The nominees for the 2019 Edgar Awards have been announced by Mystery Writers of America. Here are the nominees in the juvenile categories:
Charlie & Frog: A Mystery by Karen Kane
Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott
Otherwood by Pete Hautman
Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Zap! by Martha Freeman
Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon
After the Fire by Will Hill
Blink by Sasha Dawn
Contagion by Erin Bowman
A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi (9780062698742)
This short story collection for teens contains writing from the best African-American writers for teens. The list of authors is awe inducing. One after another is a thrilling author to read, particularly in short story format. Each of the stories is a winning entry too. Some are lighthearted like the story by Jason Reynolds. Others are more serious, looking deeply at issues in the African-American community. Many of them deal with intersectionality, offering characters who are also LGBTQ or of different faiths. The array of stories speaks to the diversity of the African-American experience, often playing directly against stereotypes to look more closely at being a teen of color in America.
Incredible authors come together to create an anthology that is very impressive. The interplay of the stories as edited by Zoboi makes for a fascinating journey through the various facets and aspects of being an African-American teen. Teens of various levels of wealth and poverty, interests and hobbies appear in the anthology often interacting with one another in the stories. There is such richness in these stories, many of which could be used in classrooms to start discussions but all of them can be simply enjoyed by teen readers.
This is a must-read and must-have for all libraries serving teens. Appropriate for ages 14-17.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Balzer + Bray.