Field Trip Friday: December 19, 2014

I am filling in for Kate Hart this week, although next week is her last Field Trip Friday! That's when she'll bring us her amazing year-end roundup of 2014 publishing news and YA goings-on. Be sure to stop by!


After concerns raised by Writer Beware and John Scalzi regarding copyright terms, websites The Toast and The Butter clarify and update their contracts.

Sad news. Norman Bridwell, who created Clifford, has died.

Judy Blume will have a new book out next year!

Tade Thompson explores writing "the other," and the distinction between etic and emic approaches to cross-cultural representation. (via Tu Books)


At Parade, YA and MG authors pick their 2014 must-read books.

More for your TBR pile! The American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) selects their Best Books of 2014.

SLJ's Top 10 Latino Books.

Diversity in YA has put together a 2014 Gift Guide.

And here's Buzzfeed's list of 28 Best Books by Women in 2014.

Over at School Library Journal, librarian Karen Jensen discusses teens and poverty in YA literature.

ABC Family has picked up the television series based on Blake Nelson's RECOVERY ROAD.


Birds, backs, and Instagram filters, oh my! Kelly Jensen at Stacked has a two-part roundup of 2015 YA cover trends. Part 1 and Part 2.

Agent news: Stephen Barbara will be moving to Inkwell Management.

Erin Cox at Publishing Perspectives asks if the label "young adult" needs rebranding.

Malinda Lo breaks down diverse representation on YA book covers in 2014.


Rich in Color is having an awesome year-end giveaway!

Have you entered our 12 Days of Highway Holidays giveaway? It ends tonight!


Over at The Good Men Project, Peter Pollard has a fabulous essay on decriminalizing trauma.

Oh, Channing Tatum, never change.

Dear Sugar is back (as a podcast)!

TWO Hip Hop Hall of Fame museums will be opening in New York.

If Ayn Rand reviewed children's films....


Bunny binkies. 

Cover Reveal: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

Today we are so pleased to get to share the gorgeous cover for Nicola Yoon's upcoming contemporary YA debut, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (Fall 2015, Random House/Delacorte). This is one I cannot wait to read. It sounds (and looks!) amazing!

Here it is!

The cover:

The book:
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left her house in all of her seventeen years. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

Nicola's thoughts:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cover. It's a piece of art. The illustration was done by this amazing duo of artists (Good Wives and Warriors) from the UK. They do incredible, large scale fine art installations & smaller illustrations for magazines, etc. I'm beyond honored that they designed the cover for my book.

My favorite thing about the cover is just how vibrant and detailed and intricate it is. Besides being so beautiful, all the illustrations are meaningful and represent the things that happen as Madeline's world opens up. The book itself has drawings (done by my lovely & talented husband) and so it's nice to see the interior reflected on the outside.

I can't wait to see this on bookshelves in all its glorious glory. Writing and publishing a book is one of my biggest, oldest, and wildest dreams. I still can't believe it's coming true!

About Nicola

NICOLA YOON grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and their daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is her first novel. You can follow Nicola on her website or on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook - @NicolaYoon

Author photo credit is Sonya Sones

12 Days of Highway Holidays Giveaway: Day 12

Today is the twelfth (and last) day of our Highway Holidays Giveaway!

I don't know which part of the holiday season I love most, but shiny new books are pretty high on my list. Especially that moment when you get to sit down and try to choose which one you're going to read next. So, for today's prize, I'm giving you a book of your choice by one of my lovely fellow bloggers.

Need help choosing? You can learn more here:

Like Mandarin, by Kirsten Hubbard
Wanderlove, by Kirsten Hubbard
Mila 2.0, by Debra Driza
Renegade, by Debra Driza
Charm and Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn
Complicit, by Stephanie Kuehn
Nobody But Us, by Kristin Halbrook
Fates, by Lee Bross, writing as Lanie Bross

Enter the giveaway at the link below. Happy reading! And happy holidays too!

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12 Days of Highway Holidays Giveaway: Day 11

Day 11 of our Highway Holidays Giveaway! I cannot believe Christmas is less than a week away!

Winter is a wonderful time for holing up with a good book and writing your butt off; but sometimes you've got to step away from the novels and notebooks. Sometimes you've got to have some good old-fashioned fun. With magnets. And Shakespeare. And bad poetry.

I give you: Shakespeare's Magnetic Poetry Kit. Steal from the master and make something ridiculous with his timeless words. And then stick them on your refrigerator so everyone can see your mad genius.

Enter the rafflecopter below, and you could win this and everything else YA Highway is giving away this holiday season! 

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12 Days of Highway Holidays Giveaway: Day 10

We're in double digits now: it's the tenth day of our Highway Holidays Giveaway

Instead of lords a-leaping (because that'd be weird), I opted for a sketch journal and pens. Hardcover sketch journals are one of the best places to capture your thoughts (and sketches, if you're so inclined). Preferably unruled, since LINES CAN'T CONTAIN THIS!!

Also these pens are my fave -- for writing, but especially for doodling.

 Enter the rafflecopter below, and you could win – along with 12 day's worth of amazing things YA Highway is giving away!

12 Days of Highway Holidays Giveaway: Day 9

On the ninth day of Highway Holidays, my true love gave to me --- one stiff drink! With less than 10 days till Christmas, we could all use one, amirite?

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win Tim Federle's TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD, a collection of literary cocktails (I'm partial to the Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita), or some (maybe all!) of the other gifts we're giving our readers!

Check back each day for new prizes, and see what Days 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 have up for grabs!

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12 Days of Highway Holidays: Day 8

Happy Monday, and welcome to day eight of Highway Holidays!! Today's prize will fill your belly with all the delectable dishes inspired by the one and only Harry Potter. That's right, get excited people, because today you can enter to win:

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards!!

Mmmmm, cauldron cakes....I'll have a few of those. And also a lemon pop.

To win this (or any of our other awesome Highway Holidays prizes,) just enter the rafflecopter below!!

Lots of love,
Amy Lukavics

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