VIDEO: Scott Westerfeld on an Airship

I feel like a lot of people missed out on Scott Westerfeld’s excellent novel, LEVIATHAN.

It’s an alternate history version of World War I in which the Germans have developed giant armored war machines and the British have found a way to reconstruct animal DNA in order to create battle-ready animal-vehicle hybrids.

In this video, Westerfeld takes you with him on his trip to learn more about the real-life airships that inspired the ones in his novel.

Veronica Roth’s Next Novel Series

According to the New York Times, Veronica Roth’s next book series will see its first release in 2017!

She reveals that the story will be in

 “‘the vein of ‘Star Wars’ and will tell of a boy’s ‘unlikely alliance’ with an enemy.”

I know that many of you are pumped for the upcoming movie release of Insurgent and now you have even more to be excited about!

Here’s the full article.

VIDEO: Interview with Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Maybe you’ve Cassandra Clare’s series, The Mortal Instruments. Or maybe you’ve read The Infernal Devices books. She’s a fantastic writer and her fantasy worlds are full of depth and lore.

Holly Black is another name you should know. She writes dark stuff, like The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

Together, they’ve been writing a new, five book series called Magisterium.

After watching this interview, I knew I had to read book one.

Report: YA in the UK, France

Written by Grant Goodman, 3/2/2015

Today I was wondering what the YA sales charts for Amazon look like in other countries.

I found the best seller page for teen Science Fiction and Fantasy on the Amazon US site, the Amazon UK site and the French site, too.

Let’s check out how they differ.

First, the US site:

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It appears that people are really interested in finding out more about this mermaid’s sister. It’s a title I’m not familiar with…and, actually, I don’t recognize two, three, or four. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

My guess is that with the Insurgent movie only three weeks away, those books will all find their way into the top five.

Let’s look at what’s happening in the UK:

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It seems that in his native land, Harry Potter is still the king of YA literature. And it seems that they also have taken a shine to the mermaid and her sister. The Hunger Games is selling well and James Dashner has his Maze Runner finale in the top six. The UK site, however, also mixes in children’s books, which is why book number five seems very much out of place.

Finally, to France:

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Suzanne Collins is dominating the charts, no question about it. In fifth place is Alain Grousset, a French sci-fi author with a novel about a boy who lives on a tower that is one hundred floors high. In sixth is Christian Grenier, whose book is about two warring clans: one that believes in screens while the other believes in reading and writing. (I hope both of these will make their way to American shelves!)