Nomination: The Dead Queens Club


Capin, Hannah. The Dead Queens Club. 2019. 455p. Inkyard, $18.99 (9781335542236). Gr. 7-up.

Tudor drama is reimagined for high school as homecoming king Henry (football jersey number, 08) tries to make sense of his relationships with his six formidable, ambitious, remarkable ex-girlfriends.


Nomination: The Moon Within


Salazar, Aida. The Moon Within. 2019. Arthur A. Levine Books, $17.99 (9781338283372). Gr. 4-7.

Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.

Nomination: Goodbye, Perfect


Barnard, Sara. Goodbye, Perfect. 2019. 384p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $19.99 (9781534402447). Gr. 8-up.

When her 15-year-old best friend runs away from home with their music teacher, Eden reevaluates their friendship and her loyalty as she learns about how power dynamics can complicate consent.