Nomination: As Many Nows as I Can Get

Youngdahl, Shana. As Many Nows as I Can Get. 2019. 432p. Dial Books, $17.99 (9780525553854). Gr. 9 and up.

Reflecting back and forth between the present and the past, Scarlett recounts the emotional challenges of her first year of college, recovering from intense relationships and discovering new ones.

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Nomination: Best Friends

bestHale, Shannon. Best Friends. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2019. 256p. First Second, $21.00 (9781250317452). Gr. 4-8.

Hale’s graphic memoir reflects on 6th grade as a time of questioning what friendship is, gaining confidence in her abilities, and pushing back against societal limits on girls and women.