The finalists for the 2016 Teen Choice Awards have been announced. The website is now open for voting by either individual teens or teachers, parents, librarians and booksellers working with groups of teens. Votes can be cast through April 25th. The winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week, May 2-8.
Teen Book of the Year Finalists
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Teen Choice Debut Author Finalists
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
More Happy Than Not by Adan Silvera
Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee
This is the second book in the Detective Gordon series and offers a new mystery for the toad police chief and his young mouse assistant to solve. The detective pair live together at the police station after converting the jail into bedrooms. Gordon is getting pudgier and finding it harder to run, partly because he loves his cakes and his naps. Buffy is just as energetic as ever, but has some of her own personal fears to overcome, like admitting that she can’t read. The two detectives discover that someone in the forest is being mean to others, something that is clearly against the rules set forth in the law. But things are not as clear as they may seem as the two detectives discover.
Nilsson has just the right amount of drama in this second installment of the series. The lovely friendship between the aging toad and the young mouse is delightfully presented with plenty of appreciation for what each of them bring to the partnership, and I don’t just mean that Gordon can swim and Buffy can climb trees. In this mystery, the two of them also convey their own doubts and fears, something that is done with enough subtlety that readers may not realize until the end of the book that that is the focus of this mystery.
The art is warm and playful. The two characters are wonderfully distinct from one another as Gordon mopes on the page about how pudgy he is while Buffy dances and dreams of wearing costumes. There is a coziness in the illustrations as well, from the cakes and their tins to the soft furniture.
Another lovely outing for the two detectives, this series is one to watch for children just starting to read chapter books. Appropriate for ages 5-7.
Reviewed from copy received from Gecko Press.