This Yalsa website contains the “Teens’ Top Ten” which is a “teen choice” list. Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week in April, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Here are a few of the books which you can check out at the Public Libraries of Saginaw. To see more titles, click on the link below.
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
At 423 pounds, 16-year-old “Butter” is sinking, both mentally and physically. Despite his sense of hu-mor and musical talent, his classmates and parents can’t see beyond his weight, and he’s feeling the same way. Bullying incidents and being voted “most likely to have a heart attack” spark Butter’s plan to commit suicide live online on New Year’s Eve. It’s the same night that he’s agreed to reveal himself to Anna, his chat-room crush; although they know each other from school, he has lied to her about his identity. However, Butter’s Web site, where students suggest foods to add to his last meal, brings him instant popularity and reasons to live. As the days count down, Butter has to choose between social and actual suicide. Lange’s emotionally expansive first novel is dark, funny, painful, and powerful. Even at the height of Butter’s mistreatment, his despair doesn’t overshadow his awareness of the world’s beauty. Layered supporting characters (readers will empathize with Anna, who suffers her own humiliation as a result of Butter’s dishonesty) provide the novel the depth that the timely subject matter deserves. Ages 14-up.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Wein (The Empty Kingdom) serves up a riveting and often brutal tale of WWII action and espionage with a powerful friendship at its core. Captured Scottish spy Queenie has agreed to tell her tale-and reveal any confidential information she knows-in exchange for relief from being tortured by Nazis. Her story, which alternates between her early friendship with a pilot named Maddie and her recent sufferings in prison, works both as a story of cross-class friendship (from an upper-crust family, Queenie realizes that she would likely never have met Maddie under other circumstances) and as a harrowing spy story (Queenie’s captor, von Loewe, is humanized without losing his menace). Queenie’s deliberately rambling and unreliable narration keeps the story engaging, and there are enough action sequences and well-delivered twists (including a gut-wrenching climax and late revelations that will have readers returning to reread the first half of the book) to please readers of all stripes. Wein balances the horrors of war against genuine heroics, delivering a well-researched and expertly crafted adventure. Ages 14-up.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing not even a smear of blood to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Jodi Lyn Anderson
Before there was Wendy, there was Tiger Lily. Tinker Bell narrates this story about the adopted daughter of Tik Tok, the shaman of the Sky Eater tribe of Neverland. Tiger Lily has many adventures including rescuing a shipwrecked Englishman and falling in love with a boy named Peter Pan. This book tells more of the Neverland back story and is darker than the Disney version.
Young fourteen year old Sherlock Scott Holmes learns that John Wilkes Booth is alive and living in England. In addition, Sherlock’s tutor, Amyus Crowe, is a member of the Pinkerton Dectective Agency and is trying to keep Booth and other Southern Sympathizers from returning to America. Sherlock and his friends Matty and Virginia cross the Atlantic in this mystery that takes place on two continents.
Sharon G. Flake
Autumn and Adonis are ninth-graders who seem to have little in common, but they both are dealing with a disability. Autumn has a learning disability and reading is a struggle. She is also the only girl on the wrestling team. Adonis is the wrestling team manager. He is super smart, conceited, and stuck in his wheelchair as he has no legs. Each chapter is told in alternating points of view.
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the “Hades and Persephone” myth.
A centuries-long war between daimons and witches sets the stage for three teens caught up in a deadly struggle for power and autonomy in the exotic and otherworldly Carnival of Souls, the mercantile center of the daimon dimension.
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.
John Green & David Levithan
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.