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!