Apr 21 2014 2:00pm

The YA Roundup: More Movie Trailers to Make You Cry

If I Stay Chloe Moretz

Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre!

In this week’s edition: Movie trailers are coming out in a great rush as the If I Stay and Petals on the Wind trailers make their debut, and the ALA tabulates the most challenged books of 2013.

If I Stay Movie Trailer

The movie trailer for the If I Stay movie arrived this week, and so have the feels. Try not to cry too much as you watch it. Chloë Moretz and Jamie Blackley play the two lead roles, Mia and Adam.

The movie is based on the gorgeous 2009 young adult book by Gayle Forman and centers around Mia’s choice to live or die after she and her family are in a tragic accident. Adam is the boyfriend who begs her to live. The movie is due our August 22nd from director R.J. Cutler and screenwriter Shauna Cross.


Trailer for Petals on the Wind

The first trailer for Petals on the Wind was released this week. The story picks up ten years from the events from the Flowers in the Attic, when the kids are all grown up. There’s plenty of drama and hot material in the trailer, promising good things to come for Lifetime Network’s ratings. Flowers in the Attic previously gave the network its highest ratings in years.

Rose McIver, who plays Cathy, seems to have a good grip on the character, telling TheWrap:

“I can understand that with what [Cathy has] been through, she seeks this deep seeded vengeance. It’s very understandable that these people have wronged her and what she wants to do, but it’s the perfect example of revenge really hurts you just as much as it hurts the other people. So, I can’t help but feel so sad and protective of this character as she makes these decisions, which aren’t necessarily beneficial to her future.”


People Tried to Ban Young Adult Books a lot Last Year

ALAThe American Library Association released the 2013 list of the most challenged books. Unsurprisingly, the list is full of young adult titles. But surprisingly a children’s book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, takes the most challenged title!

Perhaps it’s the comments made by parents which are most revealing about why books are banned. Speaking about Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World:

“Parents might be able to file suit if they felt the school taught obscene content. Why would we teach kids what is negative in society? Let’s teach them what is right, to become good citizens and improve the fabric of society.”

Exactly! Because censoring books and telling kids what to think is better than helping them discover how to do so on their own, through exploration of different types of literature. Keep being awesome, random father quoted for this article.

The National Coalition Against Censorship hit back against the intended banning of Huxley’s book, saying:

“Focusing on content that someone might consider inappropriate or objectionable inevitably takes material out of context and distorts the meaning of the book.”

The number of books challenged has actually fallen in 2013 to 307, down from 464 reported challenges in 2012. This year’s top ten most frequently challenged books:

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence


JK Rowling Continues to Be Adorable on Pottermore

Ginny Weasley QuidditchMissing Harry Potter just a little? Need a hit to get you through the day? JK Rowling has your back. She’s been writing as Ginny Weasley-Potter, reporting on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup in the Patagonian desert.

What has Ginny Weasley been up to since she and Harry got together? What’s it like being married to the famous Harry Potter? I have no idea, but she has plenty to say about a Dukuwaqa, mascot of the Fijian Quidditch team, going after a giant lake serpent.

Clearly Ginny, who herself had a career as a Quidditch player, is cut out for creating a bold narrative out of the eventful matches. You can read more of her reporting over on Pottermore.


Keep Boys Reading—Or Else

Image by Imagerymajestic

Andy McNab, speaking out on what has been a big issue in the last few years, warned that boys need to keep reading. This was sparked by a recent survey that found that 63% of men don’t read as much as they think they should.

The report said nothing about how many men think they don’t weigh as much as they should (Off the top of my head? Likely at least 85%) or don’t exercise as much as they should, (Probably like 70%).

But it does highlight the disparity in men’s reading habits compared to women.

Matt Haig, another author concerned about the trend warned:

“The danger is that the fewer books men buy, the less incentive publishers and booksellers will have to reach out of them. And so the heavily-promoted novels will increasingly become aimed squarely at the most likely group of readers: women. And so it becomes a vicious circle.”

This is a curious mystery in the publishing world. According to VIDA statistics, men who are published are more like to be reviewed. The reviewers themselves are more likely to be male and thus male authors and their books are more likely to get exposure. And another interesting statistic is that men are still more likely to read, almost exclusively, male authors.

It does seem like a system geared to and for men, and yet women are still buying and consuming more books according to an increasing number of studies.

When it’s put that way, yes, this is an alarming trend.


New York Times Best Sellers (April 27, 2014)

Young Adult

  1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
  9. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Children’s Series

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  5. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  6. Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  7. Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
  8. Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan
  9. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  10. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


Book Deals

Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
Chronicle Books
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Stephen Barbara (Foundry Literary + Media)

Sales’ middle-grade debut featuring two best friends who are wrenched apart when one time-travels away from their home in war-ravaged 1940s England.

