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Celebrate the Biggest Music Awards Show, YA Style!

YA Authors told us their favorite tunes and we made a playlist out of it! Take a listen, here.

International Bestselling Author Takes on the Greatest Maritime Disaster in History

In 1945, thousands of refugees boarded the Wilhelm Gustloff on the trek to freedom. And then, tragedy struck.

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."

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

Seventeen-year-old honors student Coretta White’s Tumblr,Little White Lies --- her witty thoughts on pretty much…everything --- has gone viral. She’s got hundreds of thousands of followers; she’s even been offered a TV deal. But Coretta has a secret. She hasn’t been writing all her own posts. Stressed from the demands of the sudden attention, she hired an expert ghostwriter, forty-one-year-old Karl Ristoff, to keep the Tumblr going. Now consumed with guilt, she confesses. Almost instantly, she suffers a public humiliation. Then Karl is thrust into the limelight, only to suffer a dramatic fall himself. Together, they vow to find out who is responsible for ruining both of their lives, and why. But in order to exact justice and a wicked revenge, they must first come clean with each other.

England, 1882. When her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes. Evelyn ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. A reclusive young gentleman, Sebastian Braddock, is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true―and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history's most infamous pirate --- Blackbeard --- and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and ultimately set him on his path of destruction.From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach's father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden.

When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. This time-shifting novel follows a narrator as she struggles with sudden grief—and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is.

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within 24 hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, even through the concrete, even in the water.  Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and her girlfriend however she can.

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan - Youth Fiction
Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training, who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.
 
Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that's been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn't helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance --- an underground rebel army --- to help liberate the city's slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati.
As a young girl, Hillary Diane Rodham’s parents told her she could be whatever she wanted --- as long as she was willing to work for it. Hillary took those words and ran. In a life on the front row of modern American history, she has always stood out --- whether she was a teen campaigning for the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, winning recognition in Life magazine for her pointed words as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College, or working on the Richard Nixon impeachment case as a newly minted lawyer.
 
For all her accomplishments, scrutiny and scandal have followed this complex woman since she stepped into the public eye --- from her role as First Lady of Arkansas to First Lady of the United States to becoming the first female U.S. senator from New York to U.S. secretary of state. Despite intense criticism, Hillary has remained committed to public service and dedicated to health-care reform, children's issues and women’s rights. Now, she aspires to a bigger role: her nation's first woman president.

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!