All year long I’ve been reading new releases and finding the ones I think are the best for readers in mother-daughter book clubs, for kids to read on their own, and in some cases, just for moms. Here are my favorites from 2015. Follow the link to read my review.
For 8 to 13 year olds
The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan — Funny and touching historical fiction.
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser — An imaginative retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.
The Saturday Cooking Club: Kitchen Chaos by Deborah A. Levine and JillEllyn Riley — These girls cook with their moms.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson — Fascinating memoir in free verse.
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty — History, mystery, and magic.
Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler — Creepy supernatural story about friendship and betrayal.
The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills — Hooray for budding girl scientists!
For ages 15 and up
Secret Garden: Artist’s Edition by Johanna Basford — Beautiful drawings to color and frame.
Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash — Wordstock from the perspective of two teens.
Silence by Deborah Lytton — When a girl loses her ability to speak she finds a friend.
Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids by Anne Fishel — A recipe for quality family time.