Books for Teens


Hello again YA librarians!

Welcome to the 10th edition of Day’s YA! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving uplifting and inspiring books lately to get me through these last weeks of winter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love winter—I really do—but even I look forward to spring come mid-March. And this book is the perfect remedy for anyone with a case of the winter blues.

Available May 15, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Also available in audio and read by the author

“Wonder is what we’re born with. Worry is what we learn.”

In this semi-autobiographical guidebook-to-life, Amber Rae uses a combination of short stories, self-help tips, and prompted journal pages to help her readers push past their fears and realize the amazing things they are capable of. With chapters on self-doubt, procrastination, envy, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and a whole host of other relevant topics, each short chapter includes a topical anecdote from the author’s life, helpful tips, and a page for journaling, mapping, or doodling. readmoreremove

Booklist Spring 2018 YA Webinar

Today Emily Day (Of “Day’s YA” fame) highlighted her favorite upcoming teen titles during Booklist’s Spring 2018 YA Announcements webinar (twitter hashtag #SpringYABooks). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here’s what she discussed:

Highlighted Titles from Winter / Spring 2018:
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18

Spring 2018 Fiction:
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner | March 13, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250143839 | Hardcover | Social Themes / Mental Illness | Ages 14 to 18

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt | Available now | ISBN: 9781250107015 | Hardcover | Coming of Age | Ages 13 to 19

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18

Spring 2018 Fantasy / Science-Fiction:
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18

THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones | Available now | ISBN: 9781250129130 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 to 18

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18 readmoreremove


Hello and happy March!

We’ve almost made it to spring, but the setting in the book I want to share with you today is as frigid and wintry as they come. You may want to bundle up before reading on!

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
Also available in audio.

This is the feminist SNOW WHITE retelling I’ve always wanted. I’ve been waiting for this book without even knowing it. If you also find yourself rolling your eyes at some of the more traditional, damsel-in-distress tales, this is the fairy tale for you.

Melissa Bashardoust’s debut novel tells the story of two young women. Sixteen-year-old Mina lives with her magician father and has no concrete memory of the mother who died when Mina was just a child. Mina longs to be loved and to be able to show love, but the glass heart inside her chest won’t allow it. When Mina and her father move to the castle, Mina decides that she will get the newly-widowed king to fall in love with her and become queen.

Lynet is the daughter of the king and has never known her mother, though she is the spitting image of the former queen. Lynet’s whole world is turned upside down when she discovers that she was formed from snow and was created to look just like her mother. Her father has certain expectations for how she lives her life, but Lynet has other plans. She wants to be less like the mother she never met and more like her beloved stepmother, Mina. But when the king ousts Mina and gives her role to Lynet instead, a rivalry for the throne is ignited between the two women.

Alternating chapters tell the stories of Mina’s past and Lynet’s present, while completely shattering the traditional fairy tale tropes. Prince Charming is nowhere to be found (and Lynet has no need for him, anyway) and Mina is a much more complicated character than your run-of-the-mill evil stepmother. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s CINDER, Angela Carter’s THE BLOODY CHAMBER, or Amanda Lovelace’s THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, Bashardoust’s novel is Frozen meets Robin McKinley and it is even more delightful than you could ever imagine.

And to top it off, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS was recently named to ALA’s Amelia Bloomer List for feminist literature! readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (2/22/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA Librarians, and welcome to today’s special *Thursday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 3pm EST (*special day and time!*) for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

FADE TO US by Julia Day
Ages 12 to 18
Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC. But then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s—and Brooke’s not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.

“A book for readers who like romance that flourishes against the odds and characters who learn and grow.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a sweeter-than-sugar summer love story, and the behind-the-scenes theater setting is evergreen.” —Booklist

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt
Ages 13 to 19
From the author of DREAM THINGS TRUE and THE RADIUS OF US comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans.

“This poignant story of grief, healing, and finding balance and purpose is told through alternating narration by the three main characters. Whether navigating financial hardship, family tensions, or precarious immigrant rights, the protagonists come across as well drawn and engaging . . . This new offering from Marquardt will resonate with readers looking for a mature coming-of-age story.” —Booklist

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (ages 13 to 18) is also available now in trade paperback.

Ages 13 to 18
When seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie gets a heart transplant, she’s given an amazing second chance at life. Then Leah discovers who the donor was—a boy from her school—and people are saying he killed himself. Plagued with unsettling dreams since the transplant, Leah realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

THIS HEART OF MINE is an emotional and captivating novel about love, loss, and the connections between people . . . [it] will make a solid addition to most young adult collections, and should be recommended to fans of John Green and to those who like murder mysteries with a twist and a hint of romance.” —VOYA

“This story will definitely appeal to students who enjoy realistic and identifiable characters, thrilling fast-paced plot twists, and mature adolescent romantic interactions.” —School Library Connection readmoreremove



Hi everyone! 

We’re back in the office after a busy (but fantastic!) few days at ALA Midwinter. It was so great to get to meet some of you in person and chat about books! One book in particular that I’m especially excited for is this lovely novel by Gae Polisner.

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
Available March 13, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Gae Polisner has done it again! (By “it,” I mean she’s written another deeply emotional, tear-inducing, beautiful novel). IN SIGHT OF STARS tells the story of seventeen-year-old Klee (pronounced Clay), who has had a pretty terrible year. When his father dies suddenly, Klee’s world begins to crumble. Klee and his father had a very special bond–he was his friend and mentor. After his death, Klee and his mother move out of NYC and into a house in the suburbs, where Klee constantly feels out of place. Enter: Sarah Wood. When Klee meets Sarah, his life starts to steady. Sarah gives him a sense of belonging that he hasn’t felt since his dad died. He begins to feel okay again . . . until a moment of betrayal shatters his universe a second time and he ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Told in alternating timelines, the story both leads us to the main event and walks us through Klee’s recovery from it. readmoreremove

Our 2018 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

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

2018 Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences):
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells

See the full Alex Award list here.

