The rise in popularity of young adult books has been one of the publishing world’s success stories of recent years. Ten years ago, major children’s book publishers were releasing 80% picture books and 20% books for older “young readers.” This has now flip-flopped to 20% for picture books and 80% for middle grade and young adult readers. No doubt, the success of Harry Potter began this trend, but it has continued and shows no signs of slowing down.
Those of us in the wider Nashville area are most fortunate to be home to some of the successful middle grade and young adult authors publishing today. At the same time, Parnassus Books has been asked to host big name authors, as well as talented debut authors. We are grateful for this “embarrassment of riches” and would like to share it with readers near and far.
For this reason, we are emulating our popular Parnassus First Editions Club, which began last year and made available the works of Jon Meacham, Dennis LeHane, J. K. Rowling, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, and other award-winning, bestselling authors. The newly inaugurated PARNASSUS YOUNG ADULT FIRST EDITIONS CLUB will present young adult authors of the same caliber as our original First Editions Club…authors such as Marissa Meyer (Cinder and the upcoming Scarlet) and Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray and the just released Out of the Easy).
Our April selection is THE SILVER DREAM by Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman, Emmy Award Winner Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves.
Yes, it takes a team of excellent writers to come up with a tale so filled with danger, magic, science, and, oh yeah, the battle to save people in all the world in all possible dimensions.
In the bestselling fantasy adventure, Interworld, sixteen-year-old Joey Harker, a very average kid, discovered that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some are ruled by magic, some by science; but all are at war, and Joey walked straight from his very average world into these other dimensions. He joined the battle to save the various worlds being threatened by evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo, and saved Altiverse—the dimension that contains all the myriad Earths—from complete destruction.
Now in The Silver Dream, Joey must trust a mysterious stranger, Acacia Jones, to maintain an uneasy peace. Who is she, though, where is she from, and how does she know so much about InterWorld?
“Mind stretching” in the way Harry Potter and His Dark Materials are, The Silver Dream will evoke spirited discussions among its readers; but most of all, it will entertain, as only this team of writers can do.
The book will release in late April; however, since we want all three authors to sign our first editions, it will be May before you receive your selection. Believe me, it’s worth the wait!
As you can see, the PARNASSUS YOUNG ADULT FIRST EDITIONS CLUB is starting off with a bang, and we invite you to share in the excitement of having a signed first edition from two amazing authors.
How it works:
Beginning this February, every other month we will select a young adult first edition, have the author sign it, and send it to our club members. That's all there is to it! You can count on the following:
A signed, first edition book six times a year
Hand-picked titles recommened by Parnassus booksellers and the American Library Association
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