1. girlsinthestacks:

    Two authors, one video!! The absolutely AMAZING Marie Lu and Alaya Dawn Johnson answer our tough question: if you woke up tomorrow as a book character, who would you be? (Trust us, this isn’t an easy question!)

    (via yahighway)

  2. #SupportWNDB IndieGogo Campaign | Facebook

    weneeddiversebooks:

    Our Indiegogo campaign is on the horizon! Come Friday it’ll launch!

    This campaign is set to help fund many of our new initiatives including The Walter Award (announced last week in PW), a Diversity Festival in 2016, and Educational Kits for teachers, librarians, and booksellers to incorporate more diversity for young readers.

    Join the event! Stay updated. Use our hashtag (#SupportWNDB), and Tweet/reblog to friends, family, and those who believe #WeNeedDiverseBooks!

  3. diversityinya:

    This week’s diverse new releases are:

    The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles, Book 5) by Cinda Williams Chima (Disney-Hyperion)

    Book Description: The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

    Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.

    Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

    How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (Henry Holt and Co.)

    “A racially charged shooting reveals the complicated relationships that surround a popular teen and the neighborhood that nurtured and challenged him. Instead of a gangster after retribution, 16-year-old African-American Tariq Johnson’s killer is a white man claiming to have acted in self-defense. Despite their failure to find a weapon on the black teen, the police release the shooter, rocking the community. … Magoon skillfully tells the story in multiple, sometimes conflicting, voices. This sobering yet satisfying novel leaves readers to ponder the complex questions it raises.” — Kirkus, starred review

    Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

    “Told in first-person free verse, Crazy is a beautifully written and emotionally impactful novel about growing up around bipolar disorder in a time period when even doctors didn’t truly understand the ramifications of such a disease. Laura’s shame about her family and her guilt for hating her mother for something she cannot control are heartrending. Phillips’s poetry coupled with her personal experiences truly make this a poignant read. It should be in the hands of anyone—teen and adult—who has ever felt powerless at the hands of mental illness.” — School Library Journal

  4. catagator:

    If you’re trying to keep up with YA this year, I’ve got you covered.

    Here’s a round-up of books hitting shelves between now and the end of the year, with a bonus guide to 10 YA books to have on your radar for spring 2015.

    Dig in.

  5. yainterrobang:

    NEW RELEASES: OCTOBER 21
    Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (October 21 - 27). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

    Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Release date: October 21st
    When Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the swamp, a girl named Lenora May returns in his place, and now Sterling is the only person who remembers her brother ever existed.

    Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Release date: October 21st
    Blue Sargent has found friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

    Famous In Love (Famous In Love #1) by Rebecca Serle
    Publisher: Poppy
    Release date: October 21st
    When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Caught between two co-stars, Paige must figure out who she is while the whole world watches.

    Follow Me Through Darkness (The Boundless Trilogy #1) by Danielle Ellison
    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
    Release date: October 21st
    Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose believed she could trust the Elders. Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her. Now she’s on the run through a wasteland.

    How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
    Publisher: Henry Holt
    Release date: October 21st
    When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say.

    The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
    Publisher: Tor Teen
    Release date: October 21st
    To Adara it seemed the ice dragon had always been there. On a calm day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from destruction.

    In Her Head, In Her Eyes by Yukimi Ogawa
    Publisher: Book Smugglers Publishing
    Release date: October 21st
    Pot Head, they called her. In a noble house, Island-born Hase is an outcast, ridiculed by her fellow servants and employers because of the sphere that covers her head. Little does the household know that Hase has a mission and a purpose.

    Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Release date: October 21st
    At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, Bree botches a midterm and discovers that a rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers.

    The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles #5) by Cinda Williams Chima
    Publisher: Disney Hyperion
    Release date: October 21st
    The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all.

    Time’s Edge (The CHRONOS Files #2) by Rysa Walker
    Publisher: Skyscape
    Release date: October 21st
    To stop her sadistic grandfather, Saul, and his time travelers from rewriting history and jeopardizing the future of millions of innocent people, Kate must race to retrieve the CHRONOS keys before they fall into the Cyrists’ hands.

  6. catagator:

    Who doesn’t love a big old moon on the cover of a YA book? 

    It’s a waxing and waning trend. 

  7. badassladiesyoushouldknow:

Check out the list of amazing women who’ve already been nominated for the “Badass Ladies You  Should Know” interview series! I can’t promise I’ll get to interview them all (OMG Margaret Atwood) but you gave me a fantastic place to start.
If you’d like to suggest someone, use the form here. Any lady, genderqueer, and non-binary identifying creatives are welcome.
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    badassladiesyoushouldknow:

    Check out the list of amazing women who’ve already been nominated for the “Badass Ladies You  Should Know” interview series! I can’t promise I’ll get to interview them all (OMG Margaret Atwood) but you gave me a fantastic place to start.

    If you’d like to suggest someone, use the form here. Any lady, genderqueer, and non-binary identifying creatives are welcome.

    (via elloellenoh)

  8. Is Uglies Going To Be A TV Show? We Interview Scott Westerfeld to Find Out!

    (Source: ofyoungblood)

  9. Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood

  10. paperbackd:

    Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (19/10 - 25/10)

    Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater ✤ Oct 21

    Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins ✤ Oct 21

    How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon ✤ Oct 21

    Follow Me Through Darkness (The Boundless Trilogy #1) by Danielle Ellison ✤ Oct 21

    The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles #5) by Cinda Williams Chima ✤ Oct 21

    Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker ✤ Oct 21

    Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!