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Books for Teens 2018 + “Day’s YA!”

Welcome to the 2018 Books for Teens post!

I am Emily Day, Macmillan’s Library Marketing Assistant / YA Specialist and your host and curator of this post. I recently moved to NYC from Boston, where I worked as a bookseller at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, an intern at Charlesbridge Publishing and the Horn Book, and a children’s literature graduate student at Simmons College. If I’m listening to music, it’s probably a Broadway musical soundtrack, I love and collect maps, and I prefer cold, cloudy days to warm, sunny ones. I read YA almost exclusively, and some of my all-time favorites are WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley, ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai, and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery (technically those last two aren’t YA, but they’re just so spectacular that I had to list them).

In addition to featuring forthcoming YA and YA-ok titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA, I will also include my candid reviews of as many titles as I can possibly read (starting with two of my absolute faves, Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD and Adrienne Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP), which will be labeled as “Day’s YA!” [GET IT? HA!] So, when you’re ready to scroll, stories of Vikings and Valkyries, hospitals and heartthrobs, mental illness and fighting back, all await you below.

Ready? Here we go!

First, make sure that you’re pre-approved on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys, including many of the titles mentioned below. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens 2018 titles here.

Now on to the books!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
Four starred reviews!!

Day’s YA Review:
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.

Reminiscent of Emily Carroll’s THROUGH THE WOODS and Emma Donoghue’s KISSING THE WITCH, Melissa Albert has hit the nail on the head with this spooky homage to fairy tales. Though Albert’s novel is not a retelling of a classic fairy tale, she has managed to create a completely original narrative filled with riveting characters and a captivating plot that still retains some of the elements of more traditional tales. THE HAZEL WOOD is an obvious choice for lovers of fantasy novels and classic fairy tales, but it will also appeal to fans of YA mystery novels, such as E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS, and stories about the discovery of deep, personal truths, such as Nicola Yoon’s EVERYTHING EVERYTHING. Albert’s enchanting debut novel is truly something special and will leave you with the lingering notion that our stories are all around us, influencing us and comprising our most inner beings.

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available May 29, 2018
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 IndieNext Pick CARAVAL, Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more. This year’s Caraval has concluded and Tella is alive—and safe, to her older sister’s relief. But Tella has secrets she has been keeping from Scarlett. Afraid of revealing the truth to the person who loves her most, Tella runs away to Valenda, the capital of the Empire, to find the mysterious correspondent whom Tella owes.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (ages 13 to 18) will be available in trade paperback on May 1, 2018.
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SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Available April 24, 2018
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Day’s YA Review:
Initial reaction: This book is so good I’m having trouble coming up with the words to describe it. Must process. Check back later.

Update: Okay. I’ve processed. Here we go.

As a member of the Aska clan, seventeen-year-old Eelyn has spent her entire life learning how to be a warrior—preparing for the traditional battle against the enemy clan. For many centuries, the gods of the Riki and the Aska have been at war, so the clans battle it out every five years on behalf of their gods. This time is different for Eelyn, though. She has been waiting for five long years to avenge the death of her brother, who fell off of a cliff in front of Eelyn during the last battle against the Riki. So when Eelyn sees her dead brother, Iri, fighting with the Riki in battle, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. In a moment of uncertainty, Eelyn is captured by the Riki and must spend the winter in their village, living among the enemy in the place her brother now calls home. Eelyn desperately longs to get back to her clan and her family, but there is no way for her to do so. When a third clan—one even more brutal than the others—attacks the Riki village, Eelyn must convince the Riki and the Aska to set aside their differences and work together to defeat the new enemy.

As soon as I reached the last page of this novel, I wanted to go back and start from the beginning again just so I could continue to be wrapped up in Young’s words. Know her characters. Experience the world she created. The character of Eelyn is a badass warrior heroine who will appeal to fans of Marvel’s Wonder Woman, as well as Disney’s Brave and Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series. Eelyn is simultaneously fierce and sensitive; she loves deeply, but she is also able to instantly take someone down with her axe. Adrienne Young’s debut novel is written with the finesse of a veteran author, and to give you a taste of her brilliance I’m going to leave you with a quote from the second page of the book that captures the emotion and voice of the novel:

“Vegr yfir fior. Honor above life. The first whistle cut into the air from our right, warning us to get ready and I closed my eyes, feeling the steadiness of the earth beneath my feet. The sounds of battle rushing toward us bled together as the deep-throated prayers of my clansmen rose up around me like smoke from a wildfire. I let the words march out under my breath, asking Sigr to guard me. To help me bring down his enemies.”

