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

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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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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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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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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 28 Edition

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Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
Dial Books / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
ISBN: 978-0593108239

Things have been better for Darius Kellner ever since his life-altering trip to Iran to meet his mother’s family for the first time. He video chats regularly with his first and best friend Sohrab in Iran. His relationship with his father is finally based on more than a mutual affection for “Star Trek” (though they do still love their “Star Trek”). Darius made the varsity soccer team, works at his favorite tea shop, and even has a boyfriend. But now Sohrab isn’t answering Darius’s calls. Trent the bully is still on Darius’s case. His visiting grandmothers are practically strangers to him. And Darius’s feelings for boyfriend Landon and teammate Chip are all confused. Darius might be doing better than okay–but does “better” mean having to settle for less than best?

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 21 Edition

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This Is My America by Kim Johnson
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
ISBN: 978-0593118764

Tracy’s falsely accused father has been on death row for seven years.  Her small Texas town always did find it easier to blame the new Black man in town for the double murder of a white couple, but now things get even worse when her brother is accused of killing a white classmate.  With Jamal on the run and the clock ticking on her father’s life, Tracy has just 267 days to uncover the racist secrets of the past — and the present — and prove her family’s innocence.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 14 Edition

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062990297

Growing up mixed-race in London has not been easy. Michael struggles to reconcile his two cultures (Greek Cypriot and Jamacian), deal with his uninvolved father and his over-involved mother, and navigate the world as a gay teen. When he starts his first year at University, Michael discovers The Drag Society and feels he is finally living as his authentic self. He uses his drag persona, The Black Flamingo, to explore different ways to express himself.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 7 Edition

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Lobizona by Romina Garber
Wednesday Books / Macmillan
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250239129

Manu has lived her whole life in a bubble, unable to truly exist in the world due to both her undocumented status and her unusual, unforgettable eyes. When her surrogate grandmother dies and her mother is arrested by ICE, she strikes out on her own and uncovers the true history of her Argentinian father’s family and the magic she didn’t know she possessed.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, July 31 Edition

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The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
Razorbill / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-0593114919

There are no secrets in Keely’s small hometown or in her even smaller graduating high school class. So everyone knows that Keely is still a virgin. Literally everyone else in her class has found someone to lose it to, but Keely has a hard time seeing any of her classmates as possible romantic interests when she’s known them all since they were picking their noses and eating glue in kindergarten. So when Keely gets a job at the local video store with cute college guy Dean, she’s determined to have sex before she goes to college. And who better to make her seem like an experienced, worldly seductress (instead of the clueless virgin that she is) than her player BFF Andrew? But even the best-laid plans go awry, and Keely’s whole plan depends on staying JUST FRIENDS with Andrew–which is suddenly much, much harder than it’s ever been before…

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, July 24 Edition

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My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
HarperTeen / HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062652812 

Everyone knows Calamity Jane as a girl in buckskins who performs tricks with the bull-whip in Wild Bill Hickock’s Wild West Show. What they don’t know is that Calamity, along with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler and undercover Pinkerton detective Charlie Utter, is part of a team of werewolf, or garou, hunters led by Wild Bill himself. But when Jane discovers a suspicious bite after a tangle with a garou, she worries that her life is about to get a lot more complicated.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, July 20 Edition

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I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062936929

Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Or at least that is what Skye Shin has been told her entire life. But Skye loves to dance and, frankly, she’s really good at it. So when Skye nails her audition to compete in an International K-Pop competition she vows to prove to everyone that her body doesn’t define her talent.

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