Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson Bloomsbury YA/Bloomsbury Publication Date: February 2, 2021 ISBN: 9781547600601
Nala has always avoided spending time with members of Inspire Harlem, a community service organization that her cousin-sister-friend Imani is involved in, finding them judgmental and not very fun. But when Imani asks Nala to go to one of their events on her birthday, Nala reluctantly agrees. There, she meets Tye, an incredibly cute and passionate activist. Nala finds herself telling a few little white lies to try and impress him, and it works. But as their relationship gains steam, Nala starts to wish that Tye knew and liked the real her.
With more than a decade of winners to look back on, let’s see which of our former debuts are still impressing readers today.
2010’s Morris Award went to L. K. Madigan’s Flash Burnout. Tragically, the author passed away just a year after receiving the award. The rest of the finalists from that year, however, have continued to contribute to YA in significant ways, perhaps none more notably that Nina LaCour, who went on to win the 2018 Printz Award for We Are Okay. LaCour’s latest novel, Watch Over Me, has been nominated for the 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults Selected List.
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Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publication date: February 4, 2020 ISBN: 978-0062937049
When painfully shy Jamie and change-averse
Maya are forced by their mothers to team up to canvas for a local progressive
political candidate, it’s not the ideal summer either of them planned. Cultural
misunderstandings fly as Jamie helps plan his little sister’s bat mitzvah and
Maya fasts for Ramadan, and they never know when the face on the other side of
the door they’re knocking on will be an unfriendly one. Still, as election day
gets closer, so do Jamie and Maya. And while falling in love might be easy,
separating the personal from the political is harder than it seems.
Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee Abrams / Abrams Image Publication Date: February 27, 2018 ISBN: 9781419729256
Mackenzi Lee romps through the stories of 52 intriguing women who deserve far more attention than they’ve heretofore received. Readers may recognize names such as Hatshepsut (Pharaoh of Egypt) and Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts), but they’ll also meet Khutulun, the best wrestler in the Mongolian Empire, and Annie Jump Cannon, a scientist who devised the star classification system still used today.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Publication Date: May 8, 2018 ISBN: 978-0399544682
Amal is a bright girl with a thirst for knowledge. Living in her Pakistani village with her family, she dreams of becoming a teacher someday, but must stop her education when her mother needs extra assistance at home after the birth of another sister. Things take a dire turn when Amal mistakenly insults a member of the powerful Khan family, and as punishment is forced into indentured servitude at the Khan estate. Surviving in a hopeless situation using her intelligence and determination, Amal begins to uncovers the corruption at the hands of the Khans and must choose to what to do about it.