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‘The Book Thief”s Markus Zusak Is Finally Back With A New Book

After thirteen long years of waiting, best-selling author of The Book Thief Markus Zusak is finally back with a brand new book.

 

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His new book, Bridge of Clay follows Clay, the youngest of the five Dunbar brothers who are raising themselves after their mother dies and father disappears.  

 

With such a different premise than The Book Thief, readers are bound to be impressed with this new and fresh novel. Zusak said, “It doesn’t have to be better than The Book Thief — it just has to be different.” 

 

Mashable released an exclusive excerpt from the new novel and I couldn’t be more excited.

 

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Bridge of Clay doesn’t come out until October of this year, but signed copies are available for preorder now!

 

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The National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature Has Arrived!

The National Book Foundation has announced the ten books being considered for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.

 

Time to put these novels on your book clubs’ radar and guess the winner! The finalists will be revealed on October 4th followed by the winners on November 15. While you’re waiting to hear the results, be sure to check out the book that has remained on The New York Times best sellers list, The Hate U Give, a Black Lives Matter-inspired debut novel by Angie Thomas. 

 

The Hate U Give centers around Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who juggles between the poor neighborhood she lives in and the upscale prep school she attends. After Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, her balance between worlds topples over entirely. Khalil, an unarmed victim of police brutality, gets labeled a “thug” in the media headlines. Everybody wants to know what truly happened that night, yet Starr is the only one who does. This gripping tale will hit the big screen with many of the cast members revealed, here.  

 

The longlist for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature is as follows:

 

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

 

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Hey Haters, Here’s Why Millennials Are the Most Informed Generation

 

If you’re a millennial (that is, folks born between the early 80s and early 00s loosely), you’ve probably been told you’re too sensitive. Maybe you’ve been called whiny, or spoiled. According to a new Pew Research Center study, there’s another word that describes millennials: informed.

 

The study found that about 78% of adult Americans feel they receive reliable information from public libraries. Among those asked, millennials (defined, in this case, as people ages 18 to 35 as of 2016) were the most passionate about their public libraries.

 

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Earlier this year, another Pew Research Center study found millennials were the generation most likely to have used a public library in the past year. If millennials are the generation most likely to use public libraries, and most adult Americans feel public libraries are reliable sources of information, then millennials may be among the most well-informed Americans.

 

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The key word in Pew’s recent study is ‘feel.’ The survey participants were asked if they feel the information in public libraries is reliable, and most said it is. Whether or not the information received is actually reliable remains questionable. Participants also weren’t asked what they were reading at libraries. If everybody is reading The Hobbit, then the information may be reliable, but the information is also about goblins and dragons and stuff.

 

Still, the fact remains that millennials are the age demographic most likely to visit public libraries. We can also probably all agree that going to a library is, overall, an educational experience. Thus, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to say millennials may be the most informed generation.

 

Next time anybody tries to pull a “kids these days” argument on us millennials, remember what Socrates said over 2,000 years ago:

 

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

 

Gosh, that sounds familiar…

 

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10 Books Coming to the Silver Screen in 2018

2018 is set to be a killer year for book adaptions for the big screen. We’re anticipating adaptations of everything from children’s classics to classic horror, and some of the biggest names in the business starring in them! Whether you’re a Beatrix Potter fan, an E.L James Stan, a YA lover, or a Vonnegut connoisseur, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten page-to-screen extravaganzas to look out for next year. 

 

1. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

 

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This classic tale follows the adventures of Potter’s most famous mischievous rabbit. Fans of the beautiful original illustrations will be interested to see how these translate to 3D animation when the film is released on February 9th. It will star James Corden voicing the titular role, alongside big names such as Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

 

2. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

 

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For those looking for something a little racier than Peter Rabbit, also coming out on February 9th is the final installment of E.L James’s hit Fifty Shades series, once again starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. This Danny Elfman scored flick follows Ana and Christian who are now married, and the outside forces threatening Ana’s life.

 

3. Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner

 

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The third installment of Dashner’s dystopian trilogy will be hitting screens on February 17th, a year later than planned after star Dylan O’Brien sustained injuries working on set in Vancouver. This story follows Thomas and the Gladers as they fight to find a cure for the disease which has wiped out most of the world’s population. Alongside O’Brien will star Kaya Scoldelario, Thomas Brody-Sangster and Aiden Gillen.

 

4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 

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Sci-Fi nuts will love this adaptation of L’Engle’s 1962 novel about life and death, good and evil, and time travel. The star-studded cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey, and you can expect to see all of their lovely faces on March 9th. 

 

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

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Another one for Sci-Fi fans is this Spielberg adaptation of Cline’s 2011 novel. Coming out on March 30th, the movie starring Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, and Olivia Cooke follows the struggle in the year 2044 to find an Easter Egg left behind by the head of an MMO, the finder of which will inherit a fortune.

