Nomination: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers’ Edition): The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel: One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

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Fleming, Melissa. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers’ Edition): The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel: One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. 2018. 290p. Flatiron, $16.99 (9781250311429). Gr. 10-up.

Increasing violence in Syria forces 16-year-old student Doaa Al Zamel to flee her homeland. Doaa’s true story of resistance and survival underscores the ongoing plight of Syrian refugees.

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Nomination: Pulp

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Talley, Robin. Pulp. 2018. 406p. Harlequin Teen, $18.99 (9781335012906). Gr. 8-up.

Two Washington, D.C., lesbian teens, 62 years apart, each discover classic lesbian pulp fiction—late midcentury paperbacks depicting a shadowy world of forbidden love.

Nomination: The Grace Year

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Liggett, Kim. The Grace Year. 2019. 416p. Wednesday Books, $16.99 (9781250145444). Gr. 9-up.

In Garner County, 16-year-old girls, including rebellious Tierney, are sent to an isolated island for their grace year, where they must release their seductive, poisonous magic into the wild before taking their proper places as a wives and mothers.