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YALSA 2016 Teens’ Top Ten December 14, 2016

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It’s that time of year again – time for the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten list – a “teen choice” list of the favorite books of the year. Check out the website:  www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker

“Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?”

2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

” Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after he sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.”

3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

” Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue, and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.”

4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

” Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.”

5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.”

6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she beings hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.”

7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu

“A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.”

8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

“Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.”

9. When by Victoria Laurie

“High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then , Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.”

10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

” June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth…which, it turns out, is very complicated.”

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2013 Teens’ Top Ten October 28, 2013

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” 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 Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week in April, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

You have voted and the results are in.  Without further ado, I present the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten winners:

1.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

codenameverity“I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.”

2.  The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

falseprince“In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.”

3.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

insurgent book“One choice can transform you, or destroy you.

Every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves, and herself, while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.”

4.  Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

pushing the limits“No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with freaky scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.”

5.  Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison-Princess-183x300She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.”

6.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boys“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”

7.  Crewel by Gennifer Albin

crewel book“Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.”

8.  Every Day by David Levithan

every day book“Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.”

9.  Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

kill me softly“Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.”

10.  Butter by Erin Jade Lange

butter book“A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans?”

For more details, check out the YALSA website:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2013-teens-top-ten

 

YALSA 2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations Announced April 22, 2013

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Ah yes, the long-awaited list of titles is here.  It is the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations!TeensTopTen_logo_web

Check out all the titles below (arranged alphabetically by title):

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

“When NASA holds a world-wide contest for returning to the moon, no one – not even the three teenage participants – can fathom what is really in store for them up on the airless, empty gray mass.  Or is it truly empty…?  Unbeknownst to them, what they find up there will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone on Earth.”

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

“Delilah is a lonely, straight-A, freshman student who is shunned by nearly everyone at her school except for her punk best friend, Jules.  Her mother pushes her to get out more by making her join the swim team even though she always gets last place.  Her father left her for another family and never visits.  So it’s no wonder she would rather spend her days reading.  She finds a fairy tale that she can’t stop reading and falls in love with the prince of the story.  Too bad he’s not real…or is he?”

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

” When her evil father King Leck dies, Bitterblue is made queen of a kingdom she knows nothing about.  As she struggles to come to terms with both who she is and the legacy her father left on the city, Bitterblue tries to discover the secrets of her father’s crimes by walking the streets of her own city in disguise.  Filled with struggle, suspense and surprises, will she be able tot turn her kingdom into a better place?”

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

“Butter is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible but who doesn’t really want to make a splash either.  One day, he’s finally pushed over the edge, and he posts a blog about his last meal, the one that he plans will kill him.  This blog post brings him instant popularity, making Butter happy for once in his life.  But Butter knows that his life is still far from perfect, and he must struggle with himself to determine who he will be and what course his life will take.”

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

“Verity is held captive by the Gestapo in 1943.  She is told to reveal the secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face the brutal consequences.  As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds forged by it.  Their tale intertwined form a suspenseful, breathtaking narrative of espionage – hope – horror – and friendship that spans untold secrets!”

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

“In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples’ very lives.  Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it.  Although it is often advertised as the perfect life, it is far from it as things are never how they seem.”

Croak by Gina Damico

“Lexington ‘Lex’ Battleby is a juvenile delinquent who is sent to her uncle Mort’s after her latest stunt.  Once there she discovers that she is a Grimm Reaper.  She was born to have the ability to take the souls from dead bodies and send them to the afterlife.  On the job, she feels the need for justice for the poor people, as they aren’t allowed to do anything but transport the souls.  As she deals with this struggle, her limits are tested as she discovers how far she will go to help the souls and herself.”

Enchanted by Althea Kontis

“Sunday loves to write stories, the only problem is that when she reads them aloud, they tend to come true.  So when a frog claiming to be a cursed human comes along, he asks her to do two things, to read a a few stories that won’t harm anyone and to kiss him.  When you kiss an enchanted animal, or in this case – a frog, the enchanted will return to his true self.  What Sunday doesn’t know is that if she kisses him, her life will change forever.”

Every Day by David Levithan

“A wakes up in a different body every day.  It has always been that way for A and A has rules to live by, like not getting too involved in the person’s life.  Then A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, the boy whose body he is inhabiting.  Suddenly, none of the rules apply because A has found himself falling for Rhiannon and she won’t leave A’s mind even after A has left Justin’s body…”

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

“War is brewing and unrest is wide spread.  The breaking point is a single incident in the dying nation of Paelsia.  While three kingdoms battle for power, four young people find themselves greatly affected by it as they experience thing like betrayal and war.”

The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen

“In a faraway land, civil war is brewing.  To unify his kingdom’s divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne.  Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage.  Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a swords point – he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed.  His rivals have their own agendas as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden.  As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of lies unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.”

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

“Ismae is the daughter of the God of Death.  After a near escape from her arranged marriage to a convent, Ismae is trained in the arts of a handmaiden of Death 0 assassination.  Sent to the household of a possible traitor, Gavriel, Ismae begins to see glimpses of faults within her convent, and honor in the man she is sent to spy on.  Despite any feelings or doubts, she knows her first duty is to Death, but she has to wonder, what will her duty cost her and the man she is coming to love?”

