Nomination: Pashmina

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Chanani, Nidhi. Pashmina. 2017. 176p. First Second, $16.99 (9781626720879). Gr. 4-6.

Priyanka is transported to beautiful India when she wears a pashmina found in her mother’s old suitcase, but the beauty is marred by a shadow lurking in the background.

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Nomination: Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

fatalAnderson, M.T., et al. Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All. 2018. 416p. Schwartz & Wade, $18.99 (9781524716196). Gr. 9 and up.

In this fictionalized account of the marriages of one of England’s most notorious kings, a series of well-known writers share stories from the perspectives of each wife about the choices they made and the social restrictions placed upon them.

 

Nomination: Chaotic Good

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Gardner, Whitney. Chaotic Good. 2018. 256p. Knopf, $17.99 (9781524720803). Gr. 8-up.

Cameron Birch is one portfolio away from using her cosplay skills to get into college but toxic masculinity (both online and in the local comic book store) creates constant obstacles.

Nomination: The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

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Spotswood, Jessica, ed. The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls. 2018. 308p. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9780763694258). Gr. 7-up.

A historical fiction anthology featuring original short stories from well-known YA writers about radical young women from different religions, backgrounds, socioeconomic groups, abilities, races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, and cultures.

Nomination: Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

anybodyLang, Heather. Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball. Illustrated by Caecilia Puglesi. 2018. 32p. Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99 (9780807503799). Gr. K-5.

Although social norms dictated girls didn’t play Little League baseball in the 1950’s, Kathryn disguised herself as a boy with the support of her parents and demonstrated girls could have the skills to play competitively against boys.