2016 Summer MG/YA Booklist!

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I’m so excited about this summer’s Middle Grade and Young Adult reading list! There are a ton of new and upcoming releases and some old favorites recommended by readers.

Since there are so many new books on the list, below is just a small selection of what I’ve added.* There are stories for every tween and teen including  zombies, proms, cute meets, friend and family drama, aliens, fairies, fairy tale retellings, and a lot more from popular, indie, and debut authors.

For the complete printable list in a downloadable Word document, please click here: Summer 2016-mg_ya-list.

All of the books are available at Amazon, most at Barnes and Noble, and many at the public library.

Now for a sampling of the 2016 summer titles!

Young Adult Romance




Young Adult Paranormal Romance


Young Adult Romance Anthologies


Young Adult Realistic Fiction


Young Adult Science Fiction


Young Adult Action/Adventure/Dystopian


Young Adult Fantasy


Young Adult Novellas


Middle Grade Action/Adventure


Middle Grade Non-Fiction


 Middle Grade Relationships


Shares and Tweets are welcome!
I hope you all have a great summer of reading.IMG_5066

Now, I’d love to know if you have any books you’d like to add to the list!

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.

*The books listed in this blog post and on the list are in no particular order, just grouped by general topic or subgenre.

All covers courtesy of Amazon. Feature photos courtesy of Sharon Wray.

Sharon Wray

A librarian/archivist who studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris, Sharon now writes stories of adventure, suspense, and love for Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint. Sharon loves to connect with readers and can be found at:


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. vicki says:

    This looks like a great list of summer reads, Sharon. At the tween age, I was reading mysteries, especially Agatha Christie. Does this date me??? LOL

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    1. Sharon Wray says:

      It it does, Vicki, then it dates me as well! Except I do know there’s a resurgence of teens and tweens reading cozy mysteries so hopefully they’ll find their way back to the Awesome Agatha!

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  2. So many wonderful choices! I’m so happy kids are finding a whole new world behind covers like these. For many years reading wasn’t considered the ‘cool’ thing to do, I’m glad that’s changing thanks to authors like those you mention above.
    Thanks for sharing, Sharon

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    1. Sharon Wray says:

      I went to YA’LL Fest this year (a huge YA book festival in Charleston, SC) and it was so wonderful to see so many kids waiting patiently in lines just to meet their favorite authors. Some teens had suitcases full of books, waiting to get them all signed. This makes me happy too!! 🙂

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  3. Jeannie Hall says:

    Reblogged this on Jeannie Hall Suspense and commented:

    Do you have middle grade or young adult age kids at home? Here’s some great summer reading!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. S.A.Taylor says:

    Always love your reading lists, Sharon! The covers are so vibrant and eye-catching. Also, there are a few on the list I’ve been wanting to check out for the past few months. Good to know you recommend them as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sharon Wray says:

      Thanks, S. A.! I love YA covers too. They’re so fun and vibrant and often perfectly capture the essence of the book. I hope you get a lot of reading done this summer! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Great reading list, Sharon. I’ve shared. 🙂

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    1. Sharon Wray says:

      Thanks, Marsha!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Pat Amsden says:

    This is a great list.Just as Vicki was reading Agatha Christie so was I along with Dick Francis. Now as an adult I’ve read all the Harry Potter Books and Meg Cabot to name just a few ‘tween’ books and story tellers and been enthralled by all of them. A good story is a good story no matter what the age and you’ve put together a stellar reading list for tween and beyond no matter what their interests or ages.

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