The YA Roundup: There’s Always More Shadows to Hunt!


Welcome to the YA Roundup, where we give you the low down on YA bookish news, gossip, new releases and cover reveals.

In this week’s news, Children’s Book Week released this year’s poster, the soundtrack for the Divergent movie has been announced and includes a new original Ellie Goulding song, and Cassandra Clare announced a new extension to her Shadowhunter world.

Children's Book WeekBrand New “Children’s Book Week” Poster Straight Out of 1980’s

Children’s Book Week is almost upon us, that magical time of year where we remind ourselves that it’s important for children to read, as opposed to locking them in a ceiling cavity and feeding them fish heads in a bucket. To celebrate the event, the two organisations with the most responsible sounding names, The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, now havea shiny new poster for us.

The poster has been drawn by Robin Preiss Glasser and is, admittedly, utterly charming. No surprise since Glasser is an award-winning children’s illustrator so I guess she has that going for her. The poster is going to be printed up and distributed in time for Children’s Book Week.


Divergent Soundtrack Might Make Your Heart Beat

Divergent has assembled an impressive list of musicians for its soundtrack, working hard to really be the next YA book-to-movie hit Hunger Games and The Book Thief. With no less than three tracks from Ellie Goulding (though I admit Beating Heart“ hasn’t entranced me yet), along with Snow Patrol, Tame Impala, and Kendrick Lamar plus Skrillex.

Goulding’s ”Beating Heart” was supposedly done for this specific movie. The soundtrack list is:

“Find You” — Zedd featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
“Beating Heart” — Ellie Goulding
“Fight For You” — Pia Mia featuring Chance The Rapper
“Hanging On” (I See MONSTAS Remix) — Ellie Goulding
“I Won’t Let You Go” — Snow Patrol
“Run Boy Run” — Woodkid
“Backwards” —Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar
“I Need You” — M83
“In Distress” — A$AP Rocky featuring Gesaffelstein
“Lost And Found” (ODESZA Remix) — Pretty Lights
“Stranger” — Skrillex with KillaGraham from Milo & Otis and Sam Dew
“Dream Machines” — Big Deal
“Dead in the Water” — Ellie Goulding

Also included on the deluxe edition:

“I Love You” — Woodkid
“Waiting Game” — Banks
“My Blood” — Ellie Goulding

The Facebook announcement for just the soundtrack has over 4,500 likes. Ellie Goulding, man. She’ll do it for ya.


New In the Margins Award

Librarians, is there anything they can’t do? Other than abide loud noises, that is? A group of them have come together to create an In the Margin community soliciting feedback on relevant literature for vulnerable kids living in poverty, incarceration, or drifting from home to home. Places like jails are infamously strict with censorship of reading material, not always to the kid’s benefit. A new In the Margin award has been created to raise awareness of the need to guide and justify book purchases in libraries likely to cater to these kids. In their own words:

The committee of seven met via Google Hangouts at least six times during the year to discuss and debate not only the books, but the committee itself. We looked at over 200 titles, had 30 official nominations, and voted for a list of 25 titles and a top 10 on January 21, 2014.

The top ten books include:

Great job, librarians! You rock!


High School Horror Story Series Announced…Sounds Like Monster High?

Okay, it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be an amazing and ingenious reimagining of a literary classic (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) in a high school setting. Totally different.

No, I’m sure this is totally going to be different. As the brain child of DiGA, Tony DiSanto and Liz Gately, with a deal in with Feiwel and Friends, Chandler Duke is set to write the, so far, three book series. The first book is named Teen Frankenstein, for now, and is due to be released in 2015

The High School Horror series will be set in Paris, Texas, with book No. 1 drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, told through the lens of a teenage girl who falls in love with the popular classmate she both accidentally kills and then brings back to life. Future books in the series will follow interconnected characters in the same small town high school and will modernize such classics as Jekyll & Hyde and Phantom of the Opera.

Well, at least it does sound kind of interesting!


Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Series Gets Expanded Again

Cassandra Clare, author of the popular Mortal Instrument series, has drawn acclaim and criticism from fans and non-fans alike for the announcement of The Last Hours trilogy, another extension to her Shadowhunter world.

Walker Books nabbed the rights for the UK, Australia and New Zealand and already publishes her Mortal Instrument series. The books are due out in 2017.

The new trilogy, set in Edwardian London and fin de siècle Paris, will be published by Walker in 2017.

The series will be based on a descendant of Tessa and Will from Clare’s Infernal Devices. So… yey?

The series list now goes:

Infernal Devices Series
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess

The Last Hours Series
Chain of Thorns
Chain of Gold
Chain of Iron

The Secret Treasons – Graphic Novel

The Mortal Instrument Series
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire

The Dark Artifices Series
Lady Midnight
Prince of Shadows
The Queen of Air and Darkness

The Wicked Power Series
The Wicked Power #1
The Wicked Power #2
The Wicked Power #3

Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Adaptation

The Shadowhunter Codex

The Bane Chronicles
The Bane Chronicles #1-10

Well, I guess as long as they sell and the fans are still interested in reading them.


YA New York Times Best Sellers (9th March 2014)
1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
4. Miss Peregrin’s Home for Perculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
5. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
6. Paper Towns by John Green
7. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Book Deals

Sapphire Skies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rights: North American, Ebook and Audio
Agent: Catherine Drayton

17-year-old Stella lives with her mother in a country manor near Philadelphia’s Main Line. But one fateful night, Stella witnesses a crime, forcing her into the witness protection program, and must start life over as someone else, in Nebraska.

High School Horror Story by Chandler Baker
Publisher: Fiewel and Friends
Agent: Andy McNicol

Will reimagine classic literary monsters in a high school setting in Paris, Texas. The first book, tentatively titled Teen Frankenstein, will draw inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and is told through the lens of a teenage girl who falls in love with the popular classmate she both accidentally kills and then brings back to life.

Zodiak by Romina Russell
Publisher: Razorbill
Rights: World Rights
Agent: Laura Rennert

Set in a galaxy of 12 solar systems inspired by the 12 astrological signs, the book stars Rho, a young Guardian from House Cancer, who must unite the 12 Houses of the Zodiac before an ancient, power-hungry evil returns to destroy their world.

The Book of Bad Things and The House on Stone’s Throw Island by Dan Poblocki
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rights: North American
Agent: Barry Goldblatt

The Book of Bad Things:
About a girl who documents all her fears – zombies, ghosts, hauntings and curses – in her journal, but a summer in a pleasant suburb reveals that there are a lot more bad things out there than she ever imagined.

The House on Stone’s Throw Island:
This story tells of a brother and sister who stumble upon the ghostly, vengeful crew of a Nazi submarine while vacationing on a private island off the coast of Maine

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rights: North American rights
Agent: Kate McKean

About a teen wrestling with guilt that if he hadn’t gotten his girlfriend pregnant, she wouldn’t have postponed her chemo treatments – and would still be alive. But as Rhy struggles to be a good father and grieve his girlfriend’s death, he uncovers secrets that will make him reconsider every relationship in his life.

The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy by Marie Jaskulka
Publisher: Skyhorse’s Sky Pony Press
Rights: World rights
Agent: Lana Popovic

It tells the story of two imperfect people in first love: a 15-year-old girl struggling through her parents’ breakup, and a beautiful outcast boy who finds solace in his poetry as she does.

What We Saw and Twitch by Aaron Hartzler
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rights: World Rights
Agent: Michael Bourret

What We Saw
About a girl who discovers that a classmate was raped while they attended the same party and then sets out to uncover the real story of what happened.

About a boy whose popular older sister is suddenly struck with spasms and vocal tics, and the chaos that ensues as her malady seems to spread among her classmates.

The Pond by Joseph Kuefler
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rights: North American Rights
Agent: Elena Giovinazzo

An ode to childhood imagination in which a boy discovers that the pond in his backyard contains a whole world, frightening, thrilling and full of adventure, ready to be explored.

Scripted by Maya Rock
Publisher: Putnam
Rights: World Rights
Agent: Michelle Andelman

The book follows a girl living on an island where people disappear; the island is Truman Show–esque, and characters are cut if ratings dip too low.

Together in All Weather by Grace Lin
Publisher: Little, Brown
Rights: North American
Agent: Rebecca Sherman

The fourth book in Grace Lin’s Ling & Ting early reader series starring identical Asian-American twins.

Source: Publisher’s Weekly


New Releases

Fire and Flood (Fire and Flood #1) by Victoria ScottTin Star (Tin Star #1) by Cecil Castellucci

Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica BrodyThe Well's End by Seth FishermanBurn Bright (Dark Star #2) by Bethany Frenette

Lych Way (The Undertaken #3) by Ari BerkKiller Frost (Mythos Academy #6) Jennifer EstepGrandmaster by David Klass


Season of Fire (Remnants #2) by Lisa T. BergrenThe Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A.NielsenTremor (Pulse #2) by Patrick Carman



Cover Reveals

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann AguirreDove Arising by Karen Bao

Black Iceby Becca FitzpatrickThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin

False Future (False Memory #3) by Dan KrokosCatalyst (Insignia #3) by S.J. Kincaid

Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickThe Gateway Through Which they Came

The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans #3) by Kevin EmersonStrike (The SYLO Chronicles #3) by D.J. MacHale

Rain by Amanda SunZomburbia by Adam J. Gallardo


Kat Kennedy and Stephanie Sinclair are the bloggers behind Cuddlebuggery, the Young Adult book blog dedicated to corrupting the reading community with sinister shenanigans.

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