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Teach Me honored as finalist for NPR list of "Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written"

Days of Little Texas named to Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" list

Nelson, R.A. Days of Little Texas. Alfred Knopf. 978-0-375-85593-1, T, $16.99 (Grade 7-12). Sixteen-year-old preacher “Little Texas” struggles to remain holy while confronting his sexual urges. The object of his affection turns out to be a ghost, who forces him to re-examine his definition of evil. How could good Christian people own slaves? Asking deep questions and increasingly scary, this novel offers a story that can be enjoyed on many levels.

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Awards and Nominations

Finalist for NPR’s “Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written” list

Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" list

West Virginia News and Sentinel Best Books of the Year

Nominated for Rodda Book Award

Parent’s Choice Recommended Seal Winner

YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nomination

Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice Award

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Nominated for Best Books for Young Adults List Hall of Fame Gold Star Award

Tamora Pierce, Favorite Reads

Flamingnet Top Choice Award

Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick

Books for the Teen Age selected by the New York Public Library

Booksense Kid Picks

Romance Times Best Books of the Year

YALSA BBYA Best Books for Young Adults (nominated)

Best Young Adult Literature of the Year, Iowa City School District

Horn Book Magazine Newcomers List

Miami Herald Best Books of the Year Best Books of the Year

Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (Top Twenty)

Great Books Baltimore County Public Library

Dona Vaughn SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant

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