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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
- 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!