Books for Teens

SADIE and MIRAGE make the Fall 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Fall 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List was announced last week and includes SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the Top Ten!) and MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud!

SADIE by Courtney Summers
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!
SADIE is the story of a missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. When Sadie’s little sister, Mattie, is found dead, Sadie hits the road on a mission to find her sister’s killer. But when West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
Available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Also available in audio
TWO STARRED REVIEWS!!
MIRAGE is an epic fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan heritage about Amani, a poor girl who must become the body double of a princess of a ruthless empire. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection . . . because one wrong move could lead to her death. readmoreremove

Required Friday Reading (8/10/18)

It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

2018 Alex Award Winner

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer List

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming’s skillful writing brings new vividness to Doaa Al Zamel’s dramatic story. This book amply demonstrates why Al Zamel has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing [this] inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

BUTTERFLY is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world… Teens who enjoyed I AM MALALA will find another heroine in this inspirational memoir of a Syrian swimmer who became an advocate for refugees.” Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“[A] remarkable book…Like Dadaab itself, the story has no conclusion. It is a portrait, beautifully and movingly painted. And it is more than that. At a time when newspapers are filled with daily images of refugees arriving in boats on Europe’s shores, when politicians and governments grapple with solutions to migration and erect ever larger walls and fences, it is an important reminder that a vast majority of the world’s refugees never get as far as a boat or a border of the developed world.” — Caroline Moorehead, The New York Times Book Review

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

“Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers… [She] writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country’s flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities US citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read.” — Booklist

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.” — Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.” — Publishers Weekly

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

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Day’s YA – UNSTOPPABLE MOSES

Hello, YA librarians! 

Welcome to the 20th edition of Day’s YA!! (20?! Holy guacamole!) If you’d like to go back and read past reviews (like THE HAZEL WOOD, SKY IN THE DEEP, HOW I RESIST, or LEGENDARY), check out the archives here or at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, let’s get right to it!

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith
9781250138545
Available September 11, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Moses Hill is a high school junior living in the Midwest with his cousin / best friend, Charlie. Moses and Charlie grew up together and are notorious for pulling mostly-harmless pranks. One night their prank goes horribly awry and burns down a building. Moses is blamed and as punishment ends up spending a week as a camp counselor. He can either use the time to “prove [he’s] a responsible member of society” or lose his shot at Duke. But, when Moses is assigned as a “buddy” to younger camper, Lump (yes, Lump), he begins to truly learn who he is and how to heal from his own trauma.

I love when a book grabs me from the get-go. The first sentence, “Charlie Baltimore murdered me when we were eight years old,” was just the hook I needed! As the story progresses, it becomes a beautiful (and, at times, hilarious) coming-of-age story about dealing with the effects of trauma and putting the broken pieces of your life back together. In the vein of John Green and Stephen Chbosky, this debut novel is one that will grab onto you with all its might. readmoreremove

Sign Up Now: “Let’s Talk YA: Fall Announcements” Booklist Webinar

Calling all YA Librarians!! Listen to Emily Day share the latest and greatest forthcoming releases for teen readers at Booklist‘s “Let’s Talk YA: Fall Announcements” webinar on Tuesday, August 21 at 1pm Central!

Click here to RSVP. See you there!

Day’s YA – I DO NOT TRUST YOU

Hey, YA librarians! 

Today’s YA pick has you visiting far-off places all from the comfort of your own home. But don’t forget to buckle your seat belt!

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
9781250052308
Available September 11, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Memphis (known as “M”) spent most of her formative years traveling the world with her archaeologist father. She’s proficient in multiple languages and her knowledge of ancient religions is not that of a typical eighteen-year-old. However, after her father dies, M’s life takes an oddly normal turn. Her guardians, Bob and Liza, are as normal as they come, and all they want is for M to start acting like a “normal teen.” But M’s life has never been normal, and that’s not about to change now. Enter: Ashwin Sood, the handsome young man that reveals that M’s father is alive. readmoreremove

Introducing “The Girls” Podcast

Courtney Summers’ YA thriller SADIE is already making noise:
Booklist
‘s starred review called it “captivating.”
Kirkus Reviews‘s starred review called it “A riveting tour de force.”
Our very own YA gal, Emily, called it “heartbreaking and haunting.”
And now it’s making even more noise!

