Nomination: Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine

DeConnick, Kelly Sue. Bitch Planet: Extraordinarybitch-planet-extraordinary-machine Machine. Illus. By Valentine De Landro. 2015. 136p. Image Comics, paperback, $9.99 (978-1-63215-366-1).

Futuristic science fiction set in a world in which the patriarchy rules with an iron fist—and non-compliant women are sent to a prison outpost commonly known as Bitch Planet. Violent, intelligent, and occasionally viciously funny, Bitch Planet uses and subverts the aesthetics and tropes of exploitation movies to comment on gender and race, power and identity, on the policing of women’s bodies and on the ways that various forms of media are used to subjugate, influence, and control.

Nomination: Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

finding wonders by jeannine atkinsAtkins, Jeannine. Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science. 2016. 195p. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (978-1-4814-6565-6). Gr.4-up.

Maria Merian, Mary Anning, and Maria Mitchell—three real girls separated by oceans and centuries—had much more in common than one might think. Through observation, curiosity, tenacity, passion, and intelligence, each one of them bucked tradition and expectation, and in doing so, moved our understanding of the natural world forward.

Nomination: The Lie Tree

the lie tree by frances hardingeHardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. 2016. 377p. Amulet Books, $17.95 (978-1-4197-1895-3). Gr.7-up.

Faith is full of questions, curiosity, intellect, and anger—all traits that are frowned on in an upper-middle class Victorian Era girl. When her beloved father is found dead, most people assume it was a suicide, but Faith knows he was murdered… and she intends to prove it, by whatever means necessary.

Nomination: If I Was Your Girl

if i was your girl by meredith russoRusso, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. 2016. 288p. Flatiron Books, $17.99 (978-1-250-07840-7). Gr.8-12.

The more Amanda gets to know Grant, the more she wants to share her future—and maybe even her past—with him. As a trans teen, though, sharing her history could result in not only losing Grant, but also threaten not only the new life she’s built, and her very safety.

Nomination: Burn Baby Burn

Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. 2016. 320p. Candburn baby burn by meg medinalewick, $17.99 (978-0-7636-7467-0). Gr.9-12.

Nora López navigates the summer after high school graduation—from uncertainty about her future to her participation in the Women’s Movement to fears about the serial killer stalking the city—in this historical set in 1977 New York City.