Nomination: Drought

 Bachorz, Pam. Drought. 2011. 400 p. EgmontUSA, $17.99 (9781606840160). Gr. 7-10. [jw]

Enslaved with the rest of her community for hundreds of years, only Ruby has the power to resist the evil system under which they live and the cruel people who dominate them. Ruby’s struggles to become a leader in the midst of horrible abuse and reluctance and fear of change among her own people combined with the story of her first romantic relationship make for a compulsively readable story.

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