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Julie Buxbaum is the author of the critically acclaimed adult novels THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and AFTER YOU and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish. She used to be a lawyer, but realized making stuff up for a living is so much more fun.
Julie’s debut Young Adult novel, TELL ME THREE THINGS (Delacorte, April 2016), tells the story of a sixteen year old who while still grieving over her mother’s death, finds herself in a new house, at a new school, in a new city, with a new stepmother, but no friends — until an email arrives from an anonymous fellow student offering to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters. This contemporary YA novel mixes comedy with tragedy and poses the question: What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
- Favorite book growing up: THE SECRET GARDEN which she finds so magical and healing that to this day she still uses it for a good dose of bibliotherapy.
- Childhood aspiration: To be Wonder Woman.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Cafe. Morning. She tries to keep normal 9 to 5 working hours, but life often gets in the way.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Playing pretend with her children, which is a lot like writing but without having to worry about page counts. Or logic.
- Favorite sports teams: Sports? What are those?
- Surprising personal fact: Julie quit her job and wrote her first novel because of a New Year’s Resolution. It’s the only resolution she’s ever kept.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Becoming a part of the warm and vibrant and fun YA community!
Where to find her:
Meg Leder revealed her cover for THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK on August 8th. This YA Contemporary is pitched as Eleanor & Park meets Why We Broke Up, and is the YA novel that tells the story of 17-year-old Penelope Marx, whose first love ends their relationship unceremoniously. She decides to curate the artifacts of their time together to help tell her story and heal her broken heart.
In her junior year of high school, Penelope Madeira Marx, aged sixteen going on seventeen, comes face to face with the devastating, lonely-making, butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
It happens like this:
She falls in love.
And just like the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs, heartbreak comes hurtling at Penelope with the fury of one thousand meteors.
The Museum of Heartbreak (MoH) is the United States’ national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of this particular series of events. Along the way, visitors will learn the stories of Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy; Cherisse, possibly the worst person in the world; Audrey, Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend; and Eph, her equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing childhood friend.
Welcome to The Museum of Heartbreak.
Samantha Mabry revealed her YA magical realism debut, A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON, on August 26th over on YA Highway.
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.
Julie Buxbaum revealed her cover for her YA Contemporary debut, TELL ME THREE THINGS, on September 8th over at EW.
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?
Kristy Acevedo revealed the cover and first chapter for her YA Sci-Fi debut, CONSIDER, on September 10th over at YA Interrobang.
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?
The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.
To stay or to go. A decision must be made.
With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.
AROUND TOWN: Kathy MacMillan, author of the YA fantasy SWORD AND VERSE, will be presenting “Connecting with Debut Authors” along with blogger Alyssa Susannah of http://eaterofbooks.blogspot.com at KIDLITCON 2015 in Baltimore, MD on October 10. Link: http://tinyurl.com/kidlitcon Sword & Verse is coming January 2016!
AROUND THE WORLD: Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss and Associates will be representing film rights for SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods. Turkish rights for Darcy Woods’ SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS have recently been sold to Pegasus.
Plus the SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS COVER IS REVEALED TODAY at 1PM over at YA Books Central. Go check it out!