The YA Roundup: Escape From Gringott’s Turns Into “Harry Potter’s Back: The Ride!”


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

This week covers news of the Harry Potter movie cast reprising their roles, Octavia Spencer joining Insurgent, and Julianne Moore on her role as rebellion President Coin in the upcoming Mockingjay films.


Get A Look at Mockingjay

Julianne Moore President Coin Mockingjay The Hunger Games

Lionsgate has launched a fansite for internet users to get their first look at the highly anticipated film. The website, The Hunger Games Exclusive, has many features including:

  • A Mockingjay First Look
  • Filmmaker Roundtable
  • Introduction to President Coin (played by Julianne Moore)
  • From page to screen (a brief look at the Mockingjay script)
  • Posters of various characters such as Woody Harrelson playing Haymitch and an image of Plutarch, played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. 
  • And the motion poster for the film. 
  • There’s also an interview posted below of Julianne Moore talking about the books and her role as President Coin.


OMR! (Oh My Rowling) Potter Stars Reprisal for Escape From Gringotts Ride

Brace yourself for squeeing. That high-pitched squeal you’re being deafened by right now is me from Australia. Harry Potter World is opening their Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts Ride just in time for me to no longer be in America to enjoy it!

The video below talks about some of the state of the art technology used for the ride and also features some state of the art Rupert Grint because my day wasn’t perfect enough already.

Actors reprising their Harry Potter movies roles for the ride include Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Warwick Davis (Griphook) and Helena Bonham-Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange).

Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of Universal Creative said:

J.K. Rowling actually gave us a lot of creative leeway…You see, the story that we wanted to tell with this Universal Orlando attraction kind of ran concurrently with the events which occurred during Deathly Hallows. You see, our guests just happen to be at Gringotts Wizarding Bank opening a new account on the exact same day that Harry, Ron and Hermione are trying to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault to retrieve a horcrux.”


Octavia Spencer is Bringing Her Awesomeness to Insurgent

Octavia Spencer Insurgent

Octavia Spencer, the supreme being of delightfulness, has been cast in the upcoming Insurgent movie as the Amity faction leader, Johanna. 

The release date for the movie has been set to March 20, 2015 and Octavia will be joining recurring cast members Kate Winslet as Erudite leader Jeanine, and Tris and Four, played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

Robert Schwentke, director of The Time Traveler’s Wife, has signed onto the project along with screenwriters Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield. 


Young Adult Nebula Award Winner 2014!

Nebula Awards young adult winner

In an effort to totally rip off stories already covered on this blog, we bring you:

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy shortlist!

The list below represents the winner, Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson against some very stiff competition to win the Young Adult section of the Nebula Awards.

  • Winner: Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Indigo)
  • When We Wake, Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin; Little, Brown)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
  • Hero, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
  • September Girls, Bennett Madison (Harper Teen)
  • A Corner of White, Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine)

You can check out the rest of the winners here.


New York Times Best Sellers (May 25, 2014)

Young Adult

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

Children’s Series

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  5. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  8. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
  9. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  10. Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor


Book Deals

Serpentine by Cindy Pon
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication: September 2015
Rights: North American
Agent: Bill Contardi (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents)

Chronicles the tension and struggle among mortals, demons, and gods in the kingdom of Xia as it tells the story of Skybright, who worries about her growing otherness as she falls in love with a mortal boy for the first time.

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication: Fall 2015
Rights: World English
Agent: Sarah LaPolla (Bradford Literary Agency)

17-year-old, Lea, and her girlfriend, Aracely, fight for their survival and sanity in a world turned chaotic after the mysterious appearance of blood covers their streets.

Peas & Carrots by Tanita S. Davis
Publisher: Knof (Random House)
Publication: 2016
Rights: U.S. and Canadian 
Agent: Steven Chudney (Chudney Agency)

A white teen named Dess is placed into foster care with a black family while her mother is incarcerated.

Unbreakable by Robin Talley
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Publication: Fall 2015
Rights: World English
Agent: Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management)

Follows a teen couple – Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer – as they struggle to stay together during their first year in college, despite the growing rift caused by distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity.

Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: April 2015
Rights: World English
Agent: Rena Rossner (Deborah Harris Agency)

A contemporary YA novel about a teenager who struggles to maintain her sanity when her boyfriend is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Source: Publishers’ Weekly


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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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