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26. Author Guest Post--Andrew Chilton

  I'd like to make a confession. There's something I do all the time. Something terrible, naughty and wicked that all the experts tell you to never, ever do. When it comes to worldbuilding, I pretty much just make it up as I go along. Gasp! Shock! Horror! Okay, truthfully, it...

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27. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: For This Life Only by Stacey Kade + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for FOR THIS LIFE ONLY by Stacey Kade, releasing August 30, 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Stacey:   Hello YABC! I'm so excited to be here for the exclusive...

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28. Giveaway & Excerpt: The Truth by Jeffry Johnston (US & Canada Only)

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston Release Date: February 2, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   About the Book “I tied you up because I need you to listen,” Derek says. “Focus.” “Please… W-what do you want from me?” “The truth,” he says. “About what happened the night my brother died.” He...

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29. Spotlight on The Glass Ceiling by Julie LaVoie, Plus Giveaway!

Today, we're spotlighting The Glass Ceiling! LaVoie's new book is the perfect mix of heart wrenching discovery and futuristic thriller. Read on for a sneak peek of this book and a chance to enter the giveaway!First meet Julie LaVoie!​Julie lives in historic Saratoga Springs, NY with the man of her dreams and their boys. Being surrounded by males, s...

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30. Author Guest Post--C.C. Hunter

​I always used to hate it when someone asked me, "What's the underlying theme of your books?" I usually stood there for several seconds, feeling like I was back in high school, in front of the class of all my smarter and more­together peers, and some teacher had just asked me a question that I should have known the answer to, but I had nothing...

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31. Giveaway & Excerpt: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange (US Only)

REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH by Erin Jade Lange Release Date: 2/16/16About the Book The Breakfast Club gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever. With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on ...

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32. Spotlight on A Weird and Wild Beauty by Erin Peabody, Plus Giveaway!

*A Note from Erin Peabody:The Declaration of Independence. Jazz. Baseball. All are widely celebrated American creations. But what about the National Park Idea? Did you know that the United States was the first country to protect spectacular scenery and wilderness‐‐ for the enjoyment of ordinary people? This inspiring land ethic has now gone vi...

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33. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NO ONE DIES IN THE GARDEN OF SYN by Michael Seidelman, releasing April 26, 2016 from Chewed Pencil Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Michael:   Dear Readers,   I’m extremely excited to share...

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34. Diversify Your Shelves, February 1, 2016

Empathy MachinesHere's the setup of my young adult sci-fi thriller Willful Machines: in a near-future America, conscious, self-aware machines have just become a reality, and it has people seriously freaked. Members of the newly formed Human Values Movement insist machines can never be considered truly alive, like humans, because humans have someth...

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35. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Gabriel Adam by S. L. Duncan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE EVOLUTION OF GABRIEL ADAM by S.L. Duncan, releasing August 9, 2016 from Medallion Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from S.L.:

Hello YABC! I'm so honored to reveal to your amazing community of book lovers the cover for the last chapter of The Revelation Saga, The Evolution of Gabriel Adam. Thanks for having me! The cover is the darkest yet of the trilogy, and really captures the starkly different tone set in the final book. The creative minds at Medallion Press did a fantastic job. So to celebrate its awesomeness, let’s have a giveaway!
~ S.L. Duncan (THE EVOLUTION OF GABRIEL ADAM, Medallion Press)



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The Evolution of Gabriel Adam

by S. L. Duncan
Release date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Medallion Press
ISBN: 978-1605426099
About the Book
Stuck in the Dark Realm, teen-turned-archangel Gabriel Adam must remember who he was in the world. A familiar face guides him through an apocalyptic landscape, the only way home, but a relentless destructive force hunts them.
Meanwhile, on the Earth Realm, the horrific effects of the converging dimensions consume reality, encouraged by the machinations of the demon Mastema. Facing impossible odds without their two fellow archangels, Micah and Afarôt race to stop an inevitable doom.
In this harrowing conclusion to The Revelation Saga, worlds collide as Gabriel seeks inner strength to conquer the darkness threatening to tear the world—and his humanity—apart.
To learn more about this book and see our review, click HERE.

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S. L. Duncan writes young adult novels inspired by his travels around the world. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his family. Represented by John Rudolph, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.


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Three winners will each receive signed sets of books one and two with an ARC to follow once available.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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36. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA by Laura Moe, releasing May 16, 2016 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Laura:

Welcome YABC readers. I am delighted to pull back the curtain and unveil the cover of my upcoming novel, BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA. My cover is beautiful because its surface resembles the ocean, infinite and translucent, yet underneath that calm exterior are secrets and treachery. Like the sea, the cover reflects shades of blue and green, ever changing, a trick of the eye, immense and small and boundless. It's a sad song with a beacon of light. It’s a mystery solved in the ebb and flow of life, digging at its roots. 
~ Laura Moe (BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA, Merit Press)



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by Laura Moe
Release date: May 16, 2016
Publisher: Merit Press
ISBN: 9781440592195 
About the Book
Everyone knows Michael Flynn was expelled, and community service is the only way he can stay out of jail. What no one knows-except Michael’s family-is that his mother is a hoarder who lives in unspeakable filth, and Michael has escaped. He’s living in a 1982 Ford LTD station wagon he calls the Blue Whale. When Shelly Miller, a girl also working off community service, catches him sleeping in the Whale one morning, Michael’s secret is out, but to someone who really gets it. She also gets his anguish that Michael’s mother refuses to tell him who his real father is. Michael seems doomed to stay on the edges of life, but not if Shelly has anything to say about it. She sets out not only to find the key to his father’s identity, but they key to Michael’s heart. If he can stop himself from shutting her out, Michael might have just one chance to really use his strong mind and his big heart. Trust is a big risk. Will he let Shelly in before it’s too late?
To learn more about this book and see our review, click HERE.

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I was raised on the run with a family who changed addresses with the frequency of fugitives. Because we moved so much, books became my most stable friends. When we lived overseas where there was no English TV. What saved me was the book wallah: a man on a bicycle with a basketful of books who visited our house on Saturday mornings to sell us his wares. We bought everything in his basket, and I often read things that were hugely inappropriate for a young teenage girl, such as Harold Robbins novels, but I also devoured MAD magazine. Naturally my love of reading led me to a career as a librarian and English teacher.

