Let's Get Ready for YANovCon w/ a GIVEAWAY

YANOVCON is an event we look forward to each year because 

1. AMAZING authors
2. It's our very own YA book festival
3. Did we mention the lineup? OMG LOOK AT THE LINEUP.

We had a blast last year and are even more excited this year because it's even bigger and better. You can catch us moderating, live tweeting, and taking copious insta stories. But first - one of our favorite people is partnering with us for a GIVEAWAY!


We L O V E Abigail Johnson and her latest book, THE FIRST TO KNOW, is a beautiful story of how family isn't perfect and neither are people but LOVE IS. 10/10 would read allllllllll of Abigail's families. It could be she has a lovely one herself - we met her mama and sister and they were lovely!

by Abigail Johnson
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: 11/7/17
Source: Audible

Dana Fields's father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents' happy marriage is a lie. 

Dana's desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad's deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father's past and the irresistible guy who'll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they're torn apart for good.

If you are in the Bay Area, we expect to see you at NovCon, fawning over Abigail in person. Either way, check out our GIVEAWAY below! 

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More info on YANovCon


Our third annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is just around the corner on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Carlmont High School, right next to the Belmont Library. YANovCon is your exclusive connection to some of today's top authors of books for middle and high school youth (and everyone else who can appreciate these amazing talents).
This free half-day celebration will include panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with the following YA novelists (and more!):

Not only will you get to learn more from your favorite authors about their writing and publishing process, we are also working to highlight the social justice themes these authors incorporate in their work. We’re encouraging participants to look for ways they can help make the world a safe space for everyone.
Books will be available to purchase on site thanks to our wonderful partnership with Books Inc.!
YANovCon is going to be bigger and better than ever before so we highly recommend you RSVP. Not only will this help us plan for participants, you’ll also be entered to win free books!
We encourage carpooling and using public transit. Carlmont High School is accessible via samTrans.
To encourage literacy and writing for students in 6th-12th grades, YANovCon is sponsoring a Teen Short Story Contest. Visit your local library for information and enter using our online form.
Stay in touch with us and receive the latest author updates by following #YANovCon on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


  1. I read a fantastic family-orientated book this year called Greetings From Witness Protection! by Jake Burt.

  2. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills had a family I wanted to be part of of.

  3. I have no idea, I usually read books with a singular character trying to make it in life. No family dynamic or missing family.I should read some family books but I would need recommendations for that.

  4. I really gave this a lot of thought and came up nearly empty-handed. I read so much YA and the family is often non-existent (or awful, and not worth mentioning) but I always think of one: To All the Boys I've Loved Before series by Jenny Han. There's such a great family dynamic in those books. Thanks! :)

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