Welcome to the Crow's Nest! This is where we share our favorite highlights from the YA industry.
September book releases that have us excited include:
- ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, 9/3
- THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black, 9/3
- THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer, 9/3
- FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, 9/10
- THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White, 9/10
- ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein, 9/10
- SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins, 9/10
- THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater, 9/17
- MICHAEL VEY 3: BATTLE OF THE AMPERE by Richard Paul Evans, 9/17
YA BUZZ IN THE MOVIES
The movie adaptation of 2006 bestsellerThe Book Thief (Random) by Markus Zusak is already building Oscar buzz and will be in theaters on November 15. This World War II drama is directed by Brian Percival, and stars Sophie Nelisse as heroine Liesel, and Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as her adoptive parents.
Richelle Mead’s NYT-bestselling Vampire Academy (Penguin, 2007) is getting the film treatment in time for Valentine’s Day, 2014. Written by Daniel Waters of Heathers fame, and directed by his brother Mark Waters of Mean Girls fame, the story of best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess who wreak havoc and fall in love at St. Vladimir’s Academy, is in capable hands. Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky, the movie is due out on February 14, 2014.
One of the most celebrated YA novels of 2012, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton), starring Shailene Woodley (Hazel), began filming in August in Pittsburgh, and the acclaimed author has been excitedly tweeting and Tumbling from the set with updates. He will be making a cameo appearance in the book-to-film about two teen cancer patients who fall in love. Ansel Elgort plays the male lead, Auggie, Nat Wolff is cast as Isaac, his best friend, and it was recently revealed that Laura Dern will play Hazel’s mother. No film release date yet.
WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON
There’s been lots of casting news for Lionsgate’s final “Hunger Games” installments, based on Suzanne Collins’s books (Scholastic). The studio is currently eyeing Julianne Moore to play President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Natalie Dormer has been cast in the role of Cressida, while Evan Ross is set to play Messalla, Cressida’s cameraman, and Stef Dawson will step in as Finnick Odair’s love interest, Annie Cresta. In the meantime, fans still have Catching Fire to look forward to, in theaters on November 22, 2013.
OCTOBER BOOK RELEASES
October book releases (clockwise) we can't wait to read include:
- FAULT LINE by Christa Desir, 10/1
- WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles, 10/1
- EMERALD GREEN by Kerstin Gier, 10/8
- PREMEDITATED by Josin L. McQuein, 10/8
- THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR by Dawn Klehr, 10/8
- THE EYES OF MINDS by James Dashner, 10/8
- JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman, 10/10
- ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth, 10/22
THERE ARE SO MANY AWESOME THINGS GOING ON RIGHT NOW! WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
If there's something we missed - a book release you're excited about, or news you want to share - let us know in the comments. Thank you!