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Becca Fitzpatrick Inks Deal For New YA Thriller

beccaBecca Fitzpatrick, the young adult author behind the Hush, Hush saga, has landed a deal for a new book called Sapphire Skies.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers plans to publish this stand-alone thriller novel in Fall 2015. Executive editor Zareen Jaffery negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Catherine Drayton. The story stars a 17-year-old girl named Stella Gordon who ends up in the witness protection program due to extraordinary circumstances.

Fitzpatrick had this statement in the press release: “I’m delighted to be writing another young adult thriller for Simon & Schuster—this about a girl who’s running from dangerous men and a haunted past. I’m drawn to stories that weave heart-stopping suspense with broiling romance, and Sapphire Skies is no exception.”

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Capstone Young Readers to Launch New Young Adult Imprint

switchCapstone Young Readers will launch an imprint specializing in the young adult genre. Switch Press will offer readers both fiction and nonfiction titles.

The editors plan to acquire eight to twelve manuscripts on a yearly basis. Some of the books featured on the inaugural list include The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J.A. Buckle, and The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling. The publisher has scheduled these titles to be published in the Fall 2014 season.

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Summit Entertainment Grabs Film Rights for ‘Noggin’

nogginSummit Entertainment has snatched up the film rights to a forthcoming young adult book by award-winning author John Corey Whaley called Noggin.

According to DeadlineDear John screenwriter Jamie Linden has been hired to serve as the director and pen the script. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will release the book on April 08, 2014.

The story follows “dying young man agrees to be cryogenically frozen, Ted Williams style, for as long as it takes for medical science to be able to cure the disease that is killing him. He wakes up just five years later and finds his head grafted onto the body of someone else. He’s still 16, but discovers life has moved on without him. Seeing that his friends have grown up and his life love is engaged to someone else, he tries to find a way to build a new life, even if new scars are inevitable.”

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Trailer Released

20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for The Fault in Our Stars film adaptation. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

A short clip from the movie was also showcased on The Today Show earlier this morning. Author John Green sent out a tweet not long after that airing to assure his fans that a full trailer will be available “online soonish.”

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Two Studios to Partner on an Adaptation of ‘Between Shades of Gray’

9780142420591HSorrento Productions and Tauras Films are partnering to work on an adaptation of Between Shades of Gray.

The two studios have optioned the film rights to Ruta Sepetys’ popular young adult novel. Ben York Jones, an actor and screenwriter, penned the script. Filming is scheduled to begin sometime in 2014.

Philomel, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, released the book in March 2011. We interviewed Sepetys and asked her about the research process for this historical fiction story. She talked about immersing herself with experiences such as spending time “in an old Soviet cattle car that was used for the deportations” and taking “part in a simulation experience in a former Soviet prison.” What do you think?

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Shailene Woodley & Theo James Star in ‘Divergent’ Clip

Summit Entertainment has released a clip from the Divergent film adaptation. This film is based on Veronica Roth’s popular young adult book trilogy.

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint at HarperCollins, released the book back in April 2011. We’ve embedded the full clip in the video above–what do you think?

Deadline reports that the movie will hit theaters on March 21, 2014. For more footage from the film, see below for the official trailer.

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Candlewick Press to Curate YA eBook Deals at E-Volt

evoltCandlewick Press has launched “E-Volt.” This new Tumblr page focuses on curating young adult eBook deals.

Followers will receive information on digital book deals for both new releases and back list titles priced at $2.99 or lower. In addition, the children’s publisher also plans to write posts featuring fun content such as book excerpts, videos, and quotations from their own young adult list. Some of the books currently featured on the site include Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler.

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Christina Lauren to Publish YA Debut with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

580848_351740691539619_2043863773_nChristina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, better known by their pseudonym Christina Lauren, have signed a deal Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for their debut young adult novel, Sublime.

These two partners established their collaborative writing careers with the bestselling adult fiction series, Beautiful Bastard and Wild Seasons. The publisher has scheduled the release for Fall 2014.

Executive editor Zareen Jaffery will edit the manuscript. She negotiated the deal with Waxman Leavell literary agent Holly Root.

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Markus Zusak: ‘I want to write so much like me that no one else could have told that story’

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Yesterday, author Markus Zusak and filmmaker Brian Percival (pictured, via) appeared in New York City to promote The Book Thief movie adaptation. During the event, they answered questions, showed the trailer, and shared film clips.

For Zusak, his main mission as a writer is to “write so much like me that no one else could have told that story. For better or worse.” While working as a teacher, Zusak encouraged his students to adopt this philosophy. What do you think?

Zusak feels that The Book Thief focuses on the idea that “we’re made of many things, but one of the most important things we’re made of are stories.” He also revealed that he has been working on a manuscript for the past six years, but needs to “stop mucking around” and finish it.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Examined in the ‘Anatomy of Panem’ Infographic

543460_751572351526085_1331510802_nAMC Theatres has created a Hunger Games-themed infographic called “The Anatomy of Panem.”

It offers a look at the twelve districts within the fictional country featured in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy. The movie hits the silver screen on November 22nd.

Follow this link to view one of the film trailers. We’ve embedded the complete infographic below–what do you think?

 

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