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Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson and Meg Wolitzer join forces next week for an all-star “Penguin Teen On Tour” national book tour to promote their newly-published Penguin Young Readers paperbacks,  Atlantia (Condie),  I’ll Give You The Sun (Nelson) and Belzhar (Wolitzer). The trio will visit schools and stores in Miami, Dallas, Wichita, Chicago, San Diego, and Seattle. Ally Condie is the author of the internationally bestselling Matched trilogy, which Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger PenguinTeenTour_bannerGames,”  and the acclaimed stand-alone novel Atlantia. Jandy Nelson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of  The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun, which won the 2015 Printz Award and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Meg Wolitzer is a novelist who has written many books for adults, including the widely praised New York Times bestseller The Interestings Her debut YA novel, Belzhar, was named the “Best YA of 2014” by Entertainment Weekly.
Penguin Young Readers and Pharrell Williams have partnered with First Book on the #ReadHAPPY campaign, which provides books to children in need. The launch of this campaign coincides with Putnam Books for Young Readers’ October 6 release of Happy!, a photographic picture book based on Williams’ hit song of the same name.  “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Williams says. #ReadHAPPY encourages people everywhere to post images and thoughts about how reading makes them happy. And every post using the hashtag #ReadHAPPY shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram will trigger a donation of one book from Penguin Young Readers to First Book, up to 50,000 books. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors addressing literacy – access to books. To date, First Book has distributed more 130 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities.
Mark your calendar with crayons: next Tuesday, August 18, a true children’s book publishing event will unfold when Philomel Books publishes The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the highly-anticipated companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster picture book hit, The Day The Crayons Quit, featuring some of the most beloved characters the modern-day children’s book world: The Crayons! Earlier this week, Penguin Young Readers announced a philanthropic partnership with the Crayon Collection, an organization that gets gently used crayons into the hands of children in need. The partnership was detailed in a Publishers Weekly piece in and will be featured in the September issue of Redbook. Advance national media for The Day The Crayons Came Home included three starred reviews and Entertainment Weekly has deemed the book “highly anticipated (yes, even for adults).”  Look for upcoming coverage in The New York Times Book Review, BookPage,Instructor, and Parents Magazine, which will name it to their ‘Best Books of the Year’ list. Author Drew Daywalt will embark on a 15-city tour in September, including stops at the Decatur Book Festival and the Brooklyn Book Festival. A major motion picture adaptation ofThe Day The Crayons Quit is currently in development with Universal Pictures and Madhouse Entertainment.  
The highly anticipated motion picture based on Paper Towns, Penguin Young Readers author John Green’s #1 bestselling book, opens in theaters nationwide today, July 24.  In the run-up to this opening, Green has had a busy week, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NPR’s Here and Now as well as stopping by the US Weekly offices.
Penguin Young Readers author John Green and stars of the film based on his #1 bestselling book, Paper Towns, will be featured next week at events in Indianapolis, Columbus and Dallas as part of the “Get Lost, Get Found” tour, it was announced on Tuesday. To promote thePaper Towns film, Green and actors Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne and Halston Sage will be appearing at the Murat Theatre at Old National Center in Indianapolis (with a special performance by Nat and Alex Wolff), at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, and the Bomb Factory in Dallas (with a special performance by Saint Motel).  This news was picked was broken by The Insider (CBS), then picked up by news and entertainment outlets across the country.  Paper Towns, the movie, will be released by 20th Century Fox in theatres nationwide on Friday, July 24
Rebecca Thomas is on board to direct the film version of Looking for Alaska, John Green’s debut novel, published by Dutton Children’s Book in 2005. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture by the team responsible for the film version of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing the adapted screenplay, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen in place to produce with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky for Paramount Pictures.  The full story was broken exclusively by Deadline, and picked up widely by other major media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, MTV.com, The Hollywood Reporter.
The film based on Let It Snow, the short story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, will officially hit the big screen on December 9, 2016, it was announced this week by Universal Pictures  Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon is signed on to adapt the three romances that take place over Christmas Eve, with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark on board for Universal-based Bluegrass Films. The Wrap, Hypable, Bustle,Deadline, Teen Vogue, are among the outlets that picked up this news.
Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley’s enchanting debut about a boy, his grandfather, and the mysterious circus that changes their lives, hit stores last week to terrific reviews. In addition to three starred reviews, Circus Mirandus has been named to summer reading guides in the Los Angeles TimesWashington Post, Instructor MagazineBookPage, and Reading Rainbow. The Wall Street Journal praised the book saying, “Manifestations of belief and unbelief run through Cassie Beasley’s charming debut, which takes readers to a marvelous place where elephants do long division, juice makes you sing opera and a boy can find his heart’s desire—perhaps indefinitely.”  Upcoming magazine coverage is confirmed for Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Parents, and the New York Times Book Review will review in the June 21st issue. Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, acquired the manuscript in a heated auction that included five major publishers, and this February, Stone Village Productions’ Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell, preemptively acquired the film and TV rights in a high six-figure option deal. Circus Mirandus claimed the #1 spot on the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List and was Amazon’s “Best of the Month” for June in the middle grade category. Beasley met booksellers and librarians in Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, and Raleigh on her pre-pub tour this spring, and will appear at the Decatur Book Festival and Anderson’s Young Adult Conference this fall.
A new book by Chelsea Clinton, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, for young readers ages 10 to 14, is scheduled for publication in the U.S. by Philomel on September 15.Ms. Clinton breaks down some of the world’s biggest challenges and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making an impact in their own communities and around the globe.  Filled with visuals including charts, graphs and photographs, her book will address some of the world’s most challenging issues including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species. “In It's Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people,” said Chelsea Clinton. “I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of inspiring kids and teenagers doing amazing work to help people and our planet have brighter and healthier futures. My hope is that the book will inspire readers to realize that they can start making a difference now, in their own way, for their family, their community, and our world.” “We hope this book will encourage young people to look at the world around them differently and give them a better understanding of the challenges facing our future,” said Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers. “We are thrilled to partner with Chelsea Clinton on this important publication.” International editions of It's Your World will be published simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada through Penguin Random House, with foreign language editions to follow.
Razorbill’s Jay Asher, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, with more than 2.3 million copies in print, took the book, and his message #ReasonsWhyYouMatter, on a true national tour, hitting all 50 U.S. states. Starting in October 2014 (National Bullying Prevention Month) and ending this month, Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour gave the author the opportunity to interact directly with high school students to discuss bullying and teen suicide. Asher’s eight-month tour covered 50,000 miles, and he met 30,000 students.  Publishers Weekly presented visual snap shots, from Alaska to this month’s concluding stop in Hawaii, in Jay Asher’s ’50 States Against Bullying’ Tour in Photos feature this week.  Asher recapped every state he visited on his blog as well.  Click here to watch Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour sizzle reel.