Articles tagged "Books for Teens 2018"

Day’s YA – DEAR READER

Happy Wednesday, YA pals!

Do you love classic literature with a modern twist? Well, dear reader, have I got just the book for you!

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell

Available now in hardcover and audio from Flatiron Books YA and Macmillan Audio

Available in trade paperback on December 4, 2018 from Flatiron Books YA

Ages 13 and up

When seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields’ favorite teacher (Miss Sweeney) misses class, Flannery knows something is tragically wrong. Flannery temporarily forgoes her good-girl persona, ditches school, and steals Miss Sweeney’s beloved copy of Wuthering Heights to gain more insight into Ms. Sweeney’s disappearance. But when Flannery opens the book, she finds a strange account of her teacher’s day, leading Flannery on a spontaneous trip to New York City. As Flannery wanders the city, following the clues she finds in the magical pages of Wuthering Heights, she ends up at Columbia University and meets Heath Smith—a handsome and mysterious boy from England who bears an uncanny resemblance to Brontë’s Heathcliff. Heath joins Flannery on her search for Miss Sweeney (who is spiraling downwards with every turn of the page), and the two of them end up on a magical, literary adventure.

Mary O’Connell’s novel is incredibly lovely. She has truly crafted a love letter to classic literature, but with a unique contemporary twist. The contrasting voices of Flannery’s third-person narrative and Miss Sweeney’s first-person account are thoughtful and captivating—I was completely swept up in their adventures. The touch of magical realism is just enough to add a hint of the fantastical to an otherwise totally plausible story. Ideal for fans of Gilmore Girls and THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart (and, of course, Wuthering Heights), DEAR READER is a boarding school tale like no other. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – FANGIRL

Happy Thursday, YA folks!

This week’s Day’s YA pick is an oldie, but a goodie. Read on to hear my thoughts on this beloved YA classic.

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
Available now in hardcover from St. Martin’s Griffin
9781250073808
Available in trade paperback on November 6, 2018 from Wednesday Books
9781250042613
Ages 13 to 18

When Cath and her twin sister, Wren, were younger, they were both diehard Simon Snow fans. They read the books, attended the premieres, covered the walls of their shared room with Simon Snow posters, and they wrote fanfiction. Now that they’re heading to college, Wren has left that part of her life behind, but not Cath. Cath has decorated her dorm room with posters and figurines and still spends every possible minute writing fanfiction for her 35,000 readers. Wren has also decided that living with her twin isn’t an option, and Cath is now stuck with an older and more outgoing roommate. Making matters worse, Cath is dealing with boys she doesn’t understand, professors who don’t understand her, and a father she can’t seem to stop worrying about. Although her fanfic has saved her in the past, now Cath may be forced to choose between her favorite fantastical world and the real, living people right in front of her. readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (4/24/2018 Edition)

Happy Tuesday, YA Librarians, and welcome to this month’s edition of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at *2:30pm EST* for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Ages 12 to 18
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. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

“A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.” —School Library Journal

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS: Valkyrie Book Two by Amanda Hocking
9781250084804
Ages 12 to 18
The adventure and romance continues in the final installment of the new fantasy duology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies—and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she’s never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

“Fans of this fictional world will enjoy seeing more of it—and appreciate that the story’s conclusion leaves the door open for more adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Day’s YA – THIS HEART OF MINE

TGIF, YA librarians, and happy National Library Week!

In honor of how much I loooovveeee all of you and the amazing work that you do, I have a YA romance (with some mystery) to share with you.

THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter
9781250131652
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless (this may sound familiar if you’ve read my review of BRING ME THEIR HEARTS, but I promise you this is a very different story). A virus called myocarditis destroyed Leah’s heart and now she’s connected to an artificial one that she has to carry around in a backpack. Because of her rare blood type her days are numbered as a transplant isn’t likely, and the artificial heart will only keep her alive for a few years. Until . . . a heart becomes available and Leah is suddenly looking at the possibility of living a much longer life than she ever imagined. Leah’s new heart has come from Eric, a classmate of hers who supposedly killed himself, but after the transplant, Leah starts having strange dreams that suggest something else happened, forcing her to team up with her donor’s very attractive twin brother, Matt, to find out the truth of how Eric really died. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – I’M NOT MISSING

Happy Friday, YA librarians! 

Welcome to this special *Friday edition* of Day’s YA! I’ve been going on and on and on about this book to anyone who will listen (roommates, coworkers, librarians at PLA, unsuspecting strangers, etc.), so I’m very excited to share it will all of you!

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain
9781250132512
Available July 10, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

Wow. This book is stunning. It opens on Miranda and Syd—the very best of friends—hanging out in the pseudo-graveyard behind Syd’s house. It’s where they go to get away from the rest of the world and to be in the company of each other . . .

