Matched wins California Young Reader Medal

crym_logo3_orig_yellow2Ally Condie announced via Twitter that Matched has won the California Young Reader Medal in the Young Adult category!

The Young Adult CYRM is based on nominations and votes from teens in Grades 9 through 12.

Matched beat out Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures as well as Dana Reinhardt’s The Things a Brother Knows to win the prestigious award!

Thanks, Fangirlish!

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Ally Condie Signing at Comic-Con International

We already let you know that Ally Condie will be at San Diego Comic-Con International this year to discuss “the delicate balance between kissing and killing” for young female protagonists with other top notch female authors, but there’s more!

Ally will also be taking part in a signing at the conclusion of the panel from 12:30pm to 1:30pm!

If you’re attending SDCC, you can check out all of the details, as well as RSVP for the event, HERE!

Matched Trilogy makes Buzzfeed’s Top 15 List

Popular entertainment website Buzzfeed recently released its list of the 15 Books Series To Read If You Enjoyed “The Hunger Games” and Matched earned itself a cozy little spot at #3 on the list!

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Why you should read it: In this perfect world, the government dictates what you eat, how much you exercise, and matches you to the most compatible mate. But when Cassia is accidentally matched with two people, she falls in love with the unexpected choice and learns about the dirty secrets of her society.

Fun fact: Condie got the idea for Matched when her husband asked, “What if someone wrote the perfect algorithm for lining people up, and the government used it to decide who you married, when you married, etc.?”

News About the 2013 Victory Tour!

Only ten days way form the convention, and its important to make sure that everyone is registered.

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Registration is only $10. Participation includes music listening/discussions, session viewing/participation, authors interviews/Q&A as well as musical viewings.

The series that will be taking part in this convention are The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, and Matched. Authors able to be interviewed are Ally Condie, Lauren Oliver, V. Arrow, and Mark Oshiro. There will also be a period of time where all recored sessions will be available after the live convention.

There will also be some session leader availabilities if you are interested.

Be sure to register in time!

Matched Movie Director: David Slade Out, Jon Chu Steps In

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Jon Chu

David Slade is no longer set to direct Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Matched. Though there’s no news as to why this change occurred, Heat Vision is reporting that Jon Chu is about to seal a deal to take his place in the director’s chair!

Jon Chu is mostly known for more modern-day, highly-choreographed films like Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D (both of which he worked on with Matched producer Adam Shankman) as well as the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It will be interested to see what he does with a heartfelt futuristic romance!

The article also confirms that the script written by Michelle and Kiernan Mulroney (who also penned Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) is complete! Hopefully, this means the project will start rolling along quickly from here on out!

Matched Trilogy Faded Graphics

Check out these fun graphics based on the covers for Matched, Crossed, and Reached created by holidayhaloway!

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Amazon Holiday Pick: Matched Trilogy Box Set

Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog has posted its top holiday picks for Young Adult readers, which includes the Matched Trilogy Box Set!

Matched Trilogy Box Set Ally CondieMatched Trilogy Box Set: This is a series tailor-made for Hunger Games readers. Romance and action in a Big Brother society, and I’m not giving anything away to tell you that it starts with a teen girl, Cassia, who is shown her expected marriage match–but for a brief second another boy’s face appears on the screen.  Hmmm… The story builds from there, each book adding a new layer and new voices to the narrative.  Addictive reading.

The rest of the list consists of the John Green Box Set, Lauren Conrad Beauty, Not Exactly A Love Story, The Hobbit (Deluxe Collector’s Edition), and Star Wars: A Galatic Pop-up Adventure. You can see the reasons for each pick here.