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The Gone Away Place
Barzak, Christopher
2018, 304 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present    Ohio
Protagonist Gender: female

Hope Was Here
Bauer, Joan
2000, 191 pages
Newbery Honor
Present    Wisconsin
Protagonist Gender: female

This Poison Heart
Bayron, Kalynn
2021, 384 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present    New York
Protagonist Gender: female

The Mosaic
Berkhout, Nina
2017, 272 pages
Present    Montana
Protagonist Gender: female

Clockwork Curandera (Vol. 1, The Witch Owl Parliment)
Bowles, David
2021, 112 pages
Whippoorwill Award

Protagonist Gender: female

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
Brown, Jaye Robin
2018, 448 pages
Present    Georgia
Protagonist Gender: female

No Place to Fall
Brown, Jaye Robin
2016, 384 pages
Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

The Key to You and Me
Brown, Jaye Robin
2021, 368 pages
Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

Shiner
Burns, Amy Jo
2020, 272 pages
Present    West Virginia
Protagonist Gender: female

The Good Demon
Cajoleas, Jimmy
2018, 320 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present    Mississippi
Protagonist Gender: female

Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America
Carpenter, Nora Shalaway
2020, 336 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Fiction, Historical
Protagonist Gender: female, male

The Edge of Anything
Carpenter, Nora Shalaway
2020, 368 pages
Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

All that I Can Fix
Chan, Crystal
2018, 320 pages
Present    Indiana
Protagonist Gender: male

The House Girl
Conklin, Tara
2013, 400 pages
Present/Past (1800s)    Virginia
Protagonist Gender: female

Three Things I Know Are True
Culley, Betsy
2020, 480 pages
Present    Maine
Protagonist Gender: female

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Danforth, Emily
2012, 480 pages
Present    Montana
Protagonist Gender: female

I’ll Meet You There
Demetrios, Heather
2015, 416 pages
Fiction, Historical Present    California
Protagonist Gender: female

The Rest of the Story
Dessen, Sarah
2019, 448 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: female

Winter, White and Wicked
Dittemore, Shannon
2020, 384 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present  
Protagonist Gender: female

The Art of Saving the World
Duyvis, Corinne
2020, 384 pages
Whippoorwill Award
 Pennsylvania
Protagonist Gender: female

This Is Our Story
Elston, Ashley
2017, 320 pages
Present    Louisiana
Protagonist Gender: female

The Wicked Deep
Ernshaw, Shea
2018, 320 pages

Protagonist Gender: female, male

Winterwood
Ernshaw, Shea
2019, 333 pages

Protagonist Gender: female, male

Apple: Skin to the Core
Gansworth, Eric
2020, 352 pages
American Indian Youth Literature Award
Memoir    New York
Protagonist Gender: male

Give Me Some Truth
Gansworth, Eric
2018, 432 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Past (1980)    New York
Protagonist Gender: male

If I Ever Get Out of Here
Gansworth, Eric
2013, 368 pages
Past (1975)    New York
Protagonist Gender: male

Kate’s Ring
Grassby, Donna
2018, 276 pages
Past (1920s)    Nova Scotia
Protagonist Gender: female

An Abundance of Katherines
Green, John
2006, 227 pages
Present    Tennessee
Protagonist Gender: male

It’s Not Summer Without You
Han, Jenny
2010, 288 pages
Fiction, Historical Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Han, Jenny
2009, 288 pages
Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

We’ll Always Have Summer
Han, Jenny
2011, 304 pages
Fiction, Historical Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

Last Exit to Normal
Harmon, Michael
2008, 288 pages
Present    Montana
Protagonist Gender: male

The Reckless Kind
Heath, Carly
2021, 336 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Fiction, Historical Past(1904)    Norway
Protagonist Gender: female

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
Hitchcock, Bonnie-Sue
2021, 208 pages
Past (1990s)    Alaska, American West
Protagonist Gender: n/a

The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Hitchcock, Bonnie-Sue
2017, 240 pages
Past (1970s)    Alaska
Protagonist Gender: female, male

This is the Part Where You Laugh
Hoffmeister, Peter Brown
2016, 352 pages
Present    Oregon
Protagonist Gender: male

Too Shattered for Mending
Hoffmeister, Peter Brown
2017, 384 pages
Present    Idaho
Protagonist Gender: male

