Please join us today for the third installment of YA GalleyChat, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (come a half hour early, at 3:30, for a get-to-know-each-other social; virtual, age-appropriate cocktails will be served). How to join here.
The titles that were mentioned during our fist YA GalleyChat are continuing to build steam (see earlier post).
One of the titles buzzed about in March has just been released, and is generating word of mouth. Kill Me Softly, Sarah Cross, (Egmont USA, 4/10; Listening Library) weaves fairy tales into a modern suspense/romance about a girl trying to escape her fate as dictated by Grimm. Readers will enjoy recognizing elements of familiar stories in a new way.
Hollywood has also caught on to the trend of re-imagining fairy tales, with the current Mirror, Mirror, starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen and Lily Collins as Snow White as well as Snow White and the Huntsman, coming June 1, with Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the queen.
Who can resist that cover, with the clever echoes of New Moon?
Also, two upcoming titles with buzz:
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein, Disney/Hyperion, 5/15 — set during WWII, this is about a young woman imprisoned in France by the Nazis, who writes about her friendship with a young female pilot. The strong bond between these female characters captured GalleyChatters.
Between the Lines, Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, S&S/ Emily Bestler Books, 6/26 — the first teaming of Picoult with her teen age daughter, this novel is about a girl whose fascination with the hero of her favorite book becomes all too real. GalleyChatters say it is destined for cross-over success (Note: Picoult and van Leer will be the featured speakers during ALA’s President’s Program this summer).