2022 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominees announced

For Immediate Release
Fri, 04/08/2022


Michael Serbekian

Communications and Project Coordinator


American Library Association


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2022 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The nominees are as follows:

* Denotes that a book is also available in e-book format.

  1. "10 Truths and a Dare" by Ashley Elston. Hyperion. 9781368062381.
  2. "Ace of Spades" by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. Feiwel & Friends. 9781250800817.
  3. "All of Us Villains" by Amanda Foody and Christine Herman. Tor Teen. 9781250789259.
  4. "All These Bodies" by Kendare Blake. Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins. 9780062977168.
  5. "Any Sign of Life" by Rae Carson. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins. 9780062691934.
  6. "Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World" by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster BFYR. 9781534496194.
  7. "Concrete Rose" by Angie Thomas. Balzer+Bray/Harperteen. 9780062846716.
  8. "Counting Down with You" by Tashie Bhuiyan. Inkyard Press. 9781335209979.
  9. "Dark Rise" by C. S. Pacat. Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins. 9780062946140.
  10. "Firekeeper's Daughter" by Angeline Boulley. Henry Holt and Company. 9781250766564.
  11. "Gilded" by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel & Friends. 9781250618849.
  12. "The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation" by K. Woodman Manyard. Candlewick Press. 9781536213010.
  13. "The Hawthorne Legacy" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Little, Brown and Company. 9780759557635.
  14. "Heartless Prince" by Leigh Dragoon and Angela De Vito. Hyperion. 9781368028356.
  15. "Here's to Us" by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins. 9780063071636.
  16. "Idol Gossip" by Alexandra Leigh Young. Walker Books. 9781536213645.
  17. "Instructions for Dancing" by Nicola Yoon. Delacorte Press. 9781524718961.
  18. "Ivies" by Alexa Donne. Crown Publishing/Penguin Random House. 9780593303702.
  19. "Made In Korea" by Sarah Suk. Simon & Schuster. 9781534474376.
  20. "A Pho Love Story" by Loan Le. Simon & Schuster. 9781534441934.
  21. "Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab" by Priya Huq. Amulet. 9781419740169.
  22. "The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost Kiss" by Amy Noelle Parks. Abrams. 9781419739729.
  23. "Realm Breaker" by Victoria Aveyard. Harperteen/HarperCollins. 9780062872623.
  24. "Rule of Wolves" by Leigh Bardugo. Imprint. 9781250142306.
  25. "We Can't Keep Meeting Like This" by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Simon & Schuster BFYR. 9781534440272.

An annotated list is also available at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.

Teens are encouraged to read the nominees throughout the summer to prepare for the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place Aug. 15 - Oct. 12th. The ten nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2022 Teens’ Top Ten. As the continued 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.

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. In addition, YALSA wants to hear as many teen voices as possible, so teens across the country can fill out the public nomination form to have a book considered.

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.