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!

And last but not least, a companion novel to’ Graceling‘ by Kristin Cashore has surfaced. ‘ Fire‘ is being snapped up by Graceling fans in hot anticipation.

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!

2 Thoughts on “Book Buzz in Denver

  1. Dodie Ownes on January 28, 2009 at 9:24 am said:

    It’s great to see what caught your eye – I have a list of my galley grabs from ALA MW in the 1/28 issue of SLJTeen, which you can find at: – and I’d love to hear what others think of my list!

  2. I was so excited to grab the sequel to Wicked Lovely, and two new Elizabeth Scott titles among the many others that I snagged. I started reading Stolen Angels from Razorbill and I am just loving it. I think that 2009 is going to be another stellar year for YA publishing!!!!!

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