Current Book News and Headlines

June 12, 2009

Check out this interesting article about the trend toward dark teen fiction from the Wall Street Journal. It Was, Like, All Dark and Stormy

May 1, 2009

NEW PERCY JACKSON NOVEL!!! It comes out May 5th.....I'm so excited. The Lightning Thief Movie date has been moved back a bit though and is due in Feb of 2010. The only thing I'm MORE excited for is the second installment of Hunger Games (but that's not until September)

Also coming out soon is the third installment of Michael Scott's YA series about Nicolas Flamel. Book three is titled The Sorceress and comes out May 26th.

February 7, 2009

Is Stephanie Meyer the new YA Oprah? I'm inclined to agree with thisSLJ blogger that she is, at the moment, the IT recommendation for the teen set.

November 5, 2008

A great article about author Cornelia Funke from the Seattle Times can be read here

September 2, 2008

An interview with Rick Riordan about his new book The Maze of Bones (Book one of The 39 Clues). was in the NY Times today and you can read it here. The Maze of Bones will be released a week from today on September 9th and I think it and the whole 39 clues series looks quite interesting.

On a side note, the article mentions the answer to a big question I've been wondering since I just finished The Battle of the Labyrinth. The fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson series is complete and will be released next May. (Yay!) For more info about book five (but not much!) check out Riordan's blog Myth and Mystery

In other Percy Jackson news, Chris Columbus is directing a movie which I think is just going to cover the first book and which is scheduled for release in November of next year by Fox 2000.

August 24, 2008

Check out this interview with Jon Sciezska in the LA Times.

August 20, 2008

An article in the BBC News recently discussed whether or not books should be 'rated' by age, similar to the way you might see computer games and software, puzzles and dvd's rated. You can read it here

August 15, 2008

This isn't 'new' news, but I just found out and thought I'd share because I love Orson Scott Card!

"Orson Scott Card is the recipient of the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens for his novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. An accomplished storyteller, Card weaves the everyday experiences of adolescence into broader narratives, addressing universal questions about humanity and society. The award was announced January 14 at the 2008 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia. "

August 1st, 2008
Breaking Dawn, the last installment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series comes out tonight at midnight. Lots of midnight parties in Utah county book stores.
I'm late to the party on this one as it was announced quite a while ago; Cornelia Funke's book Inkheart is being made into a movie.

July 27, 2008
An interesting article in the New York Times discusses online reading. "Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?"by Motoko Rich

July 21, 2008
Check out this interesting essay about what makes a novel adult or YA (at least according to this article/author) I'm YA and I'm Okay by Margo Rabb (published in the New York Times)

May 18th, 2008
Chris Columbus (best known for directing the first two Harry Potter movies) is directing a movie version of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief which currently has a Thanksgiving 2009 release date. Riordan has also announced a new series about Camp Half Blood which will start in 2010. The Percy Jackson series is slated to end next year.
April 17th, 2008 Two interesting articles:
"The child in her eyes"
The Boston Globe talks to author Lois Lowry about how her own experiences informed her writing.

The Girl in the Tower by Alison Lurie
interesting look at various versions of Rapunzel

April 6, 2008

CLAU Beehive Book Award Nominees 2008 and 2009

The Beehive Book Awards are sponsored by the Children's Literature Association of Utah. Titles are nominated by members of CLAU and winners are chosen through a vote by the children of Utah. If you aren't registered to enter votes for your school or students, you can go here to do so.

Voting closes APRIL 11th! so get over there quickly!

Other book news:
(Compiled from Publishers Weekly)

The new Percy Jackson title by Rick Riordan Battle of the Labyrinth comes out May 6th! (Hyperion)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Hyperion, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-4231-0146-8).

Hyperion also announced more projects with Riordan at a press conference April 1st at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Riordan will be penning a new fantasy adventure series as well as two books about Camp Half Blood. Hyperion also revealed the new title for The Pigeon wants a book by Mo Willems The Pigeon wants a puppy!

In other Riordan news, he was at the Bologna fair to help Scholastic pitch The 39 clues, described as a "multi-platform, middle-grade adventure series" , which will launch worldwide September 9th. Riordan is writing the first title Maze of Bones and over-seeing the story arc for the rest of the series, which is intended to include the print books, an online game, a $100,000 in prize money and collectible cards in an attempt to get kids who are avid gamers reading.

The 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, announced March 31 at the Bologna Book Fair, went to Swiss author Jürg Schubiger and Italian illustrator Robert Innocenti. The awards are given every two years to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made an important contribution to children's literature. They are the highest international distinction given to creators of children's books.

Children's Book Week moved to May 12-18 in hopes that it can help springboard kids into great reading during summer vacation.

Other Titles I'm excited about

May 6th:
Ever by Gail Carson Levine (HarperCollins, $16.99 ISBN 978-0-06-122962-6).
May 13th
Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume (Delacorte, $12.99 ISBN 978-0-385-73306-9).

May 20th
Pendragon: Raven Rise by D.J. MacHale (Simon & Schuster, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-4169-1418-1).

March 29, 2008

Interview with Michael Buckley in the Sacremento Bee
Cool thing here, he didn't read until a school librarian got after him in the 4th grade for never checking out a book.

March 21, 2008

The winner of this year's Newberry Medal is a librarian at an independent school....thought that was kind of cool

March 18,2008

Take a look at the New York Times children's book list from Sunday March 16th

March 13, 2008

New Titles I'm excited about
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Gregor the Overlander) Published by Scholastic in/on: October
Reported to be the first in a new trilogy.
  • Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson Published by Little, Brown on March 17th
Book four in the popular series
  • The Pigeon wants a...(complete title TBA on publication day) by Mo Willems Published by Hyperion on April 1st.

  • Something new from J.K. Rowling? According to the Daily Mirror, Rowling has confirmed that she is currently working on the Harry Potter Encyclopedia as well as two other projects, a more adult story and a 'political fairy-tale.

Movie News

  • The new adaptation of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who continues to do exceptionally well at the box office!
  • Warner Bros. has bought film rights to Bone, the popular comic book series by Jeff Smith (Nickolodeon Pictures previous plan for an animated version of the series has been scrapped.)
  • The Los Angeles Times has announced that the 'denseness' of the story presented in Harry Potter's seventh installment has caused Warner Brothers to plan two movies. Both will be directed by David Lynch Read the article here
  • The official release date of the next Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is November 21st, 2008
  • The movie adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight has announced several of the cast members for the film
  • Producer Deborah Morton announced in Variety that, despite the lukewarm reception of the first movie adaptation of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series The Golden Compass (it grossed less than $100 million in American release, despite an official budget of $180 million, the star power of Nicole Kidman and extensive media coverage inspired the disapproval boycotts by Catholic organizations and multiple Christian groups claiming the book is "anti-Catholic" , "anti-Organized Religion." and "anti-God". Even the Pope came out with a statement against the movie.) she still plans to go forward with the two sequels.