2021 New England Book Awards


Titles submitted for the New England Book Awards must be either about New England, set in New England, or by an author residing in New England. Submissions can be hardcovers, paperback originals, or reissues. Submissions must publish between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. The award categories are Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, and Poetry.

NEIBA (NEW ENGLAND INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION) members submit titles; a committee picks the 5 finalists in each category; and the members then vote on the winners.  Winners are announced at the Fall Conference and each winner will receive a $250 donation to the literary charity of their choice.

2021 Finalists

Hour of the Witch written by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday)
A Master of Djinn written by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
Plain Bad Heroines written by Emily M. Danforth (William Morrow)
The Hare written by Melanie Finn (Two Dollar Radio)
Libertie written by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Algonquin Books) - WINNER

Mill Town written by Kerri Arsenault (St. Martin's Press)
The Secret to Superhuman Strength written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel (Mariner Books) - WINNER
We Keep the Dead Close written by Becky Cooper (Grand Central Publishing)
The Gatherings by Shirley N. Hager and Mawopiyane (Aevo UTP)
The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Bold Type Books)

Owed written by Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
Even Shorn written by Isabel Duarte-Gray (Sarabande Books)
Red Kite, Blue Sky written by Madeleine Kunin (Green Writers Press)
American Wake written by Kerrin McCadden (Black Sparrow Press)
Just Us written by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press) - WINNER

Your Place In the Universe written and illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)
Bubbles...Up! written by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Sonia Sánchez (Katherine Tegen Books)
Becoming a Good Creature written by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Rebecca Green (Clarion Books)
Imagine a Wolf written and illustrated by Lucky Platt (Page Street Kids)
Watercress written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House) - WINNER

Middle Grade
Twig and Turtle 1: Big Move to a Tiny House written by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (Pixel+Ink)
Red, White, and Whole written by Rajani LaRocca (Quill Tree Books) - WINNER
Of a Feather written by Dayna Lorentz (Clarion Books)
Middletown written by Sarah Moon (Levine Querido)
Unsolved Case Files: Escape at 10,000 Feet written and illustrated by Tom Sullivan (Balzer + Bray)

Young Adult
This Poison Heart written by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury YA)
Flamer written and illustrated by Mike Curato (Henry Holt & Co. Books for Young Readers)
Your Corner Dark written by Desmond Hall (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
Last Night at the Telegraph Club written by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega written by Crystal Maldonado (Holiday House) - WINNER

Libertie: A Novel By Kaitlyn Greenidge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207014
Availability: Not in Store - Usually Ships in 2-7 Days from Warehouse
Published: Algonquin Books - March 30th, 2021

The Secret To Superhuman Strength By Alison Bechdel, Alison Bechdel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alison Bechdel, Alison Bechdel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544387652
Availability: Not in Store - Usually Ships in 2-7 Days from Warehouse
Published: Mariner Books - May 4th, 2021

Just Us: An American Conversation By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450635
Availability: Not in Store - Usually Ships in 2-7 Days from Warehouse
Published: Graywolf Press - September 7th, 2021

Watercress By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823446247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

Red, White, and Whole By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063047426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega By Crystal Maldonado Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823447176
Availability: Backordered; Unknown Availability Date
Published: Holiday House - February 2nd, 2021