Must-Read Shortlisted Genre Fiction Titles

Award-winning books get all the attention, but what about the shortlisted titles? One of my favorite ways to find new books is to peruse the list of nominees for my favorite literary awards…you get quadruple the number of books, and they’re all still high-quality reads. For this post, I dove into the nominee lists for the Agatha, Edgar, Bram Stoker, Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and RITA Awards and found some of the best shortlisted titles. Get ready to argue why these books totally should have won.

NOTE: Some of these books won a different award than the one listed, and some books were shortlisted for more than one award. To keep things simple for me, I only listed one award category per title.

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Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

2312
Hugo Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Robinson, Kim Stanley
In the year 2312, mankind has been able to spread out throughout the solar system, but now a series of events involving sentient AI may prove to have massive consequences.
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The Lincoln Lawyer
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2006

Connelly, Michael
Mickey Haller is a criminal defense lawyer who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. When he lands his first high profile case in years, he thinks his luck has finally taken a turn for the better, someone close to him is murdered and he will face an evil unlike anything he’s ever encountered before.
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Akata Witch
Nebula Awards-Andrea Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2011

Okorafor, Nnedi
Twelve-year-old Sunny is albino and bullied on a daily basis in Nigeria, but when she befriends Orlu and Chichi, they form the Oha Coven, where their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children.
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Little Brother
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Doctorow, Cory
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
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All I Did Was Shoot My Man
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Mosley, Walter
Zella Grisham comes home to find her man in bed with her best friend. She doesn’t remember shooting him, and her attorney is prepared to call it temporary insanity, until the police discover $80,000 from a recent heist hidden in Zella’s storage space. Leonid McGill is convinced Zella’s innocent, but how to prove it?
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Luckiest Girl Alive
Edgar Awards, Best First Novel, 2016

Knoll, Jessica
s a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
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Annihilation
Locus Awards, Best SciFi Novel, 2013

VanderMeer, Jeff
A 12th expedition into Area X has been funded after the previous expeditions all met with tragedy. Four women are asked to collect specimens and record their observations, but the secrets that they keep from each other may prove to be their undoing.
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MaddAddam
Locus Awards, Best SciFi, Novel, 2014

Atwood, Margaret
The conclusion to Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction trilogy, which includes the novels Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, and tells of the aftermath of the deadly Waterless Flood.
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Archangel's Blade
RITA Awards, Best Paranormal Romance, 2015

Salingh, Nalini
Desire and dangerous compulsions come together as Honor and the vampire Dmitri come together to solve the mystery of a bizarre murder that speaks to an ancient past.
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Mr. Churchill's Secretary
Edgar Awards, Best First Novel, 2013

MacNeal, Susan Elia
Although Maggie Hope’s gender confines her to a secretarial role for the Prime Minister, she has all the codebreaking and secret service skills to rival the most qualified men…skills that she must put to the test when she uncovers an assassination plot against Winston Churchill.
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Ash
Nebula Awards-Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2009

Lo, Malinda
In this retelling of Cinderella, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and hopes that the dangerous fairy, Sidhean, will steal her away like the fairies in her mother’s stories. But when she meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, Ash must choose between love and fairy tales.
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Murder at the Brightwell
Edgar Awards, Best First Novel, 2015

Weaver, Ashley
Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who questions her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiance, Gil Trent, not knowing that she’ll soon become embroiled in a murder investigation that will test not only her friendship with Gil, but will upset the status quo with her husband.
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Agatha Awards, Best Novel, 1994

King, Laurie R.
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles into his lap on the Sussex downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth century woman proves a deft protégée, and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. They are soon called to Wales to help Scotland Yard find the kidnapped daughter of an American senator, a case of international significance with clues that dip deep into Holmes’s past.
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The Nature of the Beast
Agatha Awards, Best Contemporary Novel, 2015

Penny, Louise
Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
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Bird Box
Bram Stoker Awards, Best First Novel, 2014

