since Arnold was elected governor of California, Katherine has had almost constant security detail (a local police officer). OK, Katherine, that sucks. Maybe you’re not a privileged as I thought.
- Best line: “Avoid late-night eating and drinking. Most likely you are not really hungry when someone says ‘Let’s order a pizza’ at midnight. You’re either bored or wasted.”
Somewhere after the period story, I finally started to come around to Katherine’s book. I realized that I was probably too quick to judge. (Learning moment!) Let me be clear: young girls everywhere deserve good role models. Not the Lindsays and Britneys of the world, but real girls who set good examples. And I knew from the beginning that Katherine was no LiLo or BSpears. Still, I couldn’t help think that the whole premise was kind of ridiculous. I mean, what girl hasn’t had a I’m fat and ugly day? But at the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with promoting a good self image, and Katherine does just that with Rock What You’ve Got. The above bullet points are really the highlights, so you can spare yourself 200 pages of reminders to eat healthful, exercise, and be happy with what the good Lord gave you, etc. But for the pre-tween in your life, maybe Rock What You’ve Got is not such a bad read after all.
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