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Posted on May 18, 2016 in BookPage Reviews, Top Picks

BookPage Top Picks: May 2016, part 1

 

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Each month, BookPage gives BAM the inside scoop on their top picks in 10 different categories. The first five categories are: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, teen and mystery. Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for the other five! 

What books are you giving the thumbs up to this month? Tell us in the comments!

 

Sleeping Giants
by Sylvian Neuvel
Fiction

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If you loved The Martian, this science-fiction debut from a Canadian linguist might be your next great read. As a child, young Rose stumbles upon the hand of what appears to be a giant robot. Years later, she will lead a top-secret project to study the hand and other robot body parts discovered around the world. This innovatively told and intricately plotted story will set your imagination spinning.

 

 

Valiant Ambition
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Nonfiction

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George Washington and Benedict Arnold—one man is a myth; the other is a cautionary tale. But the truth wasn’t that simple, and Philbrick (a 2007 Pulitzer finalist for Mayflower) tells all in a quintessentially American tale that traces the ascent of one great leader and the downfall of another.

 

 

As Brave as You
by Jason Reynolds
Children’s

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Reynolds, a past winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor, sets his latest novel in small-town Virginia. The story follows 11-year-old Genie through one eventful summer with the blind grandfather he barely knows. As Genie comes to understand his family history, middle-grade readers will gain a better understanding of the wisdom that can be passed down through generations. Fans of Sharon M. Draper or Cynthia Kadohata should pick up this tender story.

 

 

The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge
Teen

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It’s the middle of the 19th century, and Darwin’s theories have the scientific community abuzz. Teenage Faith, a girl more interested in science than society, stumbles upon a dangerous secret that her scientist father may have died to protect. This historical tale with a hint of magic is the first young adult novel to win Britain’s prestigious Costa Book of the Year prize since Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass, and will appeal to adults and teens alike.

 

 

Fall of Man in Wilmslow
by David Lagercrantz
Mystery

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Lagercrantz was the author tapped to take over Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, and he demonstrates why with this gripping spy thriller that centers on the mysterious death of real-life mathematician Alan Turing. Suicide by poison apple isn’t exactly something you see everyday, and Detective Constable Leonard Corell is determined to find out why the government is so eager to keep Turing’s death under wraps. Fans of Philip Kerr will find much to admire in Lagercrantz’s pitch-perfect depiction of 1950s England.

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