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June 12, 2015
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Sonia Manzano and I showing off our matching necklaces.
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Hello, Teenreaders!

It’s always fun to write a newsletter opener after BookExpo America (BEA) --- a big publishing conference in New York City --- because I feel like my head is crammed full of YA information that I’m just dying to share with all of you. This year was no exception --- I pulled at least three different muscles from grabbing (and dragging around) so many fall 2015 galleys, got to meet some fascinating (and hilarious) authors and was all around inspired for another year in great books. Read below to learn about my favorite discoveries from the conference, and start writing your fall TBR (to be read) lists early --- they’re going to be long this year!

The best new fall YA to watch out for: While you can find plenty of great spring and summer literature at BEA, the vast majority of publishers are showing off their September, October and November highlights (this is typically when the “biggest” books come out every year). And, as mentioned above, they. Look. Awesome.

Scholastic hosted a stunning event in an actual theater to celebrate the upcoming release of THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick (September 15th). Like his masterpieces THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET and WONDERSTRUCK, this gorgeous book defies the traditional form --- the first half takes you through several generations of the Marvel family using only pencil illustrations, and the second half, delivered in text, shares an entirely new but related story that turns everything you thought you knew on its head. Based on Selznick’s visits to Dennis Severs’ House in London --- essentially a large-scale version of a cabinet of curiosities --- this book transports you to a mystical world of theater, treasure, love and loneliness. Just be careful if you bring it to the beach, like I did --- you don’t want to get sand in the pages of this book!

I also read EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by debut author Nicola Yoon (September 1st), which was one of the Young Adult Buzz books this year (a group of five upcoming YA books that industry professionals deem particularly noteworthy). I’m a big fan of voice-dominated fiction, and protagonist Maddie --- a girl who is “allergic to the world” and can’t leave the house --- is a whip-smart, thoughtful and genuine narrator. I was pulled into this one from the second page, where we see a list she writes of fanciful rewards people can win if they find one of her pristinely, specially packaged books. Have a “picnic with [you] in a pollen-filled field of poppies, lilies and endless man-in-the-moon marigolds,” Maddie? Don’t mind if I do.

I was also a big fan of HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash (September 8th), a graphic novel memoir about a girl developing a (very intense) crush on one of the counselors at her all girls camp. While this is an important coming-of-age and coming out tale, what I loved the most was the fact that it emphasized the emotional power of crushes. Of course first dates, kisses and relationships are meaningful, but those feelings, even if unfulfilled, can be just as important in a teenager’s life. And while completely unrelated to her writing and drawing abilities, the fact that Maggie wore a seersucker shorts suit at the BEA Candlewick dinner definitely earned her points in my book.

And while each of these books were great, the list of fall books I’m looking forward to reading is even bigger. One is LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz (September 8th), which follows a gender-bending teen in a futuristic society who finds out she has a special gift. While the slightly sci-fi premise sounds promising, I especially appreciate the fact that protagonist Kivali doesn’t conform to gender roles. We’ve seen a lot of YA lately about gay and transgender teens, but I’m excited to read a book about someone who doesn’t relate to either end of the spectrum. I’m also particularly intrigued by A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD by Hannah Moskowitz (August 18th)--- a lyrical fantasy that is definitely for the older YA crowd and follows a world full of fairies, gnomes and mysterious tightrope-walkers --- and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson (September 22nd), which follows a girl who can sense gold during the dawn of the California gold-rush, meaning she has to hide her secret or everyone will want to use her services. It sounds like a fantastical, beautifully painted thriller. OK, now that I’m done writing this section, can I go home and read?

Author realizations --- Rainbow Rowell is hilarious, Susan Dennard and Linier really respect their fans and Sonia Manzano has great taste in jewelry: One of the best parts of conferences like BEA is that there are authors everywhere --- signing their books, wandering from booth to booth and sometimes giving meaningful behind-the-book talks…or hamming it up, in Rainbow Rowell’s case at the BEA Children’s Book and Author breakfast. Rainbow is one of the main players on the contemporary YA scene, but I had no idea that she could be so funny (she even made Nathan Lane, the host of the breakfast, laugh, which she ever-so-humbly pointed out). Rainbow started her career as a journalist at the Omaha World-Herald covering news from northwest Iowa (including the vegetarian Pork Queen and the destruction of the nation’s biggest popcorn ball), and then moved on to novels, but perhaps she should try stand-up comedy next? Also, for you FANGIRL fans out there (which I’m assuming is a good 95% of you), be sure to check out the collector’s edition of the book, which came out in May --- it comes with a Q&A with this witty writer, an excerpt from her upcoming book CARRY ON (October 6th) and tons of fan art (how meta).

As much as I was impressed with Rainbow’s humor, I was blown away by some authors’ commitment to their fans. Susan Dennard, author of TRUTHWITCH, which is coming in January (and best friend to other beloved YA author Sarah J. Maas), explained how her signing line got a little unwieldy, but only because she makes an effort to talk to each and every one of her fans. When she was talking to me, her dedication to her readers was genuine --- she seemed utterly distressed at the prospect of not giving each reader a quality interaction. Similarly, Liniers, one of the most famous cartoonists in Argentina, signed each copy of his upcoming picture book, WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY HENRIETTA (September 29th) with a personalized watercolor painting (you can see his process in the picture above) --- you had to hold it open when he was done so it wouldn’t smudge! While their lines moved slowly, I was still so appreciative of these authors and artists’ commitment to their readers. (My nephew, the recipient of Liniers’ book, was too!).

And, lastly (and this is a bit fan-girly, I admit), I have to mention the fact that Sonia Manzano --- who played Maria on “Sesame Street” and wrote THE EVOLUTION OF EVELYN SERRANO and the upcoming memoir BECOMING MARIA: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (August 25th)--- and I were wearing the same necklace at the Scholastic breakfast! It’s a twisted chain, so simple, but still fairly unique --- mine used to belong to my grandmother. Maria said she got hers from a vintage store, so it very likely was one and the same. Needless to say, the fashion shoot commenced --- you can see us holding our matching jewelry in the photo on the right.

Time to get crafty: There’s been a big “coloring books for adult” movement that’s been getting tons of buzz lately, and I get it --- why limit this completely cathartic, visually pleasing activity to the three and under set? We like our crayons and colored pencils, too! BEA definitely got on board with this, though --- there were coloring, doodling and craft books for both adults and young adults everywhere, and it certainly got me itching to replace my notebook for a sketchpad, stat. One of the best ones I saw was from Workman and it’s called THE COMPLETE BOOK OF CHALK LETTERING (October 6th) by Valerie McKeehan, the Etsy standout whose work is way cooler than anything you’ve ever seen in a classroom. You can learn to create different fonts, effects and flourishes, plus practice using the chalkboard built into the back of the book. I told the publicist that they had to send me a copy of this ASAP…for “work” purposes. Barron’s also had a Zen Doodling series that I was dying to try out --- I’m infamous for doodling in editorial meetings (I’m sure many of you can agree that it helps you listen). The books show you how to draw palm trees laced with intricate patterns and Mandalas bursting with color and shape, and they can help you transform your restless energy into unforgettable drawings. We’re probably going to make a round-up of these books in the next couple of months --- be on the lookout and get your hands ready!

OK! I’m done (and you are too, congrats!) with this monster of an opener. All in all, you can tell that BEA was awesome and lots of good things are to come. But for NOW, let’s stick to the present and get on to the newsletter, which is full of contests, features and reviews. And make sure to read our next issue later this month, when we’ll feature an application to the September 2015 – August 2016 Teen Board.

Happy summer!

--- Shara Zaval (


Beach Bag of Books 2015
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 Ninth Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. From now through Monday, July 27th at noon ET, five lucky readers will win a selection of the featured books.

This year's titles include:

THE FINISHER by David Baldacci
KILLER WITHIN: Killer Instinct #2 by S.E. Green
ONLY EVER YOURS by Louise O'Neill
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han
A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin
SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater
WILDFLOWER by Alecia Whitaker

Click here to enter our Beach Bag of Books contest!

Special Feature and Giveaway: AWAKE by Natasha Preston
What would you do if everything you thought about your past turned out to be a lie? That the reason you couldn't remember anything before the age of four wasn't because of a traumatic fire --- it was because you were part of a cult --- and now your biological parents want you back?

