Monday, 27 August 2012

Weekly Gossip

Here is your bookish news from the past week.

First up, videos!

Here is the trailer for The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne:

There's nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary. To his parents' horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats.

And an introduction to the story from John Boyne himself:

You can also read an extract here.

Here is the trailer for Lady of the Shades by Darren Shan:

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next supernatural, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city and followed by ghosts intent on driving him insane, he's haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past.

What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn't bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andenna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London's most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.

Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed's world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what's real and what's not...

You can also read an extract here.


Simon & Schuster announces brand new exclusive short stories from your favourite
YA authors! The three ebook originals are now available for just £1.99 each!

Unstrung by Neal ShustermanUnstrung by Neal Shusterman

A return to the gripping and chilling world of Unwind with this brand new short story. Unstrung bridges the action between Unwind and long- awaited sequel, Unwholly - to be published 27th September 2012.

In a society where unwanted and troublesome teens are salvaged for their body parts, Connor, Risa and Lev have set out to fight against the system that would ‘unwind’ them. In Unstrung, Shusterman opens a window on Lev’s adventures between the time he left CyFi and when he showed up at the Graveyard, and gives a few hints about what is to come in Unwholly. This is a must for fans of the series!

Dead and Gone by Jonathan MaberryDead and Gone by Jonathan Maberry

Fans of the zombie-dystopian Rot & Ruin series will love this ebook exclusive short story, in which Jonathan Maberry explores the origins of a fascinating new character. How did Riot escape from the Night Church? How did she survive the Rot & Ruin - and the horrors of her own past?

The third instalment in the series, Flesh & Bone, is published on 25th October 2012.

Stitches by Daniel WatersStitches by Daniel Waters

Get ready for four new short stories in the Generation Dead saga, available together exclusively as an ebook. Life is far from over for your favourite zombie teens: In How’s Life, Purpose Statement, Doll Parts, and My Dead Heart the undead intrigue is at a heart-racing high and Daniel Waters’ writing is at its finest. Full of unexpected twists, eerie romance and enough gothic gore to make your blood run cold, these are stories you won’t want to miss.


spinebreakersCalling all teens! Have you heard of Spinebreakers?

Spinebreakers is Penguin's UK online teen book community run by teenagers themselves.

If you're aged 13-18 and interested in receiving FREE books, reading and writing book reviews, into poetry, podcasts, video diaries, designing your own book covers, author interviews, book competitions and literature events, and if you'd like to become a Spinebreaker crew member and editor - check out Spinebreakers.

You may have heard of the project before, but if not - Spinebreakers is an online hub for teen book lovers across the UK to write book reviews and 'creative content' on the very latest YA titles, there are competitions for teens and relevant event listings, a news blog run by Penguin and Spinebreakers content and community manager Dwain Lucktung, and a Creative section for all other creative work (poems, video diaries, alternative endings, short stories etc) by the teens.

As well as all this, teens nationwide can apply to be editors where they can receive free books from Penguin every month to read and review!

Spinebreakers have three competitions running at the moment:

Create a Legacy and WIN 52 Books with Spinebreakers and Movellas

With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games giving us tomorrow’s sporting legends and legacies, Spinebreakers have teamed up with Movellas (an online community of readers and writers all sharing their stories), to bring you this fantastic ‘Legacy’ themed writing competition. Create a legacy and win a book for every week of the year!

What does a legacy mean to you? Is it an athlete who has won a gold medal at the Olympics or a fight to the death by a band of valiant warriors. Maybe it is the memories and artefacts left to you by your ancestors or simply the history of the place where you grew up.

Whatever your interpretation, Legacy is the theme of our exciting new writing competition. Explore legacy with a short story or piece of poetry and then share it with the world. The only rule is to keep your story under 1500 words – you can submit from any country and as many times as you want. Find out how to enter here.

Finish the story with Alex Scarrow author of the TimeRiders series

If you love the TimeRiders series, then get ready to have the author ‘Alex Scarrow’ set you your very own creative writing task.

To celebrate the launch the sixth book in the series, Spinebreakers is giving one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on the complete TimeRiders series and have each book signed by Alex Scarrow!

Simply listen to the beginning of a story that Alex has written and complete the ending… Find out how to enter here.

Win Penguin books for a year for you and your 3 BBF’s (Best Book Friends)!

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll know that sinking feeling as you come to the end of a great book, and the urgent need to find another engrossing volume to get your teeth into.

Each month for the next year Penguin will send you and 3 of your closest friends the latest teen books as well as some Spinebreakers best teen reads EVER. And as Penguin publishes everyone from Adrian Mole to Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby to Charlie Higson, John Green to Roald Dahl, Richelle Mead to Ally Condie, you’ll be hooked all year round! Find out how to enter here.

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