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NPR's Book Concierge  This is a guide to the greatest YA novels of 2015. Check it out and see if you agree!


Jessica Suggests: 

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Winner of the 2014 Printz Award)
I’ll Give you the Sun tells the story of twins Noah and Jude.  Told in alternating viewpoints, it is also told in alternating timelines.  Noah’s chapters take place across the twins’ 13th and 14th years, while Jude’s chapters take place when the duo is 16.  At 13, Noah is dreamy and artistic and is head over heels for the boy next door.  Jude is a wild surfer girl who’s trying to grow up too fast.  By 16, Noah is a track-running clone and Jude is on a “boy boycott”.  Between the two viewpoints, the reader discovers what happened between these close siblings to drive them apart.
I’ll Give You the Sun is full of colorful imagery.  Noah not only creates art, he also paints in his mind, which transforms yellow hair into a beautiful river of molten gold.  Meanwhile, Jude obsessively follows the word of her Grandmother’s book of wisdom.  Onions in pockets, oranges that mean love, and advice on finding your other half.  The time jump may be disorienting to some readers, but the way the pieces come together makes sense and is crafted well.  This is a quick read that packs a bit of heft, but never gets too dark. 
Elyse Suggests:

Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce is book 1 in the series, Circle of Magic where four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined school where they become friends while also learning to use their magical powers.  The four students hail from various walks of life in this high fantasy world, but their unique ability to use magic unites these misfits when all others shun them.  This title is available in YA Paperback, Hoopla, Overdrive, and Juvenile Book on CD as a clean read the whole family can enjoy!

Christina Suggests:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

There is nothing Theodore Finch likes more than planning increasingly creative ways to kill himself, though he has yet to go through with the fatal act. Violet Markey has been obsessed with the future since her sister's death. A fateful meeting on the ledge of the school's bell tower changes two broken souls when Theodore and Violet have to team up on a school project. 

2016 Best of the Best from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 

The best books and media for youth 2016 Best of the Best!

2016 Printz Award Winner & Honor Books
Best YA Book of the Year

The Michael L. Printz Award recognizes literary excellence in young adult literature. Each year, the eight librarians who are elected from around the country, read through every American teen book that was published within the previous year and debate which will be labeled the award winning title.

2016 winner is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Told from alternating viewpoints, Bone Gap perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.

Not intrigued by the winner? Why not try the 2016 honorees!
Ghosts of Heaven
by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez