2015 Nominees: young readers

LISTEN TO THE MOON by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A poignant and life-affirming story from a master. (author's notes) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
War invades a peaceful English fishing community. Read full book review >
HOW TO SHARE WITH A BEAR by Eric Pinder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Tender and charming. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Thomas makes a cozy cave that attracts a small bear. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF HENRY'S IMAGINATION by Skye Byrne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Choice words and creative visuals combine to celebrate and inspire the mind's eye. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A five-year-old's imagination comes to his rescue when his stuffed rabbit goes missing. Read full book review >
WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT by Refe Tuma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"The authors may well have created a monster with this deliciously chaotic notion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
For anyone who doubts that plastic dinosaurs come to life and sneak out at night to make household messes, here's photographic evidence. Read full book review >
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
In the wake of an interstellar incident, a post-mortem dossier comprising interview transcripts, memos, instant-messaging transcripts, diary entries, and more is assembled in this mammoth series opener. Read full book review >
ORBITING JUPITER by Gary D. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Readers will not soon forget either Joseph Brook or this spare novel written with love and grace. (Fiction. 10-14) "
Jackson Hurd's family has taken in a new foster child, and Jackson will have to find the meanings of love and loyalty as he befriends his foster brother. Read full book review >
LENNY & LUCY by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Hypnotic artwork and storytelling invite children to linger in the wild woods of worry and emerge intact, enriched, and utterly invigorated by this complex, contemporary fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peter, his dad, and his dog, Harold, move to a narrow house just on the other side of "dark unfriendly woods," across a rickety bridge. Read full book review >
GROUNDED by Sheena Wilkinson
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A talented writer and a fantastic story. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Declan Kelly returns in this sequel to the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Taking Flight (2014). Read full book review >
WHERE DO I END AND YOU BEGIN? by Shulamith Oppenheim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An elegant conversation starter to a not-so-simple question. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From animals to plants, sky to sea, people to people, we're all connected. Read full book review >
THE TAKEN by Inbali Iserles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Beautifully rendered and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A young foxling must navigate both the dangerous world of humans and the mysterious world of foxes as she searches for her missing family. Read full book review >
A DOG WEARING SHOES by Sangmi Ko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Comedic pacing and simultaneously scrupulous and silly artwork will leave readers howling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After spotting a scrawny dog in a swirl of city traffic and taking it home, Mini wants to call it her very own, but her mom suggests a dog with shoes must have an owner. Read full book review >
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Adolescent criminals seek the haul of a lifetime in a fantasyland at the beginning of its industrial age. Read full book review >

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