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Day’s YA – CARAVAL

Hi friends!

Welcome to the sixth installment of Day’s YA! If you’re new here, my name is Emily Day and I’m the newest member of Team Library Marketing at Macmillan. If you’re not new here, you may have noticed that we switched up our logo a bit, so be on the lookout for this new logo for all things YA-related.

Now on to an enchanting YA fantasy novel that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with.

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
9781250095251
Also available in audio
Will be available in trade paperback May 1, 2018
9781250095268

Ok, so I know I’m about a year late to the game (ha, I promise that was an unintentional pun) with this one, but please allow me my delayed obsession with this book. In the case that you, like me, have not yet discovered CARAVAL, here’s the gist: Scarlett has spent her entire life longing to participate in Caraval, the interactive, week-long game/performance that only happens once a year. When Scarlett’s cruel father arranges for her to marry a man she’s never met, Scarlett’s hopes are dashed . . . until her invitation to the game finally arrives and Scarlett and her younger sister Tella, along with a mysterious (and oh-so-dreamy) sailor they’ve just met, make their way to Isla de los Sueños to play. Everyone keeps telling Scarlett that it’s only a game and everything that happens during Caraval is merely a performance, but things become much more real when Tella is kidnapped by the game’s mystifying mastermind, and finding her becomes the only way to win the game.

I’m pretty sure I read this book in about a day and a half because I just couldn’t bear to put it down. The world is unique and imaginative and I felt like I was right there with Scarlett, wandering around and getting joyously lost (though maybe not quite as lost as her, thanks to the handy map in the novel’s front matter). Lots and lots of people are comparing this book to THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin  Morgenstern, but I’ve never read THE NIGHT CIRCUS, so I can’t necessarily endorse that comparison. However, I can say that it’s got bits and pieces of lots of brilliant YA elements. There’s the game-that’s-more-than-just-a-game aspect à la THE HUNGER GAMES; the forbidden, but chemistry-filled romance similar to that of Edward and Bella; and the magical world that feels very Wonderland-esque. But the amazing thing is that Garber manages to take all of those classic elements and make something completely new and extraordinary. Simply put, CARAVAL is magical. And with such a clever and twisty ending, THANK GOODNESS the magic doesn’t end here. The sequel—LEGENDARY—will be available May 29, 2018 [insert all celebratory emoji here]! readmoreremove

Banned Books Week 2013: Classics With Controversy

Banned Books Week continues! Today we bring you classics with controversy:

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
When Lemuel Gulliver sets off from London on a sea voyage, little does he know the many incredible and unbelievable misadventures awaiting him... 

OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens
Who can forget Oliver Twist, the overworked and underfed penniless orphan boy lured into a gang of pint-sized pickpockets?

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
Many people remember the animated movie, but Lewis Carroll's masterful fantasy ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND is even more whimsical in print. Like Alice, we'll gladly follow the white rabbit in a coat and gloves down a hole to an imaginary wonderland.

COMMON SENSE AND RELATED WRITINGS by Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine's argument for the people in the original Thirteen Colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain started a revolution. LITERALLY!

Share your favorite Banned Books with us @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013. And don't forget tomorrow's Twitter chat from Noon - 2 pm! 

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