Happy New Year, YA-lovin’ librarians! We loved seeing so many of you in Boston at ALA Midwinter, where you showed up in full force for Roshani Chokshi (THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN), David Levithan (YOU KNOW ME WELL), Anna-Marie McLemore (THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS) and Ann Jacobus (ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT).
We’ve got two new teen-friendly titles, just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya, starts at 5pm EST)!
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on her best friend Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn—or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed. “Mercedes manages to be both tough and sympathetic, and this look at human connection, female sexuality, and stigma is welcome and well managed.” — Booklist
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura Burns & Melinda Metz
In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sarah Merson’s new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this “school” is something much more sinister. “This mash-up of private-school lit meets mystery novel meets conspiracy theory should keep readers guessing as the horror continues to mount.” — Booklist