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 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


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