Books for Teens

Day’s YA – PLEASE SEND HELP

Happy Friday, YA friends!

Tears! Laughter! Hugs! BFFs! All in one read! 

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
9781250216533
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU introduced readers to first-year college students Ava and Gen, two BFFs navigating a long-distance friendship. In PLEASE SEND HELP, the duo has since graduated, are back in the same time zone, but still many miles apart. Ava is in New York City interning at a comedy talk show and Gen is in Florida working for a small-town local paper. 

Ava and Gen’s uniquely twenty-something situations—from coping with mental health issues to deciding whether to adopt a feral cat—are relatable and often hilarious. Their friendship is not perfect and neither character is without flaws, but they are unflinchingly honest with each other and quick to forgive. They are each other’s number one fan and I, personally, would love to have them as my BFFs.

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Kirkus’s 30 Most Anticipated YA Books for Fall

Check out Kirkus‘s most anticipated YA for Fall, featuring three titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA!

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler

A haunting collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, retold by some of your favorite contemporary YA authors.

Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett

Girls are banished for their sixteenth year to release their magic into the wild and return home purified and ready for marriage, but not all of them will make it home alive.

“[Liggett’s] immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Day’s YA – THE GRACE YEAR

Happy Friday, YA pals!

You won’t be able to put down this chilling feminist dystopian.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Available October 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18
E-galley available to download on Edelweiss

Tierney James grew up in Garner County where young women are rumored to possess mysterious magic enabling them to manipulate and seduce men. To combat this, Garner County banishes them to the forest for their sixteenth year. During their Grace Year, the young women are tasked with ridding themselves of these powers so they can return cleansed and ready to be claimed for marriage.

But some won’t make it back and those who do are scarred for life and sworn to secrecy.

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Adult Books for Teens

These titles may have been published for adults, but Booklist has deemed them to be perfect for teens—and we agree!

GODS WITH A LITTLE G by Tupelo Hassman
From the acclaimed author of GIRLCHILD, this gritty, irreverent novel sees a young misfit grow into hope.

“GIRLCHILD won an Alex Award, and this novel is no less likely to inspire and reward literary-minded teens, especially aspiring writers.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
From the New York Times bestselling author of HOW TO WALK AWAY comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

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Sign Up Now for the Macmillan & Harlequin Teen + Adult Preview

Attention librarians in the Pacific Northwest! For the first time in the history of book publishing (and possibly the world), Harlequin and Macmillan are joining forces to bring you a Teen + Adult title preview!

WHEN: Monday, September 23rd | 10:00am-2:00pm
WHERE: King County Library System Service Center | 960 Newport Way, NW

Click here for full details and to RSVP!

Teen Talk (Summer 2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from this summer, 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!

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
9781250216533
Ages 14 to 18

In this sequel to I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU, long distance BFFs Ava and Gen have finally made it to the same time zone (although they’re still over a thousand miles apart). Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, but always relatable conversations, Ava and Gen are each other’s support systems through internships, relationship troubles, questionable roommates, undercover reporting, and whether or not it’s a good idea to take in a feral cat.

“This sequel packs a punch as Ava and Gen help each other navigate a gaslighting boyfriend (also Ava’s boss), an STI, Gen’s brave exposé on a homeless shelter’s treatment of LGBTQ folks, and an adopted, pregnant feral cat. Ava and Gen’s supportive, unconditional friendship is the star of this series.” —Booklist

THE LAST HOPE by Krista & Becca Ritchie
9781250128737
Ages 12 to 18

In this sequel to the YA sci-fi romance, THE RAGING ONES, Franny, Court, and Mykal have just discovered that they are human and must come to terms with that fact while locked up in prison on their enemy’s starcraft. As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new.

“Romance, intrigue, and deep worldbuilding make every page thrum with life . . . Tightly plotted and brimming with heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

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THE GRACE YEAR and THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK make the Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List was announced and includes THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (in the Top Ten!) and THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young!

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
Available October 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Celebrate Love on the First Ever Bookstore Romance Day!

This Saturday, August 17, 2019 is the first ever Bookstore Romance Day, bringing stores, readers, and writers together to celebrate all things romance!

To help celebrate, here are some of our favorite romances–guaranteed to light a spark in any heart–so you can share the love with your patrons:

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
The First Son falls for the Prince of Wales! Swoon.

THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne
The first book in the Victorian Rebels series–historical romance with scoundrels and the women who love them. You can’t go wrong with anything from this author.

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais
YA romance about the love that got away…until they meet again in Paris.

THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves
College sweethearts reconnect a decade later, but can they overcome the fears and anxieties that drove them apart in the first place? Bonus, one protagonist is a librarian!

THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary
Roommates on opposite schedules fall in love through post-it notes–squee!

Day’s YA – THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

Ready for the Norse Viking book of your dreams?

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young
9781250168481
Available September 3, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Adrienne Young’s debut and 2019 BFYA pick, SKY IN THE DEEP, was among my favorite 2018 reads. I know I’m not allowed to have favorites…but COME ON. It was AMAZING! But now it’s 2019… Enter: Young’s latest epic adventure, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK.

This standalone companion novel stars Tova, a Truthtongue (she can see the future) who washed up on the shores of the Svell clan as a child, and Halvard (remember the young boy in SKY IN THE DEEP?), who is about to become the opposing clan’s leader.

As the chapters alternate between Tova and Halvard, the conflict between their clans escalates. And although the Svell rely on Tova’s ability to see the future, her visions are not always well-received and she is blamed for their misfortune. As the battle rages, Tova must decide if she is indeed a Svell, or if she will finally find her true home elsewhere.

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August Librarian Preview

Earlier today we hosted our first ever Librarian Preview! In case you missed it, here are the highlights:

Adult

FIND ME | André Aciman | October 29, 2019 | 9780374155018
A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD | Therese Anne Fowler | February 4, 2020 | 9781250237279
THE GRAMMARIANS | Cathleen Schine | September 3, 2019 | 9780374280116
THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT | Hilary Mantel | March 10, 2020 | 9780805096606
A HUNDRED SUNS | Karin Tanabe | April 7, 2020 | 9781250231475
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | October 1, 2019 | 9781250265708
THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS | Jennifer Rosner | March 3, 2020 | 9781250179760
THE GOD GAME | Danny Tobey | January 7, 2020 | 9781250306142
DEAD ASTRONAUTS | Jeff VanderMeer | December 3, 2019 | 9780374276805
THE BOATMAN’S DAUGHTER | Andy Davidson | February 11, 2020 | 9780374538552
A HERO BORN | Jin Yong | September 17, 2019 | 9781250220608
NINTH HOUSE | Leigh Bardugo | October 8, 2019 | 9781250313072
HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD | Sarah J. Maas | March 3, 2020 | 9781635574043
YOU ARE NOT ALONE | Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen | March 3, 2020 | 9781250202031
HID FROM OUR EYES | Julia Spencer-Fleming | April 7, 2020 | 9780312606855
WHAT ROSE FORGOT | Nevada Barr | September 17, 2019 | 9781250207135
THE LONG CALL | Ann Cleeves | September 3, 2019 | 9781250204448
TAKE ME APART | Sara Sligar | April 28, 2020 | 9780374272616
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | February 18, 2020 | 9781250219596
SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS | Kawai Strong Washburn | March 31, 2020 | 9780374272081
OONA OUT OF ORDER | Margarita Montimore | February 25, 2020 | 9781250236609
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER | Janice Hadlow | February 18, 2020 | 9781250129413
DOMINICANA | Angie Cruz | September 3, 2019 | 9781250205933
AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | January 21, 2020 | 9781250209764
PECULIAR QUESTIONS AND PRACTICAL ANSWERS | Barry Blitt | October 22, 2019 | 9781250203625
MOLLY | Colin Butcher | October 8, 2019 | 9781250204776
CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG | Jeffrey Rosen | November 5, 2019 | 9781250235169
UNFOLLOW | Megan Phelps-Roper | October 8, 2019 | 9780374275839
DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN | Crystal Rasmussen with Tom Rasmussen | April 14, 2020 | 9780374538576
HERE WE ARE | Aarti Namdev Shahani | October 1, 2019 | 9781250204752

YA

WAYWARD SON | Rainbow Rowell | September 24, 2019 | 9781250146076
THE NIGHT COUNTRY | Melissa Albert | January 7, 2020 | 9781250246073
DIAMOND CITY | Francesca Flores | January 28, 2020 | 9781250220448
HIS HIDEOUS HEART | Edited by Dahlia Adler | September 10, 2019 | 9781250302779
JANE ANONYMOUS | Laurie Faria Stolarz | January 7, 2020 | 9781250303707
CRACKED UP TO BE | Courtney Summers | February 4, 2020 | 9781250256973
FOUL IS FAIR | Hannah Capin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250239549
WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughrean | December 3, 2019 | 9781250225498
THE GRACE YEAR | Kim Liggett | October 8, 2019 | 9781250145444
TWEET CUTE | Emma Lord | January 21, 2020 | 9781250237323
ANNA K. | Jenny Lee | March 3, 2020 | 9781250236432
ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED | Sophie Gonzales | March 3, 2020 | 9781250315892

Click here for a copy of our handout, and here to see which titles Tor was excited about.

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