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The Green Turtle is Revived in This New Graphic Novel

Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew team up to create a stunning origin story for the first Asian-American superhero.

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

Learn how Annie makes this newly expanded bookstore a Mystic institution in the final part of our REAL TALK interview! 

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

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

The Teen Board Talks Their Must-Read August Books

One more month until you get bogged down by class-assigned reading! We asked our Teen Board members: what book do you definitely plan to read before the school year starts, and why? Click here to read their answers!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. 

In alternating chapters of verse and prose, new girl Lauren and football hero Colby come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible --- something to truly believe in.

Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. 

Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed . . . until one day, they did. 

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad --- which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form --- as each other. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered --- enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Operation Happiness". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters. 

Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father's Roaring 20's dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father's gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker's spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Ever since the government passed legislation allowing people to be genetically engineered and raised as pets, the rich and powerful can own beautiful girls like sixteen-year-old Ella as companions. But when Ella moves in with her new masters and discovers the glamorous life she's been promised isn't at all what it seems, she's forced to choose between a pampered existence full of gorgeous gowns and veiled threats, or seizing her chance at freedom with the boy she's come to love, risking both of their lives in a daring escape no one will ever forget.

Sabine isn’t like anyone else. For as long as she can remember, she’s had two lives. Every twenty-four hours she ‘Shifts’, living each day twice. In one life, Sabine has everything: popular friends, expensive clothes, perfect grades, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine’s family struggles with finances, and she and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He’s gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - Historical/Gothic Mystery

Fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai meets the strange Marina while he's exploring an old quarter of Barcelona. She leads him to a cemetery, where they watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly 10:00 in the morning, a woman descends from her carriage to place a single rose on an unmarked grave. When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

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.