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Day’s YA – MIRAGE

Hello, YA librarians!

Whew! We’re back from ALA Annual and, with that, our 2018 conference season comes to a close! The past few months have been such a fun and wild ride, and we certainly ended on a high note.

Speaking of ALA, some of you may have picked up this magical YA debut. If you were one of the lucky ones who got a copy, you’re going to want to put it at the top of your pile.

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners
Ages 13 to 18

Amani lives “on a small moon orbiting a large planet, in a small farmhouse in a small village” with her family. Their moon, Cadiz, is part of Mizaal Galaxy and is ruled by the Vathek Empire’s cruel king, Mathis, and his daughter, Princess Maram.

On Amani’s Majority Night—the night she is to become an adult in the eyes of her village and celebrate her coming-of-age—she is kidnapped by Vathek guards and forced to become Princess Maram’s body double. The one bright spot in Amani’s bleak situation is Idris, Maram’s fiancé (who’d mistaken Amani for Maram the first time they met). As Amani perfects her role as Maram and draws closer to Idris, she discovers the rebellion and an opportunity to use her position in an unexpected way. readmoreremove

Stars for THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN & AMERICAN GIRLS

First we heard about the starred reviews for IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, and now reviewers are chiming in with even more love for Roshani Chokshi’s THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN and Allison Umminger’s AMERICAN GIRLS!

Praise for THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN:

“A setting drawn from ancient India, romance with feminist sensibilities, and a unique magic system reminiscent of Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE make this a novel sure to appeal to fans of Renée Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.”
School Library Journal, starred review

Chokshi’s prose is captivating, and the pages come alive through lush descriptions of Night Bazaar teeming with Otherworldly delights, gardens made of glass, and realms where the lines between life and death are blurred. Maya is a strong heroine, and while there is romance, an emphasis on familial love adds another level of richness to a folkloric fantasy about sacrifice, self-discovery, and making your own destiny.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Buzzfeed 16 YA Books You’ll Want To Read This Spring pick!

Roshani will be at School Library Journal‘s Day of DialogRSVP now to meet her!

Praise for AMERICAN GIRLS (***THREE*** STARS!): readmoreremove

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