SPONSORED: FREE Copies of Flatiron Books’s YA Debuts: "If I Was Your Girl" and "American Girls"

SPONSORED: Macmillan presents two debut novels that will launch its Flatiron Books YA list—Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl and Alison Umminger's American Girls
Dear fellow book lovers: I am so excited to have the opportunity to introduce Flatiron Books's new YA list to librarians. You all are on the front lines with teen readers in a way that editors can simply never be! I hope that the two titles that launch our YA program, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, and AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger, are books that you will be excited to recommend. Both novels perfectly represent the new list we are building here—they are a mix of literary and commercial, are page-turners of the first order, and feature characters, experiences, and emotions that feel real. Although our launch titles are contemporary realistic stories, you can expect to see novels of all genres from us on future lists. In fact, we cannot wait to introduce you to CARAVAL, the first book in an exciting new fantasy series by a major new storytelling talent, Stephanie Garber, in Fall 2016! With best wishes, Sarah BarleyIf I Was Your Girl Senior Editor Flatiron Books
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      The first 25 public or school librarians (active; U.S.-based) to request complimentary advance reader’s copies by e-mailing library@macmillanusa.com will receive copies of both titles. Please include “FLATIRON YA” in the subject line. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo On Sale Date: May 3, 2016 9781250078407 | $17.99 USD, Hardcover Ages 13 & Up, Grades 8 And Up A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, TN. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, she can’t help but let him in. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself—including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells the truth, no one will be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is a universal story about feeling different—and a love story that everyone will root for. MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars. Meredith is the lucky parent of Vivian and Darwin, the two best children on the planet. AMERICAN GIRLSAMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger On Sale Date: June 7, 2016 9781250075000 | $17.99 USD, Hardcover Ages 13 & Up, Grades 8 And Up Anna is a 15-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So she "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined. As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, watching Hollywood's D-list at work, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls. And although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present. In Anna's singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in YA fiction. ALISON UMMINGER grew up in Arlington, VA, and as an undergraduate was the fourth woman to be elected president of The Harvard Lampoon. Today, she is a professor of English at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, where she lives with her family. This is her first novel. *** The first 25 public or school librarians (active; U.S.-based) to request complimentary advance reader’s copies by e-mailing library@macmillanusa.com will receive copies of both titles. Please include “FLATIRON YA” in the subject line.

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