Nomination: Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

strange birds by celia c pérezPérez, Celia C. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. 2019. 384p. Penguin Random House/Kokila, hardcover, $16.99. (9780425290439). Gr. 4-7.

The summer before starting middle school, four very different girls—a journalist, a chef, a birdwatcher, and an artist—form a secret Scout troop dedicated to “truth, kindness, justice, and community.”

Nomination: The Lost Girl

the lost girl by anne ursu

Ursu, Anne. The Lost Girl. Illus. by Erin McGuire. 2019. 368p. HarperCollins/Walden Pond, $16.99 (9780062275097). Grades 4-7.

Twins Iris and Lark are stronger together. Being placed in different classrooms for the first time is devastating, and leaves them feeling adrift. But to survive the magical threat that’s approaching, they’ll need to find each other—and themselves—soon.

Nomination: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

what do you do with a voice like that by chris barton

Barton, Chris. What Do You Do with a Voice like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Illus. by Ekua Holmes. 2018. 48p. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $17.99 (9781481465625). Grades 2-4.

A picture book biography of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, the first Black woman to be elected to the Texas legislature, and the first Black woman from the South to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nomination: Sadie

sadie by courtney summers

Summers, Courtney. Sadie. 2018. 320p. St. Martin’s/Wednesday, $17.99 (9781250105714). Grades 9-12.

The story of nineteen-year-old runaway Sadie Hunter’s quest to track down her sister’s murderer, told in alternating chapters by Sadie herself and the true crime podcaster who is trying to find her.

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: 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.