Sunday, June 4, 2017

LIVE FROM BOOK EXPO: Young Adult Buzz Books + Giveaway

What books are on the Young Adult buzz list for the Fall? The Young Adult Editors' Buzz Books presented the five books expected to be THE books to read for the rest of 2017. Have you heard of these? Which one are you most excited to read?


Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.


Beasts Made of Night by 
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.



 All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.



The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
One teenager in a skirt. 
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.


Spinning by Tillie Walden
Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.


Tillie Walden, Author of Spinning

Tillie was gracious enough to spend a few minutes with Stacy Millican of The Novel Life for an interview. We bonded over time at the ice rink - Tillie with her twelve years in competition synchronized ice skating and me with the years my son played ice hockey. 

Tillie shared about the early mornings spent practicing for hours in the cold rink - now she's obsessive about staying warm. When she writes, Tillie covers up with heavy blankets and warm sweatshirts. It gives her a sense of being grounded.


When asked which authors and graphic illustrators influence her writing, Tillie gave a surprising answer - Tana French, author of The Trespasser, In the Woods and The Secret Place has influenced her the most. Tana French showed Tillie the potential of great storytelling. 


Allison Bechdel, cartoonist and author that the Bechdel Test is named after. The Bechdel Test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women or girls who talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. Allison's work showed Tillie that a graphic novel + memoir works, and works well. 


With many thanks to First Second Books and Roaring Brook Press we have one copy of Spinning by Tillie Walden to giveaway.  Complete the form below by 12:00 Midnight EST Monday, June 5, 2017.  A winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the site.  Good luck!



3 comments:

  1. Thanks for offering this giveaway!!

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  2. The all sound like wonderful reads. Thanks to First Second Books and Roaring Brook Press for the opportunity.

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