National Public Radio recently conducted a poll about the best young adult fiction. More than 75,000 ballots were cast, and the Top 100 list can be seen here. I see a lot of books I've enjoyed a great deal on the list.
J.K. Rowling and Scholastic have teamed up to launch the Harry Potter Reading Club. The site includes a countdown clock to Rowling's global live webcast with fans in October.
The movie version of Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, will be split into two movies, much as was the final installment of Harry Potter. The first half will hit theaters in November 2014 while the second half will debut November 2015. Also, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Plutarch Heavensbee in the series' second movie, Catching Fire.
Romance Writers of America recently awarded its annual RITA Awards. Congratulations to Ann Aguirre, whose novel Enclave, won the Young Adult category. You can see my review for Enclave from my June Teen Menu column here.
So far, there are four novels and two e-stories in the Mythos Academy series. I've only had time to read the first book, but I'm really looking forward to reading the rest. Touch of Frost was one of those books that it wasn't easy to set aside. I kept turning pages well past my bedtime so I could find out what happened next. You can read more about the series at Estep's website.