Thursday, December 20, 2012

The YALSA Top Ten Teen Titles of 2012

The YALSA Teens Top Ten Nominees - How many have you read, and do you know the top ten?
(click on the book cover to access the library catalog!)

1.   Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family's faction or set off towards independence and her own beliefs. 

2.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer.  As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the "side effects of dying", they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe. 

3.  Legend by Marie Lu.  June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother's death.  What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?

4.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastic children's home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him.  When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage. 

5.  What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. Ever since Mclean's parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years - each time taking on a new persona.  Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn't want to - she just wants to be herself.

6.  Across the Universe by Beth Revis.  Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed.  Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt.  With Elder, the future leader of the ship by her side, they begin an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars. 

7.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella.  Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing.  Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future. 

8.  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races.  The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is a likely outcome.  However, the reward can be beyond anything you can imagine.  Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion --but only one can win the Scorpio Races. 

9.  Where She Went by Gayle Forman.  This sequel to If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia's ex-boyfriend.  Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia's family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings Adam and Mia back together.

10.  Abandon by Meg Cabot.  Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped.  When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos - Island of Bones - for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back.  Can she escape death once again?

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