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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.
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.”

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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.

Teen Talk Tuesday (9/20/16 Edition)

It’s a big month for new teen titles! Check out our new YA & YA-OK releases then tune in to Early Word YA Galley Chat later today at 4pm EST (hashtag: #ewgcya), and tell us about the YA books you’ve been reading:

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
THREE starred reviews! “In the second volume of an acclaimed five-part graphic memoir, originally published in France, cartoonist Sattouf captures the discomfiting and occasionally humorous details of his first year in school in a Syria that is casually anti-Semitic and not particularly kind to anyone.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE MEMORY OF THINGS by Gae Polisner
Ages 12 to 18
A powerful novel about two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love in the days immediately following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together. “A touching look at the power of selflessness, memory, and hope in the face of tragedy.” — Booklist

THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day
Ages 12 to 18
Ash Gupta is admired by his peers, enjoying his last year of classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. Eden Moore is the unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the trailer park most likely to become class valedictorian. What can the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds? “This is an engaging read. The narrative takes place during one semester of school, and it’s full of drama, struggles with money and grades, family turmoil, and identity issues.” — School Library Journal readmoreremove

Booklist Fall 2016 YA webinar

wndbToday Talia highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist‘s YA Announcements: Fall 2016 webinar. For those who weren’t able to listen in, here are the boss lady’s top picks, including many diverse books (#wndb):

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fairy Tales
MOON CHOSEN: Tales of a New World by P.C. Cast
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (A BEA 2016 YA Editor’s Buzz Panel Pick!)
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
MIDNIGHT HOUR: A Shadow Falls Novel by C. C. Hunter
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (#wndb)
THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME by J.Q. Coyle
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Horror
FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: Secrets by R. L. Stine
THE DEAD BOYFRIEND: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine
GIVE ME A K-I-L-L : A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY” The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman (also available in trade paperback)

Realistic Fiction/Romance
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras
THE MEMORY OF THINGS by Gae Polisner (#readandremember)
THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears
THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt (#wndb)
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day (#wndb)

Flatiron Books YA
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (#wndb)
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
A 2017 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!
Two starred reviews!

AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
Three starred reviews!

Griffin Teen Summer 2016 Highlights
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (#wndb)
A Spring 2016 Library Journal Editor’s Pick!
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2016!
David Levithan is the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award recipient for lifetime achievement in YA writing!

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2016!
FOUR starred reviews!

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Check out the full Books for Teens 2017 lineup and make sure to get whitelisted on Edelweiss to read e-galleys of these great YA books and more. You can also download the full list of slides from the webinar and view the archived webinar here.

St. Martin’s First – Fall 2016 E-Sampler

We love fresh, new voices and the St. Martin’s Press Fall 2016 debut chapter sampler is full of them!

The free sampler is a Read it Now! title on NetGalley and there’s a corresponding Edelweiss collection to go along with it.

Titles include:

THE CONFECTIONER’S TALE by Laura Madeleine
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dorte Hansen
WARP by Lev Grossman
A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS by Keith Stuart
THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES by Susan Bishop Crispell

Happy Reading!

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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