Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A New Year of Great Books

Happy New Year! Here's to 2008 and another year of great reading!

Do you have a YA book that will be out in 2008? Or is there one you are looking forward to? Let's hear it! Give us the title, the pub date, and to make it fun (and challenging!) a ONE liner to describe it.


LindaJoySingleton said...

I have a new YA trilogy starting with DEAD GIRL WALKING is the first book about a directionally challenged teen who has an out-of-body experience and lands in the wrong (but gorgeous & rich) body. Flux/Sept 2008

Linda Joy Singleton

Anonymous said...

Thanks for asking!

My debut novel, JUMP THE CRACKS, is "a fast-paced thriller about a strong-willed teen girl who becomes both rescuer and abductor of a child at risk."
It's coming out in March from Flux.

Anonymous said...

TRADING FACES will be our first book in a series about identical twins who switch places and shake up the social hierarchy of their new middle school.

Aladdin MIX/Simon&Schuster- September

Happy new year all!
from Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy

E. Lockhart said...

Thanks for asking.

I have two:

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS; Hyperion, March, 2008. Girl infiltrates boyfriend's all-male secret society and executes complex and political pranks.

HOW TO BE BAD, with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle. HCollins, May 2008. Three girls go on a Florida road trip in search of escape, love, redemption and doughnuts.

CindaChima said...

Hi, thanks for asking. The Dragon Heir is set for release in September from Hyperion DBG. It's the third book in my modern YA fantasy series.
The galley cover and first chapter are posted at

Cinda Williams Chima

Dorian Cirrone said...

Thanks for helping to get the word out about all these books!

Mine is PROM KINGS AND DRAMA QUEENS (February 26; HarperTeen). Caught between her crush and her conscience, Emily Bennet learns that freedom of the press might not include the freedom to press her lips against those of hottie-next-door Brian Harrington.

Anonymous said...

Happy new year!

I have TAKE ME THERE coming out on May 15 from Viking Children's Books. It's about one life-altering week in the lives of three New York City teens, told from their alternating perspectives.

You can read an excerpt on my website at www.susanecolasanti.com.

Susane Colasanti

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Healing Water - release date March 1.
Pia is banished to Hawaii's leprosy settlement where survival involves wrenching decisions - anger or aloha, selfishness or cooperation, revenge or forgiveness.

Elizabeth Scott said...

Thanks for asking!

I have several books coming out this year:

PERFECT YOU, Simon Pulse, March 2008--family + former friend x boy = trouble!

STEALING HEAVEN, HarperCollins, May 2008 -- thief meets cop--love? disaster?

LIVING DEAD GIRL, Simon Pulse, September 2008 -- Everything you see is lies.

Jo Knowles said...

I'm not positive of my pub date yet but my next novel, JUMPING OFF SWINGS, might make it out in 2008. It's about four teenagers and how their lives change in unexpected ways when one of them finds out she's pregnant.

I also just read an amazing book by Laura Weiss called LEFTOVERS. I think it had a Jan 1 pub date.

Can't wait to read all the great sounding books on this list!



Anonymous said...

I have a new YA novel coming out - the first book in the Touch series. It's called DEADLY LITTLE SECRET and it's about a mysterious boy with a very dark past and a very special power. It's due out in the fall of 08. Thanks so much for asking!

Laurie Stolarz

Melissa said...

I love hearing about everyone's upcoming releases!

Mine are:
VIOLET BY DESIGN, the second book in the Violet series, follows Violet to Brazil and then all over Europe, as the girl next door faces new challenges on international fashion runways. Berkley JAM/Penguin, March 2008


VIOLET IN PRIVATE, the third book in the Violet series, finds our heroine determined to leave the modeling world behind her and have a normal freshman year in college, complete with a plan to win back the heart of her beloved best friend. Berkley JAM/Penguin, August 2008


Maryrose said...

I have two, too:

MY LIFE: THE MUSICAL (Delacorte, March 2008). Two Broadway-obsessed teens must confront the truth about their favorite musical, their mysterious idol, their friendship and themselves, all accompanied by showtunes!

HOW I FOUND THE PERFECT DRESS (Berkley Books/Penguin, May 2008) In this sequel to WHY I LET MY HAIR GROW OUT, half-goddess Morgan is back home in Connecticut, where she must find a leprechaun to help undo the enchantment that threatens to ruin both her junior prom and her love life, forever.

A very happy new year to all,

Maryrose Wood

sara holbrook said...

Hi there. Thanks for asking!

MORE THAN JUST FRIENDS is a roller coaster of poetry (co-author/poet Allan Wolf) that begins with "What do you do when he/she looks at you" and ends with "Regrets."

Boyds Mills Press/Sept. 2008

Little Willow said...

There are SO many books on my to-read list!

Kerry Madden said...

