Book Stand: Looking For Alaska, Mockingjay Film Updates plus Cover Unveils and Book Deals

BOOK STAND is a blog feature that provides a digest of latest news and information on book releases, book launches, book deals, author sightings, film adaptations and anything else happening behind the world of literature.


Fans all over the world have long hoped for the film adaptation of John Green's debut novel, Looking For Alaska. It has been nine years after Paramount acquired the film rights to Looking For Alaska. No developments were announced since then. But John Green announced in his Twitter account that award-winning director Sarah Polley will write the screenplay and direct the film adaptation of Looking For Alaska.

Even with the announcement of a writer and director, everyone are madly excited about it. Looking For Alaska's release date has yet to be announced since it is still under developments.

"Together as one . . . . Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." That is the daunting concluding statement of President Cornelius Snow (Donald Sutherland) as he addresses the nation of Panem while Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) uncomfortably stands still at his side in this first Mockingjay movie clip revealed on The Capitol's official website, As though addressing the real Panem, it resembles a televised political attempt to convince the people that no one can stand against The Capitol and President Snow. It also features a stylish President Snow with his white fleece blazer and a stylish Peeta in a white suit jacket against a white background with The Capitol's emblem.

Mockingjay is the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It's film adaptation, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, is set to release sometime in November 2014. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Fans of Gayle Forman rejoice after the description for her latest book, I Was Here was released in Goodreads. I Was Here is set for publication in January 27, 2015 by Viking Children's.

Cody and Meg were inseparable.

Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren't anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Here is a selection of recent cover reveals of upcoming titles in the young adult literature.

RELEASE DATE. February 15, 2015
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SYNOPSIS. There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

RELEASE DATE. March 10, 2015
PUBLISHER. Katherine Tegen Books
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SYNOPSIS. Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

RELEASE DATE. February 17, 2015
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SYNOPSIS. Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her . . . silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

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Here is a selection of recent book deals.

Sara Pennypacker
Donna Bray at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has acquired world English rights, at auction, Sara Pennypacker's middle-grade novel, Pax. The novel tells the story of a boy, the fox he rescued, and their struggles to return to each other in the face of war. Sara Pennypacker is the award-winning author of the Clementine and Stuart books. She is represented by Steven Malk at Writers House. Pax is scheduled for winter 2016 publication.

Aimee Friedman at Scholastic Press has acquired Alan Gratz's young adult thriller, Code of Honor. The novel tells the story of a Persian-American high school senior who goes on the run from the Department of Homeland Security to prove that his older brother--an Army Ranger captured by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan--isn't a terrorist. Alan Gratz is the author of Prisoner-B3087. He is represented by Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC. Code of Honor scheduled for fall 2015 publication.

Jocelyn Davies
Jocelyn Davies
Sara Sargent at Simon Pulse has acquired the North American rights, at auction, to Jocelyn Davies' young adult novel, The Odds of Lightning. The novels tells the story of the lives of four teens intersect by chance during a freak thunderstorm in New York City. When they are struck by lightning, they embark on an epic all-nighter to follow their dreams, fall in love, reconcile the past, and ultimately realize they were brought together to help each other break free of everyone else's expectations--including their own. Jocelyn Davies is the author of A Beautiful Dark trilogy. She is represented by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media. The Odds of Lightning is scheduled for summer 2016 publication.

Laura Shovan
Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb at Random House has acquired the North American rights, at auction, Laura Shovan's debut middle-grade novel in verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, and another middle-grade novel. The novel follows the story of fifth graders after learning that their school will be torn down and replaced by a supermarket. They take their teacher's 1960s political teachings to heart and fight to save it. Laura Shovan is an award-winning poet. She is represented by Stephen Barbara of Foundry Literary + Media. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementery is scheduled for spring 2016 publication.

Sarah Landis at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired the world English rights to Cathy Lo's debut young adult novel, This Is How It Ends. The novel tells the story of Jessie who always felt that high school is something she had to survive, until Annie came along. Told through the girls’ alternating points of view, the story tells what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other. Cathy Lo is represented by Mackenzie Brady at New Leaf Literary. This Is How It Ends is scheduled for spring 2016 publication.

Diane Landolf at Random House has acquired world rights, in a preempt, to Susan Maupin Schmid's One Hundred Dresses in a three-book deal. The novel is set in a fantasy world about a hundred magical dresses in a castle built by dragons, aimed at fans of Gail Carson Levine and Jessica Day George. Susan Maupin Schmid is the author of Lost Time. She is represented by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger. One Hundred Dresses is scheduled for spring 2016 publication.

Zoe Sugg
Jhanteigh Kupihea at Atria has acquired the North American rights to Zoe Sugg's Girl Online in a two-book deal. The novel follows a 15-year-old whose relationship with a handsome American boy is exposed after her private blog is discovered, which Atria called a Notting Hill for teens. Zoe Sugg shot to fame in the U.K. via the video-sharing site YouTube in which her fashion and beauty vlog currently has 4.9 million subscribers. Girl Online is set to be published on November 2014 by Keywords Press, a newly announced imprint that aims to release books by established online personalities. A second book is planned for 2015.

