2018 Top Ten Titles

TOP FICTION TITLE

Beacon House Writers, K. Crutcher (Ed.), Z. Gatti (Dsgn.). The Day Tajon Got Shot. 230p. Shout Mouse Press. March 2017. PB $14.80. 9780996927451. Ages 13 to 15.  Young black male, white police officer, tough neighborhood, fear, preconceived ideas and alternating perspectives–all the ingredients for another shooting in America.  This time, though, the own-voice authors are ten female students who committed two years of their lives to work on the story’s production, in order to make it clear that Black Lives Matter.

 

 

 

TOP NONFICTION TITLE

One Cut (Simon True) by [Porinchak, Eve]

Porinchak, Eve. One Cut. 256 p. Simon Pulse. May 2017. 241p. HC $19.99, PB. $10.99. 9781481481311.  Ages 14 and Up. A good kid dies.  Or was he murdered?  Or is there more to the story than meets the eye?  This book pulls from the true story that sent a white suburb into chaos, opening up the possibility that the good kids aren’t all that they seem.




2018 Top Ten Title

 

2018 TOP FICTION TITLE

Beacon House Writers, K. Crutcher (Ed.), Z. Gatti (Dsgn.). The Day Tajon Got Shot. 230p. Shout Mouse Press. March 2017. PB $14.80. 9780996927451. Ages 13 to 15.  Young black male, white police officer, tough neighborhood, fear, preconceived ideas and alternating perspectives–all the ingredients for another shooting in America.  This time, though, the own-voice authors are ten female students who committed two years of their lives to work on the story’s production, in order to make it clear that Black Lives Matter.

 

 

 

drake, rm. Broken Flowers: And Other Stairways to Heaven. Vintage Wild Publishing. October 2016. PB $15. 97809862791.  Poems for broken hearts and for hearts that are on the mend.  This collection will speak to hurt and pain, remind you of the person you love or miss, and help you find the words to understand it all.

 

 

 

Edwards, Peter. The Biker’s Brother. 256p. Annick Press. October 2017.  HC $18.95 PB $9.95.  9781554519361.  Ages 16 and Up.  Being surrounded by rival biker gangs is a dangerous place for a teen. With his brother facing charges for a murder he might not have committed and a budding romance with the sister of the victim, Josh has to make some difficult choices… and any mistake could be his last.

 

 

 

The Pain Eater by [Goobie, Beth]

 

Goobie, Beth.  The Pain Eater.  245p.  Second Story Press. September 2016. PB $12.95.9781772600209.  Age 14 and Up.  The Pain Eater is just a story, dreamed up by Maddie’s English class for an assignment… it doesn’t have anything to do with the secret Maddie carries, the reason she burns and cuts, or the boys hoping she’ll remain silent… Or does it?  Will The Pain Eater reveal who is really guilty and how many people carry the blame?

 

 

Jumped In by [Kowalski, William]

 

Kowalski, William.  Jumped In. 112p.  Orca.  April 2017.  PB $9.95. 9781459816275.  Ages 13 and Up.  The gang doesn’t care about Rasheed’s potential.  They don’t care, really, about his paralyzed sister or his strung-out mom.  But they do “care” about Rasheed. Once on their radar, how far will Rasheed have to go to keep from getting jumped in?

 

 

 

I Am Alfonso Jones by [Medina, Tony]

 

Medina, Tony with Jennings, John (illustrator) and Robinson, Stacey (illustrator). I am Alfonso Jones. 176p. Tu Books. October 2017. PB. $18.95. 97816201452639.  Ages 12 to 14.  Alfonso is on the rise – he’s going to be the star of the school play, he’s revving up to tell his crush about his feelings, and he’s getting his first suit.  But when fatally shot by a policeman, Alfonso’s confusion about the incident is explained in the afterlife through the eyes of others who were also killed by police. This explanation parallels the world of the living as his family demands justice.

 

 

 

Blood Brothers by [Nelson, Colleen]

 

Nelson, Colleen. Blood Brothers. 240p. Dundurn. February 2017.  PB. $12.99. 9781459737464.  Ages 13 to 15.  Two friends, Jakub and Lincoln are as close as brothers, pulled in two separate directions.  Jakub is heading to a fancy school while Lincoln can’t avoid getting caught up in the gang life of his older sibling.  When Lincoln’s older brother finds out that Jakub knows too much about a murder committed by the gang, he is faced with placing his life on the line to save his friend Jakub and his father from gang retaliation.

 

 

 

Paslay,  Christopher.  White Flight.  260p.  Independently published. September 2017. PB $6.99. 9781549803246. Ages 13 to 16.  Daryl knows that snitching has consequences but trusts his best friend Alex’s advice and tells the cops about a murder he witnessed.  When Daryl is killed, Alex has to live with the repercussions and determine if his whiteness means he can just run away or stay.

 

 

One Cut (Simon True) by [Porinchak, Eve]
2018 TOP NONFICTION TITLE
Porinchak, Eve. One Cut. 256 p. Simon Pulse. May 2017.  241p. HC $19.99, PB. $10.99. 9781481481311.  Ages 14 and Up.  A good kid dies.  Or was he murdered?  Or is there more to the story than meets the eye?  This book pulls from the true story that sent a white suburb into chaos, opening up the possibility that the good kids aren’t all that they seem.

 

 

 

100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know: For Girls 10-100 by [Stinson, Taura]

 

Stinson, Taura, Stacey Debono (editor), & Adhama Glenn (illustrator). 171p. 100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know.  Eat Write Hear. September 2017. PB. $25.00. 9780692914830.  Ages 13 and Up. A book for girls that provides factual and encouraging information on physical and social developmental needs regardless of race or cultural background of the reader. Additional information and links to outside resources provide further support for the reader.