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Teen Talk Tuesday (4/24/2018 Edition)

Happy Tuesday, YA Librarians, and welcome to this month’s edition of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at *2:30pm EST* for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Ages 12 to 18
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

“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 Reviews, starred 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

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS: Valkyrie Book Two by Amanda Hocking
9781250084804
Ages 12 to 18
The adventure and romance continues in the final installment of the new fantasy duology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies—and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she’s never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

“Fans of this fictional world will enjoy seeing more of it—and appreciate that the story’s conclusion leaves the door open for more adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday & CWA Dagger Nomininations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’ve got two terrific mysteries AND great news about CWA Dagger Award nominations!

FALL OF NIGHT by Jonathan Maberry
“Maberry does some of his best writing in this sequel to 2011’s DEAD OF NIGHT. Maberry, no slouch when it comes to action and suspense, seems to have found new energy here, as though he’s been jump-started by the story he’s telling. He still has a lot of books ahead of him, so calling this his masterpiece would be premature, but a case could be made that this is the best—and most terrifying—book he’s written so far.” — Booklist, starred review

DE POTTER’S GRAND TOUR by Joanna Scott
In 1905, a tourist agent and amateur antiques collector named Armand de Potter mysteriously disappeared off the coast of Greece. When his wife is left to piece together his life, she realizes that everything was not as it seemed. “Ardently researched and sporting historic de Potter photographs, this smart, brisk, witty, and provocative novel is alight with vivid descriptions of the de Potters’ travels, and electric with Agatha Christie–like suspense.” — Booklist

Two Macmillan mysteries were shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Dagger awards!

CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year:
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the Year:
APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty

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Friday Reads: Movie & TV Edition

Happy Friday, friends! Check our favorite movie and television adaptations:

Movie Mania!

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool
The terrifying true story of a sixteen-year NYPD veteran investigating demonic possession and exorcism in NYC is now a major Jerry Bruckheimer summer blockbuster film starring Eric Bana and Olivia Munn.

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
The worldwide bestseller was adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
This heartwarming debut novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie with an all-star cast, including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver.

AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
The beloved novel about a woman who travels to a Jane Austen fantasy camp for women to find her perfect gentleman came to life with Keri Russell.

TV Time!

THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
The highly anticipated HBO adaptation of Perrotta’s novel about those left behind after a mysterious Rapture is finally here and stars a sexy Justin Theroux (just look at that jacket!).

THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
There’s not much we need to say about the blockbuster AMC TV series except that viewers might lose their heads if they can’t get their hands on these books in the series:
The Rise of the Governor
The Road to Woodbury
The Fall of the Governor – Part One
The Fall of the Governor – Part Two
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Descent (available Oct. 14, 2014)

HEMLOCK GROVE by Brian McGreevy
Now streaming season 2 on Netflix, HEMLOCK explores the murder of a teenage girl—and werewolves!

Coming Soon!

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL by Susanna Clarke
On sale February 3, 2015
The phenomenal bestselling novel is coming soon as a tie-in edition to the major seven-part BBC TV series costarring Bertie Carvel (Les Miserables) and Eddie Marsan (War Horse).

THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
Lifetime is working on a two-night miniseries starring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, and Rebecca Ferguson based on Diamant’s hugely popular Biblical bestseller.

Bonus!

RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Alan Eisenstock
The true story of two boys whose obsession with Raiders of the Lost Ark resulted in “the mother of all fan movies” (Los Angeles Times). Anne is obsessed with Indiana Jones (have you seen her Twitter handle?) so naturally she had to include RAIDERS!

24: Deadline by James Swallow
Anne is also a huge fan of the TV show 24 and Kiefer Sutherland’s take-no-prisoners operative Jack Bauer. This tie-in novel delves into what happened to CTU agent Bauer after he was framed for murder.

What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!

TxLA 2014 – Thursday events

It's another beautiful day at TxLA! We've got a ton of stuff happening today: new galley giveaways in booth #1438 and the chance to meet authors C.C.Hunter and Jonathan Maberry at the ticketed events listed below. Have fun and we'll see you soon!

Meet C.C. Hunter @ “Texas Teens 4 Libraries (TT4L)”

RebornThursday, April 10th
9:00-9:30am
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market Street
Tickets required*

Hear New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls series and REBORN: Shadow Falls After Dark) deliver the keynote address at the TT4L conference. Free books will be provided to attendees and a signing will follow the speech.

