December 15, 2017

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YA en español | Spanish Translations of Popular Teen Titles

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aquelloquecreiamosperdidoWith the growing need for Spanish-language books, librarians are always looking for ways to serve older teens who are more fluent in their native language. Whether it’s the latest John Green novel or works from Printz-winning authors, these titles are just a selection of the wonderful world of YA in Spanish.

ALSAID, Adi. Aquello que creíamos perdido. tr. by Santiago del Rey. 349p. Rocaeditorial. 2015. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9788499189345.

Gr 8 Up–SLJ’s review of Let’s Get Lost (Harlequin Teen, 2014): “Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns (Dutton, 2008) and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.”

ANDERSON, Laurie. Frío. tr. by María Angulo Fernández. 240p. Rocaeditorial. 2015. pap. $18.95. ISBN 9788499189253.

Gr 8 Up–SLJ’s starred review of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls (Viking, 2009): “The intensity of emotion and vivid language here are more reminiscent of Anderson’s Speak (Farrar, 1999) than any of her other works.”

ANDERSON, Laurie. A orillas de un mismo recuerdo. tr. by María Angulo Fernández. 352p. Rocaeditorial. 2015. pap. $10. ISBN 9788499189444.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s starred review of The Impossible Knife of Memory (Viking, 2014): “With powerful themes of loyalty and forgiveness, this tightly woven story is a forthright examination of the realities of war and its aftermath on soldiers and their families. One of Anderson’s strongest and most relevant works to date.”

BAGGOTT, Julianna. Puro. 428p. Bk. 1. $17.35. ISBN 9788499184333.

——— Fusión. 478p. Bk. 2. $22.95. ISBN 9788499185842.

——— Resistencia. 410p. Bk. 3. $21.95. ISBN 9788499187235.
tr. by Julia Osuna Aguilar. (La Cúpula). Rocaeditorial. 2015. pap.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s Adult Books 4 Teens review of trilogy opener Pure (Grand Central, 2012): This has great potential as a crossover title (and might be mistaken for straight up YA)…. Many teens will be willing to muscle past the slow parts and enjoy the complexities of plot and world; the fact that it’s first in a trilogy will only make the patient readers happier.”

BALDACCI, David. Vega Jane y el reino de lo desconocido. tr. by Cristina Martín. 500p. B de Blok. 2015. pap. $20.95. ISBN 9788416075386.

Gr 6-10–SLJ’s review of series opener The Finisher (Scholastic, 2014): “The imaginative and multilayered world is the novel’s strength, with the bleak, ancient village serving as a stark contrast to the fantastical adventures and challenges the teen faces in her quest for the truth. Readers will be rooting for her….”

BETTS, A.J. Zac y Mia. tr. by Antonio Lozano. 288p. Salamandra. 2015. pap. $17.95. ISBN 9788498386509.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s starred review of Zac and Mia (HMH, 2014): “While comparisons to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012) are inevitable, Zac and Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood.”

herederaCASS, Kiera. La heredera. tr. by María Angulo Fernández. 340p. (The Selection: Bk. 4). Rocaeditorial. 2015. pap. $20.95. ISBN 9788499189949.

Gr 8 Up–SLJ’s review of The Heir (HarperCollins, 2015): “A great addition for collections that have a high demand for ‘The Selection’ series.”

CASS, Kiera. La selección historias: el príncipe y el guardián. tr. by Jorge Rizzo. 128p. Rocaeditorial. 2015. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9788499189956.

Gr 8 Up-A collection of two novellas set in the world of “The Selection” series (HarperCollins).

FORMAN, Gayle. Si decido quedarme. 192p. Salamandra. 2015. pap. $13.95. ISBN 9788498386387.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s review of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay (Dutton, 2009), which was recently adapted into a feature film: “Captivating characters” that “will cause [readers] to laugh, cry, and love” and “question the boundaries of family and love.” Mia has a “compelling story.”

GIER, Kerstin. Silber: el segundo libro de los sueños. tr. by Nuria Villagrasa Valdivieso. 349p. B de Blok. 2015. pap. $20.95. ISBN 9788416075393.

Gr 9 Up–Translation of the second installment in “The Silver Trilogy” (Holt). SLJ’s review of the series opener, Dream a Little Dream (2014):Plot twists, dream make-out sessions, a touch of humor, and a scary culmination make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Give to fans of light paranormal romance and to those who enjoyed the author’s ’Ruby Red Trilogy.’” The English version of this volume, Dream On, will publish in May 2016.

GREEN, John. Bajo la misma estrella. tr. by Noemí Sobregués. 304p. Vintage Español. 2014. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9780804171083.

Gr 7 Up–John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012) was an SLJ Best Book: “Readers come to know and love these bright, vibrant characters through their crackling dialogue, gallows humor, and tenuous hopes and dreams.”