That's exactly what happens to Scarlett in Natasha Preston's latest book, AWAKE. Dually narrated by Scarlett and Noah --- a boy from Eternal Light sent to bring Scarlett back to the fold, but who starts falling for her instead --- this page-turning, romantic thriller is one that you won't be able to put down.

For a chance to win one of 100 copies of this heart-pounding adventure, enter our contest by Thursday, August 6th at noon! You can also read an excerpt of AWAKE, a review of the book and an interview with Natasha.

Click here to see the special feature and contest for AWAKE!

Special Feature: THE CHOOSING by Rachelle Dekker

A lot of older siblings want to inspire their sisters and brothers --- to teach them to be kind human beings, to go after their goals and stick up for their beliefs. But Rachelle Dekker went above and beyond --- she wrote an entire book (and soon-to-be series) to teach her sisters that “they are worth everything.”

The result is THE CHOOSING, in which Carrington Hale’s Choosing Ceremony goes horribly awry and she’s sent to spend her life as a Lint, the lowest level of society. But rumors of rebellion rattle all of her beliefs, and, surprisingly, resonate deeply with her.

In our special feature, we have an interview with Rachelle in which she discusses her new dystopian novel THE CHOOSING, the first book in The Seer series, as well as an excerpt and review of the book!

Click here to read the interview with Rachelle Dekker.
Click here to learn more about THE CHOOSING.
Click here to see the excerpt of THE CHOOSING.
Click here to read the review of THE CHOOSING.


Click here to see the special feature!

Series Feature: KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN by S.E. Green

You get all sorts of female protagonists in YA literature, whether they’re fighting to save an empire, overcoming a difficult family situation or trying to summon the guts to talk to their crush. Lane, the protagonist of KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN by S.E. Green, is a slightly rarer breed --- she’s obsessed with serial killers, and she herself struggles with an urge to kill.

Intrigued? Check out our series feature, which offers reviews of both books in the Killer Instinct series, an excerpt of the first book and an interview with Green, where she talks about the most difficult scenes to write, the inspiration for Lane and more!

Please note that these books feature mature content.

Click here to read the interview with S.E. Green.

Click here to read the review of KILLER INSTINCT.
Click here to read the review of KILLER WITHIN.

Click here to read the excerpt of KILLER INSTINCT.

Click here to see the full series feature!

Side by Side: Erasing Memories
We all have those memories that we cherish --- our first kiss, our trip to China or that time we got a standing ovation at our piano recital or scored the final goal of a tied soccer game. But we all have some peskier memories, too --- some that are heartwrenching, scary, embarrassing or just plain awful. What if you had the opportunity to erase those memories? Would you do it?

Authors Maggie Lehrman and Adam Silvera each explore that question in their new young adult books THE COST OF ALL THINGS and MORE HAPPY THAN NOT. When Ari’s boyfriend dies in THE COST OF ALL THINGS, she buys a spell to erase the memory of him. And when Aaron --- a boy whose father committed suicide and who has a loving girlfriend --- falls in love with Thomas in MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, a kid from his neighborhood, he decides to undergo Leteo Institute’s memory erasing procedure to forget that he’s gay.

We decided to ask Maggie and Adam some questions about their books --- and their own memories. Check out their answers and the books themselves!

Click here to see the side by side!

New in Stores: THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes

THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes (Contemporary)

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 17-year-old Minnow: 12 years of her life, her family and her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame and it's clear that Minnow knows something --- but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of --- if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

This debut novel is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith --- and the power of having faith in oneself.

Click here to learn more about the book.
Click here to read a review of the book.


Now in Stores: THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg

THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg (Contemporary)

The author of OPENLY STRAIGHT returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the PORCUPINE OF TRUTH.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret regarding Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation 30 years before.

Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family and discover the PORCUPINE OF TRUTH in all of their lives.

Click here to learn more about the book.
Click here to read a review of the book.


On the Teenreads Blog
A DEADLY WANDERING ---Guest Post by Matt Richtel: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel discusses his new book, which explores the impact of technology on society through the lens of a texting-and-driving accident.

