Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 17, 2015

YA and Middle Grade BUZZ BOOKS

If you are looking for a book to read you might want to check this list out put out by Publishers Lunch.

You can read pre-publication excerpts from 40 top new titles in their recently published free ebook Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer.

You can get an EPUB of the trade edition directly from our site, or if you prefer, it’s “read now” download at NetGalley (where it already has 75 five- and four-star reviews) and on Edelweiss.

The consumer edition is available on Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes and Noble Nook, Kobo, and Google Play.

Here is the entire roster:

Renee Ahdieh, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN (Putnam Juvenile)
Kathleen Baldwin, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS (Tor Teen)
Michael Buckley, UNDERTOW (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Tina Connelly, SERIOUSLY WICKED (Tor Teen)
Katie Cotugno, 99 DAYS (Balzer + Bray)
Sarah Dessen, SAINT ANYTHING (Viking Children’s)
Jacob Grey, FERALS (HarperCollins)
S. A. Harazin, PAINLESS (Albert Whitman Teen)
Maria Dahvana Headley, MAGONIA (HarperCollins)
Lisa Heathfield, SEED (Running Press Teens)
Alice Hoffman, NIGHTBIRD (Wendy Lamb Books)
David Levithan, ANOTHER DAY (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Barry Lyga, AFTER THE RED RAIN (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Katie McGarry, NOWHERE BUT HERE (Harlequin Teen)
Paige McKenzie, THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL (Weinstein Books)
Margo Rabbl KISSING IN AMERICA (HarperCollins)
Geoff Rodkey, THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Monica Ropal, WHEN YOU LEAVE (Running Press Teens)
Carrie Ryan, DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE (Dutton Childrens)
Louis Sachar, FUZZY MUD (Delacorte)
Rebecca Stead, GOODBYE STRANGER (Wendy Lamb Books)
Derek E. Sullivan, BIGGIE (Albert Whitman Teen)
Sabaa Tahir, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES (Razorbill)
Henry Turner, ASK THE DARK (Clarion)

Part One: Fiction

The Water Knife, Paolo Baciagalupi (Knopf)
The Fifth Gospel, Ian Caldwell (S&S)
The Dog Master, W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)
Eight Hundred Grapes, Laura Dave (S&S)
The Loved Ones, Mary-Beth Hughes (Atlantic Monthly)
A Desperate Fortune, Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks)
World Gone By, Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
How To Start A Fire, Lisa Lutz (HMH)
Palace of Treason, Jason Matthews (Scribner)
The Rocks, Peter Nichols (Riverhead)
The Children’s Crusade, Ann Packer (Scribner)
The Last Bookaneer, Matthew Pearl (Penguin Press)
Gonzo Girl, Cheryl Della Pietra (Touchstone)
The Hand That Feeds You, A.J. Rich (Scribner)
Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Lori Roy (Dutton)
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
Second Life, S.J. Watson (Harper)

Part Two: Debut Fiction

Normal, Graeme Cameron (MIRA)
Muse, Jonathan Galassi (Knopf)
Benefit of the Doubt, Neal Griffin (Forge)
Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (S&S)
The Unfortunates, Sophie McManus (FSG)
The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove)
Church of Marvels, Leslie Parry (Ecco)
War of the Encyclopaedists, Christopher Robin & Gavin Kowitt (Scribner)
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal (Viking)
The Book of Speculation, Erika Swyler (St. Martin’s)
Dietland, Sarai Walker (HMH)

Part Three: Nonfiction

Love Is Love, Maria Bello (Dey Street Books)
Grow Your Value, Mika Brzezinski (Weinstein Books)
Pieces of My Mother, Melissa Cistaro (Sourcebooks)
Move Your Bus, Ron Clark (Touchstone)
Audrey & Bill, Edward Z. Epstein (Running Press)
The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan (Flatiron Books)
Bettyville, George Hodgman (Viking)
The Wild Oats Project, Robin Rinaldi (Sarah Crichton Books)
Unforgettable, Scott Simon (Flatiron Books)
Creatures of a Day, Irvin D. Yalom (Basic Books)

I haven’t read any of the books on this list, but I do have two of these books on my book shelf right now. Seems I need to find time to check them out. Have any of you read any of these books? I would be interested to hear which ones you really liked.

Talk tomorrow,






  1. Great list. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!


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