Tag: young readers

Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes came out this week from Razorbill to rave reviews. In an interview titled “Why An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory,” PRI’s “The World” says, “An Ember in the Ashes kept me up at night. I couldn’t put the book down. I’m not the only one. It seems as though anyone who touches the book cannot stop reading until the story ends. It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.”  US Weekly writes, “Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy,” and The Huffington Post raves, “One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it’s impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she’s a great storyteller.  NPR.org writes, ““Fast-paced, well-structured, and full of twists and turns, An Ember in the Ashes is an evocative debut that’s left me invested in knowing what happens next.” EW.com and Mashable.com revealed two official book trailers for An Ember in the Ashes. Other media includes feature interviews with The San Jose Mercury News, The Salt Lake Tribune, Publishers Weekly and PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” Reviews are confirmed in Cosmopolitan, Justine, The New York Times Book Review, US Weekly, The Washington Post, MTV.com, Teenvogue.com, Bustle.com, Hellogiggles.com, PopSugar, Shelf Awareness, BookPage, io9.com, and Tor.com among others. Set in a high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, An Ember in the Ashes tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom. This is the story of Laia, a girl who, in spite of her fear, will risk everything—her freedom, her safety, her life—in an attempt to save her brother, the only family she has left. It’s the story of Elias, a young man raised from boyhood to be a member of an elite, ruthless, and cruel force of assassins, whose iconic silver masks are the physical embodiment of a faceless, senseless violence that at once erases their own identities and yet defines them. It’s also the story of Helene, whose capacity for great love is eclipsed only by the loyalty she has to a regime she can’t bring herself to question. Of Marcus, a man whose ambition and bloodlust will cost him the only thing he ever cared about. Of Keenan, a boy whose faith in those who thinks he will save has people has trapped him in a corrupt and hopeless cause. Because this is the story of all the casualties that cultures of violence demand, literal and figurative. Love, loyalty, freedom, friendship – all will be put to the test when lines are crossed and the violence comes to a head. Sabaa Tahir is currently on a two-week national tour, visiting schools and stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Chicago. Read more...
USA Today reported in this week’s Buzz Books column that The Boys In The Boat, Daniel James Brown’s inspirational non-fiction account of America’s young crew team during the 1936 Olympics, has been adapted into a Young Readers edition.  The Boys In The Boat for readers 10 and up will be published by Viking Children’s Books on September 8.
At last Sunday’s 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Penguin Young Readers author John Green and Paper Towns film stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne exclusively revealed a clip from the upcoming film. Media such as Buzzfeed, USA Today, HypableCosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, PopCrush, and more picked up the news. Click the link to watch the full clip and see below for the full round-up! The film based on John Green’s #1 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars won 4 awards, including Best Movie and actress Shailene Woodley winning the Trailblazer, Best Female Performance, and Best Kiss. In the acceptance speech for Best Movie, John Green thanked Esther Earl, the author of This Star Won’t Go Out, for teaching him that “a short life can also be a good life.” Media such as Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,Huffington Post, and more picked up the news
John Green will close out Day 1 of BookCon with a Paper Towns panel on Saturday, May 30 at 6pm. The event will include exclusive footage from the Paper Towns movie, with additional details to be announced. Entertainment Weekly broke the news exclusively  Thursday morning. This Sunday (4/12), Green will hit the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards for a pre-show interview with Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne to include a first look at Paper Towns. Green will sit down for interviews with The Insider, The Grace Helbig Show, Seventeen, and Teen Voguenext week.
Penguin Young Readers author John Green revealed the official trailer for the film adaptation of his bestselling book, Paper Towns  (Dutton Children’s Books/Speak), with a guest appearance on “Today.” Hypable, Buzzfeed, Bustle, PEOPLE magazine, Teen Vogue, SeventeenHuffington Post, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, E! News, and Entertainment Weekly are among the outlets that covered the trailer reveal.  A special screening of the trailer and exclusive scenes from the movie were presented for a packed theatre of fans in New York, with director Jake Schreiber and actress Halston Sage (Lacey) appearing as part of this Teen Vogue-sponsored event.  Green and Sage also spoke to Hypable, HuffPo Live, Yahoo!, Bustle, Refinery 29, Collider,Page to Premiere, BN.com, Spark Notes, MoviePilot, and Fashion & Style. Then Green stopped by the Buzzfeed offices to answer questions, resulting in the “How Well Do You Know John Green” quiz. All of this activity propelled Green’s Paper Towns to #1 on The New York Times Young Adult bestseller list, with 107 overall weeks on that list.  The Paper Towns film is being released by 20th Century Fox nationwide on July 24.
