Articles tagged "Wednesday Books"

Day’s YA – JANE ANONYMOUS

Happy Friday, YA pals!

My last Day’s YA of 2019 is a dark thriller that will keep you awake until 2020.

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13-18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

“Jane” (we don’t know her real name) was kidnapped the summer before her senior year of high school. After seven harrowing months in captivity, Jane escapes and returns to her small, sleepy New England town. In order to heal, Jane writes a book (JANE ANONYMOUS) chronicling the events of her imprisonment.

Alternating between past and present, the “THEN” chapters detail her capture, the psychological torture she endured, her relationship with fellow inmate Mason, and her eventual escape; the “NOW” chapters cover her homecoming and recovery as she learns the truth about what really happened to her during those horrifying seven months.

This haunting thriller was absolutely terrifying. Like, put the book in the freezer and step away from it for a few minutes, terrifying. It’s been months since I read it, and I’m still thinking about Jane.

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2020 Texas Tayshas List

We’re thrilled to have three Macmillan titles on the 2020 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo (in the Top 10!)

SADIE by Courtney Summers

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

The Tayshas Reading List is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 9-12 to explore a variety of current books for recreational reading. Click here to view the full Tayshas list.

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Day’s YA – FOUL IS FAIR

TGIF, YA pals!

“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.”

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
9781250239549
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

Trigger Warning: sexual assault

After Elle is raped on her sixteenth birthday, she devises a foolproof revenge plan. She changes her name to Jade, dyes her hair, transfers to her attackers’ school, and lands in the most sought-after clique (made up of her perpetrators and their cronies). Together with her three best friends, Jade uses her popularity to gain insight into those that hurt her, and the girls use their wits and wiles to take down each guilty boy, one by one.

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Day’s YA – WAYWARD SON

Happy Friday, YA pals!

Who doesn’t love a magical road trip?

WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell
9781250146076
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 14-18

After an exciting final year at Watford School of Magicks, Simon, Baz, and Penny are living in London. Baz and Penny are attending university and Simon is . . . sitting on the couch. Simon may have saved the world, but he’s been seriously bummed since losing his magic and growing a huge pair of red wings and tail. Penny decides that a road trip is just the thing to get Simon’s groove back.

From London to Chicago and across the American West, the group fends off a gang of thirsty vampires, scuffles with a few shotgun-wielding skunk-human hybrids, and races against time to save their pal Agatha. But with their magic on the fritz and their foes close behind, will they be able to save her before the unthinkable happens?

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YALSA Symposium Book Buzz Recap (11/3/19)

Over the weekend, we jetted off to Memphis for a few days of BBQ and books at the YALSA Symposium! If you weren’t able to attend (or need a refresher), here are the books we presented at the Book Buzz on Sunday morning:

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughrean
December 3, 2019
9781250225498
YA Fiction / Historical / Europe
Ages 12 to 18

THE NIGHT COUNTRY | Melissa Albert
January 7, 2020
9781250246073
YA Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Ages 12 to 18

JANE ANONYMOUS | Laurie Faria Stolarz
January 7, 2020
9781250303707
YA Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense
Ages 13 to 18

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Teen Talk (October 2019)

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (#ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Ages 14 – 18

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This dark tale, often reminiscent of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, is both disturbing and uplifting . . . This is a novel that will appeal to those who like dark stories with fairy-tale elements; highly recommended as a book group discussion choice.”
School Library Journal

And don’t miss these new titles from Entangled: Teen, Page Street Kids, and Wattpad Books!
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Fall 2019 Children’s / YA Tri-State Book Buzz (10/17/19)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new YAs from Flatiron and Wednesday Books during the Tri-State Children’s / YA Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here are the goods:

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughrean
December 3, 2019
9781250225498
YA Fiction / Historical / Europe
Ages 12 to 18

THE NIGHT COUNTRY | Melissa Albert
January 7, 2020
9781250246073
YA Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Ages 12 to 18

JANE ANONYMOUS | Laurie Faria Stolarz
January 7, 2020
9781250303707
YA Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense
Ages 13 to 18

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Day’s YA – TWEET CUTE

TGIF, YA pals!

Prepare yourselves for the most adorable YA rom-com EVER!

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available January 21, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

Pepper and Jack (yes, like the cheese) have been quiet rivals since Pepper moved to NYC to attend Jack’s fancy private school. Pepper is top of her class and Jack is the class clown. Pepper is the swim team captain and Jack is a dive team star. Pepper’s family owns Big League Burger, a massive chain, and Jack’s family owns Girl Cheesing, the local deli. Pepper secretly runs the Big League Burger Twitter account and Jack occasionally tweets back from the Girl Cheesing account.

When Girl Cheesing accuses Big League Burger of stealing their top-secret grilled cheese recipe, the two become embroiled (har har) in an all-out Twitter war. But while Pepper and Jack are fighting online, they’re also falling in love via an anonymous app that Jack created. When the Twitter feud goes viral, things get way too personal and the tweets turn mean, but that doesn’t stop the world from shipping the pair. (How can you resist when their ship name is PepperJack??) Will their budding IRL friendship & virtual romance survive the fallout?

