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Day’s YA – RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Now that it’s officially summer, I present to you the Ultimate Beach Read.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
9781250316776
Available now from St. Martin’s Griffin
New Adult

Alex Claremont-Diaz is American royalty. He’s the son of the first female president and rules the White House gossip ring with his sister June and the VP’s granddaughter, Nora .

Henry is actual royalty. As the Prince of Wales, he is the golden boy of the British Isles . . . and Alex’s #1 enemy.

When photos of a major confrontation are leaked to the press, Alex and Henry are forced into a fake friendship. To their scheming PR teams, the plan is foolproof—Alex and Henry will attend functions together, pose for photos, and smile, smile, smile. But what happens when sworn enemies fall in love? Could a secret romance lead to a scandal of international proportions?

I know this one isn’t technically YA, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this fun and sexy New Adult romance with you. Anyone who has heard me talk about books at all recently has heard me gush about RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE. This book is like getting a big hug from your best friend—it’s comforting and weird and hopeful and queer AF (which, incidentally, also describes my best friend).

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Adult Books for Teens

These adult books are perfect for teen readers!

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

“Teen McGuire fans admire the substance she brings to her fantasy worlds, and they’ll connect with the story’s coming-of-age themes.” —Booklist, YA Interest

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler
A poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition & wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens.

“Teens intrigued by space and science will be fascinated by Nedda’s unusual childhood and mission as an astronaut.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
A captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

“From being bullied by childhood tormentors to bonding with the mother who abandoned her, Emmeline’s journey may grip teen readers.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Teen Talk (5/23/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from the past two months, 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!

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
Ages 14 to 18

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is a heartbreaker and troublemaker and his label has threatened to drop him if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour and fix his image. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

“Hahn’s nuanced and complex rendering of both protagonists will stir hearts. ” —Booklist 

“A good ol’ fashioned love story.” —Kirkus Reviews

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195661
Ages 13 to 18

Let them fear her.
In this stunning Joan of Arc inspired debut, Nadya—a peasant girl who can speak to the gods—must find a way to work with a deadly adversary to turn the tide of the war and assassinate the mad king. When their scheme leads them straight to the royal family, Nadya must decide whether to trust the High Prince—her country’s enemy—or the beautiful, troubled boy with powers that may ignite something worse than the war they’re trying to end. Chaos ensues.

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” 
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Densely descriptive prose flows smoothly . . . with lush, specific depictions of magic that are compelling.” —School Library Journal

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Day’s YA – AGAIN, BUT BETTER

TGIF, YA pals!

Let’s end this week with a dash of international adventure, a pinch of flirtatious eye contact, and just a little bit of magic.

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio
9781250299253
Ages 12 to 18
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books

Shane is pre-med and in desperate need of change. A semester abroad in London studying Creative Writing is just the ticket. While across the pond, Shane makes friends easily and even falls into a flirty crush thing with Pilot, the cutey from across the hall. When Shane’s parents show up unannounced and discover that she’s been lying to them about her studies, well, y’all know what happens next . . . Shane is back in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. No more writing. No more Pilot.

Fast forward six years. Shane, while interviewing for residencies, runs into Pilot for the first time since her semester abroad. The pair then embarks on a magical journey . . . back in time to 2011. Shane and Pilot are given the do-over that we non-book characters only ever dream about. But, will they get it right this time?

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be perfect for teens . . . and we agree!

HOTBOX: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
The beloved Lee Brothers take on the competitive and wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of the food business that no home cook or restaurant chef has ever experienced.

“YA foodies will appreciate the approachability of the Lees’ writing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen
Also available in audio.
The final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death.

“With the self-portraits that pepper the pages and the nakedness of the words, teens will get a glimpse into the artist’s soul. Some will find themselves in these pages, and some will find within Cohen’s writing the words to express their own sorrows, hopes, and frustrations. Others will read the poetry just to let the rhythm and the emotion wash over them in a visceral flow.”
School Library Journal

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SLJ’s YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast (4/23/19)

We hope you tuned in to today’s School Library Journal YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast, but if you missed it, here are the title list and slides.

The archived webinar is available here.

See something you like? Request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss!

And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter and check out Emily’s candid reviews over on Day’s YA!

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Day’s YA – THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE

TGIF, YA friends!

We’re heating up this chilly Friday with a steamy #ownvoices YA romance.

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
9781250190499
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Eighteen-year-old Maeve is ready to lose her v-card. Unfortunately, her rare form of muscular dystrophy confines her to a wheelchair and means that most boys don’t give her a second look. But that doesn’t stop her from flirting with any hot guy that crosses her path, including Cole Stone, the hunky college-aged actor starring in the film she’s directing. Maeve and Cole’s interactions are increasingly flirtatious, beginning with coy innuendos between takes and soon leading to steamy text exchanges. But will Maeve’s physical limitations prevent them from going all the way? Not if she can help it.

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Day’s YA – WICKED SAINTS

Happy Friday, YA pals!

My latest pick is a dark, gothic-inspired fantasy that had me hooked from the first chapter.

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195661
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

My name is Nadezhda Lapteva, she thought. I am from the monastery in the Baikkle Mountains. I am a cleric of the divine. I am here to kill the king and end this war.
She would bring this country to its knees.”

Meet the last living Kalyazi cleric with the ability to communicate with the gods, Nadya. She is strong, smart, and her unique power is key to defeating her nation’s enemy (the Tranavians) and their evil blood magic.

Meet Tranavian blood mage and Nadya’s biggest enemy, Malachiasz. He is monstrous, beautiful, and a little bit broken.

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Library Journal’s Best Winter/Spring 2019 Debut Novels

Library Journal rounded up the Winter/Spring Debuts you need on your shelves, and boy, do they have great taste! Here are the Macmillan titles you should keep an eye out for in the coming months:

Literary Fiction
MAKE ME A CITY by Jonathan Carr
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek (2 starred reviews!)

Here From Afar
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim (2 starred reviews!)

The World at Large
WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin

Pop Fiction
MONTAUK by Nicola Harrison
THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib (February LibraryReads + Indie Next Picks!)

SF/Fantasy
MIRANDA IN MILAN by Katharine Duckett
THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons (4 starred reviews!)
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine (3 starred reviews!)
YOUR FAVORITE BAND CANNOT SAVE YOU by Scotto Moore

Mystery/Thriller
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (February LibraryReads + Indie Next Picks!)

Books to Anticipate
THE UNPASSING by Chia-Chia Lin
IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Teen Talk (2/25/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from the past two months, 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!

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Ages 12 to 18

Also available in audio
Love. Magic. Revolution. It’s CARAVAL in the world of Marie Antoinette! ENCHANTÉE is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debutfantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

“Distinctive characters, vivid 18th-century images of Paris and Versailles, lively French-infused dialogue, an appealing heroine, and an upbeat ending propel this lengthy romantic fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An immersive, glittering debut that intriguingly blends history and fantasy.”
Booklist

THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
9781250141040
Ages 12 to 18

Also available in audio
Foster Stewart and Tate Taylor are special—between the two of them, they can talk to plants, control the clouds, and see perfectly in the darkest night. But when a deadly tornado strikes and awakens their true abilities—the power to control the element air—they must stop the evil Dr. Stewart (who genetically manipulated them at birth and also happens to be Foster’s father) before he destroys their lives and the world.

“This sci-fi romance offers a diverse cast and an action-packed plot.” —School Library Journal

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