2015 Nominees: young readers

ONE FAMILY by George Shannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A visually striking, engaging picture book that sends the message that everyone counts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A playful counting book also acts as a celebration of family and human diversity. Read full book review >
KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Best friends leave New York City for the first time and take a transformative road trip to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE FOG DIVER by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"It's a fresh approach, convincingly delivered, with overtones reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers will hope won't be far behind. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Adult novelist Ross (White Flag Down, 2007, etc.) makes his middle-grade debut with a boy's desperate search to save himself and his crew from a horrible fate in a post-apocalyptic future.Read full book review >
ICE CREAM SUMMER by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Oh, yum. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In ice cream colors, Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Graff consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation, and here she offers a story that can survive for many school years to come. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When internal anger turns into outward rage, one middle school misfit must find a solution or risk ruining everything that matters. Read full book review >
THE AWESOME by Eva Darrows
Released: May 21, 2015

"Maggie's adventurous baptism-by-undead provides enough complications to set up a sequel—readers will not want to wait long for it. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
An apprentice monster hunter will never be promoted if she doesn't get her freak on. Read full book review >
SCARLETT UNDERCOVER by Jennifer Latham
Released: May 19, 2015

"This whip-smart, determined, black Muslim heroine brings a fresh hard-boiled tone to the field of teen mysteries. (Mystery. 12-15)"
A 16-year-old gumshoe's new case reveals ancient—perhaps magical—family secrets. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN ARMY by Jonathan Maberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"This first book in an explosive new series is the perfect mix of science fiction and magic. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Ever since the alien invasion, 11-year-old Milo has suffered from nightmares, but when a voice in his dreams tells him the world needs a hero, he has a hard time believing it could be him. Read full book review >
FORT by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)"
What preteen boy wouldn't love to build a fort in the woods? Read full book review >
IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 18, 2015

"The illustrations, with strong references to Chinese pen-and-ink landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints of the sea, will draw readers to this book again and again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In circular fashion, this simple story's narration unfolds, with great power behind the few words on each page. Read full book review >
MARKET MAZE by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A great way to introduce kids to their foods' origins and to prepare them for a greenmarket visit of their own. (Interactive informational picture book. 4-8)"
With an interactive maze/map, Munro demystifies for children where all the items for sale at the farmers market originate. Read full book review >
POEMS IN THE ATTIC by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Succinct poetry shines in this impassioned celebration of history; the stories of this African-American family traveling the globe are rich with heart and color. (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
A girl discovers her mother's childhood poems in her grandmother's attic and embarks on a journey through family history that inspires her own poetic tribute to her mother. Read full book review >

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The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015, are automatically nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on October 23, 2015, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.