Voting is now open for YALSA's 2012 Teens' Top Ten!
Vote online from now through September 15th for your 3 favorite books.
The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2012.
If you liked The Hunger Games…
Give these dystopian reads a try!
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
In a post-apocalyptic future, Deuce brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she beings to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong — and dangerous.
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters. Can she convince her people to find the cities in order to save themselves? The adventure continues in Zenith.
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for 6 years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now they can't get out. His father won't let them out.
Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has grown up in The Society which dictates everything: where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and whom to marry. When Cassia is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But things aren't what they seem in the Society. The adventure continues in Crossed.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze with no memory of his life. He must work with the community of people also trapped in the maze if they are to escape. The adventure continues in The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina "Charlie" Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb where men die at age twenty-five and women die at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world. The adventure continues in Fever.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. The adventure continues in Sapphique.
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Born in the eighteenth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her parents. But when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, Honor and her friend Helix uncover a terrible secret about their island and the corporation that runs everything.
Epic by Conor Kostick
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, Erik persuades his friends to aid him in an unusual ruse in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families. The adventure continues in Saga and Edda.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
After the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and destroys his city and its surroundings, Alex must survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life. But ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday, Lena falls in love. The adventure continues in Pandemonium.
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
Whit and Wisty live under a ruling regime that will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books. They and thousands of other young people are kidnapped when accusations of witchcraft are made against them. The adventure continues in The Gift and The Fire.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, Beatrice must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. The adventure continues in Insurgent.
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, Lucy survives alone until she is forced to join Aidan and his gang. Soon they learn that Lucy is the target of the Sweepers who kidnap and infect people with plague.
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cell phone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.
NPR (national public radio) has polled their audience for a list of the top YA fiction — from the suggestions of readers and listeners across the country, they compiled a list of a hundred titles or so — and now it's our turn to vote!!
Each person can vote for up to ten of the books, and then the ranked list of the best YA fiction (as voted by us!) will be released in a few weeks.
I voted — man it was hard to decide between some of these beloved titles! Some of my favorite-ever books I chose not to vote for, because I don't consider them YA books. And, where the heck was Ender's Game on this list?!?! Yeah, yeah, I read their explanation of titles they chose not to include, but … Ender's Game!!
Take a look at the list, make your selections, and let us know what you think.
Battle School … the Unseen University… Wayside School… Hogwarts of COURSE….
It's much more fun to read about school than to think about it during the summer! Click & read here for a list of ten fictional schools that it would be fun to go to! Can you think of any other ones to add to this list?
Have you picked up your Bingo card yet?!? If you have, you will notice that one of the bingo squares says "Read a Novel in Verse". Here are a few suggestions for you so that you can cross off that square.
The Trial by Jen Bryant
Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Beanball by Gene Fehler
Hidden by Helen Frost
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Shakespeare Bats Clean-Up by Ron Koertge
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Exposed by Kimberly Mecum
Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
The Voyage of the Arctic Tern by Hugh Montgomery
Karma: a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere
May B by Caroline Starr Rose
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonia Sones
Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Unlocked by Ryan Van Cleave
The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
If you enjoyed Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, you might enjoy some of the titles on this list. Tales of childhood friendship, ancient whales, neighbors and unlikely family, these titles will keep you turning pages to the very end.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The story of Antonia is told by her childhood friend, Jim, an orphaned boy from Virginia. Though he leaves the prairie, Jim never forgets the Bohemian girl who so profoundly influenced his life.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
In this novel told in a series of vignettes, reader's experience the life of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
When they are marooned on a deserted island, a group of English schoolboys soon lose their civilized ways. Alone in a world devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys attempt to forge their own society.
Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
As her beloved grandfather, chief of a Maori tribe in New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times, young Kahu develops a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider is the ancestor of her people.
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Taylor grew up poor in rural Kentucky. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, her life takes an unexpected turn. By the time she reaches Arizona, Taylor has acquired a three-year-old Native American girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with her new life.
