Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's 2008 which means...

the Class of 2k8's books are starting to hit the shelves. In fact, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME by Lisa Shroeder was spotted today in a Seattle bookstore.

We're a group of 28 debut middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) writers who banded together for promotional reasons. Along the way, we've become friends and learned a lot about each other's books. The books are very eclectic, but there's one thing they have in common--they all make for good reading.

So, without further ado, let me introduce the books to watch for in 2008 (Release months are not necessarily hard and fast):

January
THE OPPOSITE OF INVISIBLE by Liz Gallagher (Contemporary YA)
I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME by Lisa Schroeder (Contemporary Paranormal YA)

February
THE GOLLYWHOPPER GAMES by Jody Feldman (Contemporary MG)

March
A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Historical Fantasy YA)

April
BEWITCHING SEASON by Marissa Doyle (Historical Paranormal YA)
THE LUCKY PLACE by Zu Vincent (Contemporary YA)
BRALESS IN WONDERLAND by Debbie Reed Fischer (Contemporary YA)
A DIFFICULT BOY by M.P. Barker (Historical YA)

May
ALIVE AND WELL IN PRAGUE, NEW YORK by Daphne Grab (Contemporary YA)
SHIFT by Jennifer Bradbury (YA Mystery)

June
THE MAGIC THIEF by Sarah Prineas (MG Fantasy)
READ MY LIPS by Teri Brown (Contemporary YA Fiction)
A HORSE OF HER OWN by Annie Wedekind (Contemporary MG)

July
BRINGING THE BOY HOME by N.A. Nelson (MG Adventure)
LA PETITE FOUR by Regina Scott (Historical YA)
UNDONE by Brooke Taylor (Contemporary YA)

August
SLEEPLESS by Terri Clark (Paranormal YA)
THE KULAK'S DAUGHTER by Gabriele Goldstone (Historical MG)
UP AND DOWN THE SCRATCHY MOUNTAINS by Laurel Snyder (MG Fairy Tale)

September
DRAGON WISHES by Stacy A. Nyikos (MG Fantasy)
THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD by Donna Freitas (Contemporary YA)
SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD by Nancy Viau (Contemporary MG)
THIRD GRADE BABY by Jenny Meyerhoff (Contemporary MG)


October
THE UNNAMEABLES by Ellen Booraem (MG Fantasy)
THE EMERALD TABLET by PJ Hoover (MG Fantasy)
MY SO-CALLED FAMILY by Courtney Sheinmel (Contemporary MG)
AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER DOES THINGS DIFFERENT by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (Historical MG)


December
I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES by Barrie Summy (MG Mystery)

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17 comments:

Santee Babe said...

Wow. This is a seriously impressive list, capped off in December by your amazing debut novel. I predict great success for you all. On another note: perhaps your little group could help me find a publisher for my own YA novel tentatively titled:
Moronic Teenagers Behaving Badly and Driving Their Poor Parents Insane by Santee Babe .

FrecklesandDeb said...

I printed out your list and placed it by my calendar! Looking forward to some new monthly reading and discovering new authors. Best of luck to all of you.

Barrie said...

frecklesanddeb--we love you!

Barrie said...

Santee Babe--you made me snort my tea!

I love the premise of your YA novel! And it would translate so beautifully to film. Hmmmm....between our two households, we could probably dredge up a couple of "actors"!! Hee, hee!

Jason said...

I just printed out the list. I seriously support up and coming authors. Can't wait to check these books out.

Laura said...

This is great! I am going to base all my birthday presents this year off this list to help support you and your friends. GREAT JOB! I wish all of you great success in 2008!

bella said...

How cool to have a group such as this.
And now I know what to get next time I need a new book to read.

Larramie said...

Don't you just love a new book year, especially when your work is listed? Congratulations, Barrie!

Sara Hantz said...

How exciting. There are some fabulous books there..... good luck to all of you!!!!

Sherry said...

This is a lot of books...all sound good...going to check out the site...what happened to November?!? And gee...I think December is looking pretty good!! :)

booklady said...

Thanks for the heads-up. These books look terrific! Will have to check many of them out. And promoting each other sounds like a wonderful idea. :-)

angie said...

Seriously wonderfully, wonderful. I am SO impressed and will keep my eyes open for the books, and requests in at the library.

Rebecca said...

Awesome. I hope you all find success in 2008 and beyond.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I'm sending this list to my niece--an avid reader in both the middle-grade and YA genres!

Love the idea of the group--lots of good books in one place!

Chantal said...

Well doesn't that last book cap off the year beautifully. I wanted to let you know I just finished "A Complicated Kindness" My oh my, what a book. I also managed to read the Birth House (Ami McKay) loved it, and the library just called and Kite Runner is waiting for me there! WHOO HOO.

ellesappelle said...

Hi, just popping over to say hi and thank you for commenting on my blog!!

Looks like an exciting year for you. It's so cool to see a bunch of people writing for kids/teenagers - an area of fiction which is, I think, neglected and viewed as less "serious" but is one of the hardest groups to write for well. Good luck!

Catherine J Gardner / Phoenix Rendell said...

Good luck to you all - Cate