It’s like American Idol for teen books!


So many awards given to books are selected by adults, and while that doesn’t reflect badly on the winning titles, it might seem that teens — the intended audience — don’t have a say in what they think are great books. The Teen’s Top Ten award is a “teen’s choice” list of the best books of the year. So it’s like voting for your favorite performer on shows like American Idol or The Voice. It’s a chance to make your voice heard when it comes to teen books. Teen book clubs across the country have culled through hundreds of titles to select the cream of the crop. Voting begins in August so it’s time to get reading. Click here for a summary of each title.

All Good Children by Catherine Austen

Ashes by Ilsa Bick

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Tempest by Jule Cross

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (staff review)

Where She Went by Gayle Forman (staff review)

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Eona: the Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (staff review)

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Legend by Marie Lu

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Shine by Lauren Myracle

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea by Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness

This Dark Endeavor: the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Divergent by Veronica Roth (staff review)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (staff review)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

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