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YA INTERROBANG: ISSUE #31 (JULY 27)
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- Delilah S. Dawson talks about Servants of the Storm and female friendships.
- Borah Coburn launched a site to celebrate why schools and libraries need YA lit.
- A.S. King talks about why she loves YA lit.
- James Patterson's Maximum Ride will become a YouTube series.
- Shaftesbury Films bought TV rights to the Wondrous Strange trilogy.
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Overbrook Entertainment will adapt To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
- Locus Magazine chose The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland as their 2014 winner.
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Foreword Reviews announced the winners of its IndieFab Awards.
- The Fault In Our Stars won the first ever Booktrust Best award.
- SIBA chose The Moon and More as its best YA winner.
- ​The SCIBA announced the finalists for its 2014 Book Awards.
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Queen of Teen UK crowned James Dawson their winner.
- David Levithan announced a musical spin-off of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
- Jandy Nelson sold Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise to Dial Books for Young Readers.
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Simon Pulse bought two novels set in Julie Cross’ new Juniper Cove series.
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Tara Altebrando sold two YA novels to Bloomsbury.
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Jeff Zetner's The Serpent King sold to Crown Books for Young Readers.
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Simon & Schuster bought Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You.
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Lucy Keating's debut Dreamology: A Love Story will hit shelves in winter 2016.
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he Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan sold to Putnam.
- Penguin Teen will host a
Google Hangout on July 28th at 7 p.m.
- Lori M. Lee and Sarah Fine will host a Twitter chat on August 4th.
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Nova Ren Suma will be signing 17 & Gone at Changing Hands on September 17th.
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John Green and Veronica Roth joined this year’s Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.
- Tumblr user bookphile will be hosting a Tamora Pierce Tortall universe reread.

- Keep up with upcoming YA releases.
- Keep up with recent cover reveals.
- Keep up with recent excerpt releases.

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Next issue: August 3



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TODAY IN (YA) HISTORY: CASSANDRA CLARE’S BIRTHDAY
Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, celebrates her birthday today! Love her or hate her, you cannot deny that her legion of fans have made an impact on the YA landscape. You can find our more about Clare by visiting her website or following her on Twitter or Facebook.

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""Teens are savvy and they are paying attention. Isn’t that what we want? Teens who pay attention?" - A.S. King

We launched a new column - Why I Love YA. Our first guest is A.S. King, author of The Dust of 100 Dogs and Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz and… well, the list goes on. She’s savvy, she’s smart, and she knows that YA is great. Find out why here.



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Neville Longbottom was born on the same day as Harry, July 30th.

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Born the day before Harry, actually - J.K. Rowling and Harry share a birthday - but yes, Neville was born on the 30th and not the 20th. This is what happens when one typo slips through the cracks! Thanks for keeping us in line, Anon.



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LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN CONTEMPORARY BEACH READS
Bury your nose in a book and your feet in the sand with these contemporary beach reads. For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter! Don’t forget to check out our new daily format and layout - and enter to win an ad spot or Tracy Barrett’s The Stepsister’s Tale while you’re there!



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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (13th - 21st July). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5) by Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: July 15th
No matter how far she jogs, Annie can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. To honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Dirty Wings (All Our Pretty Songs #2) by Sarah McCarry
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: July 15th
Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives.

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Del Rey
Release date: July 15th
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 15th
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless.

Innocents (Dusty #1) by Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: July 15th
The girl with an innocent heart knows all about bad choices, but has yet to make them for herself. Searching for freedom, she finds it in the delinquent down the hall. The troublemaker with summer-sky blue eyes knows he should stay away, but can’t resist the blissful wonder who makes his house a home.

She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert
Publisher: Kube Publishing
Release date: July 15th
When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her—her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers—in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. And, although Ali is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother and exploring his identity as a Muslim, and although Amirah has sworn never to get married, they can’t stop thinking about each other.

Starbreak (Starglass #2) by Phoebe North
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 15th
The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy who has haunted her dreams may be their key to survival—but his own dark past has yet to be revealed. And when Aleksandra gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: July 15th
Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories following journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

Last Days in Eden by Ann Kelley
Publisher: Luath Press
Release date: July 17th
Alone after the death of her grandparents, Flora is left to survive in a poverty-stricken hamlet, accompanied only be her dog Magna, her friend Kit and an illicit copy of Pride and Prejudice. When Flora is befriended by Li-Li, the daughter of the wealthy and powerful Rice Lord, Mr Lao, she is offered an insight into the lives of those who rule.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: July 17th
People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad. She sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.

Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 21st
Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques. Not everyone is so willing to join hands, but Cuckoo never stops smiling.

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AUTHORS, BLOGGERS, BOOK-LOVERS - SHARE YOUR SITE!
Are you a blogger? An author? Maybe you sell cover designs. We here at YA Interrobang are giving away one of our ad spots. All you have to do is design a cool ad. The person with the most interesting ad, as chosen by the YA Interrobang staff, will get to strutt their stuff on the YA Interrobang sidebar for two weeks.

