BFYA Nominations

Feel free to suggest a title!

Updated October 1, 2016

Ahern, Cecelia. Flawed: A Novel. Feiwel & Friends. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781250074119. Branded Flawed after a spontaneous act of compassion, 17-year old Celestine discovers a movement against perfection, and cracks in the facade of a perfect world.

Alexander, Kwame. Booked. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 978-0544570986. Nick, an eighth grade soccer star, would like to concentrate on an upcoming tournament, but life gets in the way. Can he handle changing family dynamics, a first crush, bullying, a serious, sidelining injury, and being forced to read a dictionary? Find out how he manages in this verse novel.

Alexander, Sarah. The Art of Not Breathing. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9780544633889. Following the drowning death of her twin five years earlier, Elsie and her family are still broken.  When she meets Tay who teaches her how to free dive, she finally begins to heal until old wounds and secrets resurface.

Andrews, Jesse. The Haters. Amulet Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781419720789. After meeting Ash at jazz camp, best friends Wes and Corey are inspired to start a band, go on a road trip and adventure into independence, self discovery and hilarious bad decisions.

Arnold, David. Kids of Appetite. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780451470782. Vic's father died 2 years ago. Unable to accept his mother's new relationship, he flees with his father's urn. An unlikely gang of misfits brings Vic into their fold, helping him fulfill his dad's final instructions regarding disposal of the ashes. A triumphant celebration of the many kinds of family.

Barraclough, Lindsey. The Mark of Cain. Candlewick. 2016. 496p. ISBN: 9780763678647. A witch's curse from the 16th century still haunts Cora and Mimi, the last of the Guerdon family, four years after the events described in Long Lankin.

Bayard, Louis. Lucky Strikes. Henry Holt and Co. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9781627793902. In 1930s Virginia, Melia must devise a scheme to keep her siblings together and the family’s gas station running after her mother dies. When she meets Hiram, a woebegone hobo and former actor, she decides he’s the good luck charm her family needs. Will the town fall for their act?

Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. 496p. ISBN: 978-0451469922. In 13th century Provence, Dolssa, branded a heretic after claiming to speak with God, flees her hometown. She’s rescued by Botille, a matchmaker who runs a tavern with her sisters. Their lives become inexorably linked when Dolssa’s gifts as a healer and miracle-worker bring the church’s wrath to the village.

Calame, Don. Dan vs. Nature. Candlewick. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780763670719. As an "indoor kid," the last thing Dan wants to do is go survivalist camping, but when Mom arranges it as a way for Dan to bond with her new fiance, he has no choice. Can Dan survive the trip and find a way to break up the engagement?

Caletti, Deb. Essential Maps for the Lost. Simon Pulse. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781481415163. Mads and Billy, both just out of high school, meet and form an unlikely bond over E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. A testament to the ways we navigate the sad and terrible parts  of living, and make it to the unexpected beautiful moments.

Cavallaro, Brittany. A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel). Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780062398901. In this reimagination of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte Holmes is a distant relative of Sherlock and a high school student in America. James Watson, a distant relative of Dr. John Watson, is student at the same school and Watson and Holmes eventually meet up to solve a murder.

Chee, Traci. The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold). G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 9780399176777. A stunning fantasy debut about a world where reading is unheard of and a young orphan struggles to discover her family’s secrets. With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, this series opener is a brilliantly told adventure for fantasy fans.

Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 720p. ISBN: 9781442468351. Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs investigates the murder of her parents five years earlier. Now, new murders of faeries and humans are occurring under the same mysterious circumstances. Could they be related?

Cordova, Zoraida. Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, Book 1). Sourcebooks Fire. 2016. 336p. ISBN:  9781492620945. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, she performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But her whole family gets transported into Los Lagos instead. Now, she must travel to the land in-between with a brujo to rescue them.

Diederich, Phillippe. Playing for the Devil’s FIre. Cinco Puntos Press. 2016. 232p. ISBN: 9781941026298. Flashy drug runners bring brutal deaths into Boli’s quiet Mexican village. When Boli’s parents disappear without a trace, the 13-year-old enlists the help of an unlikely hero, a washed-up luchador in town for a traveling show, and together they come face to face with the horrors of today’s narco wars.

