Kellee’s Favorite Reads of 2017: Middle Grade and Young Adult


I read so many wonderful books this year, that I decided that I needed two posts to highlight them!
Today’s post will focus on middle grade and young adult novels that I read this year and loved.
Each title will have a publication date listed as these are all favorites I READ in 2017 though they may have been published before or are coming out in 2018.

Favorite Fifteen Middle Grade Novels



Posted by John David Anderson (2017)
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (2017)
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold (2017)


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (2017)
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (2016)
Stealing Our Way Home by Cecelia Galante (2017)


Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart (2017)
Refugee by Alan Gratz (2017)
House Arrest by K.A. Holt (2015)


Knock Out by K.A. Holt (2018)
Alex Rider: Never Say Die
by Anthony Horowitz (2017)
Ethan Marcus Stands Up by Michele Weber Hurwitz (2017)


FRAMED! by James Ponti (2016)
Patina by Jason Reynolds (2017)
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (2012)

Favorite Fifteen Young Adult Novels



Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson (2016)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (2017)
The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (2011-2013)


Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (2016)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2017)
The Border by Steve Schafer (2017)


Scythe by Neal Shusterman (2016)
The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman (2007-2014)
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (2017)


Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (2017)


The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (2013)
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (2016)
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016)

Favorite of the Year


March: Book One, Book Two, and Book Three by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

What were your favorite middle grade and young adult novels that you read in 2017?

2 thoughts on “Kellee’s Favorite Reads of 2017: Middle Grade and Young Adult”

  1. If I haven’t already read it, it’s on my list, Kellee. Terrific list. I loved the ones I’ve read, can’t choose a favorite, BUT, glad you included The Serpent King and Glory Be, both older and ones readers shouldn’t miss.

  2. Oooh….great lists!!

    I also enjoyed A Boy Called BAT, Glory Be, and Scar Island but haven’t read the other MG books on your list.

    Unwind is one of my all-time favorite books EVER – the whole series is just so powerful. I like the new cover – super creepy.

    And I still need to make my Best of lists this week, but I know The Hate U Give will be on them. Another powerful, moving book. That’s all I’ve read from your YA list – I better get busy!

    Hope your 2018 reading is just as good!


    Book By Book


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