Ellen Reading

The last few years, our very own Rachel Grant has put together Kiss and Thrill’s annual MG/YA summer reading list. But since she’s in the midst of another book release (Covert Evidence), I offered to do the list this year. As a librarian and former reader’s advisor (for all reading levels), I was happy to compile it. It helps that I am surrounded by children who read within these ranges. Besides my fifteen-year old boy/girl twins, I have seven nieces and nephews between 8-18 who offered recommendations.

This year’s list is divided between Young Adult and Middle Grade, then subdivided by genres including YA romance, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Classics, etc. I also marked with an asterix those books that have been made into a movie or are currently in movie production. There are books on this list for every tween and teen reader, even the most picky.

Below is just a small sample of this year’s complete list. Since the 2015 list wouldn’t fit on the blog, here are two links:  K&T 2015 MG/YA List word (downloadable) file and a K&T 2015 MG/YA List PDF file.

So pour some lemonade, throw down a blanket in the sun, and let’s start reading!

Here are my daughter’s recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Destroy Me by Tahereh Maf
The Heir by Keira Cass
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington












Here are my son’s recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:


Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Loners by Lex  Thomas
Lockdown by Alexander G. Smith
Lockdown by Alexander G. Smith
Cherub by Robert Muchamore
Cherub by Robert Muchamore
The Hunted by Charlie Higson
The Hunted by Charlie Higson
Isolation by Dan Wells
Isolation by Dan Wells










Here are my Middle Grade recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:

Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick
Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Graceful by Wendy Maas
Graceful by Wendy Maas
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
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The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Boy Who Could Fly by James Norcliffe











If a book you’re looking for is not on this list, please check the 2014 and 2013 lists. I tried not to duplicate titles, but if a series from earlier years had another book added this year, including e-novellas, I added it to this year’s list. Also, there are some annual faves that I duplicated because my kids want to reread them. (The entire Harry Potter Series is always a summer reading re-do!)

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Disclaimer: Some of these books are (or once were) controversial. Some older YAs have closed-door adult situations, and others (YA & MG) deal with harsh issues such as suicide, bullying, war, poverty, and loss of a parent. As a librarian, reader’s advisor, and mother, I’ve learned that tweens and teens tend to read within their comfort zone, both emotionally and reading-level wise. All of these books offer a chance for parents and kids to discuss which topics are appropriate now and which books are best left for another summer. But I hope you all find books that will give your family a summer of new adventures and imaginary friends.


Now I need your help. This list is not complete. Are there books that you’ve read and would like to see added to the 2015 list? If you add them in the comments, I’ll update the list and repost it. Thanks!

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  1. I don’t know what was on the previous year’s lists, so some of these may be repeats. I am not including “hot” books/series by authors like Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, etc. because people probably already know about them. These may also skew a little “younger” since I work in an elementary library. That being said…

    Penderwicks series – Jeanne Birdsall long-awaited new book is Penderwicks in Spring
    The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forrester
    Chasing Vermeer, The Wright Three, The Calder Game, The Mystery Box, Hold Fast, Pieces and Players, all by Blue Balliett. The first three feature the same three protagonists, the next two feature individual protagonists, the most recent brings all five together!

    I’ll add others as I think of them…

    1. Thanks, Jill! I will check the previous lists and add these titles. Thanks so much!

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