Children’s Book Committee announces best YA books of the year


The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College announced the 2015 Best Books of the Year. The YA books, defined as books for ages fourteen and up, was divided into fiction and nonfiction. Fiction subcategories include adventure and mystery, anthologies, coming of age, fantasy, historical fiction, science-fiction, “today” and poetry.

The adventure and mystery section choices are:

The anthology choices are:

The coming of age choices, though the Children’s Book Committee was unclear on how it separated coming of age from other YA novels, are:

The fantasy choices are:

The historical fiction choices are:

The science fiction choices are:

The “today” choices, which are all contemporary novels, are:

The only two poetry choices are Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath and Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann.

The nonfiction titles, defined as “informational” titles, are separated into the following subsections: biography and memoir, history, law and justice, world,

The biography and memoir choices are:

The history choices are:

The world choices are:

The only choice in the ‘Law and Justice’ category is Guilty?: Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice by Teri Kanefield.

For more on the Children’s Book Committe’s top books, visit the Bank Street website.

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Lauren Byrnes

Lauren is a college student working towards a degree in history and education. She writes a little and reads a lot. In addition to the YA world, her interests include historical nonfiction, showtunes, coffee, gender studies, and red lipstick.

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