2019 YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten


The 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.


2019 Teens’ Top Ten :


#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

Wildcard by Marie Lu

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


See all the 2019 Nominees here.

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 to find the book or place a hold.

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
When Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. Does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them? Tati soon discovers that parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls, Book One)
The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Aliens might destroy the planet in a week. For Jesse, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. What does it matter if it all ends now? Cate is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about. And then there’s Adeem. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, he can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

Topside by J. N. Monk (Graphic Novel)
When Jo, a headstrong maintenance technician, makes an error that destabilizes her planet’s core, she only knows one way to fix things: leaving her underground home for a trip to the planet’s dangerous, unruly surface. Soon she’s wandering through deserts, riding on the back of giant beasts, and cutting deals with con artists and bounty hunters. Meanwhile, agents of the core are in hot pursuit.

Panic by Sasha Dawn
Madelaine loves music, loves the stage, and loves performing. When she finds a fragment of poetry that inspires her to finish a song she’s been writing, she tracks down the poem’s author online in hopes of starting a collaboration. But as more pieces of the poem find their way to her, she realizes the online poet can’t possibly be the one who’s leaving them for her.

Featured Series

Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

Set on a distant planet, this gritty, action-packed series has corrupt leaders, political drama and a large cast of complex characters. Elements of survival and suspense will pull readers into a superbly built world where the protagonists fight against the power structure and search for answers about the colony’s true past and path to future survival.

1) The Knife of Never Letting Go

2) The Ask and the Answer

3) Monsters of Men

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 to find the book or place a hold.

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Addamsville has a history of tragedy. Thirty years ago a string of fires left several townspeople dead. When the school janitor’s house burns down and he dies in the blaze, people suspect Zora. With everyone looking for evidence against her, Zora teams up with her cousin Artemis to uncover the identity of the real killer.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Spain in 1957 is hiding a dark secret even as tourists and foreign businessmen flood in under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Daniel arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. There he meets Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War.

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Frankie and her siblings were only supposed to be at the orphanage for a short time, just long enough for their father to recover from their mother’s death. But then he shows up with a new wife and takes only her brother with him when he leaves town. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans. But they aren’t alone. Because watching over them all is a girl who died many years ago.

I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson
After three long years away, Ruthie returns to her hometown of Anchorage only to discover her best friend Zahra has gone missing. The more people Ruthie talks to, the more she realizes that the Zahra she knew disappeared long before that fateful night. In her place is an athlete, a partier, a girl with secrets of her own. Darker still are the rumors that something happened to Zahra while Ruthie was gone, something that changed her forever.

Suggested Reading by Dave Connis
Clara is horrified when her principal pulls iconic books from the library and won’t allow them anywhere on the school’s premises. Many of these stories have changed Clara’s life, so she’s not going to sit back and accept it quietly. She starts an underground library in her locker, doing a shady trade in titles like Speak and The Chocolate War. But when one of the books she loves most is connected to a tragedy she never saw coming, Clara’s forced to face her role in it.



If you can’t get enough about the royalty in the news these days, check out one of these novels to tide you over. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen Trilogy, Book One)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book One)

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles, Book One)

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (The Lady Janies, Book One)

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (Blood of Gods and Royals, Book One)

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (Spindle Fire, Book One)

American Royals by Katharine McGee (American Royals, Book One)

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court, Book One)

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (Royal Bastards, Book One)

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 to find the book or place a hold.

Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles
Dancing used to be the most important thing in Beatriz’s life. But after the latest battle in a constant turf war of 1984 New Jersy leaves her gang leader brother, Junito, dead and her mother grieving, Beatriz has a new set of priorities. When the class brainiac reminds Beatriz of her love of the dance floor, her banished dreams sneak back in. Now the only question is: will the gang let her go?

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He’s the out-and-gay, super-likable guy that people admire for his confidence. The only person who may not know Remy that well is Remy himself. So when he is assigned to write an essay describing himself, he goes on a journey to reconcile the labels that people have attached to him, and get to know the real Remy Cameron.

Verify by Joelle Charbonneau (Verify, Book One)
Meri lives in a world without lies. When she looks at the peaceful Chicago streets, she feels the pride everyone in the country feels about the era of unprecedented hope and prosperity over which the government presides. But when her mother is killed, Meri suddenly has questions that no one else seems to be asking. Suddenly, Meri is faced with a choice between accepting the “truth” she has been taught or embracing a world the government doesn’t want anyone to see.

Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski
Nell is moving to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As she settles in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls—and visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. She soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea. Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Ryn only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have worked as gravediggers in the village of Colbren. In Colbren, though, is the dead don’t always stay dead. The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity.

2019 Illinois Reads

Illinois Reads was introduced by the Illinois Reading Council in March 2013. The initiative encourages people to read books by Illinois authors. Each year, the program offers a new list of books at six different age levels. “Illinois Reads” kicks off in March and concludes in November with “Family Reading Night,” an annual statewide event.


Grades 9-12

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

How to be an American: A Field Guide to Citizenship by Silvia Hidalgo

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Various Authors

American Panda by Gloria Chao


Grades 6-8

Out of the Wild Night by Blue Balliett

The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon by Aaron Renier

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm