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Adult Books for Teens

These titles may have been published for adults, but Booklist says they’re perfect for teens—and we agree!

DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
In the vein of ANOTHER BROOKLYN and AMERICANAH, DOMINICANA is a novel about a Dominican teenager’s arranged marriage and immigration to New York City, set in the 1960s and inspired by the author’s mother.

“YAs will be struck by the ways Ana’s coming-of-age is complicated by family needs and immigration realities.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Adult Books for Teens

These titles may have been published for adults, but Booklist has deemed them to be perfect for teens—and we agree!

GODS WITH A LITTLE G by Tupelo Hassman
From the acclaimed author of GIRLCHILD, this gritty, irreverent novel sees a young misfit grow into hope.

“GIRLCHILD won an Alex Award, and this novel is no less likely to inspire and reward literary-minded teens, especially aspiring writers.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
From the New York Times bestselling author of HOW TO WALK AWAY comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

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Adult Books for Teens

These titles may have been published for adults, but Booklist has deemed them to be perfect for teens—and we agree!

MOONBOUND: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
A rich, full-color graphic exploration of our journey to the moon and a celebration of scientific achievement.

“Dense with historical, political, and scientific information but a fascinating exploration for interested older teens” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE SOL MAJESTIC by Ferrett Steinmetz
Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents’ ambition to advise the celestial elite. THE SOL MAJESTIC is a big-hearted intergalactic adventure for fans of Becky Chambers and The Good Place.

“This coming-of-age-in-space story with a same-sex romance subplot will appeal to teen readers of quieter sf.” —Booklist, YA Interest

DRIVE-THRU DREAMS: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler
We are all too familiar with the dark underbelly of the fast-food kingdom, but it is also symbolic of what we mean to be: democratic, efficient, and accessible to the masses. Chandler’s insightful and hilarious cultural study shows that the fast-food industry, though imperfect, reflects much of what makes us Americans.

“Young hamburger-flippers need not despair of their futures. Chandler tells about teens who built on what they learned from their behind-the-counter jobs to go on to fame and fortune in all walks of life.” —Booklist, YA Interest

DRESSED IN DREAMS: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford
In this highly engaging book, fashionista and pop culture expert Tanisha C. Ford investigates Afros and dashikis, go-go boots and hotpants of the sixties, hip hop’s baggy jeans and bamboo earrings, and the #BlackLivesMatter-inspired hoodies of today.

“YAs will enjoy the numerous cultural references and social justice theme and find Ford’s rebellious teen years very relatable.” —Booklist, YA Interest

FAMOUS PEOPLE by Justin Kuritzkes
This fresh, smart novel in the guise of a celebrity memoir probes the inner life of a mega-famous pop star.

“Teens who don’t mind the off-beat writing style will definitely see shades of their favorite teen idols and will enjoy the drama.” —Booklist, YA Interest

ARCHAEOLOGY FROM SPACE: How the Future Shapes Our Past by Sarah Parcak
National Geographic Fellow and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the brave new world of “space archaeology,” a growing field of exploration that has brought humanity to a tipping point of mass discovery in the ancient world.

“Any teen interested in archaeology and/or space technology will claim Parcak as a new hero.” —Booklist, YA Interest

Day’s YA – RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Now that it’s officially summer, I present to you the Ultimate Beach Read.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
9781250316776
Available now from St. Martin’s Griffin
New Adult

Alex Claremont-Diaz is American royalty. He’s the son of the first female president and rules the White House gossip ring with his sister June and the VP’s granddaughter, Nora .

Henry is actual royalty. As the Prince of Wales, he is the golden boy of the British Isles . . . and Alex’s #1 enemy.

When photos of a major confrontation are leaked to the press, Alex and Henry are forced into a fake friendship. To their scheming PR teams, the plan is foolproof—Alex and Henry will attend functions together, pose for photos, and smile, smile, smile. But what happens when sworn enemies fall in love? Could a secret romance lead to a scandal of international proportions?

I know this one isn’t technically YA, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this fun and sexy New Adult romance with you. Anyone who has heard me talk about books at all recently has heard me gush about RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE. This book is like getting a big hug from your best friend—it’s comforting and weird and hopeful and queer AF (which, incidentally, also describes my best friend).

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist has deemed these adult titles to be
perfect for teen readers . . . and we agree!

