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Happy Friday, YA pals!

My last Day’s YA of 2019 is a dark thriller that will keep you awake until 2020.

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13-18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

“Jane” (we don’t know her real name) was kidnapped the summer before her senior year of high school. After seven harrowing months in captivity, Jane escapes and returns to her small, sleepy New England town. In order to heal, Jane writes a book (JANE ANONYMOUS) chronicling the events of her imprisonment.

Alternating between past and present, the “THEN” chapters detail her capture, the psychological torture she endured, her relationship with fellow inmate Mason, and her eventual escape; the “NOW” chapters cover her homecoming and recovery as she learns the truth about what really happened to her during those horrifying seven months.

This haunting thriller was absolutely terrifying. Like, put the book in the freezer and step away from it for a few minutes, terrifying. It’s been months since I read it, and I’m still thinking about Jane.


For Your Consideration: March 2020 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite March titles for the March 2020 LibraryReads list!

Votes due February 1!

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler

A stunning page-turner about two very different families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood – and the summer that changes their lives forever.

2 starred reviews!

“Traversing topics of love, race, and class, this emotionally complex novel speaks to—and may reverberate beyond—our troubled times.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Fowler skillfully renders her characters and their experiences into an unforgettable, heartbreaking story. Great for book clubs and fans of Tayari Jones and Jodi Picoult.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS by Jennifer Rosner

Email amanda.rountree@macmillan.com with a “THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS” subject line to request a NetGalley download widget.

In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives. “Memoirist and award-winning children’s author Rosner challenges the Holocaust with a touch of magic (the yellow bird appears throughout), clarifying a dangerous time and place even as she offers a vibrant, affecting portrait of the mother-daughter relationship.”–Library Journal, starred review


LibraryReads 2020 Voting Deadlines

Mark your calendars now for LibraryReads’ 2020 voting deadlines!

Votes for titles published in January 2020 are due December 1, 2019

Votes for titles published in February 2020 are due January 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in March 2020 are due February 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in April 2020 are due March 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in May 2020 are due April 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in June 2020 are due May 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in July 2020 are due June 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in August 2020 are due July 1, 2020

Votes for titles published in September 2020 are due August 1, 2020


Thriller Thursday (12/12/19)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday takes a Halloween night festival and throws in some murder, anonymous threats, an explosion, and a chilling investigation with SHATTER THE NIGHT by Emily Littlejohn.

A new addition to the series, Gemma Monroe, a small-town Colorado police detective, is back with even more murder to solve.

“Digging into the death of a friend threatens a police officer’s idyllic vision of her heroes…Littlejohn continues methodically building her heroine’s world, shifting from an almost supernatural-inflected focus to small-town secrets.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Cedar Valley, Colorado, is changing—mining operations have reopened in a nearby town, and the long-shuttered theater has been renovated and is building up to a performance of Macbeth. On Halloween night, the good times are brought to a halt when, shortly after Detective Gemma Monroe and her family call at his house, a judge is killed when his car explodes…Fans of Littlejohn’s mysteries (including LOST LAKE, 2018) will settle into this familiar blend of smart sleuthing and realistic portrayals of Monroe’s home life.”–Booklist

Read an excerpt!

2020 Texas Tayshas List

We’re thrilled to have three Macmillan titles on the 2020 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo (in the Top 10!)

SADIE by Courtney Summers

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

The Tayshas Reading List is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 9-12 to explore a variety of current books for recreational reading. Click here to view the full Tayshas list.


Nonfiction Round-Up (12/11/19)

The science behind long-term weight loss + Socialism for the skeptics + the true story of the Soviet intelligence operative nicknamed “the spy to end spies” = today’s nonfiction round-up.

HOW NOT TO DIET: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger

Included in Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2019 Announcements!

Discover the cutting-edge science behind long-term weight loss success in this powerful new book from the New York Times bestselling author of  HOW NOT TO DIE.


Included in Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2019 Announcements!

“Current Affairs editor Robinson profiles the progressive movement shaking up the Democratic Party’s old guard and makes the case for a new brand of socialism in this cogent debut.”–Publishers Weekly


Christmas Giveaway 2019

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow…books! Cue the lights, hang the mistletoe, and get your tastiest egg nog ready. Here’s your chance to rock around the Christmas tree and win 8 Santa-approved holiday-themed books.

Enter here by Wednesday, December 18 for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on our website and Twitter @MacmillanLib.


Happy #PubDay (12/10/19)

A turbulent family drama in 1957 America and a historical love story filled with secrets and heartache come together in this #pubday celebration.

THE WONDERFUL by Saskia Sarginson

“Set against a historical backdrop that will surprise many readers, Sarginson’s novel movingly captures the private and at times painful evolution of a resilient and inventive protagonist.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review


“[T]he shifting narratives form a sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart.”–Booklist

Goodreads Choice Award Winners 2019

A huge congrats to Macmillan’s 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards winners!

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (winner, Mystery & Thriller)

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (winner, Fantasy)

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston (winner, Romance AND Debut)

LJ Collection Development Spotlight on Immigration

In their “Far from Home” spotlight, Library Journal selected collection essentials for understanding the experiences of immigrants, migrants, and refugees, including these Macmillan titles:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming
THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding
CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence