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Books for Teens 2020: Something Old, Something New

Welcome to 2020, the year of retellings!

From Macbeth to You’ve Got Mail and everywhere in between, we’ve got retellings galore! And that’s not all! Check out all of our 2020 books for teens below for your fill of adventure, revenge, and romance.

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Winter 2020:

THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert
9781250246073
Available January 7, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling tour de force THE HAZEL WOOD! In THE NIGHT COUNTRY, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors.

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Jane was held captive in a room with only a bed, a refrigerator, and an adjoining bathroom for seven months. Now she’s back home and the only thing that makes her feel better is writing about her experience. But will uncovering the truth of what happened break her forever?

“Stolarz ups the psychological ante . . . the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome, disturbing . . . this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available January 21, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Day’s YA review
From debut author Emma Lord comes a re-imagining of You’ve Got Mail in this heartfelt and hilarious celebration of snarky tweets, first kisses, and an epic social-media battle between straight-A student Pepper and her biggest annoyance, Jack.

“Lord accurately depicts various sides of today’s online culture. Amid all the digital hoopla is an engaging story about family loyalty and pursuing one’s own passions . . . A just-right combination of sweet and cheesy.” —Kirkus Reviews

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores
9781250220448
Available January 28, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Is courage born or is it bred? In this action-packed young adult fantasy, a teen assassin must overcome poverty, violence, and loss because “good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing . . . unless they risk everything.”

“Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories.” —School Library Journal

THE SILVERED SERPENTS by Roshani Chokshi
9781250144577
Available February 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, THE GILDED WOLVES, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi will be available in trade paperback on February 4, 2020.

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
9781250256973
Available February 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The award-winning debut that started it all—now with a gorgeously updated cover (that happens to coordinate perfectly with SADIE) and a new foreword from the New York Times bestselling author herself!

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
9781250239549
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

FOUL IS FAIR is a bloody, thrilling, fantasy retelling of Macbeth in which four girls seek revenge on the boys who have wronged them. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

THE DYSASTERS: The Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250268778
Available February 25, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In their first graphic novel adaptation, #1 New York Times bestsellers P.C. and Kristin Cast bring us the world of THE DYSASTERS—genetically manipulated teenagers must control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring.

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales
9781250315892
Available March 3, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. Ollie and Will were meant to only be a summer fling, but when they end up attending the same school, will their fling become something more?

ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
9781250236432
Available March 3, 2020 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 14 to 18

A deliciously inventive re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, ANNA KARENINA​, set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich—perfect for fans of CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Gossip Girl.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza will be available in trade paperback on March 20, 2020.

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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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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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Our 2019 YALSA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for ALA / YALSA’s various reading lists this year!

2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SADIE by Courtney Summers
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
FRANKIE by Shivaun Plozza

See the full 2019 BFYA list here

2019 Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
SADIE by Courtney Summers

See the full 2019 Amelia Bloomer list here

2019 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questions content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson

See the full 2019 Rainbow Book List here

2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the top 10!)

See the full 2019 Quick Picks list here

2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
THE STRANGE by Jérôme Ruillier

See the full 2019 GGNT list here

2019 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
SADIE by Courtney Summers (in the top 10!)
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

See the full 2019 Amazing Audiobooks list here

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YA E-Galley Recommendations

First, if you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) for Macmillan’s e-galleys on Edelweiss, DO IT! Then download and read these fresh, forthcoming YA and YA-okay titles:

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
IN ANOTHER LIFE by C.C. Hunter
YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

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Philly Book Buzz Highlights (12/14/2018)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new and forthcoming YA titles during the Philadelphia Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a list of the titles we presented. You can also download our handout here.

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan

FINALE: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber

COURT OF LIONS: A Mirage Novel by Somaiya Daud

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn + Allison Raskin

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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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A “Day’s YA” Sweepstakes!!

What a year!

Emily has been reviewing her favorite YA titles over on Day’s YA for ONE YEAR, and to celebrate, we’re giving away the entire collection of books she’s reviewed to one lucky librarian!

To enter, head to our Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) and find the below photo. (You can also click on the photo below to be taken directly there.) Once you’re there, you’ll find all of the information on how to enter!

Titles included in the sweepstakes:
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert; hardcover
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young; hardcover
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin; hardcover
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough; trade paperback
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson; trade paperback
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber; hardcover
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf; hardcover
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner; hardcover
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust; hardcover
CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae; hardcover
I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain; hardcover
THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter; hardcover
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell; hardcover
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell; hardcover
THE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie; hardcover
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber; hardcover
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud; hardcover
SADIE by Courtney Summers; hardcover
I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz; hardcover
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith; hardcover
FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt; hardcover
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin; hardcover
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert; hardcover (PoB)
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam; hardcover
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais; ARC
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell; hardcover readmoreremove

Fall 2018 Children’s / YA Tri-State Book Buzz Titles

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new YAs from Flatiron and Wednesday Books during the Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here are the goods:

THE GILDED WOLVES | Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | 1/15/19 | Ages 12 to 18
ENCHANTÉE | Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | 2/5/19 | Ages 12 to 18
WICKED SAINTS | Emily A. Duncan | 9781250195661 | 4/2/19 | Ages 13 to 18
THE DYSASTERS | P.C. & Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | 2/26/19 | Ages 12 to 18
IN PARIS WITH YOU | Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | 1/8/19 | Ages 14 to 18
YOU’D BE MINE | Erin Hahn | 9781250192882 | 4/2/19 | Ages 14 to 18
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE | Shea C. Megale | 9781250190499 | 5/7/19 | Ages 14 and up
BIRTHDAY | Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | 5/21/19 | Ages 12 and up
PLEASE SEND HELP | Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | 9781250216533 | 7/16/19 | Ages 14 to 19
FINALE | Stephanie Garber | 9781250157669 | 5/7/19 | Ages 13 to 18
COURT OF LIONS | Somaiya Daud | 9781250126450 | 8/27/19 | Ages 12 to 18

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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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