Dooley, Sarah. Free Verse. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780399165030. An orphaned middle schooler struggles with anxiety after her older brother tragically dies, finally finding hope in newfound family and poetry.

Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. David Fickling Books. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780545907170. Three generations of women - a grandmother, a mother and a daughter, dealing with issues of family, femininity and identity, try to understand each other and their own pasts while also trying to better understand themselves.

Duyvis, Corinne. On the Edge of Gone. Amulet Books. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 978-1419719035. A biracial teen with autism living in Amsterdam prepares for an incoming comet that threatens to destroy all human life on Earth vies for a spot for her family on a spaceship destined to leave Earth.

Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781481404099. Quinn hasn't left his room in six months since the death of his sister and filmmaking partner.  After reluctantly going out with his best friend Geoff, Quinn falls in love, uncovers secrets, and come to terms with his sister's death.

Fine, Sarah. The Impostor Queen. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 432p. ISBN: 9781481441902. From childhood, Elli has been pampered and prepared as the next ruler of her kingdom. However, when the time comes for her to take the throne, she fails to meet expectations and flees. In the wider world outside the city walls  finds unexpected truths and friends, new identity and purpose.

Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth. Firsts. A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 978-1250075963. A young woman deals seeks control over past trauma by helping male classmates learn about sex in order to give their girlfriends the special "first time" that our main character didn't have.

Friend, Natasha. Where You’ll Find Me. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2016. 272p. ISBN: 978-0374302306.  After her mother’s recent suicide attempt, Anna moves in with her father, his new wife, and their new baby. Meanwhile, her bff Dani has dumped her for the popular crowd. Anna must learn to navigate middle school drama while coping with her mother’s bipolar disorder and her new family.

Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. Jeff Garvin. Balzer + Bray. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780062382863. Riley Cavanaugh is struggling to balance a new school, new relationships, and a father who's running for re-election in a conservative congressional district while wrestling with being a gender-fluid teen. When Riley’s blog becomes a national sensation, an internet stalker threatens to expose Riley’s secret to the world.

Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780553536744. Tim & Norbert are both starting 8th grade and prefer to be known as Lily & Dunkin. Lily knows she is really a girl, despite having boy parts. Dunkin just wants to fit in, despite his struggle with bipolar disorder.

Gibney, Shannon. See No Color. Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 192p. ISBN: 9781467776820. Sixteen year old Alex and her white adoptive family have a one-track mind for baseball. Her parents claim they "don't see color," but cruel words from people, along with her maturing body and letters from her birth father, force Alex to come to terms with her adoption and her race.

Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press. 2016. 416p. ISBN: 9781101934739. Charlie, a cutter and an artist, lands in Tucson after she has to leave rehab. Alone, insecure, and scared, she gets a job where she finds both supportive and destructive relationships. In spite of bad decisions, disappointments, and backsliding, she doggedly struggles to find herself and her place.

Hand, Cynthia and Ashton, Brodi and Meadows, Jodi. My Lady Jane. Harper Teen. 2016. 512p. ISBN: 9780062391742. The historical version of the story of  the teenage Lady Jane Grey, England's queen for nine days, is given a fantastical twist and a much happier ending for all involved.

Hapgood, Harriet Reuter. The Square Root of Summer. Roaring Brook Press. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781626723733. Margot shifts through space-time as she grieves the loss of her grandfather, the heartbreak over a first love, and the tenuous relationships with her best friends, all the while using quantum physics and scientific method to determine what triggers the wormholes, and how to stay in real time.

Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Amulet Books. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9781419718953. In 1868, Faith's father is providing expertise at an archaeological dig. When his body is found, most assume suicide amid allegations of falsified scientific discoveries. Only Faith suspects murder--and her determination to find his killer leads her to dark secrets about her father and his priceless Mendacity Tree.

Heilig, Heidi. The Girl from Everywhere. Greenwillow Books. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 9780062380753. Nix, her drug-addicted father, and a ragtag crew travel through time on a pirate ship and become entangled in a plot to steal the king's gold in nineteenth-century Hawaii.

Hepperman, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here. Greenwillow Books. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9780062387950. Over the course of a year, Addie falls in love, quits the track team, falls out of love, processes guilt and forgiveness and gives herself permission to make the choices that seem best for her.

