The Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association holds a contest each year in conjunction with Teen Read Week to find out teens’ top ten favorite books. This year’s books were announced today at noon. You can find information about the contest, the full list of nominees, videos from the winning authors, and more, at http://bit.ly/o7Ta6u.
Here’s the top five. Have you read any of these? Do your teens read them? What do you think - did they deserve to win?
The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to The Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series. The year is 1878. Searching for her missing brother, sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld and finds herself up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork demons, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her Shadowhunter allies can stop them.…
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
Despite starting a relationship with Patch, her guardian angel (whose title is the only angelic thing about him), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking good for Nora Grey. Aside from fearing her boyfriend is interested in her nemesis, Nora is haunted by images of her father and becomes obsessed with understanding his disappearance. As Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, she begins to wonder whether her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it. And since Patch isn’t answering her questions, Nora has to start finding the answers on her own. But does she really want to know the truth—or will her desire for Patch outweigh any possible peace she could find?
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
Nine alien teenagers are hiding on Earth. Three are dead. Number Four is next.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she finally discovers why. For when her half-brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she had never imagined–the world of Faery.
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