GREEN, John. Ciudades de papel. 368p. Vintage Español. 2014. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781101873175.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s starred review of Paper Towns (Dutton, 2008): “Green builds tension through both the twists of the active plot and the gravitas of the subject. He skirts the stock coming-of-age character arc—Quentin’s eventual bravery is not the revelation. Instead, the teen thinks deeper and harder—about the beautiful and terrifying ways we can and cannot know those we love. Less-sophisticated readers may get lost in Quentin’s copious transcendental ruminations—give Paper Towns to your sharpest teens.”

HAN, Jenny. A todos los chicos de los que me enamoré. 284p. Planeta. 2015. pap. $20.95. ISBN 9786070725586.

Gr 7–10SLJ’s starred review of All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (S. & S., 2014): “Most teens will guess the outcome but enjoy the many twists and turns along the way in this lyrical novel. Readers will remember the Song sisters and the boys in their lives long after the final page turn.”

MAIZEL, Rebecca. Amanecer eterno: la reina vampira #3. tr. by Camila Batlles Vinn. 319p. Puck. 2015. pap. $17.95. ISBN 9788496886414.

Gr 9 Up–A translation of the final book in the “Vampire Queen” trilogy, Eternal Dawn (Picador, 2014). SLJ’s review of the series opener, Infinite Days: “A promising start to a series, the story is filled with action, romance, longing, deception, and sacrifice. It will leave vampire fans thirsting for more.”

MULLIGAN, Andy. Ladrones de esperanza. tr. by Santiago del Rey. 224p. Salamandra. 2014. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9788498386431.

Gr 7-10SLJ’s starred review of Trash (Candlewick, 2010): “A compelling read. The action is riveting and the secret codes throughout will appeal to mystery fans. Readers will be drawn to this title, and hopefully learn a little about the world outside their own country. Teens who enjoyed the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008) will find much to enjoy here.”

NELSON, Jandy. Te daría el sol. 424p. Alfaguara. 2015. pap. $13.95. ISBN 9786071137210.

Gr 9 UpSLJ’s starred review of the Printz-winning I’ll Give You the Sun (Dial, 2014): “The novel’s evocative exploration of sexuality, grief, and sibling relationships will ring true with teens. For fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (St. Martin’s, 2013) and Melina Marchetta’s realistic fiction.”

OLIVER, Lauren. Pánico. tr. by Luis Noriega. 380p. B de Blok. 2015. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9788416075317.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s review of Panic (HarperCollins, 2014): “The bleak setting, tenacious characters, and anxiety-filled atmosphere will draw readers right into this unique story. Oliver’s powerful return to a contemporary realistic setting will find a wide readership with this fast-paced and captivating book.”

ROSSI, Veronica. Hacia el azul perpetuo: Cielo Eterno #3. tr. by Juanjo Estrella. 380p. B de Blok. 2015. pap. $20.95. ISBN 9788415579908.

Gr 7 Up–SLJ’s review of the conclusion to the “Under the Never Sky” trilogy (HarperCollins): “The forthright and compelling plot has just enough of a twist to make this book, and the series, stand out from others like it. Fans will be desperate to find out how it all ends.”

ROWELL, Rainbow. Eleanor y Park. 528p. Alfaguara. 2014. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9786071128645.

Gr 9 Up–SLJ’s starred review of the acclaimed Eleanor and Park (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013): “Purchase for readers who are drawn to quirky love stories or 1980s pop culture.”

Aristotle y DanteROWELL, Rainbow. Fangirl. 496p. Alfaguara. 2015. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9786071134653

Gr 9 UpSLJ’s starred review of Fangirl (St. Martin’s, 2013): “The plot is multilayered and filled with complex subjects (such as divorce, abandonment, and mental illness) handled in a realistic manner, and the writing effortlessly and seamlessly weaves these threads together. This book will find a wide audience, especially among older fans of Harry Potter.”

SÁENZ, Benjamin Alire. Aristoteles y Dante descubren los secretos del universe. 328p. Planeta. 2015. pap. $17.95. ISBN 978-6070726309.

Gr 9 UpSLJ’s starred review of the award-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe (S. & S, 2012): “While this novel is a bit too literary at times for some readers, its authentic teen and Latino dialogue should make it a popular choice.”

SPEARS, Kat. Un corazón de piedra. tr. by Alejandro Palomas. 316p. Puck. 2015. pap. $18.95. ISBN 9788496886421.

Gr 9 UpSLJ’s review of Sway (St. Martin’s, 2014): “An engaging story that will stay with readers long past the final page.”

 

See also: Need Sources for Spanish Books for Kids? Look No Further | Libro por libro

Middle Grade Novels for Spanish-Language and Latino Lit Collections | Libro por libro

 

 

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