2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/11/2019


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 2019 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 over twenty 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, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.

The nominees are as follows:

  • #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil. Freeform Books/Disney Book Group
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Dutton Books/Penguin Random House
  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. Harlequin Teen/Harlequin Trade Publishing
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
  • The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. Random House Children’s Books/Penguin Random House
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. Freeform Books/Disney Book Grou
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough. Dutton Books/Penguin Random House
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hatchett Book Group
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. Henry Holt & Co/Macmillian
  • Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. Dial Books/Penguin Random House
  • Frat Girl by Kiley Roache. Harlequin Teen/Harlequin Trade Publishing
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. HMH Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier. HMH Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hatchett Book Group
  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert. Hyperion/Disney Book Group
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen/HarperCollins
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. First Second/Macmillian
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll. Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown. HMH Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin 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 October 13th. The ten nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2019 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 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Eligible applicants can apply now through April 15, 2019 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.