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Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18
After years of wishing, Scarlett and little sister, Tella, finally attend Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. However, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, and the first person to find her wins the game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but whether it’s real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, otherwise her sister disappears forever. “[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 2/7/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jenny Manca, Allen Public Library, Allen TX
Vicki Bartz, Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville MN
Lisa Hollander, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper M.S. Library, Cypress TX
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Marie Marquardt on Immigrants, Issues & the Healing Power of Libraries

Last year, Marie Marquardt leapt onto the YA scene with her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Her second YA novel, THE RADIUS OF US, explores the American dream again, but this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens who find healing in love.

Marie Marquardt has a message for librarians, but first, we’re offering complimentary advance readers copies of THE RADIUS OF US to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).

To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Radius of Us) and don’t forget to include your library’s mailing address.

Take it away, Marie!

Dear YA Librarian,

I am thrilled to write to you about my new young adult novel, THE RADIUS OF US, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 17, 2017. As a story featuring immigrants and asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the United States, this book addresses timely and important themes, and I hope you’ll be willing to tell your young patrons about it.

I’ve spent two decades working with Latin American immigrant families in the South. I also run a non-profit called El Refugio that serves immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. This work inspired my debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, which was published in 2015. To research THE RADIUS OF US, I traveled to El Salvador and to detention facilities across the U.S., where I met with teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum.

Told in alternating first person points of view, THE RADIUS OF US is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It’s about a boy from El Salvador, who ran from a city torn-through with violence, looking for a safe place to call home. It’s about an American girl who no longer feels safe anywhere, except maybe when she’s with him. And most importantly, THE RADIUS OF US is about two people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love.

I’m especially enthusiastic to share this story with librarians and library patrons, because for thirty-three years, libraries have been my refuge, and librarians have been the ones that welcomed me in. readmoreremove

Come one, come all to Books for Teens 2017!

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Lucky for you, we’ve created not one, but TWO posters of our favorite teen reads for 2017! Download and print your copies (11×17 tabloid size) of BFT poster 1 & BFT poster 2.

Then, make sure that you’re pre-approved on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys, including many of the titles mentioned below. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens 2017 titles here.

Now on to the books!

 

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Available January 30, 2018
Ages 12 to 19

Two starred reviews! Welcome to The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating, contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic, collection of fairy tales to save her mother… “A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

 

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Ages 14 to 19

Ava and Gen are two best friends heading off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two document every moment in a series of texts and emails to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

 

 

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18

A 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee!

“[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review  

 

 

 

FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
Ages 12 to 18

“This fun paranormal romance, wrapped up in a circus-tent setting, is recommended where the genre and the author’s books are popular. Hand to fans of Twilight and MTV’s Teen Wolf.” — School Library Journal

 

THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt
Ages 13 to 19

“While the teens’ relationship is tested when details from Phoenix’s past coincide with Gretchen’s case, a host of diverse characters lend a hand and offer varying perspectives. [An] …eye-opening story. ” — Kirkus Reviews

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Ages 12 to 18

Set at the turn of the 19th century, this richly imagined debut coming-of-age story spins a spellbinding tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST as a young woman searches for her sister who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. “There are plenty of nods to Labyrinth, but atmospherically, this first novel is most similar to another debut: Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY. …this is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist, starred review

 

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
Ages 12 to 18

Two starred reviews and a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee! THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER in this novel about a bullied teenager and an old man in a retirement home who bond over their mutual love of jazz music. “Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
Ages 13 to 18

In this second beautiful, lush fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Chokshi, Gauri, the princess of Bharata, must team up with her enemy kingdom’s prince Vikram to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. “Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship make this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (ages 13-19) is now available in trade paperback.

DREAM FOREVER by Kit Alloway (The Dream Walker Trilogy)
Ages 13 to 18

As the veil to the Dream becomes dangerously thin, Josh must stop it from tearing to save the world, in the conclusion to The Dream Walker Trilogy.

DREAMWORLD: Two Books in One: DREAMFIRE & DREAMFEVER by Kit Alloway (ages 13-18) is now available in trade paperback.

