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WE ARE OKAY

We Are Okay (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
LaCour
Author's First Name: 
Nina
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
After plodding through the fall of her freshman year, Marin convinced the college to let her spend winter break in her dorm room, alone. When her best friend, Mabel, flies out to visit, Marin must finally confront the abrupt end to the girls' past summer, and its impact on their relationship. A quiet novel, heavy with loss and loneliness, and beautifully written. (Fourteen and up) ~ Kit Ballenger

TEN DAYS A MADWOMAN

Ten Days a Madwoman
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Noyes
Author's First Name: 
Deborah
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Date: 
2016

 This biography of Nellie Bly takes its title from her undercover stay an insane asylum for ten days in one of her most well-known exploits in her career in investigative journalism. Sidebars along with photos and articles from the time period give a complete and entertaining picture of Nellie Bly's life and times.

RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Author's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016

 Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.

 

LILY AND DUNKIN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gephart
Author's First Name: 
Donna
Publisher: 
Penguin (Delacorte /Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

A chance encounter, coffee, and a beloved tree bring together Lily (born Timothy) and Dunkin (Lily’s nickname for new-in-town Norman), both grappling with inner struggles their exteriors belie. A tender introduction to mental health struggles and transgender identity, this dual narrative tackles weighty issues with humor and heart. The strong audio rendition holds much appeal as an alternate format for this sensitive story.

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stork
Author's First Name: 
Francisco X.
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine)
Publication Date: 
2016

 16-year-old Vicky Cruz is recovering from a suicide attempt, with the help of other young patients in the hospital. The descriptions of what depression feels like are powerfully realistic and have the potential to save lives.

CHALLENGER DEEP

ChallengerDeep
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schusterman
Author's First Name: 
Neal
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2015

 Caden goes to school and has a family, but he also lives on a pirate ship and is in danger. This stunning, rewarding book gives the reader a glimpse through the eyes of a boy suffering from mental illness.

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Niven
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Publisher: 
Penguin (Anchor/Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.

THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Griffin
Author's First Name: 
Adele
Publisher: 
Soho Teen
Publication Date: 
2014

Artwork, email trails and "interviews" with those who knew her add to the appeal of this very contemporary story exploring the reasons for the tragic death of a teenage artist, Addison Stone.

IF YOU FIND ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Murdoch
Author's First Name: 
Emily
Publisher: 
St. Martin's
Publication Date: 
2013

Abducted Carey and Janessa hide from the world trying to cope during their mother’s absences. After a social worker discovers them and returns them to their father, the lies Carey’s mother told her about their father continue to haunt her.

 

SILHOUETTED BY THE BLUE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jones
Author's First Name: 
Traci L.
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2011
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