Hesse, Monica. Girl in the Blue Coat. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780316260602. In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke helps her family survive by procuring and distributing black market goods for customers, including a woman who is hiding a Jewish girl. When the girl vanishes mysteriously, Hanneke takes up the case, unwittingly joining the Resistance as her eyes are opened to the war’s horrors.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. Simon Pulse. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 978-1481449632. Henry’s struggling; he’s trying to come to terms with his boyfriend's suicide, his loser brother's impending fatherhood, and his grandmother's alzheimer's while trying to find love in the right places and determining if this world is worth saving from the alien sluggers who deem him worthy to decide earth's fate.

Johnston, E.K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2015. 256p. ISBN: 9781101994580. A popular cheerleader gets raped at summer camp and learns how to live through the aftermath of the horrible event.

Lake, Nick. Whisper to Me. Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 2016. 544p. ISBN: 978-1619634565. Cassie is trying to explain it all in a letter. About the heartbreak, the betrayal, the secrecy, and especially about the voice she hears in her head telling her to do awful things. Will it be enough to will back the boy she loves?

Lee, Stacey. Outrun the Moon. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 400p. ISBN: 9780399175411. Mercy Wong is ambitious and determined to get into an exclusive school in order to break free from the poverty of her native Chinatown. But this is 1906 San Francisco and one of the world's deadliest earthquakes is about to throw Mercy's world into chaos.

Levithan, David and LaCour, Nina. You Know Me Well. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9781250098641. During Pride Week in San Francisco, Kate and Mark come together, after their original plans are derailed, to navigate the week and the world. Their unexpected friendship deepens as they travel through new experiences, tears and laughter, and a sudden burst of media fame toward discovering what each really wants.

Lewis, Ali. Timber Creek Station. Carolrhoda Lab. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9781467781176. On a remote Australian cattle station, Danny and his broken family struggle to find a way back together through their shared grief, an unplanned pregnancy, racism and drought.

Lindstrom, Eric. Not If I See You First. Poppy. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780316259859. Sixteen-year-old Parker Grant, blind since the car accident that killed her mother when Parker was seven and reeling from her father’s recent death, questions past decisions, current friendships and her own self-centeredness as she finds that the greater strength is in letting go, reaching out, and letting others in.

Linn, Laurent. Draw the Line. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 528p. ISBN: 9781481452809.  under the radar at his high school drawing a Renaissance inspired superhero named Graphite, but when a hate crime hits close to home he realizes that he needs to stand up for what he believes in.

Logan, Kenneth. True Letters from a Fictional Life. Harper Teen. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780062380258. James Liddell--star athlete, decent student, dating the beautiful Theresa--feels as if he's living a fictional life; in letters he never intends to send he spills the truths: he's not into Theresa, and the one who occupies his thoughts is a boy.

Longo, Jennifer. Up to This Pointe. Random House Books for Young Readers. 2016. 368p. 9780553537673. Harper has always followed a strict Plan to become a professional ballerina. The drive to overcome tough odds is in her blood. When her life takes a turn, Harper takes a cue from her ancestor, Robert Falcon Scott, a famous explorer, and heads to Antarctica looking for answers.

Lord, Emery. When We Collided. Bloomsbury USA Children’s. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 978-1619638457. Jonah Daniels and Vivi Alexander fall in love despite his grief at his father's death and her struggles with mental illness in this tear- and swoon-inducing romance.

Lubar, David. Character, Driven. Tor Teen. 2016.304p.  ISBN: 9780765316332. Cliff is almost out of high school and he's never had much luck with girls, or anything else. But when Jillian moves to town, he becomes determined to have the girlfriend of his dreams and figure out what to do with his messed up life.

Lukavics, Amy. Daughters Unto Devils. Harlequin Teen. 2015. 240p. ISBN: 9780373211586. Sixteen year old Amanda moves with her family to the prairie, happy to leave behind the harsh winter, sickness, cabin fever, and boy whose baby she carries. But the prairie has demons of its own, and Amanda can't tell if true evil lies in the land, or within her soul.

