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Petra’s Young Adult Lit Summer Hit List

Written by Petra Claflin, TE Instructional Coach and former Literacy Specialist and ELA teacher

I couldn’t come up with ten and couldn’t stop at 5, so here are my Top 7!

I lean towards sci-fi/fantasy, so most of these are of that variety. I didn’t include the obvious titles like Hunger Games and Harry Potter, and it goes without saying that those should definitely be at the top of your list if you haven’t read them already. Oh, and I guess these would be great to recommend to your students, too. J

  1. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

    These books aren’t necessarily ranked, but this one is at the top for a reason. It’s a really powerful coming-of-age story with a female protagonist, and it’s setting has a Game of Thrones feel to it. Really great and the author recently received the Edgar Award.

  2. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

    This is set in dystopian New Orleans with a male protagonist and is his coming-of-age story. I have recommended this book to TONS of people the last few years.

  3. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

    This is more of a historical thriller/murder mystery set in a small German town in 1660. And there’s another title in the series that came out recently as well! The Kindle versions are currently available to borrow for free for Amazon prime members.

  4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    A mixture of Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies with a male protagonist. This is a series that students have loved!

  5. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

    A story of what could happen if the moon crashed into the Earth from the perspective of one of the surviving families. Another one students have really enjoyed!

  6. Graceling & Fire by Kristin Cashore

Historical fantasy with female protagonists that were a step up in sophistication from say, the Twilight books. The third companion book, Bitterblue, just came out, so I’ll be reading that soon!  



4 thoughts on “Petra’s Young Adult Lit Summer Hit List

  1. Thanks for the list, Petra! This is a great list of super fun-reads.

    Posted by Patricia A. Williams | June 21, 2012, 9:05 pm
  2. I think I need to do some book shopping or at least borrow some from my local public library. I already have Life As We Knew It sitting on my bedside table and need to get to reading it. It was suggested by a Librarian at one of the schools where I coach and I am sure it will be a fun one to read. Now I have many others to follow. Thanks for the list! I am ashamed to say I have not read any Harry Potter or Hunger Games, yet.

    Posted by Larissa Brown | July 3, 2012, 10:50 am
  3. The Meghan Whalen Turner’s series for The Queen’s Thief is excellent as well. The stories are very engaging, incorporating elements of Greek Myths into a fast-paced mysteries.

    Posted by AmandaRoussel | July 14, 2012, 6:33 pm
  4. The Luna Chronicles – starting with Cinder by Marissa Meyer – is another great sci/fi/dystopian/romance YA book that should be on this list!

    Posted by Lily Moguel | July 11, 2013, 10:40 pm

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