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Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18
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

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 2/7/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jenny Manca, Allen Public Library, Allen TX
Vicki Bartz, Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville MN
Lisa Hollander, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper M.S. Library, Cypress TX
Dana Rosen-Perez, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield NJ readmoreremove

Teen-Friendly Fun with Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2017!

Follow the glitter to Macmillan Library booth #1818 at ALA Midwinter for “Books for Teens” posters and complimentary Advance Reader’s Copies!

•   Bonnie Pipkin’s AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
•   Mary O’Connell’s DEAR READER
•   Roshani Chokshi’s A CROWN OF WISHES

Meet Roshani on Sunday, 1/22 @ 10 AM (booth #1818)
Hang with Roshani during the AAP-sponsored Family-Feud Sunday 1/22 @ 3:00 pm (Georgia World Congress Center, A302)

•   Amanda Hocking’s FREEKS

“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

•   Marie Marquardt’s THE RADIUS OF US

“Tackling the issues of gang violence, immigration, mental health, and cultural bias, this is a compelling story that delivers profound messages through engaging, accessible prose. Both a page-turning romance and a comprehensive view of a young immigrant’s experience, this novel is sure to encourage empathy and perspective among high school students. A must-have for all YA collections.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

•   S. Jae-Jones’s WINTERSONG

“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)

•   Sara Lövestam’s WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS

“Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Marie Marquardt on Immigrants, Issues & the Healing Power of Libraries

Last year, Marie Marquardt leapt onto the YA scene with her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Her second YA novel, THE RADIUS OF US, explores the American dream again, but this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens who find healing in love.

Marie Marquardt has a message for librarians, but first, we’re offering complimentary advance readers copies of THE RADIUS OF US to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).

To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Radius of Us) and don’t forget to include your library’s mailing address.

Take it away, Marie!

Dear YA Librarian,

I am thrilled to write to you about my new young adult novel, THE RADIUS OF US, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 17, 2017. As a story featuring immigrants and asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the United States, this book addresses timely and important themes, and I hope you’ll be willing to tell your young patrons about it.

I’ve spent two decades working with Latin American immigrant families in the South. I also run a non-profit called El Refugio that serves immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. This work inspired my debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, which was published in 2015. To research THE RADIUS OF US, I traveled to El Salvador and to detention facilities across the U.S., where I met with teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum.

Told in alternating first person points of view, THE RADIUS OF US is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It’s about a boy from El Salvador, who ran from a city torn-through with violence, looking for a safe place to call home. It’s about an American girl who no longer feels safe anywhere, except maybe when she’s with him. And most importantly, THE RADIUS OF US is about two people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love.

I’m especially enthusiastic to share this story with librarians and library patrons, because for thirty-three years, libraries have been my refuge, and librarians have been the ones that welcomed me in. 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.

Come one, come all to Books for Teens 2017!

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It’s September 1st, and of course we’re thinking about going back to school. We’ve got a new backpack, a binder full of college ruled and hole-punched paper, lots of multi-colored gel pens, our daily planner covered in stickers, and most importantly, we’ve got SEVERAL books to read on the bus to and from school all year long.

Lucky for you, we’ve created a poster of our favorite reads for Fall 2016 and early 2017. Click here to download and print a copy (11×17 tabloid size) 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 19, 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

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  

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

WAR DOGS: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel
Ages 12 to 18
In this special edition adapted specifically for a younger audience, Frankel gives further insight into her work as a journalist and how it led her to explore the important role that dogs and their handlers/soldiers have played in America’s most recent military conflicts. “A solid choice for those who love dogs and are interested in all things military.” — School Library Journal

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.

BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears (ages 14-18) is now available in trade paperback.

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 DEAD BOYFRIEND by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #5)
Ages 12 to 18
Colin is Caitlin’s first real boyfriend, so when she sees Colin with another girl, Caitlin completely loses it. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

GIVE ME A K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #6)
Available April 4, 2017
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 THRILLER: SECRETS: THE LOST GIRL & CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET by R.L. Stine (ages 12-18) is now available in trade paperback.

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

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 

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore (ages 14-18) will be available in trade paperback on September 26, 2017. readmoreremove

Booklist Spring 2016 YA webinar

Today Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist‘s YA Announcements: Spring 2016 webinar (twitter hashtag #YASpring16). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here are Anne’s top picks:

Highlights from Fall 2015
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears (A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee) | ISBN: 9781250065513 | Hardcover | Social Issues/Friendship | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee) | ISBN: 9781250070456 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 13 to 18 | Available Now
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore (A 2016 YALSA Morris Debut Award Finalist & A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection) | ISBN: 9781250058652 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
BLANKETS by Craig Thompson (Winner of two Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards) | ISBN: 9781770462182 | Trade Paperback | Graphic Novels/Memoir | Available Now
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection & a 2016 Rainbow Book selection) ISBN: 9781250049551 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 13 to 19 | Available Now

Introducing Flatiron YA
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | ISBN: 9781250078407 | Hardcover | Love & Romance, LGBT | Ages 13 to 18 | On Sale: May 3
AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger | ISBN: 9781250075000 | Hardcover | Girls & Women | Ages 13 And Up | On Sale: June 7

Summer Blockbusters
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | ISBN: 9781250098641 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 13 to 19 | On Sale: June 7
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins | ISBN: 9781250079121 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 13 to 18 | On Sale: June 14

