Do you know about the INSPY awards? I'd heard of them on twitter and a few blogs and finally got around to looking into it. It's a book blogger award for Christian fiction, looking at books that are explicitly Christian and published by Christian publishers as well as general fiction books that are faith-drivin. As they say on their website, the award is "discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith."
AND! It's not too late to apply to be a judge-- today's the deadline. The shortlist will be announced on April 15 and the winner will be announced on June 28.
One of the categories is Young People's Literature that covers both Middle Grade and Teen books. Here are the Teen books on the nomination long-list!
Wreath by Judy Christie. Wreath's mom is dead, and Wreath is determined to stay out of foster care, but she also has to stay our of the way of her mother's boyfriend. So, she lives in the junkyard, makes enough money for food and is just trying to hang on until she graduates, but there are good adults in her life, and they're starting to realize that's something up.
Thundersnow by Sheila Hollinghead. Sarah Jane lives in the Deep South during the Depression. In addition to the crushing poverty of her family, Sarah Jane tries to shield herself and her younger brother from their abusive mother.
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. After Finley's brother dies, she decides to follow his footsteps and go to Ireland, retracing his steps. But her trip is complicated not only by pressures at home and her overwhelming grief, but also a very famous and very cute Hollywood actor.
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klaven. Sam is a Preacher's Kid and ends up befriending Jennifer, an odd-ball classmate. At night, Jennifer hears the voices and sees the visions. Does she need professional help, or is she seeing a vision of something to come that needs to be stopped?
Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee. In this retelling of the story of Ruth, Natalia's father has just gotten divorced. For the third time. Natalia's done and decides to move from Spain to Florida to be with her ex-step-mother. But it's a new language, a new country, and a new school. Then she meets Brian, a preacher's kid whose faith is unshakeable.
The Embittered Ruby by Nicole O'Dell. When Carmen's parents divorce, she has to leave a lavish life-style. Her attempts to hold on to her own life go horribly wrong and she ends up at Diamond Estates, a youth ministry home for troubled teens. Another book in this series, The Shadowed Onyx is also on the long list.
Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant. Addison has always been the picture-perfect preacher's daughter, but how much of her faith is genuine, and how much is inherited? A host of new people in her life make Addison see shades of gray where there was only black-and-white before.
Temptation by Travis Thrasher. In the first two books in this series, we meet Chris and his new town of Solitary-- a town harboring dark secrets and evil. In the third installment, Chris is done trying to figure this town out. He meets an amazing girl and decides to leave it all behind him. Chris is done with Solitary, but Solitary isn't done with Chris. You'll want to start at the beginning of the series with Solitary.
How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr. Mandy is pregnant and know she can't keep the baby. After Jill's father dies, her mother decides to adopt a baby and brings Mandy to live with them in the final weeks of her pregnancy. Jill doesn't want the baby, or Mandy, around-- her mom can't just replace her dad like that. Mandy has her own secrets and it's more than the pregnancy that she's running from.
What are you picks to win this year? What do you wish you had nominated?
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