Raves have been pouring in for debut novelist Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember In The Ashes, which goes on sale from Razorbill on April 28. The book is already hitting “most-anticipated” lists across the Internet and is #2 on the Spring 2015 Indie Next list.  Fellow Penguin Young Readers author Marie Lu was so engrossed in an advance copy of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES that she missed her connecting flight. Margaret Stohl, author of Beautiful Creatures, raves that it’s “a heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building [she’s] read all year.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls EMBER, “A deft, polished debut … brimming with political intrigue.” And MTV News says, “A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny . . .  AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is at the top of our must-read list for 2015.” Watch a Video from the Author:
This week Viking Children’s Books released Dove Arising, the debut young adult science fiction novel from 20-year-old author Karen Bao.  Bustle.com praised, “Bao writes a brilliant new YA heroine in a world of true science fiction,” and also featured an essay from Bao about what it was like to write her novel as a high school student.  School Library Journal predicted, “Fans of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Marie Lu’s Legend should flock to this well-written debut.” Hypable.com featured an interview with Bao, paired with the reveal of one of four propaganda-style videos created for the campaign. The remaining three were revealed by participants in the extensive pre-pub blog tour that continues. The propaganda videos, along with quote and slogan images, are part of a major social media campaign driving readers to a digital sampler of Dove Arising. National advertising for these assets, as well as the book, includes Entertainment Weekly, CWTV.com, Goodreads, Facebook, and YouTube. Bao met booksellers and librarians in New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles on her pre-pub dinner tour this January, and will host launch events at Book Culture and the Princeton Public Library this week. She will also appear on several panels at the Tucson Festival of Books in March. On publication day Tuesday, Karen was interviewed by author and fellow teen prodigy Christopher Paolini in a live Twitter chat moderated by Penguin Teen. In his cover blurb for the book, Paolini wrote, “Beautiful prose and one of the most interesting main characters I’ve read. Dove Arising marks the debut of a promising new talent.”  
Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams will bring his beloved hit song “Happy” to the youngest of readers in a new picture book featuring photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy, it was announced this week by Penguin Young Readers. The book HAPPY! will be published by the Putnam Books for Young Readers imprint on September 22.  On Tuesday, the Associated Press broke this news, which was also covered by The New York Times, The Washington Postthe Boston Herald, Rolling Stone, TIME.Com, Marie Claire, and Good Morning America, among many other outlets. “This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” said Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.” “I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” said Williams. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.” Pharrell Williams is a singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and also a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Redefining cool for a new generation, he is a creative force, using music, fashion and design to express his distinctive style. He wears many hats, and has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work, including “Best Music Video” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Happy.” His multi-media creative collective “i am OTHER” includes fashion, music, entertainment, and art endeavors. Happy! will be his first children’s book.
Gayle Forman, whose If I Stay was #8 on USA Today’s bestselling books of 2014 list, is celebrating the release of her newest novel, I Was Here, on sale this week from Viking Children’s Books. People called the book “a heartbreaking novel” in a review, and it’s been on buzz lists from USA Today, Bustle, and Seventeen. Forman’s two-week tour for I Was Here centers on the theme of friendship and includes guest appearances from fellow authors such as Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Dessen, Ruta Sepetys, Margaret Stole, Lauren Oliver, A. S. King, and Jennifer E. Smith, among others. Penguin Teen launched a photo app on www.iwasherebook.com which allows fans to upload their own images or create from a template to join in the #IWASHERE conversation. Start reading an excerpt  from I Was Here.  
This week brought the release of Oliver Jeffers’ Once Upon An Alphabet, the Philomel picture book of over 100 pages that gives stories to each letter in the alphabet. The Wall Street Journal raved, “The stories are wonderfully varied, sometimes philosophical and often end surprisingly; the drawings are just as quirky and unpredictable.” Other praise came from outlets including BookPageThe Huffington PostSt. Louis Post-Dispatch,Grandparents.comBookish.com, along with starred reviews from School Library Journal andKirkus Reviews. The day before its release, Jeffers was interviewed by Robert Siegel for NPR’sAll Things Considered; a review from the Washington Post and a BBC interview with Jeffers are still to come. On October 14, Jeffers celebrated the publication with a launch party at Books of Wonder in New York. The national advertising campaign will target parents this holiday gift giving season, with spots on Bravo, TLC, HCTV, ABC Family, Nickelodeon, and the Food Network. Alphabet comes on the heels of Penguin’s fall campaign for the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Day The Crayons Quit, and the announcement of its sequel, The Day The Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Jeffers.