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  • Meg & Linus

    Hanna Nowinski

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school? Find out in this debut YA novel from Swoon Reads author, Hanna Nowinski. Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They're pretty happy. But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny―and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn't quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . . From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks―even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.Praise for Meg & Linus:"Friendship . . . is the crux of the story and it’s what will stay with you long after the book is done. Meg & Linus is ultimately a lighthearted, low angst look at holding onto friends and growing up. . . . It’s exactly the sort of relevant and positive portrayal that is needed." ―Teen Vogue"An entertaining coming-of-age story about two queer best friends and their efforts to navigate love, friendship, and the drama of high school. . . The characters in the book are charming and endearing, providing validation for all those who identify as geeky and queer. . . Imbued with sympathetic characters and solid queer representation, Meg and Linus provides a well-crafted story filled with wit and humanity." ―Lambda Literary"Meg and Linus’s romantic lives take center stage, but first-time author Nowinski also addresses the difficulty of being queer in a small town, where pursuing a relationship requires confidence, and can involve a fear of outing or offending―all of which comes into play as Meg reflects on her past and Linus considers the possibility of a future with Danny." ―Publishers Weekly"Readers experience [Meg's] pain and Linus’ uncertainties as the story moves back and forth between their respective perspectives. . . . this is one of the rare LGBTQ books to feature both a gay boy and a lesbian who are friends." ―Booklist
  • Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard

    Echo Brown

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    "Brown has written a guidebook of survival and wonder."―The New York Times "Just brilliant."―Kirkus ReviewsHeavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism―all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age story for fans of Renee Watson's Piecing Me Together and Ibi Zoboi's American Street.Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.Christy Ottaviano Books
  • An Outcast and an Ally

    Caitlin Lochner

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Dark secrets and conflicting loyalties abound as four superpowered teens are torn apart by war in Caitlin Lochner's An Outcast and an Ally, the epic YA sequel to A Soldier and a Liar.Lai, Jay, Al, and Erik are on the run after the military accuses them of being traitors. Tensions between everyone are high, but they have to stick together if they want to survive. And somehow stop the war that’s now in full swing.But when Erik returns to the rebels to find answers about his past, Lai, Al, and Jay have no choice but to go to the Order―a peace coalition bent on stopping the rebels and dissolving the enmity between gifted and ungifted. However, the longer the war drags on, the more Lai’s long-kept secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s ever worked for. Sparks fly as the team constantly questions whether they can trust one another and everyone tries to navigate a war that will change everything.Filled with the same high-stakes superpowered action and complex relationships as A Soldier and A Liar, Caitlin's first book, An Outcast and an Ally brings this story to a dramatic and satisfying close.Praise for A Soldier and a Liar:"Fans of the Shatter Me and The Darkest Minds series will salivate for A Soldier and a Liar . . . Utterly imaginative and vivid." ―Booked J"An interesting mix of supernatural and dystopian, with lots of action and secrets to keep the reader turning the pages for more." ―Smada's Book Smack
  • Hostile Territory

    Paul Greci

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    In Paul Greci’s Hostile Territory, a catastrophic earthquake strands four teens in the Alaskan wilderness―and leaves them without a civilization to return to.Josh and three other campers at Simon Lake are high up on a mountain when an earthquake hits. The rest of the camp is wiped out in a moment―leaving Josh, Derrick, Brooke, and Shannon alone, hundreds of miles from the nearest town, with meager supplies, surrounded by dangerous Alaskan wildlife.After a few days, it’s clear no rescue is coming, and distant military activity in the skies suggests this natural disaster has triggered a political one.Josh and his fellow campers face a struggle for survival in their hike back home―to an America they might not recognize.An Imprint Book“In Greci’s intense survival tale with a thriller component, four teens endure a harrowing trek across the Alaskan wilderness . . . It’s clear that Greci (The Wild Lands) knows his landscape―Alaska’s beauty and natural hazards become their own vivid character in his handling.” ―Publishers Weekly“Readers will feel like they are in Alaska alongside the characters... Recommended for teenagers who like postapocalyptic adventure or are fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.” ―School Library Journal
  • Defy the Sun

