Books for Teens

Day’s YA – SKY IN THE DEEP

Hello to all my YA folks!

Welcome back to Day’s YA, where I share my candid responses to YA titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA. Today’s post features one of my all-time favorite upcoming titles. It’s got Viking warriors, brutal battles, a bit of heart, and a fierce female lead. Are you excited? Because you should be.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Available April 24, 2018
Also available in audio

Initial reaction: This book is so good I’m having trouble coming up with the words to tell you about it. Must process. Check back later.

Update: Okay, I think I’m good now. Here we go. readmoreremove

Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books of 2017”

We’ve got 15 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2017” list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE DRY by Jane Harper
GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali Land
GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel

Nonfiction
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (11/21/2017 Edition)

Hello hello! It’s been a great month for YA lit! Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD now has FOUR starred reviews and NOT NOW, NOT EVER by Lily Anderson is on the Winter 2017-2018 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

FRANKIE by Shivaun Plozza
9781250142993
Ages 12 and Up
A genre-hopping, darkly funny debut novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself, and falling in love, for fans of Melina Marchetta.
“A gritty and darkly witty debut.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A powerful debut about a girl learning to love despite the dangers.” —Booklist

NOT NOW, NOT EVER by Lily Anderson
9781250142108
Ages 12 to 18
A Winter 2017-2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick! Jennifer E. Smith meets THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY in this deliciously nerdy sequel to THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU, inspired this time by THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
“This is wonderful book that explores the desire to be loyal to family and to create a space that belongs solely to oneself. EVER’s is a fresh and welcome voice that unashamedly embraces her geekiness.” — School Library Journal

THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang
9781633758261
Ages 12 and Up
Hector is running away from violence; Anda has violence running in her veins. Together, they could save—or destroy—each other. Told from the POVs of the daughter of Lake Superior and a boy on the run from his tumultuous past, this haunting, atmospheric novel is perfect for fans of Laura Ruby’s BONE GAP or the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. readmoreremove

SLJ Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2017

Two Macmillan titles are included in School Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2017 & SLJ’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens list:

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
Escaping a stifling home environment, the Wolcott twins descend a set of stairs that turn out to be a portal to the bleak and brutal world of the Moors. There they find themselves, but not each other, in this beautiful and devastating prequel to EVERY HEART A DOORWAY.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
While scrounging for food in a ruined city, Rachel brings home a small creature of unknown origin, whom she names Borne. This unusual dystopian story is also a poignant, harsh, and yet hopeful double coming-of-age. readmoreremove

Books for Teens 2018 + “Day’s YA!”

Welcome to the 2018 Books for Teens post!

I am Emily Day, Macmillan’s Library Marketing Assistant / YA Specialist and your host and curator of this post. I recently moved to NYC from Boston, where I worked as a bookseller at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, an intern at Charlesbridge Publishing and the Horn Book, and a children’s literature graduate student at Simmons College. If I’m listening to music, it’s probably a Broadway musical soundtrack, I love and collect maps, and I prefer cold, cloudy days to warm, sunny ones. I read YA almost exclusively, and some of my all-time favorites are WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley, ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai, and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery (technically those last two aren’t YA, but they’re just so spectacular that I had to list them).

In addition to featuring forthcoming YA and YA-ok titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA, I will also include my candid reviews of as many titles as I can possibly read (starting with two of my absolute faves, Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD and Adrienne Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP), which will be labeled as “Day’s YA!” [GET IT? HA!] So, when you’re ready to scroll, stories of Vikings and Valkyries, hospitals and heartthrobs, mental illness and fighting back, all await you below.

Ready? Here we go!

First, make sure that you’re pre-approved on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys, including many of the titles mentioned below. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens 2018 titles here.

Now on to the books!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
Five starred reviews!!

