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The 50 States of YA

We absolutely love the work done by Epic Reads to bring us the YA books that represent the 50 States of America! Criminally, we’ve only read five of these bad boys and we’re now on a mission to fill the gaps.

Isn’t that *fantastic*?

So, let us know in the comments how many of these you’ve read, or perhaps if you can think of another YA novel that fits a state in America.

Also, Epic Reads are now compiling the Planet YA project – find out how you can help HERE.

MTV Buys Blackwood!

We’ve been sitting on this secret for a little while now and, finally, thanks to a press release that went out very late Friday night GMT time, we can reveal that…

BLACKWOOD IS ONLY GOING INTO DEVELOPMENT WITH MTV!

For us, this is massive news. It isn’t just an option to produce something, they have stated an intent to write an adaptation and put it into development. It isn’t a guarantee that we’ll see it hit our TV screens, but it is a MASSIVE step in that direction.

We’re delighted that one of our first five launch titles has been picked up in this manner, and it goes without saying that we’re utterly thrilled for Gwenda.

Here is the official wordage from Deadline:

MTV has put in development Blackwood, a drama from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. It is based on the young adult book of the same name by Gwenda Bond, which was published this past September on the Strange Chemistry YA imprint of UK-based science fiction publisher Angry Robot Books. DC Comic book and television writer Peter Calloway (Brothers & Sisters) will write the adaptation. Blackwood centers on 19-year-old Miranda Blackwood who, when 114 people, including her father, suddenly vanish off Roanoke Island, begins to investigate the mass disappearance, teaming with her high school sweetheart. But she makes a chilling discovery when she uncovers that she’s at the center of not only this mystery, but one that traces back to the first American mystery: the disappearance of 114 people at what would be called The Lost Colony. The project stems from Grammnet’s deal with Lionsgate. Calloway executive produces with Grammnet’s Kelsey Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov, and Brian Sher. Grammnet VP Brian Taylor found the manuscript and sought out the rights for Grammnet and Lionsgate TV. WME reps Calloway, who is managed by Adam Kolbrenner, as well as Grammnet. Bond is repped by Andrea Brown Literary Agency and Gotham Group.

Do offer Gwenda big congratulations and we hope to bring you more on this very soon!

Emilie and the Hollow World Cover Reveal!

Today we are delighted to showcase the cover for Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells, a fantasy adventure coming from Strange Chemistry in April 2013.

Here is the blurb:

While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.

Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.

With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.

The cover has been produced by the talented group at amazing15!

Here it is:

Please do let us know what you think!

November YA Releases

Well, guys, we’re only a few weeks out from Christmas right now and the dark nights have most definitely drawn in. Now is the time to snuggle down with a good book, so we have 30 new releases to tell you about. Of course, top of the list is our very own Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard – a science fiction novel that has been receiving some wonderful reviews! But we won’t hold it against you if you want to read some of the others as well *grins* What are you looking to pick up?

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