2024 Nominees


 All My Rage

by Sabaa Tahir 
After Salahudin's mother's dies he may lose the family motel and his friend, Noor  the future she's dreamed about. Both are forced to make difficult choices that will retest their already-shaky relationship.


 Better Than The Movies

by Lynn Painter
Michael, to whom Liz Buxbaum gave her heart long ago, has returned but to get his attention and, perhaps, a prom date she must scheme with her nemesis Wes, her next-door neighbor.


Does My Body Offend You?

by Mayra Cuevas & Marie Marquardt
When Ruby and Malena meet in the restroom after Malena is punished for not wearing a bra, the two launch a movement to protest their high school's sexist dress code. 



Four for the Road

by K J Reillly
When seventeen-year-old Asher embarks on a road trip from New Jersey to Graceland to get revenge on the drunk driver who killed his mom, he brings along three new friends from his bereavement groups




by  Shannon Watters
Isabel "Izzy" Crane and her family have just relocated to Sleepy Hollow, the town made famous by Washington Irving's story. But city slicker-skeptic Izzy has no time for superstition as she navigates life at a new address, a new school, and, with any luck, with new friends.


I Must Betray You

by Ruta Sepetys
In a country governed by a tyrannical dictator, seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer, but he decides to use his position to undermine the regime and expose to the world what is happening in his country.


Into the Sublime

by Kate A. Boorman
Four girls from a  thrill-seeking group descend into a dangerous underground cave system in search of a subterranean lake that local legends claim has the power to change things for those who confront their deepest fears



The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

by Isaac Blum
15-year-old Orthodox Jew, Yehuda "Hoodie" Rosen wrestles with forbidden first love in his increasingly hostile, mostly non-Jewish town. 



Love Radio

by Ebony LaDelle
Prince Jones, a self-professed teen love doctor known for his radio segment on the local hip-hop station, believes he can get the bookish, anti-romance Dani Ford to fall in love with him in three dates.                                                            


Messy Roots 

by Laura Gao
After spending her early years in Wuhan, China, Laura immigrates to Texas as a girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter..


The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin 

by Kip Wilson
Hilde, an orphan, experiences Berlin on the cusp of World War II, discovers her own voice and sexuality, and finds a family when she gets a job at a cabaret


Punching Bag

by Rex Ogle

The compelling true story of a teen's high school years defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic abuse. 



Queer Ducks

by Eliot Schrefer
A research-based exploration of queer behavior in different animal species, interspersed with comics, personal anecdote,s and interviews with scientists                     


Star Wars: Padawan

by Kiersten White
Obi-Wan sets out on a mission alone, determined to prove himself. As he experiences wild freedom, new friends will bring Obi-Wan face-to-face with his worst fear: that maybe he was never supposed to be a Jedi at all. 

The Sunbearer Trials

by Aiden Thomas
Teo must unexpectedly compete against eight of Reino del Sol's brightest young Heroes in a competition to become the next Sunbearer, carrying light to all the temples and keeping away the evil Obsidian gods for another few years

This Woven Kingdom

by Tahereh Mafi
Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people-- in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology



Victory. Stand! 

by Tommie Smith
In his first-ever memoir for young readers, Tommie Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory and Olympic podium protest.

We Deserve Monuments 

by Jas Hammonds
When seventeen-year-old Avery moves to rural Georgia to live with her ailing grandmother, she encounters decades-old family secrets and a mystery surrounding the town's racist past


 The Weight of Blood

by  Tiffany D. Jackson
When Springville residents--at least the ones still alive--are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation . . . Maddy did it.

Wrong Side of the Court

by N.H. Khan
Fifteen-year-old Fawad has big dreams about being the world's first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. All he has to do now is convince his mother to let him try out for the basketball team. And let him date girls from his school.