Thursday, May 26, 2011

Teen Author Carnival: Katie’s 5 Most Anticipated Books

Sorry there has been a bit of a lapse in blogging this week! But, after a whirlwind trip to NYC we're back and ready to bring you lots of great previews of summer books and info from some of your favorite authors. We're starting our coverage with a look at the Teen Author Carnival. Up first, Katie takes a look at the books she's psyched to read after hearing their authors speak!
There is no better way to kick off a 24 hour extravaganza of young adult literature in New York City than with a carnival. And not your usual cotton-candy-eating, Ferris-wheel-riding carnival (although those are cool, too), but a Teen Author Carnival. For me the highlight of this event was the Debut Author Showcase, because as much as I love finding out about a new book written by an old favorite, sometimes it can be even more satisfying to come across new authors, a.k.a., future favorites just waiting to be read.

Here are a few books by authors who attended the carnival that I can’t wait to read:

Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
Sometimes having our wishes come true is more than we bargained for. Just ask Ralph. He's been asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at their old manor house in order to set up their Wi-Fi network. But there's much more to it than that, of course (as there always is when old manors and British folks are involved). It's just that nobody told Ralph.

This book has funny written all over it (figuratively, of course) and seems like the perfect way to kick off a summer of laughter and video games and adventure.

The Year We Were Famous by Carol Etsby Dagg
You know how I feel about historical fiction (read: delectable), so I won’t belabor the point. But this is historical fiction based on a true story. A crazy awesome true story. It is the tale of seventeen-year-old Clara Estby's walk across America--from Washington State to New York City--with her mother Helga in 1896, to win a ten thousand dollar prize and save their home from foreclosure. My seventeen-year-old self and my mother could barely be in the same car for 20 minutes, I can only imagine the adventures we would have had walking 3,000 miles together. This is certain to be an impossible-to-miss tale of courage and family.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (June 2011)
Imaginary Girls is actually Nova’s second book, but after hearing her speak, you can bet that I’m going to be picking up her first book (the middle grade Dani Noir) as well. For her latet book, she took a simple piece of her past--the reservoir she swam in at night with her high school friends--and crafted a tale that sounds anything but simple.
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (September 2011)
The minute Michelle started reading an excerpt from this book at the new author panel, she had the entire room in the palm of her hand. The question on all our minds (and the t-shirts being handed out) was, “Who is Mara Dyer?” I for one can’t wait to find out:
Mara Dyer doesn't believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.       
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.         
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.
Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James (September 2011)
James Dashner, the author of Maze Runner, has declared this book a “must-read”--and who am I to argue?
Living in a distant future, Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls (the energy resource of the future). Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess. Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn’t know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

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