Malerman, Josh
Five years ago, a nameless creature came to Earth, but anyone who looks at it is driven to insanity and suicide. Now Malorie and the two children under her care, are about to embark on a blind journey down river where there is the promise of a safe place. But no one knows what’s waiting out there for them…
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Nimona
Nebula Awards – Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2015

Stevenson, Noelle
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
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Black Water Rising
Edgar Awards, First Novel, 2010

Locke, Attica
Jay Porter is a struggling lawyer who one night saves a woman from drowning. Little does he know, however, that saving this woman means opening a Pandora’s box of secrets and now he is caught in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family, and his life.
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NOS4A2
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Hill, Joe
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
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A Bollywood Affair
RITA Awards, Best First Novel, 2015

Dev, Sonali
Mili Rathod was promised to her husband when she was 4 years old, and now she just needs him to claim her. But while studying in America, Mili meets one of the most famous Bollywood directors, Samir Rathod, and now neither of their lives will be the same again.
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The Obelisk Gate
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2016

Jemisin, N. K.
Essun–once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger–has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power–and her choices will break the world.
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Bone Gap
Nebula Awards, Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2015

Ruby, Laura
People are known to just disappear from Bone Gap, but Finn O’Sullivan knows that Roza was actually kidnapped by a man he can’t remember. Problem is, the searches never turned up anything and no one believes him. What really happened to Roza?
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Gaiman, Neil
A middle-aged man returns to the farmhouse where he spent a great deal of time with his childhood friend, Lettie Hempstock, and suddenly remembers a terrifying period in his childhood when a local man’s suicide unleashed a terrible darkness.
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The Burning Sky
RITA Awards, Best Paranormal Romance, 2014

Thomas, Sherry
A young elemental mage named Iaolanthe Seabourne discovers her shocking power and destiny when she is thrown together with a deposed prince to lead a rebellion against a tyrant.
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Old Man's War
Hugo Awards, Best Novel, 2006

Scalzi, John
In this version of the future, citizens are allowed to enlist in the interstellar army on their seventy-fifth birthday, tempted by the promise of restored health and restored youth. John Perry enlists, and gets caught in a whirlwind of training, new acquaintances, military combat, alien interactions, and interplanetary battles.
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Chime
Nebula Awards, Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2011

Billingsley, Franny
Briony is a witch who can communicate with the spirits of the Old Ones in the swamps surrounding her village. But witches are sentenced to death in her village, and so Briony must keep her secret in fear…until she meets the golden-haired Eldric and everything changes.
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The Pale Blue Eye
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2007

Bayard, Louis
An ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.
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The City and the City
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2009

Miéville, China
Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad finds deadly conspiracies beneath a seemingly routine murder. From the decaying Beszel, he joins detective Qussim Dhatt in rich vibrant Ul Qoma, and both are enmeshed in a sordid underworld. Rabid nationalists are intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists dream of dissolving the two into one.
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Parasite
Hugo Awards, Best Novel, 2014

Grant, Mira
In the not-so-distant future, scientists have discovered that by injecting genetically modified tapeworms into each person, they are able to virtually eliminate all sickness and disease. But as you’ve probably already guessed, nothing good ever came from a genetically modified tapeworm. Ordinary people are now starting to show signs of a lethal brain infection caused by their parasites, and SymboGen, the company who designed the parasites, seem to know more than they’re letting on.
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Clockwork Angel
RITA Awards, Best Young Adult Romance, 2011

Clare, Cassandra
In 1879, Tessa Gray descends into the dark supernatural underworld of London in search of her brother, where she meets the mysterious demon-slaying Shadowhunters. Together, Tess and the Shadowhunters take on the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of magical creatures and a clockwork army set on conquering the British Empire.
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The Raven Boys
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2012

Stiefvater, Maggie
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
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Code Name Verity
Agatha Awards, Best Children's/Young Adult Fiction, 2012

Wein, Elizabeth
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor, Queenie, tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
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Reconstructing Amelia
Edgar Awards, Best First Novel, 2014

McCreight, Kimberly
Litigation lawyer Kate Baron receives a call from her daughter Amelia’s school that Amelia has been caught cheating, but before Kate can get to the school, Amelia has been found dead after apparently throwing herself of the roof in an act of “spontaneous suicide.” Kate is shaken, but she never questions the official story until the day she receives an anonymous text message that says “Amelia didn’t jump.” Now Kate has to sift through the letters, emails, and Facebook posts from Amelia’s life, trying to figure out what happened and why Amelia ended up on the roof that fateful day at school.
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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Nebula Awards, Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2013

Black, Holly
When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.
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Rot & Ruin
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Novel, 2010

Maberry, Jonathan
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2011

Franklin, Tom
Larry and Silas were friends in the late ’70’s until Larry took a girl on a date and the girl was never seen again. Larry never confessed, but everyone suspected him, and he and Silas parted ways. Now, as adults, Larry and Silas’ paths cross again when another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again.
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Rotters
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2011

Kraus, Daniel
Sixteen-year-old Joey’s life takes a very strange turn when his mother’s tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah.
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The Devotion of Suspect X
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2012

Higashino, Keigo
Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko’s next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the cover-up as well.
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Seraphina
Locus Awards, Best First Novel, 2013

Hartman, Rachel
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
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The Diviners
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2012

Bray, Libba
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
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Seveneves
Hugo Awards, Best Novel, 2016

Stephenson, Neal
When the moon suddenly explodes, everyone on Earth knows that humanity is doomed. This epic, sprawling masterpiece details the preparations the world takes in anticipation of the “Hard Rain,” and the implications of their actions over the next 5,000 years.
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Faithful Place
Edgar Awards,Best Novel, 2011

French, Tana
As a teenager, Frank Mackey had made plans to run away from Faithful Place with his girlfriend Rosie and start a new life over in England. But the night they were supposed to disappear together, Rosie never showed up and Frank left for England on his own, believing that Rosie had had second thoughts. He left his dysfunctional family behind and hasn’t returned home in over twenty years. Now Frank is an established member of the Dublin Police Force, but when one of his family members uncovers evidence that Rosie may have been murdered the night they had planned to leave, Frank is drawn back to Faithful Place, whether he likes it or not.
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Shadowshaper
Nebula Awards – Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2015

Older, Daniel Jose
Sierra Santiago thinks she’s in for a typical Brooklyn summer, but when she starts seeing graffiti murals start to weep in Bed-Stuy, she realizes something strange is going on. A supernatural order known as the Shadowshapers has operated in New York City for generations, and Sierra is linked to them through her grandfather. But someone has turned the order’s magic against them and Sierra must harness her own powers and dodge an army of supernatural creatures in order to save her family.
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Fake ID
Edgar Awards, Best Young Adult, 2015

Giles, Lamar
A debut YA thriller about a boy and his friend who uncover a dangerous conspiracy in their town.
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Sharp Objects
Edgar Awards, Best First Novel, 2007

Flynn, Gillian
Reporter Camille Preaker tries to unravel the truth of her own troubled past as she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two preteen girls.
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Floating Staircase
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Novel, 2011

Malfi, Ronald
Soon after Travis and his wife move into their new house by the lake, he becomes convinced the house is haunted. Is it the ghost of a child who was murdered there years before – or is there a deeper mystery?
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Shutter
Bram Stoker Awards, Best First Novel, 2015

Alameda, Courtney
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat — a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual. When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and her crew are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die.
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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
Nebula Awards, Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2014

King, A. S.
As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O’Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother’s suicide.
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Silk is for Seduction
RITA Awards, Best Historical Romance, 2012