Miranda and Syd don’t have a lot in common (Syd is larger-than-life, and Miranda spends most of her time in Syd’s shadow), but they are bound together by one vital similarity: they both have mothers who’ve abandoned them. Miranda and her father are still very close, but Syd is now left with her deadbeat dad and his new wife, neither of whom seem to care much about Syd. Miranda is Syd’s only real companion and they’ve always been there for each other. Until Syd runs away in the middle of their senior year and with absolutely no explanation. Now Miranda is left behind again and must discover who she is on her own, as she works to untangle the clues Syd left behind. Along the way, Miranda must also navigate her first love, college decisions, and her evolving relationship with her adoring (and slightly nerdy) father. readmoreremove

PLA 2018 YA Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Emily’s Young Adult Book Buzz at PLA 2018 last week:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert* | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber* | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber* | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young* | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18
KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18
I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain** | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi** | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18
THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie** | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18
FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson* | May 15, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168368 | Trade Paperback | Social Science / Politics & Government | Ages 13 to 18
CHASING NEW HORIZONS by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon** | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250098962 | Hardcover | Astronomy
THE LOST MAP OF CHAOS by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | September 11, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250052308 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 12 to 18
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith | September 25, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250138545 | Hardcover | Boys & Men | Ages 12 And Up
SELFIE MADE by Meridith Valiando Rojas** | September 4, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250196743 | Trade Paperback | Careers | Ages 12 to 18
SADIE by Courtney Summers** | September 4, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250105714 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 13 to 18
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud* | August 28, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250126429 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18 readmoreremove

Booklist Spring 2018 YA Webinar

Today Emily Day (Of “Day’s YA” fame) highlighted her favorite upcoming teen titles during Booklist’s Spring 2018 YA Announcements webinar (twitter hashtag #SpringYABooks). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here’s what she discussed:

Highlighted Titles from Winter / Spring 2018:
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18

Spring 2018 Fiction:
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner | March 13, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250143839 | Hardcover | Social Themes / Mental Illness | Ages 14 to 18

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt | Available now | ISBN: 9781250107015 | Hardcover | Coming of Age | Ages 13 to 19

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18

Spring 2018 Fantasy / Science-Fiction:
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18

THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones | Available now | ISBN: 9781250129130 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 to 18

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18 readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (2/22/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA Librarians, and welcome to today’s special *Thursday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 3pm EST (*special day and time!*) for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

FADE TO US by Julia Day
9781250097378
Ages 12 to 18
Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC. But then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s—and Brooke’s not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.

“A book for readers who like romance that flourishes against the odds and characters who learn and grow.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a sweeter-than-sugar summer love story, and the behind-the-scenes theater setting is evergreen.” —Booklist

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt
9781250107015
Ages 13 to 19
From the author of DREAM THINGS TRUE and THE RADIUS OF US comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans.

“This poignant story of grief, healing, and finding balance and purpose is told through alternating narration by the three main characters. Whether navigating financial hardship, family tensions, or precarious immigrant rights, the protagonists come across as well drawn and engaging . . . This new offering from Marquardt will resonate with readers looking for a mature coming-of-age story.” —Booklist

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (ages 13 to 18) is also available now in trade paperback.
9781250135360

THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter
9781250131652
Ages 13 to 18
When seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie gets a heart transplant, she’s given an amazing second chance at life. Then Leah discovers who the donor was—a boy from her school—and people are saying he killed himself. Plagued with unsettling dreams since the transplant, Leah realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

THIS HEART OF MINE is an emotional and captivating novel about love, loss, and the connections between people . . . [it] will make a solid addition to most young adult collections, and should be recommended to fans of John Green and to those who like murder mysteries with a twist and a hint of romance.” —VOYA

“This story will definitely appeal to students who enjoy realistic and identifiable characters, thrilling fast-paced plot twists, and mature adolescent romantic interactions.” —School Library Connection readmoreremove

Day’s YA – IN SIGHT OF STARS

 

Hi everyone! 

We’re back in the office after a busy (but fantastic!) few days at ALA Midwinter. It was so great to get to meet some of you in person and chat about books! One book in particular that I’m especially excited for is this lovely novel by Gae Polisner.

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
9781250143839
Available March 13, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Gae Polisner has done it again! (By “it,” I mean she’s written another deeply emotional, tear-inducing, beautiful novel). IN SIGHT OF STARS tells the story of seventeen-year-old Klee (pronounced Clay), who has had a pretty terrible year. When his father dies suddenly, Klee’s world begins to crumble. Klee and his father had a very special bond–he was his friend and mentor. After his death, Klee and his mother move out of NYC and into a house in the suburbs, where Klee constantly feels out of place. Enter: Sarah Wood. When Klee meets Sarah, his life starts to steady. Sarah gives him a sense of belonging that he hasn’t felt since his dad died. He begins to feel okay again . . . until a moment of betrayal shatters his universe a second time and he ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Told in alternating timelines, the story both leads us to the main event and walks us through Klee’s recovery from it. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – BRING ME THEIR HEARTS

Hey YA folks!

Whew! Anyone else feel like January was approximately 400 days long? Well, we’ve officially made it to February AND it’s ALA Midwinter month! We’ll be heading to Denver next week for the conference, so be sure to stop by our booth (#1741) if you’re also going to be there.

BUT before I get ahead of myself, allow me to introduce you to a lovely YA fantasy novel.

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Available June 5, 2018 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

“I take one final look in the mirror. A girl with paper skin and pale blond hair looks back at me. She wears a heart-shaped locket of silver. Her too-thin lips are pink in the center. Her gray eyes are bolded with dark kohl, two lines tracing down her cheekbones as is the current Vetrisian style. She has a zit beneath her bangs she’s worried about, but she’s worried more about her teeth, the sharp ones that come out when she’s hungry.
She is young. She is terrified. She is playing dress-up. She is playing a very dangerous game.
She is Heartless.

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