Spring Teen/YA Book Buzz

Presented by: School Library Journal
Event Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

 

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Come see what's buzzing this spring with publishers CamCat Books and Yen Press! In this webcast, SLJ brings you an exciting first look at all the latest and greatest titles from your favorite YA authors, as well as some stellar debuts that you will not want to miss. 

 

Featured Titles:

Chitose Is in the Ramune Bottle, Vol. 1 by Hiromu - Being popular isn’t easy. It’s hard to beat Saku Chitose. The most popular kid in his high school? Check. An ironclad reputation that can weather even vicious online attacks? Check. A group of friends as attractive on the outside as they are inside? Check. But when a teacher asks for his help bringing back a student who has been shut away in his room for months, Saku’s perfect world will never be the same. What is this, some kind of normie harem story...?

Search for the Astral Dragon by Bryann Davis is a fast-paced YA space opera (reminiscent of Star Wars) that follows a strong female protagonist, Megan, on an interplanetary search for her mother. Along the way, Megan witnesses the horrors of child trafficking and slavery and joins with a group of other teens to fight against corrupt systems and stand up for the vulnerable. Full of unusual characters and daring escapes, Search for the Astral Dragon draws readers into a world with snarky spaceship computer systems, a variety of different sentient species, spaceship tech, and magical elements. Megan is smart and quick thinking, competent with spacecraft technology, and a person of commendable character who wrestles with moral issues about the role of violence in the fight for justice and gives readers difficult questions to contemplate. This book is the first book in the Astral Dragon series.

Under the Heavens by Ruth Fox - Hannah Monksman won the opportunity to captain Seiiki and carry the last of Earth’s whales to a new planet, but the isolation of space may be getting to her when she suspects that someone else is hiding onboard.

 

Presenters:

Bridget McFadden, Associate Editor, CamCat Books

Linda Howard, Associate Publisher, Tyndale | Kids and Wander

Mark de Vera, Sales and Marketing Director, Yen Press

 

 

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