VOTE! (for the Top 10 Teen Recommended Books)

25 09 2007

Teens Top TenTeens’ Top 10 is the only book award list that is recommended and awarded solely by teens! Five teen book groups across the country have been given the task of nominating young adult or adult books published in the current or past year. These books have to be judged worthy based on criteria developed by teens. A list is developed and during Teen Read Week in October, any teen (ages 12-18) with access to the internet can vote using the online ballot. As soon as voting is open (October 14-20), I’ll post the link, but until then, get to reading! Voting is now open, so go vote people!! We have many of these books, so check out the catalog. Here is this year’s list of nominated books — there are 25, and if I haven’t already made it clear, you guys will be voting for the TOP 10:

  1. Firegirl by Tony Abbot
  2. Teen Reviewer: “It shows that small daily gestures from others can lift someone’s spirits and also your own. People will remember this book long after it’s over.”

  3. Clay by David Almond
  4. Teen Reviewer: “A very compelling book with some of the same ideas as Frankenstein. It was mysterious and fun to read.”

  5. Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
  6. Teen Reviewer: “I think a lot of people can relate to the characters because they are going through emotions that many people experience.”

  7. Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
  8. Teen Reviewer: “It grabs the reader’s attention and you want to find out more.”

  9. The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman
  10. Teen Reviewer: “A wonderful and sad book about friendship, speaking out, and our right as American citizens to free speech.”

  11. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  12. Teen Reviewer: “What Annabel is going through — dealing with her family, not wanting to be a model anymore, old friends, a sister with an eating disorder, and the secret — is gripping.”

  13. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
  14. Teen Reviewer: “This book was probably on my top 10 most funny books list… a hilarious book about one teenage girl’s adventure through a surprise vacation in Israel, friends, and the meaning of Moshav.”

  15. In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth
  16. Teen Reviewer: “Gutsy. Says that any kind of person can be your friend.”

  17. The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson
  18. Teen Reviewer: “It’s a good, suspenseful book overall. You will REALLY like it if you are into forensics and murder mysteries.”

  19. What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
  20. Teen Reviewer: “This is an incredible book with mind boggling plot.”

  21. Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie
  22. Teen Reviewer: “This book is an amazing read about a girl going through struggles with her boyfriend, best friend, censorship, and herself. It really makes you think about things in your life and the way you view them.”

  23. River Secrets by Shannon Hale
  24. Teen Reviewer: “This book could be made into a movie. All of the books is really compelling.”

  25. Shock Point by April Henry
  26. Teen Reviewer: “The action and suspense escalated to an intense point. It captivated me.”

  27. Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
  28. Teen Reviewer: “It’s a huge, hilarious page-turner that keeps you reading: 36% great mystery, 49% unstoppable crush, and 15% fashion emergency.”

  29. Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
  30. Teen Reviewer: “This book is about finding one’s roots and discovering rock music, while figuring out your true self… the book has many surprising twists and turns, and it’s a great laugh-out-loud book.”

  31. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  32. Teen Reviewer: “I love the relationship between Bella and Edward, not because it is perfect, but because of it’s faults. Their relationship is so complicated and takes so many turns that it is hard not to want to know what happens next.”

  33. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
  34. Teen Reviewer: “This book is so original and creative. It has so many twists and adventure. This book is beyond amazing.”

  35. Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson
  36. Teen Reviewer: “It talks about what goes on during prom night through couples, crushes and high school life.”

  37. Maximum Ride: School’s Out — Forever by James Patterson
  38. Teen Reviewer: “The plot is super believable, and it’s a page-turner.”

  39. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  40. Teen Reviewer: “Just the whole idea of having a meteor crash into the moon and seeing how it affects a girl around my age is fascinating.”

  41. Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage by Susanna Reich
  42. Teen Reviewer: “It’s about an 11-year-old girl who wants to act.”

  43. All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde
  44. Teen Reviewer: “They are twilight zone stories that make you think about life.”

  45. Skin by Maria Adrienne Vrettos
  46. Teen Reviewer: “I was not expecting anything this powerful. I felt what they felt. An amazing story of an anorexic girl told through the eyes of her younger brother and the emotions of the whole family.”

  47. The Unresolved by T.K. Welsh
  48. Teen Reviewer: “Brilliant story, beautifully written.”

  49. Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  50. Teen Reviewer: “Flora discovers her family’s ancient butler; after helping him, she almost disappears into the abyss.”




4 responses

30 09 2007
April Henry

You have no idea how excited I am to be on this list with my very first YA book! My personal favorite – excluding Shock Point, of course! – is Life As We Knew It.

1 10 2007

I’ll have to agree with you on Life As We Knew It. But now I will definitely have to read Shock Point.

2 10 2007

Since I’m not a teen, I can’t vote, but it sure is useful to have this teen input! I’ll definitely have to try some! Audrey

9 01 2010

In my opinion, all these books are fine. But personally, my favorite book series is ttyl! It’s hilarious, heart-wrenching, and maddening… at the same time!

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