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Three winners will receive a signed ARC of BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA and a Twitter chat with the author- when available. 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

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37. The Librarian's Corner--January 25, 2016


5th Wave Readalikes 

With the release of The Fifth Wave last week I wanted to share some fantastic YA science fiction to feed your need for aliens, space-ships, robots, and adventure! Below are some great recommendations for readers of all ages who liked The Fifth Wave, the book and the movie. Check out each book's page on YABC for in-depth reviews from our editors!
In the near future, one corporation, Blackstone Technologies, has changed the world: no disasters, no poverty, and life-altering technology. Blackstone has the impunity to destroy—or create—as it sees fit. Infinity “Finn” Blackstone is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Blackstone’s reclusive CEO—but she’s never even met him. When disturbing dreams about a past she doesn’t remember begin to torment her, Finn knows there’s only one person who can provide answers: her father. Finn’s dream-memories may be the only chance of survival. But will she remember in time to save her own life and the lives of those around her?
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Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut. 
Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
In this action-packed, high-octane debut, the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that's terrorizing the United States–and has zeroed in on him as its next target. In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public.
We are not alone. They are here. And there’s no going back. Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the I Am Number Four series, Dark Energy is a thrilling stand-alone science fiction adventure from Robison Wells, critically acclaimed author of Variant and Blackout. Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out. If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching the fallout on the news. But her dad is director of special projects at NASA, so she’s been forced to enroll in a boarding school not far from the crash site. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge. Only one thing is clear: everything has changed.

When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

Because how will she go on if there isn't?




Eden Grey is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. Eden is a contributor to Teen Services Underground, and reviews books for YABC and School Library Journal. When she is not herding cats -ahem, teens- at the library, Eden can be found reading, knitting, sewing, cosplaying, and playing Pokemon. You can always find her on Twitter (@edyngrey), and Blogging Between the Lines

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38. Spotlight on Traveler by Arwen Dayton, Plus Giveaway!


*Note from Arwen about her books:

SEEKER is the story of three teenagers who have spent most of their lives training for what they think is a noble purpose – to be Seekers - only to discover that their families are actually turning them into assassins.  In TRAVELER, as they try to break away from this fate, or maybe embrace it, they discover that the world of Seekers is larger than they’d realized, and they become entangled in a plan begun generations ago that immediately threatens their very survival.


Today, we're spotlighting Traveler! Dayton's new book continues the thrilling story from Seeker. Read on for a sneak peek of this book and a chance to enter the giveaway! 


But first, meet Arwen Dayton.



ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of SEEKER and TRAVELER. She spends moths doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland.

*You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @arwenelysdayton, and check out her video series about writing, 1 QUESTION, 2 MINUTES, at arwendayton.com and on YouTube bit.ly/1mLcdIn.



Now meet Arwen's book, Traveler.

Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.


Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. She was trained to be an assassin. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.


Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.


But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. They are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago with the power to end the legacy forever. And it might destroy them all.


Sounds great, right?! With introductions in order, we're happy to reveal a sneak peek just for you! 


Excerpt from Seeker (Book One):

She peeked through the doors at the opposite end of the stable and saw darkness. The men and fire had not reached that side of the barn, so she pushed those doors open and herded the horses from their stalls. The smoke was getting thicker and they were beginning to panic, but Quin swung a rope at their flanks, driving them into a run toward the open doorway. Out in the night air, they milled about her, too frightened to move farther from the stable.

Something flashed across Quin’s line of sight, about twenty yards away. As she reached for Yellen’s reins, an oak tree near the dairy barn burst into flame. She glimpsed a torch high up in its branches, and now she could see the person who had thrown it, a figure in dark clothing and a mask, riding away across the commons on horseback.

The weather had been dry for many weeks, and with a roar, the tree began to burn fiercely, sending the horses into a terror. One bolted wildly, crashing through the others. Quin was caught in the crush of bodies as all of the animals, Yellen included, took off for the forest.

She fell, but someone was there, catching her. “Quin!”
There was ash in his hair and smears of it across his face. “Come on,” he said. “We have to get to

the woods!”
Through a cloud of smoke, they ran until they reached the trees. Then they paused beneath the

branches, coughing.
“A cottage is on fire,” he told her. “Yours, I think. I saw it across the commons.”
Like her, Shinobu had his whipsword at his waist. An old crossbow that looked about to fall apart

and a quiver of bolts were slung across his back. He had raided the meager weapons supply in the training barn.

“Who’s attacking?” She asked the question, thinking of hordes of shadowy victims coming to the estate to get revenge upon them. But of course there was no mysterious answer. As soon as the words had come out of her mouth, she knew who was attacking. She felt a sick twinge in her stomach. Even though he’s kicking me out, John had said, I have to find my way back. Quin realized some part of her had been waiting for him. But not like this. Was he really burning down the estate?

“We’ll get a better look from the other side,” Shinobu told her, not meeting her eyes.
“My mother?”
“I haven’t seen her.”
She started to run again, but Shinobu caught her arm. “Wait,” he said. “Wait. What do we want to

do?” “We’ll find my mother, and then our fathers—” “Why?” “What do you mean, why?”

“I agree we should find Fiona, but why do we want to find Briac and Alistair?” he asked.
“We’re under attack! They’re better fighters than we are.”
We’re not under attack. They’re under attack. Which means they’re distracted.” He stared at his

feet, a lifetime of loyalty making it difficult for him to finish the thought out loud. At last, he looked directly into her eyes and said, “We don’t talk about it, Quin, but why should we stay, after what they’ve made us do?”

Quin struggled for a moment with an automatic instinct to follow her father. But Shinobu was right. He was saying the words she should have said. He was suggesting they do what she should have done a month ago. The estate might burn, but this was not a home anymore.
She said slowly, “We could find Fiona and get away.”

“If we’re lucky, Briac and Alistair will think we were killed,” he told her. “This is a chance for us. A perfect chance. It won’t come again.”

She nodded her agreement. “All right. Let’s get my mother.”

They ran until they had circled around the edge of the commons and were nearer the cottages. There they came to a stop, crouching behind a fallen tree. The men on horseback were setting fire to the buildings. Her own cottage was burning. Behind it, farther away, she could see Shinobu’s, also ablaze. And the others, the cottages deeper in the woods, many of which had not been used for decades. All burning.

