Random House Children’s Books Jazzes Things Up at Book Expo America
Is it just me or does everyone always feel reenergized this time of year?! The sun is out, the air feels fresher, and the range of things that you can accomplish in the warm weather seems infinite. When you work in publishing, there’s another thing that revs you up in May, and if you’re like me it can make you a bit giddy too: Book Expo America.
The annual conference, Book Expo America (BEA) is a once a year event, falling usually at the tail-end of spring. It’s a time when publishers, authors, agents, media professionals, and all-around book lovers cluster together in order to network, talk-up imminent books, share ideas, and discuss industry trends. BEA is the place where you can get some free books, meet an author you love, and explore career opportunities in the industry. Sound a little amazing AND overwhelming? Wait until the after parties!
This year, BEA ran at the Jacob Javits center in Manhattan from May 29 through May 31st. And, falling in line with tradition, Random House Children’s Books threw a celebration for their authors and industry colleagues on the evening of the 30th. This year, the festivities took place at the lovely Jazz at Lincoln Center, a party venue that also comprises part of the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts. The core of the venue overlooks the bustling splendor of Columbus circle and Central Park. That night, cheer was in full swing, with the soft light of evening flowing into a posh cocktail lounge. A jazz quintet played along as guests mingled with colleagues and friends, partook in wine and hors d’oeuvres, and met with the long list of talented (and may I say, incredibly friendly!) authors, each of whom sat at different tables dotted throughout the room. Everyone already knew that they were at a special gathering, but it was when Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books, addressed the crowd that everyone realized just how much there was to celebrate. She explained the tradition of Random House Children’s Books’ BEA party as a time to gather and truly honor and celebrate books, authors and each other. Her gratitude for every corner of the industry was seriously felt at that moment. And it was truly appreciated. The room burst into cheers.
The night was a great reminder of how wonderful the book world is, and how every facet really contributes to its success and legacy— including you, the readers!
I hope this paints the sense of energy and excitement that comprised the night of this party during BEA week! Below is a tidbit on the new books coming from the authors we celebrated that night so you too can start spreading the excitement.
Matthew Cody, Will in Scarlet (Oct 8 2013):
Our fall 2013 rep pick! From the popular author of Super and Powerless comes the story of Robin Hood–and the boy behind his rise to power. Young Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though at just thirteen he’s led a charmed, protected life, he is the heir to Shackley House while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart. With King Richard’s absence, the winds of treason are blowing across England, and soon Shackley House becomes caught up in a dangerous power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he’s ever known. Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits readers will surely recognize.
Matt De La Pena, The Living (Nov 12 2013):
Matt de la Peña takes on action-adventure in The Living–an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. Shy’s summer cruise ship job turns into a fight for survival when a massive earthquake hits Southern California. An edge-of-your-seat thrill ride for readers who enjoy apocalyptic disasters. Imagine a summer job turned bad–in the worst way. Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two–every cruise has different passengers, after all. But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy’s only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed. The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it’s a fight to survive for those left living.
Anna Jarzab, Tandem (Oct 8 2013):
Fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, and Across the Universe will love this captivating tale of rebellion and romance that spans parallel worlds. Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds, inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real–until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.
Steven Kellogg and Patricia MacLachlan, Snowflakes Fall (Oct 29 2013):
Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and acclaimed picture book creator Steven Kellogg collaborate in a tribute to the community of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Just as every snowflake is one of a kind, so are the children in our lives. This heartfelt poem describes how snowflakes fall to return as raindrops so that flowers can grow. The natural cycle shows the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives.
The people of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, adopted the snowflake as a symbol of hope following the devastating tragedy that struck their community. People around the world sent thousands upon thousands of snowflakes, bringing the magic of a winter wonderland to a village forever changed by loss. Award-winning artist Steven Kellogg, formerly of Sandy Hook, responded through his art and drew on his personal memories to evoke the spirit of the community. His paintings inspired Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, his longtime friend, to write Snowflakes Fall. The powerful but simple words of Snowflakes Fall intertwine with the joyous artwork, bringing a message of hope for children and adults alike.
