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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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Kirkus’s 30 Most Anticipated YA Books for Fall

Check out Kirkus‘s most anticipated YA for Fall, featuring three titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA!

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler

A haunting collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, retold by some of your favorite contemporary YA authors.

Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett

Girls are banished for their sixteenth year to release their magic into the wild and return home purified and ready for marriage, but not all of them will make it home alive.

“[Liggett’s] immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Day’s YA – THE GRACE YEAR

Happy Friday, YA pals!

You won’t be able to put down this chilling feminist dystopian.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Available October 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18
E-galley available to download on Edelweiss

Tierney James grew up in Garner County where young women are rumored to possess mysterious magic enabling them to manipulate and seduce men. To combat this, Garner County banishes them to the forest for their sixteenth year. During their Grace Year, the young women are tasked with ridding themselves of these powers so they can return cleansed and ready to be claimed for marriage.

But some won’t make it back and those who do are scarred for life and sworn to secrecy.

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Teen Talk (Summer 2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from this summer, 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!

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
9781250216533
Ages 14 to 18

In this sequel to I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU, long distance BFFs Ava and Gen have finally made it to the same time zone (although they’re still over a thousand miles apart). Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, but always relatable conversations, Ava and Gen are each other’s support systems through internships, relationship troubles, questionable roommates, undercover reporting, and whether or not it’s a good idea to take in a feral cat.

“This sequel packs a punch as Ava and Gen help each other navigate a gaslighting boyfriend (also Ava’s boss), an STI, Gen’s brave exposé on a homeless shelter’s treatment of LGBTQ folks, and an adopted, pregnant feral cat. Ava and Gen’s supportive, unconditional friendship is the star of this series.” —Booklist

THE LAST HOPE by Krista & Becca Ritchie
9781250128737
Ages 12 to 18

In this sequel to the YA sci-fi romance, THE RAGING ONES, Franny, Court, and Mykal have just discovered that they are human and must come to terms with that fact while locked up in prison on their enemy’s starcraft. As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new.

“Romance, intrigue, and deep worldbuilding make every page thrum with life . . . Tightly plotted and brimming with heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

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THE GRACE YEAR and THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK make the Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List was announced and includes THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (in the Top Ten!) and THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young!

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
Available October 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books

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

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Day’s YA – THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

Ready for the Norse Viking book of your dreams?

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young
9781250168481
Available September 3, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Adrienne Young’s debut and 2019 BFYA pick, SKY IN THE DEEP, was among my favorite 2018 reads. I know I’m not allowed to have favorites…but COME ON. It was AMAZING! But now it’s 2019… Enter: Young’s latest epic adventure, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK.

This standalone companion novel stars Tova, a Truthtongue (she can see the future) who washed up on the shores of the Svell clan as a child, and Halvard (remember the young boy in SKY IN THE DEEP?), who is about to become the opposing clan’s leader.

As the chapters alternate between Tova and Halvard, the conflict between their clans escalates. And although the Svell rely on Tova’s ability to see the future, her visions are not always well-received and she is blamed for their misfortune. As the battle rages, Tova must decide if she is indeed a Svell, or if she will finally find her true home elsewhere.

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Day’s YA – THE LAST HOPE

Happy Friday, YA pals!

Sci-fi, romance, interplanetary travel. What more could you want on a Friday?

THE LAST HOPE by Krista and Becca Ritchie
9781250128737
Available August 13, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

THE LAST HOPE is the thrilling conclusion to the duology that began with THE RAGING ONES. If you need a refresher on the first book, here ya go!

The last time we saw Franny, Mykal, and Court, they were trapped on an enemy starcraft and [SPOILER ALERT] had just found out that they were humans. THE LAST HOPE picks up shortly thereafter as our trio embarks on a dangerous mission to save humanity.

Franny, Mykal and Court are still sharing feelings—both emotional and physical—but don’t understand why or how. In exchange for information about their bond, they agree to help mysterious stranger Stork Kickfall in finding an elusive baby they’ve only ever read about. According to the legend, this baby has the ability to cloak and teleport entire planets. If they succeed in finding her, she will hide Earth from its enemies and stop the war. If they fail, humanity will disappear. NO PRESSURE.

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Booklist’s Fall YA Announcements 2019 Webinar

Did you miss out on Booklist‘s Fall YA Announcements webinar? Fear not! Here are all of the titles we mentioned, and the archived webinar will be available here.

HIS HIDEOUS HEART edited by Dahlia Adler

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Geraldine McCaughrean

THE NIGHT COUNTRY by Melissa Albert

ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young

WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin

THE SILVERED SERPENTS by Roshani Chokshi

THE RAGE OF STORMS by P.C. Cast

THE DYSASTERS: Volume 1 by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

Day’s YA – HIS HIDEOUS HEART

Got the mid-summer reading doldrums? EXCELLENT. Allow me to introduce you to thirteen dark and creepy tales guaranteed to pull you out of that funk…

HIS HIDEOUS HEART ed. by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Available September 10, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

HIS HIDEOUS HEART is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s eeriest tales, reimagined by your favorite Young Adult authors, including Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Rin Chupeco, Kendare Blake, and Tessa Gratton, among others.

My favorite stories are…

Tiffany D. Jackson’s “It’s Carnival!” (“The Cask of Amontillado”), in which Cindy seeks revenge on Darrell (after enduring years of harassment) during Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Carnival.

Lamar Giles’ “The Oval Filter” (“The Oval Portrait”) is the unsettling story of Tariq’s dead ex-girlfriend who is haunting his phone while also leading him to her killer.

amanda lovelace’s “The Raven (Remix)” is an enchanting blackout poetry version of Poe’s THE RAVEN, in which large portions of the original text are blacked out to reveal lovelace’s poem underneath.

Stephanie Kuehn’s “Happy Days, Sweetheart” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), my favorite, is the brutal story of a girl who would do anything to be the best . . . but will her guilt be her downfall?

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Day’s YA – FINALE

Welcome, welcome to the last Day’s YA from New York City’s Flatiron Building!

We are saying goodbye to our beloved and historic digs, so it seemed appropriate that I share Stephanie Garber’s final chapter in her award-winning and bestselling Caraval series.

FINALE by Stephanie Garber
9781250157669
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 13 to 18

Stephanie Garber introduced readers to the enchanting and magical world of Caraval back in January 2017. In FINALE, Garber bids farewell to sisters Scarlett and Tella—the duo we eagerly followed as they learned about love, loss, trust, and fate. In this epic conclusion, major secrets are revealed—both about the sisters and their mother—that might have earth-shattering consequences.

Stephanie Garber has created an absolutely stunning conclusion to the Caraval Trilogy. Between the spectacular world, the enchanting cast of characters, and the astonishingly high stakes, good luck catching your breath! Because the story is told by both Scarlett and Tella, we are offered insight into their individual motivations—something we hadn’t experienced in earlier books.

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