BFYA Nominations

updated August 12, 2014

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2014. 240 p. ISBN: 978-0-544-10771-7.  Josh, aka Filthy, is a twin, a talented basketball star, and a son who adores his father but discovers parents are not infallible.

Almond, David. The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean. Candlewick. 2014. 272 p. ISBN: 978-0-7636-6309-4. Billy Dean’s father has called him a monster but is he, instead, something else, something rare and wondrous, an angel child who can recreate the world?

Anderson, Laurie Halse. The Impossible Knife of Memory. Viking. 2014. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-670-01209-1. Haley’s former soldier father, who self-medicates with drugs and alcohol, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. How can she possibly help him?

Armentrout, Jennifer. Don’t Look Back. Hyperion. 2014. 369 p. ISBN: 978-142317512-4. Samantha is a stranger in her own life. After disappearing for four days, she has no recollection of who she is or what happened to her. Can she recover her past?

Bedford, Martyn. Never Ending. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 2014. 291 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-73991-7. Haunted with guilt and blaming herself for her younger brother’s death on a family vacation, Shiv becomes an in-patient at a clinic with others like her. Can the unconventional therapy there bring her back from the edge?

Blankman, Anne. Prisoner of Night and Fog. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 2014. 398 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-227881-4. Living in Germany as Hitler comes to power, Gretchen must decide between seeking the truth or remaining Hitler’s favored pet.

Brezenoff, Steve. Guys in Real Life. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 2014. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-226683-5. When Lesh literally runs into Leah on his bike after a drunken night at a metal show, neither would guess their gamer worlds would collide romantically.

Brown, Jennifer. Torn Away. Little, Brown. 2014. 276 p. ISBN: 978-0316245531. After her town is devastated by a twister that killed her mother and sister, Jersey realizes that no one has ever taught her how to deal with the aftermath of such a devastating storm.

Brown, Skila. Caminar. Candlewick Press. 2014. 193 p. ISBN: 978-0-763606516-6. Guatamala 1981. Carlos lives in a small, peaceful village in the mountains but his life changes forever when soldiers arrive and war comes with them.

Burgess, Melvin. The Hit. Scholastic/Chicken House. 2014. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-55699-6.  In a near future world, a drug called Death promises seven days of euphoric bliss followed by the oblivion of death. Desperately unhappy, Adam takes the drug. Will he die or can there possibly be an antidote?

Carleson, J. C. The Tyrant’s Daughter. Knopf. 2014. 295 p. ISBN: 978-0-449-80997-6. Laila’s father was King of an unnamed Middle Eastern country before being killed in a coup. Now living in exile in suburban Washington, D. C., Laila searches for the truth about her family’s past and its prospective future.

Colbert, Brandy. Pointe. Penguin/ Putnam. 2014. 333 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-16034-9. Theo, an elite ballerina, is on track to achieving everything she’s ever wanted when her life is dramatically derailed.

Combs, Sarah. Breakfast Served Anytime. Candlewick Press. 2014. 978-0-7636-6791-7. Spending the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted students, Gloria struggles with the recent death of her beloved grandmother while she strives to make new friends.

Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2014. 327 p. ISBN: 978-0-374-34667-6. When Laurel begins writing letters to dead persons for a school assignment, she reveals the secret circumstances of her troubled life.

Fredericks, Mariah. Season of the Witch. Random House/Schwartz and Wade. 2013. 256 p. ISBN: 978-0-449-81277-8. Tired of being bullied, Toni turns to a new friend and the possibility of revenge using hexes, spells, and other psychic abilities – witchcraft, in short.

Giles, Gail. Girls Like Us. Candlewick Press. 2014. 224 p. ISBN: 978-0-7636-6267-7. Special ed graduates Quincy and Biddy move in together and discover an unlikely friendship as they navigate the challenges and often cruel complexities of living in the real world.

Giles, Lamar. Fake ID. HarperCollins/Amistad. 2014. 303 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-212184-4. Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight. The thing is, “Nick Pearson” isn’t his real name. When his friend Eli is murdered, Nick must choose between helping solve the murder of keeping a low profile.

