Every book recommended on the Butterfly Books blog is a favourite, a carefully chosen and much loved book. So choosing one over another is a tough job! But for the end of 2017 I thought I’d choose the best of the best of this year’s recommendations.

Butterfly Books recommends all sorts of books, but this list will be the kinds of books that set this blog apart: books to support kids and teens through hard times, and a focus on books that reflect diversity.

This week: 15 to 18 year olds (click on the link to see the full review)


cover image of elena vanishingElena Vanishing

Written by a young woman with anorexia, this book helps teens understand how it feels to live with an eating disorder, and how hard it is to recover.

The honesty and struggle in this book are so real and so raw that teens will care about what happens to Elena, and keep reading. Through this book and Elena’s lived experience, teens can learn about eating disorders in a powerful and meaningful way.




cover image of shadow shaperShadowshaper

In a dramatic way, Sierra Santiago leans that she’s a Shadowshaper, someone who can control ancient spirits through art. Not only that, but she’ll have to fight to save the Shadowshapers from a mysterious presence that’s trying to get rid of them.

Full of action and suspense, this fantasy novel is a great read. Sierra is brave and determined, but not fearless, which makes her feel real and likeable. Teens will get into this story right away, and not want to put it down!





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