2018 Kentucky Bluegrass Nominees

2017 KBA Winner - Red Queen by Aveyard

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2018 Nominee #1 Desert Dark

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley is thrilled to earn a spot at an elite, government-funded boarding school. But Desert Mountain Academy turns out to be more than she bargained for. It’s a covert CIA program training high-achieving students for the Black Ops.

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2018 Nominee #2 The Distance From Me to You

McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

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2018 Nominee #3 A List of Cages

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

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2018 Nominee #4 Meet Me Here

Thomas is supposed to leave for the Army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas's certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He'll also face the truth of his brother's post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage.

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2018 Nominee #5 Memory of Light

Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive.

That’s what she thinks, anyway—and why she tried to kill herself. But then she arrives at Lakeview Hospital, where she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had.

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2018 Nominee #6 The Reader

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

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Traci Chee Shares 5 Things You Need to Know About THE READER

2018 Nominee #7 Rebel of the Sands

"Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself."

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | YA Fiction official book trailer

2018 Nominee #8 The Skeleton Tree

Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. The only survivors are Chris and a fifteen-year-old boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Suddenly, they've got to find a way to forage, fish and scavenge supplies from the shore. Chris likes the company of a curious friendly raven more than he likes the prickly Frank. But the boys have to get along if they want to survive.

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2018 Nominee #9 Stalking Jack the Ripper

Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a highborn Victorian young lady, is determined to understand the nature of death after her own mother's death and as she is secretly apprenticing in forensics she finds herself embroiled in the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

2018 Nominee #10 The Sun is Also a Star

Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store--for both of us.

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The Sun is Also a Star | Nicola Yoon | Official Book Trailer

17-18 KBA Nominee Authors’ Twitter Handles and their Publishers’ Twitter Handles

Desert Dark

Sonja Stone: @sonjastone1

Holiday House: @holidayhousebks


The Distance from Me to You

Marina Gessner: @ninadegramont

G.P. Putnam’s Sons: @putnam books


A List of Cages

Robin Roe: @robinroewriter

Hyperion: @disneyhyperion


Meet Me Here

Bryan Bliss: @brainbliss

Greenwillow Books: @greenwillowbook


A Memory of Light

Francisco Stork: @storkfrancisco

Arthur A. Levine Books: @AALbooks


The Reader

Traci Chee: @tracichee

G.P. Putnam’s Sons: @putnambooks


Rebel of the Sands

Alwyn Hamilton: @alwynfjh

Viking: @vikingbooks


The Skeleton Tree

Iain Lawrence: @iainlawrence

Delacorte Press: @delacortepress


Stalking Jack the Ripper

Kerri Maniscalco: @kerrimaniscalco

Jimmy Patterson: @jimmy_books


The Sun is Also a Star

Nicola Yoon: @nicolayoon

Delacorte Press: @delacortepress