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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 18 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
ISBN:  978-0062840356

Enchanted feels as if she is in a dream when music star Korey Fields mentors her singing career, but the dream quickly turns into an obsessive, violent nightmare. This book addresses the pattern of grown men abusing their power and being excused for their misogynistic behaviors, while young girls are blamed.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, September 17 Edition

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The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1-4 by Kousuke Oono
VIZ Media
Publication Date: September 17, 2019; January 21, 2020; May 19, 2020; September 15, 2020
ISBN: 9781974709403, 9781974710447, 9781974713462, 9781974717675

The Way of the Househusband is a slice-of-life, slapstick-comedy manga that follows a former yakuza enforcer as he lives a normal life as a househusband. Tatsu, who was once known as “the Immortal Dragon,” is still an intense and intimidating figure, but he has focused his fervor on mastering the tasks of domestic life. He creates elaborate and adorable bento box lunches for his wife, participates in the activities of the neighborhood ladies’ association, and astounds his former yakuza associates and enemies with his new skills when he encounters them. Each new volume has laugh-out-loud moments and new twists so you never feel like you are just reading the same thing over and over.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 16 Edition

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Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon; narrated by Rebekkah Ross
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: July 28, 2020
ISBN: 9781797111735

Rowan wants to be valedictorian, she wants to win Howl, and she wants to write romance novels. All that stands in her way is her nemesis, Neil.  She can beat him for valedictorian, she can beat him at Howl, and hopefully get the confidence to share her novel with the world.  Her last day of high school is full of anticipation, fear, and maybe a little dread, but if everything goes her way, Rowan just might win at high school after all. 

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 15 Edition

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You Should See Me in a Crown by  Leah Johnson
Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781338503265

Liz is an awkward senior in high school who gets good grades, plays in the school band and has a small group of friends, but she has always felt different. Liz is poor, Black, queer, has anxiety, and is far from being part of the in-crowd. She dreams of going to college, but when money she was counting on falls through she must step far outside of her comfort zone in order to win a scholarship by running for Prom queen. And in this small town, Prom is serious business. She is thrust into the spotlight, has to spend time with an old frenemy, and falls for the competition.  

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 11 Edition

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1547603879

Two hundred years after Cinderella gets her “happily ever after,” not much has changed in Sophia’s village. Every eligible maiden is required to attend an annual ball, after which they are either chosen by a suitor or never seen again. Headstrong Sophia would much prefer to marry her childhood friend Erin, but either way she has no intention of marrying the first man who claims her. While fleeing the ball, she discovers Cinderella’s last remaining descendant, Constance, and together they devise a plan to tear down the carefully built patriarchy that imprisons them.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, September 10 Edition

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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf
Abrams ComicArts / Abrams Books
Publication Date: September 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781419734847

A few days prior to the shooting of unarmed college students who were protesting the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw the Ohio National Guard arrive in his nearby town. On May 4, 1970, students were murdered and wounded by the same National Guard troop that had been sent in by the governor to squash a trucker strike. These four days in May are masterfully brought to graphic life through Derf’s words and illustrations. Like in his books My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Derf’s ability to investigate and bring forward untold and forgotten stories as part of the bigger, more knowable truth is a testament to his ability as a writer and an illustrator.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 9 Edition

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A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig; narrated by Ramon de Ocampo
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: April 8, 2020
ISBN: 9781338605396

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale in a bloody, brutal fashion.  After a particularly brutal murder, Jughead Jones wakes up and finds evidence that he is the murderer. He has been bitten and turned into a werewolf.  Now Jughead must try to keep his secret from all of his friends, including werewolf hunter Betty Cooper, while struggling to keep his dark side under control.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, September 9 Edition

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Ronin Island, vol. 2 by Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis
BOOM! Studios
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
ISBN: 9781684155576

Hana and Kenichi are on different journeys, but both are headed to the Island. Hana tasks herself with learning more about the Shogun’s rise to power, and Kenichi is traversing the wasteland alone. A pack of bandits takes Kenichi hostage and attacks the Shogun’s touring company where Kenichi and Hana meet again. Hana must make a choice between the Shogun and Kenichi.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 8 Edition

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The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1368053297

Marva rescues Duke and his little sister when his car won’t start. After this “meet cute” introduction, Marva and Duke spend an eventful day racing around Los Angeles to get Duke to the right polling place before it’s too late. Told in chapters alternating between the two main characters, the day begins with a debate of their different perspectives on citizenship and activism. As they get to know each other, they open up about more personal topics, like their plans and ambitions, families, friendships, and romantic relationships – both past and maybe-soon-to-be-past.

The action kicks off right away and keeps going as the clock ticks down to eight p.m., when the polls close. Current political issues are naturally part of a novel set on Election Day; rather than distracting from the story, these issues touch the characters’ lives in a way that raises the stakes and moves the plot forward.

This is a good choice for teens who like “rom coms” and stories like The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon and Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

–Barb Dinan

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 4 Edition

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The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg
Flatiron Books / Macmillan
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250257352

Ingrid, a seventeen year old competitive diver, cannot sleep ever since her diving accident. Neither can her neighbor Van, who happens to be the last face she remembers seeing before her accident. The two spend their sleepless nights watching their neighborhood from a bedroom window while trying to unravel the mystery of the vacant house next door and missing parts of their memories.

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