The World Science Fiction Society Award for Best Young Adult Book

The nominees for the 2018 Hugo Awards were announced. The finalists for the young adult award are:

Akata Warrior (Akata Witch, #2)

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

The Art of Starving

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

In Other Lands

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

A Skinful of Shadows

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Summer in Orcus

Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, illustrated by Lauren Henderson

Brazen by Penelope Bagieu

Brazen by Penelope Bagieu

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu (9781626728691)

As young girls and teens, our society surrounds us with the history of men. This incredible graphic novel tears away at that myth, revealing the amazing women of history and today. Each woman is shown from their childhood and upbringing and then as the grand woman that they became and the impact their life had on the world around them. In this graphic novel, there are women of many races and cultures. There are trans women and queer women, women that you know already and others that are a thrill to discover. This book is a wonder.

Bagieu is a well-known French comic writer who started a project online that then turned into this compilation. The book is a delight to read, each chapter focused on one woman and told briefly and yet in a way that honors them and makes readers want to learn even more about them. There are world leaders here, actresses, artists of a variety of types, scientists, journalists and many many more. The art is fresh and just as feisty as the women the book explores.

A book for every public and high school library, this one is a must-read. Appropriate for ages 9-18. (Reviewed from copy provided by First Second.)