Articles tagged "Books for Teens 2018"

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

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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

Day’s YA – UNSTOPPABLE MOSES

Hello, YA librarians! 

Welcome to the 20th edition of Day’s YA!! (20?! Holy guacamole!) If you’d like to go back and read past reviews (like THE HAZEL WOOD, SKY IN THE DEEP, HOW I RESIST, or LEGENDARY), check out the archives here or at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, let’s get right to it!

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith
9781250138545
Available September 11, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Moses Hill is a high school junior living in the Midwest with his cousin / best friend, Charlie. Moses and Charlie grew up together and are notorious for pulling mostly-harmless pranks. One night their prank goes horribly awry and burns down a building. Moses is blamed and as punishment ends up spending a week as a camp counselor. He can either use the time to “prove [he’s] a responsible member of society” or lose his shot at Duke. But, when Moses is assigned as a “buddy” to younger camper, Lump (yes, Lump), he begins to truly learn who he is and how to heal from his own trauma.

I love when a book grabs me from the get-go. The first sentence, “Charlie Baltimore murdered me when we were eight years old,” was just the hook I needed! As the story progresses, it becomes a beautiful (and, at times, hilarious) coming-of-age story about dealing with the effects of trauma and putting the broken pieces of your life back together. In the vein of John Green and Stephen Chbosky, this debut novel is one that will grab onto you with all its might. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – I DO NOT TRUST YOU

Hey, YA librarians! 

Today’s YA pick has you visiting far-off places all from the comfort of your own home. But don’t forget to buckle your seat belt!

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
9781250052308
Available September 11, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Memphis (known as “M”) spent most of her formative years traveling the world with her archaeologist father. She’s proficient in multiple languages and her knowledge of ancient religions is not that of a typical eighteen-year-old. However, after her father dies, M’s life takes an oddly normal turn. Her guardians, Bob and Liza, are as normal as they come, and all they want is for M to start acting like a “normal teen.” But M’s life has never been normal, and that’s not about to change now. Enter: Ashwin Sood, the handsome young man that reveals that M’s father is alive. readmoreremove

Teen Talk (7/16/2018 Edition)

Happy Monday, 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!

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain
9781250132512
Ages 13 to 18
When Miranda Black’s mother abandoned her, she took everything and Miranda found shelter in her friendship with Syd, who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor. But when Syd runs away suddenly and inexplicably in the middle of their senior year, Miranda is abandoned once again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left and learning what it means to be truly seen, to be finally not missing in her own life.

“The ending is really a beginning as [Miranda] finds both support and inner resilience. A beautiful new voice to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This thoughtful coming-of-age tale tenderly explores the great pain and power of forging one’s own identity as well as the inescapable influence of loved ones, even those who choose to be lost.” —The Horn Book

30 BEFORE 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too by Marina Shifrin
9781250129710
A charming, relatable and hilarious collection of essays documenting a young woman’s attempt to accomplish thirty life goals before turning thirty. In 30 BEFORE 30, Marina takes readers through her list and shares personal stories about achieving those goals. Ranging in scope from the simple (Donate Hair) to the life-changing (Become internet Famous), each story shows readers that we don’t all have it figured out, and that’s okay.

“In Shifrin’s journey to confidence and success, she provides a genuinely inspirational example without ever taking herself too seriously.” —Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Day’s YA – SADIE

Helloooooo, YA librarians!

Holy. Moly. This. Freaking. Book.

I’m not even going to waste time with a witty introduction because I’m just SO EXCITED to talk to you about SADIE. But before I begin, just know that you will not be able to put this book down. So carve out an afternoon, get comfy, and prepare yourself for a YA thriller like no other. Ready? Let’s go.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Nineteen-year-old Sadie lives in a small Colorado town where she has raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own for years . . . until the day she runs away, on a mission to find the man who killed Mattie. The police investigation was a mess and Sadie wants justice. She throws away almost everything she owns, buys a cheap car, and leaves town following whatever clues she can find to lead her to her sister’s killer. readmoreremove

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