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Teen Talk Tuesday (5/16/17 Edition)

ewgcya-may2017Happy #ewgcya day! We’ve got a great YA e-books sale going on right now (through June 5) and here are our new teen and OK-for-YA adult titles out this month:

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell
Ages 12 to 18
Gilmore Girls with magical realism! In this original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life. “The use of Wuthering Heights intensifies the impact of Flannery and Miss Sweeney’s corresponding journeys; even readers who haven’t read the classic will find significance in the parallels.” — Publishers Weekly

SONGS ABOUT A GIRL by Chris Russell
Ages 12 to 18
Charlie Bloom is happiest behind her camera, taking pictures of her former classmate Olly Samson’s new band, Fire&Lights. Soon, they’re the hottest boy band in the country and Charlie becomes caught between Olly and Fire&Lights’ gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West. As the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles on a secret about the band—and herself—hidden within the lyrics of their new #1 single. “Confronting the fickleness of fame and the damaging effects of rumors and harassment, Russell’s debut is highly relevant in an age of social media furors and the constant churn of news.” — Publishers Weekly

THE LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE HACKS: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful by Yumi Sakugawa
Inspired by her popular “Secret Yumiverse” tips originally posted on WonderHowTo.com, Yumi offers a wide range of practical advice and fun tips for everything from how to remove dark circles from under your eyes, make cold brew iced coffee at home, throw the perfect apartment party on a budget and more! “Great advice on everyday matters, but the graphic form is valuable only for those who favor the use of illustrations to present information.” — Library Journal

VIOLET GRENADE by Victoria Scott
Ages 12 & up
Seventeen-year-old Domino Ray lives on the streets, until a woman named Madame Karina offers her a spot inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. But after suffering weeks of bullying, and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave, which proves harder than she thinks. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/18/16 Edition)

Hey hey, YA librarians! We’ve got a bunch of new teen and YA-OK adult books for you this month. Check ’em out then share your favorites during today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya).

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
Ages 12 to 18
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

MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
Ages 12 to 18
#1 New York Times bestselling author, P.C. Cast, returns with a new epic fantasy. Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. “While many fantasy series style themselves as epic, this one may actually be worthy of the description. Fantasy lovers who are fans of Cinda Williams Chima’s ‘Seven Realms’ novels will fall in love with Mari and Nik.”
School Library Journal

HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
Ages 12 to 18
Aurora Skye is sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way she wants it to be. But when she’s cast in her high school’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, she must avoid having her first kiss with Hayden Paris, her co-star, next door neighbor, and the bane of her existence. OR IS HE? “Eglington celebrates female friendship and loyalty, too, and Aurora’s sunny outlook will satisfy readers looking for a romantic comedy with a dash of Shakespeare.”
Publishers Weekly

MIDNIGHT HOUR by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls series)
Ages 12 to 18
In the conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls saga, Miranda Kane is preparing to graduate when a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden
In this graphic novel, cartoonist Glidden details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria as she accompanies two reporters while they research stories on the Iraq War’s effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. “Glidden’s understated, face-focused illustration style gets under your skin—by removing her own personality from the writing, the author sucks readers in so deeply that you really feel present, seeing her journey through her eyes.”
Library Journal, starred review

SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman
Available simultaneously in trade paperback
Two starred reviews! Published in time for Jackson’s centennial, this graphic adaptation masterfully reimagines her iconic story with a striking visual narrative created by her grandson, Miles Hyman. “A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (10/4/16 Edition)

We’ve got awards & acclaim for today’s #BookBday titles:

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

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize & an October 2016 Indie Next pick! “Szalay delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of nine men at various stages in their lives, each in the throes of extraordinary change. Szalay’s riveting prose and his consummate command of structure illuminate the individual while exploring society’s unsettling complexity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS

Last year Anna-Marie McLemore broke out on the literary YA scene with her debut novel, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, which was a finalist for the 2016 YALSA William C. Morris Award.

Now McLemore is back with WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, 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.