The Anti-Love Triangle --- Guest Post by Anne Heltzel: The author of CHARLIE, PRESUMED DEAD shares her opnion on "competing" over a significant other.

BookCon Breakdown: intern Kat Szabo shares some highlights from BookCon 2015 in New York City.

Blog Tour - FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella: Author of the famous Shopaholic series gives us some fun details on her first book for teens in this Q&A.

Guest Post by Melissa E. Hurst --- THE EDGE OF FOREVER: Read to find out how a song inspired this time-travelling sci-fi novel.

Guest Post by Cole Gibsen --- LIFE UNAWARE: Cole's book centers around bullying, and her blog post reveals that, as a high school student, she was no stranger to this horrible practice.

Click here to read the blog!

Teen Board

Teen Board Question: Last month we celebrated Mother’s Day and this month we celebrate Father’s Day, so we have families on the brain! Therefore, we asked our Teen Board members: Do you have a memorable bookish memory with your mom, dad, grandparent or sibling? Teens gave us a big variety of answers --- Cheyenne C. remembers being obsessed with the Nancy Drew series --- so much that her father would test her knowledge of the words --- and Rachel D. recalls sharing her favorite books with her younger brother. Click here to read all of their great answers!

Reviews: The Teen Board members were big fans of this month's books. Emily P. said that each story in Garth Nix's new short story collection TO HOLD THE BRIDGE is "succinct, fascinating and over all too quickly," while Alison S. says that DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu encompasses "the lost innocence of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the dystopia of MATCHED, the heartfelt narration of JANE EYRE [and] the breeziness of a beach read."

September 2015 - August 2016 Teen Board: As you may have read in the opener, application season is almost upon us! We are psyched to welcome a new group of high school students, ages 13-18, to join our Teenreads team. Be on the lookout --- we will be posting the application any day now, and will definitely have it ready for our Late June newsletter.


Books On Screen

Books on Screen fans will not be disappointed this month: The prize-winning adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL hits theaters mid-June. Hailed as the anti-THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, the book is a wry meditation on friendship and death that offers no tidy, storybook resolutions. A couple members of the Book Report Network team were lucky enough to go to an advance screening of the movie a few weeks ago and were happy to find that it lived up to the hype. We gathered some fun links to get you excited for the film. Be sure to check it out in theaters, as well as the rest of this month's Books on Screen!

Click here to see a trailer of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
Click here to read an interview with the cast members of the movie.

Click here to see a collection of the best quotes from the book on Goodreads.


Click here to read our June Books on Screen!

June's Cool and New Roundup
June's roundup includes bestselling Shopaholic author Sophie Kinsella’s first foray into YA, FINDING AUDREY, which follows a girl with an anxiety disorder on a sweet romantic journey; INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani, an action-packed novel about a girl who discovers her father was a member of a Japanese organized crime syndicate; and DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu --- the winner of the 2015 Teen Choice Debut Author award at the Children's Choice Book Awards --- which follows Rachel as she begins to question her intensely religious upbringing.

In paperback titles this month, we have SUGAR: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, in which a misfit teen struggles to find her place in the world; THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson’s timely, compelling novel dealing with the effects of PTSD; and SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater --- a companion novel based on the author’s bestselling Shiver trilogy.
Click here to see June's Cool and New roundup!

Check Out Our Latest Reviews!
New! SKYSCRAPING by Cordelia Jensen (Poetry, Youth Fiction)

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world --- and everything she thought she knew about her family --- is shattered instantly. Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation is not all he’s kept hidden. He is HIV positive. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad --- while there is still time. --- Reviewed by Emily P., Teen Board Member.

New! DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu (Youth Fiction, Religion)

Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has moved away from and believes that her homeschooling and church can not answer her questions. --- Reviewed by Alison S., Teen Board Member.

New! THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson (Gay & Lesbian, Nonfiction)

THIS BOOK IS GAY is a funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious --- for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality. Former health educator and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. --- Reviewed by Cheyenne C., Teen Board Member.

New! THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Melissa E. Hurst (Science Fiction)

In 2013, 16-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her. In 2146, 17-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected --- his dead father. Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. --- Reviewed by Kate F. and Maya B., Teen Board Members.

New! THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller (Youth Fiction)

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party who invite her on a road trip, she excitedly accepts. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions. --- Reviewed by Hasnah Farraj.

New! BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas (Youth Fiction)

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times --- as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. --- Reviewed by Cassandra H., Teen Board member.

New! MAKE IT MESSY by Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers (Young Adult, Memoir)

Marcus Samuelsson’s life and his journey to the top of the food world have been anything but typical. Orphaned in Ethiopia, he was adopted by a loving couple in Sweden, where his new grandmother taught him to cook and inspired in him a lifelong passion for food. --- Reviewed by Maya B., Teen Board member.

New! A WORK IN PROGRESS by Connor Franta (Young Adult, Memoir)

In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation --- so far. Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties. --- Reviewed by Harman K., Teen Board member.

New! EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME by Jessica Alcott (Youth Fiction)

Charlie isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her mom. But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart, funny and hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her. She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush. --- Reviewed by Katherina T., Teen Board member.

New! MODERN MONSTERS by Kelley York (Youth Fiction, Suspense)

Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He's the Invisible Guy at school. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went…and wished he hadn't. Something happened to Callie Wheeler and her life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name. But as Autumn, (Callie’s best friend) and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life. --- Reviewed by Christa O., Teen Board member.

New! APPLE AND RAIN by Sarah Crossan (Youth Fiction, Family)

When Apple's mother returns after 11 years of absence, Apple feels almost whole again. In order to heal completely, her mother will have to answer one burning question: Why did she abandon her? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It is only when Apple meets her younger sister, Rain --- someone more lost than she is --- that she begins to see things for how they really are, allowing Apple to discover something that might help her to feel truly whole again. --- Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board member.

New! CHARLIE, PRESUMED DEAD by Anne Heltzel (Young Adult Fiction, Suspense/Thriller)

In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price --- young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler --- who is presumed dead after an explosion. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: They have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds as the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. --- Reviewed by Aspen R., Teen Board member.

New! TO HOLD THE BRIDGE by Garth Nix (Youth Fiction, Fantasy)

TO HOLD THE BRIDGE showcases 19 short stories from every genre of literature including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery and adventure. Whether writing about vampires, detectives, ancient spirits or odd jobs, Garth Nix's ability to pull his readers into new worlds is extraordinary. --- Reviewed by Emily P., Teen Board member .

New! OUR BROTHERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA by Jonathan David Kranz (Fiction, Mystery)

Ethan's brother Jason hates the ocean, but for some reason he was on the pier, and he fell in and died. Rachel's brother Curtis plummeted to his death on a rollercoaster that was supposedly in perfect condition. The two bond trying to find out the mysteries behind their brothers' deaths, and discover just how far a man will go to protect his kingdom. --- Reviewed by Corinne Fox.

New! THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh (Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction)

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the 18-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. But 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid, with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on him for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s able to make’s it to dawn, but soon discovers that she's falling in love with the boy who killed her dearest friend, and that he is not what he seems --- and neither are the deaths of so many girls. --- Reviewed by Brianna Robinson.


June Poll

Now that it’s June, it’s time to find a summer job! If you could only apply to one of these positions, which would you choose?

  • Quidditch official (HARRY POTTER) --- An easy way to gain a few galleons and lose a few teeth.
  • Sherlock Holmes’s apprentice (SHERLOCK HOLMES) --- Crime rates drastically increase in the summer. Come, the game is afoot!
  • Waiter or Waitress at Jay Gatsby’s Parties (THE GREAT GATSBY) --- Gangsters, models and heirs! Oh My!
  • Camp Half Blood Counselor (PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS) --- Sword fighting, lava wall rock climbing and deadly Capture the Flag all await you in Long Island Sound.
  • Beauty assistant at the Capitol (THE HUNGER GAMES) --- Taking hair and makeup to an entirely new level.

Last month, we asked which kind of literary feast would you most like to participate in. Of course, 41% of voters said a feast at Hogwarts (who wouldn't want that?), but 29% said a CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tour. To see the full results of the May poll, click here.

Click here to take our poll!

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