Nomination: Damsel

damselArnold, Elana K. Damsel. 2018. 256p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062742322). Gr. 9-12.

Ama wakes up with no memories in the arms of a prince who informs her he just rescued her from a dragon and she is now his future queen.

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Nomination: Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

fatalAnderson, M.T., et al. Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All. 2018. 416p. Schwartz & Wade, $18.99 (9781524716196). Gr. 9 and up.

In this fictionalized account of the marriages of one of England’s most notorious kings, a series of well-known writers share stories from the perspectives of each wife about the choices they made and the social restrictions placed upon them.

 

Nomination: Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

anybodyLang, Heather. Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball. Illustrated by Caecilia Puglesi. 2018. 32p. Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99 (9780807503799). Gr. K-5.

Although social norms dictated girls didn’t play Little League baseball in the 1950’s, Kathryn disguised herself as a boy with the support of her parents and demonstrated girls could have the skills to play competitively against boys.

Nomination: Mary’s Monster

marys monsterJudge, Lita. Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and HOw Mary Shelley Created FRANKENSTEIN. 2018. 312p. Roaring Brook Press, $21.99 (978166725003). Gr. 9-up.

This illustrated novel based extensively on Mary Shelley’s personal writings delves into the life experiences that inspired and contributed to the creation of the world’s first published science fiction novel.