Teen Talk Tuesday (1/21/14 Edition)

Teen Talk Tuesday (1/21/14 Edition)

Today we're talkin' teen titles! Please save all OMGs & SQUEEs for today's Early Word YA Galley Chat at 5pm EST (@earlyword, #ewyagc). Only kidding-go nuts if you want! PS: Don’t forget to download our 2014 Books for Teens poster – now with more kittens!

TIMESTORM by Julie Cross (Tempest #3)
The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy.
Also available in the series: TEMPEST (Book 1) and VORTEX (Book 2)

FLAME by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Sky Chasers #3)
In the thrilling conclusion to the Sky Chasers series Waverly, Kieran, and Seth struggle to survive on-board the New Horizon—and take down their enemies before it's too late.
Also available in the series: GLOW (Book 1) and SPARK (Book 2)

STORMBRINGER by Shannon Delany (Weather Witch #2)
In the second book in the Weather Witch series, Jordan Astrea learns of her true powers while in the final stages of her brutal training to become a Conductor—the Weather Witch who serves as a living battery to keep the massive airliner Artemesia aloft.
Also available in the series: Weather Witch (Book 1)

TIDAL by Amanda Hocking (Watersong #3, Trade Paperback edition)
Now available in trade paperback for the first time, this spellbinding third book in the Watersong series has Gemma fighting to break a curse in order to save everything and everyone she holds dear.
Also available in the series: WAKE (Book 1), LULLABY (Book 2) and ELEGY (Book 4)

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Books for Teens 2014: WE [heart] YA Griffin Teen!

Books for Teens 2014: WE [heart] YA Griffin Teen!

Books for Teens 2014 posterCue the confetti cannons and cheerleaders: it's time for our annual list of Young Adult books from St. Martin’s Griffin! 

Before the celebrations begin, make sure that you’re whitelisted on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted. 

If you're already whitelisted, you can find all available Macmillan e-galleys here (please note: you must be logged in and set your search preference to "View titles I may Download or Request." Otherwise, the page will say "No titles met this criteria").

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens titles here.  

Read on for the books!

 

FangirlFANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

A coming-of-age tale of family, first love, and fan fiction from the talented author of ELEANOR & PARK

"Absolutely captivating." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A funny and tender coming-of-age story that’s also the story of a writer finding her voice. [...] Touching and utterly real." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This book will find a wide audience, especially among older fans of Harry Potter." School Library Journal, starred review

"This is an epic writ small; the magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell's incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling, and triumphant relationships."Booklist, starred review

#1 LibraryReads September 2013 Selection
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2013 
Goodreads Best Books of 2013 
School Library Journal Best Books of 2013 
2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection 

TrapTHE TRAP by Andrew Fukuda (The Hunt #3)

In the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy, Gene and Sissy must protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again.

"The Hunt trilogy has lived up to the promise of the first book and delivered shocks and drama with every turn of the page." — Booklist

THE PREY by Andrew Fukuda (The Hunt #2) is now available in Trade Paperback

Social CodeTHE SOCIAL CODE by Sadie Hayes (The Start-Up #1)

The drama of Gossip Girl comes to Silicon Valley when eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory launch their new company and find fame and fortune seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

"Readers will be both engrossed with and appalled by the shifty universe and deliciously soapy momentum created in this thrilling series opener." — Booklist

Next Big ThingTHE NEXT BIG THING by Sadie Hayes (The Start-Up #2)

In the second installment in the Start Up series, Amelia and Adam are riding high on the successful launch of their new company–until they start to disagree about how to sustain the momentum to keep making it in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

 

 

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Our 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association Nominated Titles!

Our 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association Nominated Titles!

Woohoo! We're thrilled that so many of our titles have been nominated by YALSA's prestigious awards and book lists committees! 

Charm & Strange2014 Morris Award Finalist 

CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn 

See all of the nominees for the 2014 Morris Award here.

YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults (NOMINEES)

CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn 
IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell 
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell 

See the full list of Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees here.

YALSA's 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (NOMINEES)

Conflicted: Life During Wartime
THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel
I AM A SEAL TEAM SIX WARRIOR: Memoirs of an American Soldier by Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin 

GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual individuals, and Their Allies
ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE, edited by Tavi Gevinson 

See the full list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults nominees here.

YALSA's 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (NOMINEES)

ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE, edited by Tavi Gevinson
ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY: Heartwarming Stories of Animals Caring for One Another by Lisa Rogak 
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt 
BEFORE I DIE by Candy Chang 

See the full list of Quick Picks nominees here.

YALSA's 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens (NOMINEES) 

THE ODYSSEY by Seymour Chwast
MARBLE SEASON by Gilbert Hernandez 
KITARO by Shigeru Mizuki 

See the full list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominees here.

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Teen Title Tuesday!

Teen Title Tuesday!

Just in time for today's Early Word YA Galley Chat (join us today at 5:00pm EST, hashtag #ewyagc), here are our favorite YA titles out this month:

HORIZON by Alyson Noël
In the final book in the "atmospheric and enjoyable" (Publishers Weekly) Soul Seekers series, Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their fate forever.
Also available in the series: FATED (Book 1), ECHO (Book 2) and MYSTIC (Book 3)

THE TRAP by Andrew Fukuda
In the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy, Gene and Sissy must protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again.
Also available in the series: THE HUNT (Book 1) and THE PREY (Book 2)

THE SEVERED TOWER by J. Barton Mitchell
In the second book in the Conquered Earth series, Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City, accompanying Zoey on her quest to reach the Severed Tower. Their journey is made more dangerous as the group is being pursued by Assembly army, a group of pirates, and Mira's old flame.
Also available in the series: MIDNIGHT CITY

THE IN-BETWEEN by Barbara Stewart
When Elanor’s near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by bold, beautiful Madeline, she finds her life quickly spiraling out of control. "This may be Stewart’s first novel, but she exhibits a practiced skill, keeping events ambiguous enough to have readers guessing throughout... A most intriguing book and debut." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE NEXT BIG THING by Sadie Hayes
In the second installment in the Social Code series, twin college students Amelia and Adam are riding high on the successful launch of their new company–until they start to disagree about how to sustain the momentum to keep making it in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.
Also available in the series: THE SOCIAL CODE

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Vampires + Dystopia + Paranormal = Good Teen Reads!

Vampires + Dystopia + Paranormal = Good Teen Reads!

Can't get enough of vampires, dystopian societies, or paranormal romances? Great! We've got three teen titles that are perfect for you:

REVEALED by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
House of Night fans will be chomping at the bit to get the spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampire series. The action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night's halls.

MIDNIGHT CITY by J. Barton Mitchell
LORD OF THE FLIES meets WAR OF THE WORLDS in Mitchell's breathtaking first book of the Conquered Earth series. Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. They keep humans subservient with a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast—except it doesn't affect anyone under age twenty, which makes children and teens the only resistant group left to fight. "Mitchell's prose debut, the first in a dystopian sci-fantasy series, is an imaginative mix of danger and humor... The action will keep readers turning the pages." — Kirkus Reviews 

DEATH AND THE GIRL HE LOVES by Darynda Jones
In the third book in Jones's young adult series, Lorelei McAllister leaves the sanctity of her hometown for a boarding school in order to save her friends from certain doom. But even there she's being watched and must face the fact that people want her dead. Good thing she's got the handsome Angel of Death and a ragtag group of loyal supporters to help protect her. 

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Books for Teens: Class of 2013

Books for Teens: Class of 2013

Welcome to another year of incredible teen adventures in high school and beyond with St. Martin’s Griffin (cue noisemakers and glitter explosions!!). We're so glad you're here to learn about these forthcoming Young Adult books!

