Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Most Anticipated Books for Spring 2011: YA Edition

by Lauren DeStefano
Simon & Schuster
March 2011

Short lifespans and polygamous marriages are featured in this dystopian tale. I love the cover. I am so excited to read this book, I don't think I can adequately put it into words. My only fear is that it won't possibly be able to live up to all my expectations for it. Still, I'm hearing very good buzz about this one.

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed
by Catherine Reef
Clarion Books
April 2011

At last, a biography of Jane Austen for young readers. I like the silhouette on the cover. I've been on a "Jane Austen" spin-off kick lately, so I'd love to immerse myself in the story of her life.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
by Elizabeth Laird
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
April 2011

Maggie Blair must escape accusations of witchcraft in seventeenth century Scotland.

Puppet Play: 20 Puppet Projects Made with Recycled Mittens, Towels, Socks, and More
by Diana Schoenbrun
Andrews McMeel Publishing
April 2011

Recycled crafts are always fun. This looks like an entertaining offering.

Everything I Was
by Corinne Demas
Lerner Publishing Group
April 2011

After her dad's layoff Irene's family has to adjust to greatly reduced living circumstances. I love the cover -- Irene isn't keeping her nose above water, that's for sure.

by Katie Kacvinsky
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
May 2011

Sounds like a thinly-veiled allegory about balancing on-line and face-to-face time. Still, could be very interesting!

by Jennifer Bradbury
May 2011

Suspense, adventure, romance in the British Empire and Egypt.


  1. What a great list Madigan! I'm dying to read Wrapped, Awaken, Wither and The Betrayal of Maggie Blair, they all sound so good. I should just take my paycheck directly to the bookstore instead of depositing it in the bank:)

  2. I know! I used to work at a bookstore. That was dangerous, let me tell you.

  3. i'm hosting a giveaway for an ARC of wither, you should check it out :)


  4. I'm really looking forward to Wrapped. 2011 is going to be a great year for reading, but a terrible year for my wallet!

  5. Looking forward to Wrapped! New follower! Stop by and say hi if you get a chance!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest stalker :)

    Great picks!! I'm particularly looking forward to Wither. I've read so many reviews that say this book is absolutely brilliant.

    I hadn't heard of The Betrayal of Maggie Blair - but I'm really interested now. Thanks for bringing that to my attention! :)

  7. I hadn't heard of the Jane Austen one but I'll have to keep an eye out! I am a huge Austen fan but some of the other biographies written about her have been rather dry, so I'm interested to hear this one's written for younger readers. Thanks for the head's-up!

    A Tapestry of Words

  8. Just hopping by! You have a great list there. I am a new follower.

    Reading Lark's Hop Post

  9. Got here through the Friday Follow!

    I love that there is a Jane Austen biography coming out geared towards the younger set! She is one of my favorite authors and I'm excited that she will be even more widely appreciated.

    Eli to the nth

  10. I am SO excited to read Wither, too! It sounds SO cool!

  11. @Brodie @Ruth I know... I am dizzy with excitement for Wither. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

    @Eli @Danya I'm kind of on a Jane Austen kick right now, so can't wait to see this new biography. Have either of you read I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend? I just checked it out from the library... it looks like it's going to be great.

  12. I liked Wither and I can't wait to read Wrapped. Everything I Was looks really interesting. Nice list!

  13. I am really looking forward to Wither!

    I'm a new follower.


  14. Wither looks great! I have the galley. I need to get to it ASAP.

    I was never ever good at Art. Can't even draw a stick person very well. Haha.

  15. There are quite a few of these on my list too. I'm especially interested in reading Wither. Great list!

  16. Great list of books, they all look great. You might already have The Betrayal of Maggie Blair, but I was able to get an e-book ARC from NetGalley. If you have an e-reader, you might give it a try... I'm new to the blogging world and stopping by on the blog hop. I am now a follower!
    Somer @

  17. @Somer Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check that out!

  18. Great list! I was able to read an ARC of Wither and I loved it so I think you'll enjoy it :). The Betrayal of Maggie Blair sounds good and so does Wrapped, I'll have to check them out. Thank-you for visiting my blog ^_^.



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