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June 10, 2016
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Teenreads: Summer Edition

Hi Teenreaders,

The past few weeks have truly made me feel like a kid again --- and not just because the warmer weather has me eating popsicles like they're going out of style. The beginning of June means the start of a new season of Potter-mania as readers start to gear up for the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. I feel like a proud parent seeing all of you identify with your favorite houses --- yes, even you Slytherins. Several of our Teen Board Members are planning on taking bookish vacations in Hogwarts this summer, which you can learn more about in our June Report from the Teen Board. I'll have more information on how you can celebrate in our next newsletter, but don't worry, there are plenty of other fun bookish events coming up!

Now for a big announcement: We are now accepting applications for our September 2016 - August 2017 Teen Board. We also are increasing the number of Teen Board Members from 30 to 50! The plan is that expanding our Board will give us the opportunity to bring you even more reviews, blog posts and fun features from booklovers like you. So if you're an avid reader between the ages of 13 and 18 with a passion for discussing great books, click here to apply!

Still not sure what to read this summer? Teenreads has you covered with our annual Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. From now until Monday, August 1st, we're giving five lucky readers a copy of each of our six featured titles --- two of which, STEEPLEJACK and GOLDFISH, are reviewed in this newsletter! Click here to see the other titles and enter for your chance to win.

Last month, we asked if you attend book and author events, and while many of you love checking out local festivals and fairs, a lot of you indicated that you just don't know enough about these events to get involved. Well, boy, do I have news for you! Today, Friday, June 10th, Barnes & Noble is launching B-Fest, a three-day event celebrating some of the best books for teens. The greatest part about this event is that it's nationwide, so many of you can get in on the fun! Click here to find out about B-Fest events occurring near you. Here in New York City, I just learned that our newest intern, Dana, will be speaking about her blog, DanaSquare, on a panel in Tribeca --- be sure to say hi if you're there, and if you attend a B-fest event shoot me a note about it!

June is Audiobook Month. Last month we started including audiobook information for any titles where this format is available, including the narrator at the bottom of each About the Book description on our site. Digital audio is one of the hottest categories of books these days! I personally love to use them to re-read the most recent book in a series before the next installment comes out. Just today I learned that the ILLUMINAE audiobook won the 2016 Audie Award for Multi-Voiced Performance, so I'll definitely be listening to that to get ready for the October release of GEMINA. Also, by listening on the go, you can increase the number of titles you can read!

Finally, we have some great blogs for you to check out. First, Tracy Deebs, co-author of the Hero Agenda series, discusses some of her favorite superheroes growing up and what made them so, well, super, here. Then, authors Kara Terzis and Hannah Jayne discuss their plans for the release dates of their new books, FRAYED and TWISTED, here. Last, our newest intern, Dana, reports on the book launch for Meg Leder's THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK, which we attended earlier this week. You can see a picture from the night above on the right.

Happy reading,

--- Rebecca Munro (

Feature and Contest: Beach Bag of Books 2016

It's time to think about summer reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Tenth Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. From now through Monday, August 1st at noon ET, five lucky readers will win a copy of each of the featured books.

This year's featured titles include:

Click here to enter our Beach Bag of Books contest!

Apply NOW to Be on Our Teen Board!

Do you love reading and talking about books? We are looking for 50 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who are passionate about books --- and committed to contributing to --- to be a part of our September 2016 - August 2017 Teen Board!

Teen Board members write reviews, compose blog posts, answer the monthly Teen Board question, participate in special features and provide us with much-needed feedback. Because we are looking for teens who can actively participate on the Teen Board, it is critical that you ensure that you have enough time to focus and give us a year-long commitment. In addition to offering you a Contributor profile on the site, you can reference your board position with us on your college applications and personal resumes.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 12th to apply to be on the Teen Board from September 2016 until August 2017. We will review the applications by Friday, July 22nd and begin the second part of the application process where you may be called for an interview. We will also request a recommendation from a teacher, a parent or someone else who knows you well. If you are selected, you will be required to turn in a consent form completed by a parent or guardian if you are under 18.

