Nomination: Mechanica


Cornwell, Betsy. Mechanica. 2015. 307p. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $17.99 (978-0-547-92771-8). Gr. 6-8.

Nicolette Lampton endures typical Cinderella trials: a dead mother, a dead father, a shrewish stepmother, two condescending stepsisters, and competition for the charming prince. Yet as Mechanica, Nicolette follows in her mother’s footsteps creating time-saving and wondrous automata. She also creates the life she’s dreamed of. [ltp]

Nomination: She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists who have Changed the World


Ross, Michael Elsohn. She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists who have Changed the World. 2015. Chicago Review Press. $19.95. (978-1-61373-026-    3) Grades 6 -8.

This collective biography features 16 contemporary and historical women from around the world who have advocated for change around issues of injustice in its many guises. [ltp]

Nomination: Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story



McCully, Emily Arnold. Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story. Illus. by the author. 2015. Unpaged. Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (978-0-374-30007-4). Gr. K-3.

Born in 1894, Lizzie was told that baseball was a game for boys, yet she was a better player than most of them. At 18, she signed with a semiprofessional team and spent the next 17 years of her life playing baseball, becoming the first person to play on the National and the American Leagues’ all-star teams. [ltp]

Nomination: The Detective’s Assistant



Hannigan, Kate. The Detective’s Assistant. 2015. 361p. Little, Brown and Company, $17.00 (978-0-316-40351-1). Gr. 4-6.

Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives orphaned and unwelcomed at Aunt Kitty’s doorstep and determines to become indispensable to her aunt. She soon helps Aunt Kitty with her work at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. This novel is based on the life of Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective. [ltp]

Nomination: Audacity



Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. 2015. 389p. Philomel/Penguin, $17.99 (978-0-399-16899-4). Gr. 8-up.

This novel in verse is inspired by Clara Lemlich’s life story. After emigrating from Russia to America, Clara defies her Orthodox Jewish father to pursue an education. She becomes a union organizer after experiencing unfair and unsafe working conditions in the sweatshops ultimately leading the Uprising of the 20,000. [ltp]

Nomination: Salvage






Duncan, Alexandra. Salvage. 2014. 528p. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062220141). Gr. 9 and up.

Seventeen year old Ava has lived on a deep-space vessel governed by strict patriarchal rules. When she makes an innocent mistake, she is cast out and must make her way in a world where women have freedoms she never dreamed possible. [ltp]

Nomination: The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming





Winters, Cat. The Cure for Dreaming. 2014. 368p. Amulet,  $17.95 (9781419712166). Gr. 7-10

Olivia Mead is a modern and “responsible woman” in a time when women are expected to be compliant. Her father goes to extreme measures to cure her of her dreams: securing the vote for women and obtaining a college education.[ltp]

Nomination: Deception’s Princess






Friesner, Esther. Deception’s Princess. 2014. 325p. Random House, $17.99 (978044981633). Gr. 7-9.

Maeve was born with her fists clenched and is loved, by some, for her spirit and courage. She uses her wits to survive political intrigue and to foil a plot against her father, the High King – earning the right to decide her own fate. [ltp]