Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.
Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online throughout August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.
The 2013 Nominees
Titles in red are available in the CA Library collection. Follow the link to connect to the catalog, see additional details and to check availability. You can also download an annotated list (PDF) of the 28 nominees.
Albin, Gennifer. Crewel. Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux. 2012 — Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.
Banks, Anna. Of Poseidon. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 2012 — Galen, the prince of Syrnea, is sent to land to find a girl who communicate with fish. He finds Emma and after several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, Galen becomes convinced Emma holds the key to his kingdom.
Cabot, Meg. Underworld. Scholastic/Point. 2012 — John Hayden, a death deity, takes seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera back to the Underworld against her will to keep her safe from the Furies, but her family is still at risk and she, herself, may never escape his captivity.
Cashore, Kristin. Bitterblue. Penguin Group/Dial. 2012 — Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities.
Cole, Kresley. Poison Princess. Simon & Schuster. 2012 — In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself–embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.
Cooner, Donna. Skinny. Scholastic/Point. 2012 — After undergoing gastric-bypass surgery, a self-loathing, obese teenaged girl loses weight and makes the brave decision to start participating in high school life, including pursuing her dream of becoming a singer and finding love.
Cross, Sarah. Kill Me Softly. Egmont. 2012 — When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm’s fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.
Damico, Gina. Croak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia. 2012 — A delinquent sixteen-year-old girl is sent to live with her uncle for the summer, only to learn that he is a Grim Reaper who wants to teach her the family business.
Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012 — Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.
Harstad, Johan. 172 Hours on the Moon. Little, Brown & Company. 2012 — In 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House. 2012 — In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Hocking, Amanda. Wake. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012 — In the quiet seaside town of Capri, sixteen-year-old Gemma enjoys a close bond with her sister Harper and a growing attraction to next-door neighbor with Alex, but everything changes when, after partying with newcomers Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma discovers she has powers that will force a terrible choice.
Hopkins, Ellen. Tilt. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2012 — Three teens, connected by their parents’ bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.
Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012 — When Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog, he transforms back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland–a man Sunday’s family despises.
LaFevers, Robin. Grave Mercy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012 — In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.
Lange, Erin Jade. Butter. Bloomsbury. 2012 — Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.
Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 2012 — When a group of kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside, outside, a series of disasters from a monster hailstorm to a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world apart.
Levithan, David. Every Day. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 2012 — Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Lowry, Lois. Son. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012 — Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.
Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. Little, Brown & Company. 2012 — Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad,” but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist.”.
McGarry, Katie. Pushing the Limits. Harlequin Teen. 2012 — Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets.
Nielsen, Jennifer. The False Prince. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2012 — In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
Picoult, Jodi. Between the Lines. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 2012 — Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy-tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.
Rhodes, Morgan. Falling Kingdoms. Penguin Group/Razorbill. 2012 — Three kingdoms grapple for power — brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process.
Roth, Veronica. Insurgent. Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books. 2012 — As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love
Speer, Scott. Immortal City. Penguin Group/Razorbill. 2012 — In the days before Jackson Godspeed becomes a full-fledged Guardian, the angel-obsessed people compete for the chance to have Jackson watch over them, except for Maddy Montgomery, whose indifference to angels is intriguing to Jackson; meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and targeting angels.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2012 — Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Disney/Hyperion. 2012 — In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
I am trying to put together a summer reading group, to give anyone interested a chance to read and share this year’s nominated books. If you are interested, stop by the library and see me, Mr. Bateman, before the end of the school year.