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|2016 TOP 10 FICTION BOOKS|
Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda..
Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015.
Simon is falling in love for the first time.
Over email, if that’s even possible.
Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows
Presented an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang leader Kaz Brekker and
his team of convicts, runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an
imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan fortress, only to face
treachery and betrayal along the way.
Brooks, Kevin. The Bunker Diary.
Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab. 2015.
Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an
underground bunker, where he is joined by five other kidnapping
victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken? And can they
This novel-in-verse fictionalizes the teen years of Clara Lemlich
Shavelson, the leader of the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Fleeing
from anti-Semitic Russia, the teen and her family struggle to adapt to
their new home.
Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper..
Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015;
Sierra Santiago was amped on her summer of painting murals and hanging
with friends, before noticing the murals were fading faster than normal.
Another street artist named Robbie is the only one who can help her to
unlock this mystery.
Reynolds, Jason. The Boy in the Black Suit
To deal with his mother's passing, Matt accepts a job at the local
funeral home. Matt meets Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral. The two of
them share a bond that will help them both to move past their own
Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap
Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015
In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of Roza’s disappearance.
Shabazz, Ilyasah and Kekla Magoon.. X: A Novel.
This fictionalized account of Malcolm X’s teen years poignantly presents
the young man’s struggles with identity, racism, and crime.
Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep.
As Caden descends into mental illness, his visions of a descent into the deep waters of a trench take over.
Silvera, Adam. More Happy than Not.
Soho Teen. 2015
After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken
friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, 16, is already
considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his
new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.
|YALSA AWARD NON-FICTION 2016 *WINNER & FINALISTS |
*Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam Warby Steve Sheinkin
Sheinkin’s latest is a thrilling journalistic account of government
insider Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed the
questionable decisions that led to the United States’ involvement in the
Vietnam War. This cinematic work simultaneously recounts a history of
the Vietnam War, details the complete reversal of one man’s loyalties,
chronicles the downfall of a presidential administration, examines First
Amendment rights, and explores honor and morality. A timely exploration
of American history that crackles with tension and excitement.
Symphony for the City of the Dead
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony was completed during the horrors
of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad during World War II. Anderson’s
sweeping history of the first half of the twentieth century in Soviet
Russia and his focus on the life of the slight, bespectacled composer is
dramatic, challenging, and immersive. Political and cultural
revolutions and upheavals enveloped Russia over the decades during which
Shostakovich grew into one of the West’s most celebrated composers.
Meticulous research and a captivating narrative celebrate courage,
||Enchanted Air:Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir|
by Margarita Engle
Cuban? American? Lush island paradise or fast-paced city living? These
are the two worlds that Margarita Engle eloquently describes through
lyrical, free-verse poems as she attempts to define herself, her family,
and her country within the context of being biracial during the United
States’ invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. The power of this book lies
in the emotional connections and vivid imagery evoked by observing the
simple differences between Engle’s two families as she deftly explores
both cultures’ customs and traditions.
First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race
by Tim Grove
In 1924, a team of American aviators embarked on a race to circumnavigate
the globe. During their 150-day journey, the crew faced hostile
weather, pesky reporters, mechanical failures, and agonizing
disappointments. Drawing on archival materials, Grove enlivens this
story of historical achievement with humor and fascinating travel
anecdotes, while portraying the perseverance and dedication of the crew.
This suspenseful tale is a visual feast with heart.
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audobon
by Nancy Plain
John James Audubon traveled the length and breadth of North America in service of his monumental Birds of America, the
work that marked his lasting reputation as a naturalist. Plain’s
account, drawn from Audubon’s journals and letters, conveys the artist’s
determination (some regarded him as a madman) to document the
continent’s rich variety of birds and other wildlife. This elegantly
designed book deftly blends art and ornithology, and includes lovely
reproductions of Audubon’s work.
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