    Jessika Fleck

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    In this electrifying YA dystopian sequel to Beware the Night, Veda is captured and leveraged against her best friend, who fights for the opposing force.Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries, led by Dorian Winters, and they're determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people. Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above ground. As the war intensifies, Veda and Nico are leveraged against each other: Veda is above as a hostage of the Imperi and Nico is below, taken by the Night. There's no way Dorian is letting such a valuable hostage go. The island will burn unless Veda and Nico can come together to rip everything apart. But Nico and Dorian will never trust each other, and Veda's heart might be the biggest casualty.Praise for Defy the Sun"Jessika Fleck's duology is a lyrical adventure with a twisting vein of romance throughout. I was both enchanted and haunted till the very end!" ―Erin Beaty, author of the Traitor's Trilogy Beware the Night “Jessika Fleck delights with a new fantasy novel set in a world where the Sun reigns supreme and the Night is your enemy―literally. Brims with secrets, betrayal, and a genuinely believable love triangle!” ―Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of the Forget Tomorrow series
  • Love Me, Love Me Not: A Novel

    SM Koz

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged young adult novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother. When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms. As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have. Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them―or will they risk it all to be together?Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.Praise for Love Me, Love Me Not: “Amid a well-developed supporting cast of friends and foes, Hailey learns not just what real love could be, but also how to love and stand up for herself. Add this book to YA collections where teen romance is popular.” ―School Library Journal “I love this book! It was so cute yet full of suspense. There were many heated scenes and oh-my-gosh moment, too!” ―Tay, reader on SwoonReads.com
  • Between Frost and Fury

    Chani Lynn Feener

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Delaney might have done her job a little TOO well. . .and now her life has once again been turned upside down by aliens, this time by a deadly (and devastatingly handsome) alien prince in this explosive second installment of Chani Lynn Feener's The Xenith Trilogy. Delaney has been kidnapped by aliens. Again. After only a month back on Earth with her hot new alien boyfriend Ruckus, the deadly and devastatingly handsome prince Trystan has dragged her right back to his planet. While some girls may dream of winning a prince’s heart, Delaney just wishes this one would leave her alone. Instead, she finds herself at the center of both a tense political battle between two alien kingdoms and Trystan’s romantic attentions, both of which are absolutely ruining the life she’s built on Earth. Not to mention the fact that she’s about to be crowned queen of a planet she’s barely even visited. Just another day in the life of an ordinary human girl. Readers won’t want to miss Between Frost and Fury, the compelling, fast-paced sequel to Chani Lynn Feener’s Amid Stars and Darkness.Praise for Between Frost and Fury:"The cliff-hanger ending will keep fans anxiously anticipating the trilogy's conclusion. . .A first purchase where science fiction and romance are popular." ―School Library Journal Praise for Amid Stars and Darkness:"Give to fans of Melissa Landers’s Alienated and Ally Condie’s Matched." ―School Library Journal
  • SuperMoon

    H. A. Swain

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A futuristic young adult thriller about the colonization of and culture clashes between the Moon and Earth from H.A. Swain, the author of Hungry and Gifted.Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It's the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol. Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn't know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?Praise for SuperMoon: "In this star-crossed romance, two teenage girls―one from Earth, one from the Moon―forge an unexpected connection, but the secrets they hold threaten to derail a happily ever after. Swain’s (Gifted) fast-paced novel offers an engaging story line, a strong narrative voice, and intriguing worldbuilding." ―Publishers Weekly
  • The Greed

