Monday, 29 November 2010
Event report: Undercover at Walker Books
Next up was Flip by Martyn Bedford, a psychological thriller about a fourteen year old boy who wakes up in someone else's body. I love body swap stories, so my ears definitely perked up at this one. The Walker peeps were being extra careful not to give any plot twists away, which of course made me completely intrigued. Flip is Martyn Bedford's YA debut.
The next title was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. While this one is already out in the UK in trade paperback format, it'll be published in regular paperback in March 2011. News to me was that the film rights to Clare's first series, Mortal Instruments, have already been optioned and that the first book has been cast. So, we could see City of Bones on the big screen as early as 2012. I loved that book, so I can't wait for that. Plus, everyone in the room who'd read Clockwork Angel already sounded really enthusiastic about it, including Becky from The Bookette - so I'm planning on checking that one out soon.
Then we heard about a new novel from Todd Strasser, called Blood On My Hands, set for UK publication in April 2011. I hadn't heard of this one before, but I love the premise. Another thriller, it's about a girl who stumbles upon the dead body of another girl, is found holding the murder weapon, and has to prove her innocence. This year I read Strasser's If I Grow Up and thought it was incredibly powerful, so Blood On My Hands is definitely going on my wishlist.
For me, the big surprise of the day was the news that Michelle Gayle has a YA novel on the way. While the name might not mean much to those outside the UK, Michelle Gayle has been both a successful actress and singer over here, so a collective murmur went around the room when her name was mentioned. The novel itself is about a girl who aspires to be a WAG, and it sounds like it's actually going to be a pretty empowering read. It sounds like Walker have some interesting plans for extra content with this one, too. Pride and Premiership is due for publication in May 2011.
Next, the news that 2011 also sees the UK publication of Girl Parts by John Cusick. This is a title that I WoWed a while back, before the US release, so I was especially happy to spot a copy in my goody bag. It sounds fun and clever, and I'm really glad to see it getting an official UK release.
All in all, there was definitely a buzz in the room about the Undercover titles, and I'm really looking forward to reading and reviewing them. A big thanks goes to Walker Books and to Zoë Marriott for making this such a wonderful event.