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Kirkus’ Best YA of 2018

Kirkus Reviews just released their Best YA of 2018 lists and three Macmillan titles made the cut!

Best YA Fantasy of 2018:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
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.
“Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” —Kirkus Reviews

Best YA Mystery and Thriller of 2018:

HOME AND AWAY by Candice Montgomery
Friday Night Lights meets DEAR MARTIN in this thought-provoking coming-of-age story about family, identity, and forgiveness.
“A love letter to the intricacies of family and multitudinous black girlhood.”
Kirkus Reviews

SADIE by Courtney Summers
A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.
“A riveting tour de force.” —Kirkus Reviews
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YA Books for Adults

If you’re an adult who reads YA, we’ve got great news!

Our friends over at Booklist published an article featuring 10 YA books that are perfect for adult readers, including SADIE by Courtney Summers and THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert. Read what they have to say below, and check out the full article here.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
“A teenager sets out to bring her sister’s killer to justice, while a true-crime podcaster visits her dead-end hometown to trace her whereabouts. Alternating between transcripts of the podcast and Sadie’s first-person account of her investigation, Summers’ novel is filled with her trademark biting commentary on sexual assault and the mistreatment of girls and women at the hands of predatory men as she slowly unspools both investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace.”

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
“In this unsettling debut, Albert takes familiar stories and carefully pulls them apart; the end result is a sort of deconstructed fairy tale that, despite its familiarity, gets under the skin. Highly literary, occasionally surreal, and grounded by the hero’s clipped, matter-of-fact narrative voice, it’s a dark story that readers will have trouble leaving behind.” readmoreremove

A “Day’s YA” Sweepstakes!!

What a year!

Emily has been reviewing her favorite YA titles over on Day’s YA for ONE YEAR, and to celebrate, we’re giving away the entire collection of books she’s reviewed to one lucky librarian!

To enter, head to our Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) and find the below photo. (You can also click on the photo below to be taken directly there.) Once you’re there, you’ll find all of the information on how to enter!

Titles included in the sweepstakes:
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert; hardcover
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young; hardcover
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin; hardcover
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough; trade paperback
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson; trade paperback
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber; hardcover
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf; hardcover
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner; hardcover
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust; hardcover
CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae; hardcover
I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain; hardcover
THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter; hardcover
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell; hardcover
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell; hardcover
THE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie; hardcover
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber; hardcover
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud; hardcover
SADIE by Courtney Summers; hardcover
I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz; hardcover
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith; hardcover
FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt; hardcover
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin; hardcover
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert; hardcover (PoB)
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam; hardcover
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais; ARC
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell; hardcover readmoreremove

Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

For the next annual round-up for 2018, we’re happy to share Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

Top 20

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Memoir/Biography

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Comics/Graphic Novels

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
WHAT TO DO WHEN I’M GONE: A Mother’s Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins, Illustrated by Hallie Bateman
MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY: Vol. 1 by Nagata Kabi

Humor/Entertainment

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty

Literature/Fiction

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao readmoreremove

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

BookExpo & Day of Dialog 2018 – That’s a Wrap!

Last week we enjoyed seeing many of you at Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog events and at BookExpo (helloooo!). For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

At Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Laura van den Berg (THE THIRD HOTEL) dazzled on a Literary Fiction author panel, and M.C. Beaton charmed on a Mystery/Thriller author panel, promoting her newest Agatha Raisin mystery, THE DEAD RINGER.

Celadon Books co-founders Jamie Raab & Deb Futter presented their inaugural Winter 2019 list as part of an Editor’s Buzz Panel:

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite | 9781250311481 | Out 3/5/19
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | 9781250301963 | Out 4/2/19

Later that afternoon, Minotaur Books Senior Editor Catherine Richards presented her favorites as part of an Mystery Editor’s Picks Panel:

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery | 9781250184528 | Out 1/8/19
THE BURNING CHAMBERS by Kate Mosse | 9781250202161 | Out 5/7/19
WONDERLAND by Zoje Stage | 9781250206893 | Out 12/25/19

Click here to download the snazzy handout of both Editor’s Buzz Panel titles.

