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May 28, 2013


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The Race to FUN Summer Reading with Teenreads.com  

For some reason, it seems like everyone is racing around, preparing for the beginning of summer. For us in NYC, there's been an increase in pedestrian traffic, especially of students in caps and gowns as many colleges and universities located in the city are hosting graduations these last two weeks, which has made it a little harder to get from Point A to Point B. But it goes beyond my failed attempts at safely navigating the city --- there is a consistent surge of anticipatory energy that surrounds the months directly before the summer season. Can you feel it, too?

You're all probably beginning finals, planning out summer vacations with your family, maybe preparing to leave one school and head to another and of course, putting together your summer reading list. How great is it that you'll FINALLY have time enough to read all of those books that may have been gathering dust on your bed stand while you've been studiously studying for exams. You haven't been procrastinating, have you? Don't worry. I won't tell. Regardless of your study habits, we at Teenreads.com have the makings for some fantastic summer reading lists for you!

For those graduating high school and heading to college, you should check out our 20SomethingReads.com website! Yes readers, we do have other sites for you once you outgrow Teenreads.com.

And with summer on the mind, we have our Annual Beach Bag Contest, which we KNOW you love. More on that in a sec.

I've also been running around --- literally. Two weeks ago, I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, but before that I went to the Children's Book Week gala (above you can see a photo of Carol and me at that event with Jon Scieszka and his lovely wife Jeri,) and I went to a release party for TRUTH OR DARE at the bookstore Books of Wonder.

This week, I'll be attending BookExpo America (BEA) to get the scoop on what's going on/coming up in the book world and mingling with those who make up the world of publishing. This year, I get to take part in ReadingGroupGuides.com's Book Group Speed Dating program that connects readers to books coming out in the fall. I'll be presenting INVASION by Walter Dean Myers, STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales, NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black, THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer and IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan. These books are coming out in August or September and they are definitely worth keeping your eye out for!

You may have noticed that we've had our poll question up since the beginning of May, and a lot of you have told us which character in a YA novel you'd be. For a while, "the intriguing loner" was the most popular --- you all must REALLY be studying --- but now the highest responses are for "the hero/heroine," "the quirky sidekick," and a three-way tie for "the mysterious love interest," "the loveable know-it-all" and "the intriguing loner." Which one are you? Answer the poll before it closes on May 31st!

Now for what's out this month! What if aliens came down to earth and took over? I'm sure this concept isn't new to sci-fi fans, but Rick Yancey's THE 5TH WAVE is a sci-fi thriller not to be missed. During the first four waves of attack, Cassie watched her mother succumb to the plague, her father killed in a semi sonic blast and her brother kidnapped by the aliens. Now it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and Cassie meets mysterious Evan Walker, who may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and for saving herself. Benjamin Boche reviews, "To be honest, an alien invasion isn't high on the list of things that keep me up at night. I've seen enough Hollywood movies to know that there is no way the aliens can win. After reading THE 5TH WAVE, I'm not so sure anymore."

Andrea Cremer and David Levithan fans, get excited! These two acclaimed authors pair up for a magical romance just right for the summer. In INVISIBILITY, Stephen was born with invisibility while Elizabeth sometimes wished she were invisible. When Stephen and Elizabeth meet, it turns out Elizabeth can see Stephen. And just as remarkable, Elizabeth wants Stephen to see her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world --- of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses --- gets in their way. Reviewer Alice Dalrymple writes, "The writing was relateable and brilliant. Cremer and Levithan are skilled writers and their styles are clear and to the point." I love that it's a romance, but with a twist.

If you are still working through finals, this may be the perfect read for you since you can read it in short bites! Margo Lanagan's YELLOWCAKE is a collection of ten stories that range in a number of genres. The stories range from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, and yet what pervades is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love as they seek solace and strength. Dave Franklin explains, "Lanagan's command of language sweeps the reader into the world of each story, requiring only a page or two to get you settled before casting off." Since they're short stories, you can be swept away, but not have to worry about getting to the ending before you have to hit the big books again.

What better way to kick off summer reading than by entering to win the first two books in a fantasy trilogy? To celebrate the second book in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, SIEGE AND STORM, being released in June, we are giving five readers the chance to win both SIEGE AND STORM and the first book in the series, SHADOW AND BONE! Fill out this form before Monday, July 8th at noon EST to enter. The setting for this series is actually modeled after Tsarist Russia and Leigh Bardugo spent months researching Russia to write her novels. Awesome, right???

I'm sure you're all looking for a way to win even MORE books to fuel your FUN summer reading. Well here's your chance! Enter our annual Beach Bag of Books giveaway!. You have until July 18th for the opportunity to win 20 books in a beach bag with a towel and sunscreen. That's right...TWENTY BOOKS! You can both read and share them with friends! How much fun is this? And don't forget to tell your friends --- the more friends who enter, the most likely you'll get to grab a great beach read!

One feature that we've all been SUPER EXCITED to launch is our "He Said/She Said" feature. Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's "He Said/She Said" feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal, for the cover and beyond. The first part is when YOU get to vote on whether the cover makes you think it's a boy book, girl book or both. Vote now for whether the cover for Anna Jarzab's TANDEM makes the book look like a boy book, girl book or both!

Tomorrow we will have a Blog Post where a teen boy and a teen girl from our Teen Board will talk about their thoughts on the book. The twist? They never saw the cover, title or author name! So they will be weighing in without the visuals or context which may sway their opinions. We can't wait to see what they have to say!

Our first-ever Teen Board's term is coming to an end in June. They've been wonderful, haven't they? Make sure to check up on their profiles and which blogs and reviews they've written! As one term ends, another begins! Are you impressed with what our Teen Board has accomplished? Are you between the ages of 13-18 and interested in being a Teen Board member? Do you know friends or family who would love this opportunity? We are still accepting applications to be a part of the Teen Board from July through December! Opportunities include contributing reviews, writing blog posts, sharing ideas for the site, giving feedback on features we have and scouting trends in your own community. We're looking for a diverse group of teens from around the country to weigh in on YA lit and share their opinions on it. Applications have been extended and will close this Wednesday, May 29th (tomorrow) at midnight.

We recently updated our Teen Ultimate Reading List and NOW we have a few genre lists to help you hone your own summer reading list. Make sure to check out our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real and our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop. More genre lists to come next month! And remember, friends don't let friends navigate summer reading alone --- share these lists with your friends, teachers, librarians, media specialists and family!

This month's Cool & New roundup includes Emmy Laybourne's follow-up to MONUMENT 14, MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE, in which the world outside the superstore they were trapped in turns out to be even worse than inside it; Jacqueline Green's TRUTH OR DARE, where a somewhat innocent game of truth or dare at a wild party before the first day of senior year continues with raised stakes for three girls long after; and in paperback is Elizabeth Wein's CODE NAME VERITY, which follows passenger "Verity" as a British spy plane crashes in Nazi France, she's captured and is forced to write a confession.

Plus, don't miss Adult Books You Want to Read, reviews that we've recently featured on our site for adults, Bookreporter.com, that we think you'll love, too. This month's additions are FLY AWAY by Kristin Hannah, WEDDING NIGHT by Sophie Kinsella and just added, CLASS: A Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann.

You may also see two other books featured on Teenreds.com, too! HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler tells the story of a teenage girl facing a best friend break-up that rocks her world after that friendship becomes a little too dangerous. And if you're in the mood for a romance, MY WOLF'S BANE by Veronica Blade follows a regular teenage girl as she realizes she may not be all human...and that she may be falling for the new guy at school.

