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What to Read in YA MARCH

Honestly, March is an amazing month for new YA! With the publication of several long-anticipated titles from established authors like Cat Winters, Robison Wells, and Stefan Bachmann; newcomers like Kathryn Purdie and Brittney Cavallaro; and with books coming from personal favorite authors of mine like Sharon Biggs Waller and April Genevieve Tucholke, we’re going to have a lot of amazing new books hitting our shelves next month.

With so many great books coming out, read on to find out which titles you absolutely cannot afford to miss this month! 

SteepTHE STEEP AND THORNY WAY
by Cat Winters
March 8, 2016

I will read anything penned by Cat Winters. Anything. From YA to adult, Winters crafts remarkable, affecting, and dark stories steeped in American history; and I find that I walk away from her work not only a little wiser about the world, but a little more wary of it, too. Mix those qualities into a retelling of my favorite Shakespearian play of all time—HAMLET—and you have a recipe for a book I desperate want to read. 

Add this to your shelf if you enjoy well-wrought historical fiction, or a novel with a slightly creepy edge.  

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

OrchidTHE FORBIDDEN ORCHID
by Sharon Biggs Waller
March 8, 2016

Sharon Biggs Waller’s thoroughly-researched historical fiction is nothing short of evocative, thrilling, and quite often, unapologetically feminist. Her debut novel, A Mad Wicked Folly, brought the struggle of the British suffragettes to life in a sweeping, cinematic novel of a young woman torn between her place in her rapidly-evolving society, her family, and her own desire to pursue her artistic talents. 

I expect no less on this second outing with Waller, and am very much looking forward to adventuring across the world with Elodie!  

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls' father is a plant hunter, usually off adventuring through the jungles of China. 

Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan fails to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid, meaning that he will be thrown into debtors' prison and the girls will be sent to the orphanage or the poorhouse. Elodie's father has one last chance to return to China, find the orchid, and save the family—and this time, thanks to an unforeseen twist of fate, Elodie is going with him. Elodie has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. 

But even if she can find the orchid, how can she find herself now that staid, responsible Elodie has seen how much the world has to offer?  

SerpentTHE SERPENT KING
by Jeff Zentner  
March 8, 2016

With a handful of starred reviews to its name, THE SERPENT KING may very well be a book that carries its buzz straight to the end-of-year awards season. With a moving story, powerful prose, and well-wrought characters, fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green should find much to enjoy in Zentner’s new novel.

Also of note for our Provo patrons: Zentner is an LDS author based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town.  And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

Wink Poppy MidnightWINK POPPY MIDNIGHT
by April Genevieve Tucholke  
March 22, 2016

I have been waiting for this novel to be published for years. Years, I tell you! When April Tucholke announced that she was working a new YA horror novel, one told in three voices with unreliable narrators and an uncertain antagonist, I knew this would be a book for me. Tucholke’s previous works have been dreamlike, sometimes-terrifying, but always masterfully-written stories of strange girls and odd boys caught in cruel situations. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened? Someone knows. Someone is lying.

Make sure not to miss . . .  

  1. DARK ENERGY, by Robison Wells
  2. A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, by Brittany Cavallaro
  3. BURNING GLASS, by Kathryn Purdie  
  4. A DROP OF NIGHT, by Stefan Bachmann
  5. REBEL OF THE SANDS, by Alwyn Hamilton
  6. THE GREAT HUNT, by Wendy Higgins  

Find these and other great, brand new YA titles in the Teen Corner in the first floor reference wing!

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