 

6. The Invisible Man by H.G Wells

 

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This classic horror, set for release on April 13th, follows a mad scientist who makes himself invisible. It is not yet known if the upcoming movie, starring Johnny Depp, will stick more closely to the original novel than the 1933 version (which featured some major differences in plot), or if it will just be a modern remake. The Invisible Man is set to be the second installment of Universal Pictures’ Universal Monsters series, which began with The Mummy (2017) and will be followed by The Bride of Frankenstein (2019)

 

7. Meg by Steven Alten

 

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What’s a year in cinema without a killer shark movie? Steve Alten’s novel about a megalodon, a prehistoric shark and the largest sea predator to ever exist, will be chomping its way to a screen near you in August 2018. The story follows paleontologist Jonas Taylor, the survivor of a megalodon attack, and his attempts to prove the beast still exists. Ruby Rose and Jason Statham are set to star.

 

8. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

 

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Calling all Vonnegut fans! You can expect to see his novel Bluebeard coming to the big screen on October 29th. Little else is known about this project as yet, but we’re super excited to see who will star as Vonnegut’s reclusive painter protagonist Rabo Karabekian! 

 

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 

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The New York Times touted this YA book as perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, and judging by how well TFIOS did at the box office, we’re guessing this tale of two teens helping each other through their respective problems will be a hit. Set to star Elle Fanning in the role of Violet, a teen struggling with the death of her sister, the film will be released on an undisclosed date in 2018. 

 

10. Ophelia by Lisa Klein

 

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Shakespeare fans can look forward to Klein’s retelling of the classic story of Hamlet from the point of view of Ophelia, which will hit screens on an as-yet unknown date in 2018. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen and Tom Felton as Shakespeare’s classic characters battling for love and revenge in the kingdom of Elisnore.

 

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Celebrate Pride With 11 LGBTQ+ YA Novels

Happy Pride month! It’s time to celebrate and recognize the importance of the LGBTQ+ community with a big parade and plenty of rainbows. In YA, more and more authors are including LGBTQ+ leads and characters, giving them a voice and platform to share their important stories with us. Below are 11 novels that focus on the hardships and the achievements of         

 

1) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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Bechdel’s graphic novel is a memoir of her life growing up in rural Pennsylvania, her relationship with her father, and her first relationship with another woman. Fun Home became so popular that it has been turned into a musical, which toured across the United States.  

 

2) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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When two Mexican-American boys Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante Quintana meet at their local public pool, they soon learn that they have more in common than just their classical names. In this coming of age novel the boys struggle with identity, sexuality, and family relationships — but they always have each other.

 

3) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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After losing her parents, Cameron Post is sent to live with her conservative aunt in Miles City, Montana. After it’s discovered that she and her best friend Coley are in a relationship, she is sent to a camp dedicated to using conversion therapy, which Cameron fights against.

 

4) Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

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Joanna has been proudly out for years now, but when her family moves to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, her family asks her to lie low. Joanna planned on keeping her promise, that is until she met the perfect girl.

 

5) How To Repair A Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

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Abel and Brandon set out on a six-week road trip following the fan convention for their favorite sci-fi series Castaway Planet. While on the road they record their many adventures on their fan vlog, including some moments of a budding romance. Is it just their love of Castaway Planet, or are their feelings for each other non-fiction?

 

6) The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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In Williamson’s novel, two transgender teens are facing obstacles from their family and the kids at school left and right. Together, they form the most unbreakable bond based on support, courage, and the mission to decide for themselves what “normal” really means.

 

7) None of the Above by I. W. Gergorio

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Kristin Lattimer is voted the homecoming queen, receives a full scholarship to college, and is in love with her boyfriend. After their first time doesn’t go as planned, it is discovered that Kristin is intersex. Word travels fast around the entire school, which places a whole new pressure on Kirstin as she comes to terms with who she is.

 

8) Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

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In a gender-rigid futuristic society run by the “Gov,” fifteen-year-old bender Kvali doesn’t know who she is or how she identifies. Things become more interesting when her first friend becomes her first love.

 

9) Drag Teen by Jeffery Self

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JT feels like his life is going nowhere. His parents aren’t supportive of him, he has no money, and his boyfriend’s life looks like it will go perfectly — without him. His only option is clear, he must become Miss Drag Teen. In a race up the east coast with his boyfriend Seth and their friend Heather must make it to New York City so JT has a chance at success.

 

10) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 

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Miller re-tells the story of the Greek warrior Achilles and his triumphs at the battle of Troy. What is also told is his love story with Patroclus, and in doing so explores the limitations of LGBTQ+ storytelling.

 

11) They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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On September 5th, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio both receive a call from Death-Cast that they’re going to die. When the guys meet up using Last Friend, their final adventure on Earth is more than they could have ever thought possible.