The winner of the Prix Pierre Bottero was announced on March 6 at the Oniriques Festival in Lyon-Meyzieu, France. The prize is given for young adult fantasy novels. A jury selects the nominees, which are then voted on by teenagers, who read the books in school sponsored book clubs. The winner was Élodie Tirel for the novel É-Den: Les Survivants.
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Detcon1, this year’s NASFIC, has announced the nominees for their Young Readers Awards. Nominees were selection through a process open to anyone to determine the finalists in two categories, although only members of Detcon1 may vote for the winners. The awards will be presented at Detcon1 in a ceremony in conjunction with the Golden Duck Awards.
- Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
- The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell
- House of Hades, by Rick Riordan
- Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi
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YA author Ned Vizzini (b.1981) committed suicide on December 19. Vizzini’s first book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, was a semi-autobiographical look at a teenager whose suicide attempt landed him in an institution. His second novel, Be More Chill, has science fictional elements in it and his third novel, The Other Normals, was an alternative fantasy. He also published a collection of essays and was working on a multi-book series with Chris Columbus.
ChiZine Publications has announced a new imprint focusing on Young Adult fiction. ChiTeen will launch in the Spring of 2014 with The Unlikely But Totally True Adventures of Floating Boy and Anxiety Girl, by Paul Tremblay and Stephen Graham Jones. ChiTeen will offer the same dark and weird stories as the works ChiZine has previously published, but with subject matter more suited for a younger audience.
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Lisa Mantchev has been named the chair of the SFWA Young Adult Committee. She takes over the role from Sherwood Smith. Mantchev has been an SFWA member since 2002 and her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine and Strange Horizons. Beginning in 2009, she will be publishing a young adult trilogy, The Théâtre Illuminata.