Current Submissions

The following books are currently under consideration for 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards. Finalists will be announced Saturday, January 27, 2018.

List last updated November 16, 2017.

Children’s Picture Book:

The Alphaplanet: An Alphabet Adventure Book   by Kevin and Vicky McLaughlin (self-published)

Anywhere Farm  by Phyllis Root, illustrated by G. Brian Karas  (Candlewick Press)

The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce by  Brandon Vreeman, illustrated by Tou Yia Xiong (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Bubble Wrap Girl  by Kari van Wakeren, illustrated by CA Nobens (Beaver’s Pond Press)

But That is Not Me  by Susan Larson Kidd, photos by Richard Hoeg (Happy Endings Publishing)

A Different Pond  by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui (Capstone Young Readers/Capstone)

Dragonfly Surprise by Theresa O’Kane, illustrated by Tamara R. Sayre (Wild Blueberry Press)

Ella and Penguin: A Perfect Match  by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Gii-tagoshinowaad Mayagi-Waagoshag  by Debaajimowaad Bizhikiis, Ningaabii’anook, Animikiigiizhgookwe, and Waabishkii-miigwan (Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia)

Harry the Scary Pumpkin  by Joe Spartz, illustrated by Deborah Garcia (Beaver’s Pond Press)

A Hedgehog with a Sneeze  by Dr. Chuck (self- published)

Hush  by Lori Michael, illustrated by Brianna Capra (WestBow Press)

If You Were the Moon  by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Jaime Kim (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

John Deere, That’s Who!  by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by Tim Zeltner (Henry Holt and Co./Macmillan)

Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire  by Dr. Artika Tyner and Jacklyn Milton, illustrated by Jeremy Norton and Janos Orban (Planting People Growing Justice Press)

La La La: A Story of Hope  by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim (Candlewick Press)

Little i  by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

Mighty Moby  by Ed Young and Barbara DaCosta (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

The Missing Mola Lisa: Case #1  by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Stephen Shaskan (Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group)

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Silly School Mystery  by Chris Monroe (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

My First Book of Vietnamese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Vietnamese Language and Culture  by Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong (Tuttle Publishing)

My Little Fox  by Rick Chrustowski (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words  by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

Nobody Likes a Booger  by Angela Halgrimson, illustrated by Brian Barber (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Percy, Dog of Destiny  by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann (Boyds Mills Press)

Queen Freda and the Dangerous Dragon  by Ann Iverson (Orange Hat Publishing)

Round by Joyce Sidman, illustarated  by Taeeun Yoo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Sadie Braves the Wilderness by Yvonne Pearson, illustrated by Karen Ritz (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Seven Ways to Trick a Troll  by Lise Lunge-Larsen, illustrated by Kari Vick (University of Minnesota Press)

The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright by K.L. Going, illustrated by Lauren Stringer (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)

Simon of Cyrene and the Legend of the Easter Egg  by Terri DeGezelle, illustrated by Gabhor Utomo (Pauline Books & Media)

Small Walt  by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster)

Thanksgiving in the Woods  by Phyllis Alsdurf, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie (Sparkhouse Family)

A Thousand Purring Cats  by Susan Kedzie (Orange Hat Publishing, LLC)

Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah In Chelm  by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Aleksandar Zolotic (Kar-Ben Publishing)

Where Are All the Minnesotans?  by Karlyn Coleman, illustrated by Carrie Hartman (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Where Does the Squirrel Sleep?  by Grant Dawson, illustrated by Nathan Stromberg (Red Pine Press)


General Nonfiction:

After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies  by Judy Kutulas (University of North Carolina Press)

Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien  by Nancy O’Brien Wagner (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag  by Marcia G. Anderson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide  by Heather Holm (Pollination Press LLC)

Be Your Self and Be Well: Connecting with Your Soul’s Power to Heal  by Dr. Steven Hiebert (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Everyday Narcissism: Yours, Mine, and Ours  by Nancy Van Dyken (Central Recovery Press)

The Evolution of the Juvenile Court: Race, Politics, and the Criminalizing of Juvenile Justice  by Barry C. Feld (New York University Press)

Extreme Caregiving: The Moral Work of Raising Children with Special Needs  by Lisa Freitag (Oxford University Press)

The First And Only Book Of Sack: 36 Years of Cartoons for the Star Tribune by Steve Sack (Star Tribune Media Co.)

Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy  by Elaine Tyler May (Basic Books/Hachette Book Group)

Future-Proofing the News: Preserving the First Draft of History  by Kathleen A. Hansen and Nora Paul (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

G Factor: 8 Secrets to Increasing Your Gravitational Pull at Work  by Jeannette Grace (Mill City Press)

Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s  by Jim Walsh (University of Minnesota Press)

Irish-American Autobiography: The Divided Hearts of Athletes, Priests, Pilgrims, and More  by James Silas Rogers (The Catholic University of America Press)

Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions  by Patrice Johnson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Keep On Rolling! Life on the Lefse Trail and Learning to Get a Round  by Gary Legwold (Conrad Henry Press)

Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish  by Keane Amdhal (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World  by David McNally (Wisdom Editions/Calumet Editions)

Mindful Running: How Meditative Running can Improve Performance and Make you a Happier, More Fulfilled Person  by Mackenzie L. Havey (Bloomsbury Sport)

Mountain Ranch  by Michael Crouser (University of Texas Press)

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies  by Resmaa Menakem (Central Recovery Press)

Nature at our Doorstep: Observing Plants, Birds, Mammals, and Other Natural Phenomena Throughout the Year by Matt Schuth (Nodin Press)

The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias  by Mary Lahr Schier (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA  by Doug Mack (W.W. Norton & Company)

Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach  by Roya Akhavan (Wisdom Editions/Calumet Editions)

Play Like a Girl:How a Soccer School in Kenya’s Slums Started a Revolution  by Ellie Roscher (Viva Editions)

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios (Crown Books)

Ride the Wave: How To Embrace Change and Create A Powerful New Relationship With Risk  by John Wessinger (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Roaring Bull: The 34th Infantry Division in the Global War on Terror  by Brian Leehan (34th Infantry Division Association/Beaver’s Pond Press)

Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen  by Beth Dooley and Mette Nielsen (University of Minnesota Press)

Sound of Snow Falling  by Maggie Umber (2dcloud)

Taking Sides With the Sun: Landscape Photographer Herbert W. Gleason, a Biography by Dale R. Schwie (Nodin Press)

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen  by Sean Sherman, with Beth Dooley (University of Minnesota Press)

Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards  by Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota Press)

Victory for the Poorly Educated: How Trump won the White House  by Patrick Scudder (self-published)

The Willpower Workaround by Maureen Anderson (Periwinkle Press)


Genre Fiction:

The 53rd Card  by Virginia Weiss (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Art Hound  by Mike Faricy (self-published)

Broker  by Chuck Logan (Conquill Press)

A Burdizzo for a Prince  by Mark Rapacz (Fahrenheit Press)

Corridor Man 7  by Nick James (self-published)

The Dark Net  by Benjamin Percy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Dead Astern  by Jenifer LeClair (Conquill Press)

The Deep Dark Descending  by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books)

The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb (Lake Union Publishing/Amazon Publishing)

Everything You Want Me to Be  by Mindy Mejia (Emily Bestler Books/Atria/Simon & Schuster)

Fever in the Dark by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books)

Freefall  by Brian Lutterman (Conquill Press)

Gone to Dust  by Matt Goldman (Forge Books)

Grip of the Hawk  by Brenda Schaeffer (Balboa Press)

The Looking Glass Goddess  by Amanda Hughes (Lillis and Jaymes)

The Man Who Found His Moniker  by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Marathon  by Brian Freeman (Quercus)

Monsters in the Hallway  by Capt. Jim Kosmo (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Murder Book  by Frank Weber (North Star Press of St. Cloud)

Murder on the Red River  by Marcie R. Rendon (Cinco Puntos Press)

