2021-2022 OBOB Title Lists

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9th to 12th Grade Division

  • A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
  • Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
  • Thorn by Intisar Khanani

9-12 Annotated List

6th to 8th Grade Division

  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
  • Archimancy by J.A. White
  • Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
  • The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
  • Deep Water by Watt Key
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
  • It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
    • Note: This is the Young Reader’s Edition
  • My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver
  • Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
  • To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
  • When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

6-8 Annotated List

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
  • The Bookwanderers by Anna James
  • The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
  • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
  • Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
  • Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raúl the Third
  • Sarah Journeys West by Nikki Shannon Smith
  • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
  • Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
  • Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet
  • Stay by Bobbie Pyron
  • The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

3-5 Annotated List