The Best After Ever, which will be released in May 2013. Set in the fictional beach town of Colby, where several of Dessen’s novels take place, it features 18-year-old Emmeline, who is spending her last summer before college working for her family’s vacation rental business and enjoying a summer romance with a young aspiring filmmaker.
I mean, I was anyway, just due to the description, what with the Roanoke and the voices of the dead and the misfit girl and the teen criminal and the alchemists and the feds... but now, the beautiful cover has me swooning all over my living room:
Full disclosure: Although we've never met in person, I consider Gwenda a friend. But, come on. A plot line that includes all of those things AND a cover like that? So totally up my alley. I'd even give it a try if John Grisham wrote it.
The Minnesota parents who challenged And Tango Makes Three in the Rochester school system will not be re-filing their challenge. From now on, one of the parents has to be present whenever the student checks books out of the library.
Our reading challenge can be both completed and conquered. To complete the challenge, read or listen to 25 of the 80 titles before the deadline. Everyone who completes the challenge will be invited to submit a reader response (which can be text, audio, video, graphics, or some combination) to his or her favorite (or least favorite!) Best of the Best title, which we’ll publish here on The Hub. Additionally, everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing to win our grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2011 and 2012 YA lit titles! (If you’re a librarian or teacher, we’ll also toss in a couple of professional development titles.)
Before you ask: only titles read during the challenge period count towards the total, so if you've already read a ton of them, you'll need to either re-read them or read others.
PS. I really, really dislike this whole sign-in-to-access-the-YALSA-booklists thing. Aren't we librarians supposed to make information easily accessible?