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inkpop Fundamentals: March 10, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 10, 2011

‘Lemonade Mouth’ puts author Mark Peter Hughes on the map! Though originally published in 2007 by Random House as the second middle grade novel from Mark Peter Hughes, Lemonade Mouth hit bookstores with an underwhelming debut, prompting Hughes to pack up his family and create a press tour all his own that consisted of stops in 38 states where he spent hours signing and selling copies of the novel at over 60 bookstores to draw attention to his work. Flash-forward four years, and stores are finding it challenging to keep the book on shelves. Toted as the next High School Musical; since its debut on the Disney Channel on April 15, 2011, Lemonade Mouth has been noted as “the most-watched original cable movie of 2011” with the soundtrack to the film hitting # 1 on iTunes – making Hughes and his five lovable, high school misfit characters a household name. “Disney…was drawn to the novel because its characters appeal to both boys and girls and because of its message of empowerment.” Boston Globe.

‘Wither’ author Lauren DeStefano weighs in on the popularity of dystopian Since its release on March 22, 2011, Lauren DeStefano’s Wither, the first title in The Chemical Garden Trilogy, has wowed readers, and joined the ranks of 2011 dystopian YA novel releases – such as Lauren Oliver’s Delirium and Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Now the author is sharing her views on the history of the genre, and why it is so popular right now. Check out her article here. MTV.

Authors Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher team up for ‘The Future Is Us’! She is the author of Tangled, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Vegan Virgin Valentine, Love and Other Four-Letter Words, and Guyaholic. He is the author of Thirteen Reasons Why. Together, they have signed on to pen The Future is Us, a YA novel “set in 1996, when less than half of all American high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented for several more years. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD-ROM with 100 free hours. When she and her best friend Josh log on to AOL they discover themselves on Facebook … fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what life has in store for them. Josh and Emma are about to find out.” The Future is Us is expected to his bookstores in November of 2011. GalleyCat.

Over to you…are you a fan of Lemonade Mouth? Did seeing the film Lemonade Mouth prompt you to read the book? Have you read Lauren DeStefano’s Wither? Why do you think dystopian is such a popular genre right now? Are you a Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher fan? What do you think of The Future is Us? Will you be picking up a copy when it hits bookstores in November?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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