I was lucky enough to attend the Penguin Teen Australia Showcase on Tuesday night and it was a wonderful bookish night. We got to see the upcoming 2018 LoveOzYA and international releases and there are some that I absolutely cannot wait for.
- Ironheart by Jodi McAlister (out now)
- Palace of Fires by Bill Bennett (out January 29)
- The Centre of my Everything by Allayne L. Webster (out January 29)
- Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza (out January 29)
- Neverland by Margot McGovern (out April 2)
- Stone Girl by Eleni Hall (out April 30)
- The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr (out now)
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (out February 8)
- The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis (out February 12)
- Misfit by Charli Howard (out February 22)
- Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda (out April 5)
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (out April 30)
- All These Beautiful Things by Elizabeth Klehfoth (out July 19)
Between talking about the upcoming releases, there were conversations with Margot McGovern and Shivaun Plozza, who both have books coming out this year. Amelia Lush was a wonderful host and the conversations were insightful and made me really excited to check out Tin Heart and Neverland.
There were also a few YA quiz questions and I won a prize for answering one of the questions correctly. The prize was a Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman tote bag, Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, and a PTA Showcase pouch/pencil case. We also got goodie bags that included a Penguin Teen Superproof that had PURPLE SPRAYED PAGES! There were also a few bookmarks and pins.
But most exciting of all… we got an early screening of Love, Simon, which is an adaptation of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
I absolutely loved the movie! I thought it was a very accurate adaptation of the novel and it was funny at all the right moments. I enjoyed nearly all of the characters, especially the teachers at Creekwood High. I was a little disappointed with Abby and Nick but overall still loved the characterisation and the way the themes were explored. Everyone in attendance at the event seemed to love it, including those who haven’t read the book (my boyfriend actually teared up at one point in the film). It’s definitely a must-see movie and you should all check it out when it comes out on March 29th.
I had an absolutely wonderful night and I can’t wait for 2019’s PTA Showcase!