Kirkus Reviews magazine has just released its list of the "Best Teen Books of 2016." The list is several pages long, so we've just spotlighted a few here, but we encourage you to browse all of Kirkus' recommendations. Have you read any of these?
The Memory Book, by Lara Avery
When a rare genetic disorder steals away her
memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a
journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
In every generation on the island of
Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born--three queens, all equal heirs to
the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce
elemental, able to control storms or flames with the snap of her
fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, able to ingest the deadliest poisons
without harm. And Arsinoe, a naturalist, can control nature. But
becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each
sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose ...
it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle
begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
Merrow, by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Enduring whispers about her absent mother's alleged merrow origins after her father drowns, twelve-year-old Neen questions her
identity as she becomes increasingly torn between the worlds of the sea
and her island home.
The Reader, by Traci Chee
After her father is brutally murdered, Sefia
flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt,
track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped none of her survival skills
can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive.
The only clue is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an
object she comes to realize is a book-- a marvelous item unheard of in
her otherwise illiterate society. With the aid of a mysterious stranger
with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find
out what really happened the day her father was killed.
The Great American Whatever, by Tim Federle
Quinn Roberts' only worry used to be writing
convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of
course, that was before the car accident that changed everything. Enter
Geoff, Quinn's best friend who insists its time that Quinn came out--
at least from hibernation. Geoff drags Quinn to a party where he meets a
guy-- okay, a hot guy-- and falls, hard. And Quinn begins imagining his
future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after
ending-- if he can finally step back into the starring role of his own
The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
On an island off the south coast of
Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious
death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree
that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of
My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier
When his father's business takes the family
to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his
desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath,
from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.
Shame the Stars, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
In the midst of racial conflict and at the
edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquín and Dulceña
attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and
Replica, by Lauren Oliver
Replica is a "flip book" that contains two narratives in one, and
it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra's
story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma's story. The
stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating
chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to
produce an unforgettable journey. See our 11/25 Free Fridays post for an extended summary of the book.
Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been
eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by
professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other
to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who
becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.