“Paper Towns” tops YALSA’s 2009 Teens’ Top Ten

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communicatons Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

October 20, 2009

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Paper Towns” by John Green as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teens cast more than 11,000 votes online between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18, with the official list announcement during Teen Read Week, October 18-24.

The 2009 Teens’ Top Ten is:

1. Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)

2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)

5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

7. Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)

8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)

9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)

10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens 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 2008 through April 2009 and then created a list of 25 nominations. Teen voters across the country then cast ballots for their three favorites, creating the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for the 2010 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted on Support Teen Literature Day, April 15, 2010 at

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: