1. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
-I was just blown away by this book. Arnold's follow up to the wonderful Mosquitoland did not disappoint!
2. Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King
-A.S. King gave us another wonderful and powerful novel this year. What a great read!
3. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
-This was the first I had read of Hutchinson, and I couldn't get enough. This is an amazing book.
4. Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz
-This one was not new in 2016, but I am so glad it was suggested to me. I talked to Benjamin Alire Saenz about this book and he said writing it almost killed him. I told him that reading it almost did the same to me. A really powerful book that will stick with you for a long time afterward.
5. Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
-Another book by A.S. King? Of course! This book doesn't actually come out for a couple more weeks, but I read it in 2016, so it makes my list. And when a book makes you smile as much as this one did for me, it has to be included!
6. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijamp
-A book about a very difficult subject, a school shooting, but a book that is powerful and a book that is needed.
7. The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner
-With our teenagers now having basically no memory (some weren't even born yet) of 9/11, this book is important to give voice to a teenager at the time and help our kids have a better understanding of what it was like for someone like them.
8. The Crossover/Booked by Kwame Alexander
-This is kind of cheating to put two books in to one slot on the list, but I had to keep these two together. Both are told in verse and are just beautiful stories.
9. Stick by Andrew Smith
-This is another book that came out before 2016, but I just read it this year. And surprise, surprise! Another book by Andrew Smith that I loved.
10. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
-Such a fun and chilling read! I was terrified of that little girl and muttered several four letter words as this story came to a close. #10 seems way too low for this book.