Nomination: The Cardboard Kingdom

the cardboard kingdom

Sell, Chad. The Cardboard Kingdom. 2018. 281p. Knopf/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $20.99 (9781524719371). Gr. 3-6

A group of children use their imaginations and a lot of cardboard to transform their neighborhood, explore their identities, and embark on thrilling adventures together.

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Nomination: To Be Honest

to be honest

Martin, Maggie Ann. To Be Honest. 2018. 293p. Swoon Reads, $16.99 (9781250183156). Gr. 7-up.  

After her beloved sister leaves for college, Savannah must navigate living alone with her weight-obsessed mother’s increasingly intense diet and body-shaming commentary.

Nomination: I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

i have the right to

Prout, Chessy with Jenn Abelson. I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope. 2018. 416p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99 (9781534414433). Gr. 9-up.

In May 2014, Chessy Prout, a 9th grader at the elite St. Paul’s School, was raped by a senior boy.  As she and her family seek justice and healing, Chessy finds her voice as an activist.