Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trends in YA: Gossipy Historical

Reading a lot this year I'm noticing lots of trends in YA. So far I've seen Italy, Glass Blowing, One Crazy Night, and what got the most comments, the Game of Thrones for YA trend.

Now, the gossipy historical trend isn't new. The Luxe came out in 2007. But this year I've nocticed a rise in the gossipy historicals being published. I think it's partly due to Downton Abbey's popularity that is making this trend rise, especially give the this book:

 
-This one is a pretty obvious Downton Abbey readalike
 
 
-Austenesque historical that I think fans of Downton Abbey would love!
 
It doesn't have the be the same time period as these. There is gossip in historical fiction to be had even further back!
 
 
-Gossipy historical set in the 1600s
 
 
-Gossipy historical set in the Tudor Age
 
Have you seen any other gossipy historicals out this year? Do you like this trend?
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Picture Book Saturday

 
 
 
About the Book: Moose really wants to be in the alphabet book. Zebra has a plan and has the alphabet organized but Moose has other ideas.
 
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: How have I not shared my love of Z is for Moose? And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! It rivals Robot, Zombie, Frankenstein as my most favorite and adored picture book of the year.
 
This is one of those picture books that just never seems to get old. It's a blast to read aloud, especially if you really act out Moose's part-his excitement is infectious and you can't help but give a dramatic reading as Moose when you read this one. And the illustrations are fantastic. They really add to the humor of the story and it's fun to spot Moose on the pages. You read this book and try not to laugh-it's just that great. Seriously, I've read this book numerous times this year and I find something new I love with every reading.
 
Z is for Moose a must read for any picture book lover and a welcome addition to any library collection.
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Catching Fire Cast-Finnick Finally!

We finally have a Finnick for Catching Fire! I don't know about you, but this was the casting news I was eagerly waiting for!

Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick! I think he will be awesome, don't you?


The Hollywood Reporter has a very handy Catching Fire casting guide to keep you updated.

And The Hunger Games Movie Facebook page has a very cool cast photo collage so you can see who everyone is.

Trends in YA: Game of Thrones for Teens

I've mentioned how much I love Game of Thrones here on the blog. Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan had read the whole series and couldn't wait for the TV Show. I was quickly hooked on the TV Show and am now working my way through the books. Of course, the YA world took note and now a big trend of books being marketed as "Game of Thrones for Teens" are coming out. And even those that might not have that tagline are appearing this year and I think they could have the same thing said about them. I'm really hoping this means a rise in epic fantasy in YA!



-This was the first book I heard as described with the Game of Thrones for Teens tagline when it was announced in Publisher's Weekly. It's been on my radar ever since because, that simple sell totally works for me!



-Another one I heard mentioned with the "for Game of Thrones fans" tagline




-I've seen this one with Game of Thrones mentions as well as Hunger Games mentions (trying to hit all genres I guess!)




-I haven't actually seen this one with the Game of Thrones tag, but it was the first thing I mentioned to Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan as I was reading it.

And it's even heading into next year as well:



-I noticed in the Goodreads says "Tamora Pierce meets George R.R. Martin" Also, while it might have romance in it, there's no mention of romance in the description which certainly makes it stand out!



Now, if you'll let me name drop for a moment, I got to meet Mr. Martin at ALA this year (it was one of the highlights!!). I asked him what he thought of this trend of calling YA books "Game of Thrones for Teens" and he replied, "So what would that be? The story without all the sex?" We shall see, Mr. Martin!

So, any others you've noticed in this trend? Like it or not?





Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tween Tuesday: The Book With a Hole by Herve Tullet

Tween Tuesday is a meme started here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens! Join the fun and add your link below!
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Picture Book/Activity Book

Release Date: 2/1/2011

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About the Book: It's a book-but there's a hole in it! Sometimes it's an eye, sometimes a face, sometimes a place-use your imagination to discover what's inside!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm in love with Herve Tullet's Press Here which I constantly sing the praises of to my library patrons. So when a co-worker first showed me The Book With a Hole, I was excited to find a picture book that would work great with tweens.

On each page is a different scene-a swimming pool, an animal, a basketball hoop. Sometimes you have to draw things to go behind the hole to complete the scenes. Sometimes you can hold the book up to your face and complete the picture. It's interactive all with imagination which makes it stand out. You get to be part of the story. I can see tweens having a blast with this book and it would be great to share with a group of all ages. I think you could also use this as a fantastic story starter for tweens in English class. Who knew a book with a hole could be so much fun?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Best Meets

One of the fun parts of being a librarian is that I get to listen in on reader's advisory webinars. These webinars are basically hour long booktalks from publishers telling you about what's coming out in the next publishing season. I never get tired of them and I think listening to booktalks is something I could do all day!

So I watched the archive of the Booklist Fall YA Announcements webinar I had missed and discovered the best meets-you know, the "it's this meets that" line that you hear that helps sell a book.

"It's Harry Potter meets Veronica Mars"




Yep, I was sold. I really can't wait for this book now! We just have to wait until March 2013! And way to go Tor Teen for the having the best meets line of the webinar!

Heard any other great meets lately?



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Trends In YA: Italy is Awesome

The more you read, the more you notice certain trends in books. With as much reading as I have to do this year, I've noticed A LOT of trends in YA. So far I've pointed out the Glass Blowing Trend and The Hangover for Teens (aka One Crazy Night) Trend.

So where's the popular setting for YA books this year? Italy is the place to be apparently! Just take a look:


-It has one trend already-glass blowing-and where does it take place? Italy!