Emily Winfield Martin, Dream Animals (Oct 22 2013)
Everyone needs a dream animal. What is yours? Did you know that you can’t get to your dreams without a friendly creature to take you there? Author, illustrator, and creator of The Black Apple Etsy shop, Emily Martin gently guides children on an imaginary journey by asking just who their dream animal might be–and what dream it might take them to. With perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is just plain irresistible. Separate ends and a matte cover complete the package.
Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, Magic Tree House series, Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up Houdini!, Magic Tricks from the Tree House (July 23 2013)
Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians all over the world with her New York Times bestselling series. Her sister, Natalie, co-writes all the awesome non-fiction fact-tracker companions to each of the fictional titles. Magic Tree House #50 features Jack and Annie and legendary magician, Harry Houdini! And the companion nonfiction title is a guide on how to do different magic tricks, just like Jack and Annie!
Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart (Sept 24 2013)
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.And David wants in. He wants Steelheart–the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning–and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
James Dashner, The Eye of Minds (Oct 8 2013)
An all-new, edge-of-your seat franchise from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares. Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun it is. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway? But some rules exist for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what anyone has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific–the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. Agreeing to help is really Michael’s only option if he doesn’t want to be hit with Virt-fines.
Tad Hills, Rocket’s Mighty Words (July 9 2013)
Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is back in a sturdy big board book for new readers. Preschoolers watch the little yellow bird teach Rocket simple words, like n-e-s-t and m-u-d. And beginning readers will love practicing their new literacy skills alongside another brand-new reader–Rocket! The larger size of this edition makes it perfect for sharing during storytime or lap time.
Lauren Kate, Teardrop (Oct 22 2013)
From Lauren Kate, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen books, comes a riveting new series about love, betrayal, and epic consequences–a world-altering tale told by a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance–a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle (Jan 28 2014)
The cafeteria is closing! Don’t miss Lunch Lady’s final adventure! Lunch Lady and Betty have been unceremoniously cut from the school budget, and the timing couldn’t be worse–the villains from all nine of her previous adventures are worming their way back into Thompson Brook with a masterfully devious plan. Will the Breakfast Bunch still be able to count on Lunch Lady’s superhero gadgets and abilities to save the school, or are they on their own? Don’t miss Lunch Lady’s swashbuckling finale!
Page Morgan, The Beautiful and the Cursed (May 14 2013)
The city of light is dark. Paris is been plagued with a string of disappearances and murders that echo London’s Jack the Ripper cases. Only this time, it’s high society girls who are meeting a terrible fate. And the Waverly sisters are the newest prey.
Beautiful sisters, impossible romance, dark intrigue, and paranormal mystery will draw readers into this compelling world–The Beautiful and the Cursed is the first book in a new trilogy, welcoming Page Morgan, an exciting new YA talent to the field. Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy will devour The Beautiful and the Cursed, a wholly original interpretation of the gargoyle lore.
Chris Raschka, Daisy Gets Lost (Oct 8 2013)
Daisy is back in this companion to the 2012 Caldecott Medal-winning A Ball for Daisy! Young readers, teachers, and librarians will be excited to follow Daisy the dog on her next adventure. With the same emotional intensity that he brought to his New York Times bestselling and New York Times Best Illustrated and Caldecott Medal-winning picture book A Ball for Daisy, Raschka has created a story that explores fear as only he can. Any child who has ever felt lost will relate to Daisy’s despair upon finding herself in an unfamiliar part of the park after chasing a squirrel. In a nearly wordless picture book, Daisy encounters the unease of being lost and the joys of being found. Raschka’s signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers, teachers, parents and, of course, the legions of Daisy fans out there.
Cynthia Voigt, Mister Max, the Book of Lost Things (Sept 10 2013)
Newbery medalist Cynthia Voigt is back with a rollicking mystery in three acts!
Max’s parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did they intend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped?
Until he can figure it out, Max feels it’s safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons. Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love. . . . So is he a finder? A detective? No, it’s more. Max finds a way to solve people’s problems–he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer.
Robin Wasserman, The Waking Dark (Sept 10 2013)
A book so powerful it could coin a new genre: disturbia!
They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed–or whether she’ll do it again.
Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas–something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of its upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who’s not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town–and in themselves.