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The Protagonists of Criminal Minds would love to analyze these thrillingly complex YA reads!

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- Written By Kristine


Even though Criminal Minds has gone on for about 14 seasons, our obsession for gore and crime (even if it does sound a little weird) is still, clearly, present. Here are some young adult books that the Criminal Minds characters would either break apart piece by piece, bask in, or simply take away with them on vacation...

 

1. The BAU really would like to discover more about this unsub: The Body Finder

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Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

The BAU would truly love to delve into this scary thriller and find out more about her (just like Violet is on her own journey). With a drop of romance added too (after all, each member of the BAU has their own….)

By Kimberly Derting

2.Spencer Reid would love to read this book (cause we all know, deep down he’s a sucker for romance): The Universal Laws of Marco

Told through the lens of a guy in love with the cosmos (and maybe two girls), The Universal Laws of Marco explores the complicated histories that bring us together and tear us apart.

In the summer before eighth grade, Marco Suarez kissed his best friend Sally Blake. This was his first spark.

And since then, whenever he’s thought about that moment, he’s traveled through a wormhole—of sorts—to relive those brief seconds when time sped up (or, rather, his view of time distorted) and he kissed her.

And then, at the end of that year, she disappeared, leaving in that way that people sometimes leave—alive and well and somewhere out there but gone, nonetheless. She never even said why.

And now in their senior year, Sally unexpectedly returns and Marco is shaken. Still, he holds tightly to his carefully choreographed life. A life that is full of reasons why first sparks don’t matter:

Reason 1: He has a girlfriend. Her name is Erika Richards.

Reason 2: He’s leaving on a full scholarship to college.

Reason 3: He’s busy with his friends and making money to help support his family.

But as Marco navigates the final days of high school, he learns that leaving home is never easy and a first spark is hard to ignore.

We all know that Spencer Reid secretly aspires to have his own romance story. After all, he had one with Maeve. And, The Universal Rules of Marco really does fit his heart in the right place. Even though it probably took him less than an hour to read it… (Since he can read 20,000 words per minute with his eidetic memory).

By Carmen Rodrigues

3. After a long day of murder and gore, Penelope Garcia would love to get back in touch with her own spunky adorable fox--Even the Darkest Stars

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

After reading this, Penelope Garcia certainly wants to have her own spunky fox, just like Kamzin. We all need a pet at the end of the day to calm us down… After all, that’s why we have animal-assisted therapy...

By Heather Fawcett

4. Aaron Hotchner needs a book about a romance in a different country in order to relax every once in a while and Her Royal Highness is the perfect one!

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can't believe her luck when she's accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.

She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other--Flora is both high-class and high-key--but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn't a fairytale . . . or is it?

Aaron Hotchner needs to let loose every once in a while. And what he certainly needs is a romance in Scotland. However, Haley will always have a place in out hearts.

By Rachel Hawkins

New Review from The Teen Advisory Board!- The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

 

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By Teen Advisory Board Member Ava Lee

The Downstairs Girl

 by Stacey Lee

“By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.”

Stacey Lee’s third historical fiction was always bound to be one of the freshest books of 2019+! This isn’t the kind of boring historical fiction you’re forced to read in high school, but rather a story that deals with America’s grim history of racism and sexism while being one of the funniest, wittiest books I’ve read in awhile.

Also, I WANT TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH JO! She’s such a clever and well-written character; bold but not brash, genuine yet sardonic. The insights she shares with the reader are absolutely hilarious (see: morel mushrooms), as is with all of Lee’s heroines.

If you’re a fan of witty prose and historical fiction—and even if you’re not!—be sure to get THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL by Stacey Lee on your TBR shelf! Her novels just keep getting better and better (see: UNDER A PAINTED SKY, OUTRUN THE MOON, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE).

If this all doesn’t convince you to read TDG, keep in mind that it has five starred reviews from all the major reviewers.

 

 


BONUS: Staff Review

I love Stacey Lee and all she does. There. I've said it. And I've probably said it in every single one of my reviews for her books. She has an amazing talent of capturing a feeling and presenting complex scenarios, like classism and racism, and complicated emotions, romantic and familial, to her readers in a thoughtful, careful, yet thorough way. On top of that, she has a knack for creating characters that seep into the heart and stick. I can't wait to put this into the hands of young readers who love the written word as much as Jo and "Miss Sweetie". 

— Hannah, NYMBC Coordinator

 

YA books for post-Stranger Things stress disorder

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- Written by  By Ava & Evgenia


 

AHHH!!! After a year, the first episode of Stranger Things has finally aired. Here are six YA books with that supernatural element to tide you over until next Saturday, and the Saturday after that.

1. RUNAWAYS: AN ORIGINAL NOVEL

Runaways: An Original Novel  by Christopher Golden

Turns out murderous Super Villains don't make for good parents. The Runaways had no choice. They had to kill them. Well, more or less. Now Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase, and Molly are on the run again, hiding out and trying to regain a sense of normalcy. But kids with super powers don't get to be normal.

The city is overrun with criminals, each faction bent on murdering them for one reason or another. It's only when the Runaways uncover the truth behind their parents' past that they realize the evil isn't just in L.A.

It's everywhere.

By: Christopher Golden

2. SLAYER

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

By: Kiersten White

 

3. CIRCLE OF SHADOWS

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

By: Evelyn Skye

 

4. SPECTACLE

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

While Paris may be very far away from Hawkins, the common thread of extraordinary powers and strange experiments ties these stories together. 

