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Teen Talk Thursday (4/21/16 Edition)

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

Stars for SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS!

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
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Teen Talk Tuesday (3/15/16)

teen talk tuesdayLovely 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!

The highly anticipated debut transgender romance IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo has two starred reviews!

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

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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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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

Teen Talk Tuesday (6/16/15)

Calling all YA librarians! Check out the great new books from Griffin Teen, then join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (NEW hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

DELICATE MONSTERS by Stephanie Kuehn
Two stars for the latest haunting tale from the Morris-Award winning author of CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT. “Award-winning Kuehn is firing on all cylinders with her latest taut psychological thriller. Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist.” — Booklist, starred review

HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. “Stout’s romance credibly examines facing one’s inner turmoil and orchestrating new beginnings.” — Publishers Weekly

A GIRL UNDONE by Catherine Linka (The Girl Called Fearless series #2)
In this sequel and explosive conclusion to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS, Avie Reveare is on the run with deadly government secrets and has been labeled a terrorist. Can she can live up to her name and truly become fearless for the cause or is it better to just give in to her pursuers? “Readers who are fans of dystopian fiction will appreciate the action and suspense that both Avie and Luke have to work through, as well as the rebellious nature that both characters exude.”
VOYA Magazine

WEIGHTLESS by Sarah Bannan
When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School and becomes a golden girl. But after one incident, Carolyn is labeled a slut, and becomes increasingly private and isolated in the wake of gossip and bullying until it’s the last attack she can take. “Bannan’s provocative novel will stay with readers long after they finish it, and should be an especially effective read for teens.” — Publishers Weekly

For high school students looking to get ahead on their test prep, the OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (2016 Edition) will be available later this month. Launching in March 2016, the new SAT has new question formats and content and this guide features 4 official practice tests, strategies, and up-to-date information straight from the team that created the exam. readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (4/21/15)

Calling all YA librarians! Check out the fabulous new releases from Griffin Teen, then join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (NEW hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
IT’S HERE!! Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. It received two starred reviews and Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

DON’T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
In the second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, a damaged young lady gets sent on a doomed babysitting job. “Stine returns to Shadyside and his incredibly successful and addictive horror formula. Every chapter ends with a hook or jump scare…it’s impossible not to be sucked into the swift pace and delightfully spine-tingling moments.” — Booklist

TWIST by Karen Akins
In the unbelievably thrilling sequel to LOOP, someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past and altering the current timeline. It’s up to Bree to stop them, but first, she has to figure out who…and why.

JAMES HERRIOT’S CAT STORIES is now available as a shiny, new trade paperback this month! #meow
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Teen Talk Tuesday! (3/17/15)

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Today’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is full of reading riches newly out from Griffin Teen. Catch up then join @earlyword today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat to brag about what you’re reading (hashtag #ewyagc).

But first, some wonderful news: TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian has received a nomination for the 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List!

THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
A brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel about Billy Kinsey, a misanthropic young man determined not to participate in life, until two people enter his life and challenge him to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world. Less Than Zero meets Catcher in the Rye in this biting bildungsroman. Written in an insightful, frenetic tone that occasionally turns surreal, Metcalfe’s debut novel is a sexy, violent portrayal of disengaged youth attempting to feel something authentic in the antiseptic age of the Internet. Exhilarating and indicting.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

BOARDING SCHOOL GIRLS by Helen Eve
In this prequel to Helen Eve’s first novel STELLA, revenge runs deep, old wounds break open, and the past can never, never be outrun.

DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver
A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

INSTINCT by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #6)
In the sixth novel in the bestselling Chronicles of Nick series, Nick has finally accepted his fate and now must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves.
ILLUSION by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #5) will be available in Trade Paperback on March 31.
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Teen Talk Tuesday!

It’s #TeenTalkTuesday and we’re reading:

VALLEY OF FIRES by J. Barton Mitchell

(The Conquered Earth #3)

The sci-fi tour de force series set in an alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world concludes as the teens must unite Earth’s disparate survivors to overthrow its alien invaders once and for all.

“In the conclusion to his science-fantasy trilogy… the battles are intense and numerous. Series readers will enjoy it.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Readers looking for strong, diverse characters in an interesting postapocalyptic world—similar to Julianna Baggott’s PURE or Dan Wells’ Partials series—will want to add this trilogy to their list.”–Booklist

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Make sure to check out all of our 2015 Books for Teens selections.

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