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31 Days of Teens’ Top Ten: Do They Stand the Test of Time?

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!

Not quite ten years has passed since the first TTT list in 2003; ancient history to most teens!   Because so many teen literature trends have a pretty short shelf life, when I first started thinking about the Teens’ Top Ten list this month, I was curious to see if the books chosen in those early years would still resonate.  Teens are fickle creatures and what they deem important can be ephemeral at best so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I revisited the 2003 winners.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that, not only was I familiar with almost every title, many are still in heavy rotation in the areas I work.  This confirms, of course, what we already know (teens know how to choose great books for themselves) but I was impressed with the quality of many of the titles that made the list.   These five, in particular, stood out for their well-crafted characters and challenging stories:

If you haven’t taken a look at that first round of winners from 2003, you can do so here.  Revisit an old favorite or find some “new to you (and them)” titles for your next booktalk!


-Summer Hayes, currently reading The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

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