“Do you see her?” Quin asked. “No—yes. She’s there!”
Halfway across the commons, heading toward the pastures beyond the dairy, was Fiona. Her beautiful face was twisted in a look of terror, and the ends of her hair were on fire, orange flame upon redhair, streaming behind her as she ran. Why was she running across the meadow instead of into the woods? With a sinking heart, Quin noticed her mother’s wobbly gait. She was drunk.

Quin started to go after her, but Shinobu put a hand on her shoulder, holding her still. “They see her too!” he whispered.
He was right. Three of the men on horseback were galloping after

“Look,” Shinobu said.

The lead horseman was now clearly visible. He wore a mask, but they would have recognized him anywhere. 


  1. By: Arwen Dayton

  3. Release Date: January 12, 2016




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39. Spotlight on Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett, Plus Giveaway


Today, we're spotlighting Midnight in St. Petersburg. Vanora Bennett's new release brings readers back in time to the world of historic Russia. Read on for a sneak peek of this book and a chance to enter the giveaway!



But first, meet Vanora.


Vanora Bennett studied Russian at Oxford University and in the USSR. She began her career as a journalist at Reuters and went on to serve as the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, winning a U.S. Overseas Press Club award for her writing on Russia. She now lives in Britain and has won the Orwell Prize for political writing for her work at The Times (UK). She is the author of four novels, including Portrait of an Unknown Woman, and two books of nonfiction.


Now meet Vanora's book, Midnight in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg, 1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia's capital city. Welcomed by the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. She feels instantly at home in their bohemian circle, but revolution is in the air, and as society begins to fracture, she is forced to choose between her heart and her head. She loves her brooding cousin, Yasha, but he is wild, destructive and devoted to revolution; Horace Wallick, an Englishman who makes precious Faberge creations, is older and promises security and respectability. And, like many others, she is drawn to the mysterious, charismatic figure beginning to make a name for himself in the city: Rasputin.


As the rebellion descends into anarchy and bloodshed, a commission to repair a priceless Stradivarius violin offers Inna a means of escape. But which man will she choose to take with her? And is it already too late? A magical and passionate story steeped in history and intrigue, Vanora Bennett's Midnight in St. Petersburg is an extraordinary novel of music, politics, and the toll that revolution exacts on the human heart.


Sounds great, right?! With introductions in order, we're happy to reveal a sneak peek just for you! 


Excerpt from Midnight in St. Petersburg:


Chapter One

The train was still hurtling through the darkness, with hours to go before St. Petersburg and dawn, when Inna had her fortune told.

Not that she’d ever meant to show her palm to a gypsy. She’d slunk on to that train in terror of being noticed at all.

Of course, she couldn’t help hearing what was being said by all the raucous men crowded together on the bottom bunks of the communal compartment, drinking, eating sausage and chicken legs and eggs, and singing along to a squeezebox playing sad songs far too loud and fast. She couldn’t help being aware, either, that there was a gypsy woman on the bunk below hers, reading the drunks’ hands.

But she’d spent the first part of the journey pressed up against the wall of her top bunk, keeping very quiet, like all the other shad- ows in all the other corners she didn’t dare look at, shying away from the noisy talk. In an attempt not to be overwhelmed by the racing of her heart, she’d been repeating, hypnotically, in time with the rhythm of the wheels, ‘Nearly safe, nearly safe, nearly safe . . .’

She’d never have imagined, alone with her fear, that anything or anyone could have persuaded her out of the prickly darkness. Until it happened. The talk had been enough to keep her hidden – the talk that kept coming back to the assassination.

The Prime Minister, shot dead in the theatre in Kiev by a terrorist.

4 | Vanora Bennett

The Tsar, down south on a visit, standing in the brilliantly lit royal box, frozen-faced as a photograph, watching Stolypin hold his chest and stagger to his knees.

What I don’t understand is, how did he get past the security police in the first place?

He had a pass, can you believe? I was told he was a police informer himself.

An anarchist, I heard.
Or some sort of Red. An SD, an SR . . .
But a Jew, of course.

There, of course. Her heart thudded. It was only ever a question

of time before the conversation turned to the Jews.

Reds, Yids, what’s the difference? Always the Yids, isn’t it? A viper in the much-suffering Russian breast.

The door kept banging. Word must have gone around in the restaurant carriage that there was a gypsy telling fortunes down in the third class. New drunks came, wanting to cross the woman’s palm with silver.

Miserably, she heard: Yeah, give them a good kicking. And, after a rustle of newsprint, another voice, less obviously belligerent, but nasal and full of hate: Yes, like it says here . . . ‘The Government must recognize that the Jews are as dangerous to the life of mankind as are wolves, scorpions, reptiles, poisonous spiders and other such-like creatures. These are destroyed because of the risk they present to humanity. Yids must likewise be placed under conditions that will make them gradually die out. This is the task of the Government and the best men in the country.’

There was a roar of approval. Inna cringed back. Here, too, she thought; they’re the same even up here.

And then it died away.



Midnight in St. Petersburg
  1. By: Vanora Bennett

  3. Release Date: January 19, 2016




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40. Holly Bodger Press Release




Holly Bodger, author of 5 TO 1, has released the




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THE OTHER ONE gives Surina’s perspective on the first day of her sister’s Tests, showing that Koyanagar’s perfect Poster Girl may not be so perfect after all.


USA TODAY’s Happily Ever After blog raves that:

“Holly Bodger wrote 5 to 1 like the perfect flower, where each petal is beautifully crafted and contributes to the whole image […] I loved the seeming simplicity of the prose and verse. Word choices are powerful and dynamic, while their efficacy and efficiency are on point. 5 to 1 is a visual and intriguing masterpiece that opens the imagination and never leaves even after the book is closed.



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41. Multicultural Children's Book Day Press Release



Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) is just two years old, but founders Mia Wenjen and Valerie Budayr have achieved tremendous success and online support for diversity awareness. They’ve put thousands of free books into kids’ hands and they’re changing lives with their message. Last year on January 27th, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, they -- along with support from corporations, teams of bloggers, teachers and librarians -- made multicultural book news trend on Twitter at #ReadYourWorld. 


Now, partnered with Junior Library Guild and even more corporate and author sponsors, they are looking to move the needle even further. Plus, with their new $25 MCCDB Friends sponsorship program, everyone can participate by giving a shout out to their favorite diversity books for less than the cost of dinner out. 

Visit www.multiculturalbookday.com for resource lists of thousands of books about diverse cultures and issues. Topics include Teaching Compassion, Mixed Race Celebrations, Combating Racism, Immigration, Islam, Selecting Diversity Board Books, Activities for the Day of the Dead, and Celebrating Chinese New Year. There are also books lists about cultures in every corner of the world and that tie into our daily news headlines.

Join us January 27th to effect change.

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 What is Happening for Multicultural Children's Book Day, January 27th?

· Huge Diversity Book Giveaway during #ReadYourWorld Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST on 1/27/16. Discussion on state of diversity books for kids. What's needed from parents' perspective.

· Last year #ReadYourWorld hashtag trended on Twitter on January 27th.

· LINKY Party of 150+ Bloggers who will be sharing their book reviews.


What's FREE from Multicultural Children's Book Day?

· BLOGGERS (Parenting, Lifestyle, Book Reviewers, Teachers, Librarians): Free diversity book to bloggers who will post a book review on January 27th. http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2015/10/multicultural-childrens-book-day-blogger-sign-sign/

· TEACHERS: Free hardcover diversity book for teachers' classroom library: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/our-programs/mccbd-2016-classroom-reading-challenge/

· EVERYONE: Free downloadable Multicultural Children's Book Day poster designed by illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/free-downloadable-multicultural-childrens-book-day/

· EVERYONE: We have hand selected the best content from educational and children's book bloggers. This is an extensive list of diversity books and extension activities for kids sorted by country, holiday, ethnicity, genre, and age group: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-reading-resources/diversity-book-lists-for-kids/

· EVERYONE: Packages of diversity books for kids will be given out every 5 minutes during our Twitter Party on 1/27/16. 


Fast Facts & Stats:

· Last year, we had 26 million social shares during the week of Multicultural Children's Book Day.

· We will be giving away more than 600 diversity books for Multicultural Children's Book Day.

· More than 4300 parents and teachers have utilized our resource list of diversity books and extension activities so far: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-reading-resources/diversity-book-lists-for-kids/


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Platinum Sponsors: Story Quest BooksWisdom Tales PressLil’ LibrosGold Sponsors: Candlewick PressTori Nighthawk: Don’t Judge A Bird By its FeathersSilver Sponsors:Lee & Low BooksChronicle BooksCapstone Young ReadersChina Institute.orgTuttle PublishingBronze Sponsors: Jacqueline WoodsonPomelo BooksPapa Lemon BooksGoosebottom Books LLC, Author Robello Gleeson, M.D., Shout Mouse PressMahvash Shahegh.

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42. YALSA's 2016 Best Fiction For Young Adults


2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults


This year's list features 64 titles.

The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee  are Laurie Bartz, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Wisconsin; Elizabeth Bast, Starbuck Middle School, Racine WI; Julia Casas, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; Shelley M. Diaz, Senior Editor, Reviews, School Library Journal, New York, NY; Rachel Fryd, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; Thea Hashagen, Chair, San Francisco, CA; Adele Lamphier, Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Kefira Philippe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL; Edwin Rodarte, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Senior Library Manager, Washington County Library, Minnesota; Audrey Sumser, Kent State University Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, OH; Kelly Trowbridge, Union County Public Library, Monroe, NC; Marney (Marina) Welmers, Tucson, Arizona, Retired middle school librarian, Tortolita Middle School, Marans USD; C. Ellen Wickham, Raytown South High School, Raytown, Missouri; Whitney Winn, King County Library System, Auburn, Washington; and Daniel Kraus, Booklist Consultant, Chicago.

* denotes the title was selected as a top ten.

Ahdieh, Renée. The Wrath and The Dawn. Putnam. 2015. 416p. ISBN: 9780399171611. A romantic, sumptuous re-imagining of the legend of Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights.

* Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780062348678. Simon is falling in love for the first time. Over email, if that’s even possible.

Almond, David. A Song for Ella Grey. Delacorte. 2015. 272p. ISBN: 9780553533590. Claire poetically narrates the epic love story of her best friend Ella Grey and the mysterious Orpheus as romance, death, and mythology swirl together in a modern retelling of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

* Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Holt. 2015. 480p. ISBN: 9781627792127. Presented an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang leader Kaz Brekker and his team of convicts, runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan fortress, only to face treachery and betrayal along the way.

Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9780316213073. Siblings Hazel and Ben try to save their town from the faerie folk they thought were friendly.

* Brooks, Kevin. The Bunker Diary. Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 264p. ISBN: 9781467754200. Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, where he is joined by five other kidnapping victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken?  And can they survive?

Cameron, Sharon. Rook. Scholastic. 2015. 464p. ISBN: 9780545675994. In the distant future after a polar shift has destroyed all technology, Sophia has been helping political prisoners escape their executions by working as the Red Rook. But to save her family from ruin, she must marry wealthy Rene—who has secrets of his own.

Carson, Rae. Walk On Earth a Stranger. Greenwillow. 2015. 448p. ISBN: 9780062242914. Leah Westfall, a girl with the ability to sense gold, disguises herself as a boy to make the dangerous journey to California in 1849.

* Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. Philomel. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780399168994. This novel-in-verse fictionalizes the teen years of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, the leader of the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Fleeing from anti-Semitic Russia, the teen and her family struggle to adapt to their new home.

Crowe, Chris. Death Coming up the Hill. HMH. 2014. 208p. ISBN: 9780544302159. In 1968, Ashe Douglas, 17, lives in a turbulent world—the conflict between his authoritarian father and peace-loving mother, the political and social unrest in the nation, and the Vietnam War itself. Afraid of being drafted, he has to make life-changing decisions.

Demetrios, HeatherI'll Meet You ThereHolt. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780805097955. Skylar is determined to escape her dead-end town for art school, but a new love interest and her mother’s issues threaten to derail her plans.

Dessen, Sarah. Saint Anything. Viking. 2015. 432p. ISBN: 9780451474704. Sydney lives in the shadow of her older brother—everyone’s favorite. When he makes a terrible choice that lands him in jail, everything changes. Sydney might be able to escape to a new school and new romance, but she can’t escape her family’s problems.

Donnelly, Jennifer. These Shallow Graves. Delacorte. 2015. 496p. ISBN: 9780385737654. As she digs deep for answers about her father’s untimely death, Jo Montfort discovers all is not what it seems in her upper-class environs of nineteenth-century New York City.

