The results are in — 2012 Teens Top Ten!

Teen readers across the country chose Divergent by Veronica Roth as their favorite book!  

This choice happened as part of the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association). Teens voted online between August 15 and September 15, with the official list announcement during this year's Teen Read Week (October 14–20). Click below to see a YouTube video announcement (2:05) of the winning books.



The Return of… the Sequel!

I read an interesting article about books that are being published lately which are sequels to books published 5, 10, even 20 years ago — quite different from the usual publish-one-book-a-year cycle we see lately.  At least one of these (Unwind!) I have been waiting most anxiously for.

Have you read any of these?  Will a new sequel motivate you to go back and read or re-read the first book?


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Stuck In Neutral  
published 2001


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  Life Happens Next
  published 8/2012


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The Giver  
published 1994



  publishing 10/2012


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Stoner & Spaz  
published 2002  


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  Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz 2
  published 8/2011


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The Face on the Milk Carton  
published 1990



  Janie, Face to Face
  publishing 1/2013


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The Body of Christopher Creed  
published 2000  


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  Following Christopher Creed
  published 9/2012


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published 2007  


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  published 8/2012



Teen Book Review: Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Reviewed by Fallon D., Northwest Library

In a dystopian future, many people are forced into tearing apart ships just to scrape by, and so is teenage Nailer.  He leads a tough life, working hard and dealing with his abusive father, but at least he has a job and can eat.  When a "city killer" storm sweeps through his town and leaves many dead, it also washes a valuable ship ashore. When Nailer and a friend find the ship, they begin plundering it for its wealth, they find a survivor, a beautiful rich girl.  Now Nailer is burdened with decision that could change his life: rescue the "swank" or make profit on the treasure trove from the ship.

This book was really good! It was suspenseful, although it was sometimes predictable and the author kind of hit you over the head with social commentary.  With all the dystopian novels coming out right now, it is hard to choose which ones to read, but this is one of the best ones I have read so far. Nailer's adventure is unforgettable; this is a book you will think about long after you've finished.  

Find out what your favorite YA series says about you!

Find out what your favorite YA series says about you! 

Check out this link for some fun commentary on some of the top books in series that made it on to the NPR 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list.


I always loved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede (although perhaps more middle-grade, in my opinion).  Here's what they say:

You’re a smart aleck and kind of a badass — that is, you know all the places where a young lady is supposed to scream for help, but you generally prefer to rely on your sword hand. Also you make a killer cherries jubilee.


You’ve read their hot titles, but check out some lesser-known ones….

You've read all about Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, but have you checked out the awesome series Suzanne Collins wrote BEFORE ​The Hunger Games​?

You've read about Liesel Meminger's adventures with Death, but do you know what Marcus Zusak wrote before The Book Thief​?  

Or what Maggie Stiefvater wrote before Shiver and the Scorpio Races?


Check out this fun article about "B-Sides" of YA literature, for some suggestions of great reads that are a little less mainstream.