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Reading Recommendations

Mrs. Davis’ Reading Recommendations/Faves in no particular order - you can look up summaries on Amazon or Johnson County Library to see which you would love:)  I know there are MANY other great books not included below - I can’t list everything so please don’t judge me!


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Favorite Authors

Jason Reynolds (amazing on IG!) - realistic - Long Way Down

Jeff Zentner (IG!)  - realistic - Serpent King, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, Goodbye Days

Angie Thomas (IG!) - realistic - The Hate You Give (yes, it was a book first:)

Melina Marchetta - realistic, sci-fi - Finnikin of the Rock series, Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road

Kwame Alexander - sports - Rebound, Booked, Crossover

Elizabeth Acevedo (IG!) - realistic - Poet X

Favorite Books

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) comes in adult and YA (condensed version) - non-Fiction (yes, it was a book first:)

Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann) - non-Fiction

Dumplin (Julie Murphy) - realistic

The Center of Everything (Laura Moriarty) - realistic

If I Stay (Gayle Forman) - realistic

Caraval (Stephanie Garber) - sci-fi

Watership Down (Richard Adams) - sci-fi

Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater) - sci-fi

We Were Liars (E. Lockhart) - suspense

Under the Beetle’s Cellar (Mary Willis Walker) - suspense

Power of One (Bryce Courtney) - historical

Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) - historical

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See) - historical

Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell) - romance

Books for reluctant readers kids who just haven’t found the right book - but REALLY good books - I OFTEN have students come back and say, I don’t like to read but want another one like THIS book:)

Beanball (Gene Fehler) - sports

Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds) - realistic

The Hate You Give (Angie Thomas) - realistic

Rebound / Booked / Crossover (Kwame Alexander) - sports


All These Things I’ve Done (Gabrielle Zevin) - sci-fi

Finnikin of the Rock (Melina Marchetta) - sci-fi

Birthmarked (Caragh O’Brien) - sci-fi

Body Finder (Kimberly Derting) - suspense

Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo) - adventure / sci-fi

I haven’t read these (don’t stay on the shelves long enough for me to read!) but they are EXTREMELY popular at STA

Robert Muchamore Cherub Series - action/adventure

Chris Lynch Vietnam Series - action/adventure

Allen Zadoff Assassin Series - action/adventure

Kiera Cass Selection Series - romance

Jenny Han To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series - romance (Netflix hit, yes it was a book first:)

Reading Lists / Award Winners

Joco Library eLibrary Teen Picks -

Amazon Best YA 2019

NYPL YA Staff Picks - use the drop down to change the Season for more suggestions