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Books for Teens 2020: Something Old, Something New

Welcome to 2020, the year of retellings!

From Macbeth to You’ve Got Mail and everywhere in between, we’ve got retellings galore! And that’s not all! Check out all of our 2020 books for teens below for your fill of adventure, revenge, and romance.

Follow us on Twitter (@MacmillanLib) for all book-related news, on Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) for pretty pictures of books, and read Emily’s candid “Day’s YA” reviews of upcoming and backlist YA titles.

Winter 2020:

THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert
9781250246073
Available January 7, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling tour de force THE HAZEL WOOD! In THE NIGHT COUNTRY, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors.

“This follow-up to the astonishing THE HAZEL WOOD displays the same lush prose, dizzying imagination, and macabre sensibilities (along with the grisly body count) . . . A necessary read for Hinterland fans—and who isn’t?”
Kirkus Reviews

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Jane was held captive in a room with only a bed, a refrigerator, and an adjoining bathroom for seven months. Now she’s back home and the only thing that makes her feel better is writing about her experience. But will uncovering the truth of what happened break her forever?

“A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read.” —School Library Journal

“Stolarz ups the psychological ante . . . the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome, disturbing . . . this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available January 21, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

From debut author Emma Lord comes a re-imagining of You’ve Got Mail in this heartfelt and hilarious celebration of snarky tweets, first kisses, and an epic social-media battle between straight-A student Pepper and her biggest annoyance, Jack.

“Lord accurately depicts various sides of today’s online culture. Amid all the digital hoopla is an engaging story about family loyalty and pursuing one’s own passions . . . A just-right combination of sweet and cheesy.” —Kirkus Reviews

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores
9781250220448
Available January 28, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Is courage born or is it bred? In this action-packed young adult fantasy, a teen assassin must overcome poverty, violence, and loss because “good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing . . . unless they risk everything.”

“Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories.” —School Library Journal

“An entertaining and action-driven tale of assassins and magic.”
Kirkus Reviews

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
9781250256973
Available February 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The award-winning debut that started it all—now with a gorgeously updated cover (that happens to coordinate perfectly with SADIE) and a new foreword from the New York Times bestselling author herself!

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
9781250239549
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

FOUL IS FAIR is a bloody, thrilling, fantasy retelling of Macbeth in which four girls seek revenge on the boys who have wronged them. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

THE DYSASTERS: The Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250268778
Available February 25, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In their first graphic novel adaptation, #1 New York Times bestsellers P.C. and Kristin Cast bring us the world of THE DYSASTERS—genetically manipulated teenagers must control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring.

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales
9781250315892
Available March 3, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. Ollie and Will were meant to only be a summer fling, but when they end up attending the same school, will their fling become something more?

ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
9781250236432
Available March 3, 2020 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 14 to 18

A deliciously inventive re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, ANNA KARENINA​, set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich—perfect for fans of CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Gossip Girl.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza will be available in trade paperback on March 20, 2020.

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NYPL Summer 2019 Adult Staff Picks

Get out your beach chair and sunglasses, it’s time for NYPL’s Summer 2019 Adult Staff picks!

ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth
NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder
OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews

SLJ’s YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast (4/23/19)

We hope you tuned in to today’s School Library Journal YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast, but if you missed it, here are the title list and slides.

The archived webinar is available here.

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And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter and check out Emily’s candid reviews over on Day’s YA!

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2020 YALSA Award Nominees

Congratulations to our nominees for YALSA’s 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults list!

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 12 to 18

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl. But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 13 to 18

Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years.
Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan’s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they’re meant to be—and if they’re meant to be together. From the award-winning author of IF I WAS YOUR GIRL comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate.

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Day’s YA – ECHO NORTH

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

Spring is around the corner (or so they say…), but the setting in this fairy tale retelling is as frigid as they come. Bundle up!

ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
9781624147159
Ages 14 And Up
Available now from Page Street Kids

As a child, Echo Alkaev was brutally attacked by a wolf. Her scars from that day have made her an outcast, but Echo, ever the bookseller’s daughter, has always been able to find comfort in reading . . . until the day her father disappears and is presumed dead. Six months later, Echo finds him half-frozen in the woods, guarded by the very same wolf who scarred her years ago.

In exchange for her father’s freedom, Echo agrees to live with the wolf but to never look at him between midnight and dawn. During her year in captivity, Echo cares for the wolf’s magical castle, explores the enchanted library, and inevitably grows closer to the wolf. Those familiar with East of the Sun, West of the Moon will recognize the trope, but Meyer puts her own spin on it (#nospoilers).

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Teen Talk (1/24/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Sorry we missed #ewgcya today… We’re in Seattle drinking all the coffee and making sure our booth is ready for all of our librarian friends attending Midwinter this week! We hope you had a great chat! Here’s our new YA from the past two months — let us know what you’ve been reading & loving lately!

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
9781250144546
Ages 12 to 18

Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris.

“Chokshi shines as a master storyteller.” —Booklist, starred review

“An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition) by Melissa Fleming
9781250311429
Ages 10 to 17

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA chronicles the life of Doaa Al-Zamel, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country’s brutal civil war. When Doaa’s boat to Europe is struck and begins to sink, Doaa stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls—barely toddlers—to her body. She must stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.

