International Latino Book Awards announces 2016 finalists

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The International Latino Book Awards announced the finalists for their Best Young Adult Fiction Book for their 2016 awards season. The finalists are Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, Can You See Me Now? by Esela Bernal, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older and The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977 in Burn for Burn, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam.

Can You See Me Now? follows Mandy Silva, who feels invisible after her father’s unexpected death and her mother’s inability to cope.

In Shadowshaper, Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season.

The Palomas and the Corbeaus are rival performers in The Weight of Feathers, but when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace Paloma’s life.

The International Latino Book Awards honor the best books for Latinx in English, Spanish and Porguese. Finalists included authors from the U.S. and 17 other countries around the world.

Five other YA categories exist outside of the Best Young Adult Fiction Book: Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book, Best Young Adult Fiction Book in Spanish or Bilingual, Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book and Best Educational Young Adult Book.

The finalists for the Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book are The Trails of Tizoc: An Aztec Boy in a World of Trouble by Francisco and Frank Newton and The Water of Life Remains in the Head by Maria Nieto.

Finalists for the Best Young Adult Fiction Book in Spanish or Bilingual are Laberinto by Victor Panicello, No sin Besarte by Gael Solano and Noldo Saves the Day by Armando Rendon.

The finalists for Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book are Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano and Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle.

Only one book is nominated for Best Educational Young Adult Book, guaranteeing it a win: Nailed It! Quetzal Mama’s Toolkit for Extraordinary College Essays by Roxanne Ocampo.

Produced by Latino Literacy Now and Las Comadres de las Americas and Reforma, the awards will be presented on September 8 in Los Angeles.

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