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FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | ISBN: 9781250075963 | Hardcover | Social Issues/Dating & Sex | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | ISBN: 9781250051363 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | ISBN: 9781250064714 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 14 to 18 | Available Now
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson | ISBN: 9781250079091 | Hardcover | Love & Romance | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: May 17

Magic & Fantasy
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | ISBN: 9781250085474 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 13 to 19 | On Sale: April 26 | #wndb
THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule | ISBN: 9781250036322 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: March 22

Next in the Series
RESURGENCE by Kerry Wilkinson (The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy #3) | ISBN: 9781250090799 | Hardcover | Dystopian | Ages 13 to 18 | On Sale: May 31
ALMOST MIDNIGHT by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark series) | ISBN: 9781250081001 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 12 to 18 | Available Now
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series) | ISBN: 9781250058942 | Hardcover | Horror | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: April 12
DREAMFEVER by Kit Alloway (The Dream Walker series) | ISBN: 9781250078117 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 13 to 18 | Available Now
INVISION by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Chronicles of Nick series) | ISBN: 9781250063885 | Hardcover | Fantasy & Magic | Ages 12 to 18 | On Sale: May 3 readmoreremove

2015 Long Island Book Buzz

Today Anne traveled to lovely Long Island and presented all these great Macmillan YA and Adult titles at a full-day book buzz:

Adult
BOYS IN THE TREES* by Carly Simon | On Sale: Nov. 24
LUST & WONDER* by Augusten Burroughs | On Sale: March 29
MOST WANTED* by Lisa Scottoline  | On Sale: April 12
THE THINGS WE KEEP* by Sally Hepworth | On Sale: Feb. 10
WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT by Sebastian Faulks | On Sale: Jan. 26
THE HEART by Maylis De Kerangal | On Sale: Feb. 9
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS* by Dominic Smith | On Sale: April 5
EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS by Lian Hearn | On Sale: April 26
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown | On Sale: Jan. 12
THE YID by Paul Goldberg | On Sale: Feb. 2
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau | On Sale: Feb. 2
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence | On Sale: Jan. 5
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner | On Sale: Jan. 5
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart | On Sale: Jan. 12
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz | On Sale: Jan. 19
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane | On Sale: April 26
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart | On Sale: May 3
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN* by Wendy Walker | On Sale: July 12
TITLE TBA* by Liane Moriarty | On Sale: July 26

Young Adult/Teen
BLANKETS by Craig Thompson | Available Now
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears | Available Now
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell | Available Now
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt | Available Now
EVOLUTION (Extraction series) by Stephanie Diaz | Available Now
THE LOST GIRL (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | Available Now
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Available Now
UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls After Dark series) by C.C. Hunter | Available Now
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | On Sale: Jan. 5
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | On Sale: Jan. 19
DREAMFEVER (The Dream Walker series) by Kit Alloway | On Sale: Feb. 23
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | On Sale: March 1
INVISION (The Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | On Sale: April 5
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | On Sale: April 12
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | On Sale: May 3
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | On Sale: May 3
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson | On Sale: May 17
AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger | On Sale: June 7
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | On Sale: June 7
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins | On Sale: June 14

Click here to download the handout which includes full title lists (with ISBNs!), information on how to get whitelisted for free Macmillan e-galleys, and 2016 LibraryReads nomination deadlines. YA librarians who want even more Books for Teens titles can check out the full BFT Twenty-SixTEEN lineup!

*also available in audio CD

2015 Tri State Children’s/YA Book Buzz Titles

Today is the Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz!

frompodiumAnne presented her favorite books for teens including new titles from David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins and two debuts from Flatiron Books!

Best of all? Ali Fisher co-presented and their babies Daniel and Jackson (OK, he’s a fur baby, but he’s still a baby!) kept things moving along.

PayingAttentionBLANKETS by Craig Thompson | Available Now
BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears | Available Now
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell | Available Now
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt | Available Now
EVOLUTION (Extraction series) by Stephanie Diaz | Available Now
THE LOST GIRL (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | Available Now
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Available Now
UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls After Dark series) by C.C. Hunter | Available Now
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | On Sale: Jan. 5
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | On Sale: Jan. 19
DREAMFEVER (The Dream Walker series) by Kit Alloway | On Sale: Feb. 23
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | On Sale: March 1
INVISION (The Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | On Sale: April 5
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? (Fear Street series) by R.L. Stine | On Sale: April 12
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | On Sale: May 3
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | On Sale: May 3
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson | On Sale: May 17
AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger | On Sale: June 7
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | On Sale: June 7
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins | On Sale: June 14

Download the PDF handout and check out the handy-dandy Edelweiss collection.

Want even more Books for Teens titles? Check out the full BFT Twenty-SixTEEN lineup!

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
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.’”

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 LOST GIRL by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. “Horror fans, particularly reluctant readers, will be suitably pleased.” — Booklist

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
On an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods, six friends discover a bag filled with thousands of hundred-dollar bills. They agree to leave the bag where it is until it’s safe to use it, but when one of the group members returns to the woods to skim some money, she finds the bag is gone—and so is the trust of six friends with a big secret.
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Teen Talk Tuesday (9/15/15)

Calling all YA Librarians! Here are the latest & greatest teen-friendly titles available this month from Griffin Teen & FSG (Adult). Make sure to join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears|
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? It’s 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.’”

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
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
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
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