2016-2017 Golden Sower Novel Nominees
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
When her supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
In the aftermath of a tornado that has devastated her hometown of Elizabeth, Missouri, sixteen-year-old Jersey Cameron struggles to overcome her grief as she is sent to live with her only surviving relatives.
The Summer I Saved the World…In 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz
Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.
Grandmaster by David Klass
A father-son chess tournament reveals the dark side of the game.
Jackaby William Ritter
Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings. She helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.
No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero
The story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At age 15, he reached the summits of the world's 7 highest mountains.
The Winner’s Curse Marie Rutkoski
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury
Zenji Watanabe, seventeen, is sent from Hawaii to the Philippines to spy on the Japanese during World War II and, after he is captured and tortured, must find a way to survive months of being lost in the jungle behind enemy lines.
Beneath by Smith, Roland
Pat O'Toole has always idolized his older brother, Coop, who never really cared for anything but the thrill of being underground, and for Pat. One year after Coop runs away, Pat receives a package containing a digital voice recorder and a cryptic message from his brother. He follows the clues to New York City and soon discovers that Coop has joined the Community, a society living beneath the streets. Now it's up to Pat to find his brother - and bring him home.