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Teen Talk (October 2019)

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (#ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Ages 14 – 18

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This dark tale, often reminiscent of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, is both disturbing and uplifting . . . This is a novel that will appeal to those who like dark stories with fairy-tale elements; highly recommended as a book group discussion choice.”
School Library Journal

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Day’s YA – PLEASE SEND HELP

Happy Friday, YA friends!

Tears! Laughter! Hugs! BFFs! All in one read! 

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
9781250216533
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU introduced readers to first-year college students Ava and Gen, two BFFs navigating a long-distance friendship. In PLEASE SEND HELP, the duo has since graduated, are back in the same time zone, but still many miles apart. Ava is in New York City interning at a comedy talk show and Gen is in Florida working for a small-town local paper. 

Ava and Gen’s uniquely twenty-something situations—from coping with mental health issues to deciding whether to adopt a feral cat—are relatable and often hilarious. Their friendship is not perfect and neither character is without flaws, but they are unflinchingly honest with each other and quick to forgive. They are each other’s number one fan and I, personally, would love to have them as my BFFs.

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SLJ’s YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast (4/23/19)

We hope you tuned in to today’s School Library Journal YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast, but if you missed it, here are the title list and slides.

The archived webinar is available here.

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be great for teens . . . and we agree!

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by Michele Campbell
Also available in audio
When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster.

“Teens who love to read about intrigue at boarding school will like this, too.”
Booklist, YA Interest

“This fast-paced tale will be great for teens who enjoy dark mysteries.” —
School Library Journal

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
When a birth defect wipes out the planet’s entire population of men, Woman World rises out of society’s ashes. Dhaliwal’s infectiously funny Instagram comic follows the rebuilding process, tracking a group of women who have rallied together under the flag of “Beyonce’s Thighs.” For the most part, Woman World’s residents are focused on their struggles with unrequited love and anxiety, not to mention that whole “survival of humanity” thing.

“The focus on relationships and the lighthearted humor will be a big draw for teens.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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SLJ’s Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2018

School Library Journal recently published their annual list of Best Adult Books 4 Teens and four Macmillan titles made the cut!

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
In her follow-up to THE NIGHTINGALE, Hannah highlights, with vivid description, the natural dangers of 1974 Alaska juxtaposed with incongruous domestic violence.

CITY OF LIES by Sam Hawke
When Salasta’s Chancellor is murdered by an unidentified poison, two young men get caught up in a maelstrom involving power-hungry Council members. This epic fantasy debut weaves political, class, and belief systems into a deftly drawn world.

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
This stand-alone volume in McGuire’s highly popular novella series centers on a magical boarding school that reintroduces children who had embarked on otherworldly adventures into reality. Elegant prose strengthens this inviting portal fantasy.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
The Black Lives Matter movement cofounder discusses how witnessing police brutality spurred her to action in this bracing memoir and deft exposé of the United States’ broken criminal justice system. readmoreremove

SLJ Best Books of 2018

School Library Journal just announced their Best Books of 2018 and two of our favorites made the cut!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
“Readers are thrown right into this incredibly built world with fully developed cultures and characters. Daud expertly uses a sci-fi setting to explore issues within our own society, particularly the effects of colonization on both individuals and cultures as a whole . . . This debut novel has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

SADIE by Courtney Summers
“Nineteen-year-old Sadie Hunter is going to kill the man who murdered her 13-year-old sister, Mattie. So begins the latest compelling work by [Courtney] Summers . . . It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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THE GILDED WOLVES makes the Winter 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Winter 2019 Kid’s Indie Next List was announced yesterday and includes THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi in the Top Ten!

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
Available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!
Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. readmoreremove

YA Nonfiction Round-Up

Strong girls. Social media. Special ops. Syrian refugees. Our Fall 2018 YA nonfiction is spectacular!

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20 by Jennifer Calvert, illustrated by Vesna Asanovic
Available now from Castle Point Books
Ages 12 to 18

“In this superb, concise collection of 30 mini-biographies of little- to well-known historical teenagers, a quote introduces each girl. Quick, interesting facts and an eye-catching design will engage readers and make them eager to read more about these women, who impacted the world at a young age . . . Ultimately, readers will enjoy rediscovering the subjects in this diverse collection of girls who had major positive impacts on their worlds.” —Booklist

SELFIE MADE: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom by Meridith Valiando Rojas
Available October 16, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

“Debut author Rojas draws on her experience as the co-founder and CEO of DigiTour to put together a book of practical advice for teens aspiring to become social media stars . . . The book’s voice is clear and easy to read, balancing her serious, no-nonsense wisdom with wit and enthusiasm; the stern but nurturing tone makes it clear why social media stars sometimes call her ‘mom.’”—Kirkus Reviews

NEVER QUIT: How I Became a Special Ops Pararescue Jumper by Jimmy Settle and Don Rearden
Available October 30, 2018 from St. Martin’s Griffin
Ages 12 to 16

“A remarkable, inspiring story of steadfast courage and irrepressible determination.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing and fascinating story . . . Those seeking a thrilling real-life adventure story similar to Brandon Webb’s THE MAKING OF A NAVY SEAL will not be disappointed with this exciting read.” —School Library Journal

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition): One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming
Available December 21, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 10 to 17

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. In a spare, unobtrusive style, Fleming, head of communications for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, profiles Doaa Al Zamel, who as a teenager fled her homeland of Syria . . . Fleming should be congratulated for bringing Al Zamel’s inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” —Publishers Weekly

Stars for THE GILDED WOLVES!

We’re thrilled that Roshani Chokshi’s newest YA fantasy, THE GILDED WOLVES, has received four starred reviews!

A thrilling, gritty new fantasy set in an alternate nineteenth-century Paris, where old secrets and even older magic reside . . . Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering.”
Booklist, starred review

“Chokshi has created an inclusive and authentic cast with obvious chemistry and affection for one another and infuses the tale with witty banter and twists . . . A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Leigh Bardugo’s SIX OF CROWS and Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE converge in this dazzling new fantasy . . . Chokshi creatively reimagines history, weaving fantastical elements with symbology and broadening the scope of her narrative by integrating multiethnic worldviews. An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance. Kaleidoscopic narration complements the intricate, high-stakes plot and allows Chokshi to showcase numerous aspects of her richly imagined universe all the way to the closing cliff-hanger.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Teen Talk (9/26/2018 Edition)

Hey, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Ages 13 to 18
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!
When Sadie’s little sister, Mattie, is found dead, Sadie hits the road on a mission to find her sister’s killer. But when West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

“It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have.” —School Library Journal, starred review

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
9781250052308
Ages 12 to 18
I DO NOT TRUST YOU is a thrilling young adult suspense novel full of dangerous secrets and dark mythology that threaten to destroy everything seventeen-year-old Memphis holds dear. With Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz’s signature plot twists, and uneasy, ever-changing alliances, this novel is an exciting journey that asks at every turn—what would you do to save the ones you love?

“ . . . a fast-paced, modern adventure with hints of The Da Vinci Code, packed with tidbits about world mythology and fanciful touches of the macabre.” —School Library Journal

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith
9781250138545
Ages 12 and up
In this coming-of-age debut by Tyler James Smith, a seventeen-year-old boy has one week in the aftermath of a disastrous prank to prove to the authorities, and to himself, that he’s not a worthless jerk who belongs in jail.

“Smith’s style is reminiscent of John Green’s oeuvre. He balances the characters’ tragic stories with offbeat humor and deftly timed pop culture references.” —Booklist readmoreremove

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