Some 2015 Children’s and Teen books that I really liked. Neither complete nor based on anything other than the fact that I liked them a lot.
Anderson, R.J. A Pocket Full of Murder. Charming, steampunk-ish mystery/fantasy. Fantastic strong female character, the only thing I didn’t like is that the language of the invented world is a bit clunky at times. (Children’s, ages 10+).
Beaton, Kate. The Princess and the Pony. Go and get this hilarious and delightful picture book about a Viking princess who’s trying to stop getting crappy princessy presents and wants some real Vikingy presents right now! (and while you’re at it–if you’re an adult–save yourself some time and buy Kate Beaton’s books of cartoons, because you want to read them) (Children’s, ages 4+)
Bradley, Sandra. Henry Holton Takes the Ice. Henry Holton’s family is all hockey-mad, and Henry loves to skate, but somehow hockey just doesn’t feel right. A sweet, funny book emphasizing that there are other things to do with skates than play hockey (a lesson many Canadians may need). (Children’s, ages 4+).
E.K. Johnston. Prairie Fire. Sequel to The Story of Owen (a Excellent Canadian teen book of 2014). Fantastic, heartbreaking, will make you want to strangle the author AND worship at her shrine. Oh lord it’s good (but be prepared to stay up all night weeping). (Teen, ages 14+)
—. A Thousand Nights. You know you want to read this fantastic and mysterious retelling of the 1001 Arabian Nights–not the 1001 stories, but the linking story of the girl who tells stories in order to save her life. This one will merely make you want to worship at Johnston’s shrine, not strangle her. (Teen, ages 12+)
Juby, Susan. The Truth Commission. A funny but powerful story about three friends at an arty high school and their attempt to allow their classmates and teachers to experience the freeing power of the truth (and how everything goes wrong). (Teen, ages 12+)
Oppel, Kenneth. The Nest. Absolutely fantastic and horrifyingly creepy. Do not read this right before bed, it may lead to terrifying dreams. Prepare yourself if you have a deep fear of wasps. (Children’s, ages 10+)
Tromley, Stephanie. Trouble is a Friend of Mine. Oh my this is funny! Absolutely read this if you think teen books about serious things are always depressing, because this is, and it isn’t. Don’t give up if you read a hundred pages and go “meh”; I did too, but I promise it’s worth persevering! (Teen, ages 12+)