The Young Adult Library Services Association — a key US organization that supports library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face — has rolled out its nominations for 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) Awards.
There are three translations that make the cut:
— Bronze and Sunflower. By Cao Wenxuan. Illus. by Meilo So. Tr. by Helen Wang. 2017. Candlewick Press. $16.99 (9780763688165). When Sunflower’s father dies in a freak weather accident, she is taken in by a poor family across the river. China’s Cultural Revolution provides the backdrop for Sunflower and her adopted brother Bronze as they grow up in the impoverished but happy village.
— The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius. Illus. by Jakob Wegelius. Tr. by Peter Graves. 2017. Penguin Random House/Delacorte. $17.99 (9781101931752). Despite being a gorilla, Sally Jones is an excellent typist and she uses her typewriter to tell the adventure of her attempts to exonerate best friend and sailor Henry Koskela, who was wrongfully imprisoned for murder after the two of them were caught in the middle of a smuggling operation.
— Wonderful Feels Like This. By Sara Lövestam. Tr. by Laura A. Wideburg. 2017. Macmillan/Flatiron. $17.99 (9781250095237). Steffi, bullied at school, finds solace in jazz music and in a new friendship with a retired man and former jazz musician who coaches her through learning a new instrument and tells her about his own teenage years as a musician in Sweden during WWII.
Congratulations to all translators and their authors!