NATURALLY TAN by Tan France
From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation Queer Eye, Tan France’s memoir has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of one of the few openly gay, South Asian men on television.

“In many ways, this is a coming-of-age memoir; France met his first boyfriend and began his career in fashion at 17. Teen fans will be interested.” —Booklist, YA Interest

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
This debut novel from the Hugo-award-winning Sarah Gailey combines the mainstream fantasy appeal of The Magicians with the twists of Tana French’s investigative noir series.

“A magical boarding school will always bewitch YAs; add in the teen subplots and you’ve got a sure thing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Adult Books for Teens

These adult books are perfect for teen readers!

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

“Teen McGuire fans admire the substance she brings to her fantasy worlds, and they’ll connect with the story’s coming-of-age themes.” —Booklist, YA Interest

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler
A poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition & wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens.

“Teens intrigued by space and science will be fascinated by Nedda’s unusual childhood and mission as an astronaut.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
A captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

“From being bullied by childhood tormentors to bonding with the mother who abandoned her, Emmeline’s journey may grip teen readers.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Teen Talk (5/23/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

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

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
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?

“Hahn’s nuanced and complex rendering of both protagonists will stir hearts. ” —Booklist 

“A good ol’ fashioned love story.” —Kirkus Reviews

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195661
Ages 13 to 18

Let them fear her.
In this stunning Joan of Arc inspired debut, Nadya—a peasant girl who can speak to the gods—must find a way to work with a deadly adversary to turn the tide of the war and assassinate the mad king. When their scheme leads them straight to the royal family, Nadya must decide whether to trust the High Prince—her country’s enemy—or the beautiful, troubled boy with powers that may ignite something worse than the war they’re trying to end. Chaos ensues.

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” 
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Densely descriptive prose flows smoothly . . . with lush, specific depictions of magic that are compelling.” —School Library Journal

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be perfect for teens . . . and we agree!

HOTBOX: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
The beloved Lee Brothers take on the competitive and wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of the food business that no home cook or restaurant chef has ever experienced.

“YA foodies will appreciate the approachability of the Lees’ writing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen
Also available in audio.
The final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death.

“With the self-portraits that pepper the pages and the nakedness of the words, teens will get a glimpse into the artist’s soul. Some will find themselves in these pages, and some will find within Cohen’s writing the words to express their own sorrows, hopes, and frustrations. Others will read the poetry just to let the rhythm and the emotion wash over them in a visceral flow.”
School Library Journal

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be great for teens . . . and we agree!

I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi
Also available in audio
Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. He’s a pop culture icon unlike any fashion designer of recent memory, just as likely to be recognized walking down Main Street USA as Madison Avenue NYC. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now.

“A good choice for teens interested in the fashion industry, and those striving to realize their creative passion, establish an identity, or understand their sexuality.” —Booklist, YA Interest

MOTHER COUNTRY by Irina Reyn
Award-winning author Irina Reyn explores what it means to be a mother in a world where you can’t be with your child. MOTHER COUNTRY is Irina Reyn’s most emotionally complex, urgent novel yet. Hopeful and full of humor, it is a story of mothers and daughters and, above all else, resilience.

“YAs will sympathize with teen Larisska’s simmering resentment about her perceived abandonment, and appreciate her struggles with a challenging disease.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Spring 2019 YA Romance Roundup

Valentine’s Day might be over, but it’s always a good day for a little romance! Check out these sweet & steamy YA / NA romances coming from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books this spring!
And keep an eye out for the green download button! If you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) on Edelweiss for our e-galleys, you can follow these directions to get the process started!

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Marlowe just wants her life to go back to normal after having a heart transplant, but her mother is a self-proclaimed vegan warrior and now Marlowe is falling for the hot butcher’s apprentice next door. Marlowe’s “normal” might be a little more complicated than she bargained for…
“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Annie Mathers is America’s country music sweetheart. Clay Coolidge is a superstar and a troublemaker. The two find themselves playing a summer tour together where they must discover: Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?
“[The] romance is well-plotted and sweetly drawn: Readers (particularly those listening to the recent A Star is Born soundtrack on repeat) will delight in the story’s rhythm and musical backdrop . . . a good ol’ fashioned love story.”
Kirkus Reviews

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books
A funny and irreverent #ownvoices YA romance about eighteen-year-old Maeve who has muscular dystrophy and who is also an average teen girl trying to figure out high school and first love with the hot guy starring in her senior film project.

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