Books for Teens

Day’s YA – HIS HIDEOUS HEART

Got the mid-summer reading doldrums? EXCELLENT. Allow me to introduce you to thirteen dark and creepy tales guaranteed to pull you out of that funk…

HIS HIDEOUS HEART ed. by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Available September 10, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

HIS HIDEOUS HEART is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s eeriest tales, reimagined by your favorite Young Adult authors, including Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Rin Chupeco, Kendare Blake, and Tessa Gratton, among others.

My favorite stories are…

Tiffany D. Jackson’s “It’s Carnival!” (“The Cask of Amontillado”), in which Cindy seeks revenge on Darrell (after enduring years of harassment) during Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Carnival.

Lamar Giles’ “The Oval Filter” (“The Oval Portrait”) is the unsettling story of Tariq’s dead ex-girlfriend who is haunting his phone while also leading him to her killer.

amanda lovelace’s “The Raven (Remix)” is an enchanting blackout poetry version of Poe’s THE RAVEN, in which large portions of the original text are blacked out to reveal lovelace’s poem underneath.

Stephanie Kuehn’s “Happy Days, Sweetheart” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), my favorite, is the brutal story of a girl who would do anything to be the best . . . but will her guilt be her downfall?

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Day’s YA – RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Now that it’s officially summer, I present to you the Ultimate Beach Read.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
9781250316776
Available now from St. Martin’s Griffin
New Adult

Alex Claremont-Diaz is American royalty. He’s the son of the first female president and rules the White House gossip ring with his sister June and the VP’s granddaughter, Nora .

Henry is actual royalty. As the Prince of Wales, he is the golden boy of the British Isles . . . and Alex’s #1 enemy.

When photos of a major confrontation are leaked to the press, Alex and Henry are forced into a fake friendship. To their scheming PR teams, the plan is foolproof—Alex and Henry will attend functions together, pose for photos, and smile, smile, smile. But what happens when sworn enemies fall in love? Could a secret romance lead to a scandal of international proportions?

I know this one isn’t technically YA, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this fun and sexy New Adult romance with you. Anyone who has heard me talk about books at all recently has heard me gush about RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE. This book is like getting a big hug from your best friend—it’s comforting and weird and hopeful and queer AF (which, incidentally, also describes my best friend).

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist has deemed these adult titles to be
perfect for teen readers . . . and we agree!

NATURALLY TAN by Tan France
From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation Queer Eye, Tan France’s memoir has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of one of the few openly gay, South Asian men on television.

“In many ways, this is a coming-of-age memoir; France met his first boyfriend and began his career in fashion at 17. Teen fans will be interested.” —Booklist, YA Interest

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
This debut novel from the Hugo-award-winning Sarah Gailey combines the mainstream fantasy appeal of The Magicians with the twists of Tana French’s investigative noir series.

“A magical boarding school will always bewitch YAs; add in the teen subplots and you’ve got a sure thing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Happy Hour Book Buzz at ALA Annual 2019

In case you are #alaleftbehind and missed our epically awesome Happy Hour Book Buzz #MLHAPPYHOUR (guest starring Jeanine Cummins!), here are the highlights:

Adult

AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | January 21, 2020 | 9781250209764 | HC | $26.99
YOU ARE NOT ALONE | Hendricks + Pekkanen | March 3, 2020 | 9781250202031 | HC | $27.99
A BETTER MAN | Louise Penny | August 27, 2019 | 9781250066213 | HC | $28.99
WHAT ROSE FORGOT | Nevada Barr | September 17, 2019 | 9781250207135 | HC | $28.99
THE WHISPER MAN | Alex North | August 20, 2019 | 9781250317995 | HC | $26.99
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250219596 | HC | $26.99
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER | Janice Hadlow | February 18, 2020 | 9781250129413 | HC | $28.00
OONA OUT OF ORDER | Margarita Montimore | February 25, 2020 | 9781250236609 | HC | $26.99
THE GOD GAME | Danny Tobey | January 7, 2020 | 9781250306142 | HC | $26.99
RUST: A Memoir of Steel and Grit | Eliese Colette Goldbach | March 3, 2020 | 9781250239402 | HC | $27.99
MOLLY: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats | Colin Butcher | October 8, 2019 | 9781250204776 | HC | $26.99
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast | Jonathan Safran Foer | September 17, 2019 | 9780374280000 | HC | $24.00
HIGH SCHOOL | Sara Quin + Tegan Quin | September 24, 2019 | 9780374169947 | HC | $27.00
FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo | Louise Callaghan | January 14, 2020 | 9781250248947 | HC | $27.99
A HUNDRED SUNS | Karin Tanabe | April 7, 2020 | 9781250231475 | HC | $27.99
THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS | Jennifer Rosner | March 3, 2020 | 9781250179760 | HC | $25.99
UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church | Megan Phelps-Roper | October 8, 2019 | 9780374275839 | HC | $27.00
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | October 1, 2019 | 9781250265708 | HC | $27.99
FIND ME | André Aciman | October 29, 2019 | 9780374155018 | HC $26.00
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL | Ben Lerner | October 1, 2019 | 9780374277789 | HC $27.00
DOMINICANA | Angie Cruz | September 3, 2019 | 9781250205933 | HC $26.99