Elizabeth Bewley at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers has acquired the North American rights to Estelle Laure's This Raging Light in a six-figure, two-book deal. The novel follows a teenager and her younger sister as they try to deal with their mother’s sudden disappearance. Things become further complicated when older sister Lucille falls for her best friend’s brother. According to the publisher, it is a luminous portrait of two young girls enduring hardship. Estelle Laure lives in New Mexico and received an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is represented by Emily Van Beek at Folio Literary Management. This Raging Light is scheduled for fall 2015 publication.

Elizabeth Tingue at Razorbill has acquired world rights to Michelle Rowen's new high-fantasy series--A Book of Spirits and Thieves to be the first book--to be written under the pen name Morgan Rhodes, in a three-book deal. The series will be a spin off of her bestselling Falling Kingdoms series that follows two sisters in modern-day Toronto who get their hands on an unreadable book after it’s delivered to their father’s antiquarian bookstore and being sought by a secret society that will stop at nothing to retrieve it. According to the publisher, it provides a portal to a faraway world rich with valuable magic. Michelle Rowen is the author of the Vampire Academy: The Official Guide. She is represented by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Katelyn Detweiler
Leila Sales at Viking Children's Books has acquired world English rights to Katelyn Detweiler's young adult duology--Immaculate to be the first book. The novel follows a pregnant 17-year-old named Mina who shocks her small Pennsylvania town when she claims that, despite her circumstance, she remains a virgin. The assertion elicits a mix of reactions, with some calling the girl a heretic and others believing she carries the second coming of the Messiah. Katelyn Detweiler is an agent at Jill Grinberg Literary since 2010. She is represented by Jill Grinberg. Immaculate is scheduled for summer 2015 publication.

Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired world English rights to Suzanne Young's young adult novel, The Remedy. The novel follows 17-year-old Quinn McKee who has the unusual job of helping grieving families with their loss by playing the role of a recently deceased loved one, working alongside grief counselors. The line between work and life begins to blur, though, when Quinn begins acting the part of the girlfriend whom fellow teenager Isaac has just lost. Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program and The Treatment. She is represented by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. The Remedy is scheduled for spring 2015 publication.

Namrata Tripathi at Dial Books for Young Readers has acquired North American rights, at auction beating out four other bidders, to Cassie Beasley’s Circus Mirandus, in a two-book deal. Pitched as Peter Pan meets Big Fish, the novel follows a circus that alters the life of a young boy named Micah and his grandfather. When his grandfather becomes sick, he goes in search of the magical circus, and a special performer, that he has only heard about in family stories. What Micah finds is not what he expected. Cassie Beasley lives in Georgia and has an M.F.A. in children’s writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is represented by Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties. Circus Mirandus is scheduled for summer 2015 publication.

Lisa Papademetriou
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired North American rights to Lisa Papademetriou’s middle-grade novel, A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic in a six-figure, three-book deal. A fable set in a realistic world, the novel follows an American girl and a Pakistani girl who separately discover a magic book that, when they write in it, connects them to the story of the book’s creation. Lisa Papademetriou is the author of the Confectionately Yours series. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio. A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic is scheduled for 2015 publication.

Jessica MacLeish at HarperCollins Children's Book has acquired world English rights to Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl in a three-book deal. The book is about a group of royal teens who are ousted from their Game of Thrones-esque world and dropped in modern-day Los Angeles. There, they befriend a street-smart girl who is torn about helping them find their way home, since she’s fallen for the charming bad-boy prince of the group. Lindsey Klingele is a writers’ assistant on the ABC Family show Twisted. She is represented by Reiko Davis at the Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency.

Sources: Cynthia Hand, Epic ReadsHypable, Jean Book Nerd, Jodi Meadows, John Green, Publishers Weekly, and Publishing Crawl.

Book Hoards: May 2014 Edition

BOOK HOARDS is inspired by the In My Mailbox of The Story Siren. This feature showcases the books I've received, bought or borrowed.

How are you dear readers? Just want to make sure your bookworms are still alive and still kicking in your system. I haven't been reading lately and the bookworms are surely hungry right now--not to mention the lack of reviews. Oh, well, this is life as we know it! Always remember to keep spreading the bookworms and keep sharing its awesomeness!

TEASE by Amanda Maciel
THE TOMB OF SHADOWS by Peter Lerangis
SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynn Pike

ESSENCE by Lisa Ann O'Kane
STONE OF DESTINY by Laura Howard

IF I SURVIVE by Andrew Klavan
POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder
MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor
TALL STORY by Candy Gourlay

Many thanks to HarperCollins International, Simon Pulse, Jennifer Ibarra, Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again, Strange Chemistry, Sourcebooks, Laura Howard, HarperCollins UK and Book Sale.