Where the Heart Is by Billy Letts
Novalee Nation has always been unlucky with sevens. She's seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight – and now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small prairie town.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Possessing an encyclopedia-like intelligence, the unusual son of a zookeeper named Pi Patel sets sail for America. But when the ship sinks, Pi escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor
Rain of Gold is the non-fiction saga of the author's own family. It focuses on three generations of Villasenor's kin, their spiritual and cultural roots in Mexico, their move to California and their overcoming poverty, prejudice and economic exploitation. It is the warm-hearted, humorous and tragic story of wily, wary, persevering family.
Angels & Demons
Demons: Sometimes scary, sometimes comical – demons and their realms just got a lot more interesting.
Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Nick's family has battled demons for most of his life. When his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping friends, Nick's determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret. The story continues in Demon's Covenant and Demon's Surrender.
Demonkeeper by Royce Buckingham
When Nat, the weirdest boy in Seattle, leaves for a date with the plainest girl in town, chaos breaks out in the houseful of demons of which he is the sole guardian.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
The world will end next Saturday according to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter. But a fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not looking forward to the apocalypse. If these unlikely allies are going to stop it from happening, they must find and kill the Antichrist.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
After a prom-night spell goes badly wrong, Sophie Mercer is exiled to a school for wayward Prodigium, supernaturally gifted teenagers, where she learns that an unknown predator has been attacking students. The story continues in Demonglass and Raising Demons.
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Theia knows she's seen Haden before – not around town, but in her dreams. The only thing Theia knows for sure is that the pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. When she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Jane's best friend Ally sold her soul to the Devil in exchange for popularity. Jane tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a cupcake eating demon.
Angelfire by Courtney Moulton
Ellie discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle monstrous creatures that devour humans and send their souls to Hell. A kick-butt heroine, awesome battle scenes, and a little romance, this story has it all.
Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
Riley Blacktorne is picking up the pieces after her father, a demon trapper, is murdered. A young apprentice demon trapper herself, Riley is just getting the hang of the job when her whole world crashes down around her.
Lord Loss by Darren Shan
Grubbs Grady is the only witness to the horrific murder of his entire family. He must outwit not only the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic forces only he can see. First book in the Demonata series.
Misfit by Jon Skovron
On her sixteenth birthday, Jael receives a mysterious present that unlocks her family's dangerous history and Jael's own untapped potential. Jael must negotiate normal life while learning to control the abilities she inherited from her mother, a demon, and protect those she loves from Belial, the Duke of Hell.
Angels: If you think Heaven is all about fluffy clouds and halo wearing, lute playing angels, you're in for a surprise. These angels are after your soul…and they don't always have Heaven in mind.
Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler
When a car crashes ends Ivy's life, her great love Tristan, who died and became an angel, breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss, but love may not be enough to save her.
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Eden was once a lonely human who lost her heart to a fallen angel. Now trapped between Heave and Hell, Eden discovers that her touch can strip away the morals and logic of mortals.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora has always been cautious in her relationships. When mysterious Patch, who has a large V shaped scar on his back, enrolls at Nora's school she is strongly drawn to him despite her misgivings. The story continues in Crescendo.
Unearthly by Cynthia Neely
Clara's visions begin to make clear her purpose as an angel-blood. In order to fulfill her destiny, clara and her family move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers.
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, Luce is sent to a reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her. The story continues in Torment and Passion.
Meridian by Amber Kizer
Meridian is a Fenestra, the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead. She must learn to help human souls to the afterlife before the dark forces reach them. But Meridian faces great danger from a band of demons that capture souls on the brink of death.
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Katrina's kindness to a man she finds sleeping behind her grandmother's coffeehouse leads to a strange reward as Malcolm, who is actually a guardian angel, insists on rewarding her by granting her deepest wish.
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When Miranda's guardian angel Zachary recklessly saves her from falling into an open grave and dying, the result is that she turns into a vampire. Zachary is left to try to reinstate his reputation by finally doing the right thing.
Kindred by Tammar Stein
Spiritual warfare breaks out when the Archangel Raphael and the Devil each deliver very different assignments to eighteen-year-old twins Miriam and Moses.
Angel Burn by Lee Weatherly
Two teens are on opposite sides of a battle that puts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful. When Alex and Willow find themselves falling love, they discover that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.
