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Hello again YA librarians!

Welcome to the 10th edition of Day’s YA! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving uplifting and inspiring books lately to get me through these last weeks of winter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love winter—I really do—but even I look forward to spring come mid-March. And this book is the perfect remedy for anyone with a case of the winter blues.

Available May 15, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Also available in audio and read by the author

“Wonder is what we’re born with. Worry is what we learn.”

In this semi-autobiographical guidebook-to-life, Amber Rae uses a combination of short stories, self-help tips, and prompted journal pages to help her readers push past their fears and realize the amazing things they are capable of. With chapters on self-doubt, procrastination, envy, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and a whole host of other relevant topics, each short chapter includes a topical anecdote from the author’s life, helpful tips, and a page for journaling, mapping, or doodling. readmoreremove


Hello and happy March!

We’ve almost made it to spring, but the setting in the book I want to share with you today is as frigid and wintry as they come. You may want to bundle up before reading on!

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
Also available in audio.

This is the feminist SNOW WHITE retelling I’ve always wanted. I’ve been waiting for this book without even knowing it. If you also find yourself rolling your eyes at some of the more traditional, damsel-in-distress tales, this is the fairy tale for you.

Melissa Bashardoust’s debut novel tells the story of two young women. Sixteen-year-old Mina lives with her magician father and has no concrete memory of the mother who died when Mina was just a child. Mina longs to be loved and to be able to show love, but the glass heart inside her chest won’t allow it. When Mina and her father move to the castle, Mina decides that she will get the newly-widowed king to fall in love with her and become queen.

Lynet is the daughter of the king and has never known her mother, though she is the spitting image of the former queen. Lynet’s whole world is turned upside down when she discovers that she was formed from snow and was created to look just like her mother. Her father has certain expectations for how she lives her life, but Lynet has other plans. She wants to be less like the mother she never met and more like her beloved stepmother, Mina. But when the king ousts Mina and gives her role to Lynet instead, a rivalry for the throne is ignited between the two women.

Alternating chapters tell the stories of Mina’s past and Lynet’s present, while completely shattering the traditional fairy tale tropes. Prince Charming is nowhere to be found (and Lynet has no need for him, anyway) and Mina is a much more complicated character than your run-of-the-mill evil stepmother. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s CINDER, Angela Carter’s THE BLOODY CHAMBER, or Amanda Lovelace’s THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, Bashardoust’s novel is Frozen meets Robin McKinley and it is even more delightful than you could ever imagine.

And to top it off, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS was recently named to ALA’s Amelia Bloomer List for feminist literature! readmoreremove



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
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


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.

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.



Hi friends!

Welcome to the sixth installment of Day’s YA! If you’re new here, my name is Emily Day and I’m the newest member of Team Library Marketing at Macmillan. If you’re not new here, you may have noticed that we switched up our logo a bit, so be on the lookout for this new logo for all things YA-related.

Now on to an enchanting YA fantasy novel that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with.


CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Also available in audio
Will be available in trade paperback May 1, 2018

Ok, so I know I’m about a year late to the game (ha, I promise that was an unintentional pun) with this one, but please allow me my delayed obsession with this book. In the case that you, like me, have not yet discovered CARAVAL, here’s the gist: Scarlett has spent her entire life longing to participate in Caraval, the interactive, week-long game/performance that only happens once a year. When Scarlett’s cruel father arranges for her to marry a man she’s never met, Scarlett’s hopes are dashed . . . until her invitation to the game finally arrives and Scarlett and her younger sister Tella, along with a mysterious (and oh-so-dreamy) sailor they’ve just met, make their way to Isla de los Sueños to play. Everyone keeps telling Scarlett that it’s only a game and everything that happens during Caraval is merely a performance, but things become much more real when Tella is kidnapped by the game’s mystifying mastermind, and finding her becomes the only way to win the game.

I’m pretty sure I read this book in about a day and a half because I just couldn’t bear to put it down. The world is unique and imaginative and I felt like I was right there with Scarlett, wandering around and getting joyously lost (though maybe not quite as lost as her, thanks to the handy map in the novel’s front matter). Lots and lots of people are comparing this book to THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin  Morgenstern, but I’ve never read THE NIGHT CIRCUS, so I can’t necessarily endorse that comparison. However, I can say that it’s got bits and pieces of lots of brilliant YA elements. There’s the game-that’s-more-than-just-a-game aspect à la THE HUNGER GAMES; the forbidden, but chemistry-filled romance similar to that of Edward and Bella; and the magical world that feels very Wonderland-esque. But the amazing thing is that Garber manages to take all of those classic elements and make something completely new and extraordinary. Simply put, CARAVAL is magical. And with such a clever and twisty ending, THANK GOODNESS the magic doesn’t end here. The sequel—LEGENDARY—will be available May 29, 2018 [insert all celebratory emoji here]! readmoreremove


Happy New Year, YA friends!

Winter Storm Grayson is in full force over here in NYC, so we’re staying bundled up today. The temperatures outside might be arctic-like, but I have a book for you that’s sure to light a fire of resistance in the hearts of readers young and old.

HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson
Available May 15, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Young people are rising up among the ranks of activists and it is absolutely vital that their voices are heard. This book will help to make sure that happens. HOW I RESIST is a compilation of essays, interviews, poems, and songs written for teens about activism, strength, and having hope in a time when the world looks bleak. Chapters include an essay about growing up queer and Hispanic in Texas, a guide to calling your representatives, a short story about being an activist while at college, and a list of books about resistance compiled by librarians, plus a number of other thoughtful and thought-provoking topics. The all-star cast of contributors includes Libba Bray, Javier Muñoz, Rosie O’Donnell, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Sabaa Tahir, and so many more.

While this collection is written specifically for young people, it will make readers of all ages pause and think about what they are doing–or what they could be doing–to make the world a better place, which ultimately has an impact on resistance, as Hebh Jamal points out: “Taking time to think deeply about one’s advocacy makes a more productive advocate. How I resist is therefore deeply affected by how much I am willing to think.” The message of hope within these pages is one that all readers can and should turn to for inspiration and encouragement. In the end, it’s about being true to who you are and believing that you have the power to make a change because, as Rebecca Roanhorse says in her chapter of the book, “Being you is the most powerful kind of resistance of all.” readmoreremove

Day’s YA – 13 MINUTES

Hello and happy Thursday to all of my lovely YA librarians!

Welcome to the newest edition of Day’s YA! Today’s book takes a bit of a darker turn (because who doesn’t love a thriller during the holidays?), so buckle up!


13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
Ages 13 to 18

Natasha Howland is the most popular girl in school. She and her two best friends, Hayley and Jenny, are collectively referred to as “The Barbies” and are simultaneously beloved, hated, and feared. (Sound familiar? There’s definitely a bit of a Mean Girls vibe.) So when Natasha is found near-dead in an icy river, the questions are abundant. Natasha is revived after being unconscious for thirteen minutes, but she has no memory of the incident and no idea who she can trust, so she turns to an unlikely ally. Becca Crisp is the exact opposite of Natasha, but she used to be one of Natasha’s best friends—until Becca was pushed out of the group and replaced with Jenny. Now, Hayley and Jenny are acting strange and Natasha needs Becca to help her put together the clues of what might have happened that night. readmoreremove


Hello to all my YA folks!

Welcome back to Day’s YA, where I share my candid responses to YA titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA. Today’s post features one of my all-time favorite upcoming titles. It’s got Viking warriors, brutal battles, a bit of heart, and a fierce female lead. Are you excited? Because you should be.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Available April 24, 2018
Also available in audio

Initial reaction: This book is so good I’m having trouble coming up with the words to tell you about it. Must process. Check back later.

Update: Okay, I think I’m good now. Here we go. readmoreremove


Yay! It’s YA Day!

Welcome to Day’s YA, where I, Emily Day, share some of my thoughts on an upcoming title from Wednesday Books or Flatiron Books YA. If you’d like to learn a little more about me, check out this post, where I introduce myself and tell you all my deep, dark secrets (just kidding . . . or am I?)

What you are about to read is my very first Day’s YA review (which can also be found in the Books for Teens 2018 post), so dive in and enjoy!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Available January 30, 2018
Also available in audio

Many fairy tales begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Melissa Albert’s debut novel is not one of those fairy tales. Albert expertly weaves a story that is magically creepy and mesmerizing. THE HAZEL WOOD begins with Alice, a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her mother, Ella, is constantly running from bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, the mysterious author of a beloved, but rare, book of fairy tales set in the sinister world of the Hinterland. When Althea dies suddenly Alice and her mother expect their luck to improve, but instead, their ill fortune takes a turn for the worse. Ella is taken away by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, and Alice must find her way there, despite Ella’s one command that she stay away. Alice seeks out the Hinterland to find her mother, but she may uncover much more along the way. readmoreremove

Introducing Day’s YA!!

Hi there, fellow readers! Welcome to Day’s YA!

Before we get down to business, I want to introduce myself and share a little bit about me. My name is Emily Day and I’m Macmillan’s new Library Marketing Assistant / YA Specialist. About a month ago, I moved to NYC from Boston, where I worked as a bookseller/publishing intern/grad student combo. While I was working towards my Masters in Children’s Literature, I spent my free time running along the Charles River and reading in the Public Garden. My preferred genre of music is Broadway musical soundtracks (even though I’ve only ever seen one show), I love and collect maps (I even have a world map tattoo), and I look forward to winter all year long (give me all the cozy, cloudy, snowy days).

I read YA almost exclusively, and I am so excited to use this space to share some of my favorites with you. Be on the lookout for posts from me (labeled “Day’s YA” and stamped with this logo), where I will share my candid reviews of upcoming YA titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA. The first post (coming VERY soon) will be for Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD and I can’t wait to tell you all what I thought!

Day’s YA Archives:

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)

Until next time, have a YA-tastic day and happy reading!