Next Of Kin  by James Tucker (Thomas & Mercer)

Nothing Stays Buried  by P.J. Tracy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Redemption  by Nadja Baer (self-published)

Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma  by Larry Millett (University of Minnesota Press)

Speak For The Dead  by Christopher Valen (Conquill Press)

Sulfur Springs  by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

Unlike Me, More Like You  by Gary Armstead (self-published)

Vallista: A Novel of Vlad Taltos  by Steven Brust (Tor Books)

What the Dead Leave Behind  by David Housewright (Minotaur Books/St. Martins Press)

Wolf’s Baja  by Craig MacIntosh (Pugio Books)


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

All the Things You Are: Essays  by John Toren (Nodin Press)

The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story  by Mai Neng Moua

Cabo  by Will Chase (self-published)

Canoeing with José  by Jon Lurie (Milkweed Editions)

Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir  by Douglas Wood (University of Minnesota Press)

Derby Girl: A Memoir  by Sammi Jones (North Dakota State University Press

Downhills Don’t Come Free: One Man’s Bike Ride from Alaska to Mexico  by Jerry Holl (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

The Forever Girl  by David Pagel, as told by Harold I. Stevens (self-published)

Flying Funny: My Life without a Net  by Dudley Riggs (University of Minnesota Press)

Give a Girl a Knife  by Amy Thielen (Clarkson Potter/Crown Publishing)

Given Away  by Kate Anne Kang (self-published)

The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition by Russell Rathbun (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing)

Home School Farm: A Year of Ideas and Inspiration for Your Journey to the Simple Life  by Amy Doeun (self-published)  

Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story  by Elisa Korenne (North Star Press of St. Cloud)

It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching  by Tom Rademacher (University of Minnesota Press)  

Man of the House by Mark Vinz (New Rivers Press)

Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate  by Carolyn Porter (Skyhorse Publishing)

Marie-Andrée at Ten/Marie-Andrée à Dix Ans  by Anne Gillespie Lewis (Two Mermaids Press)

Mission of Honor: A moral compass for a moral dilemma  by Jim Crigler (Panoma Press)

My Betsy-Tacy Miracle: A Literary Pilgrimage to Deep Valley  by Kathleen Baxter (Minnesota Heritage Publishing)

Numinosity: A Fractured Memoir  by Linda Morganstein (Numinosity Works Press)

Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love: A Memoir of Romance, Tragedy and a Widow’s Struggle for Recovery  by Mary Stewart Swanson (Midwestern Literary Publications)

Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year  by Linda LeGarde Grover (University of Minnesota Press)

Real Mountains: The Story of an Inspired Life  by Dan Seftick (Beaver’s Pond Press)   

Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men  by Joan Treppa (self-published)

South of Ordinary: From the Rockies to Peru with an Adrenaline Junkie  by Judy Liautaud (City Creek Press, Inc.)

Sparkle On: Women Aging in Gratitude  by Kim Kane (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Tin Can Life  by Mick Reasor (self-published)

White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir  by Nora Murphy (University of Minnesota Press)

Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth  by Heidi Barr (Homebound Publications)

The World Is Who We AreA Memoir in Stories  by Linda Kantner (self-published)

You’re Sending Me Where?: Dispatches from Summer Camp  by Eric Dregni (University of Minnesota Press)


Middle Grade Literature:

As Much an Art as a Science: Science Mystery #2  by Jeff Isaacson (self-published)

Bubbles  by Abby Cooper (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Publishing Group)

The Clue in the Trees: An Enchantment Lake Mystery  by Margi Preus (University of Minnesota Press)

A Crack in the Sea  by H.M. Bouwman (G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)

Dead Man’s Rapids  by William Durbin and Barbara Durbin (University of Minnesota Press)

Esme Dooley and the Kirkkomaki Circus  by Jane Donovan and Holly Trechter (Sky Candle Press)

Giant Pumpkin Suite  by Melanie Heuiser Hill (Candlewick Press)

Heists  by C.M. Johnson (Full Tilt Press)

