The 2015 Finalists for the Kirkus Prize...

...have been announced!

The YA contenders are:

Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older:

Sometimes she has to pause, to psych herself up, and to actively remind herself about who she is and what she’s capable of—to remind herself that she loves herself as she is. You’d think that the climax of the story, with the magic-slinging and so on, would be when Sierra exhibits the most badassery, but for me, it was those questioning, heart-breaking moments that were the most empowering. Because she is accepting and owning and giving voice to her vulnerabilities, and then she is making the choice to set them aside and keep moving forward—fighting those quiet, insistent internal monsters is harder than fighting a Big Bad on any day of the week.

The Game of Love and Death, by Martha Brockenbrough:

You’d think that a story about immortals using human beings as playthings would highlight our own insignificance in the world, in history, in the universe. But it does just the opposite: it puts the story of Flora and Henry on a par with the stories of Love and Death themselves. It makes the story of two ‘regular’ mortals into an epic; serves as a reminder that gone is not necessarily forgotten; that even when someone is eventually forgotten, that doesn’t mean that they never were.

Click on through for the rest of the Young Readers list, as well as the Adult Fiction and Nonfiction!