Coming Soon: 2018 YA Edition

Hi, Friends. I’ve got my eye on a number of film adaptations of great YA novels that will premiere this year. Go read the books if you haven’t already, and go see the movies no matter what. It’s especially exciting to see a few major LGBTQ-themed YA books make it to the big screen. I hope they make all the $$$. Stay Gold – Lizzy

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  • David Levithan’s 2012 novel Every Day comes to theaters on February 23. Read it or go see it if you like your realistic high school fiction with a dose of fantasy. Jesse Andrews, the author of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, penned the screenplay.
  • Becky Albertalli’s 2015 debut novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda hits theaters on March 16, renamed as Love, Simon. Read it or go see it if you like funny, heartfelt coming-of-age/coming-out dramas.
  • Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22. Read it or go see it if you like serious, thoughtful LGBTQ themes and Chloe Grace Moretz. This one has gotten some great reviews so far, so I’m optimistic.
  • Walter Dean Myers’s award-winning 1999 novel Monster also debuted at Sundance on January 22. This one’s got Jennifer Hudson, A$AP Rocky, and Nas! Read it or go see it if you like well-told, intense stories about race and the justice system.
  • Philip Reeve’s 2004 steampunk series-starter Mortal Engines will hit the big screen in December. I mean, have you seen the teaser trailer? What else is there to say? Read it or go see it if you like dystopian action epics.
  • And don’t forget about The Hate U Give (2017) by Angie Thomas. Film release date to be determined. There’s still time to read the book!

Some New Sept./Oct. YA Releases

It’s finally October! Time for cardigans, pumpkin spice things, those thin drapey scarves that don’t actually keep you warm, and football. (Does football start now? I have no idea.) Oh, and also time for a lot of great new YA releases. Come to the library and check out one of these long-awaited titles. Want to know what they’re about? Read on.

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Two teen boys who don’t know each other are destined for death but allowed to spend one final day together. From an author who is writing some really cool and complex LGBTQ+ stories.
  • Odd & True by Cat Winters – About two monster-slaying sisters in 1909. Weird and dark and awesome!
  • A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland – A girl afraid of everything (and she’s got good reason to be, since her family was literally cursed with deadly bad luck) finds out that she is, unfortunately, afraid of love. Too bad she’s fallen for Jonah!
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – With Magnus and crew sailing off on their quest, it’s time to ask … do Riordan fans have a collective fan name? Riordonians? Riordancers?
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco – A follow-up to Stalking Jack the Ripper, but this time Audrey ends up at a creepy Romanian boarding school studying forensics. Sounds pleasant enough.
  • When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter – A cruel but dashing older brother dies from a drug overdose and haunts his younger siblings in different ways. Mysterious and scary, of course. Lots of complicated characters here, so beware.
  • Release by Patrick Ness – Follow 17-year-old Adam Thorn through one whole day of his life, but prepare yourself for elements of magical realism and a lot of honest talk. Patrick Ness fans will rejoice.
  • Warcross by Marie Lu – The long-awaited, much-hyped first installment of Lu’s new dystopian sci-fi series. Teen hacker Emika gets recruited to internally investigate the security of the world’s biggest virtual reality tournament, but she may end up with more information than she bargained for.
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – Perkins has written three amazingly cute romance books and is now trying her hand at the over-the-top teen/horror/slasher genre. A perfectly fun and frightening October read.
  • Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart – I’m obsessed with We Were Liars, lockhart’s previous book, so this one’s got a lot to live up to. This story features a girl who reinvents herself over and over, and the reverse-chronology setup keeps you guessing from the end to the very beginning of this psychological mystery.

Spy Stories & Murder Mysteries

In honor of our summer Teen Thrills Book Club, which comes to an end in August, here are a few of our favorite spy and mystery series from the Young Adult section.

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  • The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

A delightfully funny take on teenage spies, this steampunk series starts with Etiquette & Espionage and follows fearless Sophronia to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (a.k.a. a school for spies and assassins). There is plenty of delicately silly dialogue and rolling action – along with a werewolf in a top hat, a robotic dog that leaves ashes all over the room (bad dog!), and a budding love triangle. Continues through Book 4.

  • The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

This series has been around since 2000, and Horowitz is currently working on volumes 11 and 12 (Never Say Die will be out in the US in October). In the first book, Stormbreaker, British teen Alex is recruited by the M16 after his uncle dies under mysterious circumstances. Lots of undercover assignments, criminal organizations (or “organisations” if you want to get British about it), computer hacks, and car chases. An oldie but still going strong.

  • The Embassy Row series by Ally Carter

If you’re a fan of Carter’s Gallagher Girls spy novels, then the Embassy Row series should be next on your To Read list. In All Fall Down, Grace moves to live with her grandfather, the ambassador of the (fictional) country of Adria. There she meets other embassy kids and falls deeper into the mystery of her mother’s death – or what she thinks is her mother’s murder. Read this one if you like thrilling twists and turns.

  • The Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

In this edgy new series, the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson attend a Connecticut boarding school and join forces to solve a spree of disturbing campus crimes. Charlotte Holmes is troubled and mean and beautiful, of course, and James Watson, our narrator, is a great unwilling-but-kind-of-willing accomplice. Start with A Study in Charlotte. Knowledge of the original Sherlock Holmes stories is helpful, but you’ll get by just fine having seen the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch.