Tracey’s 2017 Fiction Favorites

I have the same problem with fiction as I do with nonfiction. I like to read almost anything, though I must admit that my favorite genre is anything speculative.  See, even there I had trouble narrowing it down to fantasy or science fiction (or horror or…). So I’m a bit surprised that, except for the easy readers and early chapter books, the books I’ve chosen this year are almost 50/50 realistic and speculative.

I’m not making any award predictions with this list (though wouldn’t that me nice!). I picked them mostly because school kids will enjoy them. But these books also spoke to me personally. They made me laugh or cry or sigh. They fed my imagination.  They brought back memories—of my older son asking for a pet skunk, of cheering for the Minnesota Twins when I was a girl.

Normally I include only the first book of a series, but this year I added the last book of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series. The entire series was so entertaining and exciting, the characters so alive and interesting, and the ending of The Empty Grave was so satisfying that I just had to include it.




Absolutely Alfie and the Furry Purry Secret (Absolutely Alfie, Book 1) by Sally Warner. 9781101999868. 2017. Gr 1-3.
The Adventures of Caveboy (Caveboy, Book 1) by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. 9781619639867. 2017. Gr 1-3.
The Adventures of Henry Whiskers (Book 1) by Cici Priebe. 9781481465755. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Charlie & Mouse (Book 1) by Laurel Snyder. 9781452131535. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Crash! (Kid from Planet Z, Book 1) by Nancy Krulik. 9780448490137. 2017. Gr 1-3.
The Ember Stone (Last Firehawk, Book 1) by Katrina Charman. 9781338122305. 2017. Gr 1-3.

Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner. 9780763678463. 2017. Gr 1-3.
King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code (King & Kayla, Book 1) by Dori Hillestad Butler. 9781561458783. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz. 9780763648220. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Ugly Cat & Pablo (Book 1) by Isabel Quintero. 9780545940924. 2017. Gr 2-4.




Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom! (History Pals, Book 1) by Candace Fleming. 9781101934067. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt. 9781627793247. 2017. Gr 4-7.
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. 9780062445827. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis. 9781681193434. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Explorers : The Door in the Alley (Explorers, Book 1) by Adrienne Kress. 9781101940051. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff. 9780399175008. 2017. Gr 3-6.


Pablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee. 9781481470261. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley. 9780525428442. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall. 9780062484536. 2017. Gr 4-6.




Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. 9781101994856. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co., Book 5) by Jonathan Stroud. 9781484778722. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner. 9781681195483. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter. 9780062385680. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott. 9781338043587. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood. 9780062402639. 2017. Gr 4-8.


Posted by John David Anderson. 9780062338204. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Refugee by Alan Gratz. 9780545880831. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta. 9780807567425. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Slider by Pete Hautman. 9780763690700. 2017. Gr 6-8.




Caraval (Book 1) by Stephanie Garber. 9781250095251. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork. 9780545944472. 2017. Gr 7-12.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee. 9781419725487. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Flame in the Mist (Book 1) by Renee Ahdieh. 9780399171635. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Loving vs. Virginia : A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell. 9781452125909. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer. 9781250044662. 2017. Gr 7-12.


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. 9780062457790. 2017. Gr 9-12.
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder. 9780399169007. 2017. Gr 7-12.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins. 9780374304904. 2017. Gr 9-12.




All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. 9781101985137. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. 9780735220683. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. 9780385541992. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. 9781481466509. 2017. 10-Adult.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. 9780812989885. 2017. 10-Adult.

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. 2017. Gr 10-Adult. Includes The Bear and the Nightingale (9781101885932) and The Girl in the Tower (9781101885963).


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