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is on the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature and has THREE starred, rave reviews:

Love bests every opponent in this surreal exploration of familial bonds and sexual identity. Amid the ordinariness of the small-town setting, McLemore winds arabesques of magical realism. Readers who stick with this novel will be rewarded with a love story that is as endearingly old-fashioned as it is modern and as fantastical as it is real.” School Library Journal, starred review

“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

“McLemore mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion. Luxurious language infused with Spanish phrases, Latin lunar geography, and Pakistani traditions is so rich it lingers on the tongue, and the presence of magic is effortlessly woven into a web of prose that languidly unfolds to reveal the complexities of gender, culture, family, and self. Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast. ” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Read the Booklist interview with Anna-Marie about WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS.
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Teen Talk Tuesday (8/16/16 Edition)

Lovely YA Librarians, we can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading later today during Early Word YA Galley Chat (starts at 4pm EST, hashtag: #ewgcya), but first let us tell you about this month’s new teen and YA-OK adult titles:

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
An August 2016 Indie Next pick, a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick, and one of Library Journal‘s “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” selections! A hilarious and powerful first novel about a disabled boy who finds love and hope in a Russian hospital. “An auspicious, gut-wrenching, wonderful debut.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE TREES by Ali Shaw
A terrifying and wildly imaginative novel that follows four survivors on a journey after the natural–and the supernatural–has reclaimed and transformed their world. “Shaw has written an exciting apocalyptic novel that blends in elements of magic realism. Gripping and occasionally brutal, this survival story highlights both the best and worst in humanity.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE GREATEST OF MARLYS by Lynda Barry
“Barry is one of American literature’s great chroniclers of childhood” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), and her most famous character from the long-running and landmark comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, eight-year-old Marlys Mullen, shines in all her freckled and pig-tailed groovy glory in her very own collection of strips. “Beyond nostalgia, her deceptively simple art, in all its spareness, breaks your heart and makes you laugh, often at the same time.”
Booklist, starred review

ANNE OF GREEN BAGELS by Jon Buller & Susan Schade
On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Can things get any worse? Find out in this middle grade hybrid comic/chapter book perfect for fans of Judy Blume. “…breezy entertainment with a suitably happy ending.” — Publishers Weekly

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: SECRETS: THE LOST GIRL & CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET by R.L. Stine
Now in one volume, master of horror R.L. Stine delivers two bone-chilling stories of teens in danger in the small town of Shadyside, where danger and violence looms on every darkened street corner.

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Come one, come all to Books for Teens 2017!

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Lucky for you, we’ve created not one, but TWO posters of our favorite teen reads for 2017! Download and print your copies (11×17 tabloid size) of BFT poster 1 & BFT poster 2, or email us for a physical copy (don’t forget to include your mailing address).

Then, 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 2017 titles here.

Now on to the books!

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Available September 5, 2017
Ages 14 to 19
Ava and Gen are two best friends heading off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two document every moment in a series of texts and emails to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18

A 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee! After years of wishing, Scarlett and little sister, Tella, finally attend Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. However, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, and the first person to find her wins the game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but whether it’s real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, otherwise her sister disappears forever. “[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review  

FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
Ages 12 to 18

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act in bestselling author Hocking’s first standalone YA romance. “This fun paranormal romance, wrapped up in a circus-tent setting, is recommended where the genre and the author’s books are popular. Hand to fans of Twilight and MTV’s Teen Wolf.” — School Library Journal

THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt
Ages 13 to 19

From the author of the YALSA 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee, DREAM THINGS TRUE, comes a powerful story told in alternating viewpoints of two young people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love. “While the teens’ relationship is tested when details from Phoenix’s past coincide with Gretchen’s case, a host of diverse characters lend a hand and offer varying perspectives. [An] …eye-opening story. ” — Kirkus Reviews

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Ages 12 to 18

Set at the turn of the 19th century, this richly imagined debut coming-of-age story spins a spellbinding tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST as a young woman searches for her sister who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. “There are plenty of nods to Labyrinth, but atmospherically, this first novel is most similar to another debut: Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY. …this is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist, starred review

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
Ages 12 to 18

Two starred reviews and a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee! THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER in this novel about a bullied teenager and an old man in a retirement home who bond over their mutual love of jazz music. “Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
Ages 13 to 18

In this second beautiful, lush fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Chokshi, Gauri, the princess of Bharata, must team up with her enemy kingdom’s prince Vikram to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. “Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship make this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (ages 13-19) is now available in trade paperback.