Hillbilly Queer
Jamison, J.R.
2020, 242 pages
Memoir    Indiana
Protagonist Gender: male

You Should See Me in a Crown
Johnson, Leah
2020, 336 pages
Present    Indiana
Protagonist Gender: female

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Johnston, EK
2016, 272 pages
Present    Canada
Protagonist Gender: female

Cloud Hopper
Kephart, Beth
2020, 328 pages
Present    Oklahoma
Protagonist Gender: female

Undercover
Kephart, Beth
2007, 288 pages
Present    Pennsylvania
Protagonist Gender: female

That’s Not What Happened
Keplinger, Kody
2018, 336 pages
Present    Indiana
Protagonist Gender: female

The Secret Life of Bees
Kidd, Sue Monk
2003, 352 pages
Past (1964)    South Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

Dear Rachel Maddow
Kisner, Adrienne
2019, 288 pages
Present    Pennsylvania
Protagonist Gender: female

Pearl
Knowles, Jo
2011, 224 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: female

Read Between the Lines
Knowles, Jo
2015, 336 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: n/a

Rotters
Kraus, Daniel
2012, 464 pages
Present    Iowa
Protagonist Gender: male

Scowler
Kraus, Daniel
2013, 464 pages
Past (1980s)    Iowa
Protagonist Gender: male

The MonsterVariations
Kraus, Daniel
2009, 256 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: male

Sawkill Girls
Legrand, Claire
2018, 464 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: female

Elatsoe
Little Badger, Darcie
2020, 368 pages
American Indian Youth Literature Award; Whippoorwill Award
Fiction, Historical Present  
Protagonist Gender: female

Tell it True
Lockette, Tim
2021, 192 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present    Alabama
Protagonist Gender: female

Like Other Girls
Lundin, Britta
2021, 384 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present    Oregon
Protagonist Gender: female

Afterward
Mathieu, Jennifer
2016, 320 pages
Present    Texas
Protagonist Gender: female, male

Moxie
Mathieu, Jennifer
2017, 352 pages
Present    Texas
Protagonist Gender: female

The Liars of Mariposa Island
Mathieu, Jennifer
2019, 352 pages
Past (1986)    Texas
Protagonist Gender: female, male

Camp So-and-So
McCoy, Mary
2017, 424 pages
Present    Appalachian Mountains
Protagonist Gender: female

The Female of the Species
McGinnis, Mindy
2016, 352 pages
Present    Ohio
Protagonist Gender: female, male

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek
McLaughlin, Rhett & Neal, Link
2019, 336 pages
Past (1992)    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: male

Miss Meteor
Mejia, Tehlor Kay & McLemore, Anna-Marie
2020, 400 pages
Present    New Mexico
Protagonist Gender: female

The Work of Wolves
Meyers, Kent
2004, 407 pages
Past    South Dakota
Protagonist Gender: male

Famous in a Small Town
Mills, Emma
2019, 320 pages
Present    Midwest
Protagonist Gender: female

First and Then
Mills, Emma
2015, 272 pages
Present    Florida
Protagonist Gender: female

This Adventure Ends
Mills, Emma
2016, 320 pages
Present    Florida
Protagonist Gender: female

Larkin on the Shore
Mills, Jean
2020, 312 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Present    Nova Scotia
Protagonist Gender: female

The Last Buffalo Hunter
Mosher, Jake
2001, 308 pages
Present    Montana
Protagonist Gender: male

Dairy Queen
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
2007, 274 pages
Present    Wisconsin
Protagonist Gender: female

Front and Center
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
2009, 281 pages
Present    Wisconsin
Protagonist Gender: female

The Off Season
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
2007, 304 pages
Present    Wisconsin
Protagonist Gender: female

Dumplin’
Murphy, Julie
2015, 400 pages
Present    Texas
Protagonist Gender: female

Puddin’
Murphy, Julie
2018, 448 pages
Present    Texas
Protagonist Gender: female

Pumpkin
Murphy, Julie
2021, 336 pages
Present    Texas
Protagonist Gender: male

Ramona Blue
Murphy, Julie
2018, 448 pages
Present    Mississippi
Protagonist Gender: female

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
Namey, Laura Taylor
2020, 320 pages
Present    England
Protagonist Gender: female

How to build a heart
Padian, Maria
2020, 352 pages
Present    Virginia
Protagonist Gender: female

