Tuesday, December 11, 2012

YALLFest 2012

Hello, readers!

I had the pleasure of being at YALLFest 2012, and I'd like to share some photos (thanks to Darcy C. and Jen H. for their awesome camera skills) and highlights, as well as feature some new titles from YALLFest 2012 authors. As always, just click on the title of the book to be magically transported to our online catalog, where you can place a hold on a book and have it sent to your neighborhood CCPL branch.

Top 5 things I learned:

  • 4 new elf puns, courtesy of Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Whipped cream pies MUST be made just moments before shoving in someone's face, or else they become sugary slop
  • Pseudonymous Bosch's real name (BUT I'LL NEVER TELL!)
  • That Andrea Cremer loves animal collective nouns (e.g., an exaltation of larks)...and sexual innuendo
  • YA authors overwhelmingly like torturing their characters.

On the Friday before the big day, we rolled out the red carpet (figuratively and literally) for seven of the biggest names in YA lit here in the Teen Lounge. From left to right, pictured here are Psuedonymous Bosch, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Michelle Hodkin, Gitty Daneshvari, and Carrie Ryan. They were all just as amazing as their books would indicate!

The finale event, the YA Smackdown, was also loads of fun. During the Smackdown, the authors were grouped into teams loosely based on their writing genre of choice and competed in improv and storytelling games. It all culminated in several authors (and, somewhat inadvertently, me) getting whipped cream--well, more like melted cream--pies in the face.

Melissa de la Cruz pies judge Sarah Rees Brennan, who uses me as a human pie-shield.

True to the theme of the festival ("Literary Friendships"), Holly Black helps Sarah Rees Brennan de-pie herself.

I can't wait for next year, and I'm so excited to read some of the new titles out from the 2012 crew (many of whom will hopefully return for YF 2013!). So check out these shiny new YALLFest titles, and reserve the second weekend in November 2013 on your calendars for the next pie-wielding YALLFest installment.

--Sarah and the YA Team

Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black

Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3)
Cassel Sharpe, a powerful transformation worker, is torn between his decision to work for the federal government and his love for Lila, who has joined her father's criminal organization.

If you haven't already read them, check out the first 2 books in the Curse Workers series:

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

When Cassel Sharpe discovers that his older brothers have used him to carry out their criminal schemes and then stolen his memories, he figures out a way to turn their evil machinations against them.

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

When federal agents learn that seventeen-year-old Cassel Sharpe, a powerful transformation worker, may be of use to them, they offer him a deal to join them rather than the mobsters for whom his brothers work.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Take a BowEmme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives--whether they want to or not.

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4)
When Ethan wakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, his one goal is to return to Lena and his loved ones, while back in Gatlin, Lena vows to do whatever it takes to bring Ethan home--even trusting old enemies and risking the lives of those Ethan left to protect.

If you haven't already read them, check out the first 3 books in the Caster Chronicles:

Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos:
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)   Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)   Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, #3)

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)
In this highly anticipated sequel, Mara Dyer continues to unravel the mystery of her powers and her relationship with Noah.

If you haven't already read it, check out the first book in this series:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes that uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day
 Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

Survive by Alex Morel

A suicidal girl is stranded in the Arctic after a plane crash and must fight for survival with the help of the only other survivor.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the StarsElliot North fights to save her family's land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

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