Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top 10s in 2015: Pat's Picks

Fabulous librarian Pat's list includes lots of nonfiction and hard hitting titles:
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
Easily the most difficult, powerful, beautifully written YA book I read this year. Set in east Texas in the 1930s, this tale of forbidden love between a Mexican girl and an African American boy will sear your heart.
There is a delicate balance between the public good and individual freedom. I wager you’ll think differently about the infamous “Typhoid Mary” after reading this well-researched and engagingly told story about Mary Mallon.

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
A stunning account of Daniel Ellsberg’s dawning awareness of the politics behind the U.S. government’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the events that led him to leak the Pentagon Papers. The epilogue raises interesting questions about Edward Snowden’s leaks.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
This second installment in The Diviners series was worth the wait. Sweeping in scope, creepy in tone, characters worth caring about.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kielyn (see our full review)
Timely and powerful, this novel about police brutality, told from two perspectives, brings much-needed nuance to what we’ve all been reading on the news.
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
A therapy group for young people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may seem an odd place to discover a superhero. But sometimes you find heroes in the most unlikely places.

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
The search for truth and justice via a creative writing project takes Normandy and her friends to unanticipated places, while Normandy also struggles with unwanted fame as an obvious character from her brilliant sister’s blockbuster graphic novel series.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (see the full review here)
If you’ve ever wondered what mental illness might possibly feel like, specifically paranoid schizophrenia, then journey inside Caden Brosch’s head in Shusterman’s National Book Award winner. Searing and unforgettable.
The Walls Around Us  by Nova Ren Suma (see the full review here)
One unlikeable narrator, a girls juvenile detention center, ballet, a bit of other-worldness—all this should add up to something I wouldn’t like. I couldn’t put it down.

I expect these to be on my top ten for 2015 (as soon as I can get my hands on them)

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