*Tickets are $30. Purchasing information available here

DRC button - REBORN E-galley available on Edelweiss

Texas Tea with YA Authors

Thursday, April 10th
12:00 noon-1:50pm
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market Street
Tickets required*

Join us for the third annual Texas Tea, the premier event for YA literature enthusiasts, featuring several authors including C.C. Hunter (REBORN: Shadow Falls After Dark). Librarians stay put as authors move from table to table sharing stories over tea and pastries.

*Tickets are $30 and must be purchased at the time of registration for annual conference. More information available here.  

Crunch! An Evening with Zombie Authors dinner

Thursday, April 10th
6:30-8:30pm
Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 South Alamo St | Historic Pavilion
Tickets required; however, conference registration is not required to register for this event*

Eat like it's your last meal! Join thrill-seeking colleagues for a night of terrifying tasty dishes and tales at this annual favorite event. Zombie-themed works will leave you hungry for more as authors, including Jonathan Maberry (CODE ZERO) share their brains (metaphorically, of course). Free books will be provided to attendees, and Zombies are welcome.

*Dinner tickets must have been purchased by Friday, March 21 through pre-registration
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Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2014 (booth 1438)

YEEHAW! We'll be in San Antonio in just a few short weeks for the Texas Library Association Annual Conference and we can't wait to see you! Peruse the program early, then join us in the exhibit hall at booth #1438 for some great galley giveaways and also at the events below (all are free unless otherwise noted):

Oh the Horror! Author panel

Code Zero jacketWednesday, April 9th
2:00-4:00pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | 217 CD, concourse level

Zombies, werewolves, demons—oh my! How will the world end? In a zombie apocalypse or volcanic eruption caused by angelic rebellion? Find out at this horror panel featuring several authors including Jonathan Maberry (CODE ZERO), moderated by our friend Ali Fisher!

DRC button - Code Zero
E-galley available on Edelweiss

Meet C.C. Hunter @ “Texas Teens 4 Libraries (TT4L)”

RebornThursday, April 10th
9:00-9:30am
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market Street
Tickets required*

Hear New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls series and REBORN: Shadow Falls After Dark) deliver the keynote address at the TT4L conference. Free books will be provided to attendees and a signing will follow the speech.

*Tickets are $30. Purchasing information available here

DRC button - REBORN E-galley available on Edelweiss

Texas Tea with YA Authors

Thursday, April 10th
12:00 noon-1:50pm
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market Street
Tickets required*

Join us for the third annual Texas Tea, the premier event for YA literature enthusiasts, featuring several authors including C.C. Hunter (REBORN: Shadow Falls After Dark). Librarians stay put as authors move from table to table sharing stories over tea and pastries.

*Tickets are $30 and must be purchased at the time of registration for annual conference. More information available here.  

Crunch! An Evening with Zombie Authors dinner

Thursday, April 10th
6:30-8:30pm
Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 South Alamo St | Historic Pavilion
Tickets required; however, conference registration is not required to register for this event*

Eat like it's your last meal! Join thrill-seeking colleagues for a night of terrifying tasty dishes and tales at this annual favorite event. Zombie-themed works will leave you hungry for more as authors, including Jonathan Maberry (CODE ZERO) share their brains (metaphorically, of course). Free books will be provided to attendees, and Zombies are welcome.

*Dinner tickets must be purchased by Friday, March 21 through pre-registration. RSVP via Facebook

Publishers' Book Buzz

Friday, April 11th
8:00am to 9:50am
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | Room 202 AB, concourse level

Come hear Anne “the sweet teeth” Spieth highlight her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at the very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

If it's your first time in San Antonio, TxLA has put together a neat site with information about shopping, dining, attractions, and transportation.

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Of Love, Zombies, and Time Travel

It's Valentine's Day. Maybe that makes you swoon. Maybe it makes you gag. Maybe you took the day off work to sit by the mailbox. Well, forget "real life"! Today is the perfect day for a little escapist fiction. I advocate that tonight, just for a little while, you crawl in between the covers of a splendid and strange romance. I sure will be. 

I spent the morning browsing Macmillan's shelves for a romantic adventure unlike anything I've known. I narrowed my options down to two books that feature extraordinary love stories that I just don't think I'll ever experience:

Option 1, THE MISTS OF TIME by Susan Squires. 

I couldn't resist this lone title listed under the category Romance > Time Travel. That's right. Tonight I may just be going back in time to the days of King Arthur for a chance encounter with the blush/flush/giggle-worthy knight, Gawain. 

Option 2, HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE edited by Lori Perkins.

This collection of undead romance stories seduced me with its indiscriminate and trans-mortality courtships: zombies crush on humans, humans fall for zombies, and zombies yearn for one another. Obsessive desire! Undying love! Sleepless torments! This is passion at its best. readmoreremove

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