On May 13th, the Children's Book Council's (CBC) and Every Child a Reader announced the winner for the Teen Choice Book Award! You nominated your favorites and then you voted for which book you thought ROCKED 2012! Who won between CINDER by Marissa Meyer, CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, INSURGENT by Veronica Roth and RAPTURE: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate? Visit our feature to find out the winner!

I hope you are enjoying receiving TWO newsletters from Teenreads.com each month. If you'd like even more updates on reviews, features, blogs and what we see around the web, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

We're working on more contests and ways for YOU to get involved with Teenreads.com this summer. Good luck finishing up the school year if you are still in school; happy summer vacation if you are not! We're looking forward to catching up with all of you for some FUN summer reading in the months ahead!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
 

Now in Stores: THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey (Science Fiction)
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother --- or even saving herself. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Now in Stores: INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (Science Fiction)
Stephen was born with invisibility. Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen’s amazement, she can see him. And to Elizabeth’s amazement, she wants him to be able to see her --- all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way --- a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. Reviewed by Alice Dalrymple.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: YELLOWCAKE by Margo Lanagan
YELLOWCAKE by Margo Lanagan (Short Stories)
YELLOWCAKE brings together ten short stories --- each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking. The stories range from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, and yet what pervades is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love as they seek solace and strength. Reviewed by Dave Franklin.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 
Click here to read a review.

 
Special Contest: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
In anticipation of the release of SIEGE AND STORM --- the second in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, which follows Alina back into the country she abandoned in order to fight the forces against Ravka --- we have a special contest. Five readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of SHADOW AND BONE and SIEGE AND STORM. To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, July 8th at noon ET.

More about SHADOW AND BONE:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

More about SIEGE AND STORM:
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a new power and a dangerous plan. Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she'll have to choose between her country, her power and the love she always thought would guide her.
 
Click here to enter the contest.

 
Teenreads.com's Seventh Annual Beach Bag Giveaway

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. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back 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 Seventh Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature.

You have until July 18th to enter to win the following 20 books in a beach bag with sunscreen and a beach towel!

- MY WOLF'S BANE by Veronica Blade
- JERSEY ANGEL by Beth Ann Bauman
- ABANDON, Book Three: AWAKEN by Meg Cabot
- THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
- ICONS by Margaret Stohl
- TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green
- BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
- RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
- CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
- SNAP DECISION: MAYBE TONIGHT? by Bridie Clark
- CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane
- THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
- QUARANTINE 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas
- INFINITYGLASS: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire
- HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler
- ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund
- BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown
- THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
- UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris
- MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne

 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
The FIRST He Said/She Said Feature!

We've all been SUPER EXCITED to launch is our new "He Said/She Said" feature. Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. The first part is when YOU get to vote on whether the cover makes you think it's a boy book, girl book or both. Vote now for whether the cover for Anna Jarzab's TANDEM makes the book look like a boy book, girl book or both!

Tomorrow, May 29th, we will have a Blog Post where a teen boy and a teen girl from our Teen Board will talk about their thoughts on the book. The twist? They never saw the cover, title or author name! So they will be weighing in without the visuals or context which may sway their opinions. We can’t wait to see what they have to say.
 

Take our cover survey now!

 
Teenreads.com's Teen Board and Application
Our first-ever Teenreads.com Teen Board began their term in January and have been doing some impressive things for us since then: writing blog posts, writing reviews and providing us general feedback on our features. As their term comes to an end in June, we need to start looking for the NEXT Teen Board: are you interested in participating?

The application to be on the July-December 2013 Teenreads.com Teen Board has been extended and will close this Wednesday, May 29th (tomorrow) at midnight! We are looking around the country for 20-25 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who are passionate about books and committed to contributing to Teenreads.com to serve on our Teen Board for a six-month period, from July to December 2013. Opportunities will include contributing reviews, writing blog posts, sharing ideas for the site, giving feedback on features we have, and scouting trends in your own community. You'll be given a Contributor profile on the site, as well as a snazzy certificate of proof of your involvement on the Teen Board. That would look pretty nice on a college application, wouldn't it?

