Teen Talk Thursday (4/21/16 Edition)

Did you see the amazing Maximum Shelf Awareness this week for IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo? Click here to read the inspiring interview with Russo and read the full Max Shelf review, which said, “On the slowly expanding bookshelves of transgender young adult titles, Russo’s affecting novel is poised to join previous pioneers including Julie Anne Peters’s LUNA and Ellen Wittlinger’s PARROTFISH. But you heard it here first: IF I WAS YOUR GIRL could turn out to be the most starry-eyed, satisfyingly sigh-inducing story of them all.”

Now on to the Griffin Teen goodness (and one adult book with YA appeal) hitting shelves this month:

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
Two stars for this lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian folklore about sixteen-year-old Maya, whose world is upheaved when her father arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves. “A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.” — School Library Journal, starred review

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
On an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods, six friends discover a bag filled with thousands of hundred-dollar bills. They agree to leave the bag where it is until it’s safe to use it, but when one of the group members returns to the woods to skim some money to help with a family tragedy, she finds the bag is gone—and so is the trust of six friends with a big secret. “There are jump scares galore, secret identities, and Stine’s patented delicious final line. Stine goes straight for the nose in this one: the sour, putrid odors of decay in the cemetery and elsewhere lend a marvelous creepy flavor in which horror fans will delight.” — Booklist

THE FIRST BOOK OF CALAMITY LEEK by Paula Lichtarowicz
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! A singular, beguiling debut about sixteen girls raised in a Garden on a diet of show tunes and twisted creation myths, who begin to ask questions about the world beyond their Wall of Safekeeping. “Enigmatic… Fans of the offbeat will dote on this sui generis story.” — Booklist

**Our super-cool “Books for Teens Twenty-SixTEEN” double-sided coloring poster is now available! Please e-mail library@macmillanusa.com with your full name and mailing address for a complimentary copy or download yours here.**

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