Attention fans of The Mortal Instruments! We invite you to partake in the

Magnus Bane Quote Vote

to celebrate the forthcoming release of the deliciously entertaining and wonderfully extravagant The Bane Chronicles.

We’ve picked 16 of Magnus’s sassiest quotes from across The Mortal Instruments and The Bane Chronicles  and are pitting them against each other in a battle to determine the warlock’s wittiest witticism.

We will begin the voting on 22 October of this year. You can see the selected quotes above, and will be voting on Twitter - simply follow @WalkerBooksUK and #LoveMagnus from the 22 October to get involved.

And please share this invitation - this is not an exclusive party!

wearetatal:


We are serious fans of Jandy Nelson’s first book, so you better believe we were excited to find out that a new book was coming. Katie gets the scoop:

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonI’ve spent the past few days trying to come up with the perfect analogy for this book. So far all I’ve got is it’s The Sky Is Everywhere (see full review) meets Graffiti Moon (see more posts) meets Jellicoe Road (see full review)on crack. Or something like that. Or, put more simply, it’s magnificent.This is the story of twins: Jude and Noah. Noah gives us his side of the story starting at age 13. Jude picks up her side of the story three years later, a very different person from the one Noah introduced us to. Somewhere in between the twins have gone from being each other’s safe place to virtual strangers who share a wall. As each twin tells their side of the story in alternating chapters, a larger picture unfolds where we’re taken on a trip through time, through art, through gorgeous language, family drama, romance, and heartbreak. To tell you much more than that about what happens would really just be stepping on Jude and Noah’s toes. This is their story.Full disclosure: I’ve been waiting years for Jandy Nelson to follow up The Sky Is Everywhere, and when that day finally came I was more than a little worried that there was no way my high expectations could be met. In the end, though, this sophomore effort left my expectations in the dust, surpassing them several times over. It’s dazzling, crackling with emotion and intelligence, the sort of book you have to text a friend about as you read, because such deliciousness is really meant to be shared. So make sure to pass it on when you’re done. :-)

Amazing review of I’ll Give You the Sun - literally can’t wait until our edition comes out in April! Such a long time to wait…

wearetatal:

We are serious fans of Jandy Nelson’s first book, so you better believe we were excited to find out that a new book was coming. Katie gets the scoop:
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ve spent the past few days trying to come up with the perfect analogy for this book. So far all I’ve got is it’s
The Sky Is Everywhere (see full review) meets Graffiti Moon (see more posts) meets Jellicoe Road (see full review)on crack. Or something like that. Or, put more simply, it’s magnificent.

This is the story of twins: Jude and Noah. Noah gives us his side of the story starting at age 13. Jude picks up her side of the story three years later, a very different person from the one Noah introduced us to. Somewhere in between the twins have gone from being each other’s safe place to virtual strangers who share a wall. As each twin tells their side of the story in alternating chapters, a larger picture unfolds where we’re taken on a trip through time, through art, through gorgeous language, family drama, romance, and heartbreak. To tell you much more than that about what happens would really just be stepping on Jude and Noah’s toes. This is their story.

Full disclosure: I’ve been waiting years for Jandy Nelson to follow up
The Sky Is Everywhere, and when that day finally came I was more than a little worried that there was no way my high expectations could be met. In the end, though, this sophomore effort left my expectations in the dust, surpassing them several times over. It’s dazzling, crackling with emotion and intelligence, the sort of book you have to text a friend about as you read, because such deliciousness is really meant to be shared. So make sure to pass it on when you’re done. :-)

Amazing review of I’ll Give You the Sun - literally can’t wait until our edition comes out in April! Such a long time to wait…

lunaslittlelibrary:

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by @abbymcdonald “highly entertaining/ Sadie’s journey is…redeeming” #amreading #ukya
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lunaslittlelibrary:

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by @abbymcdonald “highly entertaining/ Sadie’s journey is…redeeming” #amreading #ukya

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Hello, all. Emily here. I’ve been reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio recently and it made me think of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I felt as though Ava and August – the protagonist of Wonder – are literary companions, both giving us a new perspective on the world around us. Both books consider what it is to be “normal” or “ordinary” with great compassion, sensitivity and poignancy. They encourage us to reflect on our own behaviour and treatment of others. And they remind us of how insignificant appearance is compared to character and soul.

In Wonder, August has a facial abnormality which constantly draws unwanted attention. Auggie sees himself as ordinary – he feels ordinary – but no one else seems to share this view. His dad worries that Auggie starting school will be like sending “a lamb to the slaughter”. The way that many of the students react to Auggie makes him more aware of his appearance than ever. But school also brings Auggie a lot of happiness. It’s his chance to hang out with people his own age and do normal things. Why should he hide away? On the inside, he’s just like all the other kids his age.

Ava Lavender was born with wings, and in a bid to protect her from the world, Ava’s mother has kept her at home for the first fifteen years of her life. Ava longs to be able to go to school and spend time with her peers, and begins sneaking out of the house in the evenings to meet her friends. She knows that deep down she is just a normal girl, but there are others who see her as a mythical creature. And it is this delusion that brings tragedy to Ava’s life.

Although the settings of these two stories are quite different – Wonder is a contemporary novel set in New York City, while The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a generational story which shifts from France to Seattle – they both remind us that difference is beautiful and not something to fear. Moreover, they show us that sometimes trying to protect those we love can cause them greater pain.

These superb books are not only a masterclass in storytelling, they are also a vital lesson in treating people equally and really seeing the person by looking beyond just appearance.

Book Blogger UKYA Award Winners!!

The results of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards are in, and our very own Patrick Ness has won 4 categories!!! Many thanks to all the amazing bloggers who organised it, and for everyone who voted! 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is out in paperback this thursday. To celebrate, we’re teaming up with Books on the Underground to give away 500 copies on the London Underground, this wednesday. We’ll be dropping copies all over the tube. If you’re London based, keep an eye out for a free copy and beautiful feather bookmark.

15 Hilarious Bookstore Chalkboards

Review and giveaway of The Jewel by Amy Ewing by The Book Belle! 

We’re recruiting Ava Advocates for this mesmerizing, lyrical tale of the plight of Ava, a girl born with wings.
For a chance to become an Ava Advocate and receive 2 copies of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, plus some gorgeous feather bookmarks, just email marketing@walker.co.uk and answer the following question.
If you were born with wings like Ava, where would they take you?

We’re recruiting Ava Advocates for this mesmerizing, lyrical tale of the plight of Ava, a girl born with wings.

For a chance to become an Ava Advocate and receive 2 copies of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, plus some gorgeous feather bookmarks, just email marketing@walker.co.uk and answer the following question.

If you were born with wings like Ava, where would they take you?

Want to know the title of Non Pratt’s new book?

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Non Pratt’s debut novel, Trouble, came out earlier this year, and her second YA book is due out next year.

She’s had a really tough time thinking up the perfect title. But here it is.

REMIX.

What do you guys think? Non would love to hear from you on Twitter @NonPratt.

The journey to picking this title has been a long and arduous one. Non says that naming a book is harder than naming a child. Visit her Tumblrnonthepratt to see exactly how hard it was to come up with REMIX.

You might also like to check out this handy post-it note flow chart she made to help her with the title choice process.