2012 was an excellent year in Y.A. and middle grade across all boards — sales, growing acceptance for adults who love "cross-under" reads, and most importantly, content. Our new year is shaping up to be equally great. What can you expect, and what do you need to get your hands on now? There are some exciting reads forthcoming, including Ruta Sepetys' second book, the second in the Nightshade prequels from Andrea Cremer, and quite a few promising first novels as well. Thematically, fantasy/dystopia shows no signs of ceasing in popularity, partly because a lot of popular debuts are getting follow-ups, and in some cases, conclusions to their series. There are British thrillers, too, though, and sci-fi, historical fiction, and realistic novels as well — a new book from Caroline B. Cooney, for instance. Plus, nonfiction!
Teen Lit Rock's Sandie Angulo Chen says, "It goes without saying that I'm counting down the days to the next installments in various fantasy/dystopian series, like the next Veronica Roth, Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and Lauren Oliver." She adds, though, that "books I'm incredibly excited about in 2013 include Gayle Forman's Just One Day (which I read already and loved) and its companion (from the guy's perspective) late in the year; the always-amazing Sara Zarr's The Lucy Variations, and Stephanie Perkins' Isla and the Happily Ever After [both in May]. Here's our preview of some of the books we're most excited about this winter in Y.A. (and in fairness, we could go on — what about The Prince, Kiera Cass's upcoming Selection novella, for instance?).