Articles tagged "Griffin Teen"
Calling all Young Adult & Teen Services librarians! Sign up now for Booklist‘s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00pm Central.
Anne Spieth will give you a sneak peek of the best forthcoming titles from Griffin Teen, Flatiron YA, and (NEW!) Wednesday Books.
Click here to RSVP. See you there!
We cannot wait for the world to read Anna-Marie McLemore’s amazing second book, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS. It’s been longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (SQUEE!!!) and has received three outstanding starred reviews.
When Anna-Marie thought of who to dedicate her second book to, she thought not of a person but of millions of them: the LGBTQ+ community she’s been part of since she came out in her teens. In the dedication of WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, she wishes marginalized voices within her community, “every light in the sky.”
In that spirit, for the week leading up to the book’s release, Anna-Marie will be taking over @MacmillanLib to share love for her community every day with the hashtag #allourlight (all tweets signed -AMM). Here, she explains more about why:
For the LGBTQ+ community, this year has been both groundbreaking and heartbreaking. I’m a queer Latina married to a transgender guy, and this year I’ve cried with joy for our best moments, and sobbed over our most devastating. I’ve researched what states the Transboy and I can travel to in case he’s not allowed to use public restrooms. And I’ve tried to smile and pretend I have no anxiety whatsoever about releasing WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS. But being a girl of color releasing my first queer book sometimes makes me afraid. And I want to do something with that fear. I want to use it to share love that exists within and for our community.
Every weekday until release day, I’ll be sharing a different message of love for my LGBTQ+ community. Whether it’s yours too or you’re an ally, I hope you’ll join me.
Have love to send the LGBTQ+ community? Share it on Twitter with the hashtag #allourlight.
With love and gratitude from this one little Latina queer,
♥ Anna-Marie McLemore readmoreremove
Did you see the amazing Maximum Shelf Awareness this week for IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo? Click here to read the inspiring interview with Russo and read the full Max Shelf review, which said, “On the slowly expanding bookshelves of transgender young adult titles, Russo’s affecting novel is poised to join previous pioneers including Julie Anne Peters’s LUNA and Ellen Wittlinger’s PARROTFISH. But you heard it here first: IF I WAS YOUR GIRL could turn out to be the most starry-eyed, satisfyingly sigh-inducing story of them all.”
Now on to the Griffin Teen goodness (and one adult book with YA appeal) hitting shelves this month:
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
Two stars for this lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian folklore about sixteen-year-old Maya, whose world is upheaved when her father arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves. “A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.” — School Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove
FABULOUS NEWS! The amazing YA romance anthology SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS has FOUR starred reviews!
“Offering a sampling of many different genres, bright and distinct narrative voices, and a generous portion of tender moments, this book has something for everyone who has loved or longs for it.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This title is a sizzling must-have that will be too hot to keep on shelves.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“These big-name authors deliver a collection that scorches as surely as any day in the sun.” — Booklist, starred review
“These stories are perfect for a lazy day at the beach or a hot summer night.”
— Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 stars
“Yep, this one’s a beach read, so throw it in in the bag in its well-earned spot between the sunblock and the sandals.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Lovely librarians, we have so much YA goodness for you this month!! First, professional kid-scarer R.L. Stine (Fear Street series) has won two awards: the 2016 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award AND the 2015 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice and Career Achievement Award in Young Adult!
Here’s all the Griffin Teen goodness hitting shelves this month. Check ’em out, then join today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat starting soon at 5pm EST (hashtag: #ewgcya)!
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love
MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING meets THE HANGOVER—for teens—in this YA novel about a high school student who meets her online BFF and discovers how many secrets he has left unshared. “Add to this high-interest backdrop a romantic cat-and-mouse game, funny dialogue laced with big-sisterly advice about taking control, and a competitor who is too nice to hate, and you have a…sweet story ideal for contemporary teens whose lives play out in similar computer-and-text-message-related ways.” — Booklist
THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule
For eighteen years a girl with no name, a Redwing, has been hidden away in a small attic room while her idential sister, Jey, has lived her life in public as an only child. But when she switches places with Jey and finds herself in danger, she must prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home. “Purchase where Tamora Pierce’s books are popular.” — School Library Journal
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.
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