Have you ever tried reading a short story? There are books published with a theme and different authors write a short story within that theme. Each story is different since each author has a different view point. Short stories are great when you don't want to get involved with a longer title. Teenspace compiled a list of short stories awhile ago, but more have been published. Check out these short stories for some great tales.
Fear: 13 stories of suspense and horror
Stories by: R.L. Stine, Heather Graham, Suzanne Weyn, Jennifer Allison, Heather Brewer, Peg Kehret, Alane Ferguson, Ryan Brown, F. Paul Wilson, Meg Cabot, Walter Sorrells, James Rollins and Tim Maleeny
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
Stories by David Levithan, Eric Shanower, Ron Koertge, Jacqueline Woodson, Francesca Lia Block, Margo Lanagan, William Sleator, Ariel Schrag, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Julie Anne Peters, Emma Donoghue and Gregory Maguire
Kisses from Hell
Stories by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong and Francesca Lia Block
Kiss me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
Stories by Michelle Zink, Justine Musk, Sarah Rees Brennan, Becca Fitzpatrick, Caitlin Kittredge, Carrie Ryan, Michelle Rowen, Rachel Vincent, Daniel Marks, Maggie Stiefvater and Daniel Waters
Pick-Up Game: a Full Day of Full Court
Stories by Charles R. Smith, Jr., Walter Dean Myers, Bruce Brooks, Willie Perdomo, Sharon G. Flake, Robert Burleigh, Rita Williams-Garcia, Joseph Bruchac, Adam Rapp, Robert Lipsyte
Teeth: Vampire Tales
Stories by Genevieve Valentine, Steve Berman, Christopher Barzak, Neil Gaiman, Delia Sherman, Garth Nix, Suzy McKee Charnas, Kaaron Warren, Cecil Castellucci, Jeffrey Ford, Nathan Ballingrud, Kathe Koja, Catherynne M. Valente, Melissa Marr, Ellen Kushner, Cassandra Clare & Holly Black, Lucius Shepard and Emma Bull
Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness
Stories by Matthue Roth, Sarah Rees Brennan, Michael Lowenthal, Jennifer R. Hubbard, Sherry Shahan, Saundra Mitchell, Heidi R. Kling, Courtney Gillette, Jennifer Knight, Shelley Stoehr, Jill Wolfson, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Liz Miles, Ellen Wittlinger, Luisa Plaja, Cecil Castellucci, Emma Donoghue and Sara Wilkinson
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Stories by Garth Nix, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Naomi Novik, Carrie Ryan, Margo Lanagan, Maureen Johnson, Diana Peterfreund, Meg Cabot, Cassandre Clare, Kathleen Duey and Libba Bray
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
When lovable and geeky Arnold "Junior" Spirit transfers from his troubled Spokane Indian Reservation school to Reardon High, he finds that he is the only Native American in an all-white school.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel and her 5-year-old sister were wrongfully sold as slaves to an abusive Loyalist couple during the Revolutionary War. Isabel quickly learns to trust no one, as she spies for the rebels and plots her own escape.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
Raised as an experiment and considered property, young Octavian undergoes even greater changes with the arrival of America's own revolutionary war.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
13 teens are each sent a box of audiotapes recorded by their classmate Hannah and mailed on the day she committed suicide. On the cassettes, Hannah says, "I'm about to tell you… why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why."
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Best friends Chris and Win have been planning their post-graduation cross country bicycle trek for years. But Win disappears somewhere in Montana, Chris is forced to return home alone. And Win's overprotective father– and the FBI!– are convinced that Chris knows something.
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
In a land of seven kingdoms, people with special talents are called Gracelings. Katsa's Grace, a talent for killing, forces her into the service of her corrupt uncle, who uses her to punish and torture his enemies. When Katsa meets a strange prince whose Grace matches her own, she realizes that her gift may not only be a curse. Book 1 of the Seven Kingdoms trilogy.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray thought she was just another normal, if slightly geeky, kid. But normal kids don't witness invisible people committing murders with no trace, and normal kids' mothers aren't captured by horrible monsters. Now Clary has to embrace the bizarre world of the Shadowhunters in order to rescue her mother and understand her own family's secrets. Book 1 of the Mortal Instruments series.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
When rocker Nick O'Leary asks Norah, in a New York punk club, to be his girlfriend for five minutes, bedlam and romance begins.
