Cassie Beasley’s Middle Grade Novel: Circus Mirandus. Illustrated by Diana Sudyka.
An orphaned fifth grader, falling under the spell of his dying grandfather’s tales of a magic circus, attempts to cash in a deferred wish in this shimmering debut novel.
M. T. Anderson, Young Adult Nonfiction: Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad.
A gripping, thoroughly researched biography of the Russian composer that illuminates the horrors of World War II along with the eternal hope music can provide.