Book Stand: Jacqueline Woodson wins National Book Award, The DUFF Trailer 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, book trends, author sightings, film adaptations and anything else happening behind and beyond the world of literature.

Jacqueline Woodson wins the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her story, Brown Girl Dreaming. She bested Eliot Schrefer for Threatened, John Corey Whaley for Noggin, and Deborah Wiles for Revolution.

Jacqueline Woodson is a writer of children's and young adult fiction best known for books including Miracle's Boys, which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 and her Newbery Honor titles After Tupac & D Foster, The Other Side, Feathers, Show Way, and Locomotion.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
PUBLISHER. Nancy Paulsen Books
RELEASE DATE. August 28, 2014

SYNOPSIS. Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

CBS Films has finally released the much anticipated trailer of The DUFF. The Designated Ugly Fat Friend, or The DUFF is based on a best-selling young adult novel of the same title from author Kody Keplinger. Check out the trailer:

The DUFF is set to release sometime in 2015. The film stars Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong, Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos.

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

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
RELEASE DATE. November 24, 2014
PUBLISHER. Atria Books

SYNOPSIS. Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday, brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?


Maybe not.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
RELEASE DATE. July 7, 2015
PUBLISHER. Henry Holt and Co.

SYNOPSIS. Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception.

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country . . . and her own destiny.

Rogue by Julie Kagawa
RELEASE DATE. April 28, 2015
PUBLISHER. Harlequin Teen

SYNOPSIS. Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her--Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day . . . or start an all-out war?

The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry Until the Beginning by Amy Plum Atlantis in Peril by T. A. Barron Frail Mortal Heart by Zoe Marriott Emancipated by M. G. Reyes

Here is a selection of recent book deals.

Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired world rights to Christopher Pike's young adult novel, Strange Girl. The novel is told from the perspective of a boy in love with a mysterious girl who seems to have an unearthly ability to heal, but the ability carries quite a cost. Christopher Pike is a best-selling children's and young adult fiction author. He is represented by Jennifer Unter. Strange Girl is scheduled for December 2015 publication.

Andrew Harwell at HarperCollins has acquired world English rights to Karen Hattrup's Pretty Boy and a second untitled novel. The novel begins as Frannie eavesdrops on her parents fighting, she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. When he arrives, they embark on an extraordinary eight weeks, a summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. Karen Hattrup is represented by Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency. Pretty Boy is scheduled for a 2016 publication.

Regina Griffin at Egmont USA has acquired Cindy Trumbore's debut novel, The Innkeeper's Daughter. The novel is set in the mid-sixth century, when the clash between paganism and Christianity was at its height. It retells an epic Irish legend, in which an innkeeper's teenage daughter is swept up in court intrigue, a dark prophecy, and a choice between honor and love. Cindy Trumbore is the co-author of the Sibert Medal-winning Parrots Over Puerto Rico. She is represented by Susan Cohen at Writers House. The Innkeeper's Daughter is scheduled for Spring 2016 publication.

Stephanie Lurie at Disney-Hyperion has bought North American rights to Sarwat Chadda's middle grade fantasy, Shadow Magic and its untitled sequel, writing under the name Joshua Khan. The story is set in a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic where the princess of the House of Shadow joins forces with an outlaw boy and a giant bat on a dangerous quest to save her land. Sarwat Chadda is the author of the Ash Mistry Chronicles. He is represented by Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency. Shadow Magic is set for summer 2016 publication and its untitled sequel is set for summer 2017 publication.

Emily Easton at Crown has bought world rights for Sarah Beth Durst's young adult novel, Fire and Heist. The novel is about a girl with a big secret who comes from a family of were-dragons and must steal their first treasure hoard to gain power and acceptance. But while attempting her first heist, she uncovers a dark truth about the were-dragon society that is more valuable--and dangerous--than any gold or jewels. Sarah Beth Durst is a children's and young adult fiction author. She is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger. Fire and Heist is set for summer 2016 publication.

Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has bought world rights for Matthew J. Kirby's debut young adult novel, A Taste for Monsters. The novel is about a disfigured teenage girl who befriends real-life Elephant Man, John Merrick in 19th-century England while the Jack-The-Ripper murders are taking place. Matthew J. Kirby is a PEN and Edgar Award winner. He is represented by Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. A Taste for Monsters is set for spring 2016 publication.

Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights for Robin Talley's As I Descended. The novel is a retelling of Macbeth set at a contemporary Virginia boarding school. It centers around a lesbian couple who set out to dethrone the school's resident Mean Girl, only to find themselves struggling to hang onto their sanity and their lives when they accidentally summon a trio of brutal, manipulative ghosts. Robin Talley is the author of Lies We Tell Ourselves. She is represented by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. As I Descended is scheduled for summer 2016 publication.

Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired world rights for Stacie Ramey's debut novel, The Pact. The novel centers on two sisters who vow to take their lives together. Told from the perspective of the sister who lives, the teen spirals into grief, prescription pill abuse, and mysterious visions, which lead her to uncover unexpected secrets. Stacie Ramey is represented by Nicole Resciniti at the Seymour Agency. The Pact is scheduled for fall 2015 publication.

Ruta Rimas at McElderry Books preempted world English rights to Sarah Fine's two untitled young adult fantasy novels. The novel is about a sixteen-year-old who has been training her whole life to become queen and finds that, when coronation day arrives, she has not inherited the magical powers of her predecessor. She is cast out and powerless; her only redemption is to search for the person who did inherit the former queen's magic. Sarah Fine is best known for her novels Of Metals and Wishes (Simon & Schuster) and Scan (Penguin). She is represented by Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. The untitled first novel is scheduled for spring 2016 publication.

Andrea Cascardi at Egmont USA has bought the North American rights for Amy Allgeyer Cook's contemporary young adult debut novel, Water for Starfish. Pitched as an Erin Brockovich story set in coal country, the novel revolves around seventeen-year-old Liberty who is sent to live with her grandmother in Kentucky after her mother is arrested during a protest. Liberty discovers that the water has turned orange and starts questioning whether the new mining process might be the cause, opening a pandora's box of problems. Amy Allgeyer Cook is represented by Danielle Chiotti at Upstart Crow. Water for Starfish is set for 2016 publication.

Julia Maguire at Knopf has bought the world English rights for Sarah Everett's Everyone We've Been and a second untitled novel. The novel is about a girl whose heart is broken so badly she resorts to having her memories erased. Sarah Everett is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Everyone We've Been is set for fall 201 publication.

Sources: Galley Cat, Goodreads, Publishers Weekly, and YA Interrobang.

Book Finds: Joyride & Mosquitoland

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

Joyride by Anna Banks
RELEASE DATE. June 2, 2015
PUBLISHER. Feiwel and Friends

SYNOPSIS. A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to not do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR JOYRIDE? Joyride speaks for itself. Even though I haven't read Anna Banks's previous novels, I am so excited to read Joyride. Because it isn't only about joyride, it involves pranking, chasing and more chasing!

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
RELEASE DATE. March 3, 2015
PUBLISHER. Viking Juvenile

SYNOPSIS. I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the wastelands of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR MOSQUITOLAND? "I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

About three things I am absolutely positive. First, Mosquitoland isn't dystopian. Second, that quote explains how potent my thirst for beautiful, strange words. And third, I am irrevocably in love with the book and its cover art.

What books are you looking forward to read? Share your thoughts below.

Book Finds: The Sin Eater's Daughter & Magonia

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salibury
RELEASE DATE. February 24, 2015
PUBLISHER. Scholastic Press

SYNOPSIS. A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

WHY I'M WAITING FOR THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER? The Sin Eater's Daughter makes me think of a high fantasy adaptation of Shatter Me with elements of a Maria V. Snyder story! Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I can die with a huge grin on the face if this book ever reaches me!

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
RELEASE DATE. April 28, 2015
PUBLISHER. HarperCollins

SYNOPSIS. Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy rich with symbolism and steeped in allegory. Her John Green–meets–Neil Gaiman approach to character development and world building will draw readers of all genres, who will come for the high-concept journey through the sky and stay for the authentic, confused, questioning teen voices. Jason and Aza’s fight to find each other somewhere between sky and earth is the perfect anchor for Headley’s gorgeous, wildly vivid descriptions of life in Magonia.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR MAGONIA? Just read the synopsis and take delight of the glorious cover art! I call upon the gods of literature, I demand you release this book already! Please?

What books are you looking forward to read? Share your thoughts below.


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