Many of the titles you’re going to read about below are available to download as e-galleys from Edelweiss. Find out how to get whitelisted for all of Macmillan’s available e-galleys here. Once you’re whitelisted you can find all of the currently available St. Martin’s Griffin review copies listed here (please note: if you’re not logged in the page will say "No titles met this criteria"). 

On to the books!

ELEANOR & PARK
rainbow rowell

YALSA has nominated ELEANOR & PARK for their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults AND their 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Lists!

This is the sweet and heartbreaking story of two high school misfits who meet on the bus in an economically-depressed small town and fall in love for the first time.

"Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

"Rowell keeps things surprising." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Purchase for readers who are drawn to quirky love stories or 1980s pop culture." —School Library Journal (starred review)

FANGIRL
rainbow rowell

A coming-of-age tale of family, first love, and fan fiction from the talented author of ELEANOR & PARK (see above).

"Absolutely captivating." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A funny and tender coming-of-age story that’s also the story of a writer finding her voice. [...] Touching and utterly real." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This book will find a wide audience, especially among older fans of Harry Potter." —School Library Journal (starred review)

USES FOR BOYS
erica lorraine scheidt

YALSA has nominated USES FOR BOYS for their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults AND their 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Lists!

In this beautifully written debut novel Anna, a father-less and fiercely independent teenager, drops out of high school and moves into the heart of Portland to become the independent woman she knows she can be.

"Haunting, frank and unputdownable." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[T]his fast-moving book can be devoured in one sitting, but reveals even more upon rereading." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[R]eaders will find themselves emotionally exhausted but hopeful." —Booklist (Starred Review)

IF YOU FIND ME
emily murdoch

YALSA has nominated IF YOU FIND ME for their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list!

14-year-old Carey and her little sister Jenessa are barely surviving out in the backwoods with their drug-addicted mother until the day their estranged father draws them out of the woods into the uncharted territory of a warm home, a large family, friends, school, and more.

“First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity.” —Booklist (starred review)

"[T]he deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"[U]nflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"I LOVED this book. A librarian friend of mine loaned me the ARC and I cannot wait to have several copies for my library! I have so many high schoolers who will be begging to check one out. [...] It is just so real. I cried my way through the last few chapters."     —Kingwood Park High School Librarian Ruth Parrish

"In Carey, Murdoch gives us a strong, kind, moral and complex protagonist whose dedication to her younger sister is particularly heart-wrenching. As Carey acclimates to her new life and grapples with the traces of her old one, she discovers she can still respect who she was in the woods, while also leaving that girl behind." —The New York Times Book Review

NEFERET'S CURSE: A House of Night Novella
p.c. cast + kristin cast

The third installment in the powerful new House of Night Novellas mini-series tells the secret story behind Zoey's most powerful enemy, Neferet, the Tulsa House of Night's darkly seductive High Priestess, who wasn't always a powerful vampyre.

"The fluid, romantic style [...] will delight fans." —Booklist on LENOBIA'S VOW

TIDAL (Watersong #3)
amanda hocking

In the third book of the Watersong series, Gemma's life is in grave danger unless she can break the Siren curse before it's too late. With the help of Harper and Daniel, she'll delve deep into her enemies' mythical past—and their darkest secrets. 

"Amanda Hocking knows how to tell a good story and keep readers coming back for more.  More is exactly what they will be looking for once they’ve turned the last page." —Kirkus Reviews on TORN

YALSA nominated WAKE (Watersong #1) for their 2013 Teens' Top Ten list!

INFERNO (Chronicles of Nick #4)
sherrilyn kenyon

In the fourth novel in the bestselling Chronicles of Nick series Nick has his driver's license and he's not afraid to use it. But while other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is learning to command the elements and battle his enemies.

"[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene." —Publishers Weekly in "When Love Is Strange"

MYSTIC (Soul Seekers #3)
alyson noël

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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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