Featured Titles Love, magic, and time travel—Excitement builds for Ann Brashares’ THE HERE AND NOW; plus, casting news!

Let the “sisterhood,” rejoice! Beloved bestselling author Ann Brashares is back this spring with the eagerly-awaited YA listen, THE HERE AND NOW. She may have traded in her traveling pants for some time travel, but Brashares’ trademark honesty and wit is still the perfect fit for all of her devoted listeners. Her ability to create relatable characters who truly resonate with teenage girls (and those of us who remain one at heart) is ever-present, even when she writes about the most magical of circumstances. Get ready for an unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world…if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Faithful fans want to know, what do The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and THE HERE AND NOW have in common? Seventeen Magazine asked that very question to Brashares who said, “Both books focus on love—both romantic love and other kinds of love. I also hope they share the same emotional intensity. All these books involve a bit of magic, but they are all grounded in reality and the characters are pretty naturalistic.”

CASTING NEWS:
Emily RankinAudie-award winning actress, Emily Rankin (The Age of Miracles) reads THE HERE AND NOW, a story that follows time-traveler Prenna James.

Brashares told Seventeen, “Prenna is a girl who values honesty, bravery, and a deep emotional connection…Part of the story is Prenna fighting for the freedom to get to be herself.”

Library Journal recently praised Emily Rankin for doing “her usual superlative job” in The Silence of Murder, which Booklist named an Editors’ Choice Audio of 2013. And in addition to her recent Audie Award win for The Age of Miracles, Rankin won a 2011 Odyssey Honor for Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution, and has received multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. We can’t wait to hear how Rankin brings the extraordinary Prenna to life when THE HERE AND NOW arrives on audiobook April 8th.

EARLY PRAISE:
“Brashares builds on her adroit adolescent characterization and ear for teen dialogue and ports them into an exciting time-travel adventure complete with murderers to thwart and mysteries to solve. The book’s environmental message won’t be missed by readers, but this is a cautionary tale rather than a didactic screed…The gargantuan success of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series ensures great demand for Brashares’ latest.”—Booklist

“Brashares focuses on Prenna and Ethan’s burgeoning romance…her fans will be happy to find that her prose is as resonant and realistic as ever.”—Publishers Weekly

Be sure to check back to our site soon for an audiobook clip…it’s coming in the very near future! (If only we could time travel…)

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