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Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

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

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 2/7/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jenny Manca, Allen Public Library, Allen TX
Vicki Bartz, Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville MN
Lisa Hollander, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper M.S. Library, Cypress TX
Dana Rosen-Perez, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield NJ readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (11/15/16 Edition)

Happy #ewgcya day, YA librarians! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras
Ages 12 to 17
A contemporary YA novel about ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe, whose quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced. Through it all, Viv learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect. “A sensitive novel about accepting imperfection.” — Kirkus Reviews

WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
Ages 12 to 18
In this debut romance set in 1982, best friends Scott and Cath remain pen pals throughout their freshman year of college. That is, until they start to realize that maybe friends is not all they are to each other…but can they make a relationship work off the page and in real life? “Readers aching for a combination of the ’80s and a romance like Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK will be stoked to find this wicked, gnarly, and totally righteous novel.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/18/16 Edition)

Hey hey, YA librarians! We’ve got a bunch of new teen and YA-OK adult books for you this month. Check ’em out then share your favorites during today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya).

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

MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
Ages 12 to 18
#1 New York Times bestselling author, P.C. Cast, returns with a new epic fantasy. Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. “While many fantasy series style themselves as epic, this one may actually be worthy of the description. Fantasy lovers who are fans of Cinda Williams Chima’s ‘Seven Realms’ novels will fall in love with Mari and Nik.”
School Library Journal

HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
Ages 12 to 18
Aurora Skye is sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way she wants it to be. But when she’s cast in her high school’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, she must avoid having her first kiss with Hayden Paris, her co-star, next door neighbor, and the bane of her existence. OR IS HE? “Eglington celebrates female friendship and loyalty, too, and Aurora’s sunny outlook will satisfy readers looking for a romantic comedy with a dash of Shakespeare.”
Publishers Weekly

MIDNIGHT HOUR by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls series)
Ages 12 to 18
In the conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls saga, Miranda Kane is preparing to graduate when a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden
In this graphic novel, cartoonist Glidden details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria as she accompanies two reporters while they research stories on the Iraq War’s effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. “Glidden’s understated, face-focused illustration style gets under your skin—by removing her own personality from the writing, the author sucks readers in so deeply that you really feel present, seeing her journey through her eyes.”
Library Journal, starred review

SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman
Available simultaneously in trade paperback
Two starred reviews! Published in time for Jackson’s centennial, this graphic adaptation masterfully reimagines her iconic story with a striking visual narrative created by her grandson, Miles Hyman. “A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (8/16/16 Edition)

Lovely YA Librarians, we can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading later today during Early Word YA Galley Chat (starts at 4pm EST, hashtag: #ewgcya), but first let us tell you about this month’s new teen and YA-OK adult titles:

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
An August 2016 Indie Next pick, a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick, and one of Library Journal‘s “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” selections! A hilarious and powerful first novel about a disabled boy who finds love and hope in a Russian hospital. “An auspicious, gut-wrenching, wonderful debut.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE TREES by Ali Shaw
A terrifying and wildly imaginative novel that follows four survivors on a journey after the natural–and the supernatural–has reclaimed and transformed their world. “Shaw has written an exciting apocalyptic novel that blends in elements of magic realism. Gripping and occasionally brutal, this survival story highlights both the best and worst in humanity.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE GREATEST OF MARLYS by Lynda Barry
“Barry is one of American literature’s great chroniclers of childhood” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), and her most famous character from the long-running and landmark comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, eight-year-old Marlys Mullen, shines in all her freckled and pig-tailed groovy glory in her very own collection of strips. “Beyond nostalgia, her deceptively simple art, in all its spareness, breaks your heart and makes you laugh, often at the same time.”
Booklist, starred review

ANNE OF GREEN BAGELS by Jon Buller & Susan Schade
On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Can things get any worse? Find out in this middle grade hybrid comic/chapter book perfect for fans of Judy Blume. “…breezy entertainment with a suitably happy ending.” — Publishers Weekly

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: SECRETS: THE LOST GIRL & CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET by R.L. Stine
Now in one volume, master of horror R.L. Stine delivers two bone-chilling stories of teens in danger in the small town of Shadyside, where danger and violence looms on every darkened street corner.

Also, did you see those cute WAR DOGS?! #woof readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (2/16/16)

Hey hey, YA librarians! We’ve got two new teen-friendly titles to share with you, just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya @ 5pm EST)!

ALMOST MIDNIGHT by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark series)
Now available in print for the first time, these enchanting novellas about vampires Della Tsang and Chase Tallman, witch Miranda Kane, and werewolf Fredericka Lakota, will reveal a side of the Shadow Falls camp that you’ve never seen before.

DREAMFEVER by Kit Alloway (The Dream Walker Trilogy)
In the exciting sequel to DREAMFIRE, Josh struggles with the discovery that she’s the True Dream Walker, trying to protect the lost dream walker princess, and keeping the Lodestone party from taking power.

THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe is available as a shiny, new trade paperback!

**Our super-cool “Books for Teens Twenty-SixTEEN” double-sided coloring poster is now available! Please e-mail library@macmillanusa.com with your full name and mailing address for a complimentary copy or download yours here.**

Teen Talk Tuesday (12/15/15 Edition)

OMG YA Librarians, can you believe it’s our last Teen Talk Tuesday of the year?! We’ve got a great Griffin Teen book to cap it off: INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by Jamie Kain.

From the author of THE GOOD SISTER (now available in trade paperback) comes a gripping novel about two sisters who learn that there are things in life—love, loss, and self-discovery—that you simply can’t prepare for.

“Jamie Kain’s novel is quietly thought-provoking about family and loss, and what the difference is between surviving and living.” Bustle, 12 Of The Best YA Books Of December 2015 To Carry You Through The Holidays

“The novel shines when Kain probes the destructive tensions and jealousies that can arise between siblings, and the ways in which families dissemble and find ways to mend.” — Publishers Weekly

“The teens often exude a quiet, adult wisdom that will resonate with thoughtful readers, who will discover the connections among the seemingly different characters. For soul searchers.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (11/17/15 Edition)

Hey hey YA Librarians! This month we’re thrilled that one of our favorite fall Griffin Teen titles is now on your shelves: HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras, an emotional contemporary story about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

“Georgia’s realistically profane voice aptly captures her personality, carrying the novel; her traverse through grief and experimentation make for a believable and satisfying character arc. A thoughtful exploration of grief and life.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This is a solid story of loss that fits in well with other recent stories of grief in the face of a parent’s death, like Jennifer Castle’s THE BEGINNING OF AFTER and Jennifer Brown’s TORN AWAY. The book’s strongest sections are the lyrical flashbacks that tell the story of her mother’s life and death, but Georgia’s struggles with weight and body image are also handled with care. A perfect book for anyone trying to figure out what they want their life to look like, and how to be brave enough to make that life a reality.” — Booklist

“Georgia’s Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel’s themes of emotional healing and self-discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist.” — Publishers Weekly

YOU KNOW ME WELL FINALPlus, Entertainment Weekly just ran a cover reveal and posted the first two chapters of YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour! 

Don’t forget to join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads! Looking for books to add to your TBR pile? Check out our Books for Teens Twenty-SixTEEN!

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/20/15)

Hey there, YA-lovin’ librarians. We’ve got SO MUCH good stuff for you this month! We recently announced our Books for Teens Twenty-SixTEEN titles, including Flatiron Books’ first two YA titles, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo and AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger.

PayingAttentionIf you were in the tri-state area and attended the AAP Children’s/YA book buzz last week, you saw Anne and Ali Fisher present their favorite titles, with some help from baby Daniel and kitty cat Jackson. And if you weren’t there, we wrote about it because we love ya.

Now on to this month’s latest & greatest teen-friendly titles, just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya, starts at 5pm EST)!

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with CARRY ON, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller FANGIRL. It’s earned starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Time Magazine raves, “A brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story… It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside.”
Plus, you can still enter to win a CARRY ON party pack, including a copy of the book!

ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus
A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws. “Recommend to teens who are interested in exploring serious issues, such as suicide and teen alcoholism, or those who prefer their fiction moody and thought-provoking.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (7/21/15)

YA librarians, rejoice! We’ve got new Teen reads for you, just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat! Join us and @earlyword at 5pm EST (hashtag: #ewgcya) to tell us what’s on your TBR pile…and your mind.

ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Two stars for the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy (after ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS), based loosely on Jason and the Argonauts. “This edgy, smart, and challenging title combines mythology, punk rock, science, a quest, feminism, art, dreams and the power of stories and storytelling with unforgettable results. A highly recommended and breathtaking read for sophisticated readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
A July 2015 Indie Next pick! An otherworldly and kinetic story set in a fantastical 18th century starring a young woman who must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. “The real strength of this novel is its stunning worldbuilding, which merges the aesthetic of the Colonial Americas with Márquez-style magical realism…” — Kirkus Reviews

A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim
In her haunting and compelling memoir, Kim recounts her childhood in North Korea and the harrowing 9-year journey that finally led her to South Korea and freedom. “The descriptions of time spent in China, the escape to Mongolia, and subsequent move to South Korea are fascinating and will certainly interest many readers. Both volumes put a human face to an often misunderstood country and will appeal to a wide range of readers.” — Library Journal (co-reviewed with UNDER THE SAME SKY by Joseph Kim)

WHAT WE KNEW by Barbara Stewart
When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren’t so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a stupid legend. Right? “Stewart’s suspenseful creepfest explores the nature of paranoia, the limits of loyalty, the pursuit of vengeance, and the ways that friendships change as young people come of age.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (6/16/15)

Calling all YA librarians! Check out the great new books from Griffin Teen, then join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (NEW hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

DELICATE MONSTERS by Stephanie Kuehn
Two stars for the latest haunting tale from the Morris-Award winning author of CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT. “Award-winning Kuehn is firing on all cylinders with her latest taut psychological thriller. Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist.” — Booklist, starred review

HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. “Stout’s romance credibly examines facing one’s inner turmoil and orchestrating new beginnings.” — Publishers Weekly

A GIRL UNDONE by Catherine Linka (The Girl Called Fearless series #2)
In this sequel and explosive conclusion to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS, Avie Reveare is on the run with deadly government secrets and has been labeled a terrorist. Can she can live up to her name and truly become fearless for the cause or is it better to just give in to her pursuers? “Readers who are fans of dystopian fiction will appreciate the action and suspense that both Avie and Luke have to work through, as well as the rebellious nature that both characters exude.”
VOYA Magazine

WEIGHTLESS by Sarah Bannan
When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School and becomes a golden girl. But after one incident, Carolyn is labeled a slut, and becomes increasingly private and isolated in the wake of gossip and bullying until it’s the last attack she can take. “Bannan’s provocative novel will stay with readers long after they finish it, and should be an especially effective read for teens.” — Publishers Weekly

For high school students looking to get ahead on their test prep, the OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (2016 Edition) will be available later this month. Launching in March 2016, the new SAT has new question formats and content and this guide features 4 official practice tests, strategies, and up-to-date information straight from the team that created the exam. readmoreremove

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