For immediate release | October 15, 2012

Teens choose 'Divergent' as their favorite book in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Divergent” by Veronica Roth 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 voted online between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, with the official list announcement during Teen Read Week™, Oct. 14-20.

The 2012 Teens’ Top Ten is:

  1. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books)
  2. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile)
  3. "Legend" by Marie Lu (Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile)
  4. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)
  5. "What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen (Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile)
  6. "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis (Penguin Group/Razorbill)
  7. "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends)
  8. "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
  9. "Where She Went" by Gayle Forman (Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile)
  10. "Abandon" by Meg Cabot(Scholastic/ Point)

A video announcement of the list is available at The video can be also be accessed at YouTube and TeacherTube. The winning books will also be featured on YALSA’s Literature blog, The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads, featuring a different book each day. Check out videos and author interviews at

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens as part of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. These groups evaluated books published between January 2011 through March 2012 and then created a list of 24 nominations. Teen voters across the country then cast ballots for their three favorites, creating the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted on Support Teen Literature Day, April 18 at

To learn more about the teen book groups and participating in the Teens’ Top Ten program, visit Publishers interested in participating in the program may contact Nichole Gilbert,, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Nichole Gilbert

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

800-545-2433 ext.4387