Our New Publicist: Meet Graciela!

Hi I’m Graciela and I’m the newest Publicist at the Young Readers division at Penguin Random House Canada! I immigrated to Canada three years ago from the Mexican Caribbean and traded beautiful beaches for the concrete jungle that is Toronto.

I live and breath YA, but you can also catch me singing from the top of my lungs to one of the many showtunes I listen to. (Note: I am not a good singer)

5 Random Facts About Me

  1. I was born and raised in Cancun but I can’t handle spicy food.
  2. I am a sucker for musicals. One of my goals is to open a company for talentless people that want to be on Broadway.
  3. I have two mini schnauzers that are my whole world.
  4. I was a med student for three semesters. Turns out it was nothing like Dr. House
  5. I didn’t learn how to read until I was 7 years old because no one knew that I could not see the letters in the books or whiteboard in the classroom.

Favorite Penguin Random House Titles

Fallen
By Lauren Kate
480 Pages | Ages 12+ | Paperback
ISBN 9780385739139 | Ember
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

If I Stay
By Gayle Forman
272 Pages | Ages 12+ | Paperback
ISBN 9780593403846 | Penguin Books
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Looking for Alaska
By John Green
272 Pages | Ages 14+ | Paperback
ISBN 9780593109069 | Penguin Books
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak
608 Pages | Ages 12+| Paperback
ISBN 9780375842207 | Knopf BFYR
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Vampire Academy
By Richelle Mead
352 Pages | Ages 12+ | Paperback
ISBN 9781595141743 | Razorbill
Love and loyalty run deeper than blood. St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school – it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s – the very place where they’re most in danger . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi – the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires – make Lissa one of them forever.

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Anticipated Penguin Random House Titles

Putting the YA in FRIYAY: Looking For Alaska

Last week, the much anticipated adaption of John Green’s Looking For Alaska premiered on CBC Gem. We were so excited, we sat down to live tweet the first episode on Tuesday – catch up on the thread here:

Want more Looking For Alaska content? Back in October when the show premiered on Hulu, our friends at Penguin Teen did a live tweet of the first episode too:

They also put together a recap on their blog and a fun fact-filled video:

And now we want to hear from YOU! Have you read Looking For Alaska? Or watched the show? Let us know your thoughts and we’ll add them below!

“It’s been almost a decade since I read it so my memory of the story itself is pretty vague, but it was one of the books I loved in the height of me reading YA as a teen, and it holds a really good nostalgic feel for me! I’m excited to dive back into the story during quarantine, since I’ve been enjoying some old hobbies of mine and rewatching things for nostalgia’s sake.”  – emilykatereads

You can also check out this podcast episode from Canadians Brenna and Joe for a different take!