YA and Middle Grade Hot Picks
YA and Middle Grade Hot Picks
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater:
Laydown date: September 18, 2012
150,000 first print run
THE RAVEN BOYS is a story Maggie first began as a 19-year-old writing in her journal. Now Maggie returns to this tale, combining the pull of Shiver with the beautiful writing of The Scorpio Races. THE RAVEN BOYS promises to be Maggie’s most commercial megaseller yet.
Hear what Maggie has to say about THE RAVEN BOYS in this audio clip.
THE RAVEN BOYS is the first in a four-part series
Read the press release.
Praise for Maggie Stiefvater:
“Stiefvater has established herself as one of the finest YA novelists writing today!”
*“Masterful. Like nothing else out there now.”
—Kirkus, starred review
- Received Printz Award Honor
- 5 starred reviews
- 15 foreign licenses!
The Shiver trilogy:
- Over 1.7 million books in print!
- An international phenomenon with 36 foreign licenses!
Summary of THE RAVEN BOYS: She’ll kiss and kill the boy she loves… Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he’s needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart. Gansey has it all—family money, a car, time for extracurricular and friends—but he’s always loved the tales of sleep kings. He thinks he’s found one too, or at least the area where one might be: in the town of Henrietta, VA. And the best way to be there is to attend prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys. Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys…but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.
Please ask us at the Bologna book fair for the exclusive sample chapter.
Read more about Maggie at her website.
ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer
Publication date: November 2012
The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos—and herself—from a violent coup.
- A gripping blend of suspense and real-world action.
- A bold departure for Eliot Schrefer, sure to garner institutional attention.
To research this thrilling novel about bonobo monkeys, Eliot visited a sanctuary for orphaned bonobo infants this past summer. Bonobo monkeys are an often-overlooked species of great ape that shares 98% of our DNA and lives only in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Summary of ENDANGERED: The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good. When one girl has to follow her mother to her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. It's her mother's passion, and she'd rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive. Eliot Schrefer asks readers what safety means, how one sacrifices to help others, and what it means to be human in this new compelling adventure.
Learn more about Eliot at his website.
THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publication date: April 2012
75,000 first printing
Middle Grade Trilogy
A brand-new trilogy filled with danger, deceit and hidden identities!
- Preempts in five countries!
- This is a fast-paced, gripping read with an astonishing twist that'll take readers' breath away.
- Sage is a defiant and clever narrator with a fabulous and fresh voice that will keep readers hooked.
- Jennifer A. Nielsen is a bright new talent in children's literature.
- Set in an alternate medieval land (realistic w/ no magical elements), it's sure to become a classic!
- A three-book preemptive deal that won overwhelming support.
Watch the book trailer here.
Publishers Weekly raves about THE FALSE PRINCE in a starred review, saying "This highly enjoyable medieval fantasy [is] an impressive, promising story with some expertly executed twists." THE FALSE PRINCE, the first book in The False Prince trilogy, comes out in April. Read the entire review here.
Jennifer A. Nielsen is a bright new talent in children’s literature---and slated to be one of the authors in Scholastic’s upcoming mega multi-platform event, Infinity Ring. She is also the author of Elliot and the Goblin War, the first book in a humorous middle-grade fantasy series.
Summary of THE FALSE PRINCE: In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
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Rights for the trilogy have already been sold to:
- Catalan/ La Galera
- Polish/ Egmont
- Russian/AST Astrel