Teen Top Ten Nominees, 2014 Part 4

Here are five more of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

(View the complete listing of nominees here!)

 


Don’t forget, Teen Fiction books count as 25 points each for the Summer Reading Program!

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try — Publisher’s note.

Also available as a downloadable e-book , a downloadable audiobook, an audiobook on CD and in Large Print.

 This Song Will Save Your Life

 

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

 

 

 

Steelheart

 

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

Also available as a downloadable e-book and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

The Rithmatist

 

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney.

As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names. What’s more, Ellie doesn’t know Graham is a famous actor, and Graham doesn’t know about the big secret in Ellie’s family tree. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing — Publisher’s note.

Also available as a downloadable e-book.

Let us know which ones you’ve read and what you thought about them in the comments below!
–Michelle Frost

Another 5 Teen Top Ten Nominees!


Below are 5 more selections from the Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.
(View the complete listing of nominees here!

 

The Clockwork Scarab: a Stoker & Holmes Novel

 

The Clockwork Scarab: a Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen GleasonIn 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptianscarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

Also available as a downloadable e-book.

Maybe I Will

 

Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

Author Laurie Gray presents a compelling picture of the realities of sexual assault in Maybe I Will, drawing on her years of experience as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, dealing with crimes against children. The twist in the story is that we never know for sure if the victim is a boy or a girl, and we realize that it doesn’t matter, because it’s not about sex. -GoodReads

 

 

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

 

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive– Publisher’s note.

 

 

Openly Straight

 

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Tired of being known as “the gay kid”, Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school–but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

 

 

 

 

Six Months Later

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? And why can’t she remember?– Publisher’s note.

Also available as a downloadable e-book

-Michelle Frost

The Fault in Our Stars Read-Alikes

In case you have been living under a rock, The Fault In Our Stars is being released on June 6th! If you haven’t read the book yet, there is still time.
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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book, in large print and in Spanish

#tfios #johngreen #thefaultinourstars

 

Here are some other books you can read while you wait for the movie release of TFIOS!
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Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she’s in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she’s made and the people she’s hurt — Publisher’s note

Also available as an audiobook on CD.

 

 

 

Maybe One Day

 

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor.

Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems — Publisher’s note

 

 

 

Before I Die

 

Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and in large print.

 

 

 

 

Somebody Up There Hates You

 

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon.

Dying of cancer in a hospice, seventeen-year-old prankster Richard has big plans for his final days.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook and a downloadable e-book.

 

 

 

Anthem for Jackson Dawes

 

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce.

When Megan, thirteen, arrives for her first cancer treatment, she is frustrated to be on the pediatric unit where the only other teen is Jackson Dawes, who is as cute and charming as he is rebellious and annoying, and who helps when her friends are frightened away by her illness.

 

 

 

The F- It List
The F- It List by Julie Halpern.
When Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. Time passes, and Alex learns Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.

 

 

Never Eighteen

 

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic.
Seventeen-year-old Austin, aware that life is short, asks his best friend and secret love, Kaylee, to take him to visit people and places in and around Tacoma, Washington, so that he can try to make a difference in the time he has left.

Also available as a downloadable e-book

 

 

The Probability of Miracles

 

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.
Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.

Also available as an audiobook on CD

 

 

 

Send Me a Sign

 

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt.
Superstitious before being diagnosed with leukemia, high school senior Mia becomes irrationally dependent on horoscopes, good luck charms, and the like when her life shifts from cheerleading and parties to chemotherapy and platelets, while her parents obsess and lifelong friend Gyver worries.

 

 

 

Me and Earl and  the Dying Girl

 

Me and Earl and
the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews.
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Also available as a downloadable e-book

 

 

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

 

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl; with Lori and Wayne Earl; introduction by John Green.

A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and a downloadable e-book

 

 

Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words
Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke.
Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine’s stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of “what it’s like to live with” such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a best seller in Norway. Regine was also a very gifted photographer, and had her photos exhibited at both the 2009 and the 2010 Nordic Light photography festivals in Kristiansund — Dust jacket

 

Click on the picture for the TFIOS trailer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

–Michelle Frost

 

The 2014 Rosie Results Are In!

What is the Eliot Rosewater High School Book Award?
The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they’ve read. For more information and to see past winners, visit Eliot Rosewater online.

78 Indiana schools participated this year, with 4,436 readers and 11,053 votes!

The Winner, with 6,277 votes: Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Divergent

 

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Also available as a downloadable e-book, an audiobook on CD, a downloadable audiobook and in large print.

 

 

Honor Titles:

With 6,264 votes: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book and in large print.

 

 

 

 

With 3,005 votes: Ashfall by Mike Mullin.

Ashfall

 

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished. This is the first book in the Ashfall Trilogy.

Ashfall is allso available as a downloadable e-book.

-Michelle Frost

5 More Teen Top Ten Nominees

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Here are some more of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

(View the complete listing of nominees here!)

Let us know which ones you’ve read and what you thought about them in the comments below!
–Michelle Frost

The Nightmare Affair

 

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for “magickind,” sixteen-year-old Destiny Everhart feeds on the dreams of others, working with a handsome human student to find a killer.

 

 

 

 

Of Triton

 

Of Triton by Anna Banks

When her mother’s reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms — Poseidon and Triton– against one another, Emma must risk everything she loves and reveal herself — and her Gift — to save a people she’s never known. Sequel to Of Poseidon.

Also available in Audio CD and downloadable audiobook formats.

 

 

Siege and Storm

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Hunted across the True Sea and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. (Grisha trilogy ; Book 2).

 

 

 

 

Love in the Time of Global Warming

 

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

 

 

 

Earth Girl

 

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities.
Also available as a downloadable e-book.