What London Teens Are Reading

2TheListIt’s time for the 7th Annual Tower Hamlets Book Award! A list of 40 nominated books selected by librarians and pupils has been released to participating schools in the Tower Hamlets Borough in London. The competition has a couple of stages. In July, a shortlist is announced, just in time for summer reading. (Summer term ends in late July.) Pupils and librarians vote, and in November the winner is announced.

Originally, I wanted to compare their list of nominees to our list of 2013 Teen Top Ten nominees. Turns out they have only one book in common: Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. So this post mainly focuses on the THBA, because there are some new and interesting titles found there.

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31 Days of Teens’ Top Ten – Bright Future or Grim Reality? : Matched by Ally Condie

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!


Teen’s Top Ten 2011 nominee Matched by Ally Condie provides a lot of thought provoking ideas I’ll probably still be pondering years from now.  The mystery of Condie’s novel is two-fold.  I have to wait for its sequel, Crossed and then the third and final volume to truly understand the world she has created.  I was able to enjoy Matched as it sparked a great many comparisons to books and film.  Now, all cobbled together,  my slightly bizarre view of the future  is both cautiously optimistic and fearful.

So what’s your take on things, with all the dystopian books to choose from: is pessimism the wave of the future or does it just make for great fiction? Continue reading 31 Days of Teens’ Top Ten – Bright Future or Grim Reality? : Matched by Ally Condie