Day’s YA Review:
Many fairy tales begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Melissa Albert’s debut novel is not one of those fairy tales. Albert expertly weaves a story that is magically creepy and mesmerizing. THE HAZEL WOOD begins with Alice, a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her mother, Ella, is constantly running from bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, the mysterious author of a beloved, but rare, book of fairy tales set in the sinister world of the Hinterland. When Althea dies suddenly Alice and her mother expect their luck to improve, but instead, their ill fortune takes a turn for the worse. Ella is taken away by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, and Alice must find her way there, despite Ella’s one command that she stay away. Alice seeks out the Hinterland to find her mother, but she may uncover much more along the way.

Reminiscent of Emily Carroll’s THROUGH THE WOODS and Emma Donoghue’s KISSING THE WITCH, Melissa Albert has hit the nail on the head with this spooky homage to fairy tales. Though Albert’s novel is not a retelling of a classic fairy tale, she has managed to create a completely original narrative filled with riveting characters and a captivating plot that still retains some of the elements of more traditional tales. THE HAZEL WOOD is an obvious choice for lovers of fantasy novels and classic fairy tales, but it will also appeal to fans of YA mystery novels, such as E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS, and stories about the discovery of deep, personal truths, such as Nicola Yoon’s EVERYTHING EVERYTHING. Albert’s enchanting debut novel is truly something special and will leave you with the lingering notion that our stories are all around us, influencing us and comprising our most inner beings.

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available May 29, 2018
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 IndieNext Pick CARAVAL, Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more. This year’s Caraval has concluded and Tella is alive—and safe, to her older sister’s relief. But Tella has secrets she has been keeping from Scarlett. Afraid of revealing the truth to the person who loves her most, Tella runs away to Valenda, the capital of the Empire, to find the mysterious correspondent whom Tella owes.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (ages 13 to 18) will be available in trade paperback on May 1, 2018.
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SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Available April 24, 2018
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Day’s YA Review:
Initial reaction: This book is so good I’m having trouble coming up with the words to describe it. Must process. Check back later.

Update: Okay. I’ve processed. Here we go.

As a member of the Aska clan, seventeen-year-old Eelyn has spent her entire life learning how to be a warrior—preparing for the traditional battle against the enemy clan. For many centuries, the gods of the Riki and the Aska have been at war, so the clans battle it out every five years on behalf of their gods. This time is different for Eelyn, though. She has been waiting for five long years to avenge the death of her brother, who fell off of a cliff in front of Eelyn during the last battle against the Riki. So when Eelyn sees her dead brother, Iri, fighting with the Riki in battle, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. In a moment of uncertainty, Eelyn is captured by the Riki and must spend the winter in their village, living among the enemy in the place her brother now calls home. Eelyn desperately longs to get back to her clan and her family, but there is no way for her to do so. When a third clan—one even more brutal than the others—attacks the Riki village, Eelyn must convince the Riki and the Aska to set aside their differences and work together to defeat the new enemy.

As soon as I reached the last page of this novel, I wanted to go back and start from the beginning again just so I could continue to be wrapped up in Young’s words. Know her characters. Experience the world she created. The character of Eelyn is a badass warrior heroine who will appeal to fans of Marvel’s Wonder Woman, as well as Disney’s Brave and Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series. Eelyn is simultaneously fierce and sensitive; she loves deeply, but she is also able to instantly take someone down with her axe. Adrienne Young’s debut novel is written with the finesse of a veteran author, and to give you a taste of her brilliance I’m going to leave you with a quote from the second page of the book that captures the emotion and voice of the novel:

“Vegr yfir fior. Honor above life. The first whistle cut into the air from our right, warning us to get ready and I closed my eyes, feeling the steadiness of the earth beneath my feet. The sounds of battle rushing toward us bled together as the deep-throated prayers of my clansmen rose up around me like smoke from a wildfire. I let the words march out under my breath, asking Sigr to guard me. To help me bring down his enemies.”

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Day’s YA – THE HAZEL WOOD

Yay! It’s YA Day!

Welcome to Day’s YA, where I, Emily Day, share some of my thoughts on an upcoming title from Wednesday Books or Flatiron Books YA. If you’d like to learn a little more about me, check out this post, where I introduce myself and tell you all my deep, dark secrets (just kidding . . . or am I?)

