Kirkus best teen books of 2015


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The December issue of Kirkus lists the top 50 teen books of 2015. Here are a few in several categories:

Realistic fiction:
What We Saw by Adam Hartzler, a first time novelist who describes the reaction of a small town community after a student athlete is accused of rape.
The Truth Commission by Susan Ruby, which looks at what happens when two teens asks for the absolute truth to questions asked of peers, in order to complete a class project.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Peterson and the Churchill Club, where a small group of Danish teens sabotage Nazi efforts and spark a Danish resistance campaign.

Science Fiction:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, an unconventional account of the invasion of the planet Kerenza, inhabited by the protagonist Kady. The authors use a mix of illustrated screen shots of spaceship blueprints, interviews, data, and messages that make up the “Illuminae  Files.”

Graphic Novel:
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, a fantasy where a villain and his sidekick, Nimona, take on the supposed “heroes” who are not quite the good guys that they purport to be.


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