Mason-Black, Jennifer. Devil and the Bluebird. Amulet Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781419720000. When Blue Riley makes a supernatural bargain to find her sister, she loses her voice, gains guidance from magical boots, and travels cross-country where Blue encounters underground, alternative people and communities, both good and bad, along with a few ghosts while reconciling her feelings about family and finding her muse.

McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780062320896. The social hierarchy of a small town high school is revealed through the voices of Alex, Jack and Peekay, who are still haunted by the brutal rape and murder of Alex's sister years ago.  Alex, however, is on a quest for vengeance.

Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 978-0763674670. Nora Lopez graduates from her Queens, New York, high school in the summer of 1977--a summer marked by a heat wave, arson, and the Son of Sam murders.  But there are things to fear at home, too, as her family disintegrates amid the overwhelming power of her brother's violent streak.

Moldavsky, Goldy. Kill the Boy Band. Point. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780545867474. Four obsessed fangirls accidentally-on-purpose kidnap one of the members of their favorite boy band and hold him hostage in their hotel room.

Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fires. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781492622468. Over 54 minutes, students and teachers are trapped in the Opportunity High auditorium with a former student who has a gun-- and he finally has everyone's attention. Despair, heartbreak, and heroism are packed into this intense page-turner.

O’Neill, Louise. Asking for It. Quercus. 2016. 336p. ISBN:  9781681445373. An Irish popular mean girl gets raped by her peers and fights to bring them to justice, even as her friends, family, and community turn their backs on her.

Peevyhouse, Parker. Where Futures End. Kathy Dawson Books. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9780803741607. A series of novellas links five teens over a span of one hundred years, as they use a little-understood power to connect with an alternate universe that just might be the only hope for saving our world.

Peñaflor, Lygia Day. Unscripted Joss Byrd. Roaring Brook Press. 2016. 224p. ISBN: 9781626723696. Child star Joss Byrd is used to bending to her mother's whims and obediently playing her parts--on camera and in life--by script. When her director pressures her to do a scene that makes her uncomfortable, she looks for support from her adults, but ultimately stands up for herself.

Perkins, Stephanie (editor). Summers Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2016. 400p. ISBN: 978-1250079121. In turns, humorous, touching, and atmospheric, this collection of short stories by twelve prominent, popular and up-and-coming young adult authors offers diverse tales of love and summertime in genres ranging from science fiction and fantasy to realistic fiction.

Quick, Matthew. Every Exquisite Thing. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2016. 272p. ISBN: 978-0316379595. Nanette has a nice normal life--friends, high school, soccer.  But when she discovers a cult classic novel, "nice and normal" becomes instantly unappealing.  Ditching everyday life for the book's reclusive author and another obsessive teenage fan, Nanette explores her rebellious nonconformist side...and the risks that come with it.

Rudnick, Paul. It’s All Your Fault. Scholastic Press. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9780545464284. Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry is a good Christian home schooled knee-sock wearing girl with the impossible task of keeping her movie star cousin Heller out of trouble the weekend of her movie premiere.

Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781250078407. After a harrowing incident following gender reassignment surgery, Amanda moves to another state to live with her father and finish high school.  Here Amanda searches for friends and acceptance she has longed for her entire life.

Savit, Gavriel. Anna and the Swallow Man. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 978-0553513349. In a story suffused with folklore and magical realism, seven-year-old Anna, on her own since the Germans took her professor father, travels with the mysterious Swallow Man across Poland and into the Soviet Union and back to avoid the warring armies over a number of years during WWII.

Schmidt, Gary. Orbiting Jupiter. Clarion Books. 2015. 192p. ISBN: 9780544462229. Jack, twelve, is not thrilled when his parents take in a troubled fourteen year old boy. However, as he gets to know and care about Joseph, he becomes sympathetically involved in his "brother's" determined search for his baby daughter.

Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books. 2016. 400p. ISBN: 9780399160301. It’s near the end of WWII and four refugees travel on foot during January to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship bound for safety. This is the story of the lesser known tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

Sheehan, Judy. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall. Delacorte. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 978-0553512465. For those who leave behind unfinished business, the afterlife is, at least temporarily . . . a special floor at the Mall of America.  Before she can move on, Sarah must solve her murder, save her father from a similar fate, and fall in love with a dead guy.

