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The authors of LIFER and THIS SHATTERED WORLD talk space, aliens and inspiration

Go behind the scenes with Beck Nicholas, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner in this month's Side by Side!

Erin Hennicke, Film Scout - Part 3

Ever wonder how your favorite books get turned into movies? Film scout Erin Hennicke takes you behind the scenes.

Want To Get an Early Look at Book One in This Thrilling New Dystopian Series?

Enter to be one of 50 readers who can read the book before it's released on February 10th! The deadline for entries is December 1st.

A Moving Debut About a Transgender 12-Year-Old

"I could write down all the flowery, praising adjectives in the dictionary, and it wouldn't be enough to describe how good the book is."

Ring in the Holidays with Eight Great 2014 Titles!

Enter our Holiday Bundle of Cheer contest by December 12th for the chance to win!

Hypnotism and Supernatural Powers Make For a Not-Your-Average Suffragist Tale

It's 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia's father will do anything to squash the rebellion out of her.

Features and Contests

The Ideal Literary Birthday Party

November is the birth month of many famous authors, including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Neil Gaiman. That’s a pretty star-studded list, and would make for the most interesting party! So we ask you: if you could invite one author to celebrate with you on your birthday, who would it be and why? What would the two of you do? Click here to read our Teen Board's answers!

 

 

Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors --- YA Titles

Two panels of booksellers chose the seven best YA titles written by debut authors coming out in the next season. Check them out here, and be sure to add them to your TBR list! 

 

Miami Book Fair 2014

Check out this roundup of the YA and kids authors who will be at the Miami Book Fair this year, from November 16th to November 23rd!

 

YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA selected the 98 best books published for young adults in the last year, and also made a top ten list. Click here to see the top ten, and click here to see the complete list.

Cool & New

Our November roundup includes  the adrenaline-fueled  THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin and UNBROKEN, the new YA adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller, soon to be in theaters.

Side by Side

 

Read our Space Travel Side by Side, featuring Beck Nichols (LIFER) and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (THIS SHATTERED WORLD).

Latest Reviews

Jamey, an alleged high school student from a nearby town, has been pining after Perry from behind the computer screen for some time now. When Perry and her friend, Baby Girl, finally agree to meet Jamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from the shy high school boy they thought he was --- and they’ll do whatever is necessary to protect themselves.

Incommunicado by Randall Beth Platt - Young Adult Fiction

Just about everyone is incommunicado in the small, sleepy Oregon coastal town of Sea Park during winter. Until Pearl Harbor, that is, when it springs to patriotic life. But is Ruby Opal Pearl (a.k.a. Jewels) Stokes the only person to see what’s really happening here? Tommy Kiramoto, the one person in her life who has provided security, shelter, and a smidgeon of respect—and who owns the biggest resort on the coast—is now the cause of the town’s rage. Tommy’s Japanese ancestry makes him the prime target of an angry mob, not to mention he’s also rich, has a shady past, and everyone in town owes him money. As the town's patriotism blossoms into paranoia and turns violent, Jewels has to do something to protect Tommy from internment (or worse), even if that something is going up against the town and the government, not to mention the FBI. Thus begins a twelve-year-old girl’s war within a war.

Close by Erika Raskin - Fiction

Single-mom Kik Marcheson is doing the best she can. But effort doesn't seem to count for much in the parenting department. Her oldest daughter, Doone, is swimming in the deep end of adolescence. Casey, the middle-child slash good-girl is fraying along the edges and Tess, a quirky kindergartner, has installed an imaginary playmate in the family abode. When Doone falls in with the wrong crowd, a TV therapist offers to help. And things do start to look up. But only for a while.

What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch -- live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it's the perfect escape from her own time -- an era she doesn't seem to fit in with. Things get complicated, however, when Amy falls for a 60s teenage boy on the bewitching TV screen. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially while computers constantly bleep any language that might impact the future. Fortunately, Amy acquires a "magic clicker" which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!
The Name of the Blade by Zoë Marriott - Youth Adult Fantasy/Supernatural

When Mio sneaks the family’s katana — a priceless ancestral sword —from her parents’ attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. But the katana is much more than a dusty antique. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. But it also releases Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, from the depths of time. He helps to protect Mio — and steals her heart. With creatures straight out of Japanese myths stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life . . . but the love of a lifetime.

Waterfall by Lauren Kate - Fiction

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Clariel by Garth Nix - Fiction

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel - Young Adult Dystopian
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power. But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy. Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

When some people kill, they are jailed or even executed. When others do, they are celebrated as heroes. Though this example is extreme, it’s just one of many that author and lawyer Teri Kanefield explores in depth. From an examination of what constitutes a crime, why and how we punish people who commit crimes, how the government determines these rules, to how citizens have reacted when they feel laws aren’t fair, this book will challenge young readers’ thinking about law and order, crime and punishment, while giving them specific legal cases to ponder along the way. For ages 12 and up, this examination of the legal system will also include historical photography to help bring each legal case to life.

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley - Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.  But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk. Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.