2005 Teens' Top Ten:Teens vote for favorite young adult book

Teen readers across the country voted “Girls In Pants:   The Third Summer of the Sisterhood,” as their favorite book to take the #1 spot on the annual Teens’ Top Ten (TTT), sponsored by The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA). The vote took place during Teen Read Week, October 16-22, 2005, and gave teens an opportunity to voice their choice of the best new young adult books.  


TTT is a 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 that were published from January 2004 through October 2005, and created a list of 78 nominations for the best new books for young adults. Teen voters across the country then cast ballots for their three favorites, creating 2005 Teens’ Top Ten booklist of the best new books for young adults.


Teens were encouraged to vote for their favorite young adult books during Teen Read Week, from the official nomination list posted online at the Teens’ Top Ten site.   Over 2400 online ballots were cast and the results, combined with the results of a separate vote of the TTT groups, determined the final ranking of the 10 top books of the year, as selected by teen readers.


With Ann Brashares’ third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants novel topping the list, the 2005 Teens’ Top Ten includes:


1. Girls In Pants:   The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2005).

2. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen (Viking, 2004).

3. Looking For Alaska by John Green (Dutton, 2005).

4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Atria Books, 2004).

5. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (Scholastic Press, 2004).

6. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (Little, Brown Books for

        Young Readers, 2005).

7. The Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury, 2004).

8. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins, 2004).

9. The Garden by Elise Aidinoff (Harper Tempest, 2004).

10. How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by

Marc Acito (Broadway Books, 2004).


TTT voting groups include the CHS Book Club of Central High School in Grand Junction, Colo.; Middle Creek High School Printz Club of Middle Creek High School in Apex, N.C.; Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of Downers Grove (Ill.) Public Library; Teen Literacy Initiative of Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wis.; Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) of City of Mesa (Ariz.) Library; Best Books for Young Adults Discussion Group of Elizabeth (N.J.) Public Library; City Library Street Team of Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library; Danbury Library Teen Council of Danbury (Conn.) Library; Keene (N.H.) Public Library’s Keene Teens Read group; Mary Jacobs Teen Group of Mary Jacobs Memorial Library in Rocky Hill, N.J.; Stratford (Conn.) Library Youth Review Board of the Stratford Library Association; Teen Advisory Board of Tippecanoe Public Library in Lafayette, Ind.; Teen Talk Book Club of Lincoln County High School Media Center in Stanford, Ky.; Watertown-Mayer Book Club of Watertown (Minn.) Public Library; and Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) of Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

YALSA’s YA Galley Committee coordinates TTT. Its members include Chair Tracey Firestone; Annie Bergeron; Edith Cummings; Betsy Fraser; Lynn Kaminski; Diane Monnier; and Sydna Wexler.