Ice Cream Summer  by Megan Atwood (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d  by Mary Losure (Candlewick Press)

Moon Shadow  by Erin Downing (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

The Notations of Cooper Cameron  by Jane O’Reilly (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

Once Upon A Winter  by Megan Atwood (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

Pablo and Birdy  by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Ana Juan (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Roadkill on the Flipside  by Dean Ammerman (Kabloona)

Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta (Albert Whitman & Company)

Slider  by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)

Slider’s Son  by Rebecca Fjelland Davis (North Star Press of St. Cloud)


Minnesota Nonfiction:

Backroads: The Best of the Best by Post-Bulletin Columnist John Weiss  by John Weiss (Lost Lake Folk Art/Shipwreckt Books)

Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka  by Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson (Big Picture Press)

Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984  by Cyn Collins (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

A County Divided: Dakota County, Minnesota, in the Civil and Dakota Warsby  by David M. Schreier and Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Duluth’s Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years  by Nancy S. Nelson and Tony Dierckins (Zenith City Press)

First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom  by Chris Riemenscheider (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike  by Gary Kaunonen (University of Minnesota Press)

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home  by Dave Page, photographs by Jeff Krueger (Fitzgerald in Saint Paul)

Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound  by Andrea Swensson (University of Minnesota Press)

Hillcrest’s Hundred Years of Stories, 1916 to 2016: Centennial Beacon, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy  by Steven R. Hoffbeck (Hillcrest Lutheran Academy)

Honoring Those Who Honor: Memorial Rifle Squad, Fort Snelling National Cemetery by Jim Hoey (Nodin Press)

In Essentials Unity: An Economic History of the Grange Movement  by Jenny Bourne (Ohio University Press)

The Lincoln Del Cookbook: Best-Loved Recipes from the Legendary Bakery and Deli  by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein, with Kit Naylor (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Little Minnesota in World War IIThe Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota’s Littlest Towns  by Jill A. Johnson and Deane L. Johnson (Adventure Publications/AdventureKEEN)

Lost Rochester, Minnesota  by Amy Jo Hahn (The History Press/Arcadia Publishing)

Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice  by Roberta Walburn (University of Minnesota Press)

Minnesota Caves: History and Lore  by Greg Brick (The History Press/Arcadia Publishing)

Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration  by Denis P. Gardner (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis  by Davu Seru, photography by Charles Chamblis (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota  by Mary Hockenberry Meyer and Susan Davis Price (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Ten Years and Change: A Liberal Boyhood in Minnesota  by Michael P. Amram (Wisdom Editions/Calumet Editions)


Novel & Short Story:

Bend  by Nancy J. Hedin (Anglerfish Press/Riptide Publishing)

The Broken Key  by Paul Kilgore (MCP Books)

The Forgotten Lake Secession  by Chuck Brown (Mill City Press)

A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place  by Courtney Yasmineh (Gibson House Press)

Longing to Belong  by Judi Bergen (Lost Lake Folk Art/Shipwreckt Books)

Never Coming Back  by Alison McGhee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Odd One Out  by Quinton Skinner (Prospect Park Books)

Once in a Blue Moon Lodge: A Novel  by Lorna Landvik (University of Minnesota Press)

Prairie Grass and Other Leaves: Short Stories from the Midwest Plains  by Laurel Means (self-published)

Rare Birds  by Kathleen Novak (The Permanent Press)

Return of the Magi: A Heartwarming Christmas Story by P.J. Tracy (Penguin)

Rules of Thumb: A Novel  by Jerry MacNeil (self-published)

Running the Cobblestones  by C.K. MacDonald (Mill City Press)

The Sailing Master, Book Two: The Long Passage  by Lee Henschel Jr. (Rocket Science Press/Shipwreckt Books)

Siren Stitches by Samuel E. Cole (Three Waters Publishing, LLC)

South Pole Station  by Ashley Shelby (Picador/Macmillan)

Stars Over Clear Lake  by Loretta Ellsworth (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press)

