Books for Teens

RSVP for the 2017 Children’s & YA Tri-State Book Buzz!

aap logo-newYou are cordially invited to the 2017 Children’s & YA Tri-State Book Buzz!

Attend a full day of fun presentations from major and independent publishers to find out about next year’s big books, debut gems, and in-house favorites. Plus, there will be keynote speeches from authors, tasty treats, ARCs, and so much more!

Anne & Ali will co-present some of the stellar Macmillan titles, but you can check out the full list of participating publishers for each event on the official invitation.

Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so RSVP ASAP!

AAP Children’s & Teen Tri-State Book Buzz 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:30am – 5:00pm
Penguin Random House, 14th Floor
1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets, New York City
Click to download Children’s/YA PDF event invitation

RSVP online to the CHILDREN’S/TEEN Book Buzz here.

See you there!

Our 2017 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!

2017 Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences):
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero

See the full Alex Award list here.

2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger

See the full BFYA list here.

2017 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (a Top 10 pick)

See the full Quick Picks list here.

2017 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Reading List
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (Horror: Better Dead than Unread)
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn (Mental Health: Invisible Wounds)

See the full PPYA list here.

2017 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
MOONCOP by Tom Gauld
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY” by Miles Hyman

See the full GGNT list here.

2017 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
WE BELIEVE YOU: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark & Andrea L. Pino (a Top 10 pick)
STEP ASIDE, POPS: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger

See the full Amelia Bloomer list and the top 10 list here.

Stonewall Book Awards 
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award)
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore (Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award honor book)
DESERT BOYS by Chris McCormick (Barbara Gittings Literature Award)
HIDE by Matthew Griffin (Barbara Gittings Literature Award honor book)

See the full Stonewall Book Award list here.

2017 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.)
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (a Top 10 pick)
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore (a Top 10 pick)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

See the full Rainbow list here.

The ALA’s Reference and User Services Division (RUSA) has announced their 2017 Notable Books, Reading, and Listening Lists:

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ALA Midwinter 2017 – Sunday Events

Rise and shine, lovely librarians! You’ve got the chance to meet Roshani Chokshi twice (lucky you!), plus we’ve got more great galleys in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1818.

In-booth signing with Roshani Chokshi
10:00-11:00am
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary advance copies of her YA novel, A CROWN OF WISHES.

In-booth signing with Lisa Rogak
10:00-11:00am
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1326 (Baker & Taylor)

Lisa Rogak will sign complimentary copies of her book, THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR.

AAP’s Library Family Feud with Roshani Chokshi
3:00-4:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Room A302

Watch local librarians face off against fearless authors, including Roshani Chokshi (A CROWN OF WISHES) in a ferocious battle, Family Feud™ style! The winning team will receive a check, courtesy of AAP and the participating publishers, to be designated to the charity of their choice. Hosted by AAP Childrens’ Library Committee Chair “Quizmaster” Chris Vaccari, Library Marketing Director, Sterling. readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! 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.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18
After years of wishing, Scarlett and little sister, Tella, finally attend Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. However, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, and the first person to find her wins the game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but whether it’s real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, otherwise her sister disappears forever. “[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 2/7/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jenny Manca, Allen Public Library, Allen TX
Vicki Bartz, Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville MN
Lisa Hollander, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper M.S. Library, Cypress TX
Dana Rosen-Perez, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield NJ readmoreremove

Teen-Friendly Fun with Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2017!

Follow the glitter to Macmillan Library booth #1818 at ALA Midwinter for “Books for Teens” posters and complimentary Advance Reader’s Copies!

•   Bonnie Pipkin’s AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
•   Mary O’Connell’s DEAR READER
•   Roshani Chokshi’s A CROWN OF WISHES

Meet Roshani on Sunday, 1/22 @ 10 AM (booth #1818)
Hang with Roshani during the AAP-sponsored Family-Feud Sunday 1/22 @ 3:00 pm (Georgia World Congress Center, A302)

•   Amanda Hocking’s FREEKS

“This fun paranormal romance, wrapped up in a circus-tent setting, is recommended where the genre and the author’s books are popular. Hand to fans of TWILIGHT and MTV’s Teen Wolf.” — School Library Journal

•   Marie Marquardt’s THE RADIUS OF US

“Tackling the issues of gang violence, immigration, mental health, and cultural bias, this is a compelling story that delivers profound messages through engaging, accessible prose. Both a page-turning romance and a comprehensive view of a young immigrant’s experience, this novel is sure to encourage empathy and perspective among high school students. A must-have for all YA collections.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

•   S. Jae-Jones’s WINTERSONG

“An exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist (starred review)

•   Sara Lövestam’s WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS

“Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Teen

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Teen lists which include 3 Macmillan titles:

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger

Best Teen Fantasy of 2016
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Best Teen Books of 2016 with Unforgettable Protagonists
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

Best Teen Coming-of-Age Novels of 2016
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Chicago Public Library’s 2016 “Best of the Best Books”

cplbestof2016We’ve got 14 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2016” 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
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders

Nonfiction
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore

Teen Fiction
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
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2017 Texas Tayshas List

We’re proud to have three Young Adult novels on the 2017 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Tayshas Reading List is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 9-12 to explore a variety of current books for recreational reading. Click here to view the full Tayshas list or download a copy here.

SLJ’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2016

School Library Journal recently revealed their Best Books of 2016, and SLJ’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens list includes three Macmillan titles:

THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest
Two pairs of twentysomethings in modern London—Harry, a drug dealer, and her best friend, “tough” Leon; Becky, an erotic masseuse and dancer, and her overprotective boyfriend, Pete—try to find their place in the gritty underbelly of London. Tempest builds on the stories first outlined in her hip-hop album Everybody Down to create a dark tale of coming-of-age in an unforgiving world.

EVERDAY SEXISM by Laura Bates
Using hundreds of tales from women (and men) about sexual abuse, catcalling, and sexism, Bates draws from her social media project, Everyday Sexism, to create a must-have title about social justice, feminism, and microaggressions.

THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth
In the mid-1880s, an ax murderer targeted the women of Austin, TX. Fans of history and true crime won’t be disappointed by this fascinating and intricately researched account of a serial killer who predated England’s Jack the Ripper. readmoreremove

Marie Marquardt on Immigrants, Issues & the Healing Power of Libraries

Last year, Marie Marquardt leapt onto the YA scene with her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Her second YA novel, THE RADIUS OF US, explores the American dream again, but this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens who find healing in love.

Marie Marquardt has a message for librarians, but first, we’re offering complimentary advance readers copies of THE RADIUS OF US to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).

To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Radius of Us) and don’t forget to include your library’s mailing address.

Take it away, Marie!

Dear YA Librarian,

I am thrilled to write to you about my new young adult novel, THE RADIUS OF US, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 17, 2017. As a story featuring immigrants and asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the United States, this book addresses timely and important themes, and I hope you’ll be willing to tell your young patrons about it.

I’ve spent two decades working with Latin American immigrant families in the South. I also run a non-profit called El Refugio that serves immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. This work inspired my debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, which was published in 2015. To research THE RADIUS OF US, I traveled to El Salvador and to detention facilities across the U.S., where I met with teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum.

Told in alternating first person points of view, THE RADIUS OF US is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It’s about a boy from El Salvador, who ran from a city torn-through with violence, looking for a safe place to call home. It’s about an American girl who no longer feels safe anywhere, except maybe when she’s with him. And most importantly, THE RADIUS OF US is about two people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love.

I’m especially enthusiastic to share this story with librarians and library patrons, because for thirty-three years, libraries have been my refuge, and librarians have been the ones that welcomed me in. readmoreremove

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