What you are about to read is my very first Day’s YA review (which can also be found in the Books for Teens 2018 post), so dive in and enjoy!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Also available in audio

Many fairy tales begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Melissa Albert’s debut novel is not one of those fairy tales. Albert expertly weaves a story that is magically creepy and mesmerizing. THE HAZEL WOOD begins with Alice, a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her mother, Ella, is constantly running from bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, the mysterious author of a beloved, but rare, book of fairy tales set in the sinister world of the Hinterland. When Althea dies suddenly Alice and her mother expect their luck to improve, but instead, their ill fortune takes a turn for the worse. Ella is taken away by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, and Alice must find her way there, despite Ella’s one command that she stay away. Alice seeks out the Hinterland to find her mother, but she may uncover much more along the way. readmoreremove

Introducing Day’s YA!!

Hi there, fellow readers! Welcome to Day’s YA!

Before we get down to business, I want to introduce myself and share a little bit about me. My name is Emily Day and I’m Macmillan’s new Library Marketing Assistant / YA Specialist. About a month ago, I moved to NYC from Boston, where I worked as a bookseller/publishing intern/grad student combo. While I was working towards my Masters in Children’s Literature, I spent my free time running along the Charles River and reading in the Public Garden. My preferred genre of music is Broadway musical soundtracks (even though I’ve only ever seen one show), I love and collect maps (I even have a world map tattoo), and I look forward to winter all year long (give me all the cozy, cloudy, snowy days).

I read YA almost exclusively, and I am so excited to use this space to share some of my favorites with you. Be on the lookout for posts from me (labeled “Day’s YA” and stamped with this logo), where I will share my candid reviews of upcoming YA titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA. The first post (coming VERY soon) will be for Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD and I can’t wait to tell you all what I thought!

Day’s YA Archives:

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (posted 1/18/2018)

HOW I RESIST by Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson (posted 1/4/2018)

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough (posted 12/21/2017)

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (posted 12/6/2017)

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young (posted 11/28/2017)

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert (posted 11/13/2017)

Until next time, have a YA-tastic day and happy reading!

#FridayReads–Manga Edition!

Happy Friday! We’re mad for Manga!

IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD by Fumiyo Kouno
The manga that inspired a critically acclaimed film! Suzu is a young Japanese woman who has recently married and moved from her home in Hiroshima City to Kure, during the years of World War II. Here she is confronted with the trials of a new family and a world at war, but perseveres to create her own happiness.

HOLLOW FIELDS (COLOR EDITION) VOL 1 by Madeleine Rosca
A full-color revisit to the critically acclaimed steampunk hit! Little Lucy Snow was supposed to attend a prestigious boarding school; however, a macabre twist of fate finds her enrolled instead at Miss Weaver’s Academy for the Scientifically Gifted and Ethically Unfettered, also known as Hollow Fields. Located on the outskirts of Nullsville and run by the insidious Engineers, the grim boarding school dedicates itself to raising the next generation of mad scientists and evil geniuses! readmoreremove

Oh Happy Day—Meet Emily!

My name is Emily Day and I’ve just joined the Macmillan Library Marketing team as the Library Marketing Assistant & YA Specialist! Here are some fun facts about me:

1) I’m always reading. I have a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature, so I tend to gravitate more towards books for kids and teens, but I also like reading autobiographies and adult fiction.

2) I’m originally from Michigan, but I’ve also lived in Indiana, Singapore, Boston, and now NYC!

3) I worked at an independent bookstore in Boston called Trident Booksellers and Cafe, where I spent my days surrounded by books and tea and the best French toast you’ve ever had.

4) My preferred form of exercise is running. I will often listen to books or podcasts during longer, more grueling, runs.

5) I love travel! I studied abroad in Ireland during college and I used to be a fourth grade teacher at an international school in Singapore.

I’m so excited to be working with Talia and Anne! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions and I look forward to meet you all in the near future!

Happy reading!
Emily

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is a Teens Top Ten Title!

Cue the confetti: Meredith Russo’s IF I WAS YOUR GIRL was just named a 2017 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten title!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

See the full Teens’ Top Ten list here and watch the announcement video below.

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