Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BEA 2014 News: Middle Grade Editors' Buzz Panel Announced

Book Expo America is right around the corner, Steph's Stackers!! If you haven't registered yet, hurry on over to the BEA website to get your passes for May 29th - May 31st. If you are unable to attend, be sure to stay tuned to Steph's Stack for all of the BEA coverage. If you have already registered and are frantically getting prepared, don't forget to check out our BEA 2014 page for some great links and helpful hints.

So, the BEA 2014 Buzz Panel books have been announced. The Buzz Books have been selected by booksellers, librarians and other book professionals as the titles to watch out for during the coming year. The publishers give attendees a little more insight into each title and sometimes, they are even handing out copies for you to check out.

The first of these three Buzz Panels is the Middle Grade Editors' Buzz Panel. As an attendee, you can catch this panel either on Friday May 50th in Room 1E12/1E13 at 11 - 11:50am or later that same day on the Uptown Stage from 1 - 1:30pm.

Here are the books being featured this year at the BEA Middle Grade Editors' Buzz Panel:
(Book covers are linked to Goodreads for more info on each title)
From the author of The Bully Book comes a timeless story about a young boy, his father, and the world that comes between them. Marlin is not slow, or mute; what he is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. What he is also is a Rackham: the youngest son of the world-famous explorer Roland Rackham, who is the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the world can come to experience the last bit of the wild left in the world at the end of the nineteenth century.

In order to impress a powerful duke who comes to visit the Zoo, Marlin's father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, now the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of the jaguar, including Marlin—until one night, when the jaguar confers upon him a powerful gift. Soon Marlin finds himself with a difficult choice to make and, finally, something to say. If only he can figure out how to say it.
When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Sure enough, Ned grows up weak and slow, and stays as much as possible within the safe boundaries of his family’s cottage and yard. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it's Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.

In the meantime, in another kingdom across the forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King. She is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” But when Áine and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to make their way through the treacherous woods and stop the war about to boil over?

With a deft hand, acclaimed author Kelly Barnhill takes classic fairy tale elements--speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king--and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship.
Pennyroyal Academy: Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights….Come one, come all!

A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war.  She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name �Evie,” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.

Set in Grimm’s fairytale world, M.A. Larson’s Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.

Shrek meets Wimpy Kid in this epically funny tale of a troll trying to figure out how to be more popular

It’s not easy being Zarf. As a troll, he's stuck at the bottom of the middle school hierarchy, way below
the prince and knights (populars), ogres and giants (jocks), and even the lowly minstrels (band geeks). Plus, trolls aren't exactly known for their brain power or cool demeanor. But it gets worse. When the king disappears and Zarf's archenemy, the prince, ascends the throne, he makes Zarf's life even more miserable. And so it is that Zarf and his two sidekicks (a neurotic, mutton-obsessed pig and the not-funny son of the court jester) set out to find the missing king as well as their way to middle school heroism. (Okay, the heroism part might be wishful thinking.)

The first book in this brilliant new illustrated series from comics creator Rob Harrell has the perfect mix of real world and fairy tale.

Titles not yet added to Goodreads or lacking cover art:

The Truth About Twinkle Pie by Kat Yeh

For more BEA 2014 scoop, be sure to check out the Adult Editors' Buzz Panel and the Young Adult Editors' Buzz Panel lineups!


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