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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!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Available August 28, 2018
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio

Star Wars meets RED QUEEN and THE WRATH AND THE DAWN in this epic fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan heritage about Amani, a poor girl who must become the body double of a princess of a ruthless empire. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection . . . because one wrong move could lead to her death.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018
Ages 13 to 18

SADIE is the story of a missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. When Sadie’s little sister, Mattie, is found dead, Sadie hits the road on a mission to find her sister’s killer. But when West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available now
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
SIX 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.

“The pacing is impeccable, with urgency increasing to an almost breathless point as Tella runs from clue to clue, while bittersweet truths and devastating betrayals unfold.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

” . . . a tour de force of imagination.” —Kirkus, review

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.”

And now, a word from debut author, Adrienne Young:

Dear Librarians,

As story gatekeepers, I know the role you play in a book’s life and in the life of young people is invaluable. That’s why I am so excited for you to meet Eelyn, a fierce, but deep warrior whose life is about to change forever. In many ways, her journey reflects my own and I know that there are teens out there who will find a mirror in these pages. What I hope girls see in this book is the message that I wish had been given to me—that you don’t have to apologize for strength and passion and that you don’t have to be either hard or soft, but that you can be both. You can fight fiercely and you can love deeply. Most importantly, that you can dare to see the world differently than the way you always have. And that even though it’s scary, it’s absolutely thrilling to open your eyes for the first time. Eelyn will be forced to confront everything she’s ever been taught. She will have to grieve, learn to love, and redefine what family, loyalty, and forgiveness is.

I hope you are swept away with Eelyn as she runs straight into battle, headed toward a future she could never have imagined!

Thank You,
Adrienne Young

“A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles.” —Kirkus, starred review

“The action on the battlefield and the rising political tensions between the clans will easily keep readers involved through the final page.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, review

“A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.” —School Library Journal, review

“With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied.” —Booklist, review

“Young’s often poetic writing forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war.” —Publishers Weekly, review

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Macmillan YA E-Book Sale

Boost your digital YA collection with our e-Book sale!

Running now through June 5, more than 30 teen e-Books will be discounted 30% off (with our regular lending terms), including these acclaimed & award-winning titles:

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

Booklist’s Best Romance Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Romance reading lists of 2016*, including these three Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Romance Fiction (full list)

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
Dodd pivots smartly from romance to suspense in her third sexy, scary tale set in Virtue Falls, where so-called Mad Maddie isn’t actually crazy, but vet Jacob just might be.

Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth (full list)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
First alluded to in Rowell’s FANGIRL, this Harry Potter–like fantasy follows “chosen one” Simon Snow in his last year at magic school as he falls for his infuriating, possibly evil roommate, Baz.

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS, edited by Stephanie Perkins
This collection of short stories of summer romance from a bevy of YA authors varies widely in genre and tone, and though some may at first sound formulaic, all pack a surprising depth. There’s not a false note among them.

Plus, Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s USES FOR BOYS was mentioned as a good example in the “Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters” article.
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Keep Calm and CARRY ON!

FANGIRL fans rejoice! Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON, a YA fantasy following the adventures of Simon & Baz, is available today!

“It’s a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can’t be neatly sorted into houses, coping with stress and loss and the confusion of just trying to be who they are. It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside.”
Time Magazine

“Rowell has created a story that is as much a loving critique of the ‘Chosen One’ narrative as it is an example of the genre. The romance, once it gets going, is 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

“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

Carry On swag packWe’re celebrating CARRY ON’s #BookBday by giving away 10 party packs to lucky librarians! Each pack comes with balloons, buttons, tea bags, temporary tattoos, a coloring book jacket, and of course, a copy of CARRY ON!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Carry On) by Sunday, Oct. 25. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check the fine print after the break.

Good luck and CARRY ON!

GIVEAWAY UPDATE 10/30: Congratulations to our winners:
Bond Drager, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City IA
Kate McNair, Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS
Marcia Rhinehart, Sturgeon R-V High School, Sturgeon MO
Carolyn McCune, Bond Hill Branch Library, Cincinnati OH
Susan M. Myers, Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Spartanburg SC
Michelle Brown, Neill Public Library, Pullman WA
Jo Beth Dempsey, Sacred Heart School, East Grand Forks MN
Becky Tkacs, Upper Moreland Free Public Library, Willow Grove PA
Emma Roth, Pekin Public Library, Pekin IL
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper Library, Cypress TX

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Happy International E-Book Day!

Today is the second annual International Read an e-Book Day! Share the love on Twitter with the hashtag #eBookLove and tell us what your patrons are e-reading these days. Here’s what they’re e-reading* and loving from Macmillan:

Top ten picks:
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
BLUEPRINTS by Barbara Delinsky
SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

The rest of the best:
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
YOUR NEXT BREATH by Iris Johansen
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jeffrey Archer
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
A HIDDEN SECRET by Linda Castillo

And what are librarians e-reading? Here are the most popular titles you’ve recently downloaded from Edelweiss (maybe we’ll see some of them on a LibraryReads list soon!):

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong

*Data as of July 2015, based on the number of checkouts from Overdrive and 3M.

Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Forget terrible twos, this is a terrific two: Happy Anniversary, LibraryReads!

We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away TWO super prize packs of ALL Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date!

September 2015
#7 FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

August 2015
#2 THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
#5 EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
#9 LORD OF THE WINGS by Donna Andrews

July 2015
#6 THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens

June 2015
#3 THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
#8 THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron

May 2015
#10 LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton

February 2015
#7 A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab
#8 A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

January 2015
#9 FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2014: “Favorite of Favorites”
#4 FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#9 LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

October 2014
#6: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
#9: MALICE by Keigo Higashino
#10: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver

August 2014
#4: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

July 2014
#1: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

May 2014
#9: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones

April 2014
#8: THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill

March 2014
#8: PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth

January 2014
#3: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2013
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

November 2013
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry Maitland

September 2013
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 2) by Sunday, Sept. 13. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 9/14: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winners, Gregg Winsor of Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS and Sheri Stevens of Lockport Public Library, Lockport NY!

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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

CARRY ON Cover Reveal!!

BREAKING NEWS!! Buzzfeed just ran an exclusive cover reveal for Rainbow Rowell’s new book, CARRY ON!

When I first saw this cover, all I could say was, ‘Ohhhhh…’ It completely surprised me, even though it was everything I was telling my publisher I wanted. This book is a little darker, and rougher, than my other books. Tense. I wanted a cover that made me feel a little nervous. Also, I liked that even though this cover isn’t obviously romantic, there’s a really strong NOW KISS vibe.” — Rainbow Rowell

For the few people who don’t know about Rowell’s new book, CARRY ON is an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz, characters from her beloved bestseller FANGIRL (a Special Edition including an excerpt from CARRY ON will be available on May 12, 2015). readmoreremove

What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and contemporary fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
THE PERFECT WITNESS by Iris Johanson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES by Andy Cohen

The rest of the best:
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
KILLING JESUS by Bill O’Reilly
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today!
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LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites” aka RAINBOW ROWELL IS BOSS

LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, announced their inaugural annual “Favorite of Favorites” list: the top 10 titles that public library staff most enjoyed recommending in 2014.   And…. drum roll please…

Rainbow Rowell hit the list TWICE with FANGIRL and LANDLINE!

 

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