But my absolute favorite so far? Currently, I am leaning toward Bone Gap, but that may only be because it was the last YA title I finished and because I loved the mythology parallels and the kick-butt ending, which left me grinning like a fool with its perfection. I also loved (loved, loved, loved) The Hired Girl, and I can't wait to read the next Ember in the Ashes book when it releases in August. But this year's list is not just about what I've read and loved. This year, there have been three other committee members reading and evaluating along with me, so I think this is likely our most well-rounded list of annual Best Books for Teens selections yet!
|The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz|
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911. –NoveList
|The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell|
In Japan, teenaged Abe Sora, who is afflicted with "Lou Gehrig's Disease," finds friends online and elicits their help to end his suffering. –NoveList
|Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson|
A young woman who possesses a supernatural ability to sense the presence of gold disguises herself as a boy and seeks safety and romance in California. –NoveList
|X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon|
Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age twenty, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice. –NoveList
|The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose|
The true story of small group of teenage boys in Denmark who organized a resistance after the Danish government conceded to Nazi occupation. BCPL copies on order.
Did we include your favorite teen book of 2015? Have we convinced you to read something you had previously overlooked? Let us know in the comments!