BFYA Nominations

Updated April 30, 2017

After the Fall. By Kate Hart. 2017. Macmillan/Farrar Straus & Giroux. $17.99 (9780374302696). Raychel has been part of the Richardsons’ lives since she was young, but as teenagers the relationships between Raychel, Matt, and Andrew have changed. When Raychel is the victim of a rumor cycle, the boys protect her. After tragedy strikes, all must let go of first loves and move on.

Allegedly. By Tiffany D. Jackson. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. $17.99 (9780062422644). 16-year-old Mary Addison has spent 7 years in the juvenile justice system for allegedly killing a white baby, but now that she’s pregnant with a baby of her own, she’s ready to tell the truth about what really happened that night.

All in Pieces. By Suzanne Young. 2016. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. $17.99 (9781481418836). After stabbing her ex-boyfriend’s hand with a pencil, Savannah is sent to an alternative high school for anger management. An alcoholic father means that Savannah is the primary caretaker for her younger disabled brother. Can she meet Evan’s needs and still find her own happiness?

American Street. By Ibi Zoboi. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. $17.99 (9780062473042). Fabiola Toussaint, an American born citizen raised in Haiti, tries to immigrate back to the United States from Haiti with her mother to live with her Aunt Jo and three cousins in Detroit. When her mother is detained at the airport, Fabiola must learn how to adapt to American living.

Beast. By Brie Spangler. 2016. Knopf Books for Young Readers. $17.99 (9781101937167). Insecure about his unusually large and hairy appearance, 15-year-old Dylan feels like a freak until he meets brave and beautiful Jamie, who accepts and loves him as he is. But when he realizes she is transgender, can he return the favor?

Behind Closed Doors. By Miriam Halahmy. 2017. Holiday House (9780823436415). Josie's mother is a hoarder.  Tasha's mother's boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her bedroom.  Both girls are guarding these secrets.  But things are changing and they will need one another's help.

Blood Rose Rebellion. By Rosalyn Eves. 2017. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers. $17.99 (9781101935996). Unable to use magic properly, Anna is exiled from society to Hungary.  But when she's there, she discovers sinister plots involving her family.  She must decide her destiny, and her decision could change the world.

Bull. By David Elliott. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $17.99 (9780544610606). The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is given a modern spin in this darkly humorous novel in verse. Minos' thirst for power gets him into trouble with Poseidon. It's Pasiphae, Minos' wife, who pays the price, birthing a son who is half man and half bull.

Caraval. By Stephanie Garber. 2017. Macmillan/Flatiron. $18.99 (9781250095251). Scarlet and her sister Tella live with their abusive father on a small island. When invitations to attend the unique Caraval party arrive just prior to Scarlet's wedding, things seem hopeful.  But nothing is as it appears at this magical party.

City of Saints & Thieves. By Natalie C. Anderson. 2017. Penguin/G. P. Putnam’s Sons. $18.99 (9780399547584). Tina lives on the streets of Kenya and becomes part of a gang to survive. She desperately wants revenge on the man she believes killed her mother.  But much of the family's past is shrouded in mystery. Will Tina find justice?

Crazy Messy Beautiful. By Carrie Arcos. 2017. Penguin/Philomel. $17.99 (9780399175534). Neruda Diaz is an artist and believes in soulmates in spite of being unlucky in love.  When he’s paired with white Callie Leibowitz for a school project, he hopes that has changed.  His unfaithful father and a ex-con friend help him come to terms with the complications of love.

Defy the Stars. By Claudia Gray. 2017. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. $17.99 (9780316394031). Noemi is a 17 year old soldier defending her planet, Genesis, against Earth.  Abel is a robot programmed to fight Genesis for Earth and protect his creator.  They are sworn enemies who end up trying to survive together- and, perhaps, to find a way to end the war.

Devil’s Advocate. By Jonathan Maberry. 2017. Macmillan/Imprint. $18.99 (9781250119582). Relocated to Maryland for her father’s military career, Dana Scully must adjust to a new high school.  On her first day of class, she wakes from a horrific dream that is later followed by an on-campus vision of a recently-killed classmate. Can the teen discover the sinister forces at work?

