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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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Day’s YA – THE NIGHT COUNTRY

Happy Halloween, YA pals!

‘Tis the season for creepy fairy tales…

THE NIGHT COUNTRY by Melissa Albert
9781250246073
Available January 7, 2020 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 13 to 18
Available to download as an e-galley on
Edelweiss

At the end of THE HAZEL WOOD, (SPOILER ALERT) our protagonist Alice escaped the magical and haunted world of the Hinterland, where she had been trapped as a fairy tale character. Now, she and her motley crew of ex-fairy tale-ers are roaming New York City trying to live normal lives. But, someone—or something—is stalking and killing the Hinterland survivors, forcing Alice to rekindle her magic as she embarks on a dangerous hunt for the killer. And her maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, Finch, is stuck in the dying Hinterland, doing everything he can to get back to NYC and to Alice.

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Day’s YA – TWEET CUTE

TGIF, YA pals!

Prepare yourselves for the most adorable YA rom-com EVER!

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available January 21, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

Pepper and Jack (yes, like the cheese) have been quiet rivals since Pepper moved to NYC to attend Jack’s fancy private school. Pepper is top of her class and Jack is the class clown. Pepper is the swim team captain and Jack is a dive team star. Pepper’s family owns Big League Burger, a massive chain, and Jack’s family owns Girl Cheesing, the local deli. Pepper secretly runs the Big League Burger Twitter account and Jack occasionally tweets back from the Girl Cheesing account.

When Girl Cheesing accuses Big League Burger of stealing their top-secret grilled cheese recipe, the two become embroiled (har har) in an all-out Twitter war. But while Pepper and Jack are fighting online, they’re also falling in love via an anonymous app that Jack created. When the Twitter feud goes viral, things get way too personal and the tweets turn mean, but that doesn’t stop the world from shipping the pair. (How can you resist when their ship name is PepperJack??) Will their budding IRL friendship & virtual romance survive the fallout?

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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)

Books for Teens 2020: Something Old, Something New

Welcome to 2020, the year of retellings!

From Macbeth to You’ve Got Mail and everywhere in between, we’ve got retellings galore! And that’s not all! Check out all of our 2020 books for teens below for your fill of adventure, revenge, and romance.

Follow us on Twitter (@MacmillanLib) for all book-related news, on Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) for pretty pictures of books, and read Emily’s candid “Day’s YA” reviews of upcoming and backlist YA titles.

Winter 2020:

THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert
9781250246073
Available January 7, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling tour de force THE HAZEL WOOD! In THE NIGHT COUNTRY, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors.

“A must-read for fans of portal fantasies, mysteries, and readers who prefer their magic with bloody sharp edges.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This follow-up to the astonishing THE HAZEL WOOD displays the same lush prose, dizzying imagination, and macabre sensibilities (along with the grisly body count) . . . A necessary read for Hinterland fans—and who isn’t?”
Kirkus Reviews

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Jane was held captive in a room with only a bed, a refrigerator, and an adjoining bathroom for seven months. Now she’s back home and the only thing that makes her feel better is writing about her experience. But will uncovering the truth of what happened break her forever?

“A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read.” —School Library Journal

“Stolarz ups the psychological ante . . . the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome, disturbing . . . this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available January 21, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

From debut author Emma Lord comes a re-imagining of You’ve Got Mail in this heartfelt and hilarious celebration of snarky tweets, first kisses, and an epic social-media battle between straight-A student Pepper and her biggest annoyance, Jack.

“This plugged-in romance will likely be seen as a precursor to the way teen love stories will be told for years to come.” —Booklist

“Lord accurately depicts various sides of today’s online culture. Amid all the digital hoopla is an engaging story about family loyalty and pursuing one’s own passions . . . A just-right combination of sweet and cheesy.” —Kirkus Reviews

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores
9781250220448
Available January 28, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Is courage born or is it bred? In this action-packed young adult fantasy, a teen assassin must overcome poverty, violence, and loss because “good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing . . . unless they risk everything.”

“Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories.” —School Library Journal

“An entertaining and action-driven tale of assassins and magic.”
Kirkus Reviews

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
9781250256973
Available February 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The award-winning debut that started it all—now with a gorgeously updated cover (that happens to coordinate perfectly with SADIE) and a new foreword from the New York Times bestselling author herself!

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
9781250239549
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

FOUL IS FAIR is a bloody, thrilling, fantasy retelling of Macbeth in which four girls seek revenge on the boys who have wronged them. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

“Rhythmic, propulsive prose drives this bloody retelling of Macbeth at a relentless pace all the way to its violent end . . . Intense, implausible, and impossible to put down.” —Kirkus Reviews

THE DYSASTERS: The Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250268778
Available February 25, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In their first graphic novel adaptation, #1 New York Times bestsellers P.C. and Kristin Cast bring us the world of THE DYSASTERS—genetically manipulated teenagers must control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring.

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales
9781250315892
Available March 3, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. Ollie and Will were meant to only be a summer fling, but when they end up attending the same school, will their fling become something more?

ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
9781250236432
Available March 3, 2020 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 14 to 18

A deliciously inventive re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, ANNA KARENINA​, set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich—perfect for fans of CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Gossip Girl.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza will be available in trade paperback on March 20, 2020.

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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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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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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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Day’s YA – THE LAST HOPE

Happy Friday, YA pals!

Sci-fi, romance, interplanetary travel. What more could you want on a Friday?

THE LAST HOPE by Krista and Becca Ritchie
9781250128737
Available August 13, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

THE LAST HOPE is the thrilling conclusion to the duology that began with THE RAGING ONES. If you need a refresher on the first book, here ya go!

The last time we saw Franny, Mykal, and Court, they were trapped on an enemy starcraft and [SPOILER ALERT] had just found out that they were humans. THE LAST HOPE picks up shortly thereafter as our trio embarks on a dangerous mission to save humanity.

Franny, Mykal and Court are still sharing feelings—both emotional and physical—but don’t understand why or how. In exchange for information about their bond, they agree to help mysterious stranger Stork Kickfall in finding an elusive baby they’ve only ever read about. According to the legend, this baby has the ability to cloak and teleport entire planets. If they succeed in finding her, she will hide Earth from its enemies and stop the war. If they fail, humanity will disappear. NO PRESSURE.

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Day’s YA – HIS HIDEOUS HEART

Got the mid-summer reading doldrums? EXCELLENT. Allow me to introduce you to thirteen dark and creepy tales guaranteed to pull you out of that funk…

HIS HIDEOUS HEART ed. by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Available September 10, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

HIS HIDEOUS HEART is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s eeriest tales, reimagined by your favorite Young Adult authors, including Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Rin Chupeco, Kendare Blake, and Tessa Gratton, among others.

My favorite stories are…

Tiffany D. Jackson’s “It’s Carnival!” (“The Cask of Amontillado”), in which Cindy seeks revenge on Darrell (after enduring years of harassment) during Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Carnival.

Lamar Giles’ “The Oval Filter” (“The Oval Portrait”) is the unsettling story of Tariq’s dead ex-girlfriend who is haunting his phone while also leading him to her killer.

amanda lovelace’s “The Raven (Remix)” is an enchanting blackout poetry version of Poe’s THE RAVEN, in which large portions of the original text are blacked out to reveal lovelace’s poem underneath.

Stephanie Kuehn’s “Happy Days, Sweetheart” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), my favorite, is the brutal story of a girl who would do anything to be the best . . . but will her guilt be her downfall?

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