Best New Voice: Children's / Young Adult

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

Between Wild and Ruin: Book one, in the 'Wild and Ruin' Trilogy
2021 Finalist

Author: Jennifer G. Edelson

Publisher: Bad Apple Books

ISBN: 978-1733514002

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After moving to small-town New Mexico and meeting Ezra, a secretive recluse whose once-perfect face was destroyed in an inexplicable accident, Ruby discovers an ancient pueblo ruin behind her house and finds herself teetering between love, mystery, monsters, and other worlds.

Mrs. Mullendeck's Big Sneeze
2021 Finalist

Authors: Suzanne Hansford Evans, illustrated by David V. Hansford

Publisher: The HillHelen Group LLC

ISBN: 978-1-7333626-6-5

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Mrs. Mullendeck’s Big Sneeze is a whimsical rhyming book detailing the calamitous effects of a big sneeze on the inhabitants of Snaky Creek.  The book is beautifully illustrated with paintings that tell the story and provide opportunities to further engage a child and spark their imagination. Lexile® level AD780L

The Peacemakers
2021 Finalist

Author: Rebecca Suter Lindsay

Publisher: Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC

ISBN: 978-1945049088

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Manny, a Mennonite boy living near Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1861, would do anything to protect Father and Uncle Davy from being forced to join the Confederate army. “A rich coming-of-age tale that sheds light on an uncommon Civil War perspective.” Kirkus Reviews


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Ty the Quiet Giraffe

Authors: Carrie Hasler

Publisher: San Diego Zoo Global Press

ISBN: 978-1-943198-08-5

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Ty the giraffe is quiet and beginning to feel very small, until he shows that everyone has something important to say.

Hundredth Day Disaster

Author: Bridget Reistad

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-64343-987-7

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The arrival of the Hundredth Day of School triggers trouble for the teacher. The students must solve the mystery of miscalculations to save the day!

Molly Gets Her Wheels

Author: Sherry Carnahan

Publisher: FlyHigh Media, LLC

ISBN: 978-0-9600527-0-7

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Molly is a disabled dog with an unstoppable spirit! “Heartwarming story with adorable illustrations! My students with disabilities will love this book!” – L. Hanson, 5-Star review.

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