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A Boy, A Girl, An Unmarked Grave and A Mysterious Labyrinth

"A compelling introduction to the sights...and lore of Barcelona, which rightly plays a starring role in this absorbing tale." Read the full review!

Two New Books That Will Inspire You to Lace Up Your Sneakers

Miranda Kenneally and Rachel Toor talk about their most memorable runs, reserach processes and the sports they WISH they were good at.

New School Year = New Books!

Enter our contest and win some great new YA books...it's definitely the best way to start the year.

Win a Signed Copy of the First Book in this Thrilling, Post-Apocalyptic Series

To celebrate the release of CONTAMINATED 2: Mercy Mode, we have a special contest through September 30th!

Meet Annie Philbrick, Owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT

Learn how Annie makes this newly expanded bookstore a Mystic institution in the final part of our REAL TALK interview! 

Features and Contests

The Teen Board Talks Their Must-Read August Books

One more month until you get bogged down by class-assigned reading! We asked our Teen Board members: what book do you definitely plan to read before the school year starts, and why? Click here to read their answers!

 

 

Tribute to Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers, the prolific and award-winning writer of AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY DEAD BROTHER, LOCKDOWN, DARIUS & TWIG and more, passed away on July 1st. Click here to read our tribute.

 

Summer 2014 Indie Next Preview

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) just selected their Summer 2014 Indie Next Preview, which shares some of the best kids and YA titles coming out in the next few months! See the Teen list and the Top Ten list --- which includes YA and children's books --- here

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 August roundup includes the memoir of youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, I AM MALALA, and THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin.

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Kev’s the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he’s dead, he’s not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job --- at the mortuary. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin’s sister as she collects his surprising effects --- and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn’t know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts --- first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It’s an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.

Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn't recovered: Mike's mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be "the man of the family," Mike knows he's missing out on everyday high school life.

Taken by David Massey - Fiction

Six crew members are toughing it out, trying to come together as a team to sail around the world on a grueling challenge for charity. Four are teen military veterans disabled in combat: They're used to being pushed to the limit. But nothing could have prepared them for being kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army. Suddenly, the trip of a lifetime turns into a dark journey into the African jungle. Taken hostage by a notorious warlord and his band of child soldiers, how will Rio, Ash, Marcus, Jen, Charis, and Izzy survive?

Sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, housed in a slaughterhouse staffed by the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor. Wen often hears the whisper of a ghost in the slaughterhouse, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. And after one of the Noor humiliates Wen, the ghost grants an impulsive wish of hers—brutally.

Dimple Lala thought that growing up would give her all the answers, but instead she has more questions than ever. Her boyfriend is distant, her classmates are predictable, and a blue mood has settled around the edges of everything she does. It’s time for a change, and a change is just what Dimple is going to get — of scenery, of cultures, of mind. She thinks she’s heading to Bombay for a family wedding — but really she is plunging into the unexpected, the unmapped, and the uncontrollable.

Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious and politically volatile, the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their provocative paintings, as well as for their deep love for each other. Their marriage was one of the most tumultuous and infamous in history --- filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution and, above all, art that helped define the 20th century. Catherine Reef's dual biography features numerous archival photos and full-color reproductions of both artists' work.

The Swap by Megan Shull - Fiction

 

ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and dad. They’re both ready for a change and they swap lives --- and bodies! Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow- --- Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

Amity by Micol Ostow - Horror/Thriller

Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break. But something is not right about this secluded house. Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

True Earth has returned during a massive snowstorm in Manhattan-and this time they have an army. Rhys, Noble, Sophia, and Peter know they don't stand a chance against the enemy without Miranda. And once they revive her, she's horrified to find her world in flames.

Forrest Shepherd is convinced she's right. About what's best for her brother and his horrible girlfriend, Olivia. About her mother's need for control. Most of all, she thinks she's right about Scott, the first cute guy to hit on her. But on the Shepherds' annual summer vacation, Forrest discovers that her safe world of family and friends is riddled with deception. Her brother, her mother, Olivia, Scott . . . she really doesn't know them at all, and Forrest is left wondering what it means for the most important relationships in her life to be built on lies.

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred. Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally - Contemporary Fiction

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can't escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she's at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.