Nomination: Mastiff

Pierce, Tamora. Mastiff. 2011. 608p. Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (978-0-375-81470-9). Gr.8-up.

In the course of her Hunt to recover Prince Gareth, Beka Cooper challenges the belief systems of many in the world around her, and together with Gareth creates unexpected change that will rock the foundation of their society. [keo]

Nomination: Enclave

Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. 2011. 259p. Feiwel and Friends/ Macmillan, $16.99 (978-0-312-65008-7). Gr.6-11.

Deuce’s final refusal to accept injustice in her underground enclave thrusts her and her hunting partner Topside, a land emblazoned with mythical terrors from her cubhood and riddled in reality with gang violence, continuing threats from ravaging mutant freaks, and a whisper of hope waiting to be found. [keo/ field nom kr]