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

” For as long as he can remember, Gene’s father has always taught him how to keep a low profile so no one can notice that he’s different.  He can’t run as fast, he can go outside in the daytime, and he doesn’t have a lust for blood.  Gene is human and each day is a battle to keep his secret locked away or be devoured by everyone around him.  When he is chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last few remaining humans, he is thrust into the fight of his life and into the orbit of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible.  Little does he know however, she has a few secrets of her own.”

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

“Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer and has witnessed crime scenes from the killer’s point of view.  So when a body is discovered, Jazz wants to use the skills he knows to help find the killer.  However, he’s not just trying to prove to other people that he’s not like his father; he’s also trying to prove it to himself despite what he already knows.”

Immortal City by Scott Speer

“The Immortal City, where guardian angels only protect the richest people and it’s the hottest, trendiest thing to be an angel.  Maddy doesn’t quite understand what all the hype on angels in about, but when the most desired angel, Jacks asks her for help, she finds out more about angels than she ever expected possible.  Soon after, they immediately fall in love.  But when someone threatens this love, what will they do about it?”

Insurgernt by Veronica Roth

“In the sequel to Divergent, Tris Prior is safe housing at the Amity compounds with her fellow survivors.  With the whole city at war with its self and Jeannine looking for all the divergent, Tris must learn to embrace her own divergence and understand it, though it might prove a dangerous task.”

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

“After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents had died.  But when she gets there, she starts to notice that this isn’t any ordinary town and that the teens that live hear are fated to play out the Grimm’s fairy tales.  So when Mira finds out that she too has a role to play, it’s only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.”

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 is a book filled with terror, fear, and love, all inside a supermarket where 14 kids are trapped inside.  They are unable to leave as a monster hailstorm has hit leading to a variety of other disasters like a chemical weapon spill.  Now they must find a way to escape their town Monument and get to safety in Alaska.”

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

“Emma has never really questioned her ability to communicate with fish, her strange violet eyes, or her awkwardness on land, but when her best friend, Chloe, dies in a shark attack and the attractive, mysterious Galen keeps showing up in her life, Emma soon learns that she belongs in a different world – one that is underwater.  In the meantime, Galen, the prince of Syrena, must learn why Emma seems to not quite fit in with either the humans or the Syrena while battling the strong attraction he feels towards her.  As the relationship between the two develops, they are faced with difficult decisions between duty and desire that could lead to a huge change of Syrena history.”

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

“What really happens at the end of the world?  Cannibals, Baggers, pepole try to sell you – and in this world, sixteen year old Evie is on of the few healthy teen girls.  Evie sets out on a quest to find herself, all the while things heat up between her and Jackson, the troubled bad boy from across the tracks.  She knows life will get even worse as she comes to realize that she isn’t like other people.  Luckily or maybe unluckily for her, Jackson is the only one that can help her survive.”

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarrity

“Echo is a high school girl with ‘freaky’ scars on her arms and no memory of how it happened.  Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future.  Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, going through a journey that will proved to them and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is a thrilling adventure that captures you and takes you down the supernatural path with a daring girl named Blue, for complicated guys and one life-altering quest and mystery of finding the Glendower King.”

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

“Dragons and humans have finally achieved peace, and the anniversary celebration is fast approaching.  For Seraphina Dombegh who is half dragon and half human, life is about blending in.  However, a series of events will place her in the path of the Prince Lucian, Captain of the Queen’s Guard, and a hunt for a killer determined to start a war.”

Skinny by Donna Cooner

“Ever has always wanted to live in a fairy tale but with 302 lbs. weighing her down it’s difficult to achieve.  It’s even harder with Skinny, her own private critic constantly belittling her.  In this inspirational tale, Ever discovers the truth of learning how to overcome and accept the issues that plague her.”

Son by Lois Lowry

“In this new branch of the dystopian story started by The Giver, we follow the life of Claire, a birthmother in Jonas’s community.  When Claire gives birth and her baby is taken from her we see the first signs of emotion from someone besides Jonas in the community.  In this riveting tale about the strength of a mother’s love, you’ll be whisked through an epic adventure of good vs. evil that explores the concepts of  freedom, love, and sacrifice.”

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Tilt tells the story of three teenagers, all wondering about who they are and how they fit into the world.  One struggles with a teen pregnancy, another deals with AIDS while the last must overcome an abusive relationship.  As things begin to change drastically, with them not in control, all they can do is hang on for the ride.”

Underworld by Meg Cabot

“In the second book of the ‘Abandon’ series, Pierce Oliviera has been, yet again, kidnapped by John Hayden, the ruler of the Underworld.  However, this time she can’t escape, and when she gets a video on her phone predicting her cousin, Alex’s, death, Pierce panics and begs John for help.  She will do anything if only he will help her cousin, including staying with him forever in the Underworld.”

Wake by Amanda Hocking

“Three mysterious girls have just blown into town and everyone has their eyes on them.  Little does everyone know, they also have their eyes on the towns’ residences.  Gemma in particular has caught their eyes and they want her.  Little does Gemma know, she’s about to be thrown into a situation she might not be able to get out.”