Teen Top Ten Nominees

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) has released the 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.
Check out some of the nominees. (View the complete listing of nominees here!)


Sky on Fire


Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

A group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two — one group heading to Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters.





Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Since Eureka’s mother drowned, she wishes she were dead too, but after discovering that an ancient book is more than a story Eureka begins to believe that Ander is right about her being involved in strange things–and in grave danger.







Splintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.




The Testing


The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.





The Eye of Minds


The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.


Which ones would YOU vote for? Would you recommend these to your friends? Let us know in the comments below.

–sent by Michelle Frost

Top 10 Best Fiction

Head’s up, Readers! We’ve got more top ten lists for you to check out. This week, we bring you YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Assoication’s) 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.


Andrews, Jesse Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Socially invisible Greg becomes friends with Rachel, who has leukemia. When she stops her treatments, everything changes.



Bray, Libba The Diviners
The Diviners

It’s in the 1920’s and Evie is from Ohio, but New York is a whole different experience. Throw in some occult murders for a mystery and Evie and her uncle are on an interesting adventure. If they can survive.


Hartman, Rachel Seraphina

A decades long peace has existed between humans and mathematical dragons that fold themselves into human form. A plot is unraveling that end the peace, but can Seraphina discover who is behind it in time?


Kontis, Alethea Enchanted

Sunday the Princess kisses the magical frog. But who really is this prince? And why does her family despise him so?



Levithan, David Every Day
Every Day

What would your life be like if you woke up in a different body every day? Boy? Girl? And every day, you are still in love with the same girl. A love story like no other.


McCormick, Patricia Never Fall Down
Never Fall Down

Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is the story off how Arn is changed in one day from a regular kid, living day to day, selling ice cream with his brother to just another body working in a labor camp in Cambodia.


Quick, Matthew Boy 21
Boy 21

Finley plays basketball, it’s the only solid thing in his life. Wearing the number 21 keeps him sane. Among all of the other craziness, in walks Russ. Who doesn’t answer to his name, only “Boy 21”, the number of his former basketball jersey.


Saenz, Benjamin Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Two problem teens. At least that’s what the adults say. One has a brother in prison, the other is a oddball smart-aleck. Swimming is the thing that brings them together and helps them grow.


Stiefvater, Maggie The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys

First in a series, Blue is a girl with no psychic ability. Since she’s born in a family where that’s the norm, this is a problem. But when she finds out that people who are near her “See” more clearly, several interesting developments begin. Including a prophecy that her first love’s kiss will kill.


Wein, Elizabeth Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity

In 1943, a British spy plane crashes in France. Captured by Nazis, the passenger “Verity” is forced to weave a written and intricate confession of how her and her pilot friend met and became friends in an effort to survive.


Have you read any of these? What did you think? Would you recommend these to your friends? Let us know in the comments below.

–sent by Michael Perry


Cast Your Vote!

Are you looking for a good teen book to read? Check out the 2011 nominations for the Teens Top 10 on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) website (www.ala.org/teenstopten[this link is history]). There are twenty-five books on the list and from August 15th through September 15th you can cast your vote for the Top Ten of 2011. These books were selected by teens across the country. YALSA wants to know what YOU like! Last year there were over 8,000 votes cast and the winner was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. All these titles can be found in the collection at Indianapolis Public Library.

Here are the nominees:



Bachorz, Pam Drought




I Am J


Beam, Cris I Am J




You Killed Wesley Payne


Beaudoin, Sean You Killed Wesley Payne



Zombies vs. Unicorns


Black, Holly and Justine Larbalestier Zombies vs. Unicorns



 The Lost Gate


Card, Orson Scott The Lost Gate
The Clockwork Angel


Clare, Cassandra The Clockwork Angel





Collins, Suzanne Mockingjay



Love, Inc


Collins, Yvonne Love, Inc





Condie, Ally Matched


Cremer, Andrea Nightshade





Fitzpatrick, BeccaCrescendo





Grant, Michael Lies





Hawkins, Rachel Demonglass



Hex Hall


Hakwins, Rachel Hex Hall



The Iron King


Kagawa, Julie The Iron King



I Am Number Four


Lore, PittacusI Am Number Four
Red Moon Rising


Moore, Peter Red Moon Rising
The Sky is Everywhere


Nelson, Jandy The Sky is Everywhere
Before I Fall


Oliver, Lauren Before I Fall
The False Princess


O’Neal, Ellis The False Princess



Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel


Patterson, James Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel
Sisters Red

Pearce, Jackson Sisters Red


Smith, Cynthia Leitich Blessed


Westerfeld, Scott Behemoth


White, Kiersten Paranormalcy

Teens´ Top Ten 2010

Heist SocietyEver wondered how books get on a list?  Ever wanted to put in your choices and see if they make the list?  Here’s your chance!  YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has the Teens’ Top Ten.  It’s a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country, including one here in Indianapolis and another in Fort Wayne. 
Strange AngelsNominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between Aug. 23 and Sept. 17; the winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week.  More than 11,000 teens voted in the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten, be one of the thousands in this year’s vote!

