YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten 2011!

Teens Top Ten logoEvery year, YALSA hosts a Teens’ Top Ten list, where teens (ages twelve to eighteen) nominate and choose their favorite books of the year! “Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.”

The votes are in and the winners have been announced!

And the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winners are:

[Please note: Unless otherwise noted, all annotations provided by the Library of Congress Catalog in Publication (CIP) and all links lead to Goodreads.com]

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster): 
    When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic):
    Katniss Everdeen’s having survived the Hunter games twice makes her a target of the Capitol and President Snow, as well as a hero to the rebels who will succeed only if Katniss is willing to put aside her personal feelings and serve as their pawn.

  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster):
    Sixteen-year-old Nora Grey struggles to face the truth while coping with having a fallen angel boyfriend named Patch and unraveling the mystery surrounding her father’s death.

  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins): 
    In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin): 
    Meghan Chase has a secret destiny. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything’s about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth–that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face, and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. (From Goodreads)

  6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin): 
    All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?

  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company): 
    Heartbroken after her best friend and soul mate, Fang, leaves her flock, Maximum Ride begins to believe the evil scientists trying to convince her she needs to save the world, and that Dylan, the newest member of her flock, is her perfect mate.

  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins): 
    When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.

  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins): 
    After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin): 
    Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it is their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shape-shifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla’s heart, she is faced with a decision that could change her whole world.

Watch Cassie Clare’s winner acceptance video below:

You can meet the 2010-2012 teens who will choose the nominees for the next two years here: Teens’ Top Ten book groups. Also, watch YALSA’s official animoto video here.

For the full list of 25 nominated books, download the annotated list (PDF). 

In YALSA’s words, “Teens’ Top Ten (TTT) is part of YA Galley, in which teen book groups led by YALSA members receive galleys from publishes throughout the year. Learn more about YA Galley and the fifteen participating libraries on our YA Galley Participants page or contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.”

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One comment on “YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten 2011!

  1. I have four of these stacked up on my Kindle! Guess I need to look out for the other six :)

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