Books for Teens

Day’s YA – WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS

Hey, YA librarians!

When the fall frenzies are too much, read this quietly lyrical book for quick relief.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
9781250095237
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in trade paperback

Fifteen-year-old Steffi Herrera is bullied by her classmates, her sister doesn’t get her, and all she wants in life is to become a jazz musician. While walking home from school one day, Steffi hears her favorite song emanating from the nearby retirement home. When she investigates the source, she meets Alvar Svensson, an aged jazz musician who dreamed of fame once upon a time.

The two grow close as Alvar recounts his life as a musician in WWII-era Stockholm and encourages Steffi to follow her heart. Steffi’s youthfulness and determination inspire Alvar to rediscover his spark for life.

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Teen Read Week (VOTE FOR CARAVAL!)


Happy Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TRW18.

In addition to Teen Read Week, the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten voting is now open! And Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL is a nominee!

Now through the October 13, teens can vote for their three favorite titles from the list of nominees! Encourage your teens to vote! readmoreremove

YA Nonfiction Round-Up

Strong girls. Social media. Special ops. Syrian refugees. Our Fall 2018 YA nonfiction is spectacular!

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20 by Jennifer Calvert, illustrated by Vesna Asanovic
Available now from Castle Point Books
Ages 12 to 18

“In this superb, concise collection of 30 mini-biographies of little- to well-known historical teenagers, a quote introduces each girl. Quick, interesting facts and an eye-catching design will engage readers and make them eager to read more about these women, who impacted the world at a young age . . . Ultimately, readers will enjoy rediscovering the subjects in this diverse collection of girls who had major positive impacts on their worlds.” —Booklist

SELFIE MADE: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom by Meridith Valiando Rojas
Available October 16, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

“Debut author Rojas draws on her experience as the co-founder and CEO of DigiTour to put together a book of practical advice for teens aspiring to become social media stars . . . The book’s voice is clear and easy to read, balancing her serious, no-nonsense wisdom with wit and enthusiasm; the stern but nurturing tone makes it clear why social media stars sometimes call her ‘mom.’”—Kirkus Reviews

NEVER QUIT: How I Became a Special Ops Pararescue Jumper by Jimmy Settle and Don Rearden
Available October 30, 2018 from St. Martin’s Griffin
Ages 12 to 16

“A remarkable, inspiring story of steadfast courage and irrepressible determination.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing and fascinating story . . . Those seeking a thrilling real-life adventure story similar to Brandon Webb’s THE MAKING OF A NAVY SEAL will not be disappointed with this exciting read.” —School Library Journal

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition): One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming
Available December 21, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 10 to 17

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. In a spare, unobtrusive style, Fleming, head of communications for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, profiles Doaa Al Zamel, who as a teenager fled her homeland of Syria . . . Fleming should be congratulated for bringing Al Zamel’s inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” —Publishers Weekly

Fall 2018 Children’s / YA Tri-State Book Buzz Titles

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new YAs from Flatiron and Wednesday Books during the Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here are the goods:

THE GILDED WOLVES | Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | 1/15/19 | Ages 12 to 18
ENCHANTÉE | Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | 2/5/19 | Ages 12 to 18
WICKED SAINTS | Emily A. Duncan | 9781250195661 | 4/2/19 | Ages 13 to 18
THE DYSASTERS | P.C. & Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | 2/26/19 | Ages 12 to 18
IN PARIS WITH YOU | Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | 1/8/19 | Ages 14 to 18
YOU’D BE MINE | Erin Hahn | 9781250192882 | 4/2/19 | Ages 14 to 18
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE | Shea C. Megale | 9781250190499 | 5/7/19 | Ages 14 and up
BIRTHDAY | Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | 5/21/19 | Ages 12 and up
PLEASE SEND HELP | Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | 9781250216533 | 7/16/19 | Ages 14 to 19
FINALE | Stephanie Garber | 9781250157669 | 5/7/19 | Ages 13 to 18
COURT OF LIONS | Somaiya Daud | 9781250126450 | 8/27/19 | Ages 12 to 18

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Day’s YA – TEEN TRAILBLAZERS

Hey, YA librarians! 

There’s been no shortage of amazing women in the news lately—this pick is in honor of them and others all over the world who have inspired change.

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20 by Jennifer Calvert, illustrated by Vesna Asanovic
9781250200204
Available October 2, 2018 from Castle Point Books

Click here to download a preview!

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS is a collection of profiles of badass young women who effected change while they were teenagers. From Cleopatra to Emma Gonzalez, the courageous young ladies showcased are a diverse cast from the past and present. Vesna Asanovic’s illustrations add vibrancy to the pages, featuring beautiful, full-page portraits of each of the 30 teens included.

My favorite trailblazers include Jackie Mitchell, the first woman signed to minor-league baseball (at only seventeen-years-old, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig); Barbara Johns, at sixteen was a key player in ending segregation in schools; and Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein when she was nineteen and pretty much invented sci-fi. The teens featured in these pages are inspirational role models for anyone at any age and prove that anyone can be a revolutionary. readmoreremove

Stars for THE GILDED WOLVES!

We’re thrilled that Roshani Chokshi’s newest YA fantasy, THE GILDED WOLVES, has received four starred reviews!

A thrilling, gritty new fantasy set in an alternate nineteenth-century Paris, where old secrets and even older magic reside . . . Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering.”
Booklist, starred review

“Chokshi has created an inclusive and authentic cast with obvious chemistry and affection for one another and infuses the tale with witty banter and twists . . . A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Leigh Bardugo’s SIX OF CROWS and Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE converge in this dazzling new fantasy . . . Chokshi creatively reimagines history, weaving fantastical elements with symbology and broadening the scope of her narrative by integrating multiethnic worldviews. An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance. Kaleidoscopic narration complements the intricate, high-stakes plot and allows Chokshi to showcase numerous aspects of her richly imagined universe all the way to the closing cliff-hanger.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Teen Talk (9/26/2018 Edition)

Hey, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA 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!

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Ages 13 to 18
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!
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.

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

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
9781250052308
Ages 12 to 18
I DO NOT TRUST YOU is a thrilling young adult suspense novel full of dangerous secrets and dark mythology that threaten to destroy everything seventeen-year-old Memphis holds dear. With Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz’s signature plot twists, and uneasy, ever-changing alliances, this novel is an exciting journey that asks at every turn—what would you do to save the ones you love?

“ . . . a fast-paced, modern adventure with hints of The Da Vinci Code, packed with tidbits about world mythology and fanciful touches of the macabre.” —School Library Journal

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith
9781250138545
Ages 12 and up
In this coming-of-age debut by Tyler James Smith, a seventeen-year-old boy has one week in the aftermath of a disastrous prank to prove to the authorities, and to himself, that he’s not a worthless jerk who belongs in jail.

“Smith’s style is reminiscent of John Green’s oeuvre. He balances the characters’ tragic stories with offbeat humor and deftly timed pop culture references.” —Booklist readmoreremove

Day’s YA – AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

TGIF, YA pals!

We’ve made it to Friday and I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on spending my weekend working through my towering TBR pile (and inevitably adding to it at the Brooklyn Book Festival). If this title isn’t on your list, it should be!

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
Available in hardcover and trade paperback from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Seventeen-year-old Genesis (Gen) is having a very tough time. Her father died of a drug overdose, her mother can’t deal, and Gen’s boyfriend just abandoned her at Planned Parenthood. As Gen recovers from her procedure and attempts to heal (physically and emotionally), she realizes that the chaos surrounding her may be the path to her growth.

From the bucolic New Jersey suburbia to the gritty underground NYC theater scene, we follow Gen’s highs and lows (mostly lows). Gen’s past / flashbacks are uniquely captured throughout the book as a four-act play featuring stage directions and lighting cues.

Gen’s emotions are raw and real. The reader feels her deep angst, her profound grief, and ultimately, her hope, right along with her. And Gen is not alone in her authenticity: Delilah’s frustration as she witnesses her younger cousin’s downward spiral; Rose’s sincerity as she stands by her best friend; Seth’s kindness as he introduces Gen to an unexpected world that leads her through recovery. All of Pipkin’s secondary characters are as fully developed as our heroine. readmoreremove

Adult Books for Teens

Whether young or young at heart, these adult books are great for readers of all ages!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts!
 Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel.

“Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The 17-year-old protagonist and coming-of-age plot will likely appeal to teens who appreciate character-driven stories.” —Booklist, YA interest

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
Told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, SMOTHERED is a humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

“Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read . . . All the heart eye emojis!” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Welcome LibraryComic Fans!

We’ve got lots of juicy YA lit coming at ya (ha, ha) in 2019! Read about our favorites below and enter to win an ARC. Do it. Don’t be shy.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) and check out Emily’s candid “Day’s YA” reviews.

ARCs available for sweepstakes*:

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
Click here to enter to win an ARC!
Available February 5, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 And Up
Also available in audio

Love. Magic. Revolution. It’s CARAVAL in the world of Marie Antoinette! ENCHANTÉE is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
Click here to enter to win an ARC!
Available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris.

“Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering. However, the elements that perhaps shine the most are the history, riddles, mysteries, and science, woven together in a world brimming with power and magic.”—Booklist, starred review

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
Click here to enter to win an ARC!
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is a heartbreaker and troublemaker and his label has threatened to drop him if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour and fix his image. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

THE DYSASTERS by PC Cast and Kristin Cast (signed by the authors)
Click here to enter to win a *signed* ARC!
Available February 26, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Foster Stewart and Tate Taylor are special—between the two of them, they can talk to plants, control the clouds, and see perfectly in the darkest night. But when a deadly tornado strikes and awakens their true abilities—the power to control the element air—they must stop the evil Dr. Stewart (who genetically manipulated them at birth and also happens to be Foster’s father) before he destroys their lives and the world.

*This sweepstakes is open to librarians / educators currently employed in the United States. Entrants must be age 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Limited quantity available. Entries must be received by Sunday, September 17, 2018 to be eligible. We will select the potential prize winners at random from among all eligible entries received.

More books for teens coming in 2019 from Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books:

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