Click here to find out more about the program and to vote.

Here are YALSA’s nominees with their write-ups and, in a few cases, reviews that appeared on this blog.

Abbott, Ellen Jensen. Watersmeet Abisina is born into a colony of religious fanatics, where she is persecuted for her appearance, kept alive only because her mother is the healer. But when a new leader arrives, he rids the colony of the outcasts. Abisina escapes and is rescued by some dwarves, who help her journey to Watersmeet to find her father.



 Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls

Lia sees her eating disorder as a way to avoid so much: her stepmother’s pressure to be a role model for her new stepsister, her parents’ divorce, her mother constantly hounding over her daughter’s eating habits whenever she finds the time in the rest of her life. But most importantly, she sees it as a means to escape the death of her best friend, the one she ignored the day she died from the same disease Lia is fighting herself.

 Teen Scene’s review   


Hate List


Brown, Jennifer. Hate List

Valerie and her boyfriend Nick are constantly picked on by other kids at Garvin High. They write a Hate List, and Nick participates in a Columbine type killing. Valerie survives and has to live with the consequences.

 Teen Scene’s review  


  Heist Society


Carter, Ally. Heist Society 

Katarina is trying to get out of the family thievery business. When her father is suspected of stealing a priceless art collection from an Italian mobster, she has to steal them back to save his life—and she has no idea where they are.   





Cashore, Kristin. Fire

Fire is a monster, quite literally. She is extraordinarily beautiful and can control the minds of humans. Soon she gets sucked into the kingdom’s political turmoil and encounters everything from cold princes to brightly colored bunny rabbits. 




City of Glass


Clare, Cassandra. City of Glass
Clary must dig deep within herself to complete the journey into the unfamiliar in the name of family and love. Clary goes to the City of Glass to try to save her mother — even though it may mean her own death. 





The Roar

 Clayton, Emma. The Roar 

Mika’s world appears to be based purely on mystery and lies, though he seems to be the only one who senses it. After his sister vanishes and a new government program that targets children rises, Mika decides that the only hope of finding his sister may be in beating the government at their own game.  



Catching Fire

 Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire 

In the sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss is faced with the challenges of being a victor of the Games, from keeping up the image of a romantic relationship with Peeta to trying to prevent any rioting in the other districts. But when the Capitol announces a twist that will affect Katniss forever, will she be able to survive re-entering the world of the Games? 


Along for the Ride


Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride

College-bound Auden lets academics drive her entire life until she moves to a beach town for the summer to live with her father, stepmother, and newborn half-sister. Slowly she learns to break out of her shell as she makes friends with the locals and falls for a trick bike rider.  




 Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron 

In a distant future, all the world’s criminals are dumped in a vast, living prison called Incarceron, with live forests and mechanical animals, climate-controlled weather, and everlasting dark walls that stretch to nowhere. Seventeen-year-old Finn believes he should not be there and must rely on help from the outside to escape.  


hush, hush


Fitzpatrick, Becca. hush, hush 

Nora ends up sitting next to Patch in biology. Patch is a scary guy, a fallen angel, and he is shrouded in mystery. But he has a knack for getting under Nora’s skin. Many people seem to be out to get her and she is slowly starting to realize she is falling for Patch, even if he is trying to kill her.  



If I Stay

 Forman, Gayle. If I Stay 

After a drive with her family, Mia wakes up to find the car in pieces and the bodies of her family by the side of the road. She is in a coma, but she can see everything happening around her, almost as if she was a ghost. With her family gone, Mia has to decide if she should stay among the living or if she should pass on.  


Beautiful Creatures

 Garcia, Kami and Margaret Stohl. Beautiful Creatures

Lena isn’t like the other girls in Gatlin, South Carolina. She’s as different from them as a person can get. She is a Caster. Ethan wants to be different. He hates life in Gatlin. So when he runs into Lena, almost literally, something just clicks. Can an ancient curse, a shut-in uncle, and certain doom keep them apart? 

