The YA Roundup: Our Mockingjay Lives!


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 new Mockingjay Part 1 teaser, the hilarious Divergent Honest Movie Trailer, the first If I Stay clip, and classic books that teens hate. 

Mockingjay Teaser Revealed

Lionsgate has finally revealed the first teaser trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. Feast your eyes and get excited because our Mockingjay lives!


Honest Movie Trailer for Divergent

Screenjunkies have finally gotten around to the Divergent movie and its much-needed honest movie trailer. 

Including such quotes as:

Enter a world inspired by a woman who read The Hunger Games and said to herself, “I can change that slightly and make a ton of money!”

It also riffs on Shailene Woodley and her costars Miles Tellar (both from The Spectacular Now) and Ansel Elgort, with whom she also starred in The Fault in Our Stars

Check it out for yourself!


The Guardian Discovers YA Authors are a Thing

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YA Author Kresley Cole Lothaire at SDCC

Emma-Lee Moss writes for the Guardian, “You will find plenty of YA authors at Comic-Con this year.” 

They can not be killed except for a clear headshot, she no doubt mentally adds. They mostly come out at night, mostly. 

She goes on to detail the take-over of Comic-con by a plethora of Young Adult and romance authors with a wide and popular fanbase. 

I hopped around a few of the YA panels, trying to build a picture of this intriguing genre in which authors, like pop stars, are beloved by teenagers in a way that grown-ups just don’t understand.

Who fed them after midnight? Who got them wet? Perhaps this is a tale that has no answers. But there is one clear cause to all of this that we can blame:

Young Adult is a genre with clear rewards, for every author agrees that there is no fan on earth like a teenager.



Kids Using #WorstBookEver Hashtag

Assigned reading can be the worst, and for many kids, it’s akin to cruel and unusual punishment. Thus they take to Twitter using the hashtag #WorstBookEver to vent their feelings and find camaraderie amongst their own kind. Publisher’s Weekly has been chronicling their pain. 

My thoughts go out to the kids who have to read Fahrenheit 451. That book was the worst.


Hush, Hush No Longer a Movie-to-Be

Hush Hush

Hush Hush, first optioned in 2012, is no longer to be made into a film, at least not for now. Author Becca Fitzpatrick wrote on her blog:

Hi guys,

I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your amazing support for the Hush Hush movie. Your love and passion for this project are humbling! With that said, I have some ovie news to share. Unfortunately it may not be the news you’ve been waiting to hear. I have decided that now is not the right time to move forward with the Hush, Hush movie and have not renewed the movie option with LD Entertainment. I know many of you will be disappointed by this. But I hope that you trust me to make the right decision for Nora and Patch. I’m not saying the movie will never happen, but it won’t be moving forward at this time.

Thanks again, 


If I Stay Clip Released

The first clip for the upcoming If I Stay movie has been released this week at the MTVU Fandom Awards. It’s the scene where Adam (Jamie Blackley) tells Mia (Chloe Moretz) that she’s beautiful after their Yo Yo Ma concert date. 

Prepare yourselves.


New York Times Best Sellers (August 3, 2014)

Young Adult

  1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
  10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Children’s Series

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  3. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  6. Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  7. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
  8. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


Book Deals

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books
Rights: World English
Agent: Jodi Reamer of Writers Houseit

Tells the story of two unique worlds and their unlikely champion: 12-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow. When Alice’s father disappeared from Ferenwood he took nothing but a ruler with him, and after almost six years, she embarks on a journey to find him.

Dreamology: A Love Story by Lucy Keating
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: Winter 2016
Rights: World English
Agent: Sara Shandler and Joelle Hobeika (Alloy Entertainment)

Pitched as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Jenny Han. In the story, a girl has had vivid, fantastical dreams of the same boy her entire life, only to walk into a new school and discover he is real.

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler
Publisher: Knof
Publication: Fall 2015
Agent: Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary)

A contemporary ghost story about two kids who spend their summer vacation making a scary movie, only to discover the house where they’re filming is actually haunted.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: World 
Agent: David Dunton at Harvey Klinger

Billed as a cross between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Returned; in the story, five kids who were abducted when they were in kindergarten return home as teenagers and have no memory of where they’ve been, or of the sixth child who was taken with them.

Legend Chasers by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Catherine Drayton (InkWell Management)

A middle-grade series about a group of friends who are obsessed with legendary creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch. On their first adventure, using old photos and their detective skills, they set out to find the Tiger-Wolf of the Sierra Foothills.

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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