Book Releases I Am Most Excited About in 2012


(Besides The Panem Companion, which I am in equal parts excited about and made ill thinking about, LOL.)

  • The Blood Journals: The Blood Keeper, Tessa Gratton (??)
  • Across the Universe: A Million Suns, Beth Revis (January 10)
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (January 10)
  • Unearthly: Hallowed, Cynthia Hand (January 17)
  • Delirium: Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver (March 6)
  • The Curse Workers: Black Heart, Holly Black (April 3)
  • The Kane Chronicles #3, Rick Riordan (May 1)
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare (May 8)
  • Paranormalcy: Endlessly, Kiersten White (July 24)
  • The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan (September ??)
  • The Caster Chronicles #4, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (October ??)
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins (October ??)
  • Matched #3, Ally Condie (November 13)
  • The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare (December 1)

I know I’m missing some.  Grargh. 

this individual seems to really know what he/she is talking about…

(Source: aimmyarrowshigh)



Our novel, Stranger, has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki’s romance, like the heterosexual ones in the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to his sexual orientation.

Rachel replied, “Making a gay character straight is a line in the sand which I will not cross. That is a moral issue. I work with teenagers, and some of them are gay. They never get to read fantasy novels where people like them are the heroes, and that’s not right.”

The agent suggested that perhaps, if the book was very popular and sequels were demanded, Yuki could be revealed to be gay in later books, when readers were already invested in the series.

We knew this was a pie-in-the-sky offer—who knew if there would even be sequels?—and didn’t solve the moral issue. When you refuse to allow major characters in YA novels to be gay, you are telling gay teenagers that they are so utterly horrible that people like them can’t even be allowed to exist in fiction.

LGBTQ teenagers already get told this. They are four times more likely than straight teenagers to attempt suicide. We’re not saying that the absence of LGBTQ teens in YA sf and fantasy novels is the reason for that. But it’s part of the overall social prejudice that does cause that killing despair.

We wrote this novel so that the teenagers we know—some of whom are gay, and many of whom are not white—would be able, for once, to read a fun post-apocalyptic adventure in which they are the heroes. And we were told that such a thing could not be allowed.

This is SO troubling! Props to the authors for speaking out about this since I can’t imagine this is the first time something like this has happened.

"#4: Wouldn’t it be great if there were cheap little LCD projectors that could let you read on the wall while you’re soaking in a lavender bubble bath?"

Janet S. Wong | What’s Right with Children’s Literature

YES! This would be awesome. (And I encourage you to follow the link for a few interesting thoughts on the intersection of ebooks and literacy education :)

"The rise of screen-based media has not melted children’s brains, despite ardent warnings otherwise: “It does not appear that time spent using screen media (TV, video games and computers) displaces time spent with print media,” the report stated. Teens are not only reading more books, they’re involved in communities of like-minded book lovers. The Story Siren, a young adult online book review authored by an Indiana graduate student gets 3,500-4,000 unique page views a day."

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The State of Publishing: Young People Are Reading More Than You.


Ms. writer Zetta Elliott interviews acclaimed children’s author Jacqueline Woodson - some very interesting conversation about diversity in children’s literature and the state of publishing. Highly recommend.

"Reaction to Today’s decision is mixed among book publishing industry publicists. One publicist, who wished to remain anonymous, told PW, “It makes me sick as a children’s book person, that the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners [Vanderpool and Stead] segment was scrapped, and Snooki got on [instead]. But as a publicist, I understand — Snooki equals ratings.” Another pointed out, “The media love to write that people aren’t reading any more, but when they overlook Newbery and Caldecott winners and interview Snooki, what do they expect?”"

Publisher’s Weekly: No ‘Today Show’ for Vanderpool or Stead


Bad reputation: “Princesses, Pigsties, Pirates and a Publishing Problem”


“Children’s books, and books in general, are not here-today-gone-tomorrow entities; they persist. In short, voices from both the distant and recent past are telling our children that women are simply not as important as men. I’m not going to blather on about why it’s important for the message of gender of equality to be strong in the cradle and the classroom, nor why the repression of female characters in children’s fiction reinforces patriarchal gender systems, because if you’re over at BadRep you probably already know (and if you don’t, plenty has been written on the subject before). I am going to blather on about why on earth this disparity between the genders hasn’t changed very much in a century.”

Princesses, Pigsties, Pirates and a Publishing Problem | Bad Reputation

The list of feminist children’s titles in the article is good, and so far, the comments are also good and include a couple more suggestions.

a great, short read! i liked the list, too.

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From their “about” page:

Once, we were teenagers. Now, we’re both published writers and committed teachers who’ve decided to share what we know about writing and publishing young adult novels. Over a series of ten lectures we will study how to craft a marketable teen novel and offer practical advice on how to present your finished work to agents and editors who are actively acquiring manuscripts. Take one class, take all, take those that offer you the insights you need. In addition to sharing our own strategies for writing and revision, we will study critically and commercially successful teen novels and discuss the structural, artistic, and thematic elements that allow these works to resonate with such a wide audience. Between us, we have sold eleven novels to Simon & Schuster, Random House, Disney-Hyperion, and Penguin. We also have over twenty years of combined teaching experience. Wherever you are in your writing life, we look forward to meeting you and guiding you toward your finished story.


"Welcome! WRITE FUZZY is a publisher of high quality, fiction and non - fiction children’s books. All titles are educationally sound and are age appropriate. ‘Neato’ is our favorite learning tool. Weird is our invisible friend. These are the books we wished we had when we were kids."