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YA bits and bobs

Lots of exciting news in the world of YA

The movie trailer for one of my favourite YA books, The Hunger Games is out.
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And did you know that actress Hilary Duff has written a YA novel? Well neither did I. (The second in the series is already out!) Here’s the blurb for Elixir:

Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before. When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.

Looks like rapper 50 Cent also plans on writing a YA to help bullied kids that’s going to be similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Here’s the story.

This story is for all the people like me out there that haven’t grown up. Thanks to Durham University, you can now study Harry Potter as an official course. Wonder if they’re going to divide the students into houses?

Some of the hotly anticipated books coming out next year include fellow South African Cat Hellisen’s debut When the Sea is Rising Red. Here’s the blurb:

After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system, and the whole city along with it.

Other highly anticipated novels include The Soul, which is the sequel to Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi The Host; Insurgent, which is book two in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Divergent trilogy; and The Golden Lily, the second novel in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines trilogy, which is a spinoff to the Vampire Academy series.

Also look out for the second book in Lily Herne’s local zombie series. If Deadlands was anything to go by, its going to be a killer!

For more YA news visit Guardian Books Twitter account devoted to Teen Books: @GuardianTeenBks


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