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. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week (April), and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. The winners are below. 

View 2014 Nominees for YALSA's Teen Top Ten Books

Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and October 18 at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.

2014 Nominees:

Arnett, Mindee.  The Nightmare Affair
Banks, Anna.  Of Triton
Bardugo, Leigh.  Siege and Storm
Block, Francesca Lia. Love in the Time of Global Warming
Charbonneau, JoelleThe Testing 
Dashner, James The Eye of Minds
Edwards, Janet.  Earth Girl
Gleason, Colleen.  The Clockwork Scarab
Gray, Laurie.  Maybe I Will
Henry, April.  The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Howard, A. G. Splintered
Kate, Lauren.  Teardrop
Konigsberg, Bill.  Openly Straight
Laybourne, Emmy.  Monument 14: Sky On Fire
Richards, Natalie D.  Six Months Later
Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor & Park
Sales, Leila.  This Song Will Save Your Life
Sanderson, Brandon.  Steelheart
Sanderson, Brandon.  The Rithmatist
Smith, Jennifer E.  This is What Happy Looks Like
Smith, Andrew.  Winger
Stine, R.L. A Midsummer Night's Scream
Tucholke, April.  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Winters, Cat.  In The Shadow of Blackbirds
Yancey, Rick.  The 5th Wave

2013 Teens Top Ten
Code Name Verity

By Elizabeth Wein. In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
The False Prince

By Jennifer A. Nielsen. In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

By Veronica Roth. As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves-- and herself-- while grappling with haunthing questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Pushing the Limits

By Katie McGarry. Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets.
Poison Princess

By Kresley Cole. In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisianan family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself-- embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.
The Raven Boys

By Maggie Stiefvater. Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own-- and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

By Gennifer Albin. Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.
Every Day

By David Levithan. Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Kill Me Softly

By Sarah Cross. When sisteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot aviod her accursed fate.

By Erin Jade Lange. Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make a live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.
2012 Teens Top Ten
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family's faction or set off towards independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the "side-effects of dying," they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.
Legend by Marie Lu

June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother's death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children's home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Ever since Mclean's parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years - each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn't want to - she just wants to be herself.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion-but only one can win The Scorpio Races.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

This sequel to Gayle Forman's If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia's ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia's family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.
Abandon by Meg Cabot

Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos - Island of Bones - for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can she escape death once again?


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