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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, June 8 Edition

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
ISBN: 978-1524720803

A Female cosplayer and aspiring costume designer becomes the target of online trolls after one of her creations is featured at a comic-con. Following an uncomfortable encounter at a comic book shop Cameron decides to escape the harassment by pretending to be a boy. But what was supposed to be a one time charade turns into a secret identity when she is invited to join a Dungeons and Dragons game – as boy Cameron. As she experiences the freedom of living as a boy, Cameron is confronted with increasingly angry and possibly dangerous trolls as well as romantic entanglements reminiscent of A Twelfth Night with gay representation.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, June 2 Edition

All Out: the No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Thoughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
Harlequin Teen
Publication date: February 27, 2018
ISBN: 978-1335470454

Seventeen short stories illustrate the experiences of queer teens in a variety of historical settings. From a new take on the well-known tale of Robin Hood, to a new-found love arising from a Nirvana lyric, teen experiences that rarely make their way into historical fiction are revealed with a sense of wonder, awkwardness, and bravado.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, May 25 Edition

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publisher
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
ISBN: 978-0062644213 

Over forty years after evacuating Earth and finding themselves marooned on Faloiv, the elite Whitecoat scientists still discover new wonders in the world outside their colony of N’Terra. Octavia dreams of the day she joins her scientist parents, and the early internships offer her and her classmates the chance to study Faloiv’s extraordinary natural world with the Whitecoats. However, Octavia finds herself strangely empathetic to the animals they study, and she and her friends discover some of the scientists’ experiments have sinister motives. Eventually, Octavia questions everything she knows of N’Terra’s history and its tenuous relationship with their hosts, the Faloii.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, May 18 Edition

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1481498548

Elena lives a fairly normal teen life despite the notoriety and ridicule she endures due to her scientifically proven virgin birth. However, Elena believes the voices she hears from inanimate objects prove her destiny is something extraordinary. When she heals her longtime crush who is dying from a gunshot wound, Elena’s voices send her on a mission to possibly save the world–or end it.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, May 11 Edition

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
ISBN: 978-1627799379

Claudia prefers to stay on the periphery of the social scene at her private girls’ school, where no one knows how remarkably funny, caring, and wonderful she truly is. That is, until she accidentally witnesses the very awkward breakup of the school’s “It Couple” Iris and Paige, an incident which triggers a series of events that culminates in her forced participation in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in conjunction with adjacent boys’ school Danforth. Thus thrust into the thick of all the things she had tried to avoid, Claudia must learn to navigate new dramas of her own, from her tentative, grudging friendship with prickly Iris to her budding feelings for Gideon Prewitt, the goofy, kindhearted, larger-than-life boy who is friends with everyone, but might want to be more than friends with her. Outside of school, Claudia is lucky to have the support of a wonderful family and a loyal best friend, with whom she nerds out over her favorite MMORPG and shares a lifetime of inside jokes. But when cracks begin to appear in her relationships, Claudia must reconcile her two worlds and realize, at long last, the profound value and worth she brings to them both.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, May 4 Edition

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Philomel Books / Penguin Books USA
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-52473-829-7 

Beautiful Xifeng is destined to be the Empress of Feng Lu, but only if she abandons those she loves and gives into her darker impulses. Escaping her abusive aunt, Xifeng uses her cunning and understanding of magic to make her way to the capital of Feng Lu. Each step along the way is complicated as a dark and powerful force encourages her to become Empress while those around Xifeng to accept another fate, be it less glorious.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, April 27 Edition

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
ISBN: 978-1524701246

Living in the 125th Street neighborhood of Harlem, Lolly’s life is populated by a vibrantly drawn, diverse cast of characters: his ma and her girlfriend Yvonne, his best friend Vega, the neighborhood kids at the community center where he attends after-school, and the young thugs who populate his neighborhood, pressuring him to join up in the wake of his older brother Jermaine’s gang-related death. Amidst these pressures and his still-raw grief at Jermaine’s death, Lolly finds solace in building fantastical, epic cityscapes out of the Lego bricks Yvonne brings home from her job as a security guard at a toy store. When his outsized buildings and imagination outgrow his apartment, community center director Mr. Ali lets him expand into the basement of the rec center. There, his Lego building attracts the attention of the other kids and especially Big Rose, a bullied girl with a prickly manner and a big heart, who may be on the autism spectrum but has no interest in being labeled autistic. Lolly and Big Rose form a tentative but meaningful bond based on mutual respect, even as he feels Vega withdrawing from him towards the pull of the streets.

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, April 20 Edition

American Panda by Gloria Chao
Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1481499101

Pushed into early graduation, Mei Lu is an uncertain freshman at MIT. Her unyielding Taiwanese immigrant parents’ plans for her are clear: medical school followed by marriage to a fellow Taiwanese doctor. Unfortunately, Mei is a germaphobe whose passion is dance, and she does the unthinkable by falling for an unacceptable Japanese boy.

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#BFYA2019 Teen Feedback Session at Annual Conference in New Orleans

This year the American Library Association will be holding its Annual Conference in New Orleans and YALSA will be holding a Teen Feedback Session for the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee.

This is an opportunity for local teens to voice what they like or don’t like about the nominated books for this national selection list which will be published in 2019. This list of nominated books, which is updated monthly, is located on the #BFYA2019 current nominations landing page on The Hub. Teens must read at least three of these titles to participate in the Teen Feedback Session on Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Teens will spend most of the day visiting the Exhibit Hall, searching and obtaining treasured ARCS, before enjoying a free lunch with Young Adult authors. The Teen Feedback Session will be the culminating activity. Some members of the BFYA Blogging Team will be onsite while others will attend the session virtually. Teen feedback is an important factor in determining the final Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

For more information about how your teens can participate in the event, please contact Carolyn Vidmar, Teen Services Librarian,

–Lorrie Roussin, 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults blogging team coordinator

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, April 13 Edition

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Simon and Schuster BFYR / Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
ISBN: 9781442472457

This thrilling sequel to Scythe finds Citra and Rowan both gleaning in hopes of preserving the Scythedom. However, there is an increasing divide between the new and old orders of scythes putting both Citra and Rowan’s lives in danger. Will the Thunderhead be forced to intervene to save them and all of humanity?

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