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Category: Awards and Selected Lists

Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 30 Edition

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Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Dutton Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
ISBN: 978-0525556206

In the Igbo language, “Ada means first daughter, means oldest girl, means pressure, means you do as expected, to do a lot of things you don’t want to do because the honor of this family rests on your back.” Ada’s story unfolds in vignettes from different time periods in her life, as she searches to find her true self despite the expectations placed upon her by others.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, October 29 Edition

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Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith 
TOON Graphics 
Publication Date: September 15, 2020 
ISBN: 9786976535210 

Black Heroes of the Wild West gives brief introductions to Stagecoach Mary Fields, Bass Reeves, and Bob Lemmons. Stagecoach Mary and Bass Reeves have been the subject of books for young readers over the past fifteen years or so, but the last Bob Lemmons picture book came out in 1998. Many readers will be coming to these figures for the first time, and these introductions do not disappoint. 

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 28 Edition

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Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe; Narrated by James Fouhey
HarperAudio
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
ISBN: 9780063025622

Henri  “Halti” Haltiwanger, a first generation Haitian-American is full of charm and ambition. Excelling at his prestigious New York high school, running his own successful (if slightly misleading) dog walking service, he is determined to get into Columbia, his (or his father’s?) dream school. When his neighbor Corrine blackmails him into teaching her how to be more social, unexpected ventures begin. 

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, October 27 Edition

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The Girl in the White Van by April Henry
Henry Holt & Co. / Macmillan
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250157591

Savannah is tired of moving every time her mom finds a new boyfriend and she’s finally happy living in Portland where she attends Kung Fu classes and is making friends. After a fight with her mom’s boyfriend, Savannah is kidnapped from a parking lot and must rely on her wits and self defense skills to try to escape–and help the other girl her kidnapper has also abducted.

This thriller is fast paced and action packed; readers are pulled immediately into the conflicts in Savannah’s life and then the frightening events of her abduction.  Although the book shifts points of view, including chapters from Savannah, Jenny (another kidnapped girl), family members, etc. the point of view changes only heighten the suspense of the book.

Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 23 Edition

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Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
ISBN: 978-1534442955

In this dual perspective novel-in-verse, Row’s older sister, Ariana, disappears at night during a snowstorm when a second family loss triggers both girls to reflect on the death of their mother six years prior. On the edge of tearing apart, both Row and Ariana need to learn how to thaw their hearts if there is any hope for their family to knit themselves back together.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, October 22 Edition

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Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
DC Comics
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
ISBN: 9781779504210

In 1946, Lan-Shin (Roberta) Lee and her family move from Chinatown to central Metropolis and attempt to fit in with their neighbors. But when the Klan begins harassing the Lees, Roberta must team up with new friends to help Superman take down the Klan in this smart, action-packed adventure.

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 21 Edition

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas; narrated by Avi Roque
Macmillan Audio
Publication date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9781250619129

Yadriel grew up in a cemetery with his magical Latinx family.  After they deny him the rite of passage to become a true brujo because he is transgendered, Yadriel undertakes the magical ceremony in secret with his best friend Maritza.  During the successful rite, Yadriel accidentally summons the ghost of Julian, a local bad boy he knows from around school.  Julian is set on making sure his friends are okay before his ghost moves on, and Yadriel wants to find out what happened to his cousin who was killed the same night.  As they search for answers, and Yadriel gives Julian the last day on Earth that he wants, Yadriel and Julian manage to fall in love, as well solve the mysteries surrounding his death.  

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, October 20 Edition

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All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn
Imprint / Macmillan Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250158178

17-year-old Tabby Cousins and boyfriend Mike set out on a dangerous hike to picnic at a well-known lookout point. A shaking, bloody Tabby returns hours after dark, telling everyone that Mike fell from the mountain ledge. Mike was the town’s star athlete attending Princeton on a swimming scholarship, while Tabby is considered aggressive and “trashy.” Their passionate, obsessive relationship is the subject of gossip and speculation in small-town Coldcliff, Colorado, and as a criminal case against Tabby unfolds everyone quickly develops their own theory on what happened in the woods. 

Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 16 Edition

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1368052405

When broke teen Avery Grambs suddenly inherits billions from a complete stranger, she’s shocked–and immediately thrust into the world of the incredibly wealthy Hawthorne family.  Now Avery has one year to win her new fortune, and one year to contend with furious disinherited heirs (including four hot, angsty grandsons) and a mansion full of games, codes, puzzles, and deadly secrets.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, October 15 Edition

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Flamer by Mike Curato
Henry Holt & Co. / Macmillan
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9781250756145

Aiden spends a last summer at scout camp before high school, which he dreads. He had a terrible middle school experience. He’s bi-racial and gay (though he can’t admit it yet) and doesn’t know where he fits in or how to be himself in a world that actively mocks both of those things. He is religious, confused, crushing on his tent-mate, and desperate to figure himself out while also enjoying the only place he has friends and can occasionally be himself.