Recipients of 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/02/2015


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 (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 60 recipients will be receiving a set of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through the generous funding from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The nominee list is comprised of 24 teen acclaimed young adult titles ranging from a multitude of different genres. 

The recipients of the giveaway are as follows:

  • Abdul, Alicia. Albany (New York) High School  
  • Berry, Hillary. Paw Paw (Michigan) District Library            
  • Brook, Tiffany. Shadow Hills High School Library; Indio, California
  • Correa, Emily. Massanutten Regional Library; Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Covington, Claire. Waynesboro (Virginia) Public Library
  • Crowley, Stephen. Putnam County Library System; Palatka, Florida
  • Daily, Chris. Seymour Public Library; Brockport, New York
  • Deringer, Sarah. Paoli (Indiana) Public Library
  • Dickey, Shirley. Clear Lake High School; Houston
  • Dodge, Katheryn. Lisbon High School Library; Lisbon Falls, Maine
  • Ephesus Public Library; Roopville, Georgia
  • Fabricante, Rhea. Woodland (California) Public Library
  • Fox, Janis. Forsyth County Public Library; Walkertown, North Carolina
  • Freeman, Annelise. Indio (California) High School Library
  • Galarza, Kathleen. Millville (New Jersey) Senior High School
  • Girgis, Margaret. New Haven (Connecticut) Free Public Library
  • Glatt, Carol. Chesterfield Community; Chester, Virginia
  • Gordano, Samantha. South River (New Jersey) Public Library
  • Griffith, Jenna. Marion (Illinois) High School
  • Haddock, Kristin. Mounds (Oklahoma) Public Library
  • Hall, Steven. Russell J. Ribb Library ;La Puente, California
  • Hamby, Rebecca. East Hall High School; Gainesville, Georgia
  • Hartloff, Emma. Brighton Place Library; Tonawanda, New York
  • Henderson, Margaret. Glen Carbon (Illinois) Centennial Library District
  • Hofstetter, Justin. Biblioteca de los Aztecas -  the Alta Vista Charter Middle School Library; Kansas City, Missouri
  • Hurdle, Lynndy. Oxford (Mississippi) High School Library
  • James, Page. Greeley (Colorado) Central High School
  • Johnson, Becky. Jefferson High School; Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Keefer, Melissa. Springfield Middle School; Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Knight, Wendy. LaGrange (Georgia) Memorial Library
  • Kusmierczak, Lindsay. Fulton County Public Library - Peachtree Branch; Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lambert, Melissa. Trenton (Michigan) High School Instructional
  • Lang, Ashley. Glenn Library Media Center; San Angelo, Texas
  • Lince, Sharon. Madison County Public Library; Danielsville, Georgia
  • Lindquist, Robin. Wooster School; Danbury, Connecticut
  • McMillian, Morgan. Lake Travis Community Library; Austin, Texas
  • Miller, Annie. Greenwich (New York) Free Library
  • Miller, Bethany. Northwest High School; Cincinnati
  • Miller, Lucretia. St. Johns Country Day School; Orange Park, Florida
  • Millsap, Samantha. Hodgkins (Illinois) Public Library District
  • Neal, Diana. Fayette County Public Libraries; Oak Hill, West Virginia
  • O'Keefe, Ellie. Rawlings Library; Pueblo, Colorado
  • Otis, Emily. Anaheim (California) Public Library
  • Ouvrard-Prettol, Elsa. Natomas Charter School; Dixon, California
  • Peeler, Stacey.  Tipton County Public Library; Covington, Tennessee
  • Pickett, Amy. Ridley High School; Folsom, Pennsylvania
  • Putnam, Sharin. John Handley High School; Winchester, Virginia
  • Rademacher, Kristen. Marist High School; Chicago
  • Rivera, Adrian. City of El Paso (Texas) Public Library/Armijo Library Branch
  • Roddy, Charlette. Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School; Orange, Texas
  • Satterlee, Nelda. Macksville (Kansas) High School
  • Schaeff, Cora. E.F. Rittmueller School Library; Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Stapleton, Laina. Clyde A. Erwin High School; Asheville, North Carolina
  • Stewart, Heather. Johnsburg (Illinois) Public Library        
  • Takach, Kathryn. Dearborn (Michigan) Public Library
  • Thomas, Jennifer. Alta Loma (California) High School Library
  • Williams, Kara. Grande Prairie Public Library; Hazel Crest, Illinois
  • Wilson, Bridget. Nantahala Regional Library; Murphy, North Carolina
  • Zajac, Mary. William D. Weeks Memorial Library; Lancaster, New Hampshire
  • Zrostlik, Cole. Saint Croix Falls (Wisconsin) Public Library

With the collection of new titles, libraries can further enrich their collection of young adult literature and attract teens to the library in hopes of fostering positive literacy habits in teens. 

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens everywhere can nominate their favorite titles to become the official nominees of the upcoming Teens' Top Ten. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year between August 15 and the close of Teen Read Week™, Oct. 24.

For more information, ideas, and resources for libraries to use to incorporate the Teens’ Top Ten into summer reading/learning programs, download the free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit.  

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 or Mary Jo Bolduc, (312) 280-5416 or (312) 944-8741 (fax) for information.

For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: