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Day’s YA – CARAVAL

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
9781250095251
Also available in audio
Will be available in trade paperback May 1, 2018
9781250095268

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

Day’s YA – HOW I RESIST

Happy New Year, YA friends!

Winter Storm Grayson is in full force over here in NYC, so we’re staying bundled up today. The temperatures outside might be arctic-like, but I have a book for you that’s sure to light a fire of resistance in the hearts of readers young and old.

HOW I RESIST by Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson
9781250168368
Available May 1, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Young people are rising up among the ranks of activists and it is absolutely vital that their voices are heard. This book will help to make sure that happens. HOW I RESIST is a compilation of essays, interviews, poems, and songs written for teens about activism, strength, and having hope in a time when the world looks bleak. Chapters include an essay about growing up queer and Hispanic in Texas, a guide to calling your representatives, a short story about being an activist while at college, and a list of books about resistance compiled by librarians, plus a number of other thoughtful and thought-provoking topics. The all-star cast of contributors includes Libba Bray, Javier Muñoz, Rosie O’Donnell, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Sabaa Tahir, and so many more.

While this collection is written specifically for young people, it will make readers of all ages pause and think about what they are doing–or what they could be doing–to make the world a better place, which ultimately has an impact on resistance, as Hebh Jamal points out: “Taking time to think deeply about one’s advocacy makes a more productive advocate. How I resist is therefore deeply affected by how much I am willing to think.” The message of hope within these pages is one that all readers can and should turn to for inspiration and encouragement. In the end, it’s about being true to who you are and believing that you have the power to make a change because, as Rebecca Roanhorse says in her chapter of the book, “Being you is the most powerful kind of resistance of all.” readmoreremove

A Long Winter’s Nap (a.k.a. #AllTheFreeReadingTime)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Flatiron Building,
Not a publicist was pitching, not even a phone a ringing.
The books were already put up on the shelves with care,
Because no one at Macmillan would be there. 

Macmillan’s offices are closed from 1:00pm today, Dec. 22 through New Year’s Day. We intend to do a lot of reading while we’re off on our long, winter break and we hope you do, too. May your days be merry and bright, enjoy the holidays with family and friends, and we’ll see you in 2018!

Day’s YA – 13 MINUTES

Hello and happy Thursday to all of my lovely YA librarians!

Welcome to the newest edition of Day’s YA! Today’s book takes a bit of a darker turn (because who doesn’t love a thriller during the holidays?), so buckle up!

 

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
9781250123855
Ages 13 to 18

Natasha Howland is the most popular girl in school. She and her two best friends, Hayley and Jenny, are collectively referred to as “The Barbies” and are simultaneously beloved, hated, and feared. (Sound familiar? There’s definitely a bit of a Mean Girls vibe.) So when Natasha is found near-dead in an icy river, the questions are abundant. Natasha is revived after being unconscious for thirteen minutes, but she has no memory of the incident and no idea who she can trust, so she turns to an unlikely ally. Becca Crisp is the exact opposite of Natasha, but she used to be one of Natasha’s best friends—until Becca was pushed out of the group and replaced with Jenny. Now, Hayley and Jenny are acting strange and Natasha needs Becca to help her put together the clues of what might have happened that night. readmoreremove

Libraries in the News

Woe to the person who says, “Libraries are dead.”

Remember back in October when the U.K.’s New York Observer columnist Andre Walker claimed no one goes to public libraries any more?

(It ended with Walker conceding, “Your sheer numbers have proved the point that libraries aren’t as unpopular as I believed this morning. Please stop replying. I surrender.”)

Our own Con Lehane wrote an op ed in Huffington Post about libraries and privacy issues.

In my most recent book, MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM, one of the characters, a librarian, says after discovering she’d been under surveillance in the library and elsewhere, “Everybody’s spying on everybody.”

You’d think no institution in the nation cares much about privacy protections anymore. But you’d be wrong. There’s at least one place in the nation’s cities, towns, and most villages that respects our privacy. Public libraries care passionately about protecting the confidentiality of library users.

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Day’s YA – I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU

Hey hey YA readers!

Emily here, your friendly neighborhood YA aficionado, with my thoughts on another SPECTACULAR book. I’ve been on a bit of a fairy tale/fantasy kick lately (as you could probably tell from my previous two posts, which I’m going to shamelessly plug here and here), so this brilliant piece of realistic fiction was a nice break from the spells and battles.

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
9781250129321

YouTubers Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin are BFFs, YouTube stars, and now, authors. Their main characters, Ava and Gen, are best friends who are separated for the first time ever as they begin their freshman year in college—Ava is a film student at USC and Gen is studying journalism at Emerson College in Boston. On the surface, Dunn and Raskin’s novel is lighthearted and fast-paced, but it also tackles some heavier subjects. Ava is working on managing her mental health through a combination of therapists, medications, and support from her family and Gen. On the other side of the country, Gen is navigating through her own self-discovery as she comes to the realization that she is queer. Each girl misinterprets the other’s struggles at times and the two must figure out how to understand each other and the changes they’re going through while living on opposite coasts. Told through their emails and texts, I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU is an intimate exploration into the dynamics of two best friends as they take their first steps into adulthood. readmoreremove

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

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!

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
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