Each quarter, the Selected Lists teams compile the titles that have been officially nominated to date. These books have been suggested by the team or through the title suggestion form, read by multiple members of the team, and received approval to be designated an official nomination. At the end of the year, the final list of nominations and each Selected List’s Top Ten will be chosen from these titles.
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Admission. By Julie Buxbaum. Read by Julia Whelan. 2020. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group/Listening Library, $63 (9780593216996).
Chloe, privileged daughter of a beloved celebrity, watches helplessly as her mother is caught up in a college admission scandal benefiting her. Julia Whelan skillfully unpacks the emotions that go with Chloe’s questioning whether her parents believe she is enough.
Amari believes her missing brother is alive. When a mysterious suitcase appears in her closest, she is whisked away to a land of magic. To find her brother, Amari must pass a series of tests in order to enter the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Strong narration supports this fantastical adventure.
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris; Narrated by Preston Butler III Quill Tree Books Publication date: January 5, 2021 ISBN: 9780063064317
Looking like they do, with brown skin, Jay, his friends and neighbors live knowing they are already one step behind. Living in their neighborhood presents its own challenges where drug deals, violence, and both police interference AND ignorance are day to day problems. But now Jay’s sister Nic has disappeared and going missing in their neighborhood isn’t enough to warrant police investigation. Not wanting to worry his grandmother, Jay strikes out on his own to find her leading him into danger and into finding an unlikely friend.
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Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters #1) by Rebecca Schaeffer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Published September 4th, 2018 ISBN: 9781328863591
Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters #2) by Rebecca Schaeffer HMH Books for Young Readers Published September 3rd, 2019 ISBN: 9781328863553
Nita is an expert at dissection. She dissects the dead bodies of “unnaturals” that her mother brings to her to sell the pieces on the dark web parts market. But when her mother brings a live specimen home with the intent to sell fresh parts piece by piece, Nita reaches her limit and frees the captive boy. Within hours she finds herself, with her secret unnatural abilities, in a cage and under threat of torture and the death that her subjects once endured. Now she must find an escape, while still maintaining the fine line of morality she has always tread upon.Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, November 19 Edition