It’s that time of year, when we ask the Your Kid’s Next Read community to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.
This year, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve broken our list up into categories share multiple lists of ‘favourite reads’ in different categories: picture books, early chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).
This very last post is all about young adult books, for readers aged 14+. There are some titles here that cross over with our middle-grade list, because kids come to reading at their own pace and stage.
Some of these books were published in 2023, some were not. One of the joys of a community like Your Kid’s Next Read is the ability for members to curate and create book lists that stretch way back through reading experiences, meaning any request or query results in a deep and thoughtful TBR pile on just about any subject.
Stand by also for Team YKNR’s favourite reads in 2023, coming soon.
These lists are great starting points when you’re looking for the next great read for your kid/s. Click the title to find out more about each book*.
YOUR KID’S FAVOURITE READ 2023: YOUNG ADULT
AS NOMINATED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE YOUR KID’S NEXT READ COMMUNITY. FOR READERS AGED 14+
Completely Normal and Other Lies by Biffy James
Borderland by Graham Akhurst
Stuck Up & Stupid by Angourie Rice and Kate Rice
Royals by Tegan Bennett Daylight
Dancing Barefoot by Alice Boyle
The Cruel Prince (Folk Of The Air series) by Holly Black
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
One Song by A. J. Betts
“Set over one weekend and the intensity of what that entails.” – Louise
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Only A Monster (series) by Vanessa Len
When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord
“My 14-year-old niece who had ‘gone off’ reading these past few years is back in the game after reading [this].” – Danielle
The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle
Grace Notes by Karen Comer
The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love by Davina Bell
“Always my biggest recommendation for this age group.” – Kylie
The Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan
Arc of Scythe (series) by Neal Shusterman
Heartstopper (graphic novel series) by Alice Oseman
Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
“My son enjoyed it for Year 9 English and I was stoked to pass on my entire series!” – Renee
Inkflower by Suzy Zail
Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
“Re-reading to prep for the release of the film.” – Briar
Neverlanders (graphic novel) by Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva
Defy The Night (series) by Brigid Kemmerer
“All of Brigid Kemmerer’s books.” – Hayley
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Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.
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