GIVE ME A K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #6)
Ages 14 to 18
Heather Wyatt just transferred from her old school, where she was a cheerleading star, and is eager to join the squad at Shadyside High. There’s only one other girl who stands in her way—rich, spoiled Devra Dalby, who is also trying out for the one open slot. The competition is anything but friendly—and it ends in murder.

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLERS: NIGHTMARES by R.L. Stine (ages 12-18) is now available in trade paperback.

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell
Ages 12 to 18
Gilmore Girls with magical realism! In this original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life. “The use of Wuthering Heights intensifies the impact of Flannery and Miss Sweeney’s corresponding journeys; even readers who haven’t read the classic will find significance in the parallels.” — Publishers Weekly

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (ages 13-19) is now available in trade paperback.

SONGS ABOUT A GIRL by Chris Russell
Ages 12 to 18
Charlie Bloom is happiest behind her camera, taking pictures of her former classmate Olly Samson’s new band, Fire&Lights. Soon, they’re the hottest boy band in the country and Charlie becomes caught between Olly and Fire&Lights’ gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West. As the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles on a secret about the band—and herself—hidden within the lyrics of their new #1 single. “Confronting the fickleness of fame and the damaging effects of rumors and harassment, Russell’s debut is highly relevant in an age of social media furors and the constant churn of news.” — Publishers Weekly

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Booklist Spring 2016 YA webinar

Today Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist‘s YA Announcements: Spring 2016 webinar (twitter hashtag #YASpring16). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here are Anne’s top picks:

Highlights from Fall 2015
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears (A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee) | ISBN: 9781250065513 | Hardcover | Social Issues/Friendship | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee) | ISBN: 9781250070456 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 13 to 18 | Available Now
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore (A 2016 YALSA Morris Debut Award Finalist & A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection) | ISBN: 9781250058652 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
BLANKETS by Craig Thompson (Winner of two Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards) | ISBN: 9781770462182 | Trade Paperback | Graphic Novels/Memoir | Available Now
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection & a 2016 Rainbow Book selection) ISBN: 9781250049551 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 13 to 19 | Available Now

Introducing Flatiron YA
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | ISBN: 9781250078407 | Hardcover | Love & Romance, LGBT | Ages 13 to 18 | On Sale: May 3
AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger | ISBN: 9781250075000 | Hardcover | Girls & Women | Ages 13 And Up | On Sale: June 7

Summer Blockbusters
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | ISBN: 9781250098641 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 13 to 19 | On Sale: June 7
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins | ISBN: 9781250079121 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 13 to 18 | On Sale: June 14

Debuts
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | ISBN: 9781250075963 | Hardcover | Social Issues/Dating & Sex | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | ISBN: 9781250051363 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | ISBN: 9781250064714 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson | ISBN: 9781250079091 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: May 17

Magic & Fantasy
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | ISBN: 9781250085474 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 13 to 19 | On Sale: April 26 | #wndb
THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule | ISBN: 9781250036322 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: March 22

Next in the Series
RESURGENCE by Kerry Wilkinson (The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy #3) | ISBN: 9781250090799 | Hardcover | Dystopian | Ages 13 to 18 | On Sale: May 31
ALMOST MIDNIGHT by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark series) | ISBN: 9781250081001 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 12 to 18 | Available Now
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series) | ISBN: 9781250058942 | Hardcover | Horror | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: April 12
DREAMFEVER by Kit Alloway (The Dream Walker series) | ISBN: 9781250078117 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 13 to 18 | Available Now
INVISION by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Chronicles of Nick series) | ISBN: 9781250063885 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: May 3 readmoreremove

2015 Long Island Book Buzz

Today Anne traveled to lovely Long Island and presented all these great Macmillan YA and Adult titles at a full-day book buzz:

Adult
BOYS IN THE TREES* by Carly Simon | On Sale: Nov. 24
LUST & WONDER* by Augusten Burroughs | On Sale: March 29
MOST WANTED* by Lisa Scottoline  | On Sale: April 12
THE THINGS WE KEEP* by Sally Hepworth | On Sale: Feb. 10
WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT by Sebastian Faulks | On Sale: Jan. 26
THE HEART by Maylis De Kerangal | On Sale: Feb. 9
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS* by Dominic Smith | On Sale: April 5
EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS by Lian Hearn | On Sale: April 26
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown | On Sale: Jan. 12
THE YID by Paul Goldberg | On Sale: Feb. 2
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau | On Sale: Feb. 2
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence | On Sale: Jan. 5
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner | On Sale: Jan. 5
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart | On Sale: Jan. 12
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz | On Sale: Jan. 19
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane | On Sale: April 26
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart | On Sale: May 3
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN* by Wendy Walker | On Sale: July 12
TITLE TBA* by Liane Moriarty | On Sale: July 26