The Diabolic. By S.J. Kincaid. 2016. Simon & Schuster/BFYR. $17.99 (9781481472678). Nemesis is a Diabolic, an engineered human, created to be the deadly guardian for Sidonia, the daughter of an important galactic family.  When Nemesis impersonates Sidonia at the court of the emperor, she becomes involved in a deadly game of intrigue and learns about her developing sense of humanity.

Dreamland Burning. By Jennifer Latham. 2017. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. $18.99 (9780316384933). The discovery of human remains on Rowan's family's property triggers a murder mystery investigation, and in alternating chapters, tells the story of the Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921.

The Education of Margot Sanchez. By Lilliam Rivera. 2017. Simon & Schuster/BFYR. $17.99 (9781481472111). Margot Sanchez spends her first year at Somerset Preparatory School crafting a new persona to ingratiate herself with classmates, mimicking their fashion style and their critical and supercilious attitudes towards others.  After misusing her father's credit card, she must repay the debt by working all summer in the family supermarket.

Empress of a Thousand Skies. By Rhoda Belleza. 2017. Penguin/Razorbill. $17.99 (9781101999103). Rhiannon, the last princess, is traveling to her coronation when someone attempts to assassinate her. In an environment of deception and betrayal, it’s hard to differentiate allies and enemies. Rhee must discover who wants her dead, claim the throne, and prevent interplanetary war.

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined. By Danielle Younge-Ullman. 2017. Penguin Random House/Viking. $17.99 (9780425287590). Ingrid's life is turned upside-down when her internationally-lauded, brilliant opera-star mother's career suddenly and disastrously ends. Leaving Europe to return to the inherited family home in Canada, both she and her mother struggle to adapt to their changed lifestyle and its accompanying emotional distress.

Fire Color One. By Jenny Valentine. 2017. Penguin Random House/Philomel. $17.99 (9780399546921). Although her rich, art-loving father has been absent for most of her life, sixteen-year-old arsonist Iris spends time with him during his final living days and hears a different story than the one told to her by her manipulative and money-hungry mother.

Flying Lessons & other stories. By Ellen Oh, ed. 2017. Penguin Random House/Crown. $16.99 (9781101934593). Ten popular YA authors offer their own spin on growing up in this engaging and diverse collection. Middle school and high school students will appreciate the humor and authenticity of each story and will relish the introductions to the featured authors.

Frogkisser! By Garth Nix. 2017. Scholastic Press. $17.99 (9781338052084). Princess Anya's Quest to return one of her sister's suitors to his human form and defeat her evil step-step father grows to monumental proportions, eventually involving all sorts of magical creatures and humans across a multitude of kingdoms.

Goodbye Days. By Jeff Zentner. 2017. Penguin Random House/Crown Books for Young Readers. $17.99 (9780553524062). Carver's three best friends are killed in a car accident soon after he sends the driver a text message. Grief and guilt take their toll. When the grandmother of one of his deceased friends asks for a “goodbye day,” Carver agrees, hoping for closure.

Grendel’s Guide to Love and War. By A. E. Kaplan. 2017. Penguin Random House/Knopf. $17.99 (9780399555541). An introspective teen who takes an interest in recording the stories of his elderly neighbors enters a pranking war with the partying teenagers next door, partly to protect his father who suffers from PTSD in this clever Beowulf adaptation.

The Hate U Give. By Angie Thomas. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. $17.99 (9780062498533). Starr Carter is a black girl caught between two worlds: her poor, black neighborhood, and her suburban, mostly white high school. Occupying this liminal space becomes nearly impossible when Starr witnesses, and is forced to speak out about, the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend, Khalil, by a white cop.

The Hidden Memory of Objects. By Danielle Mages Amato. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. $17.99 (9780062445889). When fifteen-year-old Megan learns that police attribute her brother’s unexpected death to a drug overdose, she refuses to accept this characterization. Megan begins an investigation to find the truth, quickly finding herself caught up in a world of blood artifacts, paranormal abilities and political intrigue.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. By Benjamin Alire Sàenz. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. $17.99 (9780544586505). High school senior Sal has a lot on his plate as he deals with his dying grandmother, tries to control his growing anger with the prejudice of others, and ponders his relationship with his adopted father in this diverse novel about friendship and what it takes to become a man.

Letters to the Lost. By Brigid Kemmerer. 2017. Bloomsbury. $17.99 (9781681190082). Juliet and Declan begin writing letters, and later emails, anonymously after one exchange at the gravesite of Juliet's mom. Soon they share personal struggles, but still as strangers. When they realize their worst moments may be connected, the friendship could be over.