-Historical secret society-in Italy!


-This novel is out in October and takes place in Italy! Cross My Heart and Venom also have a mini trend of masks on the cover.

-Another historical-with ties to Italy



-It's not just historical fiction that's set in Italy-we've got contemporary fiction there too!

Have you noticed any other books taking place in Italy this year?









Wednesday, August 15, 2012

52 Days of 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books

Welcome to the 52 Days of 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books Tour!

Today I have just 1 of the reasons to love Jessica Brody!  For 51 other reasons, visit Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf (August 14th), In Bed With Books (August 16th), and Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (August 17th) and stay tuned for more!

So why should you love Jessica Brody?

After college, Jessica worked for MGM studios in acquisitions and business development.


How cool is that?? Maybe that experience in the movie buisness is why Jessica's book trailers are so awesome! Plus, her books are hilarious. So even more reasons to love her and her books!


About the book: Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.



Want to win a Jessica Brody Novel Prize Pack? One lucky winner will receive 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, and The Karma Club!
-Ages 13+
-One Entry Per Person
-Ends August 22 midnight CT





Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Mock Newbery Lists

Since I'm in the middle of my Committee Year, I haven't gotten to read as much middle grade as I've wanted. It's never too early to start thinking about the Newbery and I'm curious to know what books have been gaining buzz and what you think will be showing up on Mock Newbery lists this Fall. I have a few that I have my eye on!




-I'm part of a group on Facebook called the Centurians and this one has gotten some award buzz from fellow librarians in the group!


-I've heard lots of early buzz around this one!


-She's a previous Newbery winner and a fantastic writer!


-So many people have been buzzing about this book. I think it's a better fit for the Schneider Family Book Award than it is for Newbery.


Anything else to add to the Mock Newbery List?





Monday, August 13, 2012

Author Interview with George Ella Lyon

George Ella Lyon's newest novel, Holding On To Zoe, was just released in July.


Readers often want to know where writers’ ideas come from. Tell us about the genesis of your novel Holding On to Zoe. Is the story imagined, based in reality, or some of both?

Like so much of my writing, Zoe began in my journal. My practice, when I don’t have an ongoing project, is to come to the page and ask who wants to speak. Then I wait. Sometimes nobody shows up. Sometimes it’s somebody I don’t connect with. Maybe a guy who wants to tell me how the St. Lawrence Seaway was built. I try to be open to whoever comes, but if I really don’t connect with the voice, I don’t return to it the next day.

With Jules, I was captivated from the first page. Who was this narrator? Where did she come from? What was her story? Would she come back? Would I have the courage and stamina to go on her story?

If you compare this beginning with the final novel, you’ll see that Zoe started out as Lily and the factory was different, too, but Jules and her situation were the same. As for the story’s basis in reality, I do live fourteen miles from a big Toyota plant—and I drive a little Toyota—but that’s about it. Of course, Jules shares some characteristics and experiences of people I have known, but her story is her own.

What do you hope readers will take away from their reading of Holding On to Zoe?
First, I hope they are held by the story and that, at the end, they’re glad they made the journey. I hope they feel less alone. Then I hope they feel larger inside when it’s over, that they’ll have more understanding and compassion for themselves and others.

As a reader, I always hope for an ah ha! moment when something that mystified or alluded me in my own life comes into focus through someone else’s words. I search for something that will light up my inner world and then shine out in my life. I hope that for my readers, too.

Are there any new projects you can tell us about?

I’m revising a novel in poems called Something Happened. It’s about Emmy and Chloe, cousins who are also best friends. It’s set in the Sixties, in a family where love makes big mistakes and the wrong people are considered crazy.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sync Audiobooks

How have I not blogged about Sync yet this summer? Sigh...that's what having a super busy summer reading program will do to you!

Anyway, I had to share that this week featured audiobook is one of my favorites: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy-and it's available to download for free!

 It's one of the audiobooks I recommend to readers looking to try audiobooks for the first time as well as seasoned listeners because the audio version is just so good. Plus, Skulduggery is just awesome. It was also one of the few audiobooks that Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan and I agreed on listening to and we both enjoyed it.

So head over to Sync and get your copy of Skulduggery Pleasant! And if I haven't convinced you, maybe this incredibly awesome trailer will do the trick?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Release Day Fortune Wookiee!!!


If you work with tweens, you know today is a very exciting day! Today is the release of the next book in The Origami Yoda series: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee!

Happy release day Fortune Wookiee!! I can't wait to add you to my library shelves!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Survive by Alex Morel Giveaway

Looking for an adventure story? Survive is a new Young Adult book that is full of adventure!

About the book: (from goodreads): Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.


Alex Morel's Website





I don't know about you guys, but I was hooked from the tagline "Hatchet meets Lost". I think Survive is a going to be a big hit with my teens at the library.

Want to win an ARC? I have three ARCs up for grabs for three lucky winners.
-Contest ends Saturday August 11
-Open to US Address Only
-Ages 13+
-One entry per person please

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Book Trailers I Love

I've come across two very good book trailers recently that I just had to share! The books couldn't be more different.

The first is for an upcoming picture book called Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DeCosta and Ed Young. I'd love it just from the title alone, but then I saw the book trailer and I'm even more excited to read the book now!

Then there's the book trailer for Libba Bray's upcoming YA novel, The Diviners. And yes, both of these books are from Little Brown. Hats off to their marketing team for such awesome book trailers!!!
 
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