The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017) here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.
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2017 Teens’ Top Ten
1. Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492630142. Think of all the pranks you have ever wanted to pull. The pranks in this story will top your wildest dreams. Don't Get Caught is story of a competition between two teams of pranksters. The new kids on the block vs. the anonymous Chaos Club. In this war, cunningness and lots of luck will be the way to victory. Let the pranks begin!
2. Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 9781442472426. Humanity has overcome hunger, disease, war, and even death. Now only Scythes can take life. What will happen to Citra and Rowan when they are chosen to be Scythe apprentices? Follow them as they struggle with their task and morality.
3. Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press. 9780553496680. Natasha and Daniel are polar opposites - Tasha believes in reason, science, and things that can be proven. Daniel is a poet at heart and believes in Fate, the "meant to be," and true love. When circumstances beyond their control force them together, they have exactly one day - one day to stop Tasha's family from being deported, one day for Daniel to realize that doing what's expected of you doesn't mean you should do it. And above all else, one day to fall in love.
4. Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 9781442468351 It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman who just wants to prove that her parents weren't killed by Sebastian in the Dark War. Now she has the chance to do just that, and get Mark back from the wild hunt.
5. Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492622468. Four students, all connected in one way or another, speak from their perspective over a terrifying 54 minutes when, after a school-wide assembly, the auditorium doors won’t open and someone begins shooting.
6. Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 9781250044655. The infamous line "Off with his head!" made her a terror in Wonderland. But before that she was just a girl with a dream, who fell in love. In this curious prequel inspired by Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland, Meyer’s tale of eccentricity, phenomenon, and, ultimately, *Annotations provided by the Teens’ Top Ten book groups. ruination will keep you on the edge of your seat as you realize how Cath led her life to become the Queen of Hearts.
7. West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic. 9780545850971. Music has the power to bring people together. When Lily writes a lyric of her favorite indie band on her desk, someone else responds. Lily and her mysterious friend seem to get closer and closer through their anonymous notes. What happens when she finds the true author of the notes?
8. Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 9781481432542. After the death of her mother, Lina goes to visit Italy at her mother’s wish, as she’d lived in Italy for part of her life and loved it immensely. While in Italy, Lina discovers some well-kept secrets about her mother's life there and Lina's mysteriously absent father
9. Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 9781250115270. Dive into a new type of teen-genius novel as Gout pulls you into a rollercoaster of a plot. Hilarious and smart, Cai, Tunde, and Rex show readers what the next generation of innovation looks like.
10. Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books YA. 9781250078407. When Amanda moves to Lambertville, Kentucky after a string of bullying incidents led her to attempt suicide all she wants is to lead a normal life, make friends, and generally be happy for once. All of this seems possible until she meets Grant, who causes her to let down the walls around her heart. But the problem is that Amanda's past is haunting her. And in her past, she wasn't Amanda, she was Andrew.
2016 Teens' Top Ten
Alive by Chandler Baker
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
When by Victoria Laurie
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. By Lynn Weingarten