Articles tagged "Books for Teens 2018"

SLJ’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2018

School Library Journal recently published their annual list of Best Adult Books 4 Teens and four Macmillan titles made the cut!

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
In her follow-up to THE NIGHTINGALE, Hannah highlights, with vivid description, the natural dangers of 1974 Alaska juxtaposed with incongruous domestic violence.

CITY OF LIES by Sam Hawke
When Salasta’s Chancellor is murdered by an unidentified poison, two young men get caught up in a maelstrom involving power-hungry Council members. This epic fantasy debut weaves political, class, and belief systems into a deftly drawn world.

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
This stand-alone volume in McGuire’s highly popular novella series centers on a magical boarding school that reintroduces children who had embarked on otherworldly adventures into reality. Elegant prose strengthens this inviting portal fantasy.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
The Black Lives Matter movement cofounder discusses how witnessing police brutality spurred her to action in this bracing memoir and deft exposé of the United States’ broken criminal justice system. readmoreremove

Teen Talk (11/28/2018 Edition)

Hey, 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 (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20 by Jennifer Calvert, illustrated by Vesna Asanovic
9781250200204
Ages 12 to 18
Click here to download a preview!
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS tells the stories of 30 awe-inspiring young women, from authors to activists, painters to politicians, inventors to icons. These pioneers are proof that every girl has the power to speak up, to speak out, to innovate, to inspire, to ask questions, and to challenge injustice. Each of these young women was “just a girl” until the day she wasn’t anymore—until she became a trailblazer.

“The age-appropriate content offers chances to hold discussions about how women have been challenged to overcome historical cultural norms . . . Ultimately, readers will enjoy rediscovering the subjects in this diverse collection of girls who had major positive impacts on their worlds.” —Booklist

WIND RIDER by P.C. Cast
9781250100788
Ages 12 to 18
In this blazing conclusion to the Tales of a New World trilogy, love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

SELFIE MADE: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom by Meridith Valiando Rojas
9781250196743
Ages 12 to 18
Part personal stories, part how-to guide, SELFIE MADE teaches you how to launch your career on the internet. Sharing her personal stories while providing real-world advice, Meridith Valiando Rojas gives readers a sneak peek behind the curtain of her company, DigiTour Media, and what it’s been like working with major internet stars.

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (trade paperback)
9781250042613
Ages 13 to 18
The beloved New York Times bestselling novel by Rainbow Rowell is now available in trade paperback!

“This is an epic writ small; the magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell’s incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling, and triumphant relationships. Fans of ELEANOR & PARK and other bookish, nerdy types will thrill at finding such a fantastic and lasting description of one of their own.” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

SLJ Best Books of 2018

School Library Journal just announced their Best Books of 2018 and two of our favorites made the cut!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
“Readers are thrown right into this incredibly built world with fully developed cultures and characters. Daud expertly uses a sci-fi setting to explore issues within our own society, particularly the effects of colonization on both individuals and cultures as a whole . . . This debut novel has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

SADIE by Courtney Summers
“Nineteen-year-old Sadie Hunter is going to kill the man who murdered her 13-year-old sister, Mattie. So begins the latest compelling work by [Courtney] Summers . . . It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Click here to see the full list.  readmoreremove

2018 YA Fantasy Roundup

It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a magical, twisty, and sometimes-dark tale. If you’re looking for a good one, here are the 2018 YA fantasies from Wednesday Books + Flatiron Books YA:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Six starred reviews & a 2019 BFYA nominee!
Welcome to THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother.

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking
The first book in a brilliant new YA fantasy duology. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking
The epic conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies—and new enemies. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones
In this conclusion to the gorgeous and lush Wintersong duology, Liesl finds that life in the world above is not as easy as she’d hoped, and she must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. In this stunning debut, a young Viking warrior must challenge everything she’s been taught in order to survive and protect those she loves. 

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
The #1  New York Times bestselling sequel CARAVAL, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a dangerous bargain. A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.
FINALE by Stephanie Garber will be available May 7, 2019 from Flatiron Books YA

STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN comes three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched World: Death and Night, Poison and Gold, and rose and Sword.
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi will be available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
Two starred reviews!
Star Wars
meets RED QUEEN and THE WRATH AND THE DAWN in this epic fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan heritage about Amani, a poor girl who must become the body double of a princess of a ruthless empire.
COURT OF LIONS by Somaiya Daud will be available August 20, 2019 from Flatiron Books YA

WIND RIDER by P.C. Cast
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us WIND RIDER, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty . . .  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

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

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

Day’s YA – FLIGHT SEASON

Hi friends!

Happy end of summer! This delightful and summery (but also heartbreaking) novel is the perfect book to wrap up these last few days of August.

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt
9781250107015
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 19

FLIGHT SEASON follows Vivi, a Yale student grappling with her father’s death; TJ, a nursing student paying his way by working at his family’s Brazilian restaurant; and Ángel, a patient at TJ’s hospital. To make up for her poor grades, Vivi spends the summer as a hospital aide, which is where the lives of our three main characters collide. As the trio grow closer, they learn more from each other than they ever believed possible.

If you are in NYC and saw someone crying on the R train while reading this book a few weeks ago, there’s a pretty good chance it was me. This beautiful novel tore my heart into pieces. The characters in this story are among the the most engaging I’ve ever encountered. They are each forced to navigate tough situations—financial difficulties, illness, death, and immigration laws—and they do it all with relatable humanity. They each have their own unique story to tell, but the ways in which their stories intertwine are unexpected and lovely. This novel is perfect for fans of heartrending tales, such as those by Anna-Marie McLemore and Nicola Yoon. readmoreremove

Teen Talk (8/21/2018 Edition)

Hey, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA and YA-OK 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!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio
TWO STARRED REVIEWS!
Star Wars meets RED QUEEN and THE WRATH AND THE DAWN in this epic fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan heritage about Amani, a poor girl who must become the body double of a princess of a ruthless empire. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection . . . because one wrong move could lead to her death.

“ . . . readers will appreciate the rich world and prose built by a much-needed diverse voice.” —Kirkus Reviews

STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi
9781250180797
Ages 12 to 18
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN comes three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched World: Death and Night, a tale of a dangerous partnership between night incarnate and the Lord of Death; Poison and Gold, a story of battling insecurities and finding love; and Rose and Sword, a mysterious tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of their wedding.

“Chokshi is in top form with the lush world-building and vivid language fans of this series have come to love.” —School Library Journal readmoreremove

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