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Sneak Peek at Winter 2015!

Winter Preview Postcard

What do a brutal Rome-like world, a young woman investigating her best friend's sudden death, a Middle Eastern refugee adjusting to American life at a boys' camp for tech detox, and a teenage girl caught up in a vast international conspiracy all have in common? They're all a part of Penguin Teen's Winter 2015 Preview Sampler! Get a sneak peek at six great new young adult books coming at you next year!

School and Library Staff Pick

Looking for Alaska 10th Anniversary Edition Looking for Alaska 10th Anniversary Edition

Looking For Alaska Special 10th Anniversary Edition

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go. — Oscar Wilde

I couldn't very well start a write up on Looking for Alaska without sharing my favorite famous last words, allegedly uttered by one of my favorite authors, Oscar Wilde, about what I can only imagine was some truly heinous wallpaper!

More to the point, can you believe Looking for Alaska is 10 years old?! Yup, it's been a full decade since John Green first entered the YA scene with this incredible Printz award-winning debut. To celebrate, we are reissuing the book in a beautiful hardcover edition and I can't think of a better reason to reread it – so I did! Do I even need to say it? Of course it holds up! Whether you are reading it for the first time or you and John Green go way back; are a teenager or an adult, this is a beautiful coming of age story about first love, first heartbreak, loss and an appreciation for the English language that will strongly resonate, even 10 years later.

—Catherine, School and Library Marketing Coordinator

Our Best Books of the Year!

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Once Upon an Alphabet
By Oliver Jeffers
4 starred reviews!

Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Cat
By Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Claudia Rueda
4 starred reviews!

Absolutely Almost

Absolutely Almost
By Lisa Graff
4 starred reviews!

A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance
By Padma Venkatraman
4 starred reviews!

I'll Give You the Sun

I'll Give You the Sun
By Jandy Nelson
4 starred reviews!

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory
By Laurie Halse Anderson
4 starred reviews!

Blue Sea Burning: The Chronicles of Egg

The Young Elites
By Marie Lu
4 starred reviews!

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
By Sheila Turnage
5 starred reviews!

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Brown Girl Dreaming
By Jacqueline Woodson
6 starred reviews!
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

Author Access with Betty Birney

Secrets According to Humphrey Betty Birney

1. What has been the most exciting part about visiting schools across the country?

I feel privileged to get a bird's-eye view of schools everywhere. I've been to every kind of school imaginable, from high-end private schools to rural schools to cash-strapped inner-city schools. Wherever I go, I'm struck by the universal caring, effort, generosity and creativity of teachers and librarians. I've also noticed that children everywhere have much in common as far as their likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams. And they all love hamsters. If I visited secondary schools, I might not see the same thing.

2. What is the most common question that young readers ask you?

Children and adults all want to know if I have a hamster at home, possibly named Humphrey. My answer (I don't) is very disappointing, but I have to tell the truth.

3. What has the One School One Book, or All School Reads, program done for Humphrey?

Obviously, One School One Book has greatly widened Humphrey's audience. The books are a natural for the programs, because Humphrey LOVES-LOVES-LOVES to be in schools. I relish the feedback from teachers and families about their experiences reading Humphrey together. Again, the creativity and hard work of the schools in putting on these programs is impressive!

4. What is one lesson kids can learn from Humphrey?

I think his genuine caring and concern for others is his best quality, but I hope people notice that he always makes a Plan before jumping into a situation paws-first. I'm like that, too.

5. What is the most interesting representation you've seen of Humphrey in schools?

That would be difficult to choose! Is it the depiction of all the characters done with pumpkins? The drawings of Humphrey posing as everything from a snowman to rapper 50-Cent? Humphrey cakes and cookies? The class in Rhode Island wearing hamster masks and the class in Oklahoma wearing hamster ears? I have seen amazing art everywhere I go, but what touches me the most are simple drawings of Humphrey with a huge smile on his face! To me, that's the essence of Humphrey and I love to see that young readers "get" it.

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