Welcome to the YA Roundup, giving you the inside scoop on bookish news, book deals, new releases and cover reveals for the YA genre!
This week covers the YA musical being penned by David Leviathan, a preview of Jack Black as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps, Stuff YA Readers Say, and more!
Miseducation of Cameron Post is Educating School Board
Ever since the nearby Cape Henlopen school board decided to remove The Miseducation of Cameron Post from its Summer Reading list, the book has been flying off the shelves of Bowseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
In fact, the bookstore now gives the book away to any teen asking for it. Bowseabout Books’ manager Susan McAnelly said:
“I’ve been here 10 years and I’ve not seen anything quite like this. It’s been on twitter feeds, Facebook, blogs. It’s been quite a flurry.”
This awesome give away is supported by members of the AfterEllen.com community, who so far have donated 48 books.
The book is about a young, orphaned, girl living in rural Montana with her conservative grandmother and aunt, when she realizes she’s in love with her female best friend.
The school board voted in a 6-1 decision to remove the book, which has been highly contested by the public and online communities.
Rainbow Rowell a Darry Shipper
It’s long been rumoured, but now confirmed that Rainbow Rowell, successful author of Landline and Fangirl, wrote Harry/Draco fanfic (a romantic story between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy) between the publication of her two bestselling novels. Rowell told The Bookseller:
“It’s funny because it’s where I was in life [...] It’s Harry and Draco as a couple who have been married for many years, and they’re raising Harry’s kids, with Ginny, she has not been vilified. It’s them dealing with attachment parenting and step-parents and all these middle-aged issues of what it means to be a step-parent.”
Rainbow Rowell plans to read part of her fanfic at the Harry Potter LeakyCon later this month.
Thus a million fans screamed out that Baz and Simon (two characters the Fangirl protagonist writes fanfiction about) are actually Harry/Draco—and were suddenly silenced.
Jack Black as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps Movie
Entertainment Weekly released the first images of Jack Black as the popular 90s children’s author R.L. Stine in the upcoming Goosebumps movie, set to release August 2015.
The film, directed by Rob Letterman with a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, contains a pretty extensive cast including Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeaz Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund and Dylan Minnette. When R.L. Stine’s fictional monsters come to life, it’s up to two teens to save the day and get the creatures back into their books.
Common responses to this news is:
“lmao how did i not know this was a thing.”
I agree OhNoTheyDidn’t User Makahakat, how did I not know about this until now? Hear that? That is the sound of my childhood wailing with delight.
David Levithan to Write Musical YA Novel
David Levithan has struck a deal to write a musical novel, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, which you may recognize as the musical featured in Levithan’s previous novel, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, cowritten with John Green. In a press release, Levithan writes:
“From the moment John read me Tiny’s opening lines in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I was literarily smitten. And the musical numbers that John and I wrote for that book always made me want to write the whole musical. I’m thrilled that after four years of working on it, I’m able to help Tiny make the leap to his own big production.”
Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the deal on Levithan’s behalf and will edit the manuscript herself. The release date is being set for March 2015.
Stuff YA Readers Say
Ever wondered about Stuff YA Readers say? This is Teen, Scholastic’s YA division, is here to help you out with this adorkably precious video!
New York Times Best Sellers (July 27, 2014)
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Uncaged by John Sandford and Michele Cook
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
- Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
- Middle School by James Patterson
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney