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Teen Talk (6/14/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington
9781250075260
Ages 12 to 18
After a perfect first kiss, Aurora’s second kiss lands her boyfriend in the hospital, and her matchmaking strategies start to backfire in this sequel to HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU. When Aurora’s best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora’s matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.

“This light, dreamy, and easy read is filled with strong character development as the teens find their way in their everyday lives.” —School Library Journal

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Ages 14 and up
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly . . . until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

“Zera is an exemplar of confident, capable, relentlessly witty young womanhood. She is assertive, proactive, and, above all, a fun character to follow . . . ” —Kirkus Reviews

Also available this month in trade paperback from Flatiron Books:

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
9781250078414
Ages 13 to 18
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an award-winning, bighearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help rooting for.

“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

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
9781250114853
Ages 12 to 18
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything. This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

“Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” —Publishers Weekly

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens!

TxLA 2018 – Thursday Events

It’s another lovely Dallas day! We can’t wait to see you in Macmillan Adult booth #2816 and at our MANY events happening today:

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tayshas Reading List Author panel featuring Roshani Chokshi
8:30-9:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C144/145

Authors from TAYSHAS, TLA’s high school reading list, will highlight books on the current list, including A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi.

Book Buzz
8:30-9:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C156

Join Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth as she highlights her favorite forthcoming Adult titles from Macmillan. Coffee will be served.

Author Autographing Area signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 1

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Author Autographing Area signing with Roshani Chokshi
10:00-11:00am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 1

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novels A CROWN OF WISHES and  THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Author Autographing Area signing with C.C. Hunter
10:30-11:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 2

C.C. Hunter will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THIS HEART OF MINE. readmoreremove

TxLA 2018 – Wednesday Events

Good morning, Dallas! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the events below and in the Macmillan Adult booth #2816!

In-booth signing with Emily March
10:15-11:15am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Emily March will sign complimentary copies of her romance, THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING.

Opening Author Luncheon featuring Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman)
12:15-1:30pm
Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street | Trinity Ballroom, Sections 6-8, Level 3
Tickets required*

Kick off your TLA conference with an insightful and entertaining discussion about books. A trio of authors including Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman; THE RECIPE BOX) will share some of their writing experiences and read from their latest works at this luncheon. A book signing will take place immediately following the event for attendees. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Rogue Book-Group Choices

Booklist hosted a live event with librarian book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for your group without causing a mass exodus, and lots and lots of suggestions for when you want to take your book group rogue. Check out their Macmillan recommendations:

BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Science fiction can be scary for book groups, but don’t be afraid, especially if Black Panther piqued your interest. BINTI is about space, sure, but it’s really about race and other meaty issues.

CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast
Dealing with aging parents is a familiar book group topic. This graphic novel includes art and photography that will enhance the conversation.

EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
Like BINTI, this is an Afro-futurist sci-fi book, plus steam punk and alternate history! So many genres. It will lead to discussions about prejudice, identity, colonialism, and even the structure of the story itself.

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
Another YA book that adult book groups might poo-poo. It’s a teen love story, but the heroine is a trans girl who starts her senior year at a new school where she can be herself. If your book group members like to gain new understanding of people they might not (think they) encounter in real life, this is a great choice.

THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
Pair with images of the artists discussed (Hopper, Warhol, Wojnarowicz); you can also talk about gentrification.

Watch the full event below!

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Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2018 (Booth #2816)

YEEHAW! We can’t wait to see you in Dallas at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Peruse the program early then join us in the exhibit hall in booth #2816! Tons of ARC giveaways and the amazing events below await you!

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 3

In-booth signing with Diane Kelly
5:30-6:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Diane Kelly will sign complimentary copies of her mystery, ENFORCING THE PAW.

Wednesday, April 4

In-booth signing with Emily March
10:15-11:15am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Emily March will sign complimentary copies of her romance, THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING.

Opening Author Luncheon featuring Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman)
12:15-1:30pm
Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street | Trinity Ballroom, Sections 6-8, Level 3
Tickets required*

Kick off your TLA conference with an insightful and entertaining discussion about books. A trio of authors including Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman; THE RECIPE BOX) will share some of their writing experiences and read from their latest works at this luncheon. A book signing will take place immediately following the event for attendees.

*Tickets are $44 and must be purchased by Friday, March 16, through pre-registration.

Author Autographing Area signing with Meredith Russo
2:30-3:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 4

Meredith Russo will sign complimentary copies of her award-winning YA novel, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL.

“LGBTQIA Fiction for Young Adults” featuring Meredith Russo
4:15-5:15pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C146

Often an underserved population, LGBTQIA readers are finding representation more prevalent in today’s young adult and middle-grade fiction. Authors including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL) will speak on the importance of building awareness and having books available for their users and community. readmoreremove

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 from Flatiron Books
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.

“Daud’s gorgeously written novel features lush and poetic language that brings the setting into vivid color. In addition to the blend of [science fiction] and fantasy, Daud supplies a dash of forbidden romance destined to leave the reader gasping for breath.” —Booklist, starred review

“Daud expertly uses a sci-fi setting to explore issues within our own society, particularly the effects of colonization on both individuals and cultures as a whole.” —School Library Journal, starred review

” . . . readers will appreciate the rich world and prose built by a much-needed diverse voice.” —Kirkus Reviews

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
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.

“Sadie is smart, observant, tough, and at times heartbreakingly vulnerable, her interactions mediated by a profound stutter. In the podcast, characters first seen through Sadie’s ruthless eyes further reveal (or conceal) their interactions and motives.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

” . . . Summers excels at slowly unspooling both Sadie’s and West’s investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace.” —Booklist, starred review

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
SIX starred reviews!!

Day’s YA Review:
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. Click here to read the full review.

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available now from Flatiron Books
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

“Fans will be delighted to spend more time with Tella, Dante, and Scarlett, and to immerse themselves again into Garber’s magical world.” —School Library Journal

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (ages 13 to 18) is available now in trade paperback.
9781250095268

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Day’s YA Review:
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.”

Click here to read the full review.

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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IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is a Teens Top Ten Title!

Cue the confetti: Meredith Russo’s IF I WAS YOUR GIRL was just named a 2017 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten title!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

See the full Teens’ Top Ten list here and watch the announcement video below.

ALA Annual 2017 – Monday Events

It’s the final day of ALA Annual and we’ve saved the best for last! Visit the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen, Flatiron Books YA, Wednesday Books) booth #2714 for more giveaways and join us at these events:


Stonewall Award Ceremony with Meredith Russo

10:00am-12:00 noon
McCormick Place | Room S102
Add to your schedule

Come celebrate the best in GLBT literature alongside the winners and honor authors of the Stonewall Book Awards, including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL). A book signing will follow the program.

Booklist‘s “Read ‘n Rave”
10:30-11:30am
McCormick Place | Room W179A
Add to your schedule

Join Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist‘s Reference and Collection Management editor and collection development specialists as they rave about their favorite titles gathered from the exhibit floor. readmoreremove

ALA Annual 2017 – Sunday Events

Good morning, Chicago! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the events below and in the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen, Flatiron Books YA, Wednesday Books) booth #2714!

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Gregg Hurwitz
8:00-10:00am
Hyatt Regency McCormick | Prairie Room
Add to your schedule

Join Gregg Hurwitz (ORPHAN X) as he discusses his work and the craft of writing at this RUSA-sponsored panel. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing.

YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00-10:00am
McCormick Place | Room S105
Add to your schedule
Ticketed event, space is limited

Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA’s award winning authors, including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL), Candace Ganger (THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH), Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD), and Scott Stambach (THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO)! This informal coffee klatch provides an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA’s five literary awards. Librarians will stay seated while authors rotate to different tables to talk about their books.

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Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2017 (Booth #2714)

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago at ALA Annual! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen, Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books) booth #2714 and RSVP to all of our events!
Friday, June 23

In-booth signing with Annie Spence
5:30-6:30pm
McCormick Place | Booth #2714

Librarian Annie Spence will offer personalized book recommendations and sign complimentary advance readers copies of DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks.

Saturday, June 24

In-booth signing with Jenny D. Williams
9:30-10:30am
McCormick Place | Booth #2714

Jenny D. Williams will sign complimentary copies of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES.

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Talia Sherer, Macmillan; and Chris Vaccari, Sterling
10:00-10:45am
McCormick Place | Book Buzz Theater
Add to your schedule

Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite adult titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari!

“Out and Proud: LGBTQ Literature” panel with Rakesh Satyal
10:30-11:30am
McCormick Place | Room W190A
Add to your schedule

Join Rakesh Satyal (NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME) as he discusses his latest novel during this United for Libraries and GLBTRT co-sponsored panel moderated by Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert.  A book signing will follow the program.

In-booth signing with Candace Ganger
2:30-3:30pm
McCormick Place | Booth #2714

Candace Ganger will sign complimentary advance readers copies of her YA novel, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH.

AAP Children’s & Teen Author Speed Dating with Elise Gravel
3:00-4:00pm
McCormick Place | Room S103
RSVP required, space is limited

Join Elise Gravel (IF FOUND… PLEASE RETURN TO ELISE GRAVEL) and 35 other authors in a lightning round speed-dating event, brought to you by the AAP Children’s Library Marketing Committee.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated. Table numbers will be issued at the event.

LibraryReads / AAP “The Truth and Nothing But…” Nonfiction Panel with Anne Fadiman
3:00-4:00pm
McCormick Place | Room W196A
Add to your schedule
RSVP required

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature five nonfiction authors including Anne Fadiman (THE WINE LOVER’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Sunday, June 25

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Gregg Hurwitz
8:00-10:00am
Hyatt Regency McCormick | Prairie Room
Add to your schedule

Join Gregg Hurwitz (ORPHAN X) as he discusses his work and the craft of writing at this RUSA-sponsored panel. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing. readmoreremove

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