Dear YA Writers Cafe,
Livy Two turns 13 in JESSIE'S MOUNTAIN...I don't know if that counts as YA, but at any rate, JESSIE'S MOUNTAIN will be published Valentine's Day, 2008, wrapping up (for now) the Smoky Mountain Trilogy.

Happy New Year!

All best
Kerry Madden

LIz said...

The Class of 2k8 has 14 YA books! :)

Check out our blog.

Thanks for all of your great posts in 2007, and here's lookin' at 2008!

LIz said...

Oops! The real 2k8 blog, I hope.

SarahP said...

You already know about the Class of 2K8 (woo!)

Mine's for 10 and up, so the YA reader is fair game.

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas, from HarperCollins Children's on June 1st. It's a fantasy, the first in a trilogy, about a scruffy kid with a dark past who picks a wizard's pocket and embarks on an adventure involving magic, henchmen, biscuits and bacon, evil Devices, and crossing a (mostly) frozen river on a night of stars as bright as daggers.

Thanks for asking!!

Marissa Doyle said...

One sentence... :)

Okay, here's one of the 14 2K8 YA books...BEWITCHING SEASON (April, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers): While making their debuts in 1837 London, a pair of twin witches rescue their governess and the soon-to-be Queen Victoria from a dastardly plot...when they're not looking for Lord Right.

Regina Scott said...

I'm also a member of the Class of 2k8, and my first YA, La Petite Four, will be out in July 2008 from Penguin Razorbill. In 1815, Lady Emily Southwell and her three dearest friends plan to take London by storm until they run afoul of a dashing young lord who may have more up his sleeve than a nicely muscled arm.

Thanks for asking! Here's to a great 2008!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for asking! I'm also a Class of 2k8 author. My book, Shift, will be published May 20 from Atheneum Books for Young Readers. The novel deals with the fallout after Chris returns from a cross-country bike trip without his former best friend and riding partner Win.

Jennifer Bradbury

Anonymous said...

There's SO many great books! I have an anthology out on 5/5 called Breaking Up is Hard To Do with Ellen Hopkins, Lynda Sandoval and Niki Burnham. It's an ecclectic group of stories about break ups right before senior year. And then my debut book, Sleepless, comes out in August with HarperTeen. It's about a teen psyhic who's stalked in her sleep, if she dies in her dreams she dies for real.

Shana Norris said...

My debut novel, SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT, is due out in February from Amulet Books. It's about a girl who sets her hair on fire in chemistry class and then starts a secret blog, which gets posted throughout her school and reveals her friends' secrets and her own.

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Elizabeth Bunce said...

Thanks for putting this together--what a great list!

I'll chime in as another Class of 2k8 Member. My debut YA, A CURSE DARK AS GOLD comes out in March from Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. It's a retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" set in a haunted woolen mill during the Industrial Revolution.


debbiereedfischer said...

Hi and thanks for posting this! I have two books coming out in 2008.

BRALESS IN WONDERLAND (Dutton/ April) After 16-year-old Allee is spotted by modeling scouts at her local mall, she gets whisked away from her sleepy Florida town to model in fabulous Miami.

SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS (Flux/ Sept) Peyton's dream of making it onto the varsity cheerleading squad quickly turns into a nightmare when she's forced into playing a key role in "Operation Smellika", a cruel hazing plan targeted at a new squad member.

mpbarker said...

Thanks for asking!

My historical novel is called A DIFFICULT BOY (Holiday House/April 15), about two indentured servants who must overcome their differences to defeat their tyrannical master and win their freedom in 19th-century New England.

M.P. Barker

Ellen Hopkins said...

My next verse novel, IDENTICAL (McElderry), releases in August. I also have a novella, JUST PLAIN LISA, in a May anthology called BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO (Houghton Mifflin). And a short story, "Pretty, Hungry" in a summer YA anthology called DOES THIS BOOK MAKE ME LOOK FAT (Clarion). All are in verse, BTW.

Readingjunky said...

I just read the ARC for BIG FAT MANIFESTO. Excellent! One sentence - A feisty fat girl lets the world have it right between the eyes!

Anonymous said...

My book MEXICAN WHITEBOY will be out in August, 2008 (Delacorte). It's about a half-Mexican kid's emotional search for his missing old man.

Matt de la Pena

Anonymous said...

Wow! So many great books to look forward to! Thanks for sharing everyone! Keep 'em coming!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

I'm so late to this party, you'll probably never see it, but here goes:

On January 8, my second YA book published by S&S. SECRETS OF MY SUBURBAN LIFE is about a girl whose novelist mother gets crushed to death by a stack of Harry Potter books, after which the girl becomes involved in a sort-of mystery involving an online predator.

Then, on March 25, my first tween book pubs, also from S&S. ME, IN BETWEEN is about a 12-year-old girl with spectacular breasts who feels conflicted over her assets.

Thank you for this opportunity!

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