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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

ALA Annual 2018 — Monday Events

It’s the last day of ALA Annual! Start at the “Bookalicious Breakfast,” then stop by the Macmillan Adult (Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books) booth #3420 to grab the last of our books!

LibraryReads “Bookalicious Breakfast” with Somaiya Daud
8:30-10:00am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 275-277
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Join LibraryReads for the ALA Annual Bookalicious Breakfast featuring a panel of authors including Somaiya Daud (MIRAGE). A book signing will follow the program.

Booklist’s “Read ‘n Rave”
10:30-11:30am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 281-282
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Join Susan Maguire, Booklist’s Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, and a panel of collection development librarians as they rave about their favorite titles gathered from the exhibit floor. readmoreremove

ALA Annual 2018 — Sunday Events

Good morning, New Orleans! It’s another great day at ALA Annual. Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books) booth #3420 and attend our many excellent events happening today:

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Kathleen Rooney 
8:00-10:00am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 218-219
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Ticketed event, space is limited

Join Kathleen Rooney (LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK) as she discusses her work and the craft of writing at this RUSA-sponsored panel. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing.

Tickets are $10-15. Check with RUSA staff regarding onsite availability. Details and purchasing information available here.

YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00-10:00am
Hilton Riverside | St. Charles Ballroom
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Ticketed event, space is limited

Enjoy coffee and meet with YA authors, including Courtney Summers (SADIE). Librarians will stay seated while authors rotate to different tables to talk about their books.

Tickets are $25. Check with YALSA staff regarding onsite availability. Details and purchasing information available here. readmoreremove

ALA Annual 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

We hope you enjoyed our Booze + Book Buzz at ALA Annual! For those who were #alaleftbehind, here’s everything we buzzed about:

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
THE SILENT PATIENT* by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
CAPE MAY* by Chip Creek | April 30, 2019 | 9781250297150
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism** by Ashton Applewhite | March 5, 2019 | 9781250311481
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast | April 2, 2019 | 9781250301963
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
SHOTGUNS AND STAGECOACHES: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West* by John Boessenecker | October 30, 2018 | 9781250184887
HEARTS OF THE MISSING** by Carol Potenza | December 4, 2018 | 9781250178282
THE WIDOWS* by Jess Montgomery | January 8, 2019 | 9781250184528
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
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
ZERO SUM GAME** by S.L. Huang | October 2, 2018 | 9781250180254
TRUST ME* by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN** by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
A BORROWING OF BONES** by Paula Munier | September 11, 2018 | 9781250153036
AN ACT OF VILLAINY by Ashley Weaver | September 4, 2018 | 9781250159755
BLOOD IS BLOOD by Will Thomas | November 13, 2018 | 9781250170385
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples* by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
BOOMER1** by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE** by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE RAIN WATCHER* by Tatiana de Rosnay | October 23, 2018 | 9781250200013
EVENING IN PARADISE by Lucia Berlin | November 6, 2018 | 9780374279486
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH** by Jonathan Franzen | November 13, 2018 | 9780374147938
THE DINNER LIST* by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER* by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings* by Leonard Cohen | October 2, 2018 | 9780374156060
UNTITLED AUTOBIOGRAPHY* by Roger Daltrey | October 23, 2018 | 9781250296030
HEART: A History by Sandeep Jauhar | September 18, 2018 | 9780374168650
NINE PINTS: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George | October 23, 2018 | 9781627796378
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London* by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346
MIRAGE* by Somaiya Daud | August 28, 2018 | 9781250126429
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES** by Tyler James Smith | September 25, 2018 | 9781250138545
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert, illus. by Vesna Asanovic | October 2, 2018 | 9781250200204
SADIE** by Courtney Summers | September 4, 2018 | 9781250105714
WIND RIDER** by P.C. Cast | October 16, 2018 | 9781250100788
THE DYSASTERS* by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | February 26, 2019 | 9781250141040

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads! And don’t forget you have free access to this presentation and many others right here.

