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.
If 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
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature in the attic whose attention comes at a sinister price. “Echoing the surreal quality and settings of David Almond’s books, this novel adeptly mixes fantasy with reality and leaves some pressing questions unanswered.” — Publishers Weekly
UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #3)
The final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark trilogy! When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder—and clear her father’s name—she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to.
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf
In striking, virtuoso graphic style, Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi’s Libya, and Assad’s Syria—but always under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of grandiose dreams for the Arab nation. “Sattouf writes in a fluid prose, beautifully translated by Sam Taylor, that makes THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE engrossing to read.”
— New York Times Book Review
BLANKETS by Craig Thompson
Winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, now available in trade paperback! Thompson’s graphic memoir is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning, first love (and first heartache), faith in crisis, and the process of moving beyond all of that.
BLISS by Shay Mitchell & Michaela Blaney
A fun, sexy novel about following your bliss into wonderful and terrible places, written by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell and her best friend. “Entertaining, unabashedly escapist…” — Booklist