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The 2019 Author Academy Awards YA/MG Finalists

Over 16,000 people watched the 2019 Author Academy Awards Global Livestream announcing the 10 finalists in each category.

You can watch the full replay here:

Here are the 10 finalists in the YA & Middle-Grade Category:

Make sure to check out these 10 amazing MG/YAbooks!

Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall - Rae Knightly


“The thing is, it wasn’t meteors that fell into the woods that night. It was alien spacecraft.”

And twelve-year-old Ben Archer is a witness.

When UFOs crash near a peaceful town, the media are led to believe it was fallen meteors. Government agents rush in to cover up the event dubbed The Cosmic Fall. But they weren't counting on Ben Archer being a witness. Nor were they expecting a lone survivor of the crash: an alien man called Mesmo. Thus begins a hunt to capture the boy and the alien, as, among the agents, hides Mesmo’s treacherous enemy who quietly spurs on the investigation. And although the destinies of boy and alien become inextricably linked, one question hovers above their unlikely friendship: why did the aliens come to Earth in the first place? The Alien Skill Series is a science-fiction adventure story for fans of Percy Jackson and A Wrinkle in Time. The young-at-heart will revel in this family-friendly, action-packed series filled with alien powers, engaging characters, shapeshifters and a riveting 'alien' hunt.

Cecilia - Sandra L. Rostirolla

CECILIA is a Literary Classics Award Winning Book. Insightfully penned, with a plot that sizzles. A pendant. A knife. A forbidden love. When the corrupt Senators of Vitus send soldiers to destroy the village of Plockton and enslave the young men, eighteen-year-old Cecilia, the lone survivor, makes the bold decision to rescue her brothers. Armed with little more than her wit and her great ancestor’s Freedom Tree pendant, she sets off along the trail left by the soldiers only to be confronted by the assassin Amalardh, a servant of Vitus sent to kill the bearer of a symbol—the same symbol around her neck. Pieces of an ancient prophecy are falling into place. Cecilia and Amalardh are bound to a greater fate, one that involves the dying Goddess of Light. A complex love story emerges as Cecilia's fight for the truth leads to a fierce stand off between the Senators and their powerful Army of Vitus. Dark, dangerous and romantic, Cecilia is the story of a detached assassin and a willful forest-dweller, and their epic journey to save the dying Goddess of Light.

Demon Reaper - Adele T. Cawley

What if the end of the world was only the beginning?

In the year 2047, after decades of political and social unrest and another American civil war known globally as the American Apocalypse, the United States has ripped itself apart.

Skylar Grant is a lonely seventeen-year-old girl struggling to survive in the aftermath of the war. Her parents have suddenly disappeared without a trace, and she feels a restless desire to search for them. But she has little knowledge of the outside world and the dangers it holds. She is unaware of her unique gift as a weaver of energy, or that she is the key to holding back the growing supernatural forces leaking into the physical realm.

Then, one night, she comes face to face with a monster from a child's nursery rhyme, a reaper who has been sent to collect her soul. With her death imminent and no hope of finding her parents, is the day she's supposed to die actually the day she begins to live?

Glimpses of Wilderness - Lee Ann Ward

No nightmares about my dad’s car crashing or my sister’s tiny face vanishing in a window of red. No, not anymore. Now when I sleep I fall into an expanse of frozen wilderness, the other life I’ve lived… The one I’ve lived with him. Anna experiences vivid dreams from a past-life she lived in the 1800s with her husband Robert and their children in the wilderness of the Michigan Territory. Much like her own mother grieving the man and child she lost, Anna can’t simply let go of the memories that haunt her. But when she runs into Robert in this lifetime, a whirlwind of their past lives—and deaths—rocks her modern world to the core. What will she be willing to risk to spend every lifetime with Robert? In the twists and turns of “repeating” their lives over and over through time, Anna must sacrifice everything for a glimpse of immortal love.

Notes From a Coach - Carla Harris

Teenage years can be the most challenging and impressionable of one’s life. As a young girl, there is so much to learn and to figure out that frankly, it can be quite overwhelming! “How do I cope with socializing, making friends and the inevitable trials of peer pressure? What is considered proper personal hygiene and wellness and how can I incorporate it into my daily routine? Am I mentally and physically competent to handle the responsibilities associated with dating or having sexual intercourse?” Many parents don’t take the time, don’t have the time, or just are not present to orchestrate these essential milestones in their daughter’s life. In Notes From a Coach, Carla Harris examines the multi-faceted issues teenage girls will encounter; while providing insight that will hopefully close the communication gap between parents and their children and help cultivate their relationships with one another.

