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Teen Talk Tuesday (3/26/2018 Edition)

Happy Monday, YA librarians, and welcome to today’s special *Monday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month!

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
9781250143839
Ages 14 to 18
IN SIGHT OF STARS is an emotional, full-hearted teen novel about love, loss, and mental health from award-winning author, Gae Polisner. When seventeen-year-old Klee’s father dies, he’s forced to move to the suburbs and live with his mother. Klee then meets Sarah in art class and it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy, until an act of betrayal sends him to a psychiatric hospital. Told in alternating timelines leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, this is a novel about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.

“Polisner captures the chaos and fog in Klee’s brain as he tries to grab hold of his life. The result is a raw, enthralling rendering of pain that overwhelms a teen.” —Booklist, starred review

“An unapologetic and wry story about a teen finding his way out of a personal crisis.” —Kirkus Reviews

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
9781250147073
YA/Adult Crossover
When shy, introverted Imogene Abney is offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys. It’s there where she meets Adam Kipling, a popular and handsome student who exudes charm and status and ease. As an obsessive, illicit affair begins between them, Imogene is so lost in the haze of first love that she’s unable to recognize the danger she’s in. The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent.

“This is an affecting novel, examining self-doubt, self-sabotage, and the lasting impact of both.” —Publishers Weekly

A good read for those who enjoy boarding school-based novels, including Jessica Anya Blau’s THE TROUBLE WITH LEXIE, and Amy Poeppel’s SMALL ADMISSIONS.” —Library Journal

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Booklist Spring 2018 YA Webinar

Today Emily Day (Of “Day’s YA” fame) highlighted her favorite upcoming teen titles during Booklist’s Spring 2018 YA Announcements webinar (twitter hashtag #SpringYABooks). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here’s what she discussed:

Highlighted Titles from Winter / Spring 2018:
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18

Spring 2018 Fiction:
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner | March 13, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250143839 | Hardcover | Social Themes / Mental Illness | Ages 14 to 18

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt | Available now | ISBN: 9781250107015 | Hardcover | Coming of Age | Ages 13 to 19

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18

Spring 2018 Fantasy / Science-Fiction:
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18

THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones | Available now | ISBN: 9781250129130 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 to 18

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18 readmoreremove

Day’s YA – IN SIGHT OF STARS

 

Hi everyone! 

We’re back in the office after a busy (but fantastic!) few days at ALA Midwinter. It was so great to get to meet some of you in person and chat about books! One book in particular that I’m especially excited for is this lovely novel by Gae Polisner.

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
9781250143839
Available March 13, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Gae Polisner has done it again! (By “it,” I mean she’s written another deeply emotional, tear-inducing, beautiful novel). IN SIGHT OF STARS tells the story of seventeen-year-old Klee (pronounced Clay), who has had a pretty terrible year. When his father dies suddenly, Klee’s world begins to crumble. Klee and his father had a very special bond–he was his friend and mentor. After his death, Klee and his mother move out of NYC and into a house in the suburbs, where Klee constantly feels out of place. Enter: Sarah Wood. When Klee meets Sarah, his life starts to steady. Sarah gives him a sense of belonging that he hasn’t felt since his dad died. He begins to feel okay again . . . until a moment of betrayal shatters his universe a second time and he ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Told in alternating timelines, the story both leads us to the main event and walks us through Klee’s recovery from it. 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
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.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018
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.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available now
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
SIX 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.

“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, review

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (ages 13 to 18) will be available in trade paperback on May 1, 2018.
9781250095268

 

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.”

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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Fall 2017 Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz Titles

Today is the Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz! Anne presented her favorite books for teens from Flatiron YA and Wednesday Books while librarians tweeted via #bookbuzznyc.

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones
SUN WARRIOR by P.C. Cast (Tales of a New World series)
BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking
FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking
NOT NOW, NOT EVER by Lily Anderson
FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt
FADE TO US by Julia Day
THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
FRANKIE by Shivaun Plozza
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
HOW I RESIST by Tim Federle & Maureen Johnson
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys!

Fall YA Announcements, Booklist Webinar — Macmillan Titles (08/08/17)

So you missed Booklist‘s “Fall YA Announcements, 2017” Webinar… We got you! Here are the titles we covered:

CARAVAL by STEPHANIE GARBER

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by SARA LOVESTAM

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by DUNN + RASKIN

EVERYTHING MUST GO by JENNY FRAN DAVIS

SHADOWSONG by S. JAE-JONES

SUN WARRIOR by P.C. CAST

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by AMANDA HOCKING

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by AMANDA HOCKING

NOT NOW, NOT EVER by LILLY ANDERSON

FLIGHT SEASON by MARIE MARQUARDT

FADE TO US by JULIA DAY

THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. HUNTER

IN SIGHT OF STARS by GAE POLISNER

EAT YOUR FEELINGS by LINDSEY SMITH

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by MELISSA BASHARDOUST

FRANKIE by SHIVAUN PLOZZA

13 MINUTES by SARAH PINBOROUGH

THE HAZEL WOOD by MELISSA ALBERT

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: AMAZING ANIMALS

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: SCIENCE & STUFF

Many of these titles have an e-galley available on Edelweiss!  Don’t see the green button? Then get whitelisted on Edelweiss.

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