Nomination: Queens of Geek

61a18CVfpQL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Wilde, Jen. Queens of Geek. 2017. 288p. Swoon Books/Macmillian, $10.99 (9781250111395). Gr. 8-up.
Best friends Charlie and Taylor battle the double standards and sexism in fandom and Hollywood at SupaCon. Rising star Charlie struggles with expectations of fans and studios while Taylor navigates life, love, and fandom through the lens of Asperger’s.

Nomination: Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

9780374302511Barakat, Ibtisam. Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine. 2016. 240p. Margaret Ferguson/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99 (978-0-374-30251-1). Gr. 8-up.

Set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the poet Ibtisam Barakat tells her story of defying traditional roles of women in her culture in order to finish her education and avoid marriage while helping her own mother obtain an education.

Nomination: Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More

9781613732007-us-300Cordell, M.R. Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More. 256p. Chicago Review Press, $19.99 (978-1-6137-3200-7). Gr. 7-up.
Profiles of 16 women who defied traditional roles in order to contribute to and survive the Civil War. These brave women served as medics, spies, battlefield helpers, and even soldiers on the front lines.

Nomination: Hillary Clinton: American Woman of the World

hillary-clinton-9781481460576_hrHarness, Cheryl. Hillary Clinton: American Woman of the World. 2016. 182p. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, $17.99 (978-1-4814-6057-6). Gr. 6-up.

Glass-breaking and history-making, Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent her life championing the rights of women, children, and the disenfranchised. This biography shares her journey to the White House thus far, in all its complexity both personally and professionally.