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YA INTERROBANG: ISSUE #30 (JULY 13)
For more articles and information on all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

- Tracy Barrett talks writing, The Stepsister’s Tale and Cinderella.
- Corinne Duyvis talks about diversity in YA and Otherbound.
- Enter to win one of five copies of Tracy Barrett’s novel.
- Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1st.
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Colorado Romance Writers gave their Award of Excellence to Dirty Little Secret.
- The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize announced their longlist of finalists.
- The Sakura Medal chose David Levithan's Every Day as its winner.
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Cape Henlopen School District removed Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post from the summer reading program.
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Maggie Stiefvater is touring the U.S. to celebrate the release of Sinner.
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The Brooklyn Book Festival announced its 2014 author line-up.
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Irving Public Library will host the first North Texas Teen Book Festival.
- The Mighty Mississippi Book Blast kicks off on July 14th.
- Lemony Snicket will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the National Book Awards.
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Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano sold to Hyperion.
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Meg Kassel’s debut Black Bird of the Gallows will be published by Egmont.
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Willa Strayhorn's The Way We Bared Our Souls will be released from Razorbill.
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Poppy will publish Erin Lindstrom's debut Not If I See You First.
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Dawn Kurtagich's debut The Dead House will hit shelves in fall 2015.
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Balzer + Bray acquired Jeff Garvin's debut about a gender-fluid teen.
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Feiwel & Friends acquired fantasy Nemesis by Anna Banks.
- Randi Pink's debut Toya will be published by Feiwel and Friends in fall 2016.
- World Book Night US will suspend operations due to the high cost of the event.
- The maker of Penned.me offers four tips for writing YA short stories.
- Warner Bros. picked up Rick Yancey's The Monstrumologist.
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In Off the Page, Lauren Baldo shares art for The Scorpio Races and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
- In Once Upon A Tweet, Alison Ng finds the best of authors on social media.
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In Plays with Words, E.M. Caines talks about setting writing goals.
- Keep up with upcoming YA releases.
- Keep up with recent cover reveals.
- Keep up with recent excerpt releases.
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This week’s list: ten contemporary beach reads!

Bloggers, designers, authors: we’re giving away an ad spot on our website! All you have to do is design an interesting ad (which we know won’t be hard for you Tumblr graphic makers). Shimmy on over here to enter.



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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (6th - 12th July). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Summer’s Shadow by Anna Wilson
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Release date: July 3rd
Summer’s mother’s will states that Summer’s legal guardian is her uncle Tristan: a man Summer has never even heard of before. Summer moves to Tristan’s creepy house in Cornwall and comes to believe that the house may be haunted. But is it haunted by ghosts, or by the shadows of her family’s past?

Altaica (Chronicles of Altaica #1) by Tracy M. Joyce
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Release date: July 7th
Born to refugees, Isaura grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her.

Coral & Bone by Tiffany Duane
Self-published
Release date: July 7th
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

The Defiant (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 8th
Alenna Shawcross and the others who escaped the wheel are working toward an all-out assault on the United Northern Alliance. But when she returns to the home she has nearly forgotten, she encounters old friends and is swept into a secret plan that puts everything she loves in danger.

Demon Derby by Carrie Harris
Publisher: Random House
Release date: July 8th
Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not human.

Earthquake (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: July 8th
Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world.

Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: July 8th
A companion volume to the Divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here — The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor — plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers a glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: July 8th
For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led… and the love that she can’t let go.

Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 8th
Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child through her visions.

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: July 8th
Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends. Not her gnawing grief. But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release date: July 8th
Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight —but she doesn’t. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive — and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: July 8th
When a fateful raid throws young thief Kyra and Palace knight Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival might be to join forces. As their loyalties are tested they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso
Publisher: Flux
Release date: July 8th
To Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family’s beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when Forrest’s world is turned upside down as her family’s darkest secrets begin to come to light.

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: July 8th
Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like. They understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride.

Uncaged (The Singular Menace #1) by John Sandford & Michele Cook
Publisher: Random House
Release date: July 8th
An activist raid on a lab doing medical research on animals ends with boy and dog on the run. After a cryptic call from Odin, Shay realizes her brother needs help and sets out to find him. But she discovers that Odin has stumbled onto something far more sinister than animal cruelty.

Unravel (Linked #2) by Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 8th
Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, Elissa and Lin return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares.

Where Silence Gathers (Some Quiet Place #2) by Kelsey Sutton
Publisher: Flux
Release date: July 8th
Alex has been able to see personified Emotions for as long as she can remember, and Revenge is her best friend. But when Forgiveness suddenly appears, he offers Alex a choice — getting even or moving on. It’s impossible to decide when Revenge whispers in one ear… and Forgiveness whispers in the other.

Wild by Alex Mallory
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: July 8th
Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

In Too Deep by Coert Voorhees
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: July 9th
Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, is determined to win the affection her crush, Josh, on their school trip to Mexico. But her teacher has other plans: he needs Annie to help him find Cortez’s lost-long treasure.

Embers & Ash (Cold Fury #3) by T.M. Goeglein
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: July 10th
Sara Jane Rispoli is on the wrong side of the Russian mob, but closer to finding her family than ever. And she’s willing to do whatever it takes to finally end this terrible journey even if the price is her own life. Only destroying the Outfit completely can end this terrible nightmare.

Witchrise (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #3) by Victoria Lamb
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release date: July 10th
When Tudor witch Meg Lytton receives an unexpected legacy - her mother’s magical wand, ring and spellbook - she has no idea her future happiness is in danger. For the witchfinder Marcus Dent is back in her dreams, and he will use any weapon to gain her newfound powers for himself.


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TODAY IN (YA) HISTORY: JOHN WATSON CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY
John Watson of the legendary Sherlock Holmes series celebrates his birthday today! Sherlock Holmes and his best friend have been alluded to many times in young adult literature - and John Watson may make an appearance in the upcoming genderbent Sherlock Holmes retelling Lock & Mori.

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