The following books are semifinalists for the Independent Publisher Book Award in the best juvenile/young adult fiction category. Take a look at the entire list; there are several other groups of children's books vying for prizes. Winners will be announced at the BookExpo trade show, in Los Angeles, on May 29th.
Songs for a Teenage Nomad, by Kim Culbertson (Hip Pocket Press)
Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend, by Carrie Jones (Flux)
The Ghost in Allie's Pool, by Sari Bodi (Brown Barn Books)
The Nightmare Tree, by Richard Rene (Coteau Books for Kids)
The Night Wanderer, by Drew Hayden Taylor (Annick Press)
Perch, Mrs. Sackets, Crow's Nest, by Karen Pavlicin (Alma Little)
Also, fans of young adult literature should know about the Summer Blog Blast Tour, a series of interviews with authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Barry Lyga, and Robin Brande, among many others. You'll find several picture-book people on the full schedule, too, which is at Chasing Ray.