Teens across the country made a list of nominations for this year's teen's top ten. The list of nominations is being published now so teens can have a chance to read all the books so they can vote online between August 23rd and September 17th. The top ten winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 17th through October 23rd. For more information about Teen's Top Ten please visit YALSA's website. Now for the nominations....drum roll please....
Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
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 outcasts. Abisina escapes and is rescued by some dwarves, who help her journey to Watersmeet to find her father.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
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.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
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.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
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 princess to brightly colored bunny rabbits. This is the sequel to Cashore's Graceling.
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
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. This book is part of a series called Mortal instruments.
The Roar by Emma Clayton
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. Teenspace wrote a review on this book! Check it out here!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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 by Sarah Dessen
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.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
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.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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. One of our teen book reviewers reviewed this book. Check out the review here. Don't want to read the book? Check out the audiobook!
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
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? Want to win a copy of this book?!? Check out the contest details here!
More books tomorrow....
The summaries of the books were provided by YALSA.