2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/16/2015

Contact:

Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

noconnor@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 24 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.

The nominees are as follows:

  • Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen.
  • Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Disney Hyperion.
  • Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. Disney Hyperion.
  • Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. Tor Teen.
  • Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Penguin Group/Philomel.
  • Dellaira, Ava.  Love Letters to the Dead. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books.
  • Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. Egmont.
  • Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster.
  • Howard, A.G. Unhinged. Abrams/Amulet Books.
  • Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons.
  • Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. Bloomsbury.
  • Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. Simon & Schuster.
  • Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. Scholastic.
  • Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. Sourcebooks.
  • Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company.
  • Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic.
  • Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. Soho Teen.
  • Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile.
  • Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Hachette/Poppy.
  • Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. Sourcebooks.
  • Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Little Brown & Company.
  • Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen.

A video and list of the nominees including annotations of each title can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten website.

Teens are encouraged to read the nominees before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place Aug. 15 through Teen Read Week at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens. The 10 nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2015 Teens' Top Ten.

In celebration of the nominees being named, YALSA will be giving away 40 sets of the nominees through its 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Interested applicants can apply now through May 1, 2015 via this online form.

A digital image of a Teens’ Top Ten seal for nominated titles is now 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 or book jacket. Contact permissions@ala.org or Mary Jo Bolduc, (312) 280-5416 or (312) 944-8741 (fax) for information.

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. Nominations are posted during National Library Week, and teens across the country are encouraged to read as many nominees as they can over the summer. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will then vote online between August and Teen Read Week to select their favorites.  The 10 titles with the most votes become the year’s Teens’ Top Ten.  To learn more and to access a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.  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.