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.

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.