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Voting is now underway for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten. You can vote now through September 15th for your favorite nominated book. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week (October 16 -22).
Of the 25 nominees, MoHi owns 13 titles:
Beam, Chris. I am J. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2011. (9780316053617) J (Jeni) is a boy and has always identified himself as such, but he was genetically born female. As a teen, J acts like a boy and dresses in baggy clothes to disguise his feminine body. He wants to begin testosterone treatments to transfer physically to a man, but his parents and best friend do not accept him as male. J decides to run away and enroll in a school for gay and transgender students, where he is able to begin to find acceptance. More than just a story of a transgender teen, this is the story of how teenagers live and love and cope.
Beaudoin, Sean. You killed Wesley Payne. 2011. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (9780316077422) Teenage Dalton Rev is a private eye. He is sent to a high school to find out about the death of Wesley Payne. Was it really a suicide? The school’s tight cliques have gone insane and lost control. It’s up to Dalton to sort through a huge mess of betrayal in order to restore the hierarchy.
Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay. Scholastic. 2010. (9780439023511) The final book of the Hunger Games series finds Katniss Everdeen rescued from the horrific 75th Hunger Games — but not her fellow tribute, Peeta Mallark. Now she must lead a rebellion against the evil capital with the help of District 13, which is not destroyed, but has been quietly sowing the seeds of war for years. As Katniss beomes more entangled in war and revolution, the question of who she can trust become ever harder, and she must fight for her life once again.
Condie, Ally. Matched. 2010. Penguin/Dutton. (9780525423645) In Cassia’s society, most of her choices are made for her, including the person with whom she will spend the rest of her life: her Match. At age 17, Cassia is pleasantly surprised when her Match turns out to be her best friend Xander, but when a glitch occurs and another boy’s face appears on her screen, Cassia can’t help but wonder what would happen if she were able to choose her own Match. Now she must decide between conforming to society and persuing a life where she can make her own choices.
Fitzpatrick, Becca. Crescendo. Simon & Schuster Children’s. 2010. (9781416989431) In this sequel to Hush, hush, a few months have passed since Nora’s lab partner Patch, actually a fallen angel, saved her from his murderous vassal Nephil and became her guardian angel. She and Patch are now dating, but she is starting to doubt his love for her. Is he keeping something from her? And is she really safe now?
Grant, Michael. Lies. 2010. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan Books. (9780061449093) Lies continues the story that began in Gone and Hunger. Is death the only answer? Life is getting hard for the under 15s who survived. Food is running out, the beach is burning, and things are getting tense. The situation is getting worse for the survivors and everyone has their own battles to face.
Hawkins, Rachel. Demonglass. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423121312) An unbelievable betrayal, an ancient spell and a love triangle all make Rachel Hawkins’ sequel to Hex Hall impossible to put down. When Sophie goes to her father’s mansion for the summer, she thinks she knows exactly what she wants: to undergo the Removal and get rid of the demon inside of her. But when it turns out that someone else is making demons, she has to question everything and everyone — especially Archer Cross, the boy she can’t get out of her head.
Hawkins, Rachel. Hex Hall. Disney/Hyperion. 2010. (9781423121305) Sixteen-year-old Sophie is a witch sent to live at Hex Hall, a reform school for deliquent Progidium (witches, faeries, shapeshifters, etc.) after she bungles a spell at prom and attracts too much attention from normal humans. At her new school, Sophie must face the usual teen troubles of mean girls and crushes with the added dimension of magic and learning about her own powers.
Nelson, Jandy. The sky is everywhere. 2010. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers. (9780142417805) After Lennie’s sister suddenly dies, she finds herself torn between two boys. One is the new boy in town, and the other is her sister’s ex-boyfriend. While she is genuinely attracted to one, the other really understands her feelings, yet she knows it is wrong. Who will she choose?
Oliver, Lauren. Before I fall. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2010. (9780061726804) Popular, rich and attractive Sam Kingston never worried about how her behavior affected other people. After dying in a car crash, Sam is forced to relive the last day of her life for seven days. She progressively becomes a better person as she realizes the ripple effect of her actions and uses the second chance to fix her most dire mistakes.
Pearce, Jackson. Sisters red. Little, Brown and Company. 2010. (9780316068680) Sisters Rosie and Scarlett March are left as orphans at eleven after their grandmother is killed by a Fenris, a soulless creature that takes the form of a man and can turn into a wolf. Scarlett loses an eye in the attack and decides to devote her life to hunting the Fenris. Eight years later, the sisters have vowed to protect their town from the Fenris. Silas, a young woodsman, returns to town. Rosie knows the Fenris deserves to die, but she’s not ready to commit her entire life to hunting them. Can the sisters learn to live with their differences as Rosie and Silas’ friendship blossoms into something more?
Westerfeld, Scott. Behemoth. Simon Pulse. 2010. (9781416971757) This sequel to Leviathan picks up where the last book left off with Alek, the lost Austro-Hungarian prince, and Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy, on the airship Leviathan heading to the Ottoman Empire. Upon arriving, Alek escapes and starts a revolution to overthrow the Sultan and try to stop a war.
White, Kiersten. Paranormalcy. HarperCollins/Harper Teen. 2010. (9780061985843) Normal? Yeah, right! Evie’s biggest dream ever was to be normal, but with a faerie ex-boyfriend and a mermaid for a best friend, she might as well just throw the word “normal” right in the trash can. Evie has the unique ability to see through paranormals’ glamours, which has made her a valued asset of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA). When someone breaks into the Agency headquarters, Evie meets an unusual Paranormal: a boy who can shape-shift into any human. Can Evie save the lives of unarmed Paranormals from something that is after her, too?