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2018 YA Fantasy Roundup

It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a magical, twisty, and sometimes-dark tale. If you’re looking for a good one, here are the 2018 YA fantasies from Wednesday Books + Flatiron Books YA:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Six starred reviews & a 2019 BFYA nominee!
Welcome to THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother.

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking
The first book in a brilliant new YA fantasy duology. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking
The epic conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies—and new enemies. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones
In this conclusion to the gorgeous and lush Wintersong duology, Liesl finds that life in the world above is not as easy as she’d hoped, and she must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. In this stunning debut, a young Viking warrior must challenge everything she’s been taught in order to survive and protect those she loves. 

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
The #1  New York Times bestselling sequel CARAVAL, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a dangerous bargain. A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.
FINALE by Stephanie Garber will be available May 7, 2019 from Flatiron Books YA

STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN comes three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched World: Death and Night, Poison and Gold, and rose and Sword.
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi will be available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
Two starred reviews!
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.
COURT OF LIONS by Somaiya Daud will be available August 20, 2019 from Flatiron Books YA

WIND RIDER by P.C. Cast
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us WIND RIDER, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty . . .  readmoreremove

Two Stars for ECHO NORTH!

We’re thrilled that Joanna Ruth Meyer’s YA fairy tale, ECHO NORTH, has received two starred reviews!

“In this reimagining of ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon,’ a young woman ostracized for the facial scars she received from a wolf attack finds new purpose when she bargains with that same wolf to save her father . . . A compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Echo’s story is epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page; every landscape in this alternate Siberia lives and breathes. Echo is fierce, and her love for the wolf is hard-earned and true. Readers will ache when it’s over and want to start all over again . . . A lush, captivating new twist on beloved fairy tales.”
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Books for Teens 2019: Ooh la la!

Bonjour! Bienvenue à Paris!

We have so many fantastic YA titles coming out in 2019 (including several set in the most magical city in France—can you find ALL 3 of ’em?) and we just can’t wait to share them with you! Among the books below, you will find enchanting Parisian tales of lost love, epic treasure hunts, and masquerades, as well as many other stories that take place all over the world, from Nashville to Australia to unknown galaxies and beyond. Check out all of our 2019 books for teens below.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@MacmillanLib) for all book-related news, follow us on Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) for pretty pictures of books, and read Emily’s candid “Day’s YA” reviews of upcoming and backlist YA titles.

Now on to the books!

Fall 2019:

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young
9781250168481
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols inked on her skin mark her as one who can see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

“Halvard and Tova’s world is described as brutal and beautiful—their personal struggles with identity, fate, and community shine against the minimalistic plot and slowly building tension.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fans will be excited to watch familiar characters navigate clan politics with war on the horizon.” —School Library Journal

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith is now available in trade paperback

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This dark tale, often reminiscent of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, is both disturbing and uplifting . . . This is a novel that will appeal to those who like dark stories with fairy-tale elements; highly recommended as a book group discussion choice.”
School Library Journal

WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell
9781250146076
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to CARRY ON by #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell.
The story is supposed to be over. Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after . . . So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch? What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place . . .

“A marvelously spellbinding tale with all the wit and heart that fans have come to expect.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A big-hearted look at early adulthood, exploration, and self-renewal that will certainly draw fans.” —Publishers Weekly

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways. Contributors include Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Kendare Blake, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Stephanie Kuehn, Emily Lloyd-Jones, Hillary Monahan, Marike Nijkamp, and Fran Wilde.

“Strong feminist themes appear throughout, and genres run the gamut from futuristic to gothic and lots in between . . . Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID by Candace Ganger
9781250116246
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Two teens—Naima and Dew—meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go. SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

“Profoundly emotional and truthful.” —Kirkus Reviews

” . . . a heartfelt, convincing story about the restorative power of self-care and friendship.” —Publishers Weekly

WIND RIDER by P.C. Cast is now available in trade paperback.

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Geraldine McCaughrean
9781250225498
Available December 3, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned—cold, starving, and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?

“McCaughrean takes the bones of a real event, wraps it in immersive, imaginative detail and thoroughly real emotion, and creates an unforgettable tale of human survival. A masterpiece.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/2018 Edition)

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

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 3pm EST (*special day and time!*) for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Ages 12 to 18

FIVE STARRED REVIEWS and a Day’s YA Pick!

Welcome to THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother.

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking
9781250084798
Ages 12 to 18
New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking begins a thrilling two-book duology set in a universe where immortal creatures roam and one girl is the world’s only hope.

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones
9781250129130
Ages 12 to 18
The conclusion to the gorgeous and lush Wintersong duology. It’s been six months since the end of WINTERSONG, and Liesl must learn the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones she loves—is in her hands?

EAT YOUR FEELINGS: The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating by Lindsey Smith
9781250139412
Lindsey Smith, The Food Mood Girl, shows how you can transform your lifestyle by learning from your cravings and using mood-boosting ingredients every day.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: SCIENCE & STUFF
9781912286393
Ages 7 to 12
Also available in trade paperback.
Perfect for curious minds, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: SCIENCE & STUFF is a whirlwind tour through the astounding, record-breaking world (and universe) around us.

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