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Aretha Franklin

You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can't just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn't come off the way you thought it should come off.

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Aretha Franklin

Henry Taylor

Conscience is, in most, an anticipation of the opinion of others.

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Henry Taylor

Interview: Jennifer Gilmore, author of If Only

Aug 15, 2018

This July marked the release of Jennifer Gilmore's second young adult book, IF ONLY. The narrative follows Bridget, a 16-year-old, who finds herself pregnant and alone with only her best friend Dahlia to support her. Bridget's story alternates with her daughter Ivy's story 16 years later. Despite the safety and comfort Ivy has enjoyed surrounded by her two loving moms, she feels that it's time she finally learned about her past. Ivy will emabark on a journey where she might not only learn more about her mother but also more about herself. In this interview, Jennifer Gilmore reveals her motives behind the adoption theme, her writing process for IF ONLY, and tells us a bit about her future projects. Keep on reading to learn more about IF ONLY and its acclaimed author!

John Burroughs

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.

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John Burroughs

August 2018

This summer has been full of young adult adaptations, bookish events and even a national book club, so let's do a quick recap for those of you who have been enjoying summer vacay, camp and other things that may have grabbed your time away from reading with us.


Editorial Content for Star-Touched Stories

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Grace P., Teen Board Member

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From New York Times bestselling author, Roshani Chokshi, comes STAR-TOUCHED STORIES: a fantasy collection of three lush and adventurous stories set in the Star-Touched world. Stories include "Death and Night," the story of the Lord of Death, cursed never to love, and his meeting with Night incarnate, destined to stay alone; "Poison and Gold," the tale of Asha's battle with her own powers and insecurities as she fights to help her friends; and "Rose and Sword," the tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

About the Book

From New York Times bestselling author, Roshani Chokshi, comes STAR-TOUCHED STORIES: a fantasy collection of three lush and adventurous stories set in the Star-Touched world.

Death and Night

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

Poison and Gold

Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.

Rose and Sword

There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

Audiobook available, narrated by Priya Ayyar.

Editorial Content for DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1)

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Sarah Rachel Egelman

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Barney and his best friend Norma are just trying to get by and keep their jobs, but working at the Dead End theme park also means battling demonic forces, time traveling wizards and scariest of all --- their love lives! Follow the lives of this diverse group of employees of a haunted house, which may or may not also serve as a portal to hell, in this hilarious and moving graphic novel, complete with talking pugs, vengeful ghosts and LBGTQIA love!

About the Book

Barney and his best friend Norma are just trying to get by and keep their jobs, but working at the Dead End theme park also means battling demonic forces, time traveling wizards and scariest of all --- their love lives!

Follow the lives of this diverse group of employees of a haunted house, which may or may not also serve as a portal to hell, in this hilarious and moving graphic novel, complete with talking pugs, vengeful ghosts and LBGTQIA love!

Editorial Content for After the Game

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Grace P., Teen Board Member

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After accusing Rhett of rape, everyone called Riley a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s. Rhett is off at college, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her. When Brady finds Riley and Bryony stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. After the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. 

About the Book

The third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series --- a southern soap opera with football, cute boys and pick-up trucks --- from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.

When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.

But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?

Audiobook available, narrated by Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield.

Editorial Content for Bring Me Their Hearts

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Jessica K., Teen Board Member

Sara Wolf, author of LOVE ME NEVER, opens up an incredible new fantasy trilogy with BRING ME THEIR HEARTS.

For three years Zera has lived the life of a heartless: immortal, invulnerable and bound to the beck and call of Nightsinger, the witch who saved her life after the death of her family. She wants nothing more to regain her heart, allowing her to return to the freedom of her human life and escape from the hunger that she carries with her every day. Read More

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Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger's control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince's heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she's discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera's heart. Crown Prince Lucien d'Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him. No one can challenge him --- until the arrival of Lady Zera. She's inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree and out for his blood. The prince's honor has him quickly aiming for her throat. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser's heart. Literally.

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Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger's control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince's heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she's discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera's heart. Crown Prince Lucien d'Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him. No one can challenge him --- until the arrival of Lady Zera. She's inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree and out for his blood. The prince's honor has him quickly aiming for her throat. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser's heart. Literally.

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Zera is a Heartless --- the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger's control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince's heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she's discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera's heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d'Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him --- every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him --- until the arrival of Lady Zera. She's inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree and out for his blood. The prince's honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser's heart.

Literally.

Audiobook available, narrated by Em Eldridge.

Editorial Content for Sanctuary

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Alice D., Teen Board Member

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Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything. As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself. But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by prisoners. As Kenzie forms a plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive.

About the Book

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station --- only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company --- and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer --- who also happens to be her mother --- will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive --- all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

Audiobook available, narrated by Rebekkah Ross.