By: Jodie Lynn Zdrok

 

 

5. THIS SAVAGE SONG

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

This book has monsters too, although they are a bit easier to empathise with...

By: V.E. Schwab

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6. EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children

No Solicitations

No Visitors

No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else .

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Strange parallel universes… that can be reached through gateways… Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

By: Seanan McGuire

New Review! -This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Tiffany Reviews This Savage Song

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Possibly the best things about this novel are the complex characters and their compelling dynamic.  August in a soul-sucking monster who hates himself for it and yearns to be human; Kate is a human girl who is desperate to please her father by becoming monstrously powerful.  She is willing to do whatever it takes, and her ambition shows in her snarky attitude and intimidating actions.

If you’re looking for an alluringly dark book with complex characters to get attached to, This Savage Song is just for you.

 

 

Coming Soon: Beloved Picture Book now a Board Book

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave (Board book)

"Jessica Hische, one of the great designers and typographers, now shows herself equally adept at creating gorgeous and immersive images for young readers. This is a joyous burst of color."--Dave Eggers, author of Her Right Foot

 

Tomorrow I'll be all the things I tried to be today:
Adventurous, Strong, Smart, Curious, Creative, Confident, & Brave.
And if I wasn't one of them, I know that it's OK.

 

Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of widsom, inspiration, and motivation. As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities--all you have to do is decide to make the day yours.

 

“Encouraging kids to be adventurous, strong, smart, curious, creative, confident, and brave.  At the same time, reminding them that if they couldn’t be any of those things today, there is always tomorrow.  Wonderfully illustrated and lyrical with her words, SF author Jessica Hische teaches self acceptance and how to stay hopeful; great lessons for kids of any age.”

-Hannah, Bookseller at  Books Inc. Alameda

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Published: Penguin Workshop - October 15th, 2019

YA Romance Titles for National Romance Month

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- Written by  By Ava, Evgenia, Amanda


In honor of National Romance Month, we’ve compiled a list of swoon-worthy YA books! ❤️❤️❤️

  1.THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

By: Stacey Lee

2. RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

By Casey McQuiston

3. THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk -- to get the thing they want the most.

LIKE A LOVE STORY is everything you ever needed—it’s angsty, hilarious, beautiful, and wholeheartedly swoon-worthy.

By Bill Konigsberg

Magical Fantasy Middle Reader to Cure End-of-Summer Blues

Adventure, friendship, and magical realism come together in this heartwarming, whimsical story. Perfect for fans of A Snicker of Magic and The Penderwicks.

 

Great for late the late Elementary age kids (or really anyone) who need a dose of magic, thrilling adventure, and heartwarming self-acceptance. Like Neil Gaiman's Stardust, a wonderfully fun book about how the only person you need to worry about impressing is yourself.

" This follow-up to The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker carries just as much heart and charm as Matilda Woods's first novel. The characters, story, and illustrations will dazzle readers."

“You can’t lose with text by Matilda Woods and illustrations by Anuska Allepuz. It’s impossible not to love whatever magical thing they create, and The Girl Who Sailed the Stars is no exception. This book was whimsical and imaginative from page one, and I loved discovering new things alongside the curious and bold Oona—the sea cats are also a delightful part of this universe. Pick this one up as soon as you can!”
— Melissa Music, The Story Shop, Monroe, GA

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Published: Philomel Books - June 25th, 2019

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Published: Puffin Books - May 28th, 2019

New Nonfitcion Picture Book for Young Aristis!

Mary Blair's Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends

 

Even as a child, Mary Blair loved color, and all she wanted to do was to make art. But becoming an artist wasn't easy. Her parents worked hard to provide her paper and paints, and Mary worked hard to enter contests and earn a spot at a school for the arts. She even had to work hard to find her place at the Walt Disney Studios. But Walt was easily impressed by Mary. When she joined his trip to South America, Mary had never seen such color. She collected that color and used it in her concept art for Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, and even the It's a Small World attraction at Disneyland.

 

"A smiling, button-eyed Blair is pictured alongside Cinderella's silver carriage, Alice's upside-down mirror, and Wendy's nursery room window—all projects Blair created concept art for. Lee's art also imitates the bold, blocky figures that Blair designed for It's a Small World, her magnum opus, a ride that fosters goodwill and worldwide peace. This wonderful biography not only shows how Blair has influenced Walt Disney Studios, but it also captures her verve for life and bountiful imagination. Share this one with young, aspiring artists, especially those willing to break the rules."(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

Beautiful and newly modernized Fairy Tale

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO (Hardcover)

 

Hilarious and smart, Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO is a modern take on the classic tooth fairy story by Tamara Pizzoli with illustrations by Federico Fabianiis that is perfect for powerful little leaders ready to take on the world—one tooth at a time.

Meet Tallulah. She’s the Tooth Fairy CEO. Tallulah knows practically everything about being a tooth fairy. How to collect teeth. Dispense money. Train other fairies. And it’s all in the Teeth Titans Incorporated Employee Manual.

But when something happens that’s not covered in the manual, what's a fairy to do?

"It’s refreshing to see a woman of color not only represented as a classic fantasy figure, as they are often depicted exclusively as white, but also as a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur . . . Illustrations are smooth and give a sleek modern feel to the piece. A fun, solid addition to contemporary fairy tale collections." –School Library Journal

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