(Imagine that in a Goonies voice)
This week’s “What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by Carry On by Rainbow Rowell from St. Martin’s Press.
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend dumped him, and there’s a monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz, his roommate and nemesis, would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and he hasn’t shown up.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far more monsters.
Let’s take this week to catch up on a wealth of YA news and pieces of interest floating around. It might be more accurate, though, to call this a big round-up of recent adaptation news because there’s been a lot of it. Grab yourself a snack and settle in!
- Willow Smith will be taking part in the adaptation of Rebel in the Sands and also is starring in what sounds like a potential YA title of the future — it’s a film for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being more.
- There’s an adaptation in the works for Neal Schusterman’s Scythe.
- Amy Plum’s upcoming book Dreamfall is heading to small screens.
- And keep your eyes peeled for a manga adaptation of the YA Star Wars book Lost Stars. Say that ten times fast.
- There will be a second season of 13 Reasons Why for Netflix.
- This piece is out of Australia but it was so interesting I had to share it — A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas is one of the fastest selling books in their chain bookstore Dymock’s this year. I know the book hit the New York Times list in the US and now I’m curious how fast it’s selling over here.
- New trailer for Everything Everything is up. Do you plan on seeing this? I’m so curious about it, but it might be one I wait to Netflix down the road. I liked the book with some reservation and am curious how it’ll be done on the big screen. Plus, Amandla.
- A nice interview with author Veronica Chambers on her new book The Go Between and about Mexican immigrant stereotypes in literature. Her books were always popular in my libraries, especially in the community where I served a large Mexican immigrant population.
- There’s adaptation news for The Season. I haven’t read it and don’t know a whole lot about it.
- Yes, yes, yes please to a Shadowshaper adaptation. This book screams color and vibrancy and will look so great on screen.
- Were you as cool as Aisha Esbhani at age 12 or 13? Because this girl is making it a goal to “read the world.”
Time to ask a very serious question now. If you’ve been listening to book news lately outside of the YA world, you likely have heard about the Bill Clinton/James Patterson book news. This begs the question: which politicians and YA authors would you love to see paired up? Hit reply and send your wildest and best pair ups. Feel free to ignore things like time and history; as far as I care, there’s a magical time machine that would allow Abe Lincoln to sit alongside Nicola Yoon for a romantic YA novel, okay? Maybe we can connect Norma Klein and Wendy Davis, who’d have a lot to say together about adults and teens and maturity and sex and growing up.
Send me your picks and I might include them in a future edition of the newsletter. Let’s have fun and let imagination run wild.
See you back here next week.
– Kelly Jensen @veronikellymars