BFYA Nominations


All in Pieces. By Suzanne Young. 2016. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. $17.99 (9781481418836).

After stabbing her ex-boyfriend’s hand with a pencil, Savannah is sent to an alternative high school for anger management. An alcoholic father means that Savannah is the primary caretaker for her younger disabled brother. Can she meet Evan’s needs and still find her own happiness?


Beast. By Brie Spangler. 2016. Knopf Books for Young Readers. $17.99 (9781101937167).

Insecure about his unusually large and hairy appearance, 15-year-old Dylan feels like a freak until he meets brave and beautiful Jamie, who accepts and loves him as he is. But when he realizes she is transgender, can he return the favor?


Caraval. By Stephanie Garber. 2017. Macmillan/Flatiron. $18.99 (9781250095251).

Scarlet and her sister Tella live with their abusive father on a small island. When invitations to attend the unique Caraval party arrive just prior to Scarlet's wedding, things seem hopeful.  But nothing is as it appears at this magical party.


Dreamland Burning. By Jennifer Latham. 2017. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. $18.99 (9780316384933).

The discovery of human remains on Rowan's family's property triggers a murder mystery investigation, and in alternating chapters, tells the story of the Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921.


The Hate U Give. By Angie Thomas. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. $17.99 (9780062498533).

Starr Carter is a black girl caught between two worlds: her poor, black neighborhood, and her suburban, mostly white high school. Occupying this liminal space becomes nearly impossible when Starr witnesses, and is forced to speak out about, the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend, Khalil, by a white cop.


A List of Cages. By Robin Roe. 2017. Disney/Hyperion. $17.99 (9781484763803).

After Julian’s parents die in an accident, he moves from a loving foster home to live with his abusive Uncle Russell. Five years later, Adam, a well-liked older classmate with ADHD, provides his former foster brother Julian with an important friendship at a critical time.


Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. By Patricia Hruby Powell. Illus. by Shadra Strickland. 2017. Chronicle. $21.99 (9781452125909).  

This accessible novel-in-verse brings readers into the lives of Richard and Mabel (Jeter) Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, and whose determination to be a family resulted in the landmark Civil Rights decision from the Supreme Court.


A Tragic Kind of Wonderful. By Eric Lindstrom. 2017. Hachette/Poppy. $17.99 (9780316260060).

Life for sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan isn't easy. As she tries to hide her bipolar disorder and grieve the loss of her older brother, it costs her old friends and threatens to affect new relationships. How will those closest to Mel react when they discover the extent of her secrets?