2021 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

For Immediate Release
Thu, 11/04/2021


Michael Serbekian

Communications and Project Coordinator



CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2021 Teen’s Top Ten winners.


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 from sixteen school and public libraries around the country selected by YALSA to participate.


This year’s list of winners features 10 titles that were published between January 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2020.


They are as follows:


  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. Farrar, Stratus and Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan - 978- 0374312718
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Inc. - 978- 1338674453
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Swoon Reads/Macmillan - 978-1250250469
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books - 978-0062882769
  • Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards. Sourcebooks Fire/Sourcebooks - 978- 1492657217
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hatchett Book Group - 978-1368052405
  • Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan - 978-1250618818
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab. Tom Doherty Associates. – 978-1785652509
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster’s - 978- 1534441613
  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House - 978- 0525707967


A list showing the other nominees and an annotated list is also available at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten


Congratulations to those selected and all who participated in Teens’ Top Ten. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on in-person library experiences, this is a great opportunity to better utilize digital resources. We encourage teens to engage in digital resources, especially e-books and audiobooks offered by their libraries. To learn more, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten


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, 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.