Articles tagged "Books for Teens 2019"

Day’s YA – WAYWARD SON

Happy Friday, YA pals!

Who doesn’t love a magical road trip?

WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell
9781250146076
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14-18

After an exciting final year at Watford School of Magicks, Simon, Baz, and Penny are living in London. Baz and Penny are attending university and Simon is . . . sitting on the couch. Simon may have saved the world, but he’s been seriously bummed since losing his magic and growing a huge pair of red wings and tail. Penny decides that a road trip is just the thing to get Simon’s groove back.

From London to Chicago and across the American West, the group fends off a gang of thirsty vampires, scuffles with a few shotgun-wielding skunk-human hybrids, and races against time to save their pal Agatha. But with their magic on the fritz and their foes close behind, will they be able to save her before the unthinkable happens?

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Teen Talk (October 2019)

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

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Ages 14 – 18

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This dark tale, often reminiscent of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, is both disturbing and uplifting . . . This is a novel that will appeal to those who like dark stories with fairy-tale elements; highly recommended as a book group discussion choice.”
School Library Journal

And don’t miss these new titles from Entangled: Teen, Page Street Kids, and Wattpad Books!
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Day’s YA – BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

Beloved Uncles, Bees, and Boyfriends!

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY by Candice Montgomery
9781624147999
Available October 8, 2019 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

When Torrey’s favorite Uncle Miles unexpectedly dies, Torrey inherits Miles’ most prized possession: his bee farm. In honor of his dear uncle, Torrey devotes himself wholeheartedly to taking care of the bees. But, as Torrey leaves L.A. to attend SFSU—the first in his family to attend college—he learns of the city’s plans to foreclose on the farm. 

While juggling demanding college professors and making new friends (including his first boyfriend!), Torrey is now fighting against the gentrification of his L.A. neighborhood to help protect the bees. Can Torrey successfully balance college life AND save the bee farm?

Torrey’s voice is among the most authentic I’ve read in YA. He is smart, funny, and reading his story feels like talking to a friend. And while his family life is complicated, and battling the city isn’t easy, Torrey remains unapologetically himself—Black, gay, and incredibly passionate about bees. 

The novel’s secondary characters are well developed and as enjoyable to get to know as Torrey. There’s Torrey’s roommate, the loyal Desh, and their suitemates, the four Black STEM-focused “no nonsense on every level” young women.There aren’t many college-set YA novels, and BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY is a beautifully diverse addition to this nascent sub-genre. 

This book is a brilliant and important exploration of college life, the impact of gentrification, cultural identity, and community. I’d recommend it to everyone, but especially to fans of Nic Stone, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, and Nicola Yoon.

Happy reading!
<3 Emily

Day’s YA Archives:

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (posted 9/13/2019)

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (posted 8/30/2019)

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young (posted 8/16/2019)

THE LAST HOPE by Krista and Becca Ritchie (posted 8/2/2019)

HIS HIDEOUS HEART ed. by Dahlia Adler (posted 7/12/2019)

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston (posted 6/28/2019)

FINALE by Stephanie Garber (posted 6/14/2019)

ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee (posted 5/17/2019)

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio (posted 5/3/2019)

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo (posted 4/19/2019)

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale (posted 4/5/2019)

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan (posted 3/22/2019)

ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer (posted 3/8/2019)

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn (posted 2/22/2019)

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza (posted 1/18/2019)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (posted 1/4/2019)

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease (posted 12/13/2018)

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi (posted 11/30/2018)

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell (posted 11/8/2018)

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais (posted (10/26/2018)

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam (posted 10/11/2018)

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert, illus. by Vesna Asanovic (posted 9/26/2018)

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin (posted 9/14/2018)

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt (posted 8/23/2018)

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith (posted 8/9/2018)

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz (posted 7/25/2018)

SADIE by Courtney Summers (posted 7/12/2018)

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud (posted 6/28/2018)

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber (posted 6/15/2018)

THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie (posted 5/17/2018)

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell (posted 5/9/2018)

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (posted 4/26/2018)

THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter (posted 4/13/2018)

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain (posted 3/30/2018)

CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae (posted 3/15/2018)

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust (posted 3/1/2018)

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner (posted 2/15/2018)

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf (posted 2/1/2018)

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (posted 1/18/2018)

HOW I RESIST by 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)

Teen Talk (September 2019 Edition)

Hi, YA pals!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from this month, 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!

