Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Underrated Books Read in 2016


  1. The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines: Jewish girl in the USA, 1942, begins detecting the disappearance of a classmate, while hiding her activities from her father and hiding her identity from her classmates.
  2. Shot in the Dark by Janet Whyte: biracial boy with degenerating vision (and a great deal of anger about his condition) plays competitive goalball in Vancouver. More importantly, he makes friends.
  3. Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings: girl is passed from one horrible relative to another after her grandmother dies. This is the story of how she finds a best friend and a home. Set in the 1960s.
  4. Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher, photos by David Wynan: boy with a camera, a secret, and a very evil persecutor.
  5. Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson: after If You Come Softly, Micah’s grieving girlfriend, friends, and family keep on living, one day at a time, after Act III of this modern-day Romeo and Juliet.
  6. The Reptile Class (Family Tree series) by Marc Zabludoff: photographs! and facts! about snakes! and other reptiles! So PRETTY! Gives a basic grounding about the reptile class with tantalizing details about specific beasties that delight the reader and whet their appetite for more information.



  1. The Rogues of the Republic trilogy by Patrick Weekes
    This really is very amazing in many different ways and more people need to read it. I mean, if you liked Six of Crows, you will love this trilogy.
  2. The Tribe series by Ambelin Kwaymullina
    This is still being released and I don’t quite know how many books there are in the series. This presents a very unique perspective on the post-apocalyptic novel that I think fans of the genre will enjoy.
  3. Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt
    This MG detective series has the most unique characters and is written in the most interesting way ever so I really don’t know why more people won’t read it.
  4. Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
    Now this is a tragedy because I adored this book and the author later told me that the publisher had dropped the series due to low sales so now I might never get to know what happens next in the lives of these brilliant characters.