It’s time to fangirl because Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell has signed a two-book deal with First Second. She’ll be writing two as-yet-untitled graphic novels which will be YA prose fiction, in the same vein as the aforementioned Fangirl and Printz Honor winner Eleanor & Park. The books were acquired for First Second by Senior Editor Calista Brill. Are you fangirling yet? Because we are.
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Alice Franklin is a huge slut. At least that’s what the small town of Healy, Texas, believes. In Jennifer Mathieu’s The Truth About Alice (out June 3), the point of view alternates between four of Alice’s high school classmates. Word on the street is that Alice slept with two guys at one party. And when one of the boys dies in a car accident, things spiral when Alice is blamed for his death. Only at the very end of the book do you hear Alice’s perspective. Says author Mathieu of her debut novel: ”When I was a teenager in the early ’90s, I read an article in Seventeen magazine about a teenage girl in Minnesota who sued her school after tons of sexual graffiti calling her a slut and other awful stuff was written about her in a bathroom stall and the school never removed it. I remember thinking how isolated and scared she must have felt. That story just stuck in my mind and was a seed for The Truth About Alice.
I’m not a high school student anymore, but I am a high school English teacher, and it’s like nothing’s really changed. Guys with reputations are still considered cool but slut shaming girls is more common and accepted than ever, it seems. I wish it would change.”
The final installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series doesn’t hit shelves until May 27. The good news? That’s only a few months away. The bad news? City of Heavenly Fire is veiled in all kinds of secrecy. I can only assume the manuscript is being guarded by lock and key somewhere in Idris. Fortunately, Cassandra Clare was nice enough to share a few non-spoilery details about the much-anticipated sixth book. (The cover was revealed earlier this month.) To sweeten the pot, she gave us an exclusive excerpt from City of Heavenly Fire. So, by the angel, read on!
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The Invisible, Amelia Kahaney’s follow-up to The Brokenhearted, doesn’t hit shelves until Oct. 17, but we’ve got a first look at the cover today along with an exclusive excerpt. The book jacket features an illustration of a mechanical hummingbird, created by Nathan Collins of Bose Collins. “I love, love, love this steampunk hummingbird soaring across the city sky. It’s as if the designers reached inside my dreamscape and plucked out exactly the right pieces of the story, then made something beautiful out of them,” said Kahaney. “The bird is so strong and constructed with such amazing precision, but there’s also a sense of fragility and delicacy in the way the parts come together. I can’t imagine a better image to represent Anthem Fleet, the girl with the hummingbird heart who, though she’s fast and powerful, isn’t always as unbreakable as she appears to be. The Invisible finds her fighting to save her city while trying to protect her heart as she unearths long-buried family secrets that will change everything about who she thought she was. I’m so excited to bring this story to readers, now more than ever.”
Excerpted from The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney with permission from HarperTeen/HarperCollins. Copyright © 2014 by Alloy Entertainment and Amelia Kahaney. All rights reserved.
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Laurie Halse Anderson shares her personal connection to PTSD and teenage love in 'The Impossible Knife of Memory'
Laurie Halse Anderson is most well known for her debut YA novel, Speak. Published in 1999, at a time when sexual assault, the focus of the central narrative, was truly beginning to become a part of the social consciousness, Speak is still considered one of the best YA novels of its time, and has even been incorporated into high school curricula all over the country. In the year of Speaks‘s 15th anniversary. Anderson is releasing her fifth, and perhaps most personal, YA novel yet, The Impossible Knife of Memory, which approaches the question many young people encounter when their parents go into active military duty: What happens when they come home?
The Impossible Knife of Memory is in stores now, and Anderson sat down with EW to talk about her own experience with veterans, Secondary PTSD, and finally writing a love story.
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Passionaries, the second book in Tonya Hurley’s Blessed series hits shelves today. In honor of the novel’s release, we’ve got an exclusive look at the trailer! Here’s the official description, then check out the video after the jump. “In Precious Blood, Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in, and now they have choices to make of their own. Will the girls trust in their destinies as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or will they lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.” READ FULL STORY
‘Twas the day before Christmas, so Shelf Life has decided to give you the greatest present of all: an exclusive cover reveal! How gorgeous is the cover for Melissa de la Cruz’s newest novel, The Ring and the Crown? The book doesn’t hit shelves until April 1, but judging by the cover—which I realize is not what I’m supposed to do—Crown looks really promising. READ FULL STORY
Ned Vizzini, the author of YA favorites It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died Thursday in New York City. According to the Los Angeles Times, Vizzini committed suicide. He was 32.
Vizzini, a Brooklyn native, began writing professionally for New York City newspapers as a teenager in the late ’90s. His first book, a “quasi-autogiobraphy” called Teen Angst? Naaah…, collected several of Vizzini’s columns for the New York Press and shared its title with an essay Vizzini had published in the New York Times Magazine when he was still a junior at Manhattan’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School. The book hit shelves in 2000. His first novel, Be More Chill, was published in 2004.
That same year, Vizzini experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, which prompted him to call a suicide hotline. Vizzini subsequently spent a week in the psychiatric ward of Brooklyn’s Methodist Hospital. Vizzini would later fictionalize this experience in his acclaimed second novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, published in 2006. The novel was adapted into a film starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts in 2010.
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YA fans, rejoice! Scholastic has plans to publish a companion book to Maggie Stiefvater’s best-selling Shiver trilogy. Sinner (which is slated to hit shelves on July 1) follows Cole St. Clair, an important Shiver character. From the official description: “Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret—his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?”
The final installment of The Forsaken trilogy won’t hit shelves until July 8, 2014, but you can read an exclusive excerpt of The Defiant today! This series has been one of my under-the-radar YA favorites, and I can’t wait to read the sure-to-be-epic conclusion. Author Lisa M. Stasse emailed us a few thoughts about the cover and book: “Lizzy Bromley designed the covers for The Forsaken and The Uprising as well. I am totally in love with her work. It’s so unusual, eye-catching, and futuristic,” she said. “The cover for The Defiant has a lot of secret meanings hidden in it—including the color choices, and the two figures on the front. This is the last book in the trilogy, so all the mysteries get answered, but at the same time, there are some new twists and surprises. The characters have to decide what sides they must take, even if it goes against their instincts.” READ FULL STORY
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