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A Literary, Mystical Journey into World War II-Era Poland

Check out ourTWO reviews of this "thought-provoking" and "mesmerizing" tale!

What Would Happen if Women Had Been Allowed to Fight During World War II?

Three daring young women sign up to fight on the front in this beautifully written alternative history.

Check Out the Winners and Honor Books, Here!

Want to know who won the Printz, Morris, Newbery and more? You came to the right place!

The Author of The Darkest Minds Series is Back with Etta, Nick and a Time-Traveling Ship.

"[Passenger] combines the perfect amount of time-travel, romance and character development."

The Empires Will Stop at Nothing to Get Their Hands on a Truthwitch

Click here to read TWO reviews of this high fantasy novel of friendship and adventure by Sarah J. Maas's best friend.

Saki Has Three Days To Reverse a Death Curse in a Japanese Village

A girl learns the value of family, tradition and friendship as she races against the clock in this "atmospheric tale." Read the review, here!

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

 

February Teen Board Question

Since Valentine's Day is in February, we wanted to put our Teen Board members in a romantic state of mind. Therefore, our Teen Board question this month is: if you could go on a date inspired by a YA book, what would you do? See their answers, here, and you might get some (perhaps infeasible...) ideas for the 14th!

Cool & New

Our February roundup includes THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig and SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Septys.

Side by Side

 

Read our Snow White Side by Side, featuring Alex Flinn (MIRRORED) and Donna Jo Napoli (DARK SHIMMER).

Latest Reviews

A lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl named Gwen, who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain and bloodthirsty beasts.  As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.

The Siren by Kiera Cass - Youth Fiction
From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.
 
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human --- a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger...but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. Then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.
 
Only he isn’t sure he wants to.
 
After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.
 
Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it...or let the world --- and his pain --- be destroyed forever.
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman - Youth Fiction
Jade Moon is a Fire Horse, the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams and wants only to find a way to make them come true.
 
Then a young man named Sterling Promise comes to their village to offer Jade Moon and her father a chance to go to America. While Sterling Promise's smooth manners couldn't be more different from her own impulsive nature, Jade Moon falls in love with him on the long voyage. But America in 1923 doesn't want to admit many Chinese, and when they are detained at Angel Island, the "Ellis Island of the West," she discovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams.
It's All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick - Youth Fiction
Up until forty-eight hours ago, seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry had never: Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of her lungs, kidnapped anyone or --- what? Stolen a convertible? 
 
Now she's in jail and has no idea what to tell: The police, her parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter.
 
She blames one person for the entire insane weekend: Her famous cousin.
Who is also her former best friend. Who she has hated for the past four years. Who she also might miss like crazy. It's all your fault, Heller Harrigan!
When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can't even commit suicide right. But for once, a mistake works out well for her, as she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she's never had.
 
But Vicky's newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending her back to the life that drove her to suicide, Vicky must try to find the strength to carry on. She may not have it. She doesn't know.
A collection of twelve original short stories by top authors exploring real issues for real teens.
 
Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking and heartbreaking, I SEE REALITY will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.
World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
 
Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families --- to go to war.
 
These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.
I'm From Nowhere by Suzanne Myers - Youth Fiction
A few weeks into her sophomore year at Ventura High School in California, all that hanging around is about to come to an end for Wren Verlaine. It’s always been just Wren and her mother, Hannah. But when Hannah receives a reporting assignment in Greenland for six months, Wren is shipped off to Hardwick Hall: Hannah’s alma mater back East, which she’s refused to discuss for as long as Wren can remember.
 
Wren tries to befriend her suitemate, Honor, but Honor looks right through her as if she isn’t there. At least Wren finds an escape in hanging out with cute rowers, like the adorably crinkly eyed Nick, or in riding horses, which she discovers she loves. She finds her niche in the campus’s underground music scene with Chazzy, a darkly hilarious fellow musician. But soon clues begin appearing about the darkest secret her mother ever kept and the revelation that follows brings Wren and Honor crashing back together, threatening the lives they’ve started to build.
Other Broken Things by C. Desir - Youth Fiction
Natalie’s not an alcoholic. She doesn’t have a problem. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.
 
Unfortunately, her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.
 
But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life and things start looking up. Joe is funny, he’s smart and he calls her out in a way no one ever has.
 
He’s also older. A lot older.
 
Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming, but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she’s been desperate to forget.