Green, Sally. Half Bad. Penguin/Viking. 2014. 394 p. ISBN: 978-0-670-01678-5. Sixteen-year-old Nathan is a Half Code; his father is the world’s most powerful black witch; his white witch mother is dead. He must find his elusive father and receive three gifts from him before his seventeenth birthday or he will die.

Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster. 2014. 357 p. ISBN: 978-1-4424-2670-2. Lara Jean has been in love five times, but the boys never knew. Until now. Her secret love letters are mysteriously mailed and Lara Jean’s relationships become a lot more interesting.

Hattemer, Kate. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy. Knopf. 323 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-75378-4. When their school decides to host a reality TV show of dubious distinction, four students (and a plucky gerbil!) band together to save the school and its students from commercial exploitation.

Herbach, Geoff. Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders. Sourcebooks Fire. 2014. 311 p. ISBN: 978-1-4022-9141-8.            When the school’s band program is cut to fund the cheerleader dance team, Gabe, the band’s “fat kid,” decides to make a stand.

Hubbard, Jenny. And We Stay. Delacorte Press. 2014. 240 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74057-9. Emily’s boyfriend Paul kills himself in front of her in their school’s library. Now in boarding school, Emily uses the spirit of Emily Dickinson to slowly reveal her hidden truths through her own poetry.

Johnston, E. K. The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim. CarolRhoda LAB. 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4677-1066-4. Dragons live everywhere and they’re threatening to exterminate a Canadian town unless dragon slayer Owen and his bard Siobhan come up with a plan to save them all.

Kephart, Beth. Going Over. Chronicle. 262 p. ISBN: 978-1-4521-2457-5. Berlin. 1983. Pink-haired graffiti artist Ada is in love with Stefan, but the Berlin Wall separates the two, Ada on the west side, Stefan on the Communist east. How can the two ever be together?

Kiely, Brendan. The Gospel of Winter. Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books. 2014. 296 p. ISBN: 978-1-4424-8489-4.  As Aidan’s family disintegrates, he turns to Father Greg for love and comfort, an act that turns into something dark and unexpected.

Kuehn, Stephanie. Complicit. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2014. 256 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-04459-4. After two years, Jamie’s sister Cate has been released from juvenile detention threatening Jamie’s sanity and memories as he seeks out the truth about their shared past.

LaCour, Nina. Everything Leads to You. Penguin/Dutton. 2014. 307 p. ISBN: 978-0-525-42588-5. When Emi discovers a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, she must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to track down a decades-old secret.

lockhart, e. We Were Liars. Delacorte Press. 2014. 225 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74057-9. Suffering from serious injuries, Cadence Sinclair-Eastman doesn’t remember much from the summer of her fifteenth year spent on beautiful and remote Beechwood Island. Two years later, she returns to try to fill in the persistent gaps in her memory.

Maciel, Amanda. Tease. Harper/Balzer + Bray. 2014. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-230530-5. Sara Wharton is a bully but not, she insists, a murderer. However, Emma Putnam is dead, a suicide who was, literally, bullied to death. And Sara has been criminally charged.

Miller, Lauren. Free to Fall. HarperTeen. 2014. 480 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-219980-5. When Rory is accepted to the prestigious Theden Academy, she discovers a biotech conspiracy that could change civilization as we know it. The question: Will she survive her discovery?

Oliver, Lauren. Panic. Harper. 2014. 408 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-201455-9. Heather and Dodge, two recent high school graduates, enter the secret game of Panic, each with hidden motivations.

Paige, Danielle. Dorothy Must Die. Harper. 2014. 452 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-228067-1. An ordinary Kansas girl finds herself thrust into the role of savior when a tornado transports her to a nightmare version of the land of Oz, where Dorothy has become a despot.

Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Holt. 2014. 496 p. ISBN: 978-0-8050-9923-2-51799. When 17-year-old Princess Lia flees an arranged marriage, the prince she has jilted sets off in pursuit of her. But so, too, does a trained assassin whose mission is to kill her. Who will find her first?

Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 181 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-34238-4. While visiting his great-grandmother in New Orleans, Zane is caught in a race for survival in the midst of the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

Reinhardt, Dana. We Are the Goldens. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 2014. 197 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74257-3. Nell, who has always worshipped and adored her older sister, discovers a secret about her that changes everything.

Reynolds, Jason. When I Was the Greatest. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 2014. 232 p. ISBN: 978-1-4424-5947-2. Ali, Noodles, and Needles are next-door neighbors. Ali spends his days boxing, looking after his sister, doing school work and cleaning up impulsive Noodles’ messes. Noodles’ brother, Needles, suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome. While everyone on the street accepts Needles, when the three boys attend a forbidden party, they discover that not everyone is so accepting and forgiving.

Rutkowski, Maire. The Winner’s Curse. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2014. 355 p. ISBN: 978-0-374-38467-8.  Life as a general’s daughter in Valoria has trained Kestrel to be a brilliant strategist. As she prepares to decide between the military and marrying, an impulsive investment at a slave market results in unexpected consequences.

Sedgwick, Marcus. She Is Not Invisible. Roaring Brook Press. 2014. 224 p. ISBN: 978-1596438019. When Laureth’s writer father goes missing from their British home, she impulsively decides to go to New York to find him. There’s only one problem: she’s blind.

Shepherd, Megan. Her Dark Curiosity. HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray. 2014. 422 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-212805-8.            After escaping her father, Dr. Moreau’s island, Juliet thinks she has left the horror of her past behind but then a series of murders have the hallmark of one of her father’s monsters, and she determines to uncover the truth.

Shinoda, Anna. Learning Not to Drown. Atheneum Books. 2014. 338 p. ISBN: 978-1-4169-9393-3. Every family has a skeleton in its closet but Clare’s skeleton won’t stay hidden away.

Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Dutton. 2014. 432 p. ISBN: 978-0-525-42603-5. Austin is in love with both his girlfriend Shann and, to his confusion, his best friend Robby, as well. Meanwhile the two boys unwittingly set in motion a chain of events that unleashes giant, carnivorous praying mantises on their Iowa hometown.

Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Little, Brown. 2014. 337 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-25477-9. Lucy and Owen have a connection that spans the globe but can they find a way to reunite?

Smith, Lindsay. Sekret. Roaring Brook. 345 p. ISBN: 978-1-59643-892-7. Yulia has a secret, one that has helped her survive but also has brought her to the attention of the KGB. She must use her wits, training, and a power she doesn’t understand to survive.

Strasser, Todd. No Place. Simon & Schuster. 2014. 262 p. ISBN: 978-1-4424-5721-8. Dan, a high school senior, seems to have it all until his dad loses his job. Now he must come to terms with being impoverished and homeless.

Taylor, Laini. Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Little, Brown. 2014. 613 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-13407-1. The final title in Taylor’s wildly popular Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy finds Chimaera and Misbegotten forging an uneasy alliance to protect earth from the Dominion.

Templeman, McCormick. The Glass Casket. Delacorte Press. 345 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74345-7. Tragic deaths, love lost, and superstitious beliefs lead Rowan on a journey not only to save herself but also her friends and family.

Venkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books. 2014. 307 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-25710-0. When an accident leaves Veda, a classical dancer in India, a below-knee amputee, she is determined not to give up her passion.

Vlahos, Len. Scar Boys. Egmont. 2014. 237 p. ISBN: 9781606844397. Harry bears the physical and emotional scars of a terrible childhood accident but finds relief in his band The Scar Boys.

Waller, Sharon Biggs. A Mad, Wicked Folly. Penguin/Viking. 2014. 420 p. ISBN: 978-0-670-01468-2. In 1909 London, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much she is willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Walton, Leslye. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ada Lavender. Candlewick Press. 2014. 301 p. ISBN: 978-0-7636-6566-1. A girl born with wings, Ada Lavender narrates a modern folktale featuring four generations of women in her star-crossed family.

Whaley, John Corey. Noggin.  Atheneum. 2014. 352 p.  ISBN: 978-1-4424-5872-7. Travis Coates has lost his head – literally. Dying of leukemia, he has had his noggin surgically removed and cryogenically frozen. Will he be revived and, if so, what kind of world will he find waiting for him?