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Fourteen and Up

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PIECING ME TOGETHER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Watson
Author's First Name: 
Renée
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)

MAX

Max
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cohen-Scali
Author's First Name: 
Sarah;
Second Author's First Name: 
Penny
Second Author's Last Name: 
Hueston
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Starting in 1939, Nazi Germany began a Lebensborn program to provide the Reich with 'perfect" specimens of the Aryan race by carefully selecting women to birth the future generation. Max is such a child. This first person account begins in the womb and we follow Max through a "coming of age" story (though the book ends as the war does so Max never even reaches adolescence). Fiercely and unquestionably loyal, his faith is tested through his time at a training school, his "friendship" with another student (who is really a jew) and his observations and experiences as the war progress unfavorably. An ambitious story, this is a new aspect of Nazi terror and the ramifications of the belief in a superior race. Edie Ching (14 and up).

BULL

Bull's head with words from text
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Elliott
Author's First Name: 
David
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Month: 
Mar
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When Minos cheated Poseidon, the god of the sea retaliated by giving him a half-man, half-bull son whom his sister loved, but betrayed--the ancient story of the Minotaur dramatically retold in modern poetry.(14 and up. K. Isaacs)

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

THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE U GIVE (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Thomas
Author's First Name: 
Angie
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Sixteen-year-old Starr is used to navigating two worlds: Garden Heights, the tough neighborhood where she and her family live, and Williamson Prep, a tony private school across town, where Starr is one of only a few Black students. After Starr is the only witness to the killing of her childhood friend Khalil by police, she comes forward to defend Khalil and their community, putting her school relationships--and her family's safety--on the line. A gripping narrative inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a contemporary tale of complicated and tender family dynamics, loyalty, race relations, and bravery in the face of fear. -Kit Ballenger (14 and Up)

A LIST OF CAGES

A List of Cages
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Roe
Author's First Name: 
Robin
Publisher: 
Disney (Hyperion)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This heart-wrenching novel follows the rekindled friendship between Adam, a popular high school senior, and his former foster brother Julian, a quiet and socially anxious freshman trying to navigate the world years after his parents' death. This was an impressive author debut that explores the difficult themes of death and domestic abuse as well as the life-saving power of kindness and friendship. Meaghan McKeron. 14 and up.

THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Saenz
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin Alire
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
In this character- and plot-rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up Salvadore Silvia's world. The adopted son of a Mexican-American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with attitude, a loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are in need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self-understanding, companionship, love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self-awareness, understand love. Sounds ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and up)

The Lie Tree

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hardinge
Author's First Name: 
Frances
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Fourteen year old Faith has an insatiable desire to learn about the natural world but is stifled under the expectations and mores of Victorian England. When her scientist father dies, Faith suspects he has been murdered because of secret knowledge of a tree that flourishes on lies and she determines to find her father's killer and the tree. Told in vivid historical detail and heart stopping prose.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yoon
Author's First Name: 
Nicola
Publisher: 
Penguin (Random House)
Publication Month: 
November
Publication Date: 
2016

 Natasha, a believer in science and facts, meets Daniel, a poetic soul, just hours before her family is to be deported to Jamaica. For one magical day, the teens travel around New York City together, learning about each other, themselves, and the true nature of relationships.

BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES: THE STORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO DNA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Heos
Author's First Name: 
Bridget
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Date: 
2016

 The history and development of forensic science is organized by topic, featuring real cases from around the globe. Visual aids and clear, rich prose complement this excellent introduction to an intriguing field.

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