Chase, Loretta
Marcelline, one of the top dressmakers in London, is determined to win the patronage of the future Duchess of Clevedon. The only thing standing in her way is the Duke of Clevedon himself, and his seduction may be too much for either of them to ignore.
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The Golem and the Jinni
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Wecker, Helene
Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.
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The Star-Touched Queen
Nebula Awards – Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2016

Chokshi, Roshani
Sixteen-year-old Maya’s arranged marriage turns out much better than she expected, but her husband’s magic–and her curiosity–may threaten more than her life.
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Gone Girl
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Flynn, Gillian
Nick and Amy seem to be the perfect couple, but on the morning of their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy disappears. Nick swears he had nothing to do with it, but the police aren’t convinced. How much is Nick not telling them? And how well does he really know his wife?
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Summer of the Mariposas
Nebula Awards – Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2012

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
When Odilia and her four sisters find a dead body in the swimming hole, they embark on a hero’s journey to return the dead man to his family in Mexico. But returning home to Texas turns into an odyssey that would rival Homer’s original tale.
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The Grace of Kings
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2015

Liu, Ken
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
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The Terror
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Novel, 2007

Simmons, Dan
The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.
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Graceling
Nebula Awards, Andre Norton Award for YA SciF/Fantasy, 2008

Cashore, Kristin
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
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This Dark Road to Mercy
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2015

Cash, Wiley
When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a little town not far from the Appalachian Mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven’t seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night. Brady Weller, the girls’ court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and quickly turns up unsettling information linking him to a multimillion-dollar robbery. But Brady isn’t the only one hunting him. Also on the trail is Robert Pruitt, a mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, a man determined to find Wade and claim what he believes he is owed.
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Grave Mercy
RITA Awards, Best Young Adult Romance, 2013

LaFevers, Robin
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.
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The Three-Body Problem
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2014

Liu, Cixin
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.
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His Majesty's Dragon
Hugo Awards, Best Novel, 2007

Novik, Naomi
Naomi Novik answers the question we’ve all been asking: what if the Napoleonic Wars had been fought on dragons?
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Throne of the Crescent Moon
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2012

Ahmed, Saladin
Three superheroes in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms bound together by a series of magical murders must work together in a race against time to prevent a sorcerer’s plot from destroying the world.
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2015

Jeminsin, N. K.
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
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Unmarked
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2014

Garcia, Kami
Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family.
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I Hunt Killers
Bram Stoker Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2012

Lyga, Barry
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad,” but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist.
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Uprooted
Hugo Awards Best Novel, 2016

Novik, Naomi
Every ten years, a young woman from a small valley town is spirited away to an enchanted tower presided over by the Dragon, an all-powerful wizard. When Agnieska is unexpectedly chosen by the Dragon, she discovers untapped magical powers within herself and prepares to battle the malevolent influence in the nearby Wood to save the people of her village.
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Nebula Awards, Bet Novel, 2005

Clarke, Susanna
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. Most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. But soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, but he is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.
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The Walls Around Us
Edgar Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2016

Suma, Nova, Ren
On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.
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Leviathan
Nebula Awards, Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2009

Westerfield, Scott
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Nebula Awards, Best Novel, 2013

Fowler, Karen Joy
Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
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The Lie Tree
Nebula Awards – Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2016

Hardinge, Francis
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.
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The Weight of Silence
Edgar Awards, Best First Novel, 2010

Gudenkauf, Heather
When two young girls go missing, their parents are forced to confront uncomfortable truths about their families and themselves.
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Life as We Knew It
Nebula Awards – Andre Norton Award for YA SciFi/Fantasy, 2006

Pfeiffer, Susan Beth
When a meteor knocks the moon closer to the Earth’s orbit, the entire planet is suddenly thrown into chaos. Told through diary entries, this novel tells the story of Miranda, whose family struggles to survive their new world.
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Edgar Awards, Best Novel, 2009

Chabon, Michael
For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion…In the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under Landsman’s nose.
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