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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

SADIE and MIRAGE make the Fall 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Fall 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List was announced last week and includes SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the Top Ten!) and MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud!

SADIE by Courtney Summers
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!
SADIE is the story of a missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. 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.

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
Available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Also available in audio
TWO STARRED REVIEWS!!
MIRAGE is an 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. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection . . . because one wrong move could lead to her death. readmoreremove

Stars for MIRAGE

We’re thrilled that Somaiya Daud’s YA sci-fi/fantasy debut, MIRAGE,  has received two starred reviews!

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 poetically written novel will appeal to many, particularly fans of CINDER by Marissa Meyer and AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir.” School Library Journal, starred review

“Daud’s gorgeously written novel features lush and poetic language that brings the setting into vivid color. In addition to the blend of [science fiction] and fantasy, Daud supplies a dash of forbidden romance destined to leave the reader gasping for breath . . . With an ending that is gut wrenching yet still hopeful, this immersive, captivating series starter is sure to have fans eager for the sequel.” Booklist, starred review

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Teen Talk (6/14/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest teen 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!

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington
9781250075260
Ages 12 to 18
After a perfect first kiss, Aurora’s second kiss lands her boyfriend in the hospital, and her matchmaking strategies start to backfire in this sequel to HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU. When Aurora’s best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora’s matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.

“This light, dreamy, and easy read is filled with strong character development as the teens find their way in their everyday lives.” —School Library Journal

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Ages 14 and up
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly . . . until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

“Zera is an exemplar of confident, capable, relentlessly witty young womanhood. She is assertive, proactive, and, above all, a fun character to follow . . . ” —Kirkus Reviews

Also available this month in trade paperback from Flatiron Books:

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
9781250078414
Ages 13 to 18
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an award-winning, bighearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help rooting for.

“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

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
9781250114853
Ages 12 to 18
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything. This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

“Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” —Publishers Weekly

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens!
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