Nomination: The Bridge Home

bridgeVenkatraman, Padma. The Bridge Home. 2019. 208pp. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen Books. $16.99 (9781524738112). Gr. 5-8.

Sisters Viji and Rukku are runaways on the streets of Chennai. After meeting two boys, Muthi and Arul, the group share moments of joy and try to avoid danger.

Nomination: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

9781626722590Tamaki, Mariko. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 2019. 304pp. Macmillan/First Second. $24.99 304pp (9781626722590). Gr. 9-12.

Despite Laura Dean’s cheating and emotional manipulation, Frederica “Freddy” Riley is still in love with her. But relationship woes have caused Freddy to neglect her friends who need her support.

Nomination: Indian No More

main_INM_front_coverWilling McManis, Charlene with Traci Sorrell. Indian No More. 2019. 224pp. Lee & Low/Tu Books. $18.95 (9781620148396). Gr. 4-7.

In 1957, when the government enacts a law that terminates their Umpqua tribal status, Regina’s family becomes “Indian no more,” forced from their homeland and relocated to Los Angeles.

Nomination: Pet

Emezi, Akwaeke. Pet. 2019. 208pp. Penguin Random House/Make Me a World, $17.99 (9780525647072). Gr. 8-12.

The revolution freed the world of monsters. But when Pet, a mysterious monster-hunting creature, emerges from her mother’s painting, Jam must uncover the truth the adults are in deny exists.


Nomination: Queen of the Sea


Meconis, Dylan. Queen of the Sea. 2019. 400pp. Candlewick/Walker Books, $24.99 (9781536204988). Gr. 5-12.

When political exiles, including the former queen, arrive on the island, Margaret questions her life in the island’s convent, the true nature of its existence, and her own presence there.

Nomination: I Am the Night Sky

NWMI+cover+squareNext Wave Muslim Initiative Writers. I Am the Night Sky & Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth. 2019. 192pp. Shout Mouse, $14.99 (9781945434938). Gr. 7-12.

This anthology of short stories, poems, collages and collages by American Muslim teens in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area highlights everyday reality, marginalization and expressions of identity and faith.

Nomination: SLAY

Morris, Brittney. SLAY. 2019. 336p. Simon Pulse, $18.99 (9781534445420). Gr. 7-11.

High school senior, Kiera, secretly creates a multiplayer online role-playing game dedicated to black culture but is attacked in mainstream media after a player is murdered.