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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!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
Four 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.

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.”

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Onsite tickets are $30. Details and purchasing information available here. readmoreremove

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
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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
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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
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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

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.

Teen Talk Tuesday (4/18/17 Edition)

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Hey hey, teen librarians! Once again we must miss #ewgcya today since we’re in San Antonio spreading the YA love at TxLA, but we didn’t want you to miss out on some news and our great new books this month.

Meredith Russo’s IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is a 2017 YALSA Teens Top Ten nominee and is nominated for the 2018 Green Mountain Book Award in Vermont!

And have you SEEN our gorgeous new Books for Teens 2017 poster?! So pretty.

Now on to this month’s new teen titles:

GIVE ME A K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #6)
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. “Another reliable chiller from the king of formula horror.” — Booklist readmoreremove

2017 Lammy Awards Finalists

2017LammysThe Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) announced the finalists for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the “Lammys”) celebrating achievements in LGBT literature. We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of these nine nominees from Macmillan!

Lesbian Fiction
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine

Gay Fiction
BLACK DEUTSCHLAND by Darryl Pinckney
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
MOONSTONE by Sjón
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Transgender Fiction
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

Lesbian Poetry
BESTIARY by Donika Kelly

Gay Poetry
RAPTURE by Sjohnna McCray

Gay Memoir/Biography
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs readmoreremove

Booklist Spring 2017 YA webinar

Today Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist’s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar (twitter hashtag #SpringYA17). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here’s what she discussed:

2017 YALSA Award Winners
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger | Out: June 20, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250133823 | Paperback | Girls & Women | Ages 13 to 18 (also available in hardcover)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250078407) | LGBT | Ages 13 to 18
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins | Out: June 13, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250079138 | Paperback | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18 (also available in hardcover)
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250058669) | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | Out: June 6, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250098658 | Paperback | Romance/LGBT | Ages 13 to 19 (also available in hardcover)
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250064714) | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 14 to 18
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers | Available now in paperback (ISBN: 9780312656744) | Social Themes/Violence | Ages 13 to 18
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn | Available now in paperback (ISBN: 9781250044600) | Social Themes/Depression | Ages 14 to 18 (also available in hardcover)
MOONCOP by Tom Gauld | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781770462540) | Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9780809066490) & paperback (ISBN: 9780809066506) | Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary

Winter 2017
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam | Out: March 7, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250095237 | Hardcover | Performing Arts/Music | Ages 12 to 18
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi | Out: March 28, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250085498 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | Out: March 28, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250100207 | Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 19 (also available in hardcover)

Spring/Summer 2017 from Flatiron Books YA
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell | Out: May 9, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250077080 | Hardcover | Books & Libraries | Ages 12 to 18
SONGS ABOUT A GIRL by Chris Russell | Out: May 30, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250095169 | Hardcover | Performing Arts/Music | Ages 12 to 18
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin | Out: June 27, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250114846 | Hardcover | Social Themes/Pregnancy | Ages 12 to 18

Spring/Summer 2017 from Griffin Teen
I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT: My Life Spent Protecting the President by Dan Emmett | Out: June 6, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250130303 | Hardcover | Biography & Autobiography/Political | Ages 12 to 18
THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger | Out: July 25, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250116222 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
BAD GIRL GONE by Temple Mathews | On Sale: August 8, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250058812 | Hardcover | Ghost Stories | Ages 12 to 18

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: AMAZING ANIMALS by Guinness World Records | Out: August 29, 2017 | ISBN: 9781910561621 | Paperback | Nonfiction/Animals | Ages 6 to 10

Introducing Wednesday Books
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | Out: September 19, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250129321 | Hardcover | Girls & Women | Ages 14 to 19
LOVE FROM THE FUNNY FARM by Jenny Fran Davis | Out: October 3, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250119766 | Hardcover | Coming of Age | Ages 14 to 19

Fall 2017 Preview
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust | Out: September 5, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250077738 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 and Up
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough | Out: October 3, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250123855 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 17 and Up

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Want even more titles? Check out the full Books for Teens 2017 lineup, get whitelisted on Edelweiss to read e-galleys of these great YA books, and download or request a copy of our double-sided poster!
You can also download the full list of slides, the Excel grid of titles, and the ppt of the Macmillan presentation here. View the the archived recording of the event here.

Booklist’s Top Diverse Books of 2017

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Diverse Books reading lists of 2017*, including these two Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction (full list)

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
Ajayi, aka popular blogger Awesomely Luvvie, has crafted an astute and humorous handbook about how to navigate social media and its impact on everything from self-esteem to racial attitudes.

Top 10 Diverse Audios (full list)

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily from her real-life experiences as a trans woman for her debut novel, and Mounts’ expressive performance enhances this powerful story of her struggles and the challenges she faced. readmoreremove

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