Particular titles dominated people’s conversations here in the Mile High City, so I headed out to the exhibit hall to see for myself. Here’s some buzz on forthcoming YA books for 2009:
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson is the youth version of Swanson’s Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. The author was heard assuring librarians that the gory details were neither gratuitous nor excised from this adaptation for younger readers.
Swedish coming-of-age story When the Snow Fell by Henning Mankell is a companion novel to his previous two books for YA readers: A Bridge to the Stars and Shadows in the Twilight. To this point I have only been familiar with Mankell’s Kurt Wallander mysteries for adults, so I’m eager to give this one a try.
Many of our teachers request Holocaust stories on a yearly basis, and I am always on the lookout for new additions to our booklists. Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival by Clara Kramer is a personal account of 20 months spent in hiding from the Nazis.
The Carbon Diaries: 2015 by Saci Lloyd combines post-disaster scenarios and contemporary environmental issues. This “ecothriller” is making its message literal as the ARC is printed on environmentally responsible paper and inks (as will the final book).
A coveted galley at Midwinter has been Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. The rumors say that it is a true successor to Speak. It looks dark and concerns eating disorders – and has already generated a lot of cocktail party discussion!
Although the economy is faltering, it appears that authors’ imaginations are not! YA publishing for 2009 is off to a roaring start. Among other sightings were a new Sarah Dessen title, cover art to the Hunger Games sequel, and a succession of werewolf and fairy/faerie titles slowly surpassing vampire tales. Did you see or read anything awesome in Denver? Share with the rest of us in the comments section below!