Stories for a Lost Child  by Carter Meland (Michigan State University Press)

Subtle Variations and Other Stories  by Miriam Karmel (Holy Cow! Press)

The Summer of the Pelicans  by Diane Ganzer Baum (Avid Readers Publishing Group)

The Through  by A. Rafael Johnson (Jaded Ibis Press)

The Vicissitudes of Fortune  by Bob Siqveland (Outskirts Press)

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky  by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

The Wind and the Drum  by Katharine Johnson (Beaver’s Pond Press)


Poetry:

Albatross  by Dore Kiesselbach (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Bird-Brain by Matt Mauch (Trio House Press)

Blue Window  by Deborah Gordon Cooper (Clover Valley Press)

Chimes by Michael Dennis Browne (Nodin Press)

Crossing the Waters  by Norita Dittberner-Jax (Nodin Press)

Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Research by Heid E. Erdrich (Michigan State University Press)

Cypher Garden  by Mary Kay Rummel (Blue Light Press/1st World Publishing)

Dark Stars  by Ken Mccullough (Red Dragonfly Press)

Domestication: Collected Poems 1996-2016  by Rob Hardy (Shipwreckt Books)

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)

Hugging This Rock: Poems of Earth & Sky, Love & War  by Eric Chandler (Middle West Press)

The Interrogation  by Michael Bazzett (Milkweed Editions)

Kinds of Snow  by Su Smallen (Green Writers Press)

Little Eternities  by Sharon Chmielarz (Nodin Press)

A Marriage Book  by James P. Lenfestey (Milkweed Editions)

Mortal: Poems 2007-2016  by Thomas Dillon Redshaw (Brighthorse Books)

Mouth of Summer  by Ann Iverson (Kelsay Books)

Naming Rites  by Gary Boelhower (Holy Cow! Press)

Now/Here by Crystal Spring Gibbins (Holy Cow! Press)

quitter  by Paula Cisewski (Diode Editions)

Rural Score  by Lina Belar (Finishing Line Press)

Solve for Desire  by Caitlin Bailey (Milkweed Editions)

Still Living in Town  by Kevin FitzPatrick (Midwest Villages & Voices)

Street View  by Maryann Corbett (Able Muse Press)

Stunt Heart  by Mary Jo Thompson (The Backwaters Press)

This Distance in My Hands  by Sandra Sidman Larson (Main Street Rag Publishing Company)

Thousand Star Hotel  by Bao Phi (Coffee House Press)

The Threatened Everything by Paula Cisewski (Burnside Review Books)

Tough Luck: Poems by Todd Boss (W.W. Norton & Company)

waiting for a spaceship  by J. Otis Powell (Spout Press)

The Way She Told Her Story  by Diane Jarvenpa (New Rivers Press)

Wild Morning  by Brittany Chaffee, images by Dave Puente (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)


Young Adult Literature:

Bearer of the Pearls  by Terry Faust (North Star Press St. Cloud)

The Bite of Winter  by Bethany Helwig (Brightway Books)

Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta (Chicago Review Press)

City of Angels  by Kristi Belcamino (Polis Books)  

The Devils You Know  by M.C. Atwood (Soho Teen)

Echo Island  by Edward Karlow (self-published)

The Exo Project  by Andrew DeYoung (Boyds Mills Press)

Just a Girl  by Carrie Mesrobian (HarperCollins Publishers)

Kollected: The Lake Hunters Book 1  by J.S. Welles (self-published)

The Last Thing You Said  by Sara Biren (Amulet Books)

Nico & Tucker  by Rachel Gold (Bella Books)

Painted Hives by Jay Ebben (Six Degrees Publishing Group)

Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg, illustrated Jeff Stokely (Razorbill/Penguin Random House)

Sucktown, Alaska  by Craig Dirkes (Switch Press/Capstone)

Thief’s Cunning  by Sarah Ahiers (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Things I’m Seeing Without You  by Peter Bognanni (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)

The Town Built on Sorrow  by David Oppegaard (Flux Books)

Unfolding  by Jonathan Friesen (Blink)