BFYA Nominations

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Updated May 1, 2015

Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Balzer + Bray. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-34867-8.  Simon is falling in love for the first time. Over email, if that’s even possible.

Almond, David. The Tightrope Walkers. Candlewick Press. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67310-9. In post-WWII Northern England, Dominic grows to adulthood, walking the tightrope between the rough shipyard life and the possibility of a future elsewhere with his lifelong friend Holly.

Arnold, David. Mosquitoland. Viking Books For Young Readers. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0-451-47077-5. Mim's Dad and new stepmom uprooted Mim from her Ohio home, and moved her to

Mosquitoland, aka Mississippi.  A few days before Labor Day, Mim learns that her mom is sick back in Cleveland.  She quickly decides to hop on a bus and go to back to Cleveland.

Arnold, Elana. Infandous. Carolrhoda Books/Carolrhoda LAB. 2015. 200 p. ISBN: 978-1-467-73849-1. Fairy tales and Greek mythology intertwine in this Venice Beach, CA story of sexuality, art, and mother-daughter relationships.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Doubt Factory. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2014. 496 p. ISBN: 978-0-3162-2975-0. Alix's life of privilege and comfort is dramatically upended by a series of elaborate acts of vandalism and the intriguing young man behind them. When Moses and his group kidnap her and tell their stories, she faces disturbing questions and difficult decisions about what she has always believed and trusted.

Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-21307-3. Siblings Hazel and Ben try to save their town from the faerie folk they thought were friendly.

Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 9780545668347. Love and Death meddle in the lives of Flora, a pilot and singer, and Henry, an aspiring jazz bassist, in 1930s Seattle.

Brooks, Kevin. The Bunker Diary. Carolrhoda Books/Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 264 p. ISBN: 978-1-4677-5420-0. Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, where he is joined by five other kidnapping victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken?  And can they survive?

Brugman, Alyssa. Alex as Well. Henry Holt and Company. 2015. 224 p. ISBN: 978-1-627-79014-7. As she struggles to establish her identity as a girl, Alex, born intersexual but raised as a boy, must make an agonizing break from a family relationship made toxic by uncertainties, conflicting information, unilateral decisions, and secrecy. She finds courage in budding friendships, unexpected support, and her own convictions.

Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. Philomel Books. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-16899-4. A novel-in-verse that fictionalizes the teen years of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, the leader of the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Fleeing from anti-Semitic Russia, the teen and her family struggle to adapt to their new home.

Crowe, Chris. Death Coming up the Hill. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2014. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-544-30215-9. In 1968, Ashe Douglas, 17, lives in a turbulent world -- the conflict between his authoritarian father and peace-loving mother; the political and social unrest in the nation; and the Vietnam War itself. Understandably afraid of being drafted, he has to decide what he believes and make life-changing decisions.

Demetrios, Heather. I'll Meet You There. Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-805-09795-5. Skylar is determined to escape her dead-end town for art school, but a new love interest and her mother's issues threaten to derail her plans.

Hand, Cynthia. The Last Time We Say Goodbye. HarperTeen. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-31847-3. After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. Greenwillow Books. 2014. 128 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-28957-5. In fifty poems, this book explores how girls are taught to think of themselves, their bodies, and their friends as consumers, as objects, as competitors.

Kern, Peggy. Little Peach. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 2015. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-6695-8. In a desperate attempt to find a place and family to call home, Michelle becomes a victim of human trafficking.

Knowles, Jo. Read Between the Lines. Candlewick Press. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-66387-2. Meet ten individuals who are given the finger by someone or give it to someone. Merely rude? "Read between the lines," as a frustrated English teacher urges her students, to understand the motivations behind and reactions to the gesture.

Larbalestier, Justine. Razorhurst. Soho Teen. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-95544-1. Set in a gritty town in 1932 Sydney, Australia, this tale follows two female orphans as they survive murders, gang wars, and ghosts over the course of one weekend.

