Bookish News (#59)

Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy!

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YA Literature Convention Authors Announced! 

The first batch of authors appearing at the Young Adult Literature Convention in July have been announced and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve booked my hotel room, the tickets are being booked on my next payday (if they don’t sell out by then!) and I am definitely not missing this! 
The authors on this weeks list are as follows: 
•    Malorie Blackman
•    James Dawson
•    Matt Haig
•    Derek Landy
•    Sophie McKenzie
•    Patrick Ness
•    Natasha Ngan
•    Darren Shan
•    Ruth Warburton

The only ones I haven’t read anything by are Natasha Ngan; whose book The Elites is on my TBR pile, Derek Landy; who I have been meaning to read for years and Matt Haig; newest book Echo Boy is on my TBR pile also. I am so excited for Darren Shan and I will definitely be going to meet him if I get the chance, my 12 year old self would not forgive me if I didn’t! 
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A Little More Wonder 
Random House announced this week that we are getting a touch more wonder from author RJ Palacio in the form of a book and an e-original! 365 Days of Wonder: Mr Brown’s Book of Precepts features daily quotes and inspiration with words of wisdom from famous minds like Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. The book also holds precepts from readers of Wonder who submitted their own entries. The e-original The Julian Chapter will give voice to a prominent figure from the book and give readers an insight to what made him who he is. This will be released in May in e-format with the 365 Days of Wonder Hardback following in August. 
Random House also signed RJ Palacio on for another two books in the deal, nothing has been said about the books having any relation to Wonder. More about these to follow. 
This is very exciting because I absolutely adored Wonder and am very interested to read about Julian, hopefully I will be able to get over my hatred of e-books just for that short one! I am also very happy to learn RJ Palacio will be bringing more books out, she is such a great writer if Wonder is anything to go by! 
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Orion Books sign Phil Earle
Phil Earle’s first step into books for MG readers will come from Orion Books in Summer of 2015. His  YA books have been nominated for various awards and while Demolition Dad is a step in a different direction age range wise, it looks to be a great story, just as Being Billy, Saving Daisy and Heroic were! 
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Ruin & Rising Cover Reveal
Sticking with Orion Indigo, the YA Imprint of the house, released the cover to the final part of the amazing Grisha series on Valentines Day. Ruin & Rising is the concluding part of this series and is set to be an explosive one. You can read the blurb below but be warned, it contains spoilers for the first two books in the series; Smoke & Bone and Siege & Storm:
SOLDIER. SUMMONER.
SAINT.
IN THE FINAL BATTLE, WHO WILL RISE?
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist Announced
The shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize was announced a few das ago and there are some fantastic authors on it! There is a picture book category that I will skip here for now as I don’t want to bore my mainly MG and YA audience but if you are interested in that head on over to the Waterstones blog to read that 
The Other two categories are Best Fiction for 5-12s, which if you ask me is a rather broad age range, and the best fiction for teens. I’m only familiar with a few of the books on the 5-12s list but the ones I have read I absolutely loved. The nominations for this category are: 
– Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell 
– Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell 
– Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill 
– The Last Wild by Piers Torday 
– The Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves 
– The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani 
The teen category is more my kinda thing and I have all of the books on the shortlist, though a few are sat unread on my TBR pile. The books on the shortlist are: 
– The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale
– Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter 
– Butter by Erin Lange 
– If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch 
– Geek Girl – Holly Smale 
– Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys 
Three of these have been read with the other three on my TBR, the three I’ve read are Paper Aeroplanes, If You Find Me and Geek Girl. They were all fantastic and just from those titles I know its going to be difficult for the judges. The Winners of each category and the overall winner of the Children’s Book Prize will be announced on April 3rd.
Thats it from me today, this week seems to have been quite packed with news but I hope my overview has been enough to satisfy you! Thanks for stopping by. 
  • Big news week this week! Lots of good titles on the Waterstones shortlist. I’m so excited about more RJ Palacio books, and intrigued about Phil Earle’s MG.