Monday, June 21, 2010

Publisher Spotlight - Egmont USA

I was lucky enough to be able to go to BEA last month and despite the craziness of the exhibition floor, was able to get some great ARCs. Rather than post a list of the ARCs, I thought it would be more fun to take a look at the different publishers and some of their upcoming releases. I noticed that Jenny at Wondrous Reads does a feature called UK Publisher Spotlight where she highlights publishers and their newest titles. So, I asked if I could borrow her idea and focus on US Publishers and she was nice enough to say yes!  Jenny’s blog is made of awesomesauce (plus she let me borrow her very cool idea), so you should definitely go visit.

Today we're taking a look at Egmont USA.  This publisher's tagline is: We Bring Stories to Life

According to their website:

Egmont USA is a children’s book publisher based in Manhattan. We have been building our team and our list and planning our launch since January 2008. We have a small, highly experienced and talented team across editorial and marketing and we are fired up about making a real impact with our books.

Egmont USA is part of the Egmont Group, one of Scandinavia’s leading media groups, with activities including film, TV production, and interactive games.
At BEA, I was able to stop by the Egmont booth.  Everyone at the booth was very friendly and welcoming.  The editors were eager to show off their upcoming books and hand out ARCs.  I have to admit that every book I've read from Egmont has been terrific, so I have high hopes for the ARCs I got from them.

On Wednesday at BEA, Egmont was spotlighting these books:

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
My review

His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.

Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
Publication Date: August 24, 2010

Could any two sisters be more tightly bound together than the twins, Katherine and Anna? Yet love and fate intervene to tear them apart. Katherine's guilt and sense of betrayal leaves her longing for death, until a surprise encounter and another near catastrophe rescue her from a tragic end. Set against the magical kaleidoscope of the Philadelphia Centennial fair of 1876, National Book Award nominee Beth Kephart's book conjures the sweep and scope of a moment in history in which the glowing future of a nation is on display to the disillusioned gaze of a girl who has determined that she no longer has a future. The tale is a pulse by pulse portrait of a young heroine's crisis of faith and salvation in the face of unbearable loss.

How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible
by Scott Seegert and illustrated by John Martin
Publication Date:  August 24, 2010

Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.

From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey).

With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.

In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)

Rich and Mad by William Nicholson
Publication Date: September 14, 2010

This is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in between. Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything

Notes from the Blender by Brendan Halpin and Tricia Cook
Publication Date: October 26, 2010

Declan loves four things: death metal (particularly from Finland), violent video games, Internet porn, and Neilly Foster. He spends most of his classroom time wondering what it might be like to know her, to talk to her, maybe even brush against her in the hallway.

Neilly is an accomplished gymnast, naturally beautiful, and attends all the best parties (to which Declan is never invited). But in one horrible day, she’s dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her former BFF Lulu, and walks in on her mom and some guy when they are half-naked.

Turns out, Declan’s dad is marrying Neilly’s mom. Soon. Which means they’ll be one happy Brady Bunch–like family.

In a hilarious, smart, seductive romp, Brendan Halpin and Trish Cook take us on a journey with Dec and Neilly as they discover the true meaning of family.

Also from Egmont this fall:

Virgin Territory by James Lecesne
Publication Date:  September 14, 2010

Virgin Territory explores the power of faith and our need to believe in miracles. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Flack is uprooted from his cozy life in New York City by the death of his mother of cancer the night before 9/11. Transplanted to Jupiter, Florida, he finds each day stretching darkly into a future without hope. Enter: the Virgin Club, a nomadic group of trailer kids whose mostly single parents drag them all over the country in search of sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Although not looking for membership in any club, Dylan falls in love with their leader, Angela, who believes that change occurs in direct proportion to desire and the willingness to take risks. In a series of misadventures and brushes with the law, she teaches Dylan to risk a future without his beloved mother. miraculously, his newfound courage leads to a confession from his father that brings them closer together and catapults Dylan into a future that holds more promise.

Blood on my Hands by Todd Strasser
Publication Date: September 28, 2010

Callie Carson couldn’t be happier. She finally got an invite to one of the coolest parties of the year. But her night with the inner circle quickly ends when she makes a horrifying discovery: her friend Katherine has been killed, and the bloody knife is in Callie’s hand.

Now several partygoers are snapping cell-phone pictures of Callie standing over Katherine’s body with the murder weapon. In a panic, Callie bolts into the woods, knowing that she’ll be blamed for a crime she didn’t commit.

With guilt-ridden photos all over the Web, it will take a miracle for Callie to prove her innocence . . . especially since the real murderer is still out there.

The Dragons of Noor by Janet Lee Carey
Publication Date: October 12, 2010

A dreamwalker who has lost her way. A shape shifter who fears his own dark power. A fire herd punished for his magic. Can these three teens keep the human world of Noor and the magical world of Oth from splitting apart?

The ancient trees of Noor are dying. If the blight kills the last azure trees whose deep roots bind the worlds, the bridge between Noor and Oth will split apart forever. Already as Hanna, Miles, and Taunier sail to the source of the blight, the rent between the worlds is widening, and magic is going out of Noor. The quest deepens when a strange wind blows across Noor stealing young children, and Hanna is powerless to protect her younger brother from the stealing wind. The Three journey east to the azure forests of Jarrosh. East to the dragon lands. East to the place where the wind-stolen children were taken. In Jarrosh, among dragons, the Three will be challenged to discover their hidden powers. Each of them must break beyond the boundaries of self to discover the ancient magic joining all to all.
In addition to these amazing sounding YA titles, Egmont USA has a whole slate of Middle Grade books coming out this fall.  Each one sounds more interesting that the one before.  Looks like fall is going to be a busy reading season!

Which of these titles are you most excited about?

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  1. I'm excited about Shadow Hills and Siren! I read Siren and loved it - great spooky summer beach read!

  2. I haven't read many Egmont USA books yet, but I love looking at their upcoming releases--they look so good! I want to read Siren and Rich and Mad. I hadn't heard of Blood on My Hands or The Dragons of Noor until this post and now I really want to read them, so thanks!! :)

  3. Interesting post. Shadow Hill is getting lots of play and I am very interested in The Dragons of Noor since I am a big fan of dragons.

  4. I haven't read any Egmont books yet, but many are on my wish list. Their covers, titles, and descriptions are intriguing.


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