YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten – Let the Voting Begin!

August 14th, 2013

What does a girl stuck playing out Grimm’s grizzliest fairy tales, an overweight boy who has been pushed to the brink by bullying, a hostage of the Gestapo, and the son of a serial killer have in common? They are all main characters in the books nominated for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten awards!

Book Hook, our teen book discussion group, was one of only sixteen in the nation chosen to serve as nominators for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten award. Teens’ Top Ten is the only book award completely chosen by teen readers. Once nominees are chosen, ALL teens in the nation can vote on the top ten. We are excited to encourage teens in our area to help narrow down the twenty-eight nominated titles to the top ten of 2013! Take a look at the following nominees list. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you can vote starting August 15th!


Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Underworld by Meg Cabot
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Kill Me Softly Sarah Cross
Croak by Gina Damico
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Every Day by David Levithan
Son by Lois Lowry
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Immortal City by Scott Speer
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Do you have any favorites from the list? Comment below and let us know which titles you want to make it into the top ten, and don’t forget to vote here between August 15th and October 19th. Winners will be announced October 22nd.

Cecil County teens — also stay tuned for a chance to win an iPad Mini! We’ll be holding Scavenger Hunts at Cecil County Public Library branches during Teen Read Week and if you complete the hunt, you’ll be entered for a chance to win! Look for more info on our website and in person at our branches in September.

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CCPL Teens Making a National Impact

January 23rd, 2013

Teens' Top TenDid you know Cecil County Public Library has had a book discussion for teens for over 20 years? Called Book Hook, our teen book discussions are unique groups that give middle and high schoolers opportunities to discuss Young Adult literature and interact with peers. CCPL is proud to announce this vibrant group has been awarded a great opportunity to take their love of lit to the next level.

YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, organizes a yearly “Teens’ Top Ten” award. All teens can vote to create 10 favorites from a list of 25 YA books each year. How do they create that list of the top 25 Young Adult books in the nation? Teen book groups across the U.S. are chosen to serve on the nomination committee and CCPL’s Book Hook group has been chosen! For the next 2 years, members of our Book Hook group will receive Advanced Readers’ Copies (ARCs) of Young Adult books they can read, review and keep! CCPL teens will read extensively throughout the year and is 1 of only 16 groups that nominate the 25 books that make up the Teens’ Top Ten list.

Even if you are not participating in our Book Hook group, you can still make your voice heard! All teens can vote to narrow down the list of 25 to the top 10 in the nation. The top 25 will be announced on April 18th, “Celebrate Teen Lit Day.” Voting for the top 10 is open August 15 through September 15 and the winners are announced during Teen Read Week (October 13-19, 2013).

Thanks to the dedication of the library, our Friends organization, and Cecil County teens, we will be a part of this national effort to choose the best YA books of the year!

For more info and to vote on your favorites in August and September, check out the YALSA page and CCPL’s teen page.

What’s your favorite YA book or author?

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