Our 2013 YALSA Award Winners!

Our 2013 YALSA Award Winners!

Major congratulations to all of the fine authors and illustrators who were selected for YALSA's various reading lists this year!

Here's a run down of the Macmillan winners:

2013 Alex Award Winners:

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

GIRLCHILD by Tupelo Hassman 

MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan 

See all of the 2013 Alex Award winners here!

YALSA's 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Boarding Schools to Summer Camps: Leaving home to find yourself

MARKED by P.C. & Kristin Cast 

BORN AT MIDNIGHT by C.C. Hunter 

Gowns, Greasepaint, and Guitars: Not the same old song and dance

WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE by Caridad Ferrer 

See the full list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults here!

YALSA's 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

Selected books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (TOP TEN) 

THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda 

BAD BOY by Dream Jordan 

GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan 

I AM A SEAL TEAM SIX WARRIOR by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin 

See the full list of Quick Picks here!

YALSA's Great Graphic Novels 2013:

TRINITY: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

See the full list of Great Graphic Novels here!

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Macmillan Library Selects: Contemporary Teen Titles Coming in 2013

Macmillan Library Selects: Contemporary Teen Titles Coming in 2013

Most of you know by now that Talia and I are very different readers—Talia loves her blood-soaked mysteries and I love my swashbuckling space adventures—so when we both fall in love with the same book we make a big deal out of it. 

Here's the big deal this time: not one, but three exceptional contemporary teen novels are coming out early next year that both Talia and I are incredibly excited about: USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell, and IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch.

Read more on each of these titles below. We truly hope you get the chance to read all three!

USES FOR BOYS
By Erica Lorraine Scheidt
January 2013

This beautifully written debut novel is about Anna, a father-less girl who drops out of high school and moves into the heart of Portland to become the independent woman she knows she can be.

"Readers will be moved as smart, honest Anna learns she can draw on her innate strength to write her own story—one with room for the wounded people she loves. Scheidt’s novel packs a punch; this fast-moving book can be devoured in one sitting, but reveals even more upon rereading." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"By novel’s end, readers will find themselves emotionally exhausted but hopeful. [...] Lots of teens will see themselves in the pages of this beautiful, honest novel." —Booklist (Starred Review)

"Anna is so compellingly flawed and quietly winning that readers won’t quibble. Haunting, frank and unputdownable." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

You can download an e-galley of USES FOR BOYS on Edelweiss (instructions on how to get whitelisted here). UPDATE: This title has been released and is no longer available via Edelweiss.

ELEANOR & PARK
By Rainbow Rowell
February 2013

This is the story of two high school misfits in an economically-depressed small town falling in love for the first time. 

"The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too." —Booklist (starred review)

"Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike"  —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Rowell keeps things surprising, and the solution—imperfect but believable—maintains the novel’s delicate balance of light and dark."  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The friendship between the teens is movingly believable. [...] Purchase for readers who are drawn to quirky love stories or 1980s pop culture." —School Library Journal (starred review)

We will have galleys of ELEANOR & PARK at ALA Midwinter (booth 2435) and you can download an e-galley on Edelweiss (instructions on how to get whitelisted here). UPDATE: This title has been released and is no longer available via Edelweiss.

IF YOU FIND ME 
By Emily Murdoch
March 2013

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa are living in the backwoods with their drug-addicted mother until they are discovered by their estranged father. He draws them into the real world and helps them navigate family, school, clothes and everything else that comes with teenager territory. 

“First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity. [...] exposing child abuse, sexual abuse, and drug abuse for the terror they are, she validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it.” —Booklist (starred review)

"Murdoch’s debut is beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

We will have galleys of IF YOU FIND ME at ALA Midwinter (booth 2435).

UPDATE: School Library Journal featured the IF YOU FIND ME and ELEANOR & PARK jackets at the front of the "Grades 5 & Up" section of their February issue:

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Children’s and Teen Librarians Tri-State Book Buzz!

Children’s and Teen Librarians Tri-State Book Buzz!

We had a great time talking about forthcoming titles this morning with Children's and Teen Librarians from all over the tri-state area!

AAP YA Book Buzz 2012

Here's a refresher for attendees (and a first look for those who couldn't make it) at the excellent St. Martin's Griffin titles coming in Winter 2013:

Contemporary:

IF YOU FIND ME | Emily Murdoch

ELEANOR & PARK | Rainbow Rowell

USES FOR BOYS | Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Paranormal:

THE HAVEN | Carol Lynch Williams

TIDAL (Watersong #3) | Amanda Hocking

OVERRIDE (Glitch #2) | Heather Anastasiu

DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION (#2) | Darynda Jones 

TEMPEST (Tempest #1) | Julie Cross

VORTEX (Tempest #2) | Julie Cross 

THE HUNT (Hunt #1) | Andrew Fukuda 

THE PREY (Hunt #2) | Andrew Fukuda

INFERNO (Chronicles of Nick #4) | Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Boston Book Buzz: For Teens!