Young Adult/Teen
BLANKETS by Craig Thompson | Available Now
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears | Available Now
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell | Available Now
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt | Available Now
EVOLUTION (Extraction series) by Stephanie Diaz | Available Now
THE LOST GIRL (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | Available Now
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Available Now
UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls After Dark series) by C.C. Hunter | Available Now
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | On Sale: Jan. 5
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | On Sale: Jan. 19
DREAMFEVER (The Dream Walker series) by Kit Alloway | On Sale: Feb. 23
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | On Sale: March 1
INVISION (The Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | On Sale: April 5
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | On Sale: April 12
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | On Sale: May 3
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | On Sale: May 3
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson | On Sale: May 17
AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger | On Sale: June 7
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | On Sale: June 7
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins | On Sale: June 14

Click here to download the handout which includes full title lists (with ISBNs!), information on how to get whitelisted for free Macmillan e-galleys, and 2016 LibraryReads nomination deadlines. YA librarians who want even more Books for Teens titles can check out the full BFT Twenty-SixTEEN lineup!

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2015 Tri State Children’s/YA Book Buzz Titles

Today is the Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz!

frompodiumAnne presented her favorite books for teens including new titles from David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins and two debuts from Flatiron Books!

Best of all? Ali Fisher co-presented and their babies Daniel and Jackson (OK, he’s a fur baby, but he’s still a baby!) kept things moving along.

PayingAttentionBLANKETS by Craig Thompson | Available Now
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears | Available Now
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell | Available Now
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt | Available Now
EVOLUTION (Extraction series) by Stephanie Diaz | Available Now
THE LOST GIRL (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | Available Now
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Available Now
UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls After Dark series) by C.C. Hunter | Available Now
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | On Sale: Jan. 5
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | On Sale: Jan. 19
DREAMFEVER (The Dream Walker series) by Kit Alloway | On Sale: Feb. 23
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | On Sale: March 1
INVISION (The Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | On Sale: April 5
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | On Sale: April 12
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | On Sale: May 3
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | On Sale: May 3
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson | On Sale: May 17
AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger | On Sale: June 7
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | On Sale: June 7
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins | On Sale: June 14

Download the PDF handout and check out the handy-dandy Edelweiss collection.

Want even more Books for Teens titles? Check out the full BFT Twenty-SixTEEN lineup!

Books for Teens 2016: WE [heart] Flatiron Books YA!

Our list of favorite forthcoming 2016 teen titles collected all in one place, just for you and your teen patrons is finally here. In addition to the always-exciting selection from Griffin Teen (including new books from David Levithan and Stephanie Perkins), keep an eye out for YA debuts IF I WAS YOUR GIRL and AMERICAN GIRLS from Flatiron Books.

But first, make sure that you’re pre-approved on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens 2016 titles here.

Our super-cool “Books for Teens Twenty-SixTEEN” poster is now available!

You’re in for a treat because this year’s poster is double-sided—flip it over and color your own CARRY ON  book jacket! Click here to download a copy or email us to request a hard copy (don’t forget to include your mailing address).
Now on to the books, starting with Flatiron YA!

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
**TWO STARRED REVIEWS** Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in, but she has a secret. When she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, she can’t help but let him in. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells the truth, no one will be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew.

Russo has written a story that many trans teens—and adults—have been wanting: a sweet, believable romance that stokes the fires of hope without devolving into saccharine perfection or horrific tragedy. Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it’s full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In an illuminating debut guided by hope and overwhelming kindness, Russo demonstrates the challenges teens face in finding ‘the truest version’ of themselves.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger
***THREE STARRED REVIEWS!*** When fifteen-year-old Anna “borrows” her family’s credit card and runs away to L.A. to crash with her half-sister, she has to work to pay her way home. Her sister’s creepy ex-boyfriend hires Anna for a seriously macabre research project for his indie film: to research the murderous Manson girls. This is not quite the summer Anna had in mind, but it may just be the one that she needs to understand and accept her family, and herself, in a new way.

