Post-BEA: Scholastic's VIP Party & This is Teen Celebration

Posted May 31, 2011 by Sara 2 Comments

One of the highlights from my time in NYC for BEA last week was attending Scholastic’s VIP party to celebrate the launch of This is Teen, Scholastic’s new initiative celebrating teen literature and all of its YA releases.

The party, held at Scholastic HQ, included a chance to mingle with fellow YA bloggers, members of the Scholastic team, and some of Scholastic’s #1 authors: Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, and Meg Cabot. (Seriously, Scholastic folks — thank you for the invite! You throw a great party!! Scroll down for party photos.)

We also got a chance to further explore the This is Teen website & Facebook page, and all of the features offered there. One of my favorites is the Book Finder — which lets you search for more books based on ones you already like. Not only is it really slick to use, but it’s incredibly good at finding books based on your tastes. I already gave it a whirl based on my preferences, and while it did pull up a few books I’ve already read, it also offered me TONS of new books to check out. Definitely give it a whirl.

This is Teen also has some GREAT contests that you can enter to win great prizes. Plus, follow This is Teen in general to get videos, interviews, insider info & much more on your favorite books & authors.

These are some of the books from This is Teen authors we got to check out at the Scholastic party:

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.
Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse

“Wonder Twins” on the run–and running amok–in Vegas. Road Trip!Paisley and Beau are boldface names again. Last time, paparazzi called them the “Wonder Twins,” two kids found alone but alive in the woods of exotic New Jersey. Three days after their mom’s death — and before their dad’s criminal misdeeds.

Flash-forward to now: Their so-called lives? Suck out loud: Hating on their cougarized, Botoxic grandma, they’re totally clueless about the location of ex-con Daddy. Till they discover a stash of old letters. That’s when they decide to jack the Pontiac and hit the road. Holding up donut shops in Sin City might seem extreme, but if they can just get their pretty bad faces back on TV — or TMZ — they might wrap up their whole gaga saga with an Oprah-worthy reunion already!

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.

When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn’t have much. She’s fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she’s broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who’s enlisted in the army.

The city doesn’t exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that’s not going to last very long. She needs help–and then it comes, from an unexpected source.

Nate Benedict is Billy’s father. He’s also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal–he’ll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then.

As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.

For the Comments: What are your favorite Scholastic teen books?

Meanwhile, here are some photos from the party:

Me (Sara) with Meg Cabot, author of ABANDON and many other fabulous books
Me (Sara) with Libba Bray, author of BEAUTY QUEENS and several other fabulous books!
It turns out that Libba & I are both Team Zombie. This is our "awesome Zombie pose."
This was the gorgeous view of NYC from Scholastic's party space in their building on Broadway.

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2 responses to “Post-BEA: Scholastic's VIP Party & This is Teen Celebration

  1. Justine

    When I think of Scholastic, I think of cultural phenomena like the Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy that are widely known among those who are not avid readers and have also compelled non-readers to read. I wouldn’t be surprised if the average non-reader named Scholastic as Twilight’s publisher (it’s Little, Brown) because Scholastic publishes the literary equivalents of blockbusters. The movie adaptations of these books go on to become box office hits, of course, but the fandoms started with the books.

    Of Scholastic’s recent YA releases, I read Abandon (my first Meg Cabot!), was surprisingly impressed, and am eagerly awaiting Underworld. I’m getting ready to crack open Beauty Queens this weekend, which will be my first Libba Bray because I futilely tried to read Going Bovine.

    I poked around the This is Teen’s websites and it’s maddening to scroll forever to see titles! Gah, I’ll stick to goodreads.

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