Here’s the skinny.
BOMB . . . Five starred reviews, three best lists, National Book Award finalist, and YALSA Nonfiction Award finalist. The most buzzed nonfiction title of the year, BOMB is a thrilling cloak and dagger story that virtually reads like a novel.
CODE NAME VERITY . . . Six starred reviews, six best lists, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. The standout literary fiction title of the year–with apologies to Margo Lanagan. So happy to see Wein getting the recognition she deserves. Now go check out all of her previous books, too.
ENDANGERED . . . One starred review, National Book Award finalist. Having worked in Sierra Leone with the Peace Corps, Monica was really impressed by Schrefer’s ability to capture the complex nuances of the continent. I wasn’t quite as enamored, but I figured it would make a nice bye round for either CODE NAME VERITY or THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Hey, what the %$#@ happened to the seeding!
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS . . . Six starred reviews, six best lists. I’m never convinced that the new John Green novel is the Best Thing Ever Written–Like Ever, but I always think it’s a virtual lock for BBYA Top Ten (or whatever they’re calling that committee now).
JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS . . . Three starred reviews. With two other strong books in this niche–THE WICKED AND THE JUST, THE UNFORTUNATE SON–we thought this one was clearly the best. Probably a bit of a surprise for many …