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Happy #BookBday (8/30/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to an old favorite and a new talent:

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The #1 August 2016 LibraryReads pick (read Barbara Hoffert’s Library Journal interview with Penny), a September 2016 Indie Next pick, a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick, and FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! “The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

CURIODDITY by Paul Jenkins
New York Times bestselling graphic novel and video game writer Paul Jenkins debuts with a novel that’s a cross between Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE and Robin Sloan’s MR. PENUBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE. “Fast pacing, clever writing, and total commitment to absurdity make for an entertaining read.” — Booklist

Thriller Thursday (8/25/16 Edition)

Recommend these four thrilling new mysteries to your patrons today:

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! In this riveting historical thriller with a twist, a US intelligence officer must sneak into Auschwitz and escape with a physics professor who happens to be the one man with knowledge that could end the war. “Gross has written his most heartfelt and compelling book to date, and fans of World War II fiction should add this to their reading lists.” — Associated Press

SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
In the fifth series mystery, Bell Elkins investigates a West Virginia nursing home where Alzheimer patients are dying at alarming rates. “The setting and the tone will appeal to fans of both Sharyn McCrumb and Julia Spencer-Fleming, and the introspective protagonist and literary quality recommend it to followers of Tana French and Louise Penny. Another outstanding entry in a superb series.”
Booklist, starred review
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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.

Sneak Peek: September 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe September 2016 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!

LR iconA GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The #1 August 2016 LibraryReads pick, and a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!
“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize & a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are. “Poignant… Readers will discover in his contained prose a vehicle for keen insight and observation. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

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 a poster of our favorite reads for Fall 2016 and early 2017. Click here to download and print a copy (11×17 tabloid size) 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 19, 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

Penny, Paris & Andrews hit the August 2016 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE books on the August 2016 LibraryReads list!

Topping the August list is A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! “The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio on August 30.


Debuting at #8 is BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
An August 2016 Indie Next pick! To their neighbors and friends newlyweds Jack and Grace Angel seem to have the perfect marriage. They are wealthy, charming, elegant—and never apart. Is it the perfect marriage or the perfect lie? “Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace’s increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” — Booklist, starred review

“Wow! This book will be huge! I can see the comparisons to GONE GIRL, but it is leaps and bounds better.” — Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA) readmoreremove

FOUR Stars for A GREAT RECKONING!

We just came back from the long weekend to the wonderful news that Louise Penny’s 12th Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, A GREAT RECKONING, has FOUR STARRED REVIEWS:

“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Once again Penny displays her remarkable ability to serve equally well both series devotees and new readers (if there are any of those still to be found). Gamache fans will be thrilled by the way this installment unlocks some of the series’ enduring mysteries… At the same time, the main plot offers a compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy.” Booklist, starred review

“This riveting read, with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot, will keep readers guessing until the last page. For series fans and those who enjoy the small-town mysteries of Julia Spencer-Fleming.”
Library Journal, starred review

“A chilling story that’s also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Don’t forget you can cook from the books—check out the recipes from the ongoing “Nature of the Feast” countdown to the publication of A GREAT RECKONING.
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Four Stars for THE KILLING LESSONS!

#ThrillerThursday bonus: FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews for THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black!

Exceptional police thriller… Readers will hope [SFPD homicide detective Valerie Hart] returns soon in another nail-biter.” Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Black (aka Glen Duncan, I Lucifer) has written a taut, smart thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Raw and utterly readable… readers will… whip through the pages.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“All of the serial-killer staples are accounted for: self-destructing detective, slippery killer, and sympathetic future victims. But Black, a pseudonym for acclaimed dark-fantasy author Glen Duncan (The Last Werewolf), twists the formula with a killer who defies the coldly calculating criminal mastermind archetype, an unblinking willingness to off characters he’s convinced readers to like, and a hokum-free thread of reawakening lost souls. A serial-murder tale in league with the best of Lauren Beukes and Chelsea Cain: that means must-read for those who like their psychological thrillers raw.” — Booklist, starred review

A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection!

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