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Chip Kidd - Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf - Part 3

Get the inside scoop on all things book design --- from covers to fonts to philosophy --- in Part 3 of our interview with Chip Kidd!

Look Into the Future With ASK ME and SLEEP NO MORE

Authors Kimberly Pauley and Aprilynne Pike talk about their books' inspriation, their ideal superpowers and more!

Observe This Important Month with Some Great Titles

Our roundup includes everything from MOCKINGBIRD to LOOK ME IN THE EYE. Check it out, here!

Check Out Our Updated List of the "Ultimate" Teen Titles!

Click here to see our most popular feature...a list of more than 400 titles we think every teen should read (and will LOVE to read)!

Celebrate the Season with Our Second Annual Spring Fling Contest!

Enter before May 1st for your chance to win seven great YA books in an official Teenreads.com tote!

Hades and Persephone Get a Makeover in This New Fantasy Series

Into the Dark is an exciting YA trilogy based on Bree's love of music, mythology and really hot princes

Features and Contests

What Makes  the Teen Board LOLWR (Laugh Out Loud While Reading)

The month of April starts off with April Fool’s Day, a day of jokes, pranks and other hilarious hijinks. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read, and what about it made you laugh? (Also, full credit to Teen Board member Emily P., who used the term LOLWR in her answer. I think we should all start using it as much as possible). Click here to read the Board's answers!

 

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

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 April roundup includes DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Page and DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Taylor.

Side by Side

 

Read our Emily Dickinson Side by Side, featuring Jenny Hubbard (AND WE STAY), Robin Herrera (HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL) and Michaela MacColl (NOBODY’S SECRET

Latest Reviews

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Young Adult Fiction
Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night aren't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
High and Dry by Sarah Skilton - Youth Fiction

Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming match, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon is juggling more than his share of drama. Add in a broken heart and the drinking he’s been doing to soothe it, and he’s near the breaking point. In this fast-paced, layered mystery, Charlie spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past friendship that may be responsible for all his current problems. This book captures the tone and style of the best crime fiction while also telling a high-stakes story of peer pressure gone tragically awry.

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.  As a way to remember her, Grace's best friend Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hanna threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle -- stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they -- despite the odds -- find a way to reunite?
 

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl - Young Adult Historical Fiction

Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they're not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor's death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle— before someone else gets killed.

The Chance You Won't Return by Annie Cardi - Young Adult Fiction

Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school — and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight — the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?

Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to have normal problems like everyone else. But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.
Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick - Young Adult Fiction

On the treeless shores of Itta, Greenland, as far north as humans can settle, sixteen-year-old Inuit Billy Bah spots a ship far out among the icebergs on the bay--a sight both welcome and feared. Explorers have already left their indelible mark on her land and its people, and a ship full of white men can mean trouble.
   The ship carries provisions for Robert E. Peary, who is making an expidition to the North Pole. As a child, Billy Bah spent a year in America with Peary's family. When her parents went to America years later, they died in a tragic scandal. Now, Peary's wife, daughter, and crew are in Itta to bring him supplies. Winter comes on fast, and when the ship gets caught in the ice, Billy Bah sets out to find Peary. The journey will imperil her life, and that of the man she loves.
 

Over the course of one school year --- seventh grade --- 12-year-old Kevin Brockmeier sets out in search of himself. Along the way, he happens into his first kiss at a church party, struggles to understand why his old friends tease him at the lunch table, becomes the talk of the entire school thanks to his Halloween costume, and booby-traps his lunch to deter a thief.

Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. At some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to another guy’s body, and well, here he is. He’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him changed. If the new Travis and the old Travis find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.
Going Over by Beth Kephart - Youth Historical Fiction

It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn't the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way? 

Desert Angel by Charlie Price - Young Adult Suspense

 

After her mother is murdered by a lowlife named Scotty, 14-year-old Angel is left with nothing. But she must flee her desert trailer before Scotty, an expert tracker and hunter, returns to finish her off too…

Emilie and the Sky World by Martha Wells - Young Adult Fantasy

When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about - not to mention a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything --- their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college --- behind them.