We're thrilled to welcome YA authors Misa Sugiura, Katie Nelson, and Kate Watson, who will join us to discuss their new books and the contemporary YA lit scene!
Misa's book, It's Not Like It's a Secret, is a coming-of-age story featuring two girls of color falling in love, part To All the Boys I've Loved Before and part Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don't invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there's the one that she can barely even admit to herself--the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend. "Smart, funny, authentically messy, and sweetly romantic." --Kelly Loy Gilbert, Morris Award nominated author of Conviction
Katie's book, The Duke of Bannerman Prep, has been called a "contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby." Recruited into an elite prep school after winning a high-profile competition in public school, Tanner ambitiously pursues a scholarship only to be partnered with an undermotivated party boy everyone calls the Duke throughout an important championship. As Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of the edge becomes addictive. But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple. "A dark, surprising, suspense-filled twist on our American obsession with living extraordinary lives." ―Sonya Mukherjee, author of Gemini
Kate Watson's new book, Seeking Mansfield. is a YA retelling of Mansfield Park featuring a diverse protagonist, a compelling balance between serious issues and light-hearted, teen-appropriate comedy, and all the swoon-worthy romance a reader could ask for. It's perfect for fans of Jane Austen's work, romantic comedies, film, musical theater, and character-driven YA novels.
"A commendable adaptation of a 200-year-old tale made fresh for a 21st-century audience." -- Kirkus Reviews
Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature * 2018 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults * 2018 Rainbow Book List * A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017
"Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital."—Kirkus (starred review)
Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute--especially right and wrong.
Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents' son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close.