“Setting her tale against the glittery, gritty backdrop of modern-day Los Angeles, the author deftly weaves together multiple story strands to create a razor-sharp commentary on our culture, observed with keen wit from the perspective of one honest and complex American girl. An insightful, original take on the coming-of-age story, this novel plumbs the depths of American culture to arrive at a poignant emotional truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Debut author Umminger’s humor is biting (“My family was clearly the place where optimism went to die”), yet it reveals richly complicated relationships among mothers, daughters, and sisters. Umminger crafts a Los Angeles both glittering and soulless, leading to Anna’s realization that she may have more in common with the Manson girls than she thought, but it’s the choices she makes that set her apart.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Bittersweet and true, Anna’s journey to self-discovery is one that should be widely read.” — Booklist, starred review

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection!  Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with CARRY ON, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller FANGIRL.

“A brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story… It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside.” — Time Magazine

“With rock-solid worldbuilding, a sweet and believable romance subplot, and satisfying ending, CARRY ON is a monumentally enjoyable reading experience. Hand this to fans of Rowell, Harry Potter, love stories, and magic.”
— School Library Journal, starred review

“…irresistible and surprisingly tender, but the true strength here is the characterizations… Stock up on copies—this one begs to be reread.”
Booklist, starred review

“…this book can be read as a tribute to Harry Potter and Lev Grossman’s Magicians series, and it’s a sterling example of how to use genre conventions to create something new. The funny, wised-up dialogue, the tumultuous, sweet, and sexy love story is grade-A Rowell…readers will find [this] almost impossible to put down. — Publishers Weekly, starred review

BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears
Also available in trade paperback
A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee! From the author of the YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, SWAY (now available in trade paperback), comes a new novel that asks the question: when a group of four best friends begins to drift apart, what will it take to bring them back together? BREAKAWAY received two starred reviews, including this one from Booklist: “A painfully honest and powerful depiction of the changing nature of friendships in the face of hardship and an exploration of what it means ‘to be human and alive.’”

THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears
Ages 13 to 18

From the author of the YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, SWAY, comes a high stakes contemporary story of a city teen who moves to a small town and finds himself head to head with the local bully.

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee! A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together face their hostile Georgia town. “Readers seeking a star-crossed love story with a twist won’t be disappointed.” — Publishers Weekly

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
A 2016 YALSA Morris Award Finalist & Best Fiction for Young Adults selection! The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning young adult novel about two teens from rival traveling performer families who fall in love despite the almost impossible odds against them. “McLemore’s prose is ethereal and beguiling… The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms…will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families’ history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel.” — Publishers Weekly

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore (ages 14-18) will be available in trade paperback on September 26, 2017.

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and three starred reviews!
From Morris Award finalist Anna-Marie McLemore comes a second stunning novel tinged with magic, about a girl with roses that grow from her wrist who happens to be hiding the truth, a boy with past secrets who paints moons and hangs them in trees, and four sisters rumored to be witches, who could ruin them both. “With luminous prose infused with Latino folklore and magical realism, this mixes fairy-tale ingredients with the elegance of a love story, with all of it rooted in a deeply real sense of humanity. Lovely, necessary, and true.”
Booklist, starred review 

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Teen Talk Tuesday (9/15/15)

Calling all YA Librarians! Here are the latest & greatest teen-friendly titles available this month from Griffin Teen & FSG (Adult). Make sure to join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears|
From the author of the YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, SWAY (now available in trade paperback), comes a new novel that asks the question: when a group of four best friends begins to drift apart, what will it take to bring them back together? It’s received two starred reviews, including this one from Booklist: “A painfully honest and powerful depiction of the changing nature of friendships in the face of hardship and an exploration of what it means ‘to be human and alive.’”

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together face their hostile Georgia town. “Readers seeking a star-crossed love story with a twist won’t be disappointed.” — Publishers Weekly

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning young adult novel about two teens from rival traveling performer families who fall in love despite the almost impossible odds against them. “McLemore’s prose is ethereal and beguiling… The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms…will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families’ history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel.” — Publishers Weekly
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Marie Marquardt at SLJ’s SummerTeen!

Join School Library Journal this Thursday, August 13, for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming.
Marie Marquardt will be discussing her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, as part of a panel that will explore how YA authors infuse realistic drama and authentic characters into books that will get hearts racing—and may have readers reaching for a Kleenex too!

Registration is free so sign up today, and check out the full program!
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