DREAM FOREVER by Kit Alloway (The Dream Walker Trilogy)
Ages 13 to 18

As the veil to the Dream becomes dangerously thin, Josh must stop it from tearing to save the world, in the conclusion to The Dream Walker Trilogy.

DREAMWORLD: Two Books in One: DREAMFIRE & DREAMFEVER by Kit Alloway (ages 13-18) is now available in trade paperback.

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.

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLERS: NIGHTMARES by R.L. Stine (ages 12-18) will be available in trade paperback on August 1, 2017.

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell
Ages 12 to 18
Gilmore Girls with magical realism! In this original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life. “The use of Wuthering Heights intensifies the impact of Flannery and Miss Sweeney’s corresponding journeys; even readers who haven’t read the classic will find significance in the parallels.” — Publishers Weekly

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (ages 13-19) is now available in trade paperback.

SONGS ABOUT A GIRL by Chris Russell
Ages 12 to 18
Charlie Bloom is happiest behind her camera, taking pictures of her former classmate Olly Samson’s new band, Fire&Lights. Soon, they’re the hottest boy band in the country and Charlie becomes caught between Olly and Fire&Lights’ gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West. As the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles on a secret about the band—and herself—hidden within the lyrics of their new #1 single. “Confronting the fickleness of fame and the damaging effects of rumors and harassment, Russell’s debut is highly relevant in an age of social media furors and the constant churn of news.” — Publishers Weekly

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Historical Fiction Roundup

These six new and forthcoming titles are perfect for your patrons who love historical fiction:

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
Three stars for this “mystery of the heart” (New York Times) that deftly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. “In [Smith’s] hands, the damp cobblestones and canals of 1600s Holland and the shabby gentility of Eisenhower-era New York feel as real and tactile and tinged with magic as de Vos’ indelible brushstrokes.” — Entertainment Weekly

MOUNT PLEASANT by Patrice Nganang
“Cameroonian writer Nganang delivers a modern epic, tinged with liberal doses of magical realism, of life in his country’s colonial era. An elegantly drawn and engaging world of a sort unknown to most readers—but one they’ll be glad to have visited.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE MIDNIGHT WATCH by David Dyer
A dramatic debut novel about the sinking of the Titanic, and the crew of the nearby SS Californian who could have saved its passengers. “Dyer’s elegant, imaginative renderings captivate, and his expansive research—including exclusive access to legal documents—makes this colossal disaster newly enthralling.”
Publishers Weekly
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Sneak Peek: July 2015 Indie Next List

indie nextThe July 2015 Indie Next list was recently announced and it includes four fabulous Macmillan titles!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers Pick, and a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection!
A beautifully crafted and hand-illustrated “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations.

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
An otherworldly and kinetic story set in a fantastical 18th century starring a young woman who must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. “The real strength of this novel is its stunning worldbuilding, which merges the aesthetic of the Colonial Americas with Márquez-style magical realism…” — Kirkus Reviews
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Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

libraryreads-logo-square-150x150Happy Anniversary LibraryReads! Can you believe it’s already been a year? Thanks very much for your support of these great Macmillan LibraryReads picks:


September 2013
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

November 2013
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry Maitland

December 2013
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

January 2014
#3: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen

March 2014
#8: PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth

April 2014
#8: THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill

May 2014
#9: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones

July 2014
#1: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

August 2014
#4: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

To celebrate, we’re giving away three bundles of all these books for your library! To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads) by Monday, Sept. 1. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 9/4/14: The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winners:
Debra Chavana Powell of Briscoe Library, San Antonio TX
Cathy Diem of Canyon Hills Library, Anaheim CA
Kathy Jacob of Samuels Public Library, Front Royal VA

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