I’m waiting for my flight back to my library from ALA, and trying to wind down from all of the great things I’ve learned and picked up at this conference. I’ve been talking to many Yalsa members here about the galley’s they picked up, and since I didn’t get to spend much time in the exhibit hall I wanted to ask if anyone picked up some great galleys that I should make sure get ordered when I get back.

I must say my favorite publisher at ALA was Zest! I really want to add Indie girl and Fashion 101 to my library’s collection. I also hope to get more Go Comi manga, I talked with the publishers and they had a few series that were safe for middle schoolers including a new manga Bogle I’m looking forward to reading.

After recommendation from other YALSA members I picked up Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, Madapple by Christina Meldrum,’  and Two parties, One Tux and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman.

I also grabbed The Last Exit to Normal since my teens all loved Micheal Harmon‘s last book Skate.

Did anyone else find ARC treasure?

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8 Thoughts on “Great Galleys – What Did You Pick Up?

  1. connie on July 2, 2008 at 12:09 pm said:

    I loved Zest too & made plans to add it to our standing order. Best ARC for me was Kendra by Coe Booth. Am reading it now and so far, excellent. Excited to read Hero Type by Barry Lyga, too.

  2. Alissa on July 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm said:

    I’m really excited about a lot of the ARCs I was able to grab in my mad dash through the exhibit halls. The new Artemis Fowl, the new Jonathan Stroud, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Paper Towns by John Green, the new Nancy Werlin… I mailed myself a pretty big box, but those are the ones that I am the most excited about I think.

  3. From the publisher side of things, it was a great show and we gave out a lot of ARCs on our Stories from the Golden Age and had good success based on the pilot response we have been doing in about 200 public schools with YA students–many who don’t read–responding with how they like these stories and would like to read another one. (Results on file with me.)

    I am glad to be working more closely with YALSA and hope to assist in getting more YA reading books as a result.

  4. Definitely Paper Towns by John Green, Hero Type by Barry Lyga and Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. I also picked up previews (is that the right term?) of the new Sherman Alexie and Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Bloods series).

    Even after shipping stuff home I still had quite the heavy suitcase. Yeah! Work off those extra conference food pounds!

  5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore was excellent, and I scored a signed copy! Writing a review to post on Hip Librarians Book Blog

  6. Hi, I’m Hallie Warshaw, the publisher at Zest. From the exhibitor/publisher perspective too, we had a great show. It was our first show with the ALA, and our first “in person” introduction to YALSA. I have to say that I was VERY impressed. The show was great, we had a lot of interest in our books, and I am so glad to be a part of such an interesting, interested, and vibrant group. All of us at Zest thank all the YALSA people for your support for our books, your great feedback, and in general for being very cool people:) Especially, thanks to Beth for “showing us the ropes” and for being so supportive of our publishing program. We hope to get more involved in YALSA in the future. All of you made our show fabulous, so thanks:)

  7. Kelly Tyler on July 3, 2008 at 11:37 pm said:

    Definitely Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. I was sorry to have missed the new John Green since his signing was during the All-Committee meeting. I did score the new John Green/Lauren Myracle/Maureen Johnson ARC. I was also intrigued by the new Allegra Goodman novel which is going to be marked to a teen audience. That will probably be the first one that I read from my pile.

  8. Angie Manfredi on July 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm said:

    Reading this just makes me jealous to hear everything else I missed! 🙂 We should swap!!

    I’m definitely most excited for the next Octavian Nothing!! Hopefully it will be as mind-blowing and genre-shifting as the first. I just finished “Paper Towns” and I thought it was fabulous. Next will probably be “Jellicoe Road” by Melina Marchetta, since her last two books have been Desert Isle Keepers for me. I’m also very excited about two new LGBTQ titles I picked up, Rich Wallace’s “Dishes” and Leanne Lieberman’s “Crush” (which is from Orca.) I also love finding new stuff…a Deborah Noyes ARC looks great and creepy, for instance.

    But who knows what I will say when I open up the boxes? (teehee)

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