Kiss and Thrill’s 2015 Summer Middle Grade/Young Adult Reading List

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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:


Embrace by Jessica Shirvington


Harry Potter by JK Rowling


Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi






The Heir by Keira Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken







 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!

About Sharon Wray

Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and is the author of the Amazon bestselling Deadly Force romantic suspense series.

Posted on June 2, 2015, in book recommendations, Sharon Wray and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Wonderful list, Sharon! I have a couple of additions. A friend of mine who writes YA fiction recommended Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. I read it this winter and loved it. Thoughtful, well-written story about Piddy, a teen girl grappling with the consequences of secret keeping when she is targeted by the school’s mean girl.

    I recently gave my 12 year old niece Drama, a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. The middle school protagonists Callie loves theater and wants a part in the school musical, but she’s a terrible singer and instead ends up as one of the set designers. Telgemeier also wrote Sisters and Smile.

    My last recommendation is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I gave this book to my 14 year old niece. It’s a spy thriller set in World War II. Two teenage British spies crash land in Nazi-occupied France. One of the girls, Verity, is captured by the Gestapo and is forced to choose between her mission and her life. The New York Times called this book a “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel.”

  2. Wonderful list, Sharon! I’ll have more recommendations from my kids later today.

    Mom tip: if you see something here you think your kids might like, have the free sample sent to their eReader.

  3. Great list, Sharon! I second all of Krista’s suggestions and also recommend LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley, GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by A.S. King, GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero, COUNTING BACKWARDS by Laura Lascarso, TABULA RASA by Kristen Lippert-Martin, THE SWAP by Megan Shull and EL DEAFO by Cece Bell.

  4. I know I should be recommending YA books, but oh my gosh, Sharon, you’re kids are growing up so FAST! LOVE it when you blog and insert their pictures. Has your son always read? Is this unusual in teen boys? (I don’t have kids, but I don’t see that often.)

    I’d like to recommend a fellow Dreamweaver’s new YA debut:
    Jessica Ruddick, LETTING GO.

    • I almost added Jessica’s book, but I haven’t read it yet and kept this list to books I or the kids have read. But I will definitely add it to the revised list. 🙂

  5. *squeeeeals* I adore this list, Sharon!!! Thank you 🙂

    Another definite must read in YA debuts: Sarah Tomp’s MY BEST EVERYTHING. There is moonshine making & bootlegging! And first love!

    Or if you’re looking for giggles galore, don’t miss Amy Spalding’s KISSING TED CALLAHAN (and other guys) It is hysterical!

  6. Awesome list, Sharon! As I have five kids all required to read over the summer, this is a great help! There seems to be something for all of them here. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Thanks, Kim! I looked and looked for books about dragonflies or with dragonflies on the cover but haven’t found anything yet. Maybe one of us should write one! 🙂

  7. Great list, Sharon! Thanks for curating this year. 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Gwen. Does it feel strange to not have to worry about summer reading lists anymore? I know I’m going to miss our summer reading times the most when they go off to school. 🙂

  8. My ten-year-old grand-daughter really enjoys Penny Warner’s Code Busters Club series. They have codes and so on that the reader figures out. One of the books was about Alcatraz and my daughter took her there for a fun field trip.
    Thanks for the list, Sharon! I added a few to my list of possibles for the ten-year-old, and already ordered one.

  9. Thanks for all your hard work on this blog, Sharon. I know it took massive amounts of time and I’ll put it to good use buying birthday gifts for kids all summer long. I can’t wait to one day see YOUR name on this list.

  10. Reblogged this on DIANA BELCHASE and commented:

    Sharon Wray did an incredible job compiling this year’s kids summer reading list. I hope that all of you with middle grade and young adult readers will find it as helpful as I do. Thanks Sharon!

  11. mandacollinsauthor

    Great list, Sharon! Thanks for picking up the torch from Rachel!

  12. A cool list for cool kids. Thanks so much for doing this Sharon! Makes me miss my kids’ middle grade years! And “Wish You Were Eyre”? I definitely have to check that out!

    • Wish You Were Eyre is part of a wonderful series called the Mother/Daughter Book Club. My daughter and I loved those books and we both miss them now that she’s older. 🙂

  13. I don’t have kids at home, Sharon, but some of these I think I might have to read myself. 🙂 Great idea and I shared on FB.

  14. Thank you so much for this list. My son is a little too young for these books, but I’m going to share this with other parents who have older kids! I’ve read some of these books and they are fantastic recommendations. I’d like to suggest one additional book – Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman. A wonderful fantasy with dragons, shifters, Eastern Culture and a bit of romance.

  15. My daughter has been busy this week (end of the school year is always insane!) but I’ve finally managed to pin down some recs from her.

    She says this is the strangest book ever, but she enjoyed it.

  16. My daughter doesn’t usually love vampire books, but she loved this. She says it’s what Vampire books should be:

  17. Heather Ashby

    Great list, Sharon. I will post the link on Facebook.

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