*Also available in audio
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Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2018 (Booth #3420)

We can’t wait to see you in New Orleans at ALA Annual! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books) booth #3420 and RSVP to all of our events!
Saturday, June 23

In-booth signing with Ashley Weaver
9:30-10:30am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Booth #3420

Ashley Weaver will sign complimentary advance copies of her newest mystery, AN ACT OF VILLAINY.

LibraryReads “Best in Sci Fi/Horror and Fantasy Authors” panel with Tessa Gratton
3:00-4:30pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 207
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RSVP required, space is limited

Preview the best in science fiction/horror and fantasy this season has to offer by hearing from a panel of authors, including Tessa Gratton (THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here by June 18. 

In-booth signing with Courtney Summers
4:00-5:00pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Booth #3420

Courtney Summers will sign complimentary advance copies of her new YA novel, SADIE.

Cocktails + Book Buzz with Macmillan Library
5:00-6:00pm
Sheraton New Orleans | Gallery room, 1st floor (NEW ROOM!)
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RSVP required, space is limited

Books + Booze! Join the Macmillan Library Marketing team as we highlight our favorite forthcoming titles from Macmillan’s adult publishers and YA pals Wednesday Books and Flatiron! Cocktails and light snacks will be served!

Details and RSVP here by June 18. 

Sunday, June 24

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Kathleen Rooney & Seanan McGuire
8:00-10:00am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 218-219
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Ticketed event, space is limited

Join Kathleen Rooney (LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK) and Seanan McGuire (DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES) as they discuss their work and the craft of writing at this RUSA-sponsored panel. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing.

Tickets are $10-15. Details and purchasing information available here.
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Publishers Weekly Spotlight on Somaiya Daud

Somaiya Daud, author of MIRAGE (available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio), was featured in Publishers Weekly earlier this month.

In the feature, Daud discusses the role that her Moroccan heritage plays in the novel, specifically the inspiration she found in Moroccan poet Laabi Abdellatif.

“‘I’d known that poetry could be and often was a form of dissent,’ Daud says, ‘but it took on new meaning as I wrote this novel because I was drawing so heavily on my Moroccan roots to shape the world.’ With the assistance of her mother and her aunt, Daud sought out and translated poems from Arabic-speaking women to include in the novel, bringing these works to an audience who likely would not have read them otherwise. For [the main character,] Amani, as her days as a prisoner in the imperial palace become increasingly bleak, the poems [in the novel] serve as ‘a light in the darkness.'”

Click here to read the full article.

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens 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

Books for Teens 2018 + “Day’s YA!”

Welcome to the 2018 Books for Teens post!

I am Emily Day, Macmillan’s Library Marketing Assistant / YA Specialist and your host and curator of this post. I recently moved to NYC from Boston, where I worked as a bookseller at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, an intern at Charlesbridge Publishing and the Horn Book, and a children’s literature graduate student at Simmons College. If I’m listening to music, it’s probably a Broadway musical soundtrack, I love and collect maps, and I prefer cold, cloudy days to warm, sunny ones. I read YA almost exclusively, and some of my all-time favorites are WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley, ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai, and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery (technically those last two aren’t YA, but they’re just so spectacular that I had to list them).

In addition to featuring forthcoming YA and YA-ok titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA, I will also include my candid reviews of as many titles as I can possibly read (starting with two of my absolute faves, Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD and Adrienne Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP), which will be labeled as “Day’s YA!” [GET IT? HA!] So, when you’re ready to scroll, stories of Vikings and Valkyries, hospitals and heartthrobs, mental illness and fighting back, all await you below.

Ready? Here we go!

First, 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 2018 titles here.

Now on to the books!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio

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. 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.

“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.” —Booklist, starred review

“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.” —School Library Journal, starred review

” . . . readers will appreciate the rich world and prose built by a much-needed diverse voice.” —Kirkus Reviews

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

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.

“Sadie is smart, observant, tough, and at times heartbreakingly vulnerable, her interactions mediated by a profound stutter. In the podcast, characters first seen through Sadie’s ruthless eyes further reveal (or conceal) their interactions and motives.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

” . . . Summers excels at slowly unspooling both Sadie’s and West’s investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace.” —Booklist, starred review

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio
SIX starred reviews!!

