1. Introducing Your New YA Book Boyfriend




    Rot & Ruin author Jonathan Maberry has confirmed that actor Louis Ozawa Changchien will play Tom Imura in the movie adaptation of his popular YA zombie novel. Tom is “one of the sword wielding, zombie killing brothers. His younger brother Benny Imura has yet to be cast.”

    Three cheers for

    1) No whitewashing of a main character in a book-to-film adaptation

    2) This face onscreen for 2+ hours.

    NO WHITEWASHING!!! This feels like a major victory….

  2. naturallysteph:

This cover. My word! I don’t think it could be any more beautiful.
I love Nova’s books, and I can’t wait for this one, which is being described as “a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as ‘Orange Is the New Black Swan’.”
It doesn’t come out until March, but you can add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf right here.
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    This cover. My word! I don’t think it could be any more beautiful.

    I love Nova’s books, and I can’t wait for this one, which is being described as “a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as ‘Orange Is the New Black Swan’.”

    It doesn’t come out until March, but you can add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf right here.

    (Source: books)

  3. bethrevis:

    I’ve been hinting at this rather a lot, but The Body Electric does not take place in America…in fact, it takes place in a part of the world that is rarely written about.

    Your task: take a guess as to where the book is located. There are LOTS of clues out there—in fact one person has already messaged me with a guess that is correct, and that’s before I’ve posted all the clues. 

    Once you know what country the story takes place in—or have a pretty good guess—ENTER HERE for a chance to win a signed, limited edition of the novel. Only 350 copies of this limited edition will be made, and one person who enters here will get one—early. 

    Reblogging and otherwise sharing the contest and/or subscribing to my newsletter gets you extra entries! I may have to make up an additional prize for whoever best mocks that mock turtleneck. I mean honestly.

  4. richincolor:

    There are four books being released on Tuesday, August 5!

    Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

    There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

    Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time. As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it… [Image and summary via Goodreads]

    Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

    In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

    Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power. [Image and summary via Goodreads]

    Kaleidoscopecope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories

    Edited by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
    Kaleidoscope is an anthology of diverse contemporary YA fantasy and science fiction stories.

    What do a disabled superhero, a time-traveling Chinese-American figure skater, and a transgendered animal shifter have in common? They’re all stars of Kaleidoscope stories! Kaleidoscope collects fun, edgy, meditative, and hopeful YA science fiction and fantasy with diverse leads. These twenty original stories tell of scary futures, magical adventures, and the joys and heartbreaks of teenage life. [Image and summary via Goodreads]

    The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

    In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.

    A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels. The author has a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. [Image and summary via Goodreads]

  5. Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier


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    The long-anticipated sequel to Tanuja Desai Hidier’s groundbreaking Born Confused!

    Dimple Lala thought that growing up would give her all the answers, but instead she has more questions than ever. Her boyfriend is distant, her classmates are predictable, and a blue mood has settled around the edges of everything she does.

    It’s time for a change, and a change is just what Dimple is going to get - of scenery, of cultures, of mind. She thinks she’s heading to Bombay for a family wedding - but really she is plunging into the unexpected, the unmapped, and the uncontrollable. The land of her parents and ancestors has a lot to reveal to her - for every choice we make can crescendo into a journey, every ending can turn into a beginning, and each person we meet can show us something new about ourselves. 

    Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Born Confused gave voice to a new multicultural generation. Now, Bombay Blues explores everything this generation faces today, with a heady mix of uncertainty and determination, despair and inspiration, haunting loss and revelatory love.

    Read an excerpt: 
    (to view in full-screen, click the button in the bottom right-hand corner of the excerpt)

    Get the book: 

    Amazon      Barnes & Noble      Books-a-Million      Google Play

    Hastings      IndieBound      iTunes      Walmart

  6. How To Play Instruments | Things I Learned In YA: Music


    Oh, what’s that? Learn to play cello like Violet from The Jewel?!

  7. torbooks:

    Summer’s not over yet! Need more beach reads? Cory Doctorow has you covered with his YA & Kids list.

  8. paperbackd:

    Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (27/07 - 02/08)

    The Young World (The Young World #1) by Chris Weitz ✤ July 29th

    Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid ✤ July 29th

    Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead ✤ July 29th

    Solitaire by Alice Oseman ✤ July 31st

    Oceanborn (The Aquarathi #2) by Amalie Howard ✤ July 29th

    Before You by Amber Hart ✤ July 29th

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

  9. behind-the-book:

    High School Reading List

    Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Drown by Junot Diaz

    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

    Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

    The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

    The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

    Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

    A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

    The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

    Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

    Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

    The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

    For descriptions, click the read more!

    (Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)

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  10. catagator:



    Virtual Reality!

    Here’s another YA booklist for ya.