Fowley-Doyle, Moïra. The Accident Season. Penguin/Kathy Dawson. 2015. 304p. ISBN: 9780525429487. Every October, Cara's family is plagued with slips, cuts, and fatal falls during “The Accident Season.” On the eve of this year’s season, the Irish teen notices that her childhood friend, Ellie, appears in every photo Cara’s ever taken, prompting Cara to question the family curse.

Frank, E.R. Dime. Atheneum. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9781481431606. Dime is a teenage girl enslaved by prostitution and a man called “Daddy.” Books and fictional worlds are her only refuge. Ultimately, she takes inspiration from them to make a bold move and achieve some form of salvation.

Gilbert, Kelly Loy. Conviction. Disney/Hyperion. 2015. 352p. ISBN: 9781423197386. Braden is the only witness to a car accident that killed a police officer, and his father, a Christian radio personality, was driving. When his long-lost older brother returns, Braden must battle with doubts about God, his dad, himself, and the truth about what happened.

Graudin, Ryan. Wolf by Wolf. Little, Brown. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780316405126. In a world where the Axis powers won the war, Yael uses a unique ability to compete against 19 other teenagers in a motorcycle race from Germany to Japan.

Hand, Cynthia. The Last Time We Say Goodbye. HarperTeen. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780062318473. After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles with the grief, a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

Hautman, Pete. Eden West. Candlewick. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780763674182. Jacob, a member of the Grace, starts questioning his deeply held faith when he meets Lynna, a girl from the World, and Tobias, a new member of the Grace.

Hellisen, Cat. Beastkeeper. Holt. 2015. 208p. ISBN: 9780805099805. Sarah’s mother abandons her family, and her father begins to transform into a monster. Fearing for her safety, he leaves her with her grandparents in a castle in the woods. Surrounded by magic, she must find a way to unravel her family’s curse.

Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. Greenwillow. 2014. 128p. ISBN: 9780062289575.In 50 poems, this book explores how girls are taught to think of themselves, their bodies, and their friends as consumers, objects, and competitors.

Hunt, Leo. 13 Days of Midnight. Candlewick. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9780763678654. When Luke Manchett’s estranged father passes away, he inherits a dangerous host of ghosts that threaten everyone he holds dear.  He must figure out how to banish or control them before they reach the height of their power in 13 days—Halloween night.

Jensen, Cordelia. Skyscraping. Philomel. 2015.  352p. ISBN: 9780399167713.

High school senior Mira must come to terms with discovering that her father is gay and living with HIV.

Juby, Susan. The Truth Commission. Illustrated by Trevor Cooper. Viking. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780451468772. As a nonfiction project, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the truth commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm’s famous sister reveals unsettling truths of her own.

Kaufman, Amie and Kristoff, Jay. Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01. Knopf. 2015. 608p. ISBN: 9780553499117. Told in the form of a report compiling emails, IMs, and security footage, this chronicles the journeys of the survivors after an interstellar catastrope. Part Battlestar Gallactica, part zombie story, and part 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Kern, Peggy. Little Peach. Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015. 208p. ISBN: 978006266958. In a desperate attempt to find a place and family to call home, Michelle becomes a victim of human trafficking.

Konigsberg, Bill. The Porcupine of Truth. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9780545648936. Carson Smith moves to Montana for the summer to spend time with his dying, estranged father. On his first day he meets Aisha, a girl who’s been kicked out for being a lesbian. Together, they make a discovery that sets them off on a journey across multiple states.

Kornher-Stace, Nicole. Archivist Wasp. Big Mouth. 2015. 256p. ISBN: 9781618730978. Wasp is a ghost-hunter in a strange and brutal world, who must kill to keep her job. When the ghost of a soldier from the distant past asks for her help, she embarks on a dangerous journey that makes her question everything she knows.

Larbalestier, Justine. Razorhurst. Soho Teen. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9781616955441. Set in a gritty town in 1932 Sydney, Australia, this tale follows two female orphans as they survive murders, gang wars, and ghosts over the course of one weekend.

Leavitt, Martine. Calvin. Farrar. 2015. 192p. ISBN: 9780374380731. As a child, Calvin played with the toy Hobbes. Now Calvin is a schizophrenic teenager, and Hobbes is back—a delusion he can’t control. If he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one final Calvin & Hobbes comic strip with a normal teenaged Calvin, will he be cured? 

Lee, Stacey. Under a Painted Sky. Putnam. 2015. 384p. ISBN: 9780399168031. Samantha and Annamae are thrown together when they are forced to hide from the law and pose as boys as they travel the Oregon Trail in 1849.

Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses. Bloomsbury. 2015. 432p. ISBN: 9781619634442. In exchange for the life of the faerie she killed, 19-year-old Feyre returns to Prythia with the shapeshifter Tamlin to discover she must save the faerie lands from a blight that threatens both the Fae and human realms.

Mackler, Carolyn. Infinite in Between. HarperTeen. 2015. 480p. ISBN: 9780061731075. Five teens meet at freshman orientation and promise to meet up again at graduation.

McLemore, Anna-Marie. The Weight of Feathers. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9781250058652. The Palomas and Corbeaus are rival performing troupes, each with its own set of mysteries. In this books of forbidden love—and with a hint of magic—Lace and Cluck develop a relationship first fueled by superstition, but then by so much more.

Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015. 384p. ISBN: 9780062327185. Willowdean is the heavyset daughter of a former beauty queen, a Dolly Parton enthusiast, and small town Texas girl.  While dealing with feelings for a coworker, she and her fellow outcasts decide to enter the beauty pageant run by Willowdean’s mother.

Ness, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. HarperTeen. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9780062403162. With prom and graduation weeks away, Mikey and his friends just want to enjoy their final days together, but another story is unfolding, one that involves their classmates, a mysterious blue light, and the end of the world.

Niven, JenniferAll the Bright PlacesKnopf. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780385755887. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey have never met before, but the day they meet on the ledge of their school’s bell tower, their lives become linked forever.

Oakes, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Dial. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780803740709. While languishing in a juvenile detention center following an assault conviction, 17-year-old Minnow Bly relives the events that led to her imprisonment, including the mystery surrounding her cult leader’s death and the loss of her hands.

* Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 304p. ISBN: 9780545591614. Sierra Santiago was amped on her summer of painting murals and hanging with friends, before noticing the murals were fading faster than normal. Another street artist named Robbie is the only one who can help her to unlock this mystery. 

Pérez, Ashley Hope. Out of Darkness. Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 408p. ISBN:  9781467742023. The real-life tragedy of the 1937 explosion at a school in East Texas is the backdrop for this gut-wrenching story of inspiring love and vicious racism.

Quintero, Sofia. Show and Prove. Knopf. 2015. 352p. ISBN: 9780375847073. In the summer of 1983, Smiles and Nike experience the pains of growing up in the South Bronx.

Rabb, Margo. Kissing in America. HarperCollins. 2015. 400p. ISBN: 9780062322371. After the boy Eva falls in love with moves to Los Angeles, she finagles a way for her and her best friend Anna to take a bus trip from New York City to California to visit him.

Reid, Raziel. When Everything Feels Like the Movies. Perseus/Arsenal Pulp. 2015. 176p. ISBN: 9781551525747. To Jude/Judy, school is like a film set: outside of school, Jude/Judy is the reviled star who attracts all of the paparazzi. Jude/Judy doesn’t and doesn’t want to—and those stars always attract attention.

* Reynolds, Jason. The Boy in the Black Suit. Atheneum. 2015. 272p. ISBN: 9781442459502. To deal with his mother's passing, Matt accepts a job at the local funeral home. Matt meets Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral. The two of them share a bond that will help them both to move past their own respective losses.

Ritter, William. Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel. Algonquin. 2015. 304p. ISBN: 9781616203542. Abigail Rook and her boss, R.F. Jackaby, are once again recruited to solve a potential supernatural case involving mysterious dinosaur bones, a murder, a thief, and cuddly kittens.

Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2015. 528p. ISBN: 9781250049551. Simon Snow may be the chosen one, but he would prefer to just enjoy his last year at the Watford School of Magicks and figure out why his roommate and nemesis, Baz, is missing.

Rubin, Lance. Denton Little’s Deathdate. Knopf. 2015. 352p. ISBN: 9780553496963. For as long as Denton could remember, he knew the day that he was going to die—and it’s happening in 24 hours.  However, the closer Denton gets to midnight, the more he hopes that he just might live to see another day.

* Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015. 368p. ISBN: 9780062317605. In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of Roza’s disappearance.

Schlitz, Laura. The Hired Girl. Candlewick. 400p. ISBN: 9780763678180. Joan runs away from her family farm where she cooks and cleans all day for her brusque father and brothers. In Baltimore she is brought on as a hired girl for the Jewish family, the Rosenbachs. During the time spent under their roof she learns about herself, religion, and love.

* Shabazz, Ilyasah and Kekla Magoon. X: A Novel. Candlewick. 2015. 384p. ISBN: 9780763669676. This fictionalized account of Malcolm X’s teen years poignantly presents the young man’s struggles with identity, racism, and crime.

* Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep. HarperTeen. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780061134111. As Caden descends into mental illness, his visions of a descent into the deep waters of a trench take over.

* Silvera, Adam. More Happy than Not. Soho Teen. 2015. 304p. ISBN: 9781616955601. After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, 16, is already considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

Smith, Andrew. The Alex Crow. Dutton. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9780525426530. Ariel, Leonard Fountain, and the Alex Crow never knew their paths were destined to converge in the woods of Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys—a strange adventure indeed.

Spalding, Amy. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys). Poppy. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780316371520. Riley makes a pact with her friend to add some romance to their lives and documents the whole thing in a secret notebook.

Stead, Rebecca. Goodbye Stranger. Random/Wendy Lamb. 2015.  304p. ISBN: 9780385743174. Bridge survived a bad accident, wears cat’s ears, and has made a rule with her friends: no fighting. To make seventh grade more complicated, her story intersects with that of both a new friend and a mysterious teenager, who is dealing with a betrayal.

Suma, Nova Ren. The Walls Around Us. Algonquin. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9781616203726. Ori and Vee have been inseparable since they met in ballet class as little girls, but a horrible crime tears them apart. Amber has visions of a new inmate who will change the fate of everyone in her correctional facility. The two narratives alternate in this ghostly tale of magical realism.

Summers, Courtney. All the Rage. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9781250021915. Ever since Romy Grey accused the sheriff’s son of sexual assault, she’s been branded as a liar from the wrong side of the tracks. When the golden girl goes missing, Romy might hold the key to finding her, but the search raises questions people would rather remain hidden.

Tahir, Sabaa. An Ember in the Ashes. Razorbill. 2015. 464 p. ISBN: 978-1-595-14803-2. Surrounded by unspeakable brutality, Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier, discover their destinies are intertwined as they struggle to find freedom from the tyranny around them.

Toten, Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. Delacorte. 2015. 304p. ISBN: 9780553507867. A young-adult OCD support group (and falling in love) help Adam deal with his OCD and face the truth about his home life.

Various. The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War. Ill. by Jim Kay. Candlewick. 2015. 304p. ISBN: 9780763675547. Eleven established young-adult authors, including David Almond, Michael Morpurgo, and Marcus Sedgwick, have written short stories based on artifacts recovered from World War I. As varied as the objects themselves—a medal, a butter dish, sheet music—each one masterfully captures an aspect of wartime.

Wagner, Laura Rose.  Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti. Abrams. 2015. 272p. ISBN: 9781419712043. Devastated by the 2010 Haitian earthquake, 15-year-old Magdalie’s world is turned upside down.  Despite losing her mother and being separated from her beloved cousin, she finds the strength to survive in a chaotic and dangerous new world.

Wiviott, Meg. Paper Hearts. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2015. 352p. ISBN: 9781481439831. Based on a true story, this debut novel tells the story of how friendship sustains two girls, Zlatka and Fania, in Auschwitz.

Wynne-Jones, Tim. The Emperor of Any Place. Candlewick. 2015. 336p. ISBN: 9780763669737. Evan meets the grandfather he has never known after his father’s sudden death.  At the same time, he is caught up in a WWII memoir about an unusual island populated by ghosts, monsters, and two enemy castaways.  What is the tragic connection between his grandfather and the book?

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Delacorte. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780553496642. Maddy has SCID, which makes her allergic to the world, and she has not left her house since she was a baby. Now 18, she falls in love with the boy next door and is willing to risk everything to be with him.