Lee, Stacey. Under a Painted Sky. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-16803-1. Samantha and Annamae are thrown together when they are forced to hide from the law and pose as boys as they travel the Oregon Trail in 1849.

Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-75588-7. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey have never met before, but the day they meet on the ledge of their school’s bell tower, their lives become linked forever.

Oliver, Lauren. Vanishing Girls. HarperCollins. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-22410-1. Sisters Dara and Nick were best friends and swore that they would stay that way…until a car accident scarred Dara's face and she swore never to speak to Nick again.  While Nick is determined to make up, Dara is fascinated by the mysterious disappearance of 9 year old Madeline Snow.

Reedy, Trent. Divided We Fall Book 2: Burning Nation. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 432 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-54873-1.  With Federal forces occupying Idaho during the Second American Civil War, Danny Wright, his friends, and the Idaho Militia take drastic measures to oust the U.S. Army and reclaim their state's independence.

Reid, Raziel. When Everything Feels Like the Movies. Perseus/Arsenal Pulp Press. 2015. 176 p. ISBN: 978-1-551-52574-7. To Jude/Judy, school is like a film set. Outside of school, Jude/Judy's the reviled star who attracts all of the paparazzi.  Jude/Judy doesn't fit it, and doesn't want to. Those stars always attract attention.

Reynolds, Jason. The Boy in the Black Suit. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-1-442-45950-2. To deal with his mother's passing, Matt accepts a job at the local funeral home. Matt meets Lovey at her grandmother's funeral. The two of them share a bond that will help them both to move past their own respective losses.

Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-31760-5. In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of Roza's disappearance.

Schantz, Sarah Elizabeth. Fig. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-42358-8. A tender story of how mental illness affects the family, but most especially Fig, who wants nothing more than the love and devotion she offers her schizophrenic mother returned in kind.

Sedgwick, Marcus. The Ghosts of Heaven. Roaring Brook Press. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-1-626-72125-8. Spirals connect four seemingly separate tales of individuals from prehistory through to the far future in this haunting novel.

Shabazz, Ilyasah. X: A Novel. Candlewick Press. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-66967-6. A fictionalized account of Malcolm X's teen years, poignantly presenting the young man's struggles with identity, racism, and crime.

Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep. HarperTeen. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-061-13411-1. Caden descends into mental illness, as his visions of a descent into the deep waters of the trench take over.

Suma, Nova Ren. The Walls Around Us. Algonquin Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-20372-6. Ori and Vee have been inseparable since they met in ballet class as little girls. A horrible crime tears them apart. Amber has visions of a new inmate who will change the fate of everyone in her correctional facility. The two narratives alternate in this ghostly tale of magical realism.

Tabak, Lawrence. In Real Life. Tuttle Publishing. 2014. 288 p. ISBN: 978-0-804-84478-9. When it is offered, Seth, a gifted mathematician and avid gamer, leaps at the chance to train with a professional Starfare team. However, what he discovers about himself on his journey to fame and fortune in Korea, leads him back home to college and the girl he left behind.

Toten, Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. Delacorte Press. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-50786-7. A young adult OCD support group and falling in love help Adam deal with his OCD and face the truth about his home life.

Wagner, Laura Rose.  Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti. Harry N. Abrams. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-1-419-71204-3. Devastated by the 2010 Haitian earthquake, 15-year-old Magdalie’s world is turned upside down.  Despite losing her mother and being separated from her beloved cousin, she finds the strength to survive in a chaotic and dangerous new world.

Wallach, Tommy. We All Looked Up. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-41877-5. As a deadly asteroid bears down on Earth, four high school seniors spend what might be their final two months thinking about what really matters and searching for meaning in a dark new reality.

Warga, Jasmine. My Heart and Other Black Holes. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-32467-2. Aysel and Roman are convinced they have nothing to live for until their growing relationship sparks hope for the future.

Watson, Renée. This Side of Home. Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-599-90668-3. As their senior year in high school approaches, twins Maya and Nikki have different reactions to the effects of gentrification on their neighborhood in Portland Oregon.