Teen Book Buzz
Whether you’re looking to purchase a holiday gift for that special bookworm in your life, or you’re looking to get lost in the pages of a good book over the holiday break, here are some “best of” lists of recommended young adult titles.
The Young Adult Library Services Association produces several lists each year which encompass books from a wide assortment of genres:
- 2013 Teen Book Award Winners (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, and Printz award winners)
- 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks
- 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
- 2013 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
- 2013 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- 2013 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Be sure to check out these lists created by the publishing industry’s most renowned book reviewers, many of whom are librarians:
- Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Teen Books of 2013“
- Library Journal’s “YA Lit for Adults”
- NPR’s “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels“
- Publishers Weekly’s “Best Children’s Fiction of 2013“ (This list is a collection of highly-acclaimed children’s AND teen books.)
- School Library Journal’s “2013 Adult Books 4 Teens“
- GoodReads.com’s “2013 Best Young Adult Fiction Books“
With 2014 fast approaching, stay ahead of upcoming trends by subscribing to the library’s YA email newsletter. This monthly publication features reviews on the the most popular new releases in young adult fiction. Best of all, this newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox.
Originally published at Best Teen Books of 2013.
Voting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from August 15 through Teen Read Week, Oct. 13- 19, with more than 32,000 votes cast. There were 28 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list. Below are this year’s winning titles.
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day during National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and October.
“Crewel” by Gennifer Albin
In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples’ very lives. Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it. Although it is often advertised at the perfect life, it is far from it as things are never how they seem.
“Poison Princess” by Kresley Cole
What really happens at the end of the world? Cannibals, Baggers, people try to sell you — and in this world, sixteen-year-old Evie is one of the few healthy teen girls. Evie sets out on a quest to find herself, all while things heat up between her and Jackson, the troubled bad boy from across the tracks. She knows life will get even worse as she comes to realize that she isn’t like other people. Luckily, or maybe unluckily for her, Jackson is the only one that can help her survive.
“Kill Me Softly” by Sarah Cross
After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents died. But when she gets there, she starts to notice that it isn’t any ordinary town and that the teens who live there are fated to play out the Grimms’ fairy tales. So when Mira finds out that she, too, has a role to play, it’s only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.
“Butter” by Erin Jade Lange
Butter is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible but who doesn’t really want to make a splash either. One day, he’s finally pushed over the edge, and he posts a blog about his last meal, the one that he plans will kill him. This blog post brings him instant popularity, making Butter happy for once in his life. But Butter knows that his life is still far from perfect, and he must struggle with himself to determine who he will be and what course his life will take.
“Every Day” by David Levithan
A wakes up in a different body every day. It has always been that way for A, and A has rules to live by, like not getting too involved in the person’s life. Then A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, the boy whose body A is inhabiting. Suddenly, none of the rules apply because A is falling for Rhiannon and she won’t leave A’s mind even after A has left Justin’s body…
“Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry
Echo is a high school girl with “freaky” scars on her arms and no memory of how it happened. Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future. Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, going through a journey that will prove to themselves and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.
“The False Prince” by Jennifer Nielsen
To unify his kingdom’s divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of lies unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.
“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth
Tris Prior is safe at the Amity compounds with her fellow survivors. With the whole city at war with itself and Jeannine looking for all the Divergent, Tris must learn to embrace her own divergence and understand it, though it might prove a dangerous task. Check out our staff review for the first book in this series, “Divergent.”
“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
This book is a thrilling adventure that captures you and takes you down the supernatural path with a daring girl named Blue, four complicated guys, and one life-altering quest and mystery of finding the Glendower King. Check out our staff review of this title!
“Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein
Verity is held captive by the Gestapo in 1943. She is told to reveal the secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face the brutal consequences. As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds formed by it. Their tales intertwined form a suspenseful, breathtaking narrative of espionage — hope — horror — and friendship that spans untold secrets! Check out our staff review of this title!
Originally published at 2013 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced.
Ender is Earth’s only hope against an aggressive alien species referred to as “Buggers.” Ender is sent to Battle School, where the best and brightest are trained to take out these aggressive aliens once and for all. Ender is…only six years old.
People have been buzzing about “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card, due to the movie coming out on November 1st. The truth is, this story has been around since 1985 (and even before that as a short story) and is still rising in popularity! And while Ender is only six, his genius level makes him talk, act, and think like a teen or adult throughout the story. Don’t expect these characters to be treated like kids—the anti-gravity battles, the strategy games, and the team organizations are all in preparation for a potentially brutal battle against the Buggers.
While this book has all the benchmarks of a standard sci-fi novel, it contains a lot of real issues for today’s teens, too. The author examines Ender’s struggle of isolation, his attempts to control his aggression, and how he copes with the resentment others feel at his perfection. Other in-depth themes include what makes a monster and how politics can be easily manipulated (in this case, by a couple of super-genius children).
“Ender’s Game” lets all of us—children, teens, and adults—dream of what it might be like to battle aliens in space. And while the premise may seem over the top, the subject matter is as deep as space itself. At the heart of it is a story about how society uses special children, and what the end result of that means for Earth. As one character points out in the novel, “They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice.” Read this book and find out what happens when small children are tasked with saving the human race.
Originally published at Books for Dudes – Ender’s Game.
Fun Fact: The Daniel Boone Regional Library owns all five titles in Heather Brewer’s “Chronicles of Vladimir Tod” and our patrons have borrowed these books over 2,000 times in the last five years! Mark your calendar now for this best-selling author’s visit to the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
If you haven’t had a chance to read all about Vlad’s hilarious story as a coming-of-age vampire, there’s no time like the present to catch up. You can borrow a print copy from the library, listen to the audiobook or download the eBook to your tablet or smartphone.
Originally published at Author Heather Brewer Visits October 16.
This year we had over 300 area young adults participate in the library’s annual Teen Summer Reading Challenge. As part of this program, teens were asked to read for 20 hours, complete seven library-related activities, and submit three book reviews. The library collected 315 individual book reviews from teen summer readers! Below is a list of those titles that received that most rave reviews.
- “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
- “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
- “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
- “Hidden” by Helen Frost
- “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan
- “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins
- “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick
- “I Am Number 4” by Pittacus Lore
Originally published at Summer Reading’s Most Popular Teen Titles.