The author announced that the Pottermore will have a soft-launch on July 31 of this year (fitting, as it is the title character’s birthday, the date that started it all) and then be open to all browsers this coming October. The site will take fans through the world of the series, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and continuing all the way through to the final book. As readers make their way along the new digital landscape of the popular series they will find out more about their favorite Potter characters and world. For the project Rowling has put together over 18,000 new words worth of backstories and details fans will stumble on as they explore the site.
This month's RT Seal of Excellence was awarded to Beauty Queens by the phenomenal Libba Bray. This satirical YA novel follows a group of teen beauty queens fighting for survival on a dessert island and won such praise from the RT editors as, "One of the most creative books I've ever read." Today RT's Senior Editor Stephanie Klose sits down with the author to get the insider details about the making of Beauty Queens. (It is so behind the scenes, you'll get to see the author singing at the end of the video.) And then don't miss your chance to win this novel after the interview!
In recognition of Gay Pride Month, today we are chatting with YA author Lauren McLaughlin who is best known for her non traditional series, Cycler and (Re) Cycler. In these books the heroine, Jill, lives for four days every month as a boy named Jack. Says RT’s Kate Girard of the series first, Cycler, “There is nothing about this story that is ordinary, and yet this tale about struggling through life as a teen will feel as familiar to readers as if it is their own while simultaneously inspiring deep reflection on what it is to be ‘normal’.” Today the author talks about her tales of love and identity, and offers three good resources for teens (and families) that want to learn more about transgender issues.
Author Eve Edwards takes YA readers back to the past with her new series, The Lacey Chronicles. The series first, The Other Countess, is a July Top Pick! RT’s Raven revealed, “I stayed up way too late to finish this one — but it was so worth it! Edwards has created a richly detailed historical world with lively characters.” Today the author offers a special peek inside the series, gives you access to the entire prologue and first chapter and hosts a giveaway so you can enter to win your own Advance Reader Copy of The Other Countess!
A warm “hello” from Oxford, England, to all of you in the USA interested in the first of the Lacey Chronicles, The Other Countess. If you like your heroes handsome but troubled and your heroines disadvantaged but witty under pressure, then I think there will be much in the book for you. There are jousts and feasts, gossip and girlfriends, alchemy and arrests for treason, so I promise you are unlikely to get bored!
It's no secret that one of my favorite YA series is Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls. So when I saw her at this year's BEA convention surrounded by a group of fans, I had to break through the crowd to ask her a few questions.
Now that the author is on her fifth novel in the action-packed YA series, I had to know if Ally ever gets stuck when coming up with new spy-situations for her girls.
After a plane crash, the contestants of the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant are left for dead on what seems to be a deserted island. However these intrepid girls turn their pageant talents into survival skills, and along the way they uncover a secret underground laboratory, meet a boy band and must thwart a massive conspiracy.
This brilliant novel had the RT editors singing it's praises with such phrases as, "this book was everything I wanted and more" and "It's one of the best novels I've ever read." Now it is your chance to win this new novel that had the RT editors singing its praises. To win your copy of Beauty Queens tell us what your pageant talent would be!
Author Sophie Littlefield hit the scene in 2009 with her mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best first mystery. Since that time Littlefield has made a name for herself with her mystery, young adult and paranormal series. Earlier this year, the author's post-apocalyptic novel Aftertime captured March's Seal of Excellence award. Today the author gives readers an insider look at her writing process, continuing series and more in this video interview with RT's Senior Editor and RT Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose.
Young Adult authors and readers have banded together to combat last weekend’s article by Meghan Cox Gurdon in The Wall Street Journal. She asserted that recent tales have skewed the genre to a place that is too dark.
The article skewers the language and content that young readers can find in many popular books, even going so far as to say the genre is “[s]o dark that kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things…” Gurdon’s sentiment is that although the novels don’t necessarily make teens reenact what they read about, these topics can have a serious effect on readers. She says, “Entertainment doesn’t not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.”
However, it was not long before the YA community responded to this attack. In the wake of this article, author Maureen Johnson began the Twitter hashtag #YAsaves which has generated well over 15,000 re-tweets in the first few hours as people tell their own stories about the positive effects of the genre. Since the conversation has taken on a life of it’s own as authors and readers react to the original article and the stories that are being shared.
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 this new Young Adult book deals that we can't wait for — just after the deals have been announced!
Pivot Point by Kasie West, will start a two-book series about a girl who must choose which alternate future is the one she wants to live through.
Horror fans get ready for Gretchen McNeil’s Ten, which strands that many teens on a remote island with a deadly foe.
The heroine of Sarah Cross’ Kill Me Softly lives out a Sleeping Beauty story when she stumbles into a Grimm fairytale world that is eerily similar to our own.
Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston team up for a dystopian series set long after the fall of humanity in the time of a second ice age. Science and magic war in Frozen the first in The Otherland Chronicles.
Author Colleen Houck has made waves in the YA community with her paranormal series that follows a teen who learns that the tiger she is caring for is actually an enchanted Indian prince. The story of Dhiren and Kelsey's love began with January's Tiger's Curse which received a Top Pick! from RT's Meera Patel and the rave reviews, "this is a book J.K. Rowling wishes she wrote..." This month their saga continues with another RT Top Pick, Tiger's Quest, and today the author chats with me about the inspiration for her hero, the Indian mythology that runs through the series and a hint about what fans can expect in the the series third, Tiger's Voyage!