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43. Giveaway: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae (US & Canada Only)

Beyond the Red

by Ava Jae

Release Date: 3/1/16


About the Book

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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About the Author

Ava Jae is an author, blogger, YouTuber, college student, and assistant editor at Entangled Publishing. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in English in April 2016, Ava will probably find a bookstore to live in, where she can write her next novel surrounded by the smell of new books and coffee. She can be found on Twitter at @Ava_Jae or at her website avajae.blogspot.com. She resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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44. Giveaway: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (US only)


by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: 2/2/2016


About the Book

For readers of Between Shades of Gray and All the Light We Cannot See, international bestselling author Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

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 alternating points of view, and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson's critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff--the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

Praise for Salt to the Sea:

"Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction. In Salt to the Sea the hard truths of her herculean research are tempered with effortless, intimate storytelling, as her warm and human characters breathe new life into one of the world's most terrible and neglected tragedies." —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Printz Award Honor Book Code Name Verity
“A rich, page-turning story that brings to vivid life a terrifying—and little-known—moment in World War II history.” —Steve Sheinkin, author of Newbery Honor and National Book Award finalist Bomb
"Brutal. Beautiful. Honest." —Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
* "Sepetys excels in shining light on lost chapters of history, and this visceral novel proves a memorable testament to strength and resilience in the face of war and cruelty." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered, and in turn, it tries to remember the thousands of real people its fictional characters represent. What it asks of us is that their memories, and their stories, not be abandoned to the sea."
—Booklist, starred review
* "Artfully told and sensitively crafted, Sepetys’s exploration of this little-known piece of history will leave readers weeping." —School Library Journal, starred review

"The inevitability of the ending (including the loss of several characters) doesn't change its poignancy, and the short chapters and slowly revealed back stories for each character guarantee the pages keep turning. Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful." —Kirkus

"This book includes all the reasons why teens read:  for knowledge, for romance, for amazing and irritating characters.  This novel will break readers’ hearts and then put them back together a little more whole." —VOYA
"Sepetys’s...scene-setting is impeccable; the penetrating cold of the journey is palpable, and she excels at conveying the scope of the losses while giving them a human face....[T]his elegiac tale succeeds with impressive research, affecting characters, and keen, often unsettling insights into humans’ counterposed tendencies toward evil and nobility. Readers will be left to discuss which impulse triumphs here." —The Horn Book

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dark_20160115-034254_1.jpgAbout the Author

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She is the award-winning, bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy. Ruta lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter at @RutaSepetys.

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45. Giveaway: Darkness Fair by Rachel A. Marks (US Only)

DARKNESS FAIR (Book Two of The Dark Cycle)

by Rachel A. Marks

Release Date: Feb 2nd, 2016


About the Book

Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the beguiling and dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.

Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on. They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.



About the Author

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.

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Giveaway Details

Two winners and each will receive a paper copy of both books (Darkness Brutal & Darkness Fair) plus a $5 giftcard to Amazon.

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46. Giveaway: The Ballet Cat Collection by Bob Shea (US only)


Book 1: The Totally Secret Secret (in stores now!)

Book 2: Dance! Dance! Underpants! (in stores February 2)
by Bob Shea
For Ages 6-8

About the Books

The Totally Secret Secret
Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests--making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade--goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles's leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what's wrong. Sparkles doesn't want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won't want to hear. What Sparkles doesn't know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?
Dance! Dance! Underpants!
Ballet Cat is getting her friend Butter Bear ready for her big ballet debut. "Leap, Butter Bear, leap!" Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy . . . The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE and HERE.

About the Author

Bob Shea is the author of the first book about Ballet Cat: THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET, the Dinosaur vs. series, and several other picture books, including DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD and UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT. He and his wife have their own design studio in Madison, Connecticut.

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Giveaway Details

One (1) winner receives:

·         Plus a plush BALLET CAT!

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47. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: The Cure by Tania Hagan + Giveaway (International)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE CURE by Tania Hagan, releasing February 16, 2016 from CHBB. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Tania:


Hello YABC readers! Thank you so much for allowing me to share this special event with all of you.

You are the very first audience to view the amazing cover of THE CURE!

When I saw this cover for the first time, it brought me to tears. I was eating an omelet at a lovely breakfast café, and I started crying like a baby. But, I have to admit, I cry at dog food commercials. Seriously. I do.

So, what does seeing a cover really do for a reader? I think it's kind of like seeing a face for the first time. It's like a puppy's face. It’s like a puppy's chubby little face in a dog food commercial. Hang on. I need a tissue…

There. Much better. Of course, I owe this spectacular moment to my awesome publisher, CHBB. And, A. Fray, my brilliant cover artist from Zillah Design, created an image that is nothing short of magical. I’m sure you’ll agree.

On February 16, THE CURE will make its appearance worldwide. I have no doubt you’ll all fall madly in love with Genny and Nat. And, they can use all the love they can get. You’ll understand when you see what they have to go through in order to do what they know is right.

Until then, please enjoy staring at my beautiful cover. Make sure to stick around and win some cool prizes! Thank you again!

~ Tania Hagan (THE CURE, CHBB)



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by Tania Hagan
Release date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: CHBB
About the Book

Beautiful and brilliant, eighteen-year-old Genesis Weatherby lives a charmed life as the clone of a long-dead silent film star. She is loved by her close-knit family as well as her two best friends, and being a clone isn’t so bad when everyone in the world is one too. 


Thanks to an organization known as GOD, there have been no Original births in one hundred and thirty years. In a successful attempt to eradicate cancer, GOD has taken control of human procreation, and only the human copies that are proven to be free of the once devastating disease are allowed to thrive.


Genny never questions anything about her world, until she meets handsome and mysterious Nat Wilkinson. Now, she is forced to make choices that can alter the course of her life, as well as the lives of everyone on the planet.


b2ap3_thumbnail_24811_1253832148770_4426911_n.jpgAbout the Author

I was born in Illinois, but moved to Southern California as a young teen. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Social Science and Psychology.  

I began my writing career shortly after school, when I wrote for a major business magazine. I also read the nightly business report for the company's TV news. At the same time, I produced, and reported for a weekly TV news magazine program.

After I was married, my husband and I moved back to the Chicago area, where I worked briefly as a stringer for a local newspaper. I also became a successful Realtor, and I continued to write for online, as well as for print publications.