 Teen Scene’s review     


Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd


Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. 

Anyone who has ever been labeled or proclaimed themselves to be “geeks” will fall to the floor laughing and fall in love with the many different short stories and illustrations by some of the top young adult authors.  




 Golding, Julia. Dragonfly 

A princess from a country formed on rules is being forced to marry a prince from a different country who just likes to live life. They dislike each other on sight— and then they are kidnapped. Can they travel back home, through enemy territory, without strangling each other?  



The Reformed Vampire Support Group

 Jinks, Catherine. The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Grumpy vampire Nina is in a support group so that she doesn’t prey on humans. But things start to look grimmer than ever when one of the vampires in the support group shows up dead. Will Nina be able to get to the bottom of this crime before another vampire is attacked?  


I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

 Lieb, Josh. I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

A young boy (who happens to be an evil genius) wants to be student body president to attract his father/arch-nemesis’ attention. After using his almost unlimited resources, he thinks he has the election in the bag, when suddenly everything goes wrong that no amount of money can fix. 


Twenty Boy Summer


Ockler, Sarah. Twenty Boy Summer 

Anna joins her best friend Frankie’s family for a beach vacation in California. Frankie and Anna make a bet to attract 20 boys in 20 days. Anna struggles with a painful secret and falls in love with Sam — and isn’t sure she can finish their bet. 



Witch and Wizard


Patterson, James. Witch and Wizard 

Siblings Whit and Wisty are suddenly pronounced a witch and a wizard by their oppressive government. They are sent to prison, where they learn to use their powers with hopes to escape. 




By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead

 Peters, Julie Anne. By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead

Daelyn Rice is determined to succeed in killing herself this time. Using a website for “completers,” she reveals a history of bullying and torment that started in kindergarten. One day, though, a boy sits with her as she is waiting to be picked up from school. While she makes it known that she wants to be alone, he won’t give up on her.




Pierce, Tamora. Bloodhound

Beka has grown and needs to take on new assignments. When her old partner gets hurt, she is sent out on a new type of mission. Finding love and a culprit can be complicated in a big city—but nothing is too hard for the Terrier!




Strange Angels


St. Crow, Lili. Strange Angels 

Dru’s family kills mythical creatures. After a catastrophe befalls her parents, she wants revenge. To find out what happened to her family, she’ll need to learn to trust others. 







 Stiefvater, Maggie. Shiver

Ever since being saved by a wolf as a child, Grace has been fascinated with the wolves around her Minnesota home. But the wolves are becoming restless and need Grace’s help to save them. One of the wolves takes human form and falls in love with Grace — but as the weather grows colder, he’ll turn back into a wolf, likely forever. Soon, he must make a life or death decision to stay with the one he loves.  


Tanigawa, Nagaru. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumia is a high-school student who is bored by normal humans. She wants something supernatural to happen, so she starts a club with a boy named Kyon. Little does she know that everyone that signs up from her club is either a Time Traveler, Alien, or Esper.  




Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan

The prince of Austria-Hungary is on the run, his parents murdered. Deryn Sharp is a girl who pretends to be a boy to live out her dream. One chooses to go on an adventure; the other is forced into it. The pair are on opposite sides but must work together to escape from German troops.

 Teen Scene’s review 


City of Fire

 Yep, Laurence. City of Fire

Twelve-year-old Scirye vows to avenge her sister’s death and reclaim a stolen treasure for her people by taking on the villainous dragon Badik and the strange Dr. Roland. She and her companions travel to a Hawaiian island created by magic, where a goddess helps them in their quest to stop Dr. Roland from achieving a great power. 

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YALSA´s Teens´ Top Ten List for 2008

What the heck is a YALSA?  Never seen that one in a text message, right?  That’s okay, it’s the acronym for the Young Adult Library Services Association.   So?  Well, they like books and teens and when they combine the two, you get lots of cool things, like Teen Tech Week, Teen Book Week, lots of lists to pick some pretty beast titles from and more. 

Here’s one, it’s the Teens’ Top Ten list for 2008.  

From the YALSA website:
The vote is in! More than 8,000 teens voted on this year’s winners. The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten is:
1. Eclipse

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer







2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling







3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney







4. Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead







5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson







6. City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare







7. The Sweet Far Thing

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray







8. Extras

Extras by Scott Westerfeld







9. Before I Die

Before I Die by Jenny Downham







10. Twisted

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

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 fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted in April during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year during Teen Read Week. Readers aged twelve to eighteen can vote online, anytime that week.