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Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated YA Titles of 2016

The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

"Aveyard’s Red Queen series, set in a dystopian world divided by class with supernatural powers thrown into the mix, only continues to grow. As this second novel arrives, Aveyard has already signed up a fourth book in what was originally planned as a trilogy, two novellas have further expanded the series, and a film based on The Red Queen is in development with Universal, with Elizabeth Banks potentially attached to direct." Available February 9th


Half Lost by Sally Green

Green’s gritty trilogy, which began in 2014 with Half Bad, wraps up this spring as the battle between Black and White witches comes to a head in her magic-laden version of England. Readers who have been following protagonist Nathan’s heartbreaking losses and struggles through the previous two books should be relieved and satisfied as the young witch’s journey comes to an end. Available in March.


Last Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Fans of Clare’s paranormal Mortal Instruments series already have plenty to be excited about this season with the recent TV premiere of Shadowhunters, based on her bestselling novels. But readers who have devoured the previous books set in the world of her Shadowhunter Chronicles may be even more excited for this first book in the Dark Artifices series, about a family of Shadowhunters living in Los Angeles. Available in March.


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The series that began in 2012 with The Raven Boys comes to a close this spring, answering questions that have dogged readers over the previous books. Will Gansey finally find the Welsh king Glendower? Will he die if he kisses Blue? Will anyone survive the dark forces gathering around Henrietta, Virginia? Come April, we’ll find out. Available in April.


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Much as she did in her breakout debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, Sepetys illuminates another tragic chapter of wartime history in her third book for teens. Here, she examines a horrific naval disaster, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, from the perspectives of multiple characters, including refugees, soldiers, and a nurse, in 1945 East Prussia. Available Now.

Ruta Sepetys' New Book

You may recognize Ruta Sepetys' name, or maybe her first Young Adult book, Between Shades of Gray, which was an international best seller.

Sepetys is known for her beautifully written, heartbreaking, historical fiction. Between Shades of Gray is the story of a young Siberian girl who's family is torn apart by a Soviet invasion. Along with her mother and younger brother, she is sent to a Siberian working camp while her father is sent off to a prison camp.


If you are one of the readers who fell in love with Shades of Gray, you'll be excited to kow that Sepetys' new book, Salt to the Sea will be coming out February 2nd.


Like Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea tackles yet another tragic, mostly over looked event: the sinking of the "Wilhelm Gustloff" after WWII. If you're anything like me, you'll have to Google "Wilhelm Gustloff". It's one of the "worst maritime disasters in history" yet relatively unknown to most people. But, after reading about the horrible accident, I just want to pick up Salt to the Sea event more!

Here's the description of the book:

"In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the "Wilhelm Gustloff." Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival." Told in alternatilng perspectives, this book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Pick it up in stores next week.

ALA Medal Winners for 2016!


Printz Award: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kan., school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults. The award is administered annually by YALSA and is sponsored by Booklist magazine. Congratulations Laura Ruby!!


Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award: Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. Congratulations Steve Sheinkin!


The William C. Morris Award: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The William C. Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. Congratulations Becky Albertalli!


Stonewall Young Adult Literature Award: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children and teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. Congratulations Bill Konigsberg!


Margaret A. Edwards Award: David Levithan

David Levithan is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for The Realm of Possibility, Boy Meets Boy, Love is the Higher Law, How They Met, and Other Stories, Wide Awake, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Congratulations David Levithan!

To see the list of all awards and winners, visit the ALA website!

January Events

This month we're very excited to welcome 3 awesome authors to Books Inc.!


First up, we have the lovely Emery Lord author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You,  visiting the Bay Area for the frist time! She'll be joining NYMBC at the Burlingame Library to meet and greet her fans and talk about her upcoming novel, When We Collided, out this April!


Second, the amazing Alexandra Bracken, author of the Darkest Minds series, and wonderful Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly, will be joining us for a night of fun at Books Inc. Opera Plaza to discuss their new books, Passenger and Truthwitch!


We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there!!