Boston Book Buzz: For Teens!

The Boston Book Buzz is currently underway!

For those of us following along at home check out the hastag #bostonbookbuzz and I've listed below all of the teen titles that Talia will be presenting (see her slide show here)!

FIERCE READS

STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth

OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks

MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

Also see: FierceReads.com

MORE TITLES FOR TEENS

WAKE by Amanda Hocking

BENEATH THE GLITTER by Elle & Blair Fowler

WHISPERS AT MOONRISE by C.C. Hunter

ECHO by Alyson Noel

DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Darynda Jones

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

SPARK and GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan

GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu

THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda

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Books for Teens: Class of 2012!

Books for Teens: Class of 2012!

Books for Teens class of 2012 yearbook page

Click here for a printable PDF of the above flier!

Welcome to our list of featured teen titles for 2012.

Here you'll meet time-travelers, trolls, and sirens. You'll trek through deep space, uncover dangerous secrets, and hunt down demons. You'll learn to ride a horse and raise the dead.

Your heart will be broken, you will find courage when there's little hope, and you will come to know your true self.

Join us on a new adventure!

Amanda Hocking is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age and we are delighted she has joined us at Macmillan! Over the next year you'll see two exciting series from Hocking: the USA Today bestselling Trylle series, which has already been optioned for film, and the never-before-published Watersong series. Each of the Trylle novels will also contain all-new, never-before-seen short stories set in the magical world of the Trylle!

SWITCHED

SWITCHED

Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00631-8 | January 2012 | Trylle Series #1

A couple things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife.

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed--a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

Read the first pages of SWITCHED on Facebook now!

TORN

Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00632-5 | February 2012 | Trylle Series #2

Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but now she's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is going to lead.

This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

"Fans of the series will enjoy watching on as Wendy continues to wrestle with issues of belonging, particularly when both the Trylle and the Vittra claim her as their chosen one." -Kirkus Reviews

ASCEND

Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00633-2 | April 2012 | Trylle Series #3

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “Ever After,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

"Hocking sure knows how to bring it." -Kirkus Reviews

WAKE

Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00812-1 | August 2012 | Watersong #1

Nominated for YALSA's 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

Even over the sea, Thea could smell the blood on her. When she breathed in, it filled her with a familiar hunger that haunted her dreams.

Gemma Fisher lives an ordinary life in the quiet seaside town of Capri, but when three beautiful girls arrive and mesmerize her friends and neighbors everything changes. After a chance encounter with the girls, Gemma wakes up alone on the beach with no memory of what occurred. Now Gemma has powers she can’t control, she’s growing more beautiful, and she has a strange effect on men that makes them unable to resist her—especially her voice. Soon she must make a decision: keep the life she no longer fits into or follow the call of the Watersong into a world brimming with dark beauty and secrets.

LULLABY

Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00565-6 | November 2012 | Watersong #2

The enchanting second book in the Watersong series following the adventures in WAKE. Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of magical girls everything changes.

TEMPEST

Julie Cross
HC: 978-0-312-56889-4 | January 2012 | Tempest Trilogy #1
TP: 978-1-250-01120-6 | December 2012

Okay, so it's true. I can time-travel. But it's not as exciting as it sounds.

Jackson Meyer spends most of his time in 2009, but he can travel back through time. It’s not like the movies--nothing changes, there are no space-time-continuum issues--it’s just harmless fun. That is until dangerous strangers arrive at his dorm and shoot his girlfriend. In his panic, Jackson jumps to 2007, but this time he can't get back. Now he must find a way to return to 2009 and save the girl he loves.

Film rights for TEMPEST have already been optioned by Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight movies!

"With standout and welcome details and a fresh plot, Tempest is an amazing book." —Claire V., 13 for School Library Journal's Book Reviews by Young Adults

"It is equal parts adventure, romance, science fiction and touching family drama; readers will turn the last page and find themselves wishing they could 'jump' to the future and read the sequel." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Watch the book trailer for TEMPEST here and read the short story prequel on Facebook now!

GlowGLOW

Amy Kathleen Ryan
HC: 978-0-312-59056-7 | September 2011 | Sky Chasers #1
TP: 978-1-250-00783-4 | July 2012

Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!

The other ship hung in the sky like a pendant, silver in the ether light cast by the nebula. Waverly and Kieran, lying together on their mattress of hay bales, took turns peering at it through a spyglass. 

This 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults-nominated title will take your teens into deep space. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived on the space ship Empyrean, 15-year-old Waverly and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. But a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship will change everything. Waverly and Kieran are separated and each find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions.

School Library Journal gave GLOW a starred review and Booklist said, "Fans of the Hunger Games series will zip through and clamor for the next installment."

Watch the book trailer for GLOW here. [...]

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