Thursday, February 20, 2014

In the Margins

For the past year I have been a part of the In the Margins Book Review & Selection Committee, and I am so excited about the work the committee did, the books we found, and our final lists! The past year's work is featured now in School Library Journal!

Why yes, I did take a small screencap of the website.You can read the article here: Best Books for Teens Living in the 'Margins' | YA Underground

It was a really great experience and I am glad that these books are getting publicity! LSYC hosts all of the information and the lists we came up with.

"In the Margins strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody - or a cycle of all three. For our 2014 list, we considered over 200 titles. 30 titles made our  ITM Official Nominations List 2014.  25 titles made our  ITM 2014 List.  We also chose a Top Ten!"

In the Margins Book Award & Selection Committee
2014 Founding Commitee

And here is our full list, with asterisks denoting top ten:

*Asante, M.K. Buck: A Memoir. Spiegel & Grau. August 2013. 272p. HC $25.00. ISBN 9780812993417. A broken family and community are where he's from; poetry and music get him to where he wants to be.

Coley, Liz. Pretty Girl 13. Katerine Tegen Books. March 2013. 352p.HC $17.99. ISBN 9780062127372. She's 16 but she can't remember what happened the last 3 years.

Gagnon, Michelle. Don’t Turn Around. HarperCollins. July 2013. 320p. PB $9.99 ISBN 9780062102911, HC $17.99. ISBN 9780062102904. If you run, they will find you.

Goodman, Shawn. Kindness for Weakness. Delacorte. May 2013. 272p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9780385743242. Twelve months in lockup. Weakness is not an option.

Greene, Robert and 50 Cent. 50th Law. Smarter Comics. October 2012. 80p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9781610820066. Keys to power and words of wisdom.

Henry, April. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. Henry Holt and Co. June 2013. 224p. HC $16.99 ISBN 9780805095418. A race against time to solve the mystery of who she is and why two men are trying to kill her.

Jacobs, John Hornor. The Twelve-­Fingered Boy. Carolrhoda Books.February 2013. 280p. HC $17.95. ISBN 9780761390077. Jack's hands aren't the only things that hold secrets.

Johnson, Albert. H.N.I.C. Infamous Books. July 2013.128p. PB $11.95 ISBN 9781617752322, HC $19.95 ISBN 9781617752360. Will Black let Pappy get out alive?

*Jones, Marilyn Denise. From Crack to College and Vice Versa. Marilyn D. Jones. May 2013. 144p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9780989427401. The title says it all.

Kowalski, William. Just Gone. Raven Books. September 2013. 128p. PB $9.95 ISBN 9781459803275. Is someone or something mysterious taking care of homeless youth?

Langan, Paul. Promises to Keep. Townsend Press. January 2013. 151p. PB $5.95. ISBN 9781591943037. Keeping his promise just might save his life.

*Langan, Paul. Survivor. Townsend Press. January 2013. 138p. PB $5.95. ISBN 9781591943044. Avoiding the past is not an option.

*McKay, Sharon E. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. Illustrated by Lafance, Daniel. Annick Press. February 2013. 176p. PB $18.95. ISBN 9781554514885. Kidnapped and forced to kill for the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa.

*McVoy, Terra Elan. Criminal. Simon Pulse. May, 2013. 288p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9781442421622. Dee was everything to her. Until he killed a man for another girl.

*Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick. March 2013. 272p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9780763658595. It’s gonna happen.

*Nussbaum, Susan. Good Kings, Bad Kings. Algonquin Books. November 2013. 320p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9781616203252. Most of them could make it on their own ­ if they could get out of lockdown.

*Rivera, Jeff. No Matter What. CreateSpace. October 2013. 112p. PB $5.38. ISBN 9781493544141. Will Jennifer wait for Dio? Will Dio get it together?

*Ryan, Darlene. Pieces of Me. Orca. September 2012. 240p. PB $12.95. ISBN 9781459800809. Maddie knows how to survive on the streets alone, but when an abandoned child comes into her care, the rules Maddie has lived by start to change.

Shantz-­Hilkes, Chloe (ed.). Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home. Annick Press. March 2013. 120p. PB $12.95. 9781554514748, HC $21.95. ISBN 9781554514755. Living with addiction can be just as painful as suffering from one.

Stella, Leslie. Permanent Record. Skyscape. March 2013. 282p. HC $17.99. ISBN 9781477816394. New School. Will Badi revert to his destructive ways?

Terry, Chris L. Zero Fade. Curbside Splendor Publishing. September 2013. 294p. PB $12.00 ISBN 9780988480438. How's Kevin ever going to figure out his problems with girls, bullies, friends and the angst of seventh grade if his wise­assed mouth keeps getting him grounded?

Van Diepen, Allison. Takedown. Simon Pulse. September 2013. 288p. PB $9.99. ISBN 9781442463127, HC $16.99. ISBN 9781442463110. How many losses before Darren can takedown Diamond Tony's organization?

*Young, Pamela Samuels. Anybody’s Daughter. Goldman House Publishing. October 2013. 374p. PB $16.99. ISBN 9780989293501. When Brianna gets targeted and tricked into a sex trafficking ring, Uncle Dre, using his connections as a former drug dealer fights against time to save her.

Youth Communications. Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger. Free Spirit. July 2013. 176p. PB $11.99 ISBN 9781575424149. Manage your anger, create a life of control and a future with possibilities.

Weyer, Hannah. On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story. Nan A. Talese. July 2013. 320p. HC $25.00 ISBN 9780385537322. Big dreams come true for a teen mom.

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