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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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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 2 Edition

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson; narrated by Alaska Jackson
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 978-1338637625

Liz Lighty can’t wait to go to college and get away from her small town, where she has never felt like she belongs. She has always felt judged by her white, wealthier peers, and she has spent most of high school trying to stay under the radar. When she has problems getting financial aid, Liz decides to run for prom queen because she knows the winner gets a scholarship. Her friends help her campaign, pushing her way out of her comfort zone, and things get even more difficult when she starts to fall for the new girl, Mack, who is also running for prom queen. 

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 1 Edition

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Wednesday Books / St. Martin’s Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN: 9781250315892

Ollie’s summer in North Carolina turns into a semi-permanent adventure when he and his parents stay on into the fall to help his ailing aunt (who is dying of cancer) to take care of her family. Collinswood High is not nearly as progressive as his previous school in California, but senior Ollie is determined not to hide his sexuality from his peers. His summer crush and brief fling, Will Tavares, materializes at the school as a popular but closeted jock, and while Ollie pins his hopes on rekindling their spark, he is faced with the decision to be true to himself or accept a hidden romance in order to experience the excitement of first love.

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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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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, August 27 Edition

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Fence, vol. 4: Rivals by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, and Joana LaFuente
BOOM! Box / BOOM! Studios
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
ISBN: 9781684155385

Fence is back with a long-awaited volume four! In this installment, the King’s Row fencing team has been finalized. Up until this point, every fencer was playing for himself, but now they need to work as a team if they want to defeat other schools in competition. Seiji is training hard while Nicholas takes remedial lessons to focus his accuracy. Then, the King’s Row team has to face off against MacRobertson, the school that knocked them out of contention for the State Championship the previous year. It seems that MacRobertson knows all of the players’ fencing styles, and it looks like they could be unstoppable. Can King’s Row get it together to pull out a win?

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 26 Edition

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo; narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte
Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 978-1471409127

Told in two voices, chess champion Yahaira Rios lives in New York City next door to her girlfriend, and Camino Rios lives in the Dominican Republic with her Aunt. Yahaira was upset with her father when he left for his annual summer trip to the D.R., so when his plane crashes, her feelings are more than complicated. Also on the plane was Camino’s father, whom she only gets to see once a year. Though the two girls never met or even knew about each other before the crash, they come to find out that they have a lot in common. 

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, August 25 Edition

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Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence by Joel Christian Gill
Oni Press
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
ISBN: 978-1549303357

Joel Christian Gill tells his life story in this stunning graphic memoir that does not shy away from the sometimes brutal fights and life lessons Gill faced before becoming the father, artist, and author he is today.

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