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young
9781250168481
Ages 12-18

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols inked on her skin mark her as one who can see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

“Halvard and Tova’s world is described as brutal and beautiful—their personal struggles with identity, fate, and community shine against the minimalistic plot and slowly building tension.” —Kirkus Reviews

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined ed. by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Ages 12-18

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways. Contributors include Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Kendare Blake, Stephanie Kuehn, and many more.

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Day’s YA – PLEASE SEND HELP

Happy Friday, YA friends!

Tears! Laughter! Hugs! BFFs! All in one read! 

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
9781250216533
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU introduced readers to first-year college students Ava and Gen, two BFFs navigating a long-distance friendship. In PLEASE SEND HELP, the duo has since graduated, are back in the same time zone, but still many miles apart. Ava is in New York City interning at a comedy talk show and Gen is in Florida working for a small-town local paper. 

Ava and Gen’s uniquely twenty-something situations—from coping with mental health issues to deciding whether to adopt a feral cat—are relatable and often hilarious. Their friendship is not perfect and neither character is without flaws, but they are unflinchingly honest with each other and quick to forgive. They are each other’s number one fan and I, personally, would love to have them as my BFFs.

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Kirkus’s 30 Most Anticipated YA Books for Fall

Check out Kirkus‘s most anticipated YA for Fall, featuring three titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA!

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler

A haunting collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, retold by some of your favorite contemporary YA authors.

Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett

Girls are banished for their sixteenth year to release their magic into the wild and return home purified and ready for marriage, but not all of them will make it home alive.

“[Liggett’s] immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Day’s YA – THE GRACE YEAR

Happy Friday, YA pals!

You won’t be able to put down this chilling feminist dystopian.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Available October 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18
E-galley available to download on Edelweiss

Tierney James grew up in Garner County where young women are rumored to possess mysterious magic enabling them to manipulate and seduce men. To combat this, Garner County banishes them to the forest for their sixteenth year. During their Grace Year, the young women are tasked with ridding themselves of these powers so they can return cleansed and ready to be claimed for marriage.

But some won’t make it back and those who do are scarred for life and sworn to secrecy.

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Teen Talk (Summer 2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from this summer, 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!

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
9781250216533
Ages 14 to 18

In this sequel to I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU, long distance BFFs Ava and Gen have finally made it to the same time zone (although they’re still over a thousand miles apart). Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, but always relatable conversations, Ava and Gen are each other’s support systems through internships, relationship troubles, questionable roommates, undercover reporting, and whether or not it’s a good idea to take in a feral cat.

“This sequel packs a punch as Ava and Gen help each other navigate a gaslighting boyfriend (also Ava’s boss), an STI, Gen’s brave exposé on a homeless shelter’s treatment of LGBTQ folks, and an adopted, pregnant feral cat. Ava and Gen’s supportive, unconditional friendship is the star of this series.” —Booklist

THE LAST HOPE by Krista & Becca Ritchie
9781250128737
Ages 12 to 18

In this sequel to the YA sci-fi romance, THE RAGING ONES, Franny, Court, and Mykal have just discovered that they are human and must come to terms with that fact while locked up in prison on their enemy’s starcraft. As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new.

“Romance, intrigue, and deep worldbuilding make every page thrum with life . . . Tightly plotted and brimming with heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

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THE GRACE YEAR and THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK make the Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List was announced and includes THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (in the Top Ten!) and THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young!

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
Available October 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Day’s YA – THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

Ready for the Norse Viking book of your dreams?

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young
9781250168481
Available September 3, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Adrienne Young’s debut and 2019 BFYA pick, SKY IN THE DEEP, was among my favorite 2018 reads. I know I’m not allowed to have favorites…but COME ON. It was AMAZING! But now it’s 2019… Enter: Young’s latest epic adventure, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK.

This standalone companion novel stars Tova, a Truthtongue (she can see the future) who washed up on the shores of the Svell clan as a child, and Halvard (remember the young boy in SKY IN THE DEEP?), who is about to become the opposing clan’s leader.

As the chapters alternate between Tova and Halvard, the conflict between their clans escalates. And although the Svell rely on Tova’s ability to see the future, her visions are not always well-received and she is blamed for their misfortune. As the battle rages, Tova must decide if she is indeed a Svell, or if she will finally find her true home elsewhere.

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