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Scholastic And Ruckus To Team Up For New Children's Imprint

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

YA readers have more books than ever available to them, but the novels that are slated to be released by the newly-created Scholastic Ruckus imprint will really stand out from the crowd. These books will be published in both traditional and e-book format and include special content such as interactive apps related to the stories, exclusive author interviews and more. To create this new line Scholastic is teaming up with Ruckus Media, a children's digital content developer. We were particularly intrigued to hear from Publishers Weekly about the ways that the new releases from Scholastic Ruckus will bring new dimensions to the reading experience. 


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Tags: E-Book, Young Adult
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Ilsa J. Bick Talks Zombies, Monsters, and Ashes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

What goes bump in the night? Author Ilsa J. Bick may have the answer; it could be The Changed, the children who turn into the living dead in her latest novel, Ashes. These little monsters may have you hiding under your covers after Ilsa talks about the history of children falling victim to the supernatural in fiction.

Ask me about zombies, and I’ll flash to the afternoon an inmate looked me in the eye and said, blandly, “Doc, one of us is leaving this place with a toe tag—and it isn’t me.” 


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Tags: Young Adult
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Five On Friday: Newly Announced Young Adult Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are so many new book deals being made in the Young Adult market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of the new YA book deals that we can't wait for — just after they have been announced. 

Readers will be transported to southern Spain by Beth Kephart’s upcoming release Small Damages. The tale follows a pregnant teen as she struggles to figure out what the future will hold. Expect to find this novel in stores Summer 2012.

Or perhaps you’d like to read about a teen mom-to-be here in America? You’ll get your wish with Caela Carter’s next novel. In Me, Him, Them and It, a young mother must decide what is the right thing to do for herself and her unborn child. The story will explore the role of the family in all of its different forms. 


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Tags: Young Adult
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Christine Seifert On Romance, High School And The Dangerous Computer Program In Her New YA

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

In The Predicteds, debut author Christine Seifert introduces readers to PROFILE, the computer program that is turning Quiet High School into a very different place to learn by predicting which students might be dangerous. But what if PROFILE is wrong? 

There’s nothing better than falling in love, except when you fall in love with the wrong person. It’s an age-old dilemma. Just ask Juliet. But it’s a story we keep telling because it’s inevitable: The person we are most drawn to is often the most forbidden. Just ask any of those girls who have ever loved a vampire.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Richelle Mead's Baby Has Arrived

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

A huge congratulations to new mom Richelle Mead who just delivered her first child earlier today! 

The author, who is keeping the baby's sex and name a secret for the moment, announced her pregnancy on her blog back in February. And before getting down to business filming an author interview with RT's Morgan, they chatted about her impending mommy-hood off camera.

On camera, Richelle talked about what fans could expect in the busy month of August. Along with her baby's due date, the author's final book in her Succubus Blues urban fantasy series, a Vampire Academy graphic novel and the Vampire Academy spin-off series starter, Bloodlines, all have release dates this month. (You can check out her video interview with Morgan here and enter to win your own copy of Bloodlines.)


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Sneak Peek: Markus Zusak Introduces The Wolfe Family With This Author Note From Underdogs

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Markus Zusak's 2006 young adult novel The Book Thief, recieved an RT Gold rating. The emotionally gripping story that is set in WWII-era Germany quickly won national acclaim and rose to the top of required reading lists in schools across the country. Now the author is embarking on a very different story with the upcoming Underdogs. The novel features several short stories that focus on the working-class Wolfe family. In order to get readers ready for this unusual tale, we're bringing you a sneak peek at Zusak's four-page author note that introduces the compilation!

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I guess there aren’t too many writers who can say their career started with a horror trip to the dentist — but if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you take your good luck however you get it. For me, it was a trigger-happy dental surgeon. It was several fillings, hundreds of dollars paid in cash, and one small thought of revenge: What if two brothers tried to rob the dentist?

That’s how I became a writer.


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Tags: Young Adult
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5 Questions With Author Kami Garcia About Her Upcoming Hollywood Projects!

BY Whitney Sullivan, AUGUST 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Kami Garcia is the co-author of one of my favorite new YA series, The Caster Chronicles. She and Margaret Stohl are wrapping up their series with Beautiful Chaos this October, have just released a Caster Chronicles novella, "Dark Dream", and their series — which is now being called the Beautiful Creatures books — is being turned into a movie. However, I just heard that Beautiful Creatures is not the only Hollywood project that Kami has in the works. Her new solo series, Legion, has just been picked up by Twilight series producer Mark Morgan.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Five On Friday: Newly Announced Young Adult Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are so many new book deals being made in the Young Adult market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of the new YA book deals that we can't wait for — just after they have been announced. 

What’s going to happen when a guardian angel in a rehab program for wayward souls accidentally kills his female charge and then can’t manage to get her into heaven? The book — Ten Commandments for the Dead by Martha Brockenbrough — isn’t slated for publication until next summer, but we were hooked after learning that among all the other mishaps this angel “…may or may not cause lasting psychological damage to a squirrel"; with that one line we get the sense that this is going to be a humor-filled read!

And in another “Angelic” tale, the heroine of Karri Thompson’s Amateur Angel accidentally gets sent back to Earth as a guardian angel after stepping into the wrong line in the afterlife. But maybe things aren’t all bad? Her new charge is the teen rock star that happened to be her celebrity crush. Find out what happens when this book hits shelves in May 2012!


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Tags: Young Adult
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Video Interview: Richelle Mead - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Richelle Mead has a lot in the works. She's just released her newest urban fantasy, Succubus Revealed, has more than one graphic novel in production and is getting ready to continue her YA series with this month's Bloodlines, the first in the Vampire Academy spinoff series. Today the author stops by to chat with RT's Morgan Doremus about exactly what readers can expect from her next. And then enter for your own chance to win a copy of Bloodlines below!

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GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. To enter leave a comment on this author message telling us how you'd survive life at Amberwood Prep, the boarding school in Palm Springs, CA. Or email your comment here with the subject line "Richelle Mead's Bloodlines Giveaway" and your us mailing address. The winners will be announced on September 7.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Climbing The Popularity Ladder in Elise Allen's Populazzi - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

When Cara switches high schools, she decides that she wants to do the unthinkable, join the Populazzi, the elite group of popular kids at her new school. And she's got a plan of how to do it, she'll "climb the rungs of the popularity ladder" by dating different popular boys, all the way to the top. Today, author Elise Allen gives us a special inside look at her new YA novel Populazzi and which classic novel — and which of the author's own experiences — inspired this tale of dating and the dangerous world of high school popularity. And then don't miss your chance to win this new novel!

I remember the exact moment I recognized the Popularity Tower. I was in sixth grade at a brand new school. I wore too-tight Healthtex turtlenecks, oversized glasses, braces that always had something stuck in them, and I was so desperate for friends I gave up my Capri-Sun juice sack every day to two girls just so they’d pay attention to me for the two seconds it took them to ask.


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