A List of Cages. By Robin Roe. 2017. Disney/Hyperion. $17.99 (9781484763803). After Julian’s parents die in an accident, he moves from a loving foster home to live with his abusive Uncle Russell. Five years later, Adam, a well-liked older classmate with ADHD, provides his former foster brother Julian with an important friendship at a critical time.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. By Patricia Hruby Powell. Illus. by Shadra Strickland. 2017. Chronicle. $21.99 (9781452125909). This accessible novel-in-verse brings readers into the lives of Richard and Mabel (Jeter) Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, and whose determination to be a family resulted in the landmark Civil Rights decision from the Supreme Court.

Maid of the King’s Court. By Lucy Worsley. 2017. Candlewick Press. $17.99 (9780763688066). The daughter of politically disgraced royalty in financial straits, Eliza understands her duty to rescue her family through marriage to a man of wealth and title. When arranged marriage plans end in disaster, Eliza's only remaining option is to be groomed as a maid-of-honor in King Henry VIII's court.

The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius. Illus. by Jakob Wegelius. Tr. by Peter Graves. 2017. Penguin Random House/Delacorte. $17.99 (9781101931752). Despite being a gorilla, Sally Jones is an excellent typist and she uses her typewriter to tell the adventure of her attempts to exonerate best friend and sailor Henry Koskela, who was wrongfully imprisoned for murder after the two of them were caught in the middle of a smuggling operation. 

Overturned. By Lamar Giles. 2017. Scholastic Press. $17.99 (9780545812504). Nikki Tate's plans to escape the Vegas life by winning illegal card tournaments comes to a sudden stop when her father, a small-time casino owner, is murdered shortly after being released from jail for a homicide he did not commit.

Poison’s Kiss. By Breeana Shields. 2017. Random House/Random House Children’s Books. $17.99 (9781101937822). Marinda is a “poison maiden” whose kiss kills the Raja’s enemies.  When her next target is the boy she loves, she decides to try to save him, her little brother, and herself from her handlers and powers of the supernatural.

Radio Silence. By Alice Oseman. 2017. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. $17.99 (9780062335715). To the outside world, Frances is a shy, boring nerd who hopes to attend Cambridge University. In reality, she is a quirky bisexual artist who loves listening to and drawing fan art for Universe City, a mysterious podcast whose agender narrator goes by the name of Radio Silence.

Saint Death. By Marcus Sedgwick. 2017. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. $17.99 (9781626725492). In Juarez, the childhood friend Arturo hasn't seen for a year comes begging for help to transport his girlfriend and infant across the Mexican border into North America. The game of calavera Arturo plays to win freedom for his friends draws him into the merciless vortex of cartels and drug-trafficking.

Strange the Dreamer. By Laini Taylor. 2017. Little, Brown, and Company/Hatchette. $18.99. Lazlo Strange is an orphan raised by monks.  He dedicated his life to learning and his favorite story is of Weep, the lost fairytale city that was literally removed from memory. This is the story of his search for the magical city.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful. By Eric Lindstrom. 2017. Hachette/Poppy. $17.99 (9780316260060). Life for sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan isn't easy. As she tries to hide her bipolar disorder and grieve the loss of her older brother, it costs her old friends and threatens to affect new relationships. How will those closest to Mel react when they discover the extent of her secrets?

The Upside of Unrequited. By Becky Albertalli. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. $17.99 (9780062348708). 17-year-old Molly has 26 crushes behind her, but has never acted on them. Her outgoing twin, Cassie, thinks she's got the perfect guy for Molly, but Molly’s finding herself more drawn to a nerdy coworker. Can Molly overcome her insecurities and finally take a chance?

We Are Okay. By Nina LaCour. 2017. Penguin/Dutton. $17.99 (9780525425892). Marin has isolated herself in icy New York over winter break rather than confronting the devastating memories she ran from in San Francisco. But when her best friend flies cross-country to be with her, Marin discovers that the only way to move beyond grief is to face it head-on.

Who Killed Christopher Goodman? By Allan Wolf. 2017. Candlewick Press. $16.99 (9780763656133). Several high school students tell the story of classmate Christopher Goodman's murder -- including the person who killed him. Set in 1979, this novel is based on a true crime from the author's childhood.