Books for Teens

Day’s YA – TIN HEART

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

My latest pick is chock-full of heart, wit, & just the right amount of absurdity.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
9781250312761
Ages 12 to 18
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books

After seventeen-year-old Marlowe undergoes a life-saving heart transplant, all she wants to do is start living a normal life and thank her donor’s family. But her life was never normal and her donor’s family has no interest in hearing from her. After Marlowe’s letters of gratitude are rejected, she takes on a fake name and befriends Carmen, whom she believes is her donor’s sister. On top of all of that, Marlowe, the daughter of a self-proclaimed Vegan warrior, is falling for the butcher’s son! (#SCANDAL) Could her life get any more complicated? Probably.

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Our 2019 YALSA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA’s various reading lists this year!

2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SADIE by Courtney Summers
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
FRANKIE by Shivaun Plozza

See the full 2019 BFYA list here

2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the top 10!)

See the full 2019 Quick Picks list here

2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
THE STRANGE by Jérôme Ruillier

See the full 2019 GGNT list here

2019 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the top 10!)
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

See the full 2019 Amazing Audiobooks list here

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YA E-Galley Recommendations

First, if you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) for Macmillan’s e-galleys on Edelweiss, DO IT! Then download and read these fresh, forthcoming YA and YA-okay titles:

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
IN ANOTHER LIFE by C.C. Hunter
YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

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Winter 2019 Flatiron YA Sampler

Start your year with a sneak peek of two 2019 titles from Flatiron Books YA!

Available for download on Edelweiss, this sampler features excerpts from the following upcoming YA titles from Flatiron Books YA:

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease (available February 5, 2019)
This lush and imaginative debut fantasy is about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza (available March 12, 2019)
When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl. But her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn . . .

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Two stars for TIN HEART!

Shivaun Plozza’s charming and romantic second novel, TIN HEART, has received two starred reviews!

“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd—or, as Marlowe puts it, “that moment when you’re standing in front of Bert’s Quality Butchers holding a speaker blasting ‘Meat Is Murder.’”” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Without didacticism, the text offers a glimpse into two sets of rare challenges: those faced by Marlowe, grappling with the fact that her life was restored by another’s death, and those faced by Carmen and her father, still grieving over 16-year-old Luis, whose organs were donated after a car accident. Readers will cheer for Marlowe’s bildungsroman—simultaneously unique and universal.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Day’s YA – CARRY ON

Happy New Year, YA pals!

My first post of 2019 celebrates a YA classic…

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
9781250049551
Ages 13 to 18
Available in
hardcover, trade paperback, e-book, and audio (basically any format you want)

If you’ve read FANGIRL, you know all about Simon and Baz, the main characters in Cath’s fan-fiction. In CARRY ON, YA Queen Rainbow Rowell gives Simon and Baz an entire novel of magic, intrigue, and LOTS of moody staring.

Simon is entering his final year at Watford School of Magicks. But, let’s briefly recap his previous six: Simon is deemed The Chosen One and is forced to defeat the Insidious Humdrum—a villian that is nearly identical to an 11-year-old version of himself. Yikes!

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be great for teens . . . and we agree!

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by Michele Campbell
Also available in audio
When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster.

“Teens who love to read about intrigue at boarding school will like this, too.”
Booklist, YA Interest

“This fast-paced tale will be great for teens who enjoy dark mysteries.” —School Library Journal

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
When a birth defect wipes out the planet’s entire population of men, Woman World rises out of society’s ashes. Dhaliwal’s infectiously funny Instagram comic follows the rebuilding process, tracking a group of women who have rallied together under the flag of “Beyonce’s Thighs.” For the most part, Woman World’s residents are focused on their struggles with unrequited love and anxiety, not to mention that whole “survival of humanity” thing.

“The focus on relationships and the lighthearted humor will be a big draw for teens.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Philly Book Buzz Highlights (12/14/2018)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new and forthcoming YA titles during the Philadelphia Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a list of the titles we presented. You can also download our handout here.

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan

FINALE: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber

COURT OF LIONS: A Mirage Novel by Somaiya Daud

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn + Allison Raskin

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Day’s YA – ENCHANTÉE

Welcome to the final Day’s YA post of 2018!

Read on for magic, deception, and hot air balloons! And see you all back here in 2019!

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Ages 12 to 18
Available February 5, 2019 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners

In order to provide for her chronically ill sister and to escape an abusive thieving brother, Camille uses forbidden magic to transform herself into Cécile Descharlots, Baroness de la Fontaine. As the Baroness, Camille swindles wealthy young Versaille aristocrats out of their precious coins. The glamorous palace life and the attention of a handsome hot air balloon inventor are intoxicating—but the line between her two disparate lives begins to blur as the French Revolution ignites around her.

 

ENCHANTÉE is a Cinderella-esque story with more layers than Marie Antoinette’s cakes. The stakes are high, the magic system is unlike that of any other YA fantasy, and the descriptions of Paris and Versailles are simply enchanting. The cast of characters that Camille encounters are equally humorous and maddening, and their obsession for excess and luxury juxtaposes perfectly with the poverty experienced by Camille’s family.

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2019 Texas Tayshas List

We’re proud to have two Macmillan titles on the 2019 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
CAMP VALOR by Scott McEwen and Hof Williams

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. readmoreremove

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