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena
Sixteen-year-old Danny feels like an outsider- both in school where he is seen as Mexican, and with his family where he is seen as white. Danny finds answers for himself while spending a summer with his cousin on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Auden always did exactly what her parents expected. However, at the beginning of the summer before college, she makes the split-second decision to live with her father, now stepmother, and newborn sister– to the shocked dismay of her mother. She quickly falls into old habits of shutting others out and driving alone all night– but when she meets Eli, things start to change.
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, 16-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn and discovers the truth about the death of a guest.
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
It is a dangerous time in Norther Ireland when Fergus, while digging peat in the mountains, makes a shocking discovery: the body of a child.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
In a coma after her family is killed in a car accident, Mia observes her friends' reactions, reflects on her past, and considers her possible future, as she struggles to decide whether to live or die.
Paper Towns by John Green
When Margo Roth Spiegelman, the unattainable girl of Quentin's dreams, clibs through his bedroom window dressed as a ninja, he agrees to help her with a campaign of revenge. The enigmatic Margo leads Quentin through a series of nighttime adventures… until she disappears.
Godless by Pete Hautman
Jason questions everything about his family's Catholicism, which leads him to invent his own God and, with the help of several friends, a religion too.
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Teen vampire Nina, along with the other members of her support group, are not the romantic superheroes of typical vampire stories. But when one of them is killed, Nina must lead her dysfunctional crew of bloodsuckers on a mission to halt vampire persecution!
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Paul's simple high school life is confused by his desire for another boy, who seems unattainable until Paul's friends help him find the courage to pursue him.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
When Matthew shuts his girlfriend Frankie out of the secret society that he and his friends belong to– because she is a girl– Frankie takes action. Little do the members of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hound know that Frankie is the mastermind behind their ingenious pranks!
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Tricked by her stepfather and sold into prostitution in India, 13-year-old Lakshmi lives in a nightmare. Her only comfort is the friendship she forms with the other girls, which helps her to survive– and eventually escape.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
In a dystopian society of men who hear each others' every thought, young Todd is surprised to hear "a hole in the Noise". This unfamiliar pocket of silence turns out to be a girl– Viola– whose existence proves that the whole society Todd knows is built on lies. Can Todd and Viola escape to freedom, and find the truth of his history? Book 1 in the Chaos Walking series.
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop
Mike, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are known as troublemakers at their smalltown high school. When one of them goes missing, hes friends become suspicious of their teacher Mr. Haberman, who acts very suspiciously while teaching Crime and Punishment.
Numbers by Rachel Ward
Jem has a terrible gift– when she looks into someone's eyes, she sees the date of his or her death. She knows how much (or little) time they have left… her mother, her new friend Spider, and all the tourists standing in line for the London Eye Ferris wheel…
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Magic, romance, and a family curse are combined in a contemporary fairy-tale based on the song "Scarborough Fair." When Lucy reads her crazy mother's diary, she learns that she, too, is destined for madness unless she performs the three impossible tasks in the song.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Death itself narrates the unforgettable story of Liesel, a foster child in Nazi Germany, whose book stealing and storytelling support the spirits of neighbors and the Jewish man hiding in her basement.
Kampung Boy by Lat
Though written as fiction, this graphic novel shares the author's experiences growing up on a rubber plantation in Malaysia in the '70s.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Combining three different stories, one drawn from Chinese mythology, this graphic novel explores racism and self hatred as a young boy struggles to come to terms with his heritage.
Med Head: My Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Drugged-Up Battle with my Brain by James Batterson and Hal Friedman
An account of Cory Friedman's thirteen-year nightmare with Tourette's syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Cory's life changed forever sometime before his fifth birthday. Now seventeen, he looks back and shares all the struggles he managed to survive.
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
A harrowing and personal memoir of growing up in Liberia during a bloody political coup. Helene's family escapes Liberia and moves to America, leaving Helene's sister behind. This coming-of-age story– with a near-death experience– brings Helene back to Africa in search of the family member she lost.
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
A popular author chronicles his young adult life as a drug user, smuggler, and convicted feon, who eventually completes college and becomes a writer.