Articles tagged "YA"
It’s time for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya, starting now/4pm EST)! Before you tell us about your must-read YA books, we’ve got some news & resources for you:
Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL is the #1 pick on the Spring 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List! Also on the list? A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi. School Library Journal also gave a sneak peek at their must-read titles for Spring 2017, including three of our books.
There’s still time to sign up for the following events:
Booklist‘s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar on Tuesday, February 28
AAP Children’s & YA Tri-State Book Buzz on Wednesday, March 1 in NYC
School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog on Wednesday, May 31 in NYC
If you can’t attend any of those events, it’s OK—we’ll post the titles we discussed on the blog after they happen.
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Ages 12 to 18
Set at the turn of the 19th century, this richly imagined debut coming-of-age story spins a spellbinding tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST as a young woman searches for her sister who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. “There are plenty of nods to Labyrinth, but atmospherically, this first novel is most similar to another debut: Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY. …this is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist, starred review
NEIL GAIMAN’S MR. HERO COMPLETE COMICS VOL. 2 by James Vance, illustrated by Ted Slampyak
Also available in trade paperback. The Mr. Hero saga concludes as Jennifer Hale finally uncovers the mysterious past of the Newmatic Man! readmoreremove
We just couldn’t wait until next #ewgcya to share some great YA news with y’all. First, School Library Journal presented an exclusive sneak peek at their most anticipated Spring 2017 titles, including:
THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger
A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. They start to fall—hard—as the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell
When her favorite teacher Miss Sweeney doesn’t show up to class, Flannery knows something is wrong.
Click here to download the full SLJ Sneak Peek guide.
Next, Sara Lovestam’s WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS has two starred reviews!
“Empathy, identity, and the transformative power of music bind this tale of an atypical friendship between a teenage outcast and a jazz musician. There’s a an easy, languid flow to Lovestam’s omniscient third-person storytelling as different characters take the spotlight, but the author doesn’t soft-pedal mortality, Alzheimer’s, or Steffi’s bullies—Steffi’s self-control is all the more courageous in the face of their genuine cruelty.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove
Calling all Young Adult & Teen Services librarians! Sign up now for Booklist‘s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00pm Central.
Anne Spieth will give you a sneak peek of the best forthcoming titles from Griffin Teen, Flatiron YA, and (NEW!) Wednesday Books.
Click here to RSVP. See you there!
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
To 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
Last year, Marie Marquardt leapt onto the YA scene with her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Her second YA novel, THE RADIUS OF US, explores the American dream again, but this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens who find healing in love.
Marie Marquardt has a message for librarians, but first, we’re offering complimentary advance readers copies of THE RADIUS OF US to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).
To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Radius of Us) and don’t forget to include your library’s mailing address.
Take it away, Marie!
Dear YA Librarian,
I am thrilled to write to you about my new young adult novel, THE RADIUS OF US, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 17, 2017. As a story featuring immigrants and asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the United States, this book addresses timely and important themes, and I hope you’ll be willing to tell your young patrons about it.
I’ve spent two decades working with Latin American immigrant families in the South. I also run a non-profit called El Refugio that serves immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. This work inspired my debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, which was published in 2015. To research THE RADIUS OF US, I traveled to El Salvador and to detention facilities across the U.S., where I met with teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum.
Told in alternating first person points of view, THE RADIUS OF US is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It’s about a boy from El Salvador, who ran from a city torn-through with violence, looking for a safe place to call home. It’s about an American girl who no longer feels safe anywhere, except maybe when she’s with him. And most importantly, THE RADIUS OF US is about two people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love.
I’m especially enthusiastic to share this story with librarians and library patrons, because for thirty-three years, libraries have been my refuge, and librarians have been the ones that welcomed me in. readmoreremove
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
Booklist‘s recent Spotlight on First Novels revealed several favorite Macmillan debuts:
Top 10 First Novels: 2016* (full list)
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
Griffin follows the relationship between two gay men living on the fringes of society, in constant fear of being found out, through the decades, recalling in flashbacks how they met and stayed together, and capturing the quotidian moments of life.
Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2016* (full list)
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
Anna, 15, escapes upheaval at home by spending the summer with her half-sister, Delia, in L.A., where Anna becomes involved in a project about Charles Manson that helps her comes to terms with her family and herself.
Top 10 First Novels on Audio: 2016* (full list)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler, read by Ari Fliakos
Myths, mermaids, tarot cards, and a family curse flow together in this tale of a librarian who receives an unsolicited package that opens up the secrets of his family history. Fliakos captures character and tone in this splendidly performed tale.
THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin, read by Susan Bennett and David Pittu
Guskin’s debut intertwines two imaginative stories: a preschooler continually asks for his “other mother,” and a psychiatrist studies reincarnation in young children. Pitch-perfect performances from Bennett and Pittu add drama and emotion to the complex story.
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily on her real-life experiences as a transgender woman in this powerful coming-of-age novel. Mounts’ moving performance perfectly depicts teenage Amanda’s struggles to find love, acceptance, and safety.
*Titles included were reviewed between October 15, 2015 and October 1, 2016.