Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BEA 2014 News: Young Adult 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 Young Adult Editors' Buzz Panel. As an attendee, you can catch this panel either on the first day of the Expo, Thursday May 29th in Room 1E10/1E11 at 10 - 10:50am or on Friday, May 30th on the Uptown Stage from 10 - 10:30am.

Here are the books being featured this year at the BEA Young Adult Editors' Buzz Panel:
(Book covers are linked to Goodreads for more info on each title)
In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
 There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.

Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there run drugs or work in brothels—or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

Titles not yet added to Goodreads or lacking cover art:

I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman

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


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