Rebecca Behrens books
Rebecca Behrens books
Rebecca Behrens books

I spent January and February speeding through the stack of MG/YA ARCs I picked up at ALA Midwinter. And if these ten books are any indication, 2016 is going to be an amazing year for kid lit. Here’s what I read, and in one(ish) sentence, I’ll tell you why I loved it:

Ravenous: I raced through this adventure-ful fairy tale reimagining–and I adored Greta, who is one brave, determined sister.

The Key to Extraordinary: Every word of this book is beautiful, and my heart felt so full after the pages I spent in Blackbird Hollow.

Up to This Pointe: A story that seamlessly blends ballet, Antarctica, and grief–it’s utterly original, the voice is perfect, and I loved it.

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall: Quirky, dry-witted, and poignant–and points for an awesomely unique title.

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary: Diverse and in verse!

Makoons: The latest in The Birchbark House series, this was an engaging and informative story of family life on the Great Plains.

Tru & Nelle: Harper Lee and Truman Capote as kid detectives: Yes.

The Darkest Corners: Compulsively readable, and the ending–DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!

Counting Thyme: Thyme and her family–and all the wonderfully drawn characters–will stay with you for a long time.

Wanderlost: Sweet and swoony story of the power of travel to change you.

Which books are you looking forward to this year?