The Dark Awakening - D.L. Blade

Discovering a secret, fulfilling a destiny.

I stepped quickly to the side to walk by him, but he moved into my path, blocking me from going any further.

“Mercy, relax. I’m not going to hurt you.”

Everything around me froze in place and my heart stopped in its tracks. He knows me.

How did he know my real name?

Just as Mercy pieces her life back together after a vicious attack, she notices a stranger lingering in the shadows, and watching her every move.

Mercy isn't certain if what she's seeing is real, but when Mercy crashes her car on the side of the road, she's rescued by a handsome and mysterious man named Caleb, who she finds herself both drawn to, and afraid of.

Caleb reveals to Mercy that she’s strongly linked to an ancient coven; the roots slowly dragging her back to Salem. He also claims to be in love with her, but can she trust him?

This story takes you on a journey of magic, secrets, betrayal, and abduction, in a world filled with witches, vampires and werewolves, which Mercy and her friends never knew existed.

Mercy must discover who she truly is, and find the powers within her to save mankind.

The Language Thieves - Marc Remus

The Cerebrals are a tribe so elusive that most believe them to be imaginary. Like vampires, they live on an isolated Scottish island and drain languages from people’s minds. The few who have encountered them fear losing their speech and vow never to mention them again. No one on the island can even imagine the sinister plan behind the thefts. With powers so vast, these thieves have hidden their secrets from the world for centuries. Until now! When sixteen-year-old Daniel moves with his sick mother to the island, he discovers the Cerebrals are somehow connected to her loss of speech. Being a speaker of English and Irish Gaelic, Daniel is now under constant threat of being attacked and losing a language himself. With his friends, Connor and Jenny, Daniel is poised to unravel the secrets the tribe has been keeping from the world. The shocking scheme is unveiled when Daniel sneaks into the Cerebral village. Now, he must not only save his mother but also stop the tribe from systematically destroying all languages in the world.

Tupelo Honey - Lis Anna Langston

Publishers Weekly has this to say about TUPELO HONEY. A humorous, unconventional family yarn about a young girl navigating a hardscrabble upbringing in northern Mississippi. Meet Tupelo Honey. She divinely lays out the framework and quirky intricacies of growing up in a house only “slightly better than an orphanage,” her days spent chattering with imaginary friend Moochi, and navigating sleepovers at her pious, curmudgeonly grandmother Marmalade and mentally unstable Uncle Randall’s ramshackle house. Things change when her mother, a callous, irresponsible junkie, brings home Nash, a paranoid local drug dealer whom Tupelo surprisingly bonds with during treacherous expeditions to New York and Mexico. A loveable, engaging, original voice, Tupelo brightens this accomplished tale of dysfunction in a family where “nothing had ever been right.”

We Are Immeasurable - B.L. McGrew

In We Are Immeasurable, eighteen -year-old Mazie, who is blind, discovers the unpredictability of life --both tragic lows and unexpected highs. Her story is one of strength, love, loss, and learning to truly exist in life's fullness despite hardships. When a chance friendship with a classmate blossoms from constant arguments to finding shared interests, laughter, and adventure, Mazie finds that even though pain and heartache are imbedded in the tapestry of life, so are moments of inner peace and profound love.

With the Courage of a Mouse - Donna Sager Cowan

Catt the cat is without a home or even a real name. After she is dumped in an alley, snarling dogs chase her straight through a hidden portal and into Sweet Meadows.

Catt sees a mouse fall from the sky. He’s not just any mouse, he is wearing a vest and coat.

* * *

Simon Cheddar is a mouse with a plan. He’s also a collector. He likes to recycle, but he feels safer with full pockets. Simon wants to be a Superhero, so he enrolled at the Superhero School in Sweet Meadows. Today is his first class and he doesn’t want to miss a thing.

* * *

Outside Sweet Meadows, in Mouseville, Simon’s home is attacked by cats. Everyone suspects Catt, except Simon.

Did she do it? Or, is she being set up?

Find out in, With the Courage of a Mouse, The Superhero School series.

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