YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten


teens' top tenThe 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 the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016) on the Teens’ Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.


2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees:

Alive by Chandler Baker

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison

The Summer After You & Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When by Victoria Laurie

The Novice (Summoner, Book One) by Taran Matharu

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Con Academy by Joe Schreiber

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 17 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 19 – Movie Matinee – ANGRY BIRDS! @ East Moline Public Library

August 20 – Back 2 Skool Craft @ East Moline Public Library

August 22 – Pinterest Night: Rolled Paper Flowers @ River Valley District Library

August 23 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library



Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and to place a hold.

My Brilliant Idea (And How It Caused My Downfall) by Stuart David
Jack is daydreaming in class one day when he gets an idea he knows can’t fail: an app that stops you from daydreaming in class. Fame, glory, and tons of money seem just around the corner. But Jack runs into some trouble, and suddenly this sure thing doesn’t seem quite so sure.

Trial by Fire: A Riley Donovan Mystery by Norah McClintock
Riley Donovan is the new kid in a small town where her aunt (and guardian) has just started a job as a detective on the town’s police force. When she starts her own investigation into a barn fire, she finds herself the target of vandalism and violence, makes some powerful enemies, and uncovers the depth of the town’s prejudice and corruption.

Love Blind by Christa Desir and Jolene Perry
Haley has a list of things she shouldn’t worry about, wouldn’t worry about if she didn’t wake up every morning with the world a little more blurry. For a while, the only thing that keeps Hailey moving forward is the feeling she gets when she crosses something off the list. When she meets Kyle, who has his own issues, Haley talks him into making his own list.

Breaker by Kat Ellis
A year has passed since Kyle’s serial killer father was executed, and he feels like he’s finally getting a chance at a real life. Then he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom. Naomi is intrigued by Kyle, but she doesn’t know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. When people start to die, they will have to work together to stop the killer.

Spark by Holly Schindler
Years ago, Nick and Emma’s tragic love story played out on the stage of the Avery Theater. Now Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class. But the Avery is somehow rapidly regaining its former splendor as the spark between Quin’s classmates Dylan and Cass grows. Will Quin be able to save her friends and the Avery this time around?

Next Week

Just because school’s about to start doesn’t mean you can’t read for fun. Stop by the Teen Corner of the Moline Public Library to find a great book. Need suggestions? Come to the second floor reference desk and we’ll help you find the perfect title.

A Librarian Reads…

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose

When you think about extinction, you probably call to mind dinosaurs and other animals of long ago. But scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours, and that number is on the rise. The Ivory Billed Woodpecker, also known as the Lord God Bird, was once a common sight in the American south. But between being hunted for collections and a rapid loss of habitat, this majestic and amazing bird has been lost to history. This books chronicles the bird’s decline, the attempts made to save it, and the impact that effort has had on our efforts to preserve other endangered species.

Bird lovers, fans of nature, and anyone who enjoys a good thriller will be drawn into this captivating story. Recommended for middle school and up.


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Featured Series

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

1) Artemis Fowl

2) The Arctic Incident

3) The Eternity Code

4) The Opal Deception

5) The Lost Colony

6) The Time Paradox

7) The Atlantis Complex

8) The Last Guardian

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 10 – Pokemon Night @ Rock Island Public Library

August 10 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 16 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library

August 16 – DIY Notebook Decorating @ Silvis Public Library



Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and to place a hold.

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
Aspen Quick can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love. He’s never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel
Callie Sinclair is the government’s youngest psychic spy. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie. When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt. But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves. 

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid, but he’s 17 and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. When he meets Dovie, he finally catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and have a life worth living.

Run by Kody Keplinger
Bo is a girl with a wild reputation. Agnes has been protected her whole life because of her blindness. Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night followed by police sirens, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her.

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger but have never met face-to-face. When they each receive news in the mail, they set off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other.

Next Week

Beat the heat in the Teen Corner of the Moline Public Library. Hang out with friends, read books and magazines, check out an Ipad or use the computers, or pick up a puzzle or game from the children’s desk.

A Librarian Reads…

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

This graphic novel follows Rose as she settles into her family’s annual trip to their cabin at Awago Beach. Hanging out with her summer friend Windy, swimming at the beach, and crushing on Dunc, the boy who works at the store, are familiar. But under the surface everything is different. Rose’s mother seems determined not to have a good time. Her parents fight. Windy doesn’t understand that Rose doesn’t want to be a little kid anymore. And something is going on with Dunc that makes Rose question her place in the world.

A captivating story about finding your place in the world, this book is recommended for middle school and up.


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