BFYA Nominations

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Updated June 3, 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.

Banash, Jennifer. Silent Alarm. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-25789-6. Alys deals with the aftermath of a school shooting committed by her older brother.

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.

Bond, Gwenda. Lois Lane: Fallout. Switch Press. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-1-630-79005-9. Teenage Lois Lane uncovers a mystery involving fellow students at her new school in Metropolis.

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.

Cameron, Sharon. Rook. Scholastic Press. 2015. 464 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-67599-4. In the distant future after a polar shift has destroyed all technology, Sophia has been helping political prisoners escape their executions by working as the Red Rook. But to save her family from ruin, she must marry wealthy Rene. To her surprise, her fiancé has secrets of his own!

Crossan, Sarah. Apple and Rain. Bloomsbury. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-619-63690-3. Rain's mother suddenly reappears after 11 years, and Rain must choose between her Grandmother and her Mom. But will living with Mum be what Rain wants after all?

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.

Dessen, Sarah. Saint Anything. Viking Books. 2015. 432 p. ISBN: 978-0-451-47470-4. Sydney lives in her older brother’s shadow. Payton is everyone’s favorite, including their parents. When he makes a terrible choice that lands him in jail, everything changes, and not for the better. She can escape to a new school and a new romance, but she can’t escape her family’s problems.

Falkoff, Michelle. Playlist for the Dead. HarperTeens. 2015. 288 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-31050-7. After his best and only friend, Hayden, commits suicide, Sam struggles to find understanding and closure in the playlist Hayden left behind for him.

Gilbert, Kelly Loy. Conviction. Disney-Hyperion. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-423-19738-6. Braden is the only witness to the car accident that killed a police officer. His father, a Christian radio personality, was driving. When his long-lost older brother returns, Braden must battle with doubts about God, his dad, and himself as he struggles to tell the truth about what happened.

Grey, Melissa. The Girl at Midnight. Delacorte Press. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74465-2. A human girl named Echo is drawn into an epic battle between two underground realms of unusual people (the bird-like Avicen and the dragon-like Drakharin) in this vivid contemporary fantasy.

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.

Hautman, Pete. Eden West. Candlewick. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67418-2. Jacob, a member of the Grace, starts questioning his deeply held faith when he meets Lynna, a girl from the World, and Tobias, a new member of the Grace.

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.

Howell, Simmone. Girl Defective. Atheneum Books. 2014. 320 p. ISBN: 978-1-442-49760-3. When girls go missing, bricks are hurled through shop windows, and a mysterious hot guy shows up to work in the family record store.  Sky finds herself immersed in mystery, friendship, and romance.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Illustrated by Christine Larsen. Simon Pulse. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-40310-8. Convinced he should have died in the accident that killed his parents and sister, sixteen-year-old Drew lives in a hospital, hiding
from employees and his past, until Rusty, set on fire for being gay, turns his life around. Includes excerpts from the superhero comic Drew creates.

Juby, Susan. The Truth Commission. Illustrated by Trevor Cooper. Viking Books. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-451-46877-2. As a project for her creative non-fiction module at a school for the arts, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the truth commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm's famous sister reveals unsettling truths of her own.

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.

Levithan, David. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Dutton Books. 2015. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-525-42884-8. Tiny Cooper is anything but tiny and everything that is gay. Here he tells, in the form of a script for a musical, the warm and humorous story of his search for love.

Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses. Bloomsbury. 2015. 432 p. ISBN: 978-1-619-63444-2. In exchange for the life of the faerie she killed, nineteen-year-old Feyre returns to Prythia with the shapeshifter Tamlin to discover she must save the faerie lands from a blight that threatens to destroy both the Fae and human realms.

McCoy, Chris. The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion. Knopf Books. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-375-85599-3. Shortly after Bennett Bardo's longtime crush agrees to go to prom with him, she's abducted by aliens, and Bennett is willing to do anything, including touring the universe with an extraterrestrial band, to get her back.

Moore, Meredith. I Am Her Revenge. Razorbill. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-595-14782-0. Raised by a cruel and calculating mother to destroy the man who ruined her life years before, Vivian Foster is a weapon of vengeance, but as Mother's true intentions become clear, Viv realizes the woman will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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.

Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner's Crime. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2015. 416 p. ISBN: 978-0-374-38470-8. With the royal wedding to Valoria's crown prince looming, Kestrel has accepted her fate as future Empress despite her feelings for another, and as her deceptions continue to mount, she begins to realize the only person she can trust is herself.

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.

Silvera, Adam. More Happy than Not. Soho Teen. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-95560-1. After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration
procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

Spalding, Amy. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys). Poppy. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-37152-0. Riley makes a pact with her friend to add some romance to their lives and documents the whole thing in a secret notebook.

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.

Summers, Courtney. All the Rage. St. Martin's Griffin. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-02191-5. Ever since Romy Grey accused the sheriff's son of sexual assault, she's been branded as a slut and liar from the wrong side of the tracks. When the golden girl goes missing, Romy might hold the key to finding her, but the search raises questions people would rather remain hidden.

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.

Tahir, Sabaa. An Ember in the Ashes. Razorbill. 2015. 464 p. ISBN: 978-1-595-14803-2. Surrounded by unspeakable brutality, Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier, discover their destinies are intertwined as they struggle to find freedom from the tyranny around them.

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.

Volponi, Paul. Game Seven. Viking Books. 2015. 256 p. ISBN: 978-0-670-78518-6. All Julio wants to do is play baseball for the Cuban national team, but will he take the chance to defect like his famous ball-playing father did 6 years earlier?

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.

Wein, Elizabeth. Black Dove, White Raven. Disney-Hyperion.  2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-1-423-18310-5. Rhoda, a white Quaker, and African-American Delia—aka White Raven and Black Dove—are "barnstorming" pilots and have raised their children, Emilia and Teo, together. When Delia dies, Rhoda moves the family to Ethiopia, where trouble soon finds them at the start of WWII.

Yee, Lisa. The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-23094-0. With less than a week until graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs Boson Bing finds his seemingly perfect life falling apart, thanks in part to a hypothetical question, a high school nemesis, and a mysterious girl in the woods.