I was lucky enough to be invited to the Atom Bloggers Party yesterday. The aim of the event was to tell bloggers about Atom’s upcoming titles. We were shown an exciting and diverse selection of young adult and children’s fiction:
The Night School by C.J. Daugherty, January 2012
I’m really looking forward to reading this one as I’ve been hoping for more young adult thriller/mystery novels. I know it looks paranormal, but I’m certain it isn’t. Allie Sheridan is a troubled teenager whose parents have finally had enough of her. She is sent to mysterious boarding school, Cimmeria Academy, and things get even worse when she is attacked. Is the Night School, a secret group of students, to blame? The Night School has been compared to The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
Trapped by Michael Northrop, December 2011
Trapped is another ‘realistic fiction’ survival thriller that I’m really looking forward to reading. A group of seven students become stuck in their school when a blizzard causes snow to pile up outside. They were meant to be picked up by their parents but no one came. Unaccompanied, the students have to figure out how to survive.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, February 2012
The dystopia trend does not look like it’ll be leaving any time soon and I’m thrilled about that! Under the Never Sky is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic love story involving Aria – the privileged citizen of Reverie, and Perry – an outsider from The Death Shop, who sees the society for what it really is.
Bunheads by Sophie Flack, March 2012
Bunheads is a realistic fiction novel about a nineteen-year-old Hannah who attends the pretigious Manhattan Ballet Company. Hannah has strived for a career in ballet her entire life, and the pressure is starting to get to her, until Jacob enters her life. Now she must choose between her first solo and her first love.
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, April 2012
This novel was published in Norway three years ago and has since become a bestseller and prize winner. A Willy Wonka-style lottery sends a group of teenagers to the moon. Upon winning, the group receive eerie warnings and experience strange events. The tag line is “it’s the trip of a lifetime – if they make it back alive”.
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman, January 2012
This book looks super fast-paced and action-packed. Nora is given an ancient manuscript to translate, which is the key to the story’s mystery: Nora turns up at her friend’s house only to find one dead, one catatonic, and one missing. Nora travels to Prague in attempt to unveil the truth.
Adorkable by Sarra Manning, May 2012
“Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business…she feels inexplicably lonely”. Sarra Manning told us that she wanted to create a heroine that wasn’t a swooning, helpless character nor a ninja warrior, but someone more realistic and in between.
The Witch of Turlingham Academy by Ellie Boswell, March 2012
This is a new generation of witchy goodness. The Witch of Turlingham Academy is a trilogy that’s described as The Worst Witch and Chocolate Box Girls with a splash of Enid Blyton.
Truth or Dare: You’re Invited to a Creepover by P.J. Night, April 2012
I would’ve loved this novel as a young teenager since I adored Goosebumps. Truth or Dare is a selection of scary stories told around a sleepover campfire.
Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, May 2012
Goddess Girls is a series of books about the Greek goddesses while they were at school. The first book is called Athena the Brain and the series is already quite popular in the US.
I had a fantastic time meeting the Atom team as well as the bloggers who attended: Leanne, Andrew, Lynsey, Carly, Laura, Vivienne, Sammee, Rhys, Jo, Bella, Clover and Karen. (I know there were other bloggers that attended and who aren’t listed here, my apologies!). We also had a chance to hear from Sarra Manning and C.J. Daugherty. C.J. Daugherty has the most amazing American/English accent. The Little, Brown office is also absolutely fantastic – they have their own personal library area with comfy sofas! This is where we were able to eat treats and socialise with the team and fellow bloggers.
You can also read Atom’s write-up of the event here.