Best Books of 2015

Best Classic

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

bell jar

Great insight to mental disorders and social norms and pressure

Best Adult Fiction and Longest Title

The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides by Ben Tripp


Magical elements with a fascinating storyline leads to much adventure

Best Professional Development

Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students by Pernille Ripp


Beyond the job; what real teaching looks like

Best Nonfiction

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir by Poe Ballantine

Love and Terror

Nowhere important becomes extremely important and close to my heart

Best Picture Book

I Yam a Donkey! By Cece Bell

5/5 stars

Hilarious grammar lesson all teachers should teach

Best Free-Verse Novel

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


Basketball-playing twins make a profound tear-jerker


Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson


Beautiful free-verse novel which appeals to all people

Best Nonfiction Graphic Novel

El Deafo by Cece Bell


Losing hearing is profoundly depicted in graphic novel format


Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima by Keiji Nakazawa


WWII was unbearable for Japanese who were against the war

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale


One trip to California and side of human flesh, please

Best Fiction Graphic Novel

Awkward by Swetlana Chmakova


Art club versus science club, a drama for middle schoolers


Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley


A magic vegetable to redo mistakes? I’ll take two

Best Middle Grade Novel

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


Middle schoolers making new friends and trying to get along


Wonder by R.J. Palacio


A must-read classic middle grade novel with weighty message

Best Young Adult Novel

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll give you sun

Artistic twins compete with one another viciously


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

beauty queens

Beauty queens lost on desert island with lots of satire

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford


A fourteen-year-old making a mess of freshman year

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

girls like us

Girls with special needs become unlikely roommates after graduation

Best Book of 2015

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero


Teenage issues galore for this girl in pieces


Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner

hold tight

Earthquake in Haiti forever changes the lives of two cousins

Cheers to another year of good reading and even better books. Happy 2016!