Nomination: Retribution Rails

33413926Bowman, Erin. Retribution Rails. 2017. 374p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (9780544918887). Gr. 9-up.

Unwilling outlaw Reece Murphy meets aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaughan during a botched train robbery and together they embark on a mission of vengeance. They become unlikely allies as they seek both revenge and personal freedom.

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Nomination: Beautiful

61URgTw8ccL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_McAnulty, Stacy. Beautiful. Illus. By Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. 2016. Unpaged. Hachette/Running Press, $16.95 (9780762457816). PreS.

Beauty is not about looks, but about being empowered, strong, silly, smart, brave, dirty, and the myriad other things girls can be.