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Sneak Peek: May 2017 Indie Next List

The May 2017 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!indie next

BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“Here’s a gripping and memorable thriller about a family that moves into a house where, several years earlier, a double homicide took place. Lots of mysteries in this tricky story, lots of great characters, and one really cool narrative device: the story is told from the perspective of an observer, a sort of ‘invisible presence without corporeal substance,’ as the author describes it. On its surface a clever thriller, underneath a dark family drama, this is one haunting novel.” — Booklist

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Marilyn, Egypt & More: New Nonfiction

What do Marilyn Monroe, Ancient Egypt, an Alaskan pararescue jumper and the word “privilege” have in common? They’re all subjects of new nonfiction titles available now from Macmillan!

MARILYN IN MANHATTAN: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winder
A true love letter to Marilyn, and a joyous portrait of a city bursting with life and art, MARILYN IN MANHATTAN is a lively look at two American treasures: New York and Marilyn Monroe. “Winder is a gifted writer and Monroe a fascinating, complex subject; this book will prove nearly impossible to put down for the actress’s many fans.” — Publishers Weekly

THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT VOLUME 2: From the Great Pyramid to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom by John Romer
Drawing on a lifetime of research, archaeologist John Romer chronicles the history of Ancient Egypt from the building of the Great Pyramid through the rise and fall of the Middle Kingdom in the second volume of this expansive history of ancient Egypt. “This engaging recasting of ancient Egyptian civilization will provide an eye-opening text for both specialists and non-specialists who will no doubt eagerly await the next installment of this iconoclastic study.” — Library Journal

NEVER QUIT: From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops PJ by Jimmy Settle & Don Rearden
The epic memoir of Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator, and decorated war hero Jimmy Settle. “This is classic military writing, and Settle’s stories will be readily enjoyed by those seeking to know more about this unusual military force. Older teens interested in the military will find much of value in Settle’s life story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Veteran’s Day 2016

In honor of Veteran’s Day we’d like to share with you these bestselling and recently published titles:

WAY OF THE REAPER: My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper by Nicholas Irving, with Gary Brozek
A thrilling account of Nick “The Reaper” Irving’s 10 greatest sniper kill missions that provide insight into the art of being a sniper.

DAGGER 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan by Michael Golembesky
The thrilling true story of a Marine special forces unit in a battle for their lives in Afghanistan from the New York Times bestselling author of LEVEL ZERO HEROES.

FIGHTING BLIND: A Green Beret’s Story of Extraordinary Courage by Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice
The true story of Ivan Castro, a Green Beret who was blinded by mortar fire in combat and fought his way back to active duty with help from the Boston Marathon.

SEVEN DAYS OF INFAMY: Pearl Harbor Across the World by Nicholas Best
The fascinating details of the week surrounding the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor—seven days that would change the world forever.

RELENTLESS STRIKE: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command by Sean Naylor
A New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback. The bestselling explosive secret history of Joint Special Operations Command—the powerful and secretive military organization responsible for America’s covert war on terror.

Check out more military books (both fiction and nonfiction) here, here, and 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 not one, but TWO posters of our favorite reads for Fall 2016 and 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

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

Veteran’s Day 2015

In honor of Veteran’s Day we’d like to share with you these bestselling and recently published titles:

THE REAPER: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek
Groundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, this astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper, is a New York Times bestseller and has been optioned for TV. “Gripping…. Irving’s book is a focused, fast-paced tale that, like Irving, never loses sense of its mission.” — San Diego Union Tribune

MODERN AMERICAN SNIPERS: From The Legend to The Reaper—on the Battlefield with Special Operations Sniper by Chris Martin; with SOFREP
An inside look at today’s special operations sniper and an in depth look at the career of some of the most heroic patriots in recent American history. “A fascinating look at the contemporary training and warfare challenges faced by today’s military sharpshooters.” — New York Daily News

EXTREME OWNERSHIP: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Former battlefield leaders Willink and Babin explain the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. “The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch’s SIX SIGMA.” — Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning

RELENTLESS STRIKE: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command by Sean Naylor
Through exclusive interviews, reporter Naylor used his unique access to reveal how an organization designed in the 1980s for a very limited mission transformed itself after 9/11 to become the military’s premier weapon in the war against terrorism and how it continues to evolve today. “Naylor succeeds splendidly in showing how and why the Joint Special Operations Command evolved—and why it will remain a valuable weapon.” — Wall Street Journal readmoreremove

Starred Reviews for Exit Plan

Larry Bond's military thriller EXIT PLAN has already received two starred reviews! When a group of SEALs are forced to abandon their submarine, they're taken hostage in Iran. Escape goes from a desire to a requirement when they uncover an imminent plot against the United States.

In their starred review Publishers Weekly said,

"Set in 2013, this ripped from the headlines tale of SEAL adventures and global politics from bestseller Bond (RED STORM RISING with Tom Clancy) shows once again his absolute mastery of the military action novel. [...] Bond’s refusal to demonize most of the Iranians gives the characters a solid, real-life feel that cranks up both the tension and believability."

In their starred review Kirkus Reviews said,

"The writing is clear and crisp, the characters strong and deserving of sympathy. The reader may feel tempted to mentally wave a flag and chant “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” as our country takes extreme measures to preserve the peace, but Israelis and Iranians are also portrayed as strong, tough and generally principled patriots.

"Iran’s nuclear ambitions are prominent in the news. That makes this novel a perfectly timed, first-class read."

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