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Amber Lough and Lindsay Ribar Talk Wishes

The authors of THE FIRE WISH and THE FOURTH WISH tell us what they'd wish for and what magical creature they'd be

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

Learn how Annie makes this newly expanded bookstore a Mystic institution in Part 2 of this interview! 

Why are the Girls at St. Joan's Academy Suddenly Falling Ill?

When a group of high school friends get a mysterious sickness, only Colleen remembers the witch trials that taint her town's history.

Remembering One of the Most Prolific Writers in Children's Literature

From HOOPS to DARIUS & TWIG, Walter Dean Myers has made us think, laugh, cry and expand our minds

What If Your Last Kiss Was With the Wrong Person?

Can Cassidy's spirit figure out the events surrounding her untimely death --- and why her last kiss was with someone besides her boyfriend?

Your Summer Vacation Just Got a Whole Lot Better

Want to win a tote bag full of 11 books that are perfect for the sand, surf and sun? We thought so. Enter our contest before August 1st!

Features and Contests

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.

 

 

Beach Bag Contenst!

What's better than going to the beach? Reading a tote bag full of free, awesome YA books at the beach! Click here to enter our Beach Bag of Books contest! 

 

The Teen Board Talks Summer Reading

July is here, meaning that summer reading mode is in full swing! Therefore, we asked our Teen Board members to tell us about a book they associate with summer, or a favorite summer reading memory. Read their answers here!

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 July roundup includes SINNER BY Maggie Stiefvater, the highly anticipated third volume of the Shiver trilogy, and THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang.

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Latest Reviews

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang - Graphic novel
The Green Turtle solves crimes and fIghts injustice just like other superheros. But this mysterious masked crusader is hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian-American superhero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has finally revived this character in THE SHADOW HERO, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.”

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones - Young Adult Science Fiction
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't? The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against he government that could cost them their lives.
Growing up on Forge's streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that's not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.
 
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own and she's not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he is persistent --- and darkly attractive --- and Kyra can't quite resist his pull.
The Fever by Megan Abbott - Psychological Thriller

The Nash family is close-knit. However, their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy—or as healing—as it seems.  

Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dress is even tougher.

Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dress, life gets complicated.

Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this book brings to life the brave and often surprising exploits of 16 fascinating women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn’t even have the right to vote. 

On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she's missed bits and pieces of her life. Now she's figuring out why. Now she's remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led . . . and the love that she can't let go.

Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust, a complicated business empire run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller's success.

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith - Graphic Novel

"A sword untried is a sword untested," says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord. When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.

One girl. One chance. One destiny.
 
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society --- Elite, Member, Inter or Trog --- but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
 
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?

A profile of 16 courageous women, REPORTING UNDER FIRE  tells the story of journalists who risked their lives to bring back scoops from the front lines. Each woman—including Sigrid Schultz, who broadcast news via radio from Berlin on the eve of the Second World War; Margaret Bourke-White, who rode with General George Patton’s Third Army and brought back the first horrific photos of the Buchenwald concentration camp; and Marguerite Higgins, who typed stories while riding in the front seat of an American jeep that was fleeing the North Korean Army—experiences her own journey, both personally and professionally, and each draws her own conclusions. Yet without exception, these war correspondents share a singular ambition: to answer an inner call driving them to witness war firsthand, and to share what they learn via words or images.