- Click here to meet our current Teenreads.com Teen Board.

- Click here to read blog posts written by Teen Board members.
 
Click here to apply to the Teenreads.com Teen Board.

 
Ultimate Reading List --- And Two NEW Genre Lists

One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read...and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus, we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List: over 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. We've updated the feature with books that have released in the past year. They include a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles.

And now, we're introducing two genre lists! You asked for them, and we listened! Since our Ultimate Reading List is so long, we wanted to help you all find reads by genre to help you find the right book on our list for you!

- Click here to visit our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real

- Click here to visit our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop.
 

Click here to see our updated Ultimate Reading List for teens.

 
Winner of the 2013 Teen Choice Book Award!
Earlier this year, YOU nominated your five favorite books to become finalists for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Award, and then you voted for which book you wanted to win the award! On May 13th, The Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winner to kick off Children's Book Week. And the winner is...THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green!

The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at bookweekonline.com, casting more than 1,000,000 votes.

Nominees were:
- CINDER by Marissa Meyer
- CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare
- THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
- INSURGENT by Veronica Roth
- RAPTURE: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

For more information on the 6th annual Children and Teen Choice Book Awards, click here.
 

Click here to visit our 2013 Teen Choice Book Award feature.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog

Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

How do authors find inspiration for their stories? Sometimes, it can be taking a stroll through a graveyard and finding something interesting. That's what happened to Dianne K. Salerni when two peculiar caged graves inspired her to write THE CAGED GRAVES, which follows a teenage girl as she tries to uncover the secrets behind why her mother was buried in "unhallowed ground." In "Caged Graves, Mortsafes and a Mystery in Catawissa, Pennsylvania ," Salerni gives us some background about the inspiration behind her historical mystery.

In Janet Gurtler's latest book, HOW I LOST YOU, nothing stands between Grace and Kya. Not boys, not secrets --- nothing. But during the summer before senior year, life throws challenges at them that tests their best friendship. In "Best Friends Not Forever," Janet Gurtler lets us know about her hardest best friend break up and how it affected her...and eventually, her writing.

Our Teen Board continues to contribute to our blog! Samantha W., Cara S., and Amanda P. teamed up to write about prom in "Prom: The Night of Your Life or the Night to Stay In and Read? ," Alonzo D. let us in on a book you may not realize is based on a classic myth in "Myths in Modern YA," Kate F. gives us some insight on what exactly "girly" books are in "What Makes a Novel 'Girly,'" Sally T. shares with us a funny YA story in her post, "The Starbucks Incident," Cara S. reminds us that classics deserve a reading in her post, "Give Classics a Chance!" and Kate F. put together a reading list for us in her "Fresh Spring Reads" blog post.
 

Click here to visit our blog.

 
Other Reviews

THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN: W.A.R.P., Book One by Eoin Colfer (Science Fiction)
As an evil assassin relentlessly hunts them down, Riley and Chevie face a desperate race to stay alive and stop him from returning to his own time --- armed with knowledge and power that could change the world forever. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

WINGER by Andrew Smith (Fiction)
With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean West, a 14-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids, manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. Reviewed by Dave Franklin.

THE ORIGINALS by Cat Patrick (Science Fiction)
Seventeen-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best are clones. Hiding from a government agency, the girls take turns interacting with others. Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual. Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created. Reviewed by Alice Dalrymple.

IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum (Paranormal Romance)
Kate is devastated. Her boyfriend Vincent is a revenant who waited lifetimes to find her. But once he did, they were betrayed by a trusted ally who killed Vincent and destroyed his body so that he could not be reanimated. Now Vincent is doomed to roam the earth as a spirit. But Kate will risk anything to save him, even as their friend-turned-enemy begins to wage a war to rule over France's immortals. Reviewed by Harman K., Teen Board member.

NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland (Love & Romance)
For Cricket Thompson, a summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, will change everything. When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy, Jules becomes a stranger to Cricket. And instead of lying on the beach, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms. But it's the things Cricket hadn't counted on --- most of all, falling hard for someone who should be off-limits --- that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality. Reviewed by Jennifer B., Teen Board member.

PARALLEL by Lauren Miller (Science Fiction)
Abby Barnes had a plan. She'd go to Northwestern and major in journalism. But one tiny choice --- taking a drama class her senior year --- changed all that. Now Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten. Reviewed by Samantha E., Teen Board member.

THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne K. Salerni (Mystery)
The year is 1867, and 17-year-old Verity Boone is excited to return to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, the hometown she left when she was just a baby. Soon, however, she discovers two strangely caged graves...and learns that one of them is her own mother’s. Verity swears she’ll get to the bottom of why her mother was buried in “unhallowed ground." Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski.

IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME by Laura Nowlin (Romance)
I wasn't with Finn on that August night. But I should've been. It was raining. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says that they were arguing about. Other people think it's not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know --- the cause of the argument ---is crucial. So let me tell you... Reviewed by Samantha W., Teen Board member.

FEARLESS: Mirrorworld, Book Two by Cornelia Funke (Fantasy)
Jacob Reckless has tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. But then he and Fox hear of one last possibility --- a crossbow that can kill thousands or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first...before it's too late. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

OBSIDIAN MIRROR by Catherine Fisher (Science Fiction)
The obsidian mirror can send you to the past, but it will not bring you back. Its power is great and terrible. Men have been lost in it, the dead brought back to life through it and the future annihilated by it. Or this is what will happen unless the mirror is destroyed. Three people seek the mirror but only one can succeed. Reviewed by Ashley L., Teen Board member.

THOUSAND WORDS by Jennifer Brown (Realistic Fiction)
Ashleigh is worried her boyfriend, Kaleb, will forget about her when he leaves for college and decides to text him a picture of herself --- sans swimsuit. But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb forwards the text, making it go viral. Ashleigh feels completely alone until she meets Mack, who offers her a fresh chance at friendship. He's the one person in town who received the text --- and didn't look. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.
 

Around the Web

Do you follow us on Facebook or Twitter? If you do, you'll know that we LOVE to share fun, YA-related articles with you from other sources around the web. Pictures of authors' work spaces? The movie trailer to the next YA movie adaptation? List of banned books? Check them out here!

What Happens If You Flip the Gender of Book Covers? (Huffington Post)

Paul Rudnick on His 'Gorgeous' Adventure (NPR)

Q&A With Sara Zarr (Publishers Weekly)

YALSA's 2013 Teens' Top Ten Nominations Announced! (YALSA)

The 5 Surprising Essentials for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (Pitch Dark)

The Next Big Thing (A Daydreamer's Thoughts)
 

Adult Books You Want to Read

Throughout the year, we feature books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have appeal to teen audiences.

Here are our latest featured titles:

WEDDING NIGHT by Sophie Kinsella (Romance)
Lottie is 33 and sick of long-term boyfriends who don't want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears after 15 years and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with their rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget? Reviewed by Amie Taylor

FLY AWAY by Kristin Hannah (Fiction)
FLY AWAY is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other --- plus a miracle --- to transform their lives. An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss and new beginnings, this long-awaited follow-up to FIREFLY LANE reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

CLASS: A Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann (Nonfiction)
Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues. Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann turns his eye on the players, the coaches, the fans, the radio announcer, the town, and finally on himself, a young man raised on baseball, driven to know what still draws him to the stadium. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.
 

This Month's Poll

Poll

If you were a character in a YA novel, who would you be?

The hero/heroine
The quirky sidekick
The mysterious love interest
The troublesome villain
The loveable know-it-all
The intriguing loner
The All American
The one who can't catch a break


-Click here to answer the poll.

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