The Monument
Paulsen, Gary
1991, 151 pages
Present    Kansas
Protagonist Gender: female

Far from Xanadu
Peters, Julie Anne
2005, 288 pages
Present    Kansas
Protagonist Gender: female

Apple in the middle
Quigley, Dawn
2018, 264 pages
American Indian Youth Library Association
Present    North Dakota
Protagonist Gender: female

The secrets we bury
Ramey, Stacie
2018, 304 pages
Present    Appalachian Trail
Protagonist Gender: male

Fum
Rapp, Adam
2018, 416 pages
Present    Illinois
Protagonist Gender: female

Girl Gone Missing
Rendon, Marcie
2019, 208 pages
Present    Minnesota
Protagonist Gender: female

Murder on the Red River
Rendon, Marcie
2017, 320 pages
Present    Minnesota
Protagonist Gender: female

Pumpkinheads
Rowell, Rainbow
2019, 224 pages
Present    Nebraska
Protagonist Gender: female, male

Bone Gap
Ruby, Laura
2015, 345 pages
National Book Award Finalist
Present    Illinois
Protagonist Gender: female, male

A sky for us alone
Russell, Kristin
2019, 336 pages
Present    Appalachia
Protagonist Gender: male

Dark and Shallow Lies
Sain, Ginny Myers
2021, 432 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Fiction, Historical Present    Lousiana
Protagonist Gender: female

Orbiting Jupiter
Schmidt, Gary
2015, 192 pages
Present    Maine
Protagonist Gender: male

Trouble
Schmidt, Gary
2008, 304 pages
Present    Maine
Protagonist Gender: male

The stone rainbow
Shaw, Liane
2019, 288 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: male

Something like gravity
Smith, Amber
2019, 400 pages
Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female, male

The last to let go
Smith, Amber
2018, 400 pages
Present  
Protagonist Gender: female

Love, Stargirl
Spinelli, Jerry
2007, 288 pages
Present    Arizona
Protagonist Gender: male

Stargirl
Spinelli, Jerry
2000, 208 pages
Present    Arizona
Protagonist Gender: male

Dress codes for small towns
Stevens, Courtney
2017, 337 pages
Present    Kentucky
Protagonist Gender: female

Faking Normal
Stevens, Courtney
2014, 352 pages
Present    Tennessee
Protagonist Gender: female

The blue-haired boy
Stevens, Courtney
2014, 71 pages
Present    Tennessee
Protagonist Gender: male

Sadie
Summers, Courtney
2018, 336 pages
Present    Colorado
Protagonist Gender: female

Knights of the Hill Country
Tharp, Tim
2013, 240 pages
Present    Oklahoma
Protagonist Gender: male

Lost in the Never Woods
Thomas, Aiden
2021, 384 pages
Present    Oregon
Protagonist Gender: female

Who I Was With Her
Tyndale, Nita
2020, 352 pages
Present    North Carolina
Protagonist Gender: female

Small Town Hearts
Vale, Lillie
2019, 336 pages
Present    Maine
Protagonist Gender: female

Copyboy
Vawter, Vince
2018, 240 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Past (1966)    Tennessee
Protagonist Gender: male

Muckers
Wallace, Sandra Neil
2015, 288 pages
Past (1950s)    Arizona
Protagonist Gender: male

The Queen of Kentucky
Whitaker, Alecia
2013, 384 pages
Present    Kentucky
Protagonist Gender: female

Weeping willow
White, Ruth
1992, 256 pages
Past (1950s)    Virginia
Protagonist Gender: female

Like sisters on the homefront
Williams-Garcia, Rita
1995, 224 pages
Coretta Scott King Honor
Present (1995)    Georgia
Protagonist Gender: female

Bull Rider
Williams, Suzanne
2009, 241 pages
Present    Nevada
Protagonist Gender: male

Smoke
Woods, Darcy
2021, 384 pages
Present    Michigan
Protagonist Gender: female

Funny How Things Change
Wyatt, Melissa
2009, 196 pages
Present    West Virginia
Protagonist Gender: male

In the Wild Light
Zentner, Jeff
2021, 432 pages
Whippoorwill Award
Fiction, Historical Present    Tennessee
Protagonist Gender: male

Serpent King
Zentner, Jeff
2017, 400 pages
Present    Tennessee
Protagonist Gender: female, male