Seniors by Teddy Steinkellner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication: Summer 2016
Agent: Alex Glass (Trident Media Group)

Described as Robert Altman’s Short Cuts for teens, it follows a group of high school seniors as they navigate life-changing decisions, moving around in time and perspective to show the different potential outcomes of their choices.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: World English
Agent: Quinlan Lee (Adams Literary)

Inspired by the tale of Blackbeard, it’s the story of a forbidden romance between a servant girl desperate for freedom and the master’s son who dreams of a life at sea. But they are caught up in something bigger than their circumstances: a love that changes the course of history.

Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Roaring Brook Press
Publication: Winter 2016
Rights: World
Agent: John M. Cusick (Greenhouse Literary)

The story follows 12-year-old Quinn, who is driving across country with her best friend’s family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns terrifying.

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet
Publication: March 2015
Rights: World
Agent: Charlie Olsen (InkWell Management)

A fantasy graphic novel series follows an “adventure chef” named Rutabaga, who travels to a fantasy land to find bizarre ingredients to cook in his enchanted cauldron. The books will include pages straight out of Rutabaga’s cookbooks, with recipes that readers can make at home.

Source: Publishers’ Weekly


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Deana Whitney
1. Braid_Tug
What the H...?
Why is 50 Shades being challenged? It should be in the the "adult" section of a library.
If it is in any school library, even HS, uh.. nope.
It should be in a public library, but not the Young Adult section. So I'm confused, "unsuited to age group" ?? Adults???

It's not a well writen book, but I'm not going to object to it being in a public library. There are too many poorly writen books that are already in libraries for that to be a crime.
Nicholas Winter
2. Nicholas Winter
@1: I fully agree as there's no reason, literary or otherwise, that a fifty Shades should in a YA collection. It's one of the worst written , sexually explicit books ever to be published.
Nicholas Winter
3. mutantalbinocrocodile
Agree that Fifty Shades should not be in a library or a library section intended for teens. I've heard way too many plausible accounts from teen acquaintances of their friends reading it. A well-written YA book which deals with sexuality in a way relevant to teen experience is one thing; adult erotica (even if it were well written) really isn't developmentally appropriate for teenagers.

However, I am STILL trying to figure out what on EARTH could possibly, possibly, be objectionable about Bone, a fantastic graphic novel for YA readers??? Given that the top complaint is "political viewpoint", the only thing I can possibly think about is extreme capitalists who don't like the negative depiction of Phoney Bone? These might be the same people who couldn't handle The Muppets for being anti-business.
Nicholas Winter
4. Lurking Canadian
I am not at all surprised that somebody banned Captain Underpants. That book takes the piss out of authoritarian, low-imagination school administrators like nobody's business. It is downright subversive.
Sean Tabor
5. wingracer
I just read Looking for Alaska and immediately thought man, people are going to be put off by all the smoking in this book (and its portrayal as cool) so I'm not surprised at all to see it on the list.

No, I wouldn't ban it though. The only one that shouldn't be in a school library is 50 Shades for all the obvious reasons. And no, I don't have a problem with some sexual content finding its way onto shelves but that might be a bit much.
Sean Tabor
6. wingracer

Ooh, I like subversive. Might have to read it now.
Nicholas Winter
7. mutantalbinocrocodile
@4 and @6:

Satirizing bad school administrators?! I'm getting me a copy of Captain Underpants, fast! Oh, and please nobody ever tell the same people who banned it the Lord of the Flies "alternative assessment" joke from The Sea of Monsters or that will get banned too LOL.
Nicholas Winter
8. Lurking Canadian
I should make clear: CU is a kid's book. It doesn't exactly stand alone as literature. But if you do have kids, there are some jokes in there, especially jokes about education, schools, and parenting, that are absolutely aimed at Mom & Dad. There were places where I had to pass the book to my wife because I was giggling too much to continue.
Nicholas Winter
9. Ilex
According to that Guardian link about men (not) reading, "Almost 30% of men went so far as to admit to researchers that they hadn't really picked up a book since they were forced to read at school." So maybe the solution is to start assigning movies and video games as homework ... once all the distractions from reading start looking like chores, reading will look more appealing after all! ;-)

But surely reading must have declined among women, too, what with all the modern distractions. So why no handwringing there?
Nicholas Winter
10. Scotttheobtuse
Could it be electronic time-wasting? Phones, tablets, texting(yes, I know that is on phones) and other things that trivialize our spare time can take a toll on male attention spans. The only way to get a girl to notice them is to be on the same network. And by the way, most men who read science fiction have read Andre Norton, Lois M. Bujold, Diane Duane and all the other female writers without whom science fiction would be a much duller experience. And how about all the female screen-writers? If you want to see how many male readers there are, go to a science fiction convention that has a literary focus. While you're there, ask the men if they read books by female writers.

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