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31 Days of Teens’ Top Ten: A Teen’s Point of View

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 Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Each day during the month of May, The Hub will feature a post about Teens’ Top Ten. Be sure to check in daily as we visit past winners and current nominees!

*Today’s post is written by one of the teens lucky enough to be a part of one of the YA Galley Groups which comes up with the nominations for Teens’ Top Ten.  He is a member of librarian Allie Burke’s YALSA Galley Group, which they’ve named “bookhype.”  Allie is the teen librarian at the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona, which is situated on a high school campus where she is also the school librarian.  Bookhype began its two year term in the fall of 2010 and has 26 teens participating.  The group includes 14-18 year olds and a mix of kids from nearby neighborhoods and the school.  Allie says the group talks a lot online, as well as in person, and is “a ridiculous amount of fun.”  She also says, “One of my favorite moments so far is when recently one of our members, who up to that point had not reviewed a book yet, came running through the library hugging the book Timeless by Alexandra Monir. She literally was yelling as she ran across the library…”I LOVE THIS BOOK, I’ve been waiting for something new like this!”  And now, let’s hear from one of bookhype’s members!


The teens’ nominations for best books of 2010-2011 has been an interesting experience to take part of, I have read more than a few book and 5 or so of my nominations have made it to the finalists, for the general public, you, to vote on. Even though some books I really enjoyed did not make it, they certainly have a chance next year, when the will have more publicity and interest. Just to name a few, The Floating Islands, or Glow.

Nevertheless, to speak of those that did make the top 25; my favorites would have to be The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card, a book that rivals the originality and magnificence of the Ender/Shadow series. However, these books seem to be more orientated for those that want a fascinating read, without the values of human society; and what truly makes these original book amazing is the historical accuracy in combination of two plot lines weaving together to make a book truly worthy of praise. Card has truly created another masterpiece. My other favorite would have to be Matched by Ally Condie. Imagine a perfect world where everything is planned out for you by the Society Officials, your life is planned the day you are born, and everyone is content, you are married to the perfect spouse, have enough food, and a fulfilling job, and you die at the age of 80, the perfect life. But what happens when a problem happens, a simple glitch, where the person you are meant to spend the rest of your life changes, but only for the briefest second, a simple mistake. The only problem is, the Society does not make mistakes. This book was another originally book that I think deserves to be compared to the great novels of our time like Harry Potter, and Twilight.

Even though I cannot tell you what books would be perfect for you I can give a few hints of books you might be looking for: Drought for a coming of age story with a twist; Zombies vs. Unicorns for some comedic enjoyment;  Mockingjay for a futuristic coming of age story of a person versus the world; Red Moon Rising for a different view on the trending Vampires and Werewolves, and many other that you will just have to take a peek at.


–Daniel Rabine


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