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, Lauren DeStefano incurs the wrath of Supernatural fans, a teenager gets a letter from Dumbledore, Marvel dips into YA Literature, George R.R. Martin republishes his children’s novel, John Green relinquishes the top spot on the bestsellers list (GASP), and so much more!
Lauren DeStefano Under Fire
Misha Collins fans are not happy with popular YA author Lauren DeStefano, after DeStefano refused to participate in the Supernatural actor’s annual Gishwhes scavenger hunt. As part of this year’s charity-driven event, Gishwhes participants were asked to solicit 140 character long stories from a published author, immediately making Collins the bane of many popular authors who were inundated with requests.
Frustrated, Destefano posted the following:
Whether or not he gave this any thought, Misha Collins has just subjected authors to dozens of emails from HIS fans asking us to write a story. About him. For free. Maybe it didn’t occur to Misha that we are actual people with a job to do. Maybe it didn’t occur to him that we are not his employees. Maybe, and this is the most likely, he just thought it would be fun.
She wasn’t the only author who requested fans stop contacting them regarding the Gishwhes hunt. John Scalzi posted this story for fans to use:
MISHA COLLINS WAS CONSUMED ALIVE AND SCREAMING BY A ELOPUS WHILE QUEEN ELIZABETH LAUGHED AND CLAPPED THERE THAT’S YOUR GODDAMNED STORY— John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 4, 2014
Neil Gaiman also excused himself, politely, from the hunt:
Repost #2: Dear everybody doing the GISHWHES scavenger hunt: thank you all for asking me to help, have fun, & you can do it without me. Neil— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 4, 2014
But Supernatural fans were enraged by Destefano’s response and her Facebook post quickly melted into a boiling pot of arguments for and against Destefano’s post, a reaction that neither Scalzi nor Neal Gaiman received.
Misha Collins eventually responded to the attacks on Destefano by politely asking his fans not to harass anyone.
We have had complaints from some authors that they have been harassed for not participating. Please don’t harass anyone. Ask people to participate in completing your items, ask in any clever way you can, but if they definitively say “no” (even if you don’t like they way they’ve said, “no”), accept it and move on. If everyone was going to say “yes, i’ll help you!” right away, the hunt would be easy and boring.
J.K. Rowling Can’t Stop Being Awesome
Last month, 15-year old Cassidy Stay survived a shooting that left her parents and four siblings dead. At a memorial service for her family, Stay quoted a line from Harry Potter as a source of comfort:
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times in one only remembers to turn on the light.”
When Rowling heard the news, she reached out to Stay by writing a letter in the style of Dumbledore (including his trademark purple ink). Rowling also sent the teenager a wand, a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts, and a signed copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban—the book in which the quotation appears. The contents of the letter have not been shared by either Rowling, Stay, or Dumbledore.
Margret Stohl and Marvel Suit Up!
Disney is preparing to put a YA spin on the Marvel Universe! They’ve inked a book deal with New York Times best selling author Margret Stohl, though no specific details have been released about the project. Hypable reports:
“Stohl is well prepared for writing in the Marvel universe as she used to write stories for video games. Two of her projects included Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four. A longtime veteran of the videogame industry, Stohl’s work includes—to name a few—Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Dune 2000, and The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.”
While at San Diego Comic-Con, Stohl started a #MarvelYA hastag on twitter, so keep track of any upcoming news there! (And here!)
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin Gets Republished
Martin’s out of print children’s book, The Ice Dragon, is set to be republished by Tor Books. The story, set in the Song of Ice and Fire world, was originally published in the 1980 anthology Dragons of Light before being republished in 2007 as a standalone book. From the catalog description:
Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.
Clearly, the children’s book isn’t the same kind of gory, sex-filled fantasy series as its adult brethren, but fans are excited about the news of the release. The new edition will be illustrated by artist Luis Royo.
New York Times Best Sellers (August 10, 2014)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Paper Towns by John Green
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Asylum by Madeleine Roux
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu (Adapted by Leigh Dragoon and illustrated by Kaari)
Publication: Summer 2015
Agent: Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency)
Chatelaine: The Thirteenth Charm by Janet Fox
Publication: Winter 2016
Agent: Erin Murphy (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
It’s a mystery that asks the question: would you rather spend World War II trapped in an eerie Scottish castle with a ghost or with a Nazi spy?
Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell by Toni Gallagher
Publisher: Random House
Agent: Jennifer Rofé (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
It tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who receives a voodoo doll that’s meant to be used for good, but she figures out a loophole for making bad things happen to others in order to increase her popularity.
Source: Publishers Weekly