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Books for Teens 2020: Something Old, Something New

Welcome to 2020, the year of retellings!

From Macbeth to You’ve Got Mail and everywhere in between, we’ve got retellings galore! And that’s not all! Check out all of our 2020 books for teens below for your fill of adventure, revenge, and romance.

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Winter 2020:

THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert
9781250246073
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling tour de force THE HAZEL WOOD! In THE NIGHT COUNTRY, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors.

“It’s a magnificent creation, laden with wonder and fear impossible to turn away from, that will satisfy fans and grow with readers over time. Literal goose bumps.” —Booklist, starred review

“A must-read for fans of portal fantasies, mysteries, and readers who prefer their magic with bloody sharp edges.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This follow-up to the astonishing THE HAZEL WOOD displays the same lush prose, dizzying imagination, and macabre sensibilities (along with the grisly body count) . . . A necessary read for Hinterland fans—and who isn’t?”
Kirkus Reviews

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Jane was held captive in a room with only a bed, a refrigerator, and an adjoining bathroom for seven months. Now she’s back home and the only thing that makes her feel better is writing about her experience. But will uncovering the truth of what happened break her forever?

“A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read.” —School Library Journal

“Stolarz ups the psychological ante . . . the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome, disturbing . . . this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This engrossing confessional is both heartbreaking and hopeful.” —Booklist

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

From debut author Emma Lord comes a re-imagining of You’ve Got Mail in this heartfelt and hilarious celebration of snarky tweets, first kisses, and an epic social-media battle between straight-A student Pepper and her biggest annoyance, Jack.

“This plugged-in romance will likely be seen as a precursor to the way teen love stories will be told for years to come.” —Booklist

“Readers will fall in love with the main characters, rooting for them to have their meet-cute.” —School Library Journal

“Lord accurately depicts various sides of today’s online culture. Amid all the digital hoopla is an engaging story about family loyalty and pursuing one’s own passions . . . A just-right combination of sweet and cheesy.” —Kirkus Reviews

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores
9781250220448
Available January 28, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Is courage born or is it bred? In this action-packed young adult fantasy, a teen assassin must overcome poverty, violence, and loss because “good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing . . . unless they risk everything.”

“Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories.” —School Library Journal

“An entertaining and action-driven tale of assassins and magic.”
Kirkus Reviews

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
9781250256973
Available February 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The award-winning debut that started it all—now with a gorgeously updated cover (that happens to coordinate perfectly with SADIE) and a new foreword from the New York Times bestselling author herself!

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
9781250239549
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

FOUL IS FAIR is a bloody, thrilling, fantasy retelling of Macbeth in which four girls seek revenge on the boys who have wronged them. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

“If you need a story about a teenage girl to be rooted in ethics when boys and men are allowed moral ambiguity in theirs, then this is not the book for you. But for those who, like Jade, have witnessed and experienced violence against women in its many forms, who are tired of taking the high road, who are seeking catharsis, this book may be exactly what is needed. We’ve been hurt enough, it whispers. Your turn.” —Booklist, starred review

“Capin’s twisty, blood-soaked take on Shakespeare’s play is a propulsive, white-hot juggernaut of vengeance that packs a viscerally satisfying punch.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rhythmic, propulsive prose drives this bloody retelling of Macbeth at a relentless pace all the way to its violent end . . . Intense, implausible, and impossible to put down.” —Kirkus Reviews

THE DYSASTERS: The Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250268778
Available February 25, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In their first graphic novel adaptation, #1 New York Times bestsellers P.C. and Kristin Cast bring us the world of THE DYSASTERS—genetically manipulated teenagers must control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring.

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales
9781250315892
Available March 3, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. Ollie and Will were meant to only be a summer fling, but when they end up attending the same school, will their fling become something more?

“Summer lovin’ gets a Southern twist in this addicting coming-of-age gay romance . . . Poignant, piquant, and not to be missed.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gonzales turns in a witty, smart, credible, and irreverent contemporary romance that handles all these elements skillfully and with heart . . . The power of this fun Grease retelling is that it normalizes the spectrum of sexual orientations. Recommended for all teens.” —School Library Journal

ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
9781250236432
Available March 3, 2020 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 14 to 18

A deliciously inventive re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, ANNA KARENINA​, set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich—perfect for fans of CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Gossip Girl.

“A slow-burn epic tale of love in modern-day Manhattan high society.”
Kirkus Reviews

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Teen Talk (September 2019 Edition)

Hi, YA pals!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (#ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young
9781250168481
Ages 12-18

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols inked on her skin mark her as one who can see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

“Halvard and Tova’s world is described as brutal and beautiful—their personal struggles with identity, fate, and community shine against the minimalistic plot and slowly building tension.” —Kirkus Reviews

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined ed. by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Ages 12-18

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways. Contributors include Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Kendare Blake, Stephanie Kuehn, and many more.

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