2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/17/2014


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, officially announced the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees today, on Celebrate Teen Literature Day.

This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013.

The nominees are as follows:

  • Arnett, Mindee. "The Nightmare Affair." Tor Teen.
  • Banks, Anna. "Of Triton." Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends.
  • Bardugo, Leigh. "Siege and Storm." Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
  • Block, Francesca Lia. "Love In The Time Of Global Warming." Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
  • Charbonneau, Joelle. "The Testing." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Dashner, James.   "The Eye of Minds." Random House/Delacorte Press.
  • Edwards, Janet. "Earth Girl." Prometheus Books /Pyr .
  • Gleason, Colleen. "The Clockwork Scarab." Chronicle Books.
  • Gray, Laurie. "Maybe I Will." Luminis Books.
  • Henry, April. "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die." Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
  • Howard, A. G. "Splintered." ABRAMS/Amulet Books.
  • Kate, Lauren. "Teardrop." Random House.
  • Konigsberg, Bill . "Openly Straight." Scholastic.
  • Laybourne, Emmy. "Monument 14: Sky On Fire." Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends.
  • Richards, Natalie D. "Six Months Later." Sourcebooks/Fire.
  • Rowell, Rainbow. "Eleanor & Park." Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin.
  • Sales, Leila. "This Song Will Save Your Life." Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Sanderson, Brandon. "Steelheart." Random House/Delacorte Press. 
  • Sanderson, Brandon. "The Rithmatist." Tor Teen.
  • Smith, Jennifer E. "This is What Happy Looks Like." Little, Brown & Company.
  • Smith, Andrew. "Winger." Simon and Schuster.
  • Stine, R.L. "A Midsummer Night's Scream." Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 
  • Tucholke, April. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." Penguin/Dial.
  • Winters, Cat. "In The Shadow of Blackbirds." ABRAMS/Amulet Books.
  • Yancey, Rick. "The 5th Wave." Penguin/Putnam Juvenile.


A list of the nominees including annotations of each title can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten website.

Teens are encouraged to read the 25 nominees before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place August 15 through Teen Read Week at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens. The ten nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official Teens' Top Ten.

A digital image of a Teens’ Top Ten seal for nominated titles is now available 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 permissions@ala.org or Mary Jo Bolduc, (312) 280-5416 or (312) 944-8741 (fax) for information.

This year, new teen book groups will be selected to be the nominators for future Teens’ Top Ten lists. The application period to apply will be open on August 15. For more information, please visit the Teens’ Top Ten website.

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 sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August and Teen Read Week.

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

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  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.