Nomination: The Witch Boy

the witch boy by molly knox ostertag

Ostertag, Molly Knox. The Witch Boy. 2017. 224p. Scholastic/Graphix, hardcover, $24.99 (9781338089523); Scholastic/Graphix, paperback, $12.99 (9781338089516). Grades 3-up.

In Aster’s family, boys are shapeshifters and girls are witches—and there are no exceptions. But he’s never had any interest in shifting, while he does have talent for magic. If his loving family won’t help him, maybe the mysterious—and clearly dangerous—entity in the forest will?


Nomination: Betty Before X


Shabazz, Ilyasah and Renée Watson. Betty Before X. 2018. 256p. Macmillan/FSG Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99 (9780374306106). Grades 4-6.

Novel about the childhood of Betty Dean Sanders—before she became Dr. Betty Shabazz, before she married Malcolm X.

Nomination: The Poet X

the poet x by elizabeth acevedo

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. 2018. 368p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062662804). Gr. 9-12.

The coming-of-age of fifteen-year-old Xiomara Batista—aspiring poet, reluctant confirmation class attendee, twin, first-generation Dominican-American.

Nomination: Noteworthy

noteworthy by rile redgate

Redgate, Riley. Noteworthy. 2017. 335p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $17.95 (9781419723735). Grades 9-12.

High school junior Jordan Sun creates a male persona to apply for her school’s most prestigious all-male a cappella group… and gets accepted, requiring her to continue living a double life.