USA Today Reports: By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY Brace yourself, Twilight fans. A new book from Stephenie Meyer is on the horizon. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella will be released at 12:01 a.m. June 5. The 192-page story, an offshoot of the third novel in Meyer’s best-selling teen vampire Twilight saga, has a first printing of 1.5 million. It’s the first new Twilight title since Breaking Dawn, Book 4, was published two years ago. The new novella is told in the voice of the teenage Bree, a “newborn vampire” whom we meet on page 569 in Eclipse. Ten pages later,Read More →

Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life has revealed the cover of the first book in Mortal Instruments’ author Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, Clockwork Angel.  Clockwork Angel follows 16 year old Tessa Gray who travels to Victorian England to find her brother; but this is a London filled with vampires, warlocks and other paranormal creatures. The novel will be published on August 31, 2010.  EW’s Daniella Grossman interviews Clare’seditor, Simon & Schuster’s Karen Wojtyla, about the cover, the characters, and the saucy period drama that Clare has in store.  Read the Shelf Life article and interview here.Read More →

An attempt to address some of the industry complaints about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act This Article Originally Appeared in Publisher’s Weekly: By Karen Raugust — Publishers Weekly, 3/18/2010 3:23:00 PM Steps are being taken in Congress that could resolve many of publishers’, resellers’, and libraries’ concerns regarding the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. On March 12, Representative Henry Waxman (D-California) released a draft amendment to the Act that addresses some of the complaints from a variety of industry groups. Of interest to publishers, booksellers and libraries, the proposed amendment would give the Consumer Product Safety Commission more leeway in excluding products that poseRead More →

The Sky is Everywhere is Jandy Nelson’s wonderfully sad (and at times hilariously funny) debut novel. In it, you meet Lennie, a 17 year old girl who has lived her life in the shadow of her vivacious older sister Bailey. Then one day, Bailey dies unexpectedly, and Lennie is forced to figure out who she is apart from her sister. As Lennie wades through her grief- life completely throws her for a loop when she falls for not one, but two completely different guys. One who connects with her grief over losing her sister (because he lost her sister too) and one who pulls herRead More →

Young adult lit comes of age Authors may gear their novels toward the junior and senior high crowd, but adults are snapping up the books, often about misfit teens or fantasy worlds. By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2010 It used to be that the only adults who read young adult literature were those who had a vested interest — teachers or librarians or parents who either needed or wanted to keep an eye on developing readers’ tastes.  But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects,Read More →

Q & A with Ally Carter By Sally Lodge — Publishers Weekly, 3/11/2010 4:28:00 PM In Ally Carter’s Heist Society, a crew of teenage thieves—led by Kat, youngest in a clan of accomplished heistmasters—gets down to the sticky business of retrieving valuable paintings stolen from an Italian mobster. Kat has strong incentive for recovering the masterpieces: to clear the name of her father, prime suspect in the theft, and to return the paintings, plundered by the Nazis decades before, to their rightful place. Launching a series, this latest work by the author of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to KillRead More →

I’ve wanted to read Rick Yancey’s new book, The Monstrumologist, since it first came in last Fall, but never got around to it. Then it was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honoree, and I finally decided to make time to sit down with this intriguing looking book. And although it’s not quite what I expected, I am glad I did.  The Monstrumologistis the account of the spring of 1888 when Will Henry was a apprentice/assistant to the brilliant, but perhaps mad, Dr. Warthrop, who studies and hunts real-life monsters.  The story is framed by Rick Yancey’s present day acquisition of the notebooks from a doctor who caredRead More →

Every 100 years humanity is tested and it’s up to 4 teenagers to pass the test and save the world: that’s the premise behind Italian author P. D. Baccalario’s adventure series out this spring from Random House.  It’s December 29th, in Rome, and 12 year olds Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai are to share a room with their hotel owner’s daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence—they all have birthdays on February 29 and that is just the beginning of the strange events that soon engulf them. Mysteriously, they seem to have caused a blackout in Rome,Read More →