Meanwhile over at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD) charmed on a “Strange Fascinations in YA” panel, and our own Emily Day presented her favorite forthcoming titles during a Publisher’s Pitch (we’re seeing Paris as a theme here…):

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | Out 2/5/19 | YA Historical Fantasy | Ages 12 And Up
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | Out 4/30/19 | YA Romance / LGBT | Ages 12 And Up
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | Out 1/8/19 | YA Contemporary Romance | Ages 14 to 18
THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | Out 2/26/19 | YA Contemporary Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | Out 1/15/19 | YA Epic Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18

Click here to download Emily’s SLJ Day of Dialog Publisher Pitch handout.

Plus, your colleagues were tweeting fast and furiously via the hashtags #ljdod18 and #sljdod18.

At BookExpo, Talia thrilled a crowd of 200+ librarians on the Downtown Stage with these forthcoming titles:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | October 2, 2018 | 9781250137715
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett | September 18, 2018 | 9781250185914
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders | October 30, 2018 | 9781250163264
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal by Ben Sasse | October 16, 2018 | 9781250193681
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird | September 4, 2018 | 9781250193162
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler | October 16, 2018 | 9781250095473
THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco | November 6, 2018 | 9780374123697
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter | October 9, 2018 | 9781250121974
BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton | October 2, 2018 | 9781250157690
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble | October 16, 2018 | 9780765398710
BUTTON MAN by Andrew Gross | September 18, 2018 | 9781250179982
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes | October 30, 2018 | 9781250170811
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage | July 17, 2018 | 9781250170750
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | August 21, 2018 | 9781250191984
LIES by T.M. Logan | September 11, 2018 | 9781250182265
TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346

Download the BookExpo 2018 Book Buzz handout here.

And at the LibraryReads Librarian author lunch, Suketu Mehta talked about his own experiences and research for his new book, THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: An Impassioned Argument About Immigrations and Its Discontents (Spring 2019): “Fear of migrants is doing incalculably more damage than the migrants themselves ever could. All evidence shows that immigrants enrich the countries that they move to.”

Last but not least, here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Library Journal‘s “Shout n’ Share” panel:

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BFYA 2019 Nominee: THE HAZEL WOOD

Congratulations to our nominee for YALSA’s 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults list: THE HAZEL WOOD!!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert 
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 12 to 18

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.

You can view the full list of nominees here.

PLA 2018 YA Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Emily’s Young Adult Book Buzz at PLA 2018 last week:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert* | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber* | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber* | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young* | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18
KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18
I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain** | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi** | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18
THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie** | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18
FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson* | May 15, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168368 | Trade Paperback | Social Science / Politics & Government | Ages 13 to 18
CHASING NEW HORIZONS by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon** | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250098962 | Hardcover | Astronomy
THE LOST MAP OF CHAOS by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | September 11, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250052308 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 12 to 18
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith | September 25, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250138545 | Hardcover | Boys & Men | Ages 12 And Up
SELFIE MADE by Meridith Valiando Rojas** | September 4, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250196743 | Trade Paperback | Careers | Ages 12 to 18
SADIE by Courtney Summers** | September 4, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250105714 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 13 to 18
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud* | August 28, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250126429 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18 readmoreremove

Booklist Spring 2018 YA Webinar

Today Emily Day (Of “Day’s YA” fame) highlighted her favorite upcoming teen titles during Booklist’s Spring 2018 YA Announcements webinar (twitter hashtag #SpringYABooks). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here’s what she discussed:

Highlighted Titles from Winter / Spring 2018:
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18

Spring 2018 Fiction:
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner | March 13, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250143839 | Hardcover | Social Themes / Mental Illness | Ages 14 to 18

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt | Available now | ISBN: 9781250107015 | Hardcover | Coming of Age | Ages 13 to 19

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18

Spring 2018 Fantasy / Science-Fiction:
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18

THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18

SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones | Available now | ISBN: 9781250129130 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 to 18

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18 readmoreremove

February 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Our sales team created an Edelweiss collection of our month’s bestsellers and recently released titles — what a perfect collection development tool for you! Here are some of the top titles for February 2018:

Recent Releases:
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
JACKIE, JANET & LEE by J. Randy Taraborrelli
MOTHERS OF SPARTA by Dawn Davies
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

Edgar Award Nominees:
ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims
MANDERLEY FOREVER: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
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