We have one beautiful daughter. My dream of dreams is to eventually adopt many more children. Out of everything I've accomplished, I am most proud of being a mom.

The Cure is my debut novel. I've signed with CHBB, and I plan to complete a sequel within the next year. I also have two additional Young Adult Dystopian books on the back burner. So, stay tuned, and look for my name.


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Giveaway Details

Two grand prize winners will receive a beaded bookmark, a silver-toned DNA molecule necklace, a glass DNA bead on a chain, and a $5 (or £5) Amazon gift card (via email.). Five winners will receive e-copies of The Cure (to be delivered on or after February 16, 2016). Ten winners will receive $5 (or £5) Amazon gift cards, delivered electronically. One winner will receive a Glass DNA bead on a chain. Five winners will receive silver-toned DNA molecule charmed necklaces. Five winners will receive beaded, hand-made elastic bookmarks.

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48. The 5th Wave Trailer Reveal


With the release of The 5th Wave at the end of this week, we wanted to share the trailer, and share our love for this soon-to-be YA adaptation!!





What are you most looking forward to in this film? Let us know in the comments below!

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49. 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Press Release


Association of Jewish Libraries




2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by Association of Jewish Libraries

Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Ketzel, the Cat who Composed, Aharon Appelfeld, Philippe Dumas and Jeffrey M. Green, author, illustrator and translator of Adam and Thomas, and Laura Amy Schlitz, author of The Hired Girl, are the 2016 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.  The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Familyseries.  The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Charleston, South Carolina this June.

Newman and Bates will receive the 2016 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Reader category for Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, published by Candlewick Press.  This delightful picture book tells the true story of musician Morris Moshe Cotel, whose cat helped him compose a one-minute composition that received an honorable mention in the Paris New Music Review competition.  The illustrations are heartwarming and add much charm to the story.  Appelfeld, Dumas and Green will receive the 2016 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Older Readers category for Adam and Thomas, published by Seven Stories Press.  This sweet story tells of two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive the last winter of World War II, helping each other so that one grows physically stronger and braver and the other grows spiritually.  Laura Amy Schlitz will receive the 2016 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen category for The Hired Girl, published by Candlewick Press. This sensitive story tells how fourteen-year-old Catholic Joan Skraggs becomes a hired girl to a Jewish family where she learns and grows in unexpected ways.

Five Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2016.  For Younger Readers, the Honor Books are Everybody Says Shalom written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Talitha Shipman, published by Random House, and Shanghai Sukkah written by Heidi Smith Hyde and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong, published by Kar-Ben Publishing.  Hereville:  How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch, published by Amulet Books, is the Honor book in the Older Reader category.  For Teen Readers, the Honor books are Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, and Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer, published by Orca Book Publishers.

Winners and Honor recipients will be participating in a blog tour from February 7-12, 2016.  For more information about the blog please visit www.jewishlibraries.org/blog.

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated twelve Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2016.  More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org.

Click here for the full list of 2016 winners, honor books, and notable books.

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50. What's New in YA--January 19, 2016


Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!






After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away.

With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias—it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies.








In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random – a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn’t even have a good phone – hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They’ve got a hostage, but don’t really know what they want, or why they’ve done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they – and we – begin to understand why …This is a book about what how we label children. It’s about how kids get lost and failed by the system. It’s about how politicians manipulate them. Gripping and controversial reading for fans of Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness.








A pacy pageturner that asks: Can you be held responsible now for something you did in a previous life?

Fifteen-year-old Ana has a good life–she has friends and a boy she likes and a kind mother–but still, she’s haunted by her past; she knows that she lived once before as a girl named Emma, and she still misses her old family. When, by chance in her life now, Ana meets a woman she knew in her previous life, a terrifying memory flashes through her mind of a young girl drowning. Was Emma responsible? And should Ana pay the price? Consumed by guilt, Ana sets out to find out as much as possible about the person she was before and what she had done, only to discover that the family she misses so deeply had dark secrets of its own. To come to terms with her life now, Ana must figure out how to let go of the past.








In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson’s shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah’s new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this “school” is something much more sinister.








Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.








Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.








This second book in the Prey trilogy is a harrowing story of survival as Book and Hope travel back to the eerie Camp Liberty, where Book was once raised to be hunted for sport, to save those left behind. With new twists, new turns, and a new love triangle, The Capture is a gripping adventure for fans of The Maze Runner.

Every night it was the same: dreaming of those Less Thans shackled in the bunker beneath the tennis court. I couldn’t let it go. As bad as the memory was, my dreams only made it worse….

It was why we had to get back to Camp Liberty. Why we had to free those Less Thans.

Book, Hope, and Cat cannot live with themselves—they cannot settle into a new free life knowing the rest of their fellow Less Thans and Sisters are still imprisoned. Now the teens must retrace their steps to save the others, destroy the compound, and thwart the evil plans of the Republic.

With new enemies lurking—deranged Crazies and ominous Skull People among them—the group must put their fate in the hands of unexpected allies, including the woman with the long black hair and Miranda, the daughter of the Skull People’s Chief Justice, who is drawn to Book. Both may come to their aid, but at what cost? As the teens race toward Camp Liberty, they must ask themselves what they’re willing to do to free their friends, for the path back is filled with even more danger as motives are questioned and relationships tested.








The heart-racing and thrilling sequel to The Ward about a teenage female drag racer who will do anything to save her sister—and a flooded futuristic Manhattan.

Drought season is coming….

The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.

Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.

The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.

But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city.








After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.

Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love and loyalty in this young adult fantasy.








She had a plan. It went south.

Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.







Henry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.









As this apocalyptic trilogy hurtles to a chilling conclusion, Adam is pushed to the edge of his endurance and sanity.

Adam has killed again. It had to be done, part of him knows that, but murder changes a person. It can certainly change a teenager who’s already grown up too quickly, too harshly, in the wake of the catastrophic global blackout five months ago. In the name of safety and survival, Adam and his neighbors have turned their middle American suburban neighborhood into a fortress, defending against countless enemies. But what’s lurking in the dark is a greater danger than ever before: somebody who wants to destroy the neighborhood and Adam at any cost. Soon, the hunted will have to become the hunter . . . and Adam hates himself for what he will have to do. Because sometimes even the dark is not cover enough for things that would never happen in the light.








If there are any new YA books we missed, let us know in the comments below, and we'll add them to the list! 


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