In the News
Random House, Penguin Agree to Merge
Pearson and Bertelsmann announced Monday that they have signed an agreement to form a joint venture that will combine Random House and Penguin. The deal, expected to close in the second half of 2013, will make Penguin Group chairman John Makinson chairman of the newly named Penguin Random House, while Random House chairman and CEO Markus Dohle will be CEO. more
New York Publishing Struggling to Get Back Online Post-Sandy
The wind and rain may have died down in New York City, but the metropolis is far from recovered. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which has left thousands throughout the tri-state without power, many publishers are struggling to get their systems back online. more
Hurricane Sandy: Most Booksellers Doing All Right
Just as some neighborhoods were spared and others hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, the same was true for bookstores. By Tuesday, Community Bookstore, Greenlight, BookCourt, and WORD in Brooklyn, N.Y., all reopened. But powerHouse Arena was not so lucky and sustained damages during the storm. Some stores along the Connecticut and New Jersey coastline are closed. more
'Live at the Lounge' Brings Authors to Fans' Homes
YA readers will have a chance to spend some quality virtual time with a handful of Little, Brown authors, who are taking turns in the spotlight during the publisher's new Live at the Lounge series. Putting a fresh spin on YA publishers' recent innovative tactics to use the Internet and social media to showcase authors, Little, Brown's initiative is a six-part live video series that launched October 30 with a live chat with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of the Beautiful Creatures series, whose fourth installment, Beautiful Redemption, is newly published. more
Holiday Children's Art Auction Set for Nov. 27
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) announced that it will launch an online auction of original children’s art on November 27. The week-long eBay auction will feature work from leading artists and illustrators working in book publishing today. It is the online version of the children’s art auction that is held annually during BookExpo America. more
Retailing News
Children's Booksellers Optimistic at PNBA Show
The change in venue from an airport hotel in Portland to an independent hotel in Tacoma, which showcased the work of Northwest glass artists, helped make this year's Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association three-day show particularly vibrant. Booksellers and librarians were buoyed to meet more than 100—including many children's and YA authors and illustrators. more
YA Bookstore Opens Within General Bookstore in St. Paul
Two St. Paul, Minn., bookstores recently opened their doors with an unusual business model: Addendum, a specialty YA bookstore containing 1,500 titles, is housed inside Subtext, an 1,800-square-foot general bookstore. The two bookstores are owned separately, but share a phone, a cash register, and the labor of each store’s employees. more
Book News
Putnam Rolls Out Cover of Yancey's 'The 5th Wave'
Her parents are dead, her brother is missing, and Cassie is on the run from extra-terrestrial killers searching out Earth’s last survivors. This is the scene Rick Yancey sets in his sci-fi thriller, The 5th Wave, whose cover is revealed here. Due from Putnam next May, the novel is the first in a trilogy. Though this is Yancey's initial foray into science fiction, he is an ardent fan of the genre and has long envisioned trying his hand at it. more
On the Scene
In Conversation: Jasper Fforde and Gabrielle Zevin
It was perhaps inevitable that Jasper Fforde, best known for his Thursday Next series of comedic fantasy novels for adults, would turn to YA literature. After all, as he told the audience assembled in the basement-level event space at Brooklyn’s Word bookstore on October 23, “I love the idea of adults being completely useless. Because generally, they are.” As part of the store's YA Not? series, Fforde was interviewed about his first young adult novel, The Last Dragonslayer, by Gabrielle Zevin, author of, most recently, Because It Is My Blood. more
Solving a Halloween Mystery with R.L. Stine
What better way to celebrate Halloween than spending the day with Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine? On Thursday, October 25, a few dozen New York City third graders flocked to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the west side of Manhattan. Stine kicked off the event by reading an original mystery; then kids found their way through a 70-foot long Goosebumps-themed haunted corn maze. more
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Rights Report
Andrew Harwell at HarperCollins has acquired world English rights to Nimona, a YA graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art whose art blog,, has more than 80,000 followers. The story centeres on a spunky young shapeshifter who teams up with a rogue knight in her quest for understanding, acceptance, chaos, and supervillainy. Publication is scheduled for winter 2015. Charlie Olsen of Inkwell Management negotiated the two-book deal in a pre-empt.
Melissa Manlove at Chronicle Books has acquired world rights to Other-Wordly, a book of unusual words, their meanings, and their origins, by 18-year-old blogger Yee-Lum Mak. The book is based on Yee-Lum's popular Tumblr of the same name. Publication is set for spring 2015. John M. Cusick of Scott Treimel NY brokered the deal.
From PBS:
What the Random House-Penguin merger means for publishers, authors, and readers. Click here
From Library Journal:
NYC libraries are relatively unscathed post-Sandy, while New Jersey takes stock. Click here
From the Guardian:
A cat in Scotland is at the center of a bitter children's literature scrap. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
A Navy archeologist thinks he's located the cave that sheltered the woman who inspired Island of the Blue Dolphins. Click here
The Boston Public Library is waiving all overdue fees this month – with the Twilight books being among the most overdue. Click here
From the BBC:
An interview with Phillip Pullman about his new collection of Grimm's fairy tales. Click here
From Fast Company:
Book incubator Paper Lantern Lit helps create hits for publishers.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
George Lucas will use the majority of the $4 billion Lucasfilm sale price for educational philanthropy. Click here
From School Library Journal:
In the wake of Sandy, libraries offer refuge, wifi, and services to those in need. Click here
From the Detroit News:
Bestselling mystery author Elizabeth George publishes her first thriller for teens, The Edge of Nowhere. Click here
From the Huffington Post:
An eight-year-old girl wrote a letter to Dwell magazine in response to their article about Architect Barbie. Click here
From Digital Spy:
Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book is being adapted into two graphic novels by illustrator P. Craig Russell. Click here
From The Next Web:
A new company will let e-book readers pay only for the pages they read. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
Three Edward Gorey books – two long out-of-print, one never before published – hit the shelves.

