Welcome to Medal on My Mind, a mock award blog speculating the potential results of the Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

ggtvav coverThe Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Katherine Tegen Books, June 2017
Reviewed from hardcover

(Note: some spoilers ahead, so tread carefully)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has been getting a fair amount of popular attention this year, and rightly so!  A New York Times bestseller with four starred reviews and a delightful amount of fanfiction, Mackenzi Lee’s sophomore novel is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, liberating and life-affirming.

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History Is All You Left Me / They Both Die at the End

historyisalltheybothdieHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Soho Teen, Jan 2017
Reviewed from hardcover

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
HarperTeen, Sept 2017
Reviewed from ARC

Adam Silvera has not one but two eligible YA books out this year. Both feature queer cis male characters, both deal with death and life in the face of it, both have received numerous starred reviews, both are well worth discussing. And I’m tackling both in one post for the sake of expediency.

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Wild Beauty

ya-ms-mclemore-wildbeautyWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Feiwal and Friends, Oct 2017
Reviewed from ARC

**Mild Spoilers Ahead**

We talk about contenders (for the most part) in these individual posts. We talk about books that pull at us, books that swallow us, books “of exceptional merit” (whatever that might mean). We talk about books like Wild Beauty. I offer the full disclosure that queer fairy tales will always capture my attention, and knowing already what McLemore can do with a little magic and some flowers, I have been excited for this YA novel since the Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report announcement last year. I’m so thrilled to talk about it as part of the importance of visibility and self-determination that National Coming Out Day recognizes.

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Graphic Novels & Comics Roundup

We’re not going to lie—the team here at Medal on My Mind loves comics and graphic novels. So we’re particularly excited about this inaugural roundup post!

The Stonewall awards have a short but sweet history of recognizing graphic novels. In the Young Readers category, Drama got an honor in 2013 and a+e 4ever was honored in 2012. In the Nonfiction categories (irrelevant here but still good to know), Fun Home took home the gold in 2007 and Pedro and Me was honored in 2001.

There are a number of graphic novels this year that have the potential to be contenders in the Young Readers category. There are also a number of volumes of comic books that could be eligible, depending on how one interprets the award criteria. The GLBTRT site about the awards notes:

Re-printings of previously published books will not be considered. Substantially changed new editions of previously published works and English translations of foreign-language books are eligible for the awards.

So where do volumes of comics previously published as issues fit into this framework? How about webcomics now published in print? Team MoMM hopes they’ll be considered, so we’re tossing them into the mix here. What do you think?

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Ramona Blue

Ramona Blue coverRamona Blue by Julie Murphy
Balzer + Bray, May 2017
Reviewed from hardcover

I’ve been itching to shout about Ramona Blue far and wide since I read a galley back in March. I was planning to skim through a few parts in my hardcover to prep for this post, but I couldn’t make myself stop reading–Ramona grasped me yet again and refused to let go, even a second time around. It’s a book that’s simultaneously fierce and soft; funny and heart-wrenching, thoughtful and real.

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