top ten tuesday

Ten[ish] Books I loved in 2017

2017 has been a stellar year for children’s literature. Picking 10 books was a challenge I was not worthy of, so I have divided my choices into MG and YA. Even then a sneaky extra worked its way onto the YA list. I left one or two off the MG list, but *deleting* an extra impossible.

To narrow the choice further, I decided only to include:

  • novels – there have been some great short story anthologies, but I will give these a seperate post
  • Books with a 2017 publication date


Picking favourites is so subjective, and difficult – are you judging the most literary? Those you enjoyed most? Those which best suit their target audience?  I have called this ‘books I loved in 2017’ rather than ‘favourite books’.  There are still books I could include, but I am pleased with the range of books I settled on, and hope no offence is caused. 

I would like to highlight the number of debut authors on this list. Every book on this list is fantastic, but it is especially encouraging to see that children’s literature is producing new talent.

Thank-you to every author on this list for writing me a wonderland. 


Middle Grade

The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine

Kick by Mitch Johnson

Michael’s Spear by Hilton Pashley

Nevermoor – The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr *

A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson *

The Amber Pendant [The Rose Muddle Mysteries]  by Imogen White

Letters To The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll 

Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters

Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean


Young Adult 

A Pocketful Of Crows by Joanne Harris

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

A Semi-Definitive List Of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

S.T.A.G.S by MA Bennett

Piglettes by Clemantine Beauvais

The Stars At Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

Ink by Alice Broadway *

The Jungle by Pooja Puri*


  • On old blog – link will take you off this site.


What is your top read of 2017? Let me know in the comments below.


14 thoughts on “Ten[ish] Books I loved in 2017

  1. I am so excited about Nevermoor!! Since it was pitched to me as the next Harry Potter, I’ve been ecstatic. That is a BIG statement to make, so you have no idea how glad I am that you included it on your list. I hope it is not overhyped.
    I bought Kick for my brother because he is obsessed with football. He will probably love that book! ❤

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    1. Nevermoor is definitely not overhyped!! I know what you mean. When a book gets a lot of publicity and attention, it builds our expectations. I hope your brother enjoys Kick. It has some very sad moments, but is wonderfully written. I loved the main character.

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  2. I only read one book on your list – a girl called owl – & I thought it was just okay.

    I just started on Nevermoor & it’s just okay, I guess I have too much expectation as the reviews are all said it’s a great book and it’s a start of a series so perhaps I’ll like it more in later books.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. I love Owl. ☺️ Hope you get into Nevermoor –
      I liked the idea of a cursed child as an exploration of rejection. There are aspects of the world which are really interesting. Thanks for checking out my list.


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