Can Kobo Level the Playing Field?
Josie Leavitt
Can independent bookstores get a foothold in the e-reader market with the Kobo devices? Only the fourth quarter will tell. MORE

High Wind Shopping
Josie Leavitt
On Monday of this week, when hurricane Sandy was screaming towards the New York City area, we got a call in the morning from a woman asking about our website. MORE

Weathering the Storm
Elizabeth Bluemle
Some bookish ways to wait out the storm. MORE


Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!
Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton. Hyperion, $19.99 paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-4231-3310-0

Willems and Codename: Kids Next Door creator Warburton allow readers to really get in touch with Pigeon, Duckling, and other beloved characters in a banter-filled activity book with a hilariously digressive narrative. On each perforated page, the Bus Driver provides instructions for each activity (which include drawing prompts, crafts, games, and more), while Pigeon—no surprise—gently pesters readers... more

Twelve Kinds of Ice
Ellen Bryan Obed, illus. by Barbara McClintock. Houghton Mifflin, $16.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-618-89129-0

Like a souvenir from a bygone era, this homage to rural winter celebrates the gradual freezing of barn buckets and fields, the happy heights of ice-skating season, and the inevitable spring thaw. Obed (Who Would Like a Christmas Tree?) crafts an autobiographical first-person narrative of a farm family and lists her dozen crystalline varieties in ascending order. more

The Vengekeep Prophecies
Brian Farrey, illus. by Brett Helquist. Harper, $16.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-0620-4928-5

In an excellent, self-contained adventure from Farrey (With or Without You), 12-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx is anxious to prove himself at the family business: thievery. Jaxter's first attempt at burglary ends with a house fire and his family being jailed, but his parents have already put their biggest con into motion, having replaced the prophetic tapestry that predicts the year ahead for the city of Vengekeep with one that shows the Grimjinx family as heroes. more

Will Sparrow's Road
Karen Cushman. Clarion, $16.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-547-73962-5

Impudent, headstrong, and "a liar and a thief," 12-year-old Will Sparrow is also a hero to remember in this rousing story from Newbery Medalist Cushman (The Midwife's Apprentice), set in Elizabethan England. Abandoned by his mother and sold by his alcoholic father to an abusive innkeeper in exchange for unlimited ale, Will soon winds up on the dangerous open road. more

November 1, 2012

On-Sale Calendar

December brings cozy bedtime reads for young lit lovers, among them Duck & Goose: Goose Needs a Hug by Tad Hills, and An Awesome Book of Love! by Dallas Clayton. Middle-graders can lose themselves in adventure with Thea Stilton #13: Thea Stilton and the Mystery on the Orient Express by Thea Stilton, and YA fans can pore over The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black. For more December releases, including titles by James Patterson, Jane O’Connor, and Sara Shepard, check out our exclusive on-sale calendar.
Mark Your Calendar

Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: Raúl Colón is on view at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Tex. The artist, who designed puppets and animated films for educational TV before turning to children’s books, has won numerous awards for his artwork, including a 2006 Pura Belpré Medal for illustrating Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart, written by Pat Mora. That same year, Jose! Born to Dance: The Story of Jose Limon (shown above), illustrated by Colón and written by Susanna Reich, won the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award. For more information on the exhibit, which is on view at the center through March 29 before traveling to Omaha and Orlando, click here.
Children's Frontlist Fiction
#1 The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan. Click here
Picture Books
#1 Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Axel Scheffler. Click here
Olympian Heights

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