2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
DREAMIN’ SUN v.1 by Ichigo Takano, illustrated by the author
DREAMIN’ SUN v.2 by Ichigo Takano, illustrated by the author
DREAMIN’ SUN v.3 by Ichigo Takano, illustrated by the author
THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE: Siúil, A Rún Vol. 1 by Nagabe, illustrated by the author
HANA & HINA AFTER SCHOOL, v.1 by Milk Morinaga, illustrated by the author
HANA & HINA AFTER SCHOOL, v.2 by Milk Morinaga, illustrated by the author
THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne, illustrated by Veronica Fish

See the full GGNT list here.

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust

See the full Amelia Bloomer list here.

2018 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)

See the full Rainbow list here.

Over the Rainbow Reading List (Honors adult books with significant LGBTQ content)
BESTIARY: Poems by Donika Kelly
DON’T CALL US DEAD: Poems by Danez Smith
THE END OF EDDY by Edouard Louis
INSOMNIAC CITY: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes
NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal (a Top 12 pick)
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel (a Top 12 pick)

See the full Over the Rainbow (adult) list here.

The ALA’s Reference and User Services Division (RUSA) has announced their 2018 Notable Books, Reading, and Listening Lists, as well as the winner of the Sophie Brody Medal:


RSVP Now for SLJ’s Day of Dialog 2018!

Join us & School Library Journal in NYC for the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year: Day of Dialog 2018!

Be informed, inspired, and entertained by the best authors, editors, and publishers in the industry, discuss the latest trends, and get the inside scoop on the hottest books in the world of children’s and young adult literature.

This event includes a full day of panels and speaker presentations by celebrated authors as well as breakfast and lunch. Attendees enjoy access to free ARCs and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country in an intimate library-centric setting. Get a first look at exciting titles due out this fall and walk away with bags filled with books and inspiring ideas for your libraries and classrooms. Plan to stay for the whole day and be on hand for the announcement of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, which will follow the closing keynote.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9am–6pm
NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Seating is limited, so RSVP HERE right away.


Sign Up Now: Booklist Spring 2018 YA Webinar

Calling all Young Adult & Teen Services librarians! Sign up now for Booklist‘s Spring 2018 YA Announcements webinar on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:00pm Central.

Emily Day (of “Day’s YA” fame!) will give you a sneak peek of the best forthcoming titles from Flatiron YA and Wednesday Books.

Click here to RSVP. See you there!


Hey YA folks!

Whew! Anyone else feel like January was approximately 400 days long? Well, we’ve officially made it to February AND it’s ALA Midwinter month! We’ll be heading to Denver next week for the conference, so be sure to stop by our booth (#1741) if you’re also going to be there.

BUT before I get ahead of myself, allow me to introduce you to a lovely YA fantasy novel.

Available June 5, 2018 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

“I take one final look in the mirror. A girl with paper skin and pale blond hair looks back at me. She wears a heart-shaped locket of silver. Her too-thin lips are pink in the center. Her gray eyes are bolded with dark kohl, two lines tracing down her cheekbones as is the current Vetrisian style. She has a zit beneath her bangs she’s worried about, but she’s worried more about her teeth, the sharp ones that come out when she’s hungry.
She is young. She is terrified. She is playing dress-up. She is playing a very dangerous game.
She is Heartless.



Hi friends!

Welcome to the sixth installment of Day’s YA! If you’re new here, my name is Emily Day and I’m the newest member of Team Library Marketing at Macmillan. If you’re not new here, you may have noticed that we switched up our logo a bit, so be on the lookout for this new logo for all things YA-related.

Now on to an enchanting YA fantasy novel that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with.


CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Also available in audio
Will be available in trade paperback May 1, 2018

Ok, so I know I’m about a year late to the game (ha, I promise that was an unintentional pun) with this one, but please allow me my delayed obsession with this book. In the case that you, like me, have not yet discovered CARAVAL, here’s the gist: Scarlett has spent her entire life longing to participate in Caraval, the interactive, week-long game/performance that only happens once a year. When Scarlett’s cruel father arranges for her to marry a man she’s never met, Scarlett’s hopes are dashed . . . until her invitation to the game finally arrives and Scarlett and her younger sister Tella, along with a mysterious (and oh-so-dreamy) sailor they’ve just met, make their way to Isla de los Sueños to play. Everyone keeps telling Scarlett that it’s only a game and everything that happens during Caraval is merely a performance, but things become much more real when Tella is kidnapped by the game’s mystifying mastermind, and finding her becomes the only way to win the game.

I’m pretty sure I read this book in about a day and a half because I just couldn’t bear to put it down. The world is unique and imaginative and I felt like I was right there with Scarlett, wandering around and getting joyously lost (though maybe not quite as lost as her, thanks to the handy map in the novel’s front matter). Lots and lots of people are comparing this book to THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin  Morgenstern, but I’ve never read THE NIGHT CIRCUS, so I can’t necessarily endorse that comparison. However, I can say that it’s got bits and pieces of lots of brilliant YA elements. There’s the game-that’s-more-than-just-a-game aspect à la THE HUNGER GAMES; the forbidden, but chemistry-filled romance similar to that of Edward and Bella; and the magical world that feels very Wonderland-esque. But the amazing thing is that Garber manages to take all of those classic elements and make something completely new and extraordinary. Simply put, CARAVAL is magical. And with such a clever and twisty ending, THANK GOODNESS the magic doesn’t end here. The sequel—LEGENDARY—will be available May 29, 2018 [insert all celebratory emoji here]! readmoreremove