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What Upcoming YA Books Should All Library Staff Know?

As you know, I work as a teen librarian. I work full time, but I split my time between the adult reference desk and the teen department. Next week the reference staff is having a big meeting and I get to talk about teen services (not very long though-I could do a whole meeting!)

I'd like to give staff a list of upcoming and popular teen books that they should know about. I can't be at work every hour we're open and I hate it when a teen comes in and asks for a book and no one knows what they're talking about.

So what books should staff have on their radar? (See, another great way bloggers and librarians can work together!)


  1. I think the Harlequin Teen titles are going to be big. Intertwined and My Soul To Take.

  2. Yes, I agree! Here's a link to the HQ Teen line titles coming up in 2010

    P.S. Don't forget my novel, The Iron King, also from HQ Teen. It comes out in Feb. ;)

  3. Well, the obvious title is Catching Fire. I also think Going Bovine by Libba Bray will be big despite how different it is from her first books.

    Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
    Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (I want!)

    I would also talk about so many of the YA novels being made into movies like you do on your blog because those will certainly increase interest from a variety of readers I think (particularly Cirque Du Freak, The Lightning Thief, etc)

  4. Can't wait for the Harlequin teen titles, Catching Fire, Blood Promise (Vampire Academy), Another Faust, The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods), Hush Hush. I could go on and on. LOL

  5. I second all of the above. Especially Intertwined! MSTT by Rachel Vincent was an okay read when it comes to YA standards. But Intertwined was awesome. My review is coming soon!

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games) is a must have! Can't wait!

  6. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser, Candor by Pam Banchorz should be on the list. I especially recommend Positively by Courtney Sheinmel and Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles :)

  7. Books I personally am looking forward to are:

    The Isles of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer (Book Three in the Sea of Trolls trilogy. I love all of her work.)

    Forest Born by Shannon Hale

    Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

    Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

    A book series that I am dying to read that not even my library has is Once a Princess and Twice a Prince by Sherwood Smith. They were published on a small press and I can't even get my library to buy them. All of her work is really good as well.

    (Shiver and If I Stay have also popped up on my radar for upcoming and recent titles).

    Do you want already popular books as well?

  8. L.A. Candy, by Lauren Conrad. As far as I know, it's already really popular. My library doesn't carry it, so I had to do the whole "suggest a title thing" for it.

    Also, these are older so your library probably already has them, but if not, then you should get Tex; Taming the Star Runner; The Outsiders; That Was Then, This Is Now; and Rumble Fish, all by S.E. Hinton.

  9. Devil's Kiss- Sarwatt Chada
    Forest Born- Shannon Hale
    Tear Collector- *

  10. Is Liar by Justine Larbalestier too obvious?


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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee