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Spotlight on: Teens’ Top Ten Nominees – Part 2

TeensTopTen_winner_WMToday’s post is the second installment in our 4-part series highlighting each of the 24 titles (and their authors) nominated for the Teens Top Ten list. You can check out the first post here, and a handy pdf list of all the nominees, annotated for reader’s advisory, is here. To recap, the Teens’ Top Ten list is determined entirely by teens; first the nominees are chosen by teen book groups, and then voting is opened up online to teens everywhere.

Teen readers can vote starting August 15th through Teen Read Week (October 18-24, 2015), with winners announced the following.

So here we go; your next 6 (alphabetically by author’s last name) Teens’ Top Ten nominees, chosen by real, live teenagers.

Love Letters to the DeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. A debut contemporary realistic novel about coming to terms with grief, told in a series of letters to dead celebrities, starting with Kurt Cobain. This snagged a glowing review from The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s elusive Stephen Chbosky, and the audiobook production was a 2015 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, if you prefer to listen your way through the nominees. Dellaira has an author website, is on Facebook and Twitter, and there’s buzz that the production team behind the TwilightThe Fault in Our StarsPaper Towns, and Maze Runner movies is in talks to do a movie adaptation, so expect this title to stay in the spotlight for awhile.

into_the_dark_shadow_princeInto the Dark: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain. The first in a new series based on the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades from the author of the paranormal Dark Divine series (the first book in that series, Dark Divine, was a 2011 Popular Paperback for Young Adults pick). The second book in the Into the Dark series is already out, and the third is slated for fall 2016. Despain has a website, and a blog, and is on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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Copycat Covers: YA Book Covers That Make You Look Twice

DoppelgangersOkay, I admit it. I’m getting older and having more trouble remembering things like the names of YA books I’ve read. I can sometimes remember them by their distinctive covers, but lately, that’s gotten harder because of the trend to make all the books look similar to one another. I don’t know if that’s deliberate by the publishers or just because there are so many YA books being published now (particularly paranormal books), and there are an finite number of covers artists can come up with. I know that the topic of covers is one that we never get tired of writing about, judging by the number of recent posts on the topic.

I could go on and on about how the covers of these books, mainly paranormals, objectify the female body, or parts of the female body, and portray the female characters in a passive role without giving the reader any hint about what the female character is actually doing in the books, but I’m going to leave that for a future post.


More of What Teens are Saying About What They Are Reading

Whenever I need inspiration for that book to read next or what to suggest to a teen patron, I often look to our library’s Teen Choice Best Books display, where teens post reviews of their favorite books. (If you are curious about how the display works or what other books the young adult reviewers have written about, check out my previous post, “What Teens are Saying About What They Are Reading.”) When I looked at the display recently, of course I had a ton of reviews for The Hunger Games, but since most of you already know the series well, I only included the best review. As a visual learner, I love this display because I often recognize a cover before I can think of the title or the author. I also find that even if I’ve read the book the reviewer likes too, there may be another title in the series about to come out. Seeing the cover of The Maze Runner reminded me to look for James Dashner’s new book, The Kill Order, which is due out August 14th.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (The Ultimate YA Bookshelf)


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What Teens are Saying About What They Are Reading

To help teen readers find good books even when I am not around to give them ideas, the Middletown Public Library uses a form called Teen Choice Best Books. After teens complete the form, it is posted on the bulletin board with a copy of the book cover. Ideally in just a few words or phrases, they can capture what makes these books great and sell them to other teen readers looking for something new. I like the “don’t take my word for it” aspect of the display because I’m an adult, so I could be wrong, but peers should should have more insight. Here are some of the books our teens are reading along with their personal spin on why you should read them too.

Serena, 17: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin