Taking the Scenic Route with the Teen Board
Spring is coming, and (hopefully) bringing with it some beautiful scenery. Setting is important in books too; so many are filled with breathtaking mountains, grand worlds and overall unforgettable imagery. We asked our Teen Board members, “If you could visit one specific place from a book, where would you go and why?” Click here to see their answers! Do you agree?
Indies Introduce Debut Authors Spring 2014 Titles
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) just selected their "Indies Introduce Debut Authors" spring 2014 titles, and we're so excited to share their YA picks with you! All of the books were selected by booksellers and written by brand new authors. Click here to see their 10 choices, and make sure to look out for them in the spring!
YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had Big Plans: They'll tour the world as prima ballerinas and live in a swanky Manhattan apartment (where they'll hang out with their fabulous boyfriends, of course). But when they're cut from the ballet company, their plans for the future evaporate. Zoe can't imagine anything worse happening…until Olivia gets sick. Really sick. Suddenly, not being able to dance is the least of their problems.
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch --- or die.
For months, Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her-and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed prequel novellas --- together in one edition for the first time --- Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery ...
Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins' cave, hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. As Ileni navigates the dangers --- both natural and human --- of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she'll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins' next leader.
One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave.
At the Haven, everything is strictly monitored. The rules must be followed to control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories. But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie and what if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be?
Sixteen-year-old Jackie Howard is devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident. She has no one to turn to except for her mom's best friend Katherine Walter. Jackie quickly discovers that Katherine is no stranger to being a mom-she's got twelve boys! And every single one is a handful…
Adjusting to life with the Walter boys is not going to be easy, especially when two of them start to show an interest that definitely goes beyond brotherly.