Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half Of 2017

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday (from the fabulous folks at the Broke and the Bookish) was a freebie theme, which is perfect as I didn’t get to this when it was the official topic back in December.  These books are a mix of me searching for diverse middle grade and teen books – especially fantasy and science fiction – as well as new offerings from favorite authors.

Top Ten Tuesday

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres – January 17 – This is realistic fiction that I put on hold at the library after listening to an interview with the author on the PW Kidscast.

Hilo: the Great Big Boom by Judd Winick – February 21 – More epic adventures and hilarity with Hilo, with a nicely multi-ethnic cast.  I’d better read book 2 before this comes out!

Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George – February 21 – the latest volume in the charming series I’ve been following since Tuesdays at the Castle.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee – March 14 – This was just a random browse through upcoming titles on Amazon – but it’s a rare upbeat romance between two middle school theater girls.  It looks adorable!

White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier – March 14 – It’s Rachel Neumeier.  And while I’m really hoping for more Black Dog books, I will read anything she writes in the meantime.

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood – March 21 – How very excited am I for this!  I guess two years isn’t really that long in book time, but it feels like forever since the Jinx series was finished.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi – March 28 – another book I found on Amazon – but I’m very happy to see a middle grade fantasy adventure with a Muslim lead.

First Class Murder by Robin Stevens – April 4 – Book 3 in the Wells and Wong series has been out for over a year in the UK, while the poor US readers are languishing waiting for it.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – May 2 – The last book in the To All the Boys I Loved Before series I finally discovered last year and, like everyone else, fell in love with

A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge – May 9 – Speaking of waiting for books to come out in the US, this is one that many of my blogging friends have been raving about since it first came out in the UK in 2012.  That’s five years of waiting, folks.

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner – May 16 – The latest book in the much-beloved Queen’s Thief series.  Even more exciting, my son is now old enough to enjoy these, too.

Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis – May 30 – Dragons and chocolate.  And written by Stephanie Burgis, author of Kat, Incorrigible and many other fabulous books.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Want by Cindy Pon – June 13 – I’ve really enjoyed Pon’s historic fantasy books, from Silver Phoenix to Sacrifice. I’m curious to see what she does with a futuristic setting.

These two upcoming middle grade fantasies from debut authors look interesting, too:

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer – January 3

Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horowitz – April 25


I feel like I had an even harder time this year finding diverse kids or teen sf/f.  If you have any that you know of coming out, please share!

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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7 Responses to Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half Of 2017

  1. i like your selections. especially the middle school theater girl one!

  2. A few of these are on my list as well. I absolutely MUST read The Gauntlet and WANT 😀

  3. A Face Like Glass is finally coming?! Yay!

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