Day: November 2, 2015

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2015

Publisher’s Weekly has released their list of the best books for 2015. These include books for preschoolers through young adults. Here are their picks:

PICTURE BOOKS

The Day the Crayons Came Home The Dog That Nino Didn't Have Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have by Edward van de Vendel, illustrated by Anton Van Hertbruggen

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales Home The King and the Sea

Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems by Julie Paschkis

Home by Carson Ellis

The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch

Last Stop on Market Street Lenny & Lucy Leo: A Ghost Story

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Night World The Only Child The Princess and the Pony

The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein

The Only Child by Guojing

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Sidewalk Flowers Thank You and Good Night This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Tucker Nichols

Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball Waiting

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

 

MIDDLE GRADE

Echo Friends for Life George

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss

George by Alex Gino

Goodbye Stranger Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Listen, Slowly

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Lost in the Sun The Marvels Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

My Diary from the Edge of the World The Nest Orbiting Jupiter

My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Roller Girl The Thing About Jellyfish The War that Saved My Life

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

YOUNG ADULT

All American Boys All the Bright Places Bone Gap

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Challenger Deep Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans The Game of Love and Death

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Hired Girl Magonia (Magonia, #1) MARTians

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

MARTians by Blythe Woolston

Nimona Saint Anything Shadowshaper

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda A Song for Ella Grey

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Trouble Is a Friend of Mine X: A Novel

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (InfoSoup)

In the slums of Ketterdam, you do anything you can to survive. The Dregs are a gang in the area, up and coming and led by Kaz Brekker, a teen who walks with a cane that can kill and has a ferocious personality to match. When he is offered a remarkably high sum to pull off an impossible heist, he knows just the group of people who can help him do it. The group of six teens from very different backgrounds don’t exactly get along perfectly. Some of them hate one another, others are drawn to one another for romance and still others are completely indifferent to the rest. But each of them has hidden talents that this heist will demand that they use, if they are going to survive at all.

Bardugo is a master storyteller. Here she continues the story of the Grisha world with a new cast of characters. Their world is the mix of danger, thrill and torment of the slums that are also dashed with fakery and glitter. It will take those harsh survival skills for them to pull off the gambit, but it will also take them each wrestling with their past and how they got to Ketterdam in the first place. Bardugo makes sure that we know each of the six intimately, allowing us to see how poverty, war and loss can turn someone to a criminal.

Set in the same world as her previous trilogy, this new series adds even more depth and breadth to an already rich setting. Bardugo makes the world of Ketterdam almost its own character, filling it with villains, rivals and all around bad people. One can hear the cacophony of the streets, the sounds of the gambling, the calls of the vendors. One can smell the sweat, dirty bodies, and desperation. Against all of that, you have these teens who are all unique and fascinating, each driven by something personal to them alone. It’s a beautifully built book.

Rivetingly written, richly drawn and filled with fascinating characters, this book will please fans of the previous series and create new fans too. Appropriate for ages 14-17.