    Scott Bergstrom

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A teen girl faces ever greater danger from the men who hunt her in this action-packed, high-stakes YA sequel to The Cruelty, by Scott Bergstrom. Gwendolyn Bloom is dead. But even armed with a new passport and identity, the danger is far from over. Her father is safe . . . but Gwen still hasn’t untangled all his lies from the truth. Meanwhile, her enemies are closing in with a vengeance.She found her father when he disappeared off the face of the earth―can she survive being on the other end of a manhunt? Find out in The Greed. "This gritty thriller will find an audience with teens who have a taste for harrowing stories and badass antiheroes." ―VOYAPraise for The Cruelty:"Liam Neeson’s 2008 film Taken concerned a spy who engages in mass mayhem while attempting to recover his kidnapped daughter. Bergstrom reverses this plot in his violent, well-crafted first novel. . . . A grim, fastpaced tale." ―Publishers WeeklyRead the whole series:The CrueltyThe Greed
  • Slay: A Freya Novel

    Matthew Laurence

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    In this second book of Matthew Laurence's YA Freya series, Freya goes to Hollywood for more fame and power so she can take down her ancient enemy, the god Ares."Move over, Percy Jackson, there’s a new girl in town." ―Booklist review for Freya Her fight for freedom is over, but the fight for power is just beginning.After Freya escapes from the power-controlling Finemdi Corporation, her quest to defeat her new enemy takes her to Hollywood. The ancient Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death disguises herself once again as Sara Vanadi, now an up-and-coming star on a scandalous television series. Freya knows that today’s modern gods live on the screen, and Los Angeles offers her both fame and believers. And she desperately needs strength from her believers.With sinister forces at her heels, an ancient enemy returned, and an unknown threat lurking in the shadows, Freya must walk a dangerous line between mortal and goddess. Because if she loses her humanity, who will save the world?Blending fantasy and science fiction in a contemporary Hollywood setting, Slay: A Freya Novel is the second book in Matthew Laurence’s action-packed series about an ancient goddess in a modern world. An Imprint Book "Freya retains her quirky appeal, offering wry comments and an intriguing take on deity-human interactions." ―Kirkus Reviews
  • Alien: Echo

    Mira Grant

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    An original young adult novel of the Alien universeOlivia and her twin sister Viola have been dragged around the universe for as long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology.Just settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. And suddenly the sisters’ world is ripped apart. On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia’s knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. But then a shocking family secret bursts open―one that’s as horrifying to Olivia as the aliens surrounding them.The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this untouched colony world―and quickly start adapting. Olivia’s going to have to adapt, too, if she’s going to survive...An Imprint Book“Mira Grant blends gritty science fiction, complex characters, and nail-biting horror in Alien: Echo! A spellbinding novel of courage and terror.” ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times–bestselling author of Broken Lands and editor of Aliens: Bug Hunt
  • Ready to Fall: A Novel

    Marcella Pixley

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A young adult novel about a teen who finds hope and a fresh start after a terrible loss, and learns that being strong means letting goWhen Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his brain. It's a terrible tenant―isolating him from family, distracting him in school, and taunting him mercilessly about his manhood. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Finally, Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. He joins a group of theater misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet where he becomes friends with Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, an edgy upperclassman who refuses to let go of the things he loves. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings―until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how hard it is to let go of the past. At turns lyrical, haunting, and triumphant, Ready to Fall is a story of grief, love, rebellion and starting fresh from acclaimed author Marcella Pixley.Praise for Ready to Fall:"Lyrical prose, fresh and compelling images, and unforgettable characters create an experience that will stay with readers far past the last page. Grief becomes something oddly beautiful--and beautifully odd." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review“Pixley uses the school production of Hamlet and the theater milieu effectively--the book’s title refers to trust-fall exercises, a common theater practice. It’s an act that takes courage, and over the course of the story, Max moves toward being willing to do it . . . Rewarding and touching.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review“A quirky take on a classic YA narrative on coping with loss, this book delights by showcasing a cast of colorful characters that help Max deal with grief, often via art.” --Booklist“Max’s relationships with his new friends, crush, teacher, and father are realistic, flawed, and beautifully written . . . Recommended for most YA shelves.” --School Library Journal“A keen yet accessible portrait of the way grief can knock you sideways and time and humanity can draw you back.” --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books