The YA Roundup: Predicting Con Artists and Road Trips in 2015


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 predictions for upcoming trends in YA, more casting news for the film adaptation of Paper Towns, the Black Widow YA novel announcement, a new clip from Mockingjay, and more!

YA Book Trends for 2015


The Huffington Post has predicted the top four YA trends we’ll be seeing next year, signaling a deviation from both the “sick lit” genre John Green pioneered as well as paranormal stories.

While two of the predictions are about subgenres continuing—fairy-tale retellings, and books dealing with grief and loss—the other two seem to be newer takes. On the more realistic end of the spectrum are road trip and vacation stories, including one novel about a girl whose parents drag her and her siblings across the country in preparation for the “end times,” and another book pitched as “Pitch Perfect meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a cruise.” Slightly more genre-y is the slew of crime/caper-centric stories, featuring adolescent con artists, hackers, and crime family heirs.

CNN has also cast their guesses as to next year’s trends, with an emphasis on mystery-driven horror and greater diversity in YA (thanks in part to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement that sprung up around this year’s BookCon). Publishing professionals interviewed expressed a desire for more books tackling issues of race, LGBTQ identity, and mental health and other disabilities—but as featured topics, not the main focus.


Author Admits to Stalking Reviewer

Kathleen Hale

Katheen Hale, author of the Young Adult novel No One Else Can Have You, wrote in the Guardian this week about her experience stalking a reviewer who had given her a bad review.

‘I prowled Blythe’s Instagram and Twitter, I read her reviews, considered photos of her baked goods and watched from a distance as she got on her soapbox.’

She goes on to explain how she managed to obtain the reviewer’s address and track her down.

The exterior of the house that showed up on Google maps looked thousands of square feet too small for the interiors Blythe had posted on Instagram. According to the telephone directory and recent census reports, nobody named Blythe Harris lived there. The address belonged to someone I’ll call Judy Donofrio who, according to an internet background check ($19), was 46—not 27, as Blythe was—and worked as vice-president of a company that authorises disability claims.

She chronicles how she continued to stalk the reviewer for months at a time. Renting a car to go to her house, calling her at work, Direct Messaging her on twitter and eventually trying to confront her.

The article caused a massive reaction online amongst reviewers and authors alike—including John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman—who condemned Hale’s actions as an extreme breach of privacy.

Popular review sites like Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have also responded to the article, criticizing Hale for her behaviour.


New Actors Join Paper Towns Cast

Austin Abrams Halston Sage Justice Smith

Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Justice Smith have been cast in the film adatation of John Green’s Paper Towns. They will be playing Ben, Lacey, and Radar, respectively, three friends who join protagonist Quentin (Nat Wolff) on a journey to find Margo (Cara Delevinge), a classmate who has mysteriously disappeared.

Fox 2000 acquired the rights to Green’s 2008 novel and production will begin soon. Green will serve as executive producer on the project, with Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner co-producing. Neustadter and Weber are also working on the screenplay together.


Black Widow Gets YA Novel

Black Widow

Black Window might not be getting her own film, but it appears Marvel hasn’t completely forgotten about the prominent female member of the Avengers initiative.

It was announced at NY Comic Con’s Women of Marvel panel that Margaret Stohl has been contracted to write a Young Adult adaptation featuring the super spy. When asked to comment about the project, Stohl said:

“[Black Widow] is the badassiest thing I’ve ever been asked to work on in my life. Black Widow is the very best hot mess I know. She kicks ass, she’s more of a Wolverine than a Captain America.”

Margaret Stohl is the co-author of the Caster Chronicles series—the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures, was adapted to film in 2013.


New Mockingjay Part 1 Clip

Lionsgate has released a new clip from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in anticipation of the film’s release on November 21st. The clip features Katniss Everdeen returning home to District 12.



Harry Potter Book Night Coming Soon

Harry Potter Book Night

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching a Harry Potter Book Night in February 2015, featuring a range of events in London and around the UK celebrating the boy who lived!

A special Harry Potter kit will be available for party hosts that includes quizzes, activities and posters, plus games and ideas for dressing up. You can register for the event here, but don’t delay! Registration closes on Friday, November 28th.


New York Times Best Sellers (October 26, 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. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  6. Skink — No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  7. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
  8. Paper Towns by John Green
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Children’s Series

  1. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
  5. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  6. Confessions by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  10. Spirit Animals by various authors


Book Deals

The Nova Project by Emma Trevayne
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Publication: Summer 2016
Rights: World English
Agent: Brooks Sherman (The Bent Agency)

Pitched as Good Omens meets Ready Player One. A dying boy on a dying planet plays a complex virtual reality video game that might be the key to his survival, if it doesn’t kill him first, but the stakes of the game could be higher than life and death.

Ashes for Stars by Jenny Moyer
Publisher: Henry Holt (Macmillan)
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: North American
Agent: Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency)

Pitched as Red Rising for teens, the story tells of a girl who, with her people, is forced to mine terrifying tunnels for precious metal in return for freedom, only to realize that they’ve been betrayed.

This Is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans
Publisher: Atheneum (Simon and Schuster)
Publication: Spring 2016
Rights: World English
Agent: Minju Chang (BookStop Literary)

A middle-grade novel that blends magical realism with science, nature, and folklore to tell the story of a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family, who has a secret ability to shape-shift.

Source: Publishers Weekly


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