Waters, Erica

NOMINATIONS: Ghost Wood Song (HarperTeen), Young Adult Novel, 2020 BIO: Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida, though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a Master’s degree in English and works as a university writing tutor. When she’s not writing books, you can find her hanging out with her two dogs, Nutmeg and Luna. Ghost […]

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Nzondi

AWARDS: Oware Mosaic (Omnium Gatherum), Young Adult Novel, 2019 BIO: Nzondi was born Acemandese Nzondi Hall in Elmhurst, New York. He earned his BFA from C. W. Post, Long Island University. Having resided in Los Angeles for sixteen years, Nzondi is a gym enthusiast, enjoys drop-biscuit peach cobbler, hiking, sweet and oaky-flavored whiskey and writing. His daily thoughts and shenanigans […]

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Gardner, Liana

NOMINATIONS: Speak No Evil (Vesuvian Books), Young Adult Novel, 2019 BIO: Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution, The Journal of Angela Ashby, and Speak No Evil. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the […]

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Dávila Cardinal, Ann

NOMINATIONS: Five Midnights (Tor Teen), Young Adult Novel, 2019 BIO: Ann Dávila Cardinal is a novelist and director of student recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) where she earned her MFA in Writing. She also helped create VCFA’s winter Writing residency in Puerto Rico. She comes from a long line of Puerto Rican writers, including poets Virgilio and José Antonio […]

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White, Kiersten

Awards: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Delacorte Press), Young Adult Novel, 2018 BIO: Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. […]

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Snyman, Monique

Nominations The Bone Carver (Vesuvian Books), Young Adult Novel, 2020 The Night Weaver (Gigi Publishing), Young Adult Novel, 2018 BIO: Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, […]

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