Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the publishing world:

--Finalists were named for the Agatha Awards honoring traditional mysteries.  Nominees in the Best Children's/Young Adult category are:
Shelter by Harlan Coben
The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key by Penny Warner

--A mall tour was announced for the stars of The Hunger Games, the film based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name.  Elsewhere, the track list for the film's soundtrack was announced following the release of the official music video, Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars.

--A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired from an idea by Siobhan Dowd, won the Red House Children's Book Award for 2012.  Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice by Chris Wormell won the Younger Children's award while The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon got the award for Younger Readers.

--The nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards were announced.  Finalists for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book are:
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (previously reviewed)
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

--Finalists were named for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.  Nominees in the Young Adult Literature category are:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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