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Teen Talk Tuesday (11/15/16 Edition)

Happy #ewgcya day, YA librarians! 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.

THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras
Ages 12 to 17
A contemporary YA novel about ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe, whose quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced. Through it all, Viv learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect. “A sensitive novel about accepting imperfection.” — Kirkus Reviews

WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
Ages 12 to 18
In this debut romance set in 1982, best friends Scott and Cath remain pen pals throughout their freshman year of college. That is, until they start to realize that maybe friends is not all they are to each other…but can they make a relationship work off the page and in real life? “Readers aching for a combination of the ’80s and a romance like Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK will be stoked to find this wicked, gnarly, and totally righteous novel.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Booklist Fall 2016 YA webinar

wndbToday Talia highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist‘s YA Announcements: Fall 2016 webinar. For those who weren’t able to listen in, here are the boss lady’s top picks, including many diverse books (#wndb):

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fairy Tales
MOON CHOSEN: Tales of a New World by P.C. Cast
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (A BEA 2016 YA Editor’s Buzz Panel Pick!)
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
MIDNIGHT HOUR: A Shadow Falls Novel by C. C. Hunter
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (#wndb)
THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME by J.Q. Coyle
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Horror
FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: Secrets by R. L. Stine
THE DEAD BOYFRIEND: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine
GIVE ME A K-I-L-L : A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY” The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman (also available in trade paperback)

Realistic Fiction/Romance
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras
THE MEMORY OF THINGS by Gae Polisner (#readandremember)
THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears
THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt (#wndb)
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day (#wndb)

Flatiron Books YA
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (#wndb)
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
A 2017 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!
Two starred reviews!

AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
Three starred reviews!

Griffin Teen Summer 2016 Highlights
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (#wndb)
A Spring 2016 Library Journal Editor’s Pick!
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2016!
David Levithan is the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award recipient for lifetime achievement in YA writing!

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2016!
FOUR starred reviews!

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Check out the full Books for Teens 2017 lineup and make sure to get whitelisted on Edelweiss to read e-galleys of these great YA books and more. You can also download the full list of slides from the webinar and view the archived webinar here.

Come one, come all to Books for Teens 2017!

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It’s September 1st, and of course we’re thinking about going back to school. We’ve got a new backpack, a binder full of college ruled and hole-punched paper, lots of multi-colored gel pens, our daily planner covered in stickers, and most importantly, we’ve got SEVERAL books to read on the bus to and from school all year long.

Lucky for you, we’ve created not one, but TWO posters of our favorite reads for Fall 2016 and 2017! Download and print your copies (11×17 tabloid size) of BFT poster 1 & BFT poster 2, or email us for a physical copy (don’t forget to include your mailing address).

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!

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Available September 5, 2017
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

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  

THE MEMORY OF THINGS by Gae Polisner
Ages 12 to 18
A powerful novel about two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love in the days immediately following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together. “A touching look at the power of selflessness, memory, and hope in the face of tragedy.” — Booklist

THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day
Ages 12 to 18
Ash Gupta is admired by his peers, enjoying his last year of classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. Eden Moore is the unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the trailer park most likely to become class valedictorian. What can the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds? “This is an engaging read. The narrative takes place during one semester of school, and it’s full of drama, struggles with money and grades, family turmoil, and identity issues.”
School Library Journal

WAR DOGS: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel
Ages 12 to 18
In this special edition adapted specifically for a younger audience, Frankel gives further insight into her work as a journalist and how it led her to explore the important role that dogs and their handlers/soldiers have played in America’s most recent military conflicts. “A solid choice for those who love dogs and are interested in all things military.” — School Library Journal

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.

BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears (ages 14-18) is now available in trade paperback.

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
THREE starred reviews! “In the second volume of an acclaimed five-part graphic memoir, originally published in France, cartoonist Sattouf captures the discomfiting and occasionally humorous details of his first year in school in a Syria that is casually anti-Semitic and not particularly kind to anyone.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE DEAD BOYFRIEND by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #5)
Ages 12 to 18
Colin is Caitlin’s first real boyfriend, so when she sees Colin with another girl, Caitlin completely loses it. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

GIVE ME A K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #6)
Available April 4, 2017
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 THRILLER: SECRETS: THE LOST GIRL & CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET by R.L. Stine (ages 12-18) is now available in trade paperback.

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLERS: NIGHTMARES by R.L. Stine (ages 12-18) will be available in trade paperback on August 1, 2017.

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
Ages 12 to 18
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 

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

Teen Talk Tuesday (11/17/15 Edition)

Hey hey YA Librarians! This month we’re thrilled that one of our favorite fall Griffin Teen titles is now on your shelves: HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras, an emotional contemporary story about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

“Georgia’s realistically profane voice aptly captures her personality, carrying the novel; her traverse through grief and experimentation make for a believable and satisfying character arc. A thoughtful exploration of grief and life.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This is a solid story of loss that fits in well with other recent stories of grief in the face of a parent’s death, like Jennifer Castle’s THE BEGINNING OF AFTER and Jennifer Brown’s TORN AWAY. The book’s strongest sections are the lyrical flashbacks that tell the story of her mother’s life and death, but Georgia’s struggles with weight and body image are also handled with care. A perfect book for anyone trying to figure out what they want their life to look like, and how to be brave enough to make that life a reality.” — Booklist

“Georgia’s Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel’s themes of emotional healing and self-discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist.” — Publishers Weekly

YOU KNOW ME WELL FINALPlus, Entertainment Weekly just ran a cover reveal and posted the first two chapters of YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour! 

Don’t forget to join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads! Looking for books to add to your TBR pile? Check out our Books for Teens Twenty-SixTEEN!

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
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.’”

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 LOST GIRL by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. “Horror fans, particularly reluctant readers, will be suitably pleased.” — Booklist

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
On an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods, six friends discover a bag filled with thousands of hundred-dollar bills. They agree to leave the bag where it is until it’s safe to use it, but when one of the group members returns to the woods to skim some money, she finds the bag is gone—and so is the trust of six friends with a big secret.
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Labor Day 2015 Reads

The long Labor Day weekend is here! To celebrate an extra day of reading time, here’s a list of great Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 reads you can download on Edelweiss NOW!* Don’t forget to nominate your favorite for LibraryReads!

Highly Anticipated!!
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders

Literary Fiction
THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
SHELTER by Jung Yun
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

Debuts
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THE YID
by Paul Goldberg
THE FORGETTING TIME
by Sharon Guskin
THE CHARM BRACELET
by Viola Shipman

Mystery/Thriller
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
EVEN THE DEAD by Benjamin Black
CINNAMON TOASTED by Gail Oust
DESPERATE MEASURES by Jo Bannister
RIOT MOST UNCOUTH by Daniel Friedman

Romance
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Paige
THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo
FOR LOVE OR MAGIC by Lucy March
THE IRRESISTIBLE ROGUE by Valerie Bowman
BELLA AND THE BEAST by Olivia Drake

Science Fiction/Fantasy
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher
MYSTIC by Jason Denzel
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
HELL’S FOUNDATIONS QUIVER by David Weber

Riveting Nonfiction
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD by Stephen Le
PETTY by Warren Zanes
HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar

Young Adult/Teen
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by Jamie Kain
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
THINGS I CAN’T EXPLAIN: A Clarissa Novel by Mitchell Kriegman
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus

*Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted!

St. Martin’s First – Spring & Fall 2015 E-Samplers

Our friends at St. Martin’s Press have put together two fabulous debut chapter samplers just for you!

The samplers are available for direct download on Edelweiss (and each have a corresponding Edelweiss collection) and are Read it Now! titles on NetGalley.

Spring/Summer 2015 titles include:
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (an August 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Sand Eckel
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey
THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
THE CASUALTIES by Nick Holdstock
THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur
BETWEEN THE TIDES by Susannah Marren
STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (a June 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
HANGMAN’S GAME by Bill Syken
THREE RIVERS by Tiffany Quay Tyson
THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughan

Download a PDF of the Spring/Summer 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read It Now! file from NetGalley.

Fall 2015 titles include:

AVELYNN by Marissa Campbell
THE MAN ON THE WASHING MACHINE by Susan Cox
THE DEBT OF TAMAR by Nicole Dweck
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
DARK RESERVATIONS by John Fortunato
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
BLISS by Shay Mitchell
THE MARRIAGE PACT by M.J. Pullen
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
IN BITTER CHILL by Sarah Ward

Download a PDF of the Fall 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read it Now! file from NetGalley.

Happy Reading!

Breaking Boundaries with Griffin Teen!

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
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.

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 readmoreremove

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