Spotswood, Jessica (Editor). A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls. Candlewick. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9780763678487. A diverse group of authors pens the tales of an even more diverse group of characters—and they’re all ladies.  This collection of short stories showcases pirates, gangsters, monsters, assassins, schoolteachers, spies, and more as they gallop through history and across the country to show how badass girls can be.

Starmer, Aaron. Spontaneous. Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9780525429746. Members of the senior class at Covington High School suddenly begin to spontaneously explode.  Who will be next? Why is it happening?  And can the bloody mayhem be stopped?  Mara and her friends think they're onto an answer.

Stork, Francisco. The Memory of Light. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780545474320. After attempting suicide, Vicky joins Mona, Gabriel, E.M., and their therapist at Lakeview Hospital. There, she develops deep friendships, works to understand her depression, and discovers unrealized strengths. Will the moments of hope and light be enough to help her through her return home and the crises her friends face?

Sullivan, Tara. The Bitter Side of Sweet. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780399173073. Amadou and Seydou have been tricked into slavery on the Ivory Coast cutting down Cacao leaves day after day and are resigned to their fate until Khadija, the first girl brought to the farm, immediately attempts an escape that changes everything and risks all of their lives.

Talley, Robin. As I Descended. Harper Teen. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780062409232. In this Macbeth adaptation set at a boarding school on an old plantation, Maria and her girlfriend Lily are plagued by spirits (or madness?) after an attempted séance. The ghosts feed on the girls’ ambition, pushing them to do whatever it takes to ensure that Maria wins a coveted scholarship.

Tamaki, Mariko. Saving Montgomery Sole. Roaring Brook Press. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9781626722712. Monty orders the Eye of Know from the internet, intending to discuss it with her friends at Mystery Club. When she wears it, she seems to have the power to take down bullies, mean girls, and the preacher bent of saving the American Family.

Tucholke, April Genevieve. Wink Poppy Midnight. Dial Books. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9780803740488. Wink loves fairy tales, Poppy loves to be mean, Midnight loved Poppy and now loves Wink.  When Poppy’s meanness goes too far, Wink, Midnight, and Poppy’s clique set out to find her.

Umminger, Alison. American Girls. Flatiron Books. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781250075000. After “borrowing” her mother-in-law’s credit card to escape some trouble in Atlanta, Anna lands in Los Angeles where she spends the summer with her sister, an aspiring actress trying to shake her B-movie status, researching the Charles Manson family and hanging out on the Disney-esque Chips Ahoy television show set.

Wallace, Kali. Shallow Graves. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9780062366207. Breezy woke up from a shallow grave but that’s impossible because she was murdered. Not sure what she is, Breezy travels the country looking for murderers until she encounters a church who can answer all her questions.

Wallach, Tommy. Thanks for the Trouble. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781481418805. Since his father's death, Parker hasn't been able to speak and communicates by writing in his journals. When he meets Zelda - who claims to be over 200 years old - they embark on a weekend full of shenanigans, romance, and introspection.

Waller, Sharon Biggs. The Forbidden Orchid. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. 416p. ISBN: 9780451474117. When ​Elodie Buchanan​'s father returns to England without fulfilling a contract, his debts could send her family to the workhouse.  Elodie ​then ​stows away on a clipper ship headed to China to help her father search for rare orchids, where she finds the adventure her life has been missing.​​

Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. Dial Books. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9780525428183. Agoraphobic Solomon has not stepped outside his home for three years.  Then Lisa decides to write a scholarship essay on her experience with mental illness, and makes "curing" Sol her project, dragging boyfriend Clark into the plot.  Gradually her plan takes a backseat to the real friendships that develop.

Winters, Cat. The Steep and Thorny Way. Abrams. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9781419719158. Hanalee is a biracial girl living in dangerous times. Oregon in the 1920s isn't a safe place for anyone who is different and now the ghost of Hanalee's father is telling her he was murdered. With nods to Hamlet, Hanalee must find answers so he can rest in peace.

Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. Crown Books for Young Readers. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 978-0553524024. One is the son of a snake-handling preacher serving time in prison.  One is a fashionista with New York dreams.  One escapes an abusive life in fantasy novels.  These high school seniors in a small Tennessee town consider the options for their future.