YA

WAYWARD SON | Rainbow Rowell | September 24, 2019 | 9781250146076 | HC | $19.99
DIAMOND CITY | Francesca Flores | January 28, 2020 | 9781250220448 | HC | $18.99
FOUL IS FAIR | Hannah Capin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250239549 | HC | $18.99
THE SILVERED SERPENTS | Roshani Chokshi | February 4, 2020 | 9781250144577 | HC | $18.99
RUTHLESS GODS | Emily A. Duncan | April 7, 2020 | 9781250195692 | HC | $18.99
GOBLIN KING | Kara Barbieri | April 21, 2020 | 9781250247605 | HC | $18.99
HIS HIDEOUS HEART: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined | Dahlia Adler | September 10, 2019 | 9781250302779 | HC | $18.99
THE MADNESS BLOOMS | Mackenzi Lee | February 4, 2020 | 9781250136169 | HC | $18.99
THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel | Melissa Albert | January 7, 2020 | 9781250246073 | HC | $18.99
ANNA K.: A Love Story | Jenny Lee | March 3, 2020 | 9781250236432 | HC | $18.99

Day’s YA – FINALE

Welcome, welcome to the last Day’s YA from New York City’s Flatiron Building!

We are saying goodbye to our beloved and historic digs, so it seemed appropriate that I share Stephanie Garber’s final chapter in her award-winning and bestselling Caraval series.

FINALE by Stephanie Garber
9781250157669
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 13 to 18

Stephanie Garber introduced readers to the enchanting and magical world of Caraval back in January 2017. In FINALE, Garber bids farewell to sisters Scarlett and Tella—the duo we eagerly followed as they learned about love, loss, trust, and fate. In this epic conclusion, major secrets are revealed—both about the sisters and their mother—that might have earth-shattering consequences.

Stephanie Garber has created an absolutely stunning conclusion to the Caraval Trilogy. Between the spectacular world, the enchanting cast of characters, and the astonishingly high stakes, good luck catching your breath! Because the story is told by both Scarlett and Tella, we are offered insight into their individual motivations—something we hadn’t experienced in earlier books.

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Adult Books for Teens

These adult books are perfect for teen readers!

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

“Teen McGuire fans admire the substance she brings to her fantasy worlds, and they’ll connect with the story’s coming-of-age themes.” —Booklist, YA Interest

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler
A poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition & wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens.

“Teens intrigued by space and science will be fascinated by Nedda’s unusual childhood and mission as an astronaut.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
A captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

“From being bullied by childhood tormentors to bonding with the mother who abandoned her, Emmeline’s journey may grip teen readers.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Teen Talk (5/23/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from the past two months, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (#ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
Ages 14 to 18

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is a heartbreaker and troublemaker and his label has threatened to drop him if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour and fix his image. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

“Hahn’s nuanced and complex rendering of both protagonists will stir hearts. ” —Booklist 

“A good ol’ fashioned love story.” —Kirkus Reviews

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195661
Ages 13 to 18

Let them fear her.
In this stunning Joan of Arc inspired debut, Nadya—a peasant girl who can speak to the gods—must find a way to work with a deadly adversary to turn the tide of the war and assassinate the mad king. When their scheme leads them straight to the royal family, Nadya must decide whether to trust the High Prince—her country’s enemy—or the beautiful, troubled boy with powers that may ignite something worse than the war they’re trying to end. Chaos ensues.

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” 
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Densely descriptive prose flows smoothly . . . with lush, specific depictions of magic that are compelling.” —School Library Journal

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Day’s YA – ASK ME ANYTHING

Happy Friday, fellow book-lovers!

We’re ending this week with a fun, honest, patriarchy-smashing take on coding and the birds & the bees!

ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee
9781640636583
Available now from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 And Up

Wilmont Academy has been teaching the same archaic sex education for decades. Enter Amber Henderson! Using her coding and web design skills, Amber creates an anonymous blog providing free, honest, sex education and advice. She carefully selects and answers questions, not shying away from anything difficult or awkward. And for anything she doesn’t know, she relies on her parents.

When the administration hears about the blog, they enlist the second-best hacker in the school (aka Amber’s crush, Dean) to shut it down. And now Amber has to figure out how to keep her blog intact without losing Dean or her reputation in the process.

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Day’s YA – AGAIN, BUT BETTER

TGIF, YA pals!

Let’s end this week with a dash of international adventure, a pinch of flirtatious eye contact, and just a little bit of magic.

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio
9781250299253
Ages 12 to 18
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books

Shane is pre-med and in desperate need of change. A semester abroad in London studying Creative Writing is just the ticket. While across the pond, Shane makes friends easily and even falls into a flirty crush thing with Pilot, the cutey from across the hall. When Shane’s parents show up unannounced and discover that she’s been lying to them about her studies, well, y’all know what happens next . . . Shane is back in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. No more writing. No more Pilot.

Fast forward six years. Shane, while interviewing for residencies, runs into Pilot for the first time since her semester abroad. The pair then embarks on a magical journey . . . back in time to 2011. Shane and Pilot are given the do-over that we non-book characters only ever dream about. But, will they get it right this time?

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