Click here to apply to be on our Teen Board.

Featured Review: JULIA VANISHES by Catherine Egan

JULIA VANISHES by Catherine Egan (Fantasy)
Audiobook available, narrated by Erin Spencer.
Julia has the unusual ability to be...unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned --- crime pays. She's being paid very well indeed to infiltrate the grand house of Mrs. Och and report back on the odd characters who live there and the suspicious dealings that take place behind locked doors. But what Julia discovers shakes her to the core. She certainly never imagined that the traitor in the house would turn out to be...her. Reviewed by Erin Siu.

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Now in Stores: YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan and Nina LaCour (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Katie Schorr and Michael Crouch.
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. Reviewed by TK, Teen Board Member.

We will have our review soon!

Featured Review: EVERY EXQUISITE THING by Matthew Quick

EVERY EXQUISITE THING by Matthew Quick (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Vanessa Johansson.
Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper --- a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic --- the rebel within Nanette awakens. As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price. Reviewed by Bryn D., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando

THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando (Thriller)
Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to. Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're 16, and they are...fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (Historical Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Katherine Kellgren.
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In MY LADY JANE, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed and only a passing resemblance to actual history --- because sometimes history needs a little help. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. Like that could go wrong. Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass

THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass (Fiction)
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings know what it's like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father. Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. Castley's world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father's grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Reviewed by Isabel C., Teen Board Member.

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Teen Board Update

Teen Board Question: With the days rapidly getting longer and warmer, we at Teenreads have one very important thing on our minds: summer reading! We don't just mean the books you're assigned to read for school, but the ones you wait all year to enjoy just for the fun of it. With our sunglasses on and our sunblock applied, we asked our Teen Board Members about their summer reading plans, from treasured re-reads to books they've waited all year to check out. Click here to see some of their answers!

Reviews: Our Teen Board members reviewed a bunch of terrific YA books this month from various genres. Grace P. read THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER --- a book by her favorite author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and said, "I really loved the emotional depth that this book explored, and it felt so raw and real." Alison S. raved about PLACES NO ONE KNOWS, Brenna Yovanoff's dark story about dreams and self-discovery, saying, "Yovanoff's love of figurative language plunges readers into the surreal...the novel's stark, elegant prose carries readers beyond the confines of reality." Pranshu A. took on some nonfiction reading with SABOTAGE, the true story of a group of Norwegian spies tasked with destroying Hitler's nuclear bomb. Pranshu says, "I highly recommend this SABOTAGE to any history buff or science nerd like me --- you won’t be able to put it down!'

June's Books on Screen

Whether you're relaxing by the pool or sweating it out on the beach this summer, a trip to the movies is always a great way to cool down during this season's scorching months. If you're looking for a nice way to break up your days, make sure to check out these popular book-to-screen adaptions!

In theaters we have this summer's most talked-about love story, Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Will the film outshine the heart-warming, bestselling novel? Go get your tickets today to find out! Next up we have The Fundamentals of Caring, the funny and insightful story of an 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy and the hapless caregiver who takes him on a cross-country roadtrip. Along the way, the pair discovers the true meaning of friendship and what it means to be alive.

Click here to read more in June's Books on Screen feature.

June’s Cool and New Roundup
This month’s Cool and New roundup includes RELENTLESS by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs, the second book in The Hero Agenda series, in which a girl gets fed up with being betrayed and starts fighting back; ESCAPE FROM ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux, the frightening prequel to her bestselling Asylum series, that follows a teen attempting to escape from the psych ward he was wrongfully committed to before it's too late; and THE LONG GAME, the second book in Jennifer Lynn Barnes's Fixer series, in which a high school election and a terrorist attack reveals shocking secrets.
Click here to see the rest of June's Cool and New roundup.

