“Eclipse” tops YALSA’s 2008 Teens’ Top Ten

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn
YALSA Communications Specialist
312-280-2428
skuenn@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
October 21, 2008



CHICAGO — More than 8,000 teen readers across the country chose “Eclipse” by Stephenie Meyer as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten (TTT) vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The online vote took place during Teen Read Week, Oct. 12–18, with the third entry in Meyer’s popular vampire romance series winning easily.

The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten is:

  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group USA)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (Scholastic)
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
  5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group USA)
  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry)
  7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (Delacorte)
  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse)
  9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham (Random House/David Fickling)
  10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking Juvenile)

TTT is a “teen choice” booklist, put together as part of YALSA’s Young Adult (YA) Galley Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. These groups evaluated books published between January 2007 through April 2008 and then created a list of 26 nominations. Teen voters across the country then cast ballots for their three favorites, creating the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted during National Library Week 2009 at www.ala.org/teenstopten.

To learn more about the teen book groups and participating in the YA Galley program, visit www.ala.org/teenstopten. Publishers interested in participating in the program may contact Nichole Gilbert, ngilbert@ala.org, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.