2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Young Adult

Posted November 6, 2019 by meezcarrie in 2019 The Christy Award, Christian, fairy tales, fantasy, giveaway, historical, romance, YA / 26 Comments

Happy Wednesday yet again 🙂 Since Monday, I’ve been spotlighting The Christy Award 2019 finalist books in each category – let’s finish up with young adult! Some of the authors were gracious enough to answer a couple of questions for me so I’ve included their answers below as well.

The Christy Award® Gala 2019 is coming up TONIGHT (Nov 6th) at Lipscomb University in Nashville, following The Art of Writing Conference. The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2019 winners of The Christy Award, and feature bestselling authors Patti Callahan, James Rubart and Becky Wade. In addition, they’ll honor the legacy of bestselling author and pioneer of inspirational fiction, Janette Oke, in the 40th anniversary year of Love Comes Softly.

If you can’t attend this year, watch the live stream HERE

And the finalists for Young Adult are….

The Sunlit Lands #1
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2018
PAGES: 448

A girl with a deadly lung disease . . .
A boy with a tragic past . . .
A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .

Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger named Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one year of service to his people, Madeline and Jason are swept into a strange land where they don’t know the rules and where their decisions carry consequences that reach farther than they could ever guess.


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Matt Mikalatos writes books (surprise!). In the past, Matt worked as a high school teacher and a comic book clerk, but currently focuses on nonprofit work devoted to helping people love one another despite their differences. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, three daughters, two unicorns, a gryphon, a dragon, and three brine shrimp. Visit him at his website.

GENRE: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2018
PAGES: 448

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.


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NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the Carol Award-winning Out of Time Series. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living and authentic faith, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine, her Auror husband, and their Halfling son are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom. Visit her at http://nadinebrandes.com

why do you write Christian Fiction?

I write fiction because I believe in the power of story. Reading fiction changed my life, Nathan telling David a fictional story changed the course of history. Fiction is powerful. God knows that—He created it—and He gave me the desire to write it for as long as he’ll allow me. As for Christian fiction, I feel that is inseparable from who I am. I am a Christian, therefore my fiction arises naturally from my worldview. Thus it is Christian fiction. I don’t think I could write anything without letting my faith be part of the writing process.

Hagenheim #9
GENRE: Young Adult Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2019
PAGES: 320

A reimagining of the classic Mulan tale in medieval Europe, where both love and war challenge even the strongest of hearts.

When Mulan takes her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher.

Disguised as a young man, Mulan meets the German duke’s son, Wolfgang, who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the new soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times—or showing him up in embarrassing ways.

From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Can she be the son her bitter father never had? Or will she become the strong young woman she was created to be?


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Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for all things Medieval with her love of romance and fairy tales. She also loves Regency Romance and has drawn on her Southern heritage to write a romance set in the late 1800s called Magnolia Summer. Her books have won the Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in America, Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

I consider writing Christian fiction to be my ministry. I always dreamed of being a missionary as a teenager and young adult, but I also dreamed of being a novelist. And now I feel like God has blessed me with both dreams. Also, I write Christian fiction because I love it. It blesses me as much as anyone, the lessons God impresses on me as I write. And I just can’t imagine not writing from a Christian perspective, as God is constantly in my thoughts and my decisions, and I have no desire to take his presence out of my characters’ lives.

How have Christy by Catherine Marshall and Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke impacted you and/or your writing?

Christy was one of my favorite novels when I was a teacher in my early twenties and beyond. I saw that it was possible to let God have His place in book characters’ lives, to tell a story where God was a natural part of life, as He is a natural part of my life and other Christians’ lives, and I’m sure that impacted my writing years later when I started to write novels again. And we have Janette Oke to thank for popularizing and proliferating the genre of Christian romance.

The Christy Award/ECPA is offering one of my readers ALL the finalist books in one category of your choice. (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Which of these The Christy Award young adult finalists are on your TBR list? Which have you already read?

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26 responses to “2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Young Adult

  1. Becky D.

    I haven’t read any of these, & I love retelling of classic fairy tales or folklore. Melanie Dickerson’s take on Mulan sounds interesting. Thank you for introducing me to these!

  2. Heather Maki

    I love Melanie Dickerson novels, and this one was amazing as usual!! I’m excited to check out the other two!

  3. I’ve read both The Crescent Stone and Fawkes and now The Warrior Maiden is on my TBR list for sure! The first two are great books and this last one does indeed look very good. Hope to get a hold of it soon!

  4. Melissa R

    I haven’t read any of these books, but I love Melanie Dickerson’s writing and she’s practically my neighbor! 🙂

  5. AmyJo M.

    I’ve been wanting to read the Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson for a while now, going to have to put it in the top 10 of my tbr pile! Thanks for the reminder!!

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