Day’s YA Review:
Reminiscent of Emily Carroll’s THROUGH THE WOODS and Emma Donoghue’s KISSING THE WITCH, Melissa Albert has hit the nail on the head with this spooky homage to fairy tales. Though Albert’s novel is not a retelling of a classic fairy tale, she has managed to create a completely original narrative filled with riveting characters and a captivating plot that still retains some of the elements of more traditional tales. THE HAZEL WOOD is an obvious choice for lovers of fantasy novels and classic fairy tales, but it will also appeal to fans of YA mystery novels, such as E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS, and stories about the discovery of deep, personal truths, such as Nicola Yoon’s EVERYTHING EVERYTHING. Albert’s enchanting debut novel is truly something special and will leave you with the lingering notion that our stories are all around us, influencing us and comprising our most inner beings. Click here to read the full review.

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 IndieNext Pick CARAVAL, Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more. This year’s Caraval has concluded and Tella is alive—and safe, to her older sister’s relief. But Tella has secrets she has been keeping from Scarlett. Afraid of revealing the truth to the person who loves her most, Tella runs away to Valenda, the capital of the Empire, to find the mysterious correspondent whom Tella owes.

“The pacing is impeccable, with urgency increasing to an almost breathless point as Tella runs from clue to clue, while bittersweet truths and devastating betrayals unfold.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

” . . . a tour de force of imagination.” —Kirkus

“Fans will be delighted to spend more time with Tella, Dante, and Scarlett, and to immerse themselves again into Garber’s magical world.” —School Library Journal

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (ages 13 to 18) is available now in trade paperback.
9781250095268

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Day’s YA Review:
As soon as I reached the last page of this novel, I wanted to go back and start from the beginning again just so I could continue to be wrapped up in Young’s words. Know her characters. Experience the world she created. The character of Eelyn is a badass warrior heroine who will appeal to fans of Marvel’s Wonder Woman, as well as Disney’s Brave and Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series. Eelyn is simultaneously fierce and sensitive; she loves deeply, but she is also able to instantly take someone down with her axe. Adrienne Young’s debut novel is written with the finesse of a veteran author, and to give you a taste of her brilliance I’m going to leave you with a quote from the second page of the book that captures the emotion and voice of the novel:

“Vegr yfir fior. Honor above life. The first whistle cut into the air from our right, warning us to get ready and I closed my eyes, feeling the steadiness of the earth beneath my feet. The sounds of battle rushing toward us bled together as the deep-throated prayers of my clansmen rose up around me like smoke from a wildfire. I let the words march out under my breath, asking Sigr to guard me. To help me bring down his enemies.”

Click here to read the full review.

And now, a word from debut author, Adrienne Young:

Dear Librarians,

As story gatekeepers, I know the role you play in a book’s life and in the life of young people is invaluable. That’s why I am so excited for you to meet Eelyn, a fierce, but deep warrior whose life is about to change forever. In many ways, her journey reflects my own and I know that there are teens out there who will find a mirror in these pages. What I hope girls see in this book is the message that I wish had been given to me—that you don’t have to apologize for strength and passion and that you don’t have to be either hard or soft, but that you can be both. You can fight fiercely and you can love deeply. Most importantly, that you can dare to see the world differently than the way you always have. And that even though it’s scary, it’s absolutely thrilling to open your eyes for the first time. Eelyn will be forced to confront everything she’s ever been taught. She will have to grieve, learn to love, and redefine what family, loyalty, and forgiveness is.

I hope you are swept away with Eelyn as she runs straight into battle, headed toward a future she could never have imagined!

Thank You,
Adrienne Young

“A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles.” —Kirkus, starred review

“The action on the battlefield and the rising political tensions between the clans will easily keep readers involved through the final page.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, review

“A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.” —School Library Journal, review

“With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied.” —Booklist, review

“Young’s often poetic writing forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war.” —Publishers Weekly, review

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