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Rick Yancey Concludes his High-Stakes Sci-Fi Series with THE LAST STAR

In THE LAST STAR, Cassie, Zombie, Ringer, Evan and even young Nugget must make their final bid for humanity in a stunning conclusion.

Read Our Interview with Authors Hannah Moscowitz and Kat Helgeson

In GENA/FINN, two fangirls form a powerful bond through blog posts, emails and texts. But can their relationship last IRL?

Kimberly McCreight Introduces a Fast-Paced New Trilogy with THE OUTLIERS

When Cassie disappears, her best friend, Wylie, must join forces with Cassie's boyfriend to decipher some mysterious text messages.

Teresa Toten Grips Readers with Chilling Twists in BEWARE THAT GIRL

When a new teacher threatens scholarship student Kate's friendship with mega-wealthy Olivia, the manipulator becomes the manipulated.

Shari Goldhagen's 100 DAYS OF CAKE is a Sweet, Poignant Summer Read

Molly Bryne's struggle with depression is no secret to her peers, but in this smart, realistic tale, she finds something worth fighting for.

John Corey Whaley's HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR Tackles a Serious Topic with Ease

When ambitious Lisa makes it her goal to help agoraphobic Solomon, friendship ensues! But will Lisa's lies risk their progress?

Features and Contests

ALA Best of Lists

YALSA recently announced some of their "best of" lists! Check them out here, along with the books they feature!
2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults 
2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

 

May Teen Board Question
Last month, our Teen Board Members had the exciting opportunity to read and comment on copies of YOU GOT THIS!, an inspiring debut from 16-year-old CEO Maya Penn. Maya started her company, Maya's Ideas, when she was only eight and has continued to thrive ever since. An expert at identifying her ideas and turning them into functional plans, Maya writes in the hopes that teens will learn to identify their unique creative identities and use them to make their dreams come true. Click here to see what our Teen Board Members had to say about Maya's motivating book.

Cool & New

Our May roundup includes EXILE FOR DREAMER by Kathleen Baldwin, QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes, and INVISIBLE FAULT LINES by Kristen-Paige Madonia.

New in Paperback

 

In paperback titles this month we have A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas, WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES by Susin Nielsen, and SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega.

Latest Reviews

In the finale of the 5th Wave series, Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves...or saving what makes us human.

Even If the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia - Young Adult Fiction

In a moment of daring, Julie runs away, straight into the chaos of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade --- and instantly connects with Miles, an utterly irresistible musician with a complicated story of his own. Together Julie and Miles decide to forget their problems and live this one night in the here and now. Wandering the night, they dance on roofs, indulge in beignets, share secrets and ghost stories under the stars, and fall in love. But when a Category Two hurricane changes course and heads straight for NOLA, their adventure takes an unexpected turn. And, suddenly, pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

Finding Fraser by KC Dyer - Fiction
On the cusp of thirty, Emma Sheridan is desperately in need of a change. After a string of failed relationships, she can admit that no man has ever lived up to her idea of perfection. Her ideal man might be ripped from the pages of a book, but Emma hopes that by making one life-altering decision she might be able to turn fiction into fact. After selling all her worldly possessions, Emma takes off for Scotland with nothing but her burgeoning travel blog to confide in. But as she scours the country’s rolling green hills and crumbling castles, Emma discovers that in searching for her own Jamie Fraser, she just might find herself.

Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences --- Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend --- the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction.

Kate O’Brien's whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of, but she's determined to change that.  As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already befriended the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he becomes especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal --- and can’t afford to ignore.

In 1906, San Francisco, 15-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover t hat getting in was the easiest part. On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Magic can do a lot --- give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a 16-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though --- and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie always has a plan. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all --- working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Her friends Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care --- she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other --- or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry - Mystery/Thriller

When Olivia's mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward 14 years. New evidence now proves Olivia's father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there's a killer still at large. It's up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake - Young Adult Fiction

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She's trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won't let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely. Desperate for his forgiveness, she's telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She's hoping that love-love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself-can save both of them after all.

After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it and know where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention. In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite. But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. 

THE CROWN'S GAME is a thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia about two teenagers who must compete for the right to become the Imperial Enchanter --- or die in the process.