Blog Tour - Excerpt: The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra

As part of a blog tour hosted by Pinoy Book Tours, Mr. Book Wonder welcomes Young Adult author Jennifer Ibarra who happens to be Filipino, to share an excerpt from her 2013 debut dystopian book, The Polaris Uprising.

The Polaris Rising by Jennifer Ibarra
RELEASE DATE. October 30, 2013
PUBLISHER. Tiwala Books
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SYNOPSIS. No citizen shall be left behind.

Life in Neress is simple. For nearly four decades, people have known exactly what’s expected of them. Obey the rules, follow the path that’s been laid out, and everything will be provided for: food, shelter, education, safety. No need goes unmet.

But the cost is steep: you lose all rights to make your own choices in life.

In seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will come of age and take over for her father as president of this idyllic nation. Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are finally opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.

Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.

Sirens blared all the way along Barden road, down the long stretch of highway that connected the center of Meridian City to the compound. Ambulances collected in the runways, which were already clogged with the dozens of fighter jets that had crashed in today’s ill-fated mock raid. Medical personnel streamed out of transports, coming in steady waves to sift through the debris and wreckage strewn all around in the surrounding airfield.

Alanna knew they were hoping to find survivors.

Fire bloomed and raged, taking its anger to the skies. Alanna had seen the blaze from miles away as they approached the downed jets, dreading what kind of damage they’d find at the scene. Firefighters had managed to put it out before any of the rescue teams got there, but smoke still rose from the charred, mangled pieces of aircraft that lay on the ground, scattered haphazardly like a child’s toys after a long session of play.

She thought she might vomit from the stench of burnt acid, her lungs protesting each gulp with a cough. She couldn’t expel the corrupted air from her body soon enough. The grass glistened with splatters of blood, torn bits of clothing. Severed limbs. The instinct to turn away was so strong, but she couldn’t afford to lose her composure. She was here to do her job and make sure people got the care they needed. She couldn’t do that if she let her emotions get the best of her.

But it was hard to keep the panic from mingling with adrenalin when she’d yet to see any sign of Owen among the dozens of people being pulled out from under the smoldering pieces of twisted metal.

"The morals and relationships are complicated as the two sister protagonists fight for family, love, and a deeper understanding of the world their president/king father has set them up to inherit. Ibarra gives us two sides of familiar and contrasts them against each other to present a thought-provoking, politically savvy whole." — K.M. Weiland, author of Dreamlander and Behold the Dawn

"[Ibarra] blew my socks off, not once but twice." — Buried Under Books

"Pick this up if you enjoy well-written dystopian fiction with strong female characters! You won't regret it." — Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Jennifer Ibarra grew up on a steady diet of books, Star Wars, and other fantastic feats of the imagination. Her debut novel, THE POLARIS UPRISING, is the first book in a trilogy and mixes dystopia with family drama, romance, and political intrigue.

She lives in Silicon Valley, where she does marketing for a tech company and spends her time running, cooking, baking, and keeping up with celebrity gossip.

Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another. Those who have read The Polaris Uprising will know that I dedicated it to my dear friend, Brittanie Siobhan Hanson, whom we lost to stage IV ovarian cancer in 2010. She was only 26 years old. In her memory, I am pledging to donate $1 out of every sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from now until October 6--the day she was diagnosed with the disease that took her life. Every donation up to $2,000 will be matched by my employer, so your generosity will be doubled. Thank you in advance for helping me in this special cause. With all of us banding together, we can stop this disease from taking any more of our loved ones.

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Blog Tour: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

As part of the tour organized by Pinoy Book Tours, I have the first part of an excerpt from one of the most awaited books of 2014, Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (published in the UK under the title Amy and Matthew).

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
RELEASE DATE. June 3, 2014
FIND IT. Amazon |
Goodreads | The Book Depository

SYNOPSIS. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


Amy’s emails started in late July and kept coming all summer. Each one made Matthew a little more nervous:


Re: I’m happy!

I just slipped into my mother’s office to look at the names of my new peer helpers, and I’m so happy! Your name is on the list! I thought maybe I’d scared you by coming right out and asking you to apply. I realize it’s an unusual setup, but try not to think of it as my parents offering to pay people to be my friend. I know there’s something unsettling and prideless in that. I prefer to think of it this way: my parents are paying people to pretend to be my friend. This will be much closer to the truth, I suspect, and I have no problem wit this. I’m guessing that a lot of people in high school are only pretending to be friends, right? It’ll be a start, I figure.

The note made him anxious, but still he wrote her back:

Re: I’m happy!

I don’t mind, Amy. It’s a good job, plus your mother says we might get community service credit.



Re: I’m happy!

Community service credit? For a paid job? I’m trying not to take this personally, Matthew, but does the job sound so onerous you should get both money and volunteer credit for doing it?

Cammie McGovern

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Cammie McGovern was born in Evanston, Illinois, but moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. She is the author of three adult novels, THE ART OF SEEING, EYE CONTACT, and NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH. SAY WHAT YOU WILL is her first novel for young adults. She currently lives in Amherst, MA, with her husband and three sons, the oldest of whom is autistic.


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