2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/12/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

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 sixteen school and public libraries around the country selected by YALSA to participate.

This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The nominees are as follows:

  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. Harlequin Teen.
  • The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. Harlequin Teen.
  • Book of Lies by Teri Terry. Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Flatiron.
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Little, Brown and Company.
  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez. Knopf/Random House. 
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Clarion/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin. Little, Brown and Company.
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. 
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster.
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. Roaring Brook/Macmillan.
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Viking/Penguin.
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte/Random House.
  • Paper Hearts by Ali Novak. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Remember Me Always by Renee Collins. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown and Company.
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Dutton/Penguin.
  • Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin.
  • Waste of Space by Gina Damico. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Random House.
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Knopf/Random House.

A video announcing the nominees and an annotated list of the nominees is also available.

YALSA is calling on libraries to encourage teens to read the nominees throughout the summer so they are ready for the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place August 15 through Teen Read Week (October 7-13). The ten nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2018 Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more and to access a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.

In celebration of the nominees being named, YALSA will be giving away 50 sets of the nominees through its 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Eligible applicants can apply now through May 1, 2018 via this online form.

A digital image of a Teens’ Top Ten seal for nominated titles is available to publishers for licensing. Arrangements can be made through ALA’s Rights and Permissions office for publishers who need permission to reproduce the seal on a paperback edition of book jacket. Contact permissions@ala.org or Mary Jo Bolduc, (312) 280-5416 (phone) or (312) 944-8741 (fax) for information.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.