Celebrate debut authors with us this summer! We’re excited to announce our new YA Book Club, happening every second Thursday of the month. Join us monthly to discuss these compelling stories and characters.
by Rory Power
This fresh debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you've read before. A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears.
This YA Book Club Edition features a deleted scene & an author/editor conversation with debut star Rory Powers.
by Hafsah Faizal
One of the most anticipated YA Fantasy Releases of 2019, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut about self-discovery, identity, and conquering your fears. Inspired by ancient Arabia, it is a cultural experience not to be missed!
This Barnes & Noble Exclusive edition features an exclusive case color and foil stamp with distinct light blue endpapers.
by Christine Riccio
From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, But Better, a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.
This Barnes & Noble Exclusive edition includes a Q & A with the author, a deleted scene in the form of a lost letter/journal entry, and an exclusive case color and foil stamp.
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What was your inspiration for writing Wilder Girls? Did you intend to write a feminist Lord of the Flies??
My first inspiration came from Harkers Island, off the coast of North Carolina. I made a trip there in 2015 and the atmosphere of the island stuck with me, to the point where Reese’s last name is a reference to it. But the book also came out of wanting to allow ugliness in girls and women, both on a physical and personal level. Byatt, Hetty, and Reese are selfish and messy and complicated, just as boys and men are allowed to be in their stories...
What does the title Wilder Girls mean to you?
At the core of the title, for me, is the connection between the Raxter girls and the island... ...But it also points to the characters, and to the wildness I wanted to let them express. They fight, and they yell, certainly, but more than that, they refuse to meet the expectations we have for girls, both in books and in the world at large. If the girls are beautiful, it’s only for themselves. And if they’re not? That’s for them too.
You’ve asked for it. Our booksellers have asked for it. And now it’s here! The YA Book Club is a place for YA fans to gather in our stores across the country to discuss compelling stories and characters each month- asking What would you have done? For our summer launch, we will be featuring debut authors across genres. Join as we celebrate these new voices we can’t wait to hear more from.