June's New in Paperback
Our New in Paperback roundup for June includes SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, a debut novel by Becky Albertalli, in which a closeted gay teen struggles to come out before he is forced to; RED QUEEN, Victoria Aveyard's debut novel where a Red-blooded girl discovers she has magical abilities that only Silver-blooded elites should have, leaving her split between two worlds; and ALL THE RAGE, a timely and poignant novel by Courtney Summers about the cost of silence in an unjust world.
Click here to see the rest of June's New in Paperback roundup.

More New Reviews

THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Amy Landon.
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone --- spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of --- that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day. Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member.

PLACES NO ONE KNOWS by Brenna Yovanoff (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Karissa Vacker and Jesse Bernstein.
Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think, trying to outrun the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is not even close to being in Waverly’s world --- he drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom --- and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. Reviewed by Alison S., Teen Board Member.

SABOTAGE: The Mission to Destroy by Neal Bascomb (History)
Audiobook available, narrated by Jason Culp.
Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction in this incredible true story of spies, survival and the greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler s very own nuclear bomb. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member.

SAVAGE by Thomas E. Sniegoski (Psychological Thriller)
Audiobook available, narrated by Madeleine Maby.
The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary schools. Only a few small bumps in the road to navigate before she can go --- her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school sweetheart. Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction, a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides...and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl and flutter into instruments of terror and death. Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member.

PROPERTY OF THE STATE by Bill Cameron (Mystery)
Joey Getchie has been property of the state longer than he was in parental custody. But he's a survivor, and he has a Plan: graduate high school and get out of the foster care system before it eats him alive. He bonds with Trisha, another foster, who seems to have lucked out when it comes to foster parents. A false accusation leads to a physical clash with his foster father, so Joey flees to Huntzel Manor, where he works part time. He takes up unauthorized residence and keeps a low profile, but attention arrives in the worst possible way: a classmate is seriously injured in a hit and run, and Joey becomes the focus of the investigation. Why shouldn't he be? He had a violent confrontation with the same classmate just last year. And of course, he's a kid with a criminal record. Except of course, he isn't. Reviewed by Rob Bentlyewski.

GOLDFISH by Nat Luurtsema (Fiction)
Louise Brown dreams of qualifying for the Olympics. Her swimming times are well above her fellow swimmers. And then she fails miserably and doesn't really know who she is now. Her days at school are spent being ignored by her sister and teased by popular girls. Then Lou finds herself agreeing to coach three popular boys --- one of whom she clicks with --- who are training to compete as synchronized swimmers. Together the boys and Lou form a unique friendship (once they get past that whole ignoring-her-in-the-halls thing) and are hopeful that they can nab a chance at stardom. Reviewed by Rebecca Munro.

HOW IT FEELS TO FLY by Kathryn Holmes (Fiction)
A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams. Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer --- but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless and her overbearing mother just makes it worse. This compelling story from Kathryn Holmes examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself. Reviewed by Chloe Durante.

STEEPLEJACK by A. J. Hartley (Fantasy)
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder --- except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers. Reviewed by Matthew Burbridge.


June Poll

Summer is finally here, and we’re ready for some great summer reading. How do you decide what you will read over the summer? (Please check as many as apply.)

  • I keep a running list (or shelf or pile) during the school year.
  • I grab from my “to be read” (TBR) pile at random.
  • I look through Teenreads and its past newsletters to make a list.
  • I ask my friends for recommendations.
  • I head to the bookstore and wander the aisles.
  • I head to the library and browse the shelves.
  • I read what’s popular at my local bookstore or library.
  • I choose a new series to binge-read and focus on that.
  • I have a required summer reading list.
  • I reread old favorites.
  • I don’t plan my summer reading.
  • Other (Please specify)

Last month, we asked whether or not you attend book and author events or celebrate any book-related holidays. A whopping 44% of you attend local book festivals and fairs, while 39% go to author signings when you can. Although 34% of you cannot attend these kinds of events as they do not happen near your homes, 21% of you would like to learn more about these events in the future. To see the full results, click here.

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