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1st Nov 17

Hello good people of the internet! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a suggestion this year. We have read a good number of books over the last ten months, and we now have our list of nominees for the 2018 Rainbow Book List. We will be posting the final list after the Youth Media Awards announcements in February of next year. Until then, Happy Reading!

Albertalli, Becky. The Upside of Unrequited. 2017. 352p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348708). Grades 9-12.

Andreyko, Marc (Organizer). Love is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting. 2017. 144p. IDW Publishing, $9.99 (9781631409394). Grades 8-12.

Bell, Eric. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward. 2017. 272p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062567024). Grades 5-7.

Biggs, Brian. Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian. 2017. 22p. Abrams Appleseed, $7.95 (9781419723223). Pre+.

Blackstone, Stella, and Sunny Scribens. Baby’s First Words. Illus. by Christiane Engel. 2017. 30p. Barefoot Books, $14.99 (9781782853213). Ages 1-2.

Brenway, Robin. Far from the Tree. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062330682). Grades 8-11.

Bunker, Lisa. Felix Yz. 2017. 288p. Viking, $16.99 (9780425288504). Grads 5-8.

Colbert, Brandy. Little & Lion. 2017. 336p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316349000). Grades 9-12.

Daniels, April. Nemesis, Book 1: Dreadnought. 2017. 276p. Diversion, $14.99 (9781682300688). Grades 7+.

Daniels, April. Nemesis, Book 2: Sovereign. 2017. 314p. Diversion, $14.99 (9781682308240). Grades 7+.

Dee, Barbara. Star-Crossed. 2017. 288p. Aladdin, $16.99 (9781481478489). Grades 4-8.

Dietrich, Cale. The Lover Interest. 2017. 384p. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250107138). Grades 9-12.

Donoghue, Emma. The Lotterys Plus One. Illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono. 2017. 320p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545925815). Grades 4-7.

Dooley, Sarah. Ashes to Asheville. 2017. 256p. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399165047). Grades 4-7.

Fine, Sarah. The Cursed Queen. 2017. 432p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781481441933). Grades 8-12.

Floreen, Tim. Tattoo Atlas. 2016. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481432801). Grades 9-12.

Foody, Amanda. Daughter of the Burning City. 2017. 384p. HarlequinTeen, $19.99 (9780373212439). Grades 8-11.

Friend, Natasha. The Other F-Word. 2017. 336p. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374302344). Grades 9-12.

Gough, Erin. Get It Together, Delilah! 2017. 336p. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452151878). Grades 9-12.

Hall, Sandy. Been Here All Along. 2016. 240p. Swoon Reads, $9.99 (9781250100658). Grades 9+.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. At the Edge of the Universe. 2017. 496p. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481449663). Grades 9-12.

Jackson, Avery. It’s Okay to Sparkle. Illus. by Jessica Udischas. 2017. Debi Jackson, $17.95 (9780692831021). K-Grade 3.

Jenkins, Paul, Mike Marts, Leila Liz. Alters, Vol. 1: The Story of Chalice. 2017. 128p. Aftershock Comics, $14.99 (9781935002871). Grades. 8-12.

Klein, Rebecca T. Transgender Rights and Protections (Transgender Life). 2017. 64p. Rosen, $34.45 (9781499464603). Grades 7+.

Konigsberg, Bill. Honestly Ben. 2017. 336p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545858267). Grades 9-12.

LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. 2017. 240p. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425892). Grades 9-12.

Lauren, Christina. Autoboyography. 2017. 416p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481481687). Grades 9-12.

Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. 2017. 528p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99. (9780062382825). Grades 9-12.

Loney, Andrea J. Bunnybear. Illus. by Carmen Saldaña. 2017. 32p. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (9780807509388). Pre-Grade 2.

Mac, Carrie. 10 Things I Can See from Here. 2017. 320p. Knopf, $17.99 (9780399556258). Grades 9-12. 

Mardell, Ashley. The ABC’s of LGBT+. 2016. 190p. Mango Media, $16.95 (9781633534094). Grades 7+.

McQuire, Seanan. Down Among the Sticks and Bones. 2017. 192p. Tor, $17.99 (9780765392039). Grades 7-12.

Merrell, Billy. Vanilla. 2017. 320p. Scholastic/Push, $17.99 (9781338100921). Grades 9-12.

Miller, Sam J. The Art of Starving. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062456717). Grades 9-12.

Mooney, Carla. Caitlyn Jenner (Transgender Pioneers). 2017. 112p. Rosen, $37.10 (9781508171584). Grades 7+.

Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue. 2017. 400p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062418357). Grades 9-12.

O’Leary, Sara. A Family is a Family is a Family. Illus. by Qin Leng. 2016. 32p. Groundwood, $17.95 (9781554987948). K-Grade 2.

O’Neill, Katie. The Tea Dragon Society. 2017. 72p. Oni Press, $17.99 (9781620104415). Grades 3-7.

Ormsbee, Kathryn. Tash Hearts Tolstoy. 2017. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $18.99 (9781481489331). Grades 9-12.

Oseman, Alice. Radio Silence. 2017. 496p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062335715). Grades 8-12.

Pessin-Whedbee, Brook. Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity. Illus. Naomi Bardoff. 2016. 40p. Jessica Kingsley, $18.95 (9781785927287). Pre-Grade 3.

Philips, L. Perfect Ten. 2017. 352p. Viking, $17.99 (9780425288115). Grades 8-11.

Podos, Rebecca. Like Water. 2017. 320p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062373373). Grades 9-12.

Riordan, Rick. The Trials of Apollo, Book 2: The Dark Prophecy. 2017. 320p. Disney, $19.99 (9781368009553). Grades 5-8.

Rodger, Ellen. Jazz Jennings: Voice for LGBTQ Youth. 2017. 32p. Crabtree, $27.60 (9780778734192). Grades 3-7.

Roehrig, Caleb. Last Seen Leaving. 2016. 336p. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250085634). Grades 9-12.

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. 2017. 464p. Clarion, $17.99 (9780544586505). Grades 9-11.

Self, Jeffrey. A Very, Very Bad Thing. 2017. 240p. Scholastic/Push, $18.99 (9781338118407) Grades 8-12.

Silvera, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. 2017. 304p. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616956929). Grades 9-12.

Silvera, Adam. They Both Die at the End. 2017. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062457790). Grades 9-12.

Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus. 2017. 320p. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374303235). Grades 7-12.

Snyder, Laura. Charlie & Mouse. Illus. by Emily Hughes. 2017. 48p. Chronicle, $14.99 (9781452131535). Ages 4-8.

Stevens, Courtney. Dress Codes for Small Towns. 2017. 352p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062398512). Grades 9-12.

Sugiura, Misa. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. 2017. 400p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062473417). Grades 9-12.

Talley, Robin. As I Descended. 2016. 384p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062409232). Grades 9-12.

Talley, Robin. Our Own Private Universe. 2017. 384p. HarlequinTeen, $18.99 (9780373211982). Grades 9-12.

Tynion IV, James, and Rian Sygh. The Backstagers. 2017. 112p. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781608869930). Grades 7-12.

Wilde, Jen. Queens of Geek. 2017. 288p. Swoon Reads, $10.99 (9781250111395). Grades 7+.

Young, Keezy. Taproot. 2017. 128p. Lion Forge/Roar, $10.99 (9781941302460). Grades 9-12.

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