Teens’ Top Ten

Teens’ Vote for Top Teen Book 2013

Are you a fan of The Raven Boys or I Hunt Killers? Did you read the futuristic science fiction book 172 Hours on the Moon?  These books, along with 25 other teen books, are nominees for the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten Award. From August 15-September 15 teens across the country can vote for their three favorite books of 2013.  The top ten winning books will be announced in October. Read, read, read….and then vote for your favorite!

Crewel by Jennifer Albin

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Underworld by Meg Cabot

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Croak by Gina Damico

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Butter by Erin Jade Lang

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Every Day by David Levithan

Son by Lois Lowry

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Between the Lines by Jodi Piccoult

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Immortal City by Scott Speer

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Prescott Public Library’s Teen Book Club has been selected as one of 16 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as an official book group for YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens’ Top Ten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens. Each of the 16 groups will nominate books published in a calendar year to create the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations. Then, teen voters across the country cast ballots for their three favorites, creating the Teens’ Top Ten. PPL’s Teen Book Club will begin its two- year term in January 2013. They will nominate titles for the 2013 and 2014 Teens’ Top Ten.

In addition to creating the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations, the groups also evaluate books for publishers.  More than 30 publishers provide advanced reading copies to teen book discussion groups in libraries and in exchange, teen readers evaluate them.

PPL’s Teen Book Club members are no strangers to reviewing books. You can read some current teen reviews on PPL’s “Books for Teens” webpage, and each Teen Book Club meeting and Skype visit fosters critical evaluation of teen books. Part of the rigorous application process for inclusion in Teens’ Top Ten included the submission of teen book reviews. Five Teen Book Club members, Vivian Cook (16), Johan Glidden (14), Lena Cook (15), Ivy Broiles (15) and Hannah Kendall (13) each wrote a review of a current teen book to submit with the application.

Jennifer Kendall, a Youth Services Librarian at PPL, facilitates the Teen Book Club which she launched in 2009. Activities include hosting Mock Newbery and Printz Award voting, Skype visits with noted authors, 90-second Newbery film fun and just plain old talking about books. The group is now a thriving community of readers and reviewers that often determine their own agenda. Several recent Skype visits with authors were initiated by teens as were the books selected for monthly discussions. The Teen Book Club is particularly grateful for support from the Friends of the Prescott Public Library who provide generous funding for books and activities.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Kendall at 777.1518.