#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, October 2 Edition

Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre
Tor / Tor Teen
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
ISBN: 9780765397614   

In an instant the lives of Liv, her best friend Morgan, and their boyfriends are forever changed when they are in a tragic car accident. Liv survives but when she awakens in the hospital she quickly realizes she has woken up in Morgan’s body. There is no going back because “Liv” died in the accident. Adapting to Morgan’s life isn’t easy as she has to adjust to living in a mansion, a new unlikely boyfriend (who just so happens to be the brother of Liv’s boyfriend) and of course, a scandalous mystery to solve that brings to question how much Liv really knew about her best friend.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, September 25 Edition

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
Harper Collins / HarperTEEN
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
ISBN: 9780062424246

Mari has the perfect life, at least online on her successful Instagram account. Gorgeous boyfriend, amazing food, and fit lifestyle. But when Mari turns 18, she is reminded of the unexpected death of her once-close cousin, Bri, and decides to dump social media for good. What comes next is the adventure of a lifetime when Mari decides to follow in Bri’s footsteps and hike the John Muir Trail. This 200-plus mile journey through the Sierra Nevada is no joke and Mari must survive bears, brutal elements, and what it means to find yourself.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, September 18 Edition

The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando
Bloomsbury / Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
ISBN: 9781681197067  

Natalie and her three best friends set sail on what is supposed to be a relaxing 17th birthday cruise, but Natalie is still reeling from the tragic death of her boyfriend. Enter an attractive and elusive mystery guy no one seems to know anything about. Natalie finds herself falling for him, without even knowing his name, after only one intense encounter. When he seems to go missing from the ship, Natalie begins to question her own sanity, especially since her friends do not believe he truly exists, let alone is missing. In the process, she reveals hidden secrets this mystery man and her own best friends would rather keep submerged.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, September 11 Edition

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.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, September 4 Edition

The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones
HarperCollins / HarperTEEN
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
ISBN: 9780062370316

Fourteen-year-old Lily is in love with a man twice her age.

Content warning: rape, abuse, and pedophilia.

It’s been over two years since Lily’s family friend, Luke, left for Africa. Lily cannot be more thrilled to have Luke back as she has been crushing on him for years. So when Luke begins seeing Lily as a woman and not the child he left, she feels as if her dreams have come true. Now, Lily’s once innocent relationship with Luke has become one full of fear and abuse from a predator.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, August 28 Edition

Juniper, The Happiest Fox by Jessika Coker
Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
ISBN:  9781452167602 

Animal rehabilitator Coker recounts the story of how she came to raise a runt fox kit. Juniper, who has a snaggletooth and lolling tongue, lives with Coker, as she cannot be safely released into the wild. Coker’s Instagram pictures of Juniper soon went viral, and the fox became an internet star. Along with vibrant color photos, the book also includes many facts about foxes.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, August 21 Edition

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Macmillan / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
ISBN:  9780374304089 

Clara Shin isn’t much for conventional high school, but when her blood-soaked prank at junior prom turns into a school fire, her dad lays down the law and Clara finds herself manning the family food truck with her nemesis. In the heat of running the truck, Clara discovers that Rose–her arch enemy–is actually human, and then she meets Hamlet. The summer at KoBra (her father’s food truck that specializes in amazing Korean/Brazil fusion fare) gives Clara the opportunity to discover herself, her family, and new love.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, August 14 Edition

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
Sourcebooks / Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
ISBN: 9781492665823 

Ebo and his older brother, Kwame, leave Northern Africa, seeking refuge and their sister in Europe. Crossing the blazing desert by foot and rough Mediterranean seas on an inflatable boat, there is no guarantee of their  survival.

The gloomy cover image of a boat crossing a choppy sea by only the light of the moon sets the tone for this graphic novel, with the title grabbing attention in bright yellow. The ripped from the headlines topic of immigrants and refugees prevails daily on televised and internet news. Ebo and Kwame are a relatable character duo and readers will empathize with their plight. Told in alternating “then” and “now” chapters, the challenges of both the desert and the sea are depicted candidly, with devastating authenticity. The illustrator uses light, setting, and facial expressions often to reinforce the atmosphere the boys are experiencing. Readers will no doubt keep turning pages quickly to find out what happens to these courageous brothers.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, August 7 Edition

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely
Oni Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
ISBN: 9781620104811 

Jesse finds herself stuck at Camp Bloom for the summer, a “get fit” camp for overweight teens. Hardly the fun summer at a fashion program she had been hoping for. When she and fellow campers, Noah, Tony, and Kate, witness the murder of a camp counselor in the woods by another staff member, Camp Bloom becomes a whole lot more interesting, not to mention dangerous.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, July 31 Edition

Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
ISBN: 1580897770

It’s 1983 and the first black woman has just been crowned Miss America.

Thirteen-year-old Vanessa wishes she could be beautiful and confident like Vanessa Williams. At home, she struggles with an absent mother, a distant father, and a grandfather who loves her but loves the bottle more. So when Vanessa’s choir teacher encourages her to use her beautiful voice to compete in the middle school’s beauty pageant, Vanessa must face the most difficult relationship in her life: herself.

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