The YA Roundup: Frozen‘s Expanding Empire


Welcome to the YA Roundup, your one stop shop to everything YA: publishing news, movie updates, new releases and cover reveals. Psst… It’s OK to read YA.

In this week’s round up: Frozen 2 is heading to book stores and not movie screens, another Vampire Academy movie may be on the way (we resist the urge to use puns…and fail), and Christopher Walken joins the cast of The Jungle Book.

Ancillary Justice wins Hugo Award

Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie

A huge congrats to Ancillary Justice author Ann Leckie for winning this year’s Hugo Award for Best Novel!

John Scalzi, who won the big prize last year with Redshirts, commented on this year’s win for Leckie:

I am super-delighted that the Hugo Best Novel Award went to Ancillary Justice. One, because it’s fantastic, but two, because I feel entirely unwarranted pride in Ann Leckie’s career, because I gave her her first professional sale, and was delighted to give Ancillary Justice a blurb for when it came out.

The full list of the winners and nominees in all the 2014 Hugo categories can be found here.

Vampire Academy 2 Looks to Crowdfunding

After the appallingly bad reception from critics and moviegoers for the first Vampire Academy, it wasn’t surprising that its sequel, Frostbite, failed to get bankrolled by a major studio. Instead, the production team hopes that fans are willing to pay to put themselves through another round.

Clearly they know their audience better than I do, as they’ve already raised $185,015 toward the $1.5 million goal. That’s only 12% of the needed amount, but the contribution window is open until September 5th. Screenwriter Piers Ashworth—coincidentally the name of my next male romance protagonist—had this to say about bringing Frostbite to the big screen:

We have to get this movie made. We have to meet Adrian and understand the new dimension he brings to the story. We have to experience the changes Rose undergoes as she battles the ultimate foe at the same time as coming to terms with her relationships (including the one with her mother). We have to see the battle of wills in the basement—and the surprise of Mia’s use of water magic to incapacitate Isaiah. We have to see the Strigoi for what they really are. Please help make that happen.

Notably absent is any promise to translate the story from page to screen more effectively than they did for Vampire Academy. Unless the team can figure out a better way to bring the book to life, the cool reception from contributors and movie goers could give the filmmakers… Frostbite. (Sorry.)

Christopher Walken Joins Cast of The Jungle Book

Christopher Walken Jungle Book King Louie

Christopher Walken has joined the growing cast of The Jungle Book, and will be appearing alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Giancarlo Esposito, and Ben Kingsley. He is set to play King Louie, the jazz king of the jungle who wants to be like yooohoooOooo.

I’ve never been a big fan of Kipling’s The Jungle Book, but this cast is looking too good to pass up. The CGI and live-action footage mash up concept proposed by director Jon Favreau sounds equally promising; 10-year-old Neel Sethi, as Mowgli, will be the only actor to appear on the screen, with the rest being CGI composites.

Frozen 2 is Happening

Frozen Anna Elsa children

It was never a matter of if, but when Frozen 2 would grace the world with its presence. Luckily, Disney isn’t going with its usual formula of terrible sequel worthy only of straight-to-DVD-fate.

Instead, Frozen 2 is coming in the form of books. Random House will be publishing a series of chapter books, aimed at young readers, with parts 1 and 2 going on sale on January 6th 2015, a date a little too close to give me much hope that a lot of work has gone into this project.

The two stories—Anna & Elsa #1: All Hail the Queen and Anna & Elsa #2: Memory and Magic—will explore the maturing relationship between the two sisters and add depth to the Frozen world. Two additional unnamed stories will follow later in 2015, with plans for “three or four books a year going forward.”

Barbara Marcus, president of Random House’s children’s division, compared the new Frozen series to Disney’s popular Never Girls, a series set in Peter Pan’s NeverLand:

We have seen our Disney Never Girls series fill a real niche in the chapter book market, and with the momentum for Frozen only continuing to grow, we knew this was the perfect focus for this new series.

First Image from Mockingjay Part 1

The first official still from Mockingjay Part 1 has been released to whet our appetites. It features a decidedly darker, more ominous tone that the previous movies, with Katniss apparently preparing for battle in a black suit with a slew of arrows strapped to her back.

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Katniss

The film doesn’t come out until November 21st, but these little tidbits sure make it easier to bide the time.

Mockingjay finds Katniss angered, lost and depressed after the events of Catching Fire. Expected to lead the rebels of District 13, she struggles against lost love, politics and the needs of a nation versus her own needs.

New York Times Best Sellers (August 24, 2014)

Young Adult

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

Children’s Series

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  3. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  4. Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  5. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  6. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  9. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  10. Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

New Releases

Cover Reveals

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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