Coming August 1 to a pair of headphones near you: The Girls, a “true crime” podcast based on SADIE!

Follow along with West McCray’s (fictional) investigation as he searches for Sadie Hunter, a nineteen-year-old girl who disappeared after her little sister was brutally murdered.

Click here to subscribe to the podcast and listen to a teaser, and be sure to tune in on August 1 to help West McCray #FindSadie. readmoreremove

Teen Talk (7/16/2018 Edition)

Happy Monday, YA Librarians!

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

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain
9781250132512
Ages 13 to 18
When Miranda Black’s mother abandoned her, she took everything and Miranda found shelter in her friendship with Syd, who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor. But when Syd runs away suddenly and inexplicably in the middle of their senior year, Miranda is abandoned once again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left and learning what it means to be truly seen, to be finally not missing in her own life.

“The ending is really a beginning as [Miranda] finds both support and inner resilience. A beautiful new voice to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This thoughtful coming-of-age tale tenderly explores the great pain and power of forging one’s own identity as well as the inescapable influence of loved ones, even those who choose to be lost.” —The Horn Book

30 BEFORE 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too by Marina Shifrin
9781250129710
A charming, relatable and hilarious collection of essays documenting a young woman’s attempt to accomplish thirty life goals before turning thirty. In 30 BEFORE 30, Marina takes readers through her list and shares personal stories about achieving those goals. Ranging in scope from the simple (Donate Hair) to the life-changing (Become internet Famous), each story shows readers that we don’t all have it figured out, and that’s okay.

“In Shifrin’s journey to confidence and success, she provides a genuinely inspirational example without ever taking herself too seriously.” —Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Day’s YA – SADIE

Helloooooo, YA librarians!

Holy. Moly. This. Freaking. Book.

I’m not even going to waste time with a witty introduction because I’m just SO EXCITED to talk to you about SADIE. But before I begin, just know that you will not be able to put this book down. So carve out an afternoon, get comfy, and prepare yourself for a YA thriller like no other. Ready? Let’s go.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Nineteen-year-old Sadie lives in a small Colorado town where she has raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own for years . . . until the day she runs away, on a mission to find the man who killed Mattie. The police investigation was a mess and Sadie wants justice. She throws away almost everything she owns, buys a cheap car, and leaves town following whatever clues she can find to lead her to her sister’s killer. readmoreremove

Stars for SADIE!

We’re so excited that Courtney Summers’ gripping YA thriller, SADIE, has received four starred reviews!

“Summers’ novel is filled with her trademark biting commentary on sexual assault and the mistreatment of girls and women at the hands of predatory men . . . her hunt for Mattie’s killer is captivating, and Summers excels at slowly unspooling both Sadie’s and West’s investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace.” —Booklist, starred review

A riveting tour de force . . . Sadie is smart, observant, tough, and at times heartbreakingly vulnerable, her interactions mediated by a profound stutter.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have.”School Library Journal, starred review

” . . . a taut, suspenseful book about abuse and power that feels personal, as if Summers, like May Beth and West, can’t take one more dead or abused girl. Readers may well feel similarly.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Stars for MIRAGE

We’re thrilled that Somaiya Daud’s YA sci-fi/fantasy debut, MIRAGE,  has received two starred reviews!

Readers are thrown right into this incredibly built world with fully developed cultures and characters. Daud expertly uses a sci-fi setting to explore issues within our own society, particularly the effects of colonization on both individuals and cultures as a whole. This poetically written novel will appeal to many, particularly fans of CINDER by Marissa Meyer and AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir.” School Library Journal, starred review

“Daud’s gorgeously written novel features lush and poetic language that brings the setting into vivid color. In addition to the blend of [science fiction] and fantasy, Daud supplies a dash of forbidden romance destined to leave the reader gasping for breath . . . With an ending that is gut wrenching yet still hopeful, this immersive, captivating series starter is sure to have fans eager for the sequel.” Booklist, starred review

MIRAGE will be available August 28 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners. readmoreremove

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