Saturday, 16 March 2013

News Round Up! 16th March

I've decided to try and make my news posts a more regular feature on the blog (providing there's enough news to fill a post!) so here's my latest recap of what's been happening in the world of YA this week.

The shortlist of nominations for the Carnegie medal, a prestigious children's book award, have been revealed this week. You can check out the nominations below.

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
In Darkness by Nick Lake
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Have you read any of these books? I absolutely loved Wonder so I'm really pleased to see that up there. Code Name Verity and Maggot Moon are on my to-read list as well. I'll have to check out some of the others! You can find out more about these books and the award over on the Carnegie Medal website.

You may have seen my post earlier in the week about the new cover for In Your Dreams by Amy Martin. You can find out more about this fantastic book and the gorgeous new cover on Amy's website right here.

Rather excitingly for those keeping up with news of the Delirium TV pilot, author Lauren Oliver tweeted a picture of the cast after their first read-through of the script this week. Check out that photo here.

More actors joining the Divergent cast have been revealed this week and we finally have a Four! And so the fandom freaks out and breathes a sigh of relief at the same time. Theo James will take on the role. We've also learnt which role Kate Winslet will play. It's been rumoured she was involved in the film for a while but now we know she'll be playing Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews! Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Zoe Kravitz will take on the roles of Caleb, Tori and Christina respectively. It was also revealed that Eric will be played by Jai Courtney. (Links go to IMDB). What do you think of these casting roles? I think they all look great - especially Kate Winslet who I'm a huge fan of! I haven't seen the others in anything so I'm really interested to check out these guys and find out a bit more them. I think the actor playing Four looks pretty spot on, though.! Read more about this story on Hypable.

Carrying on with the adaptation news, Stuart Beattie will adapt the screenplay for Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I'm reading the sequel to this book at the moment so it's great to hear news of the film adaptation moving forward. Find out more on

Veering away from YA slightly but still a news story I found interesting, this week the UK government announced that they've added e-books to the list of items they use to track inflation. Here's a quote from an article in the Guardian:
The ONS said ebooks, read on devices such as Amazon's Kindle or the Kobo eReader, are "a significant and growing market", noting huge recent increases in the number of people reading digitally.
Do you read more e-books these days? Do you think it's right that they are taken into account when talking about the things we buy regularly?

Which of these news stories have you got you most excited this week? Let me know in the comments!

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