BFYA Nominations

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Updated April 1, 2015

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, 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.

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?

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.

Demetrios, HeatherI'll Meet You ThereMacmillan/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.

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.

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, JenniferAll the Bright PlacesKnopf 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.