Bookish News (#61)

Bookish and Bloggish 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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The Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014

The Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014 shortlist was announced recently and there are some fantastic books on the list. If you are part of a school, public library group, bookshop, children’s centre of a local authority you can register to vote in each of the categories and help pick the winner! I am not a member of any of the groups eligible to register unfortunately but I love some of the books on the shortlists. 
The awards are separated into age ranges, with fiction and non-fiction categories. The separations include 0-5 years ‘Best Picture Book’, 6-8 years ‘Best Story Book’, 9-11 years ‘Best Fact Book’ and ‘Best Story Book’, 12-14 years ‘Best Story Book’ and Finally the 0-14 years ‘Best Tech Stuff’.
I am not familiar with that majority of the books in all the categories but I have read and loved some books on the list like the 6-8 years nominated story book Oliver & The Seawigs by Sarah Mcintyre and Philip Reeve, The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud in the 9-11 story book category and three out of the four 12-14 years story books; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, You Don’t See Me by Sophia Bennett and CJ Skuse’s Dead Romantic. (I am a big fan of the underdog winning so here’s to CJ for that category!) 
The winner of each category will be announced at a special ceremony during Children’s Book Week, which runs from May 12-18th.
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Waterstones Children’s Book Award 2014 
This week saw the winners of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize announced and the overall winner, as you can see, was Rooftoppers by Katherin Rundell, a book I haven’t stopped hearing about this week despite never hearing of it before Monday! I need to read it now don’t I! 
The Winner for the teen category of the prize was the awesome Holly Smale with Geek Girl and I couldn’t be happier for Holly, she totally deserved it and Geek Girl is incredible. If you haven’t read it yet please just go out and get it like right now! 
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New books coming from MiraInk
MiraInk have announced a couple of new acquisitions in the last couple of days and I for one am very excited for one of them nd know a lot of people will be excited for the other so I thought I’d share! 
The first will come out in October and is titled Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and the second will follow in November and will be the first in a new series from well known author Julie Kagawa fans called Talons. 
Lies We Tell Ourselves is set in 1959 and explores the movement allowing black students into schools in America, told form the point of view of the first black student in Jefferson High it is bound to be an emotional book and I cannot wait to read it. Julie Kagawa’s book will be about dragons, but not as we usually find them. These dragons roam in among us in human form and according to MiraInk: “It’s not often you get to read something that completely breaks the mould, but it’s safe to say Talon does that.”
  • Julie KAgawas books are a hit and miss for me. The plots may not seem engaging but the writing most definitely is. I hope Talons is worth the wait.
    Samina
    Escapism from Reality