The top ten books according to teens

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Need book suggestions for the teen in your life?

Check out the Teens' Top Ten Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Every year 15 teen book groups from across the country, all of which participate in YALSA’s Teens' Top Ten/YA Galley Project, vote on their nominations and nominations from the public to determine the 25 official Teens' Top Ten finalists. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and readers ages twelve to eighteen then vote online for up to three titles from the 25 nominees to determine ten winners.

Here are the 2019 winners:


Book cover: #MurderTrending#murdertrending
by Gretchen McNeil
Freeform Books/Disney Book Group

Dee has been wrongfully convicted and sent to an island dubbed Alcatraz 2.0., where the worst criminals are murdered in terrifyingly creative ways for an app called Postman. She refuses to go down when she knows she's innocent. Can she make it out with her Death Row Breakfast Club before they're all killed  off one by one?

Book cover: Wildcard by Marie LuWildcard
by Marie Lu
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House

After making it out of the Warcross Championships alive, Emika Chen is determined to stop Hideo's NeuroLink algorithm that can control minds. As Emika bands with the Phoenix Riders, she finds herself under a bounty, one that makes her chances of survival depend on Zero and the Blackcoats. Emika soon learns that Zero isn't what he seems - and that his protection comes at a price.

Book cover: The Cruel PrinceThe Cruel Prince
by Holly Black
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hatchett Book Group

A human raised in the world of faeries, 17-year-old Jude does whatever is necessary to rise to the top, even if it means going against her own values. As she cuts her path into the dangerous world of Faerie court, she also must make choices concerning not only her family, but also her heart.

Book cover: Thunderhead by Neal ShustermanThunderhead
by Neal Shusterman

In the future, the Thunderhead is the perfect ruler of a perfect world, but its perfect world is starting to spiral out of control. Rowan is hunting down scythes that have abused their position, and Citra is challenging old ideas as Scythe Anastasia. When Citra's life is put in danger, and other forces come into play, the Thunderhead is forced to watch as his world crashes down.

Book cover: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan.

Zelie Adebola is a diviner, daughter of a powerful Maji. But magic died after the treacherous King Saran found out how to destroy it and killed every Maji in Orisha, including her mother. Now Zelie must fight through pain and hardship to get magic back for the sake of her people and Orisha itself.

Book cover: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen WangThe Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang
First Second/Macmillian

Prince Sebastian has a secret that he keeps from everyone else. At night, he puts on a dress and disguises as Lady Crystallia. Only his dressmaker Frances knows about it. This means that both the prince and Frances would have to keep this a secret. But can Frances continue to defer her dreams to protect a friend?

Book cover: American Panda by Gloria Chao American Panda
by Gloria Chao
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

17-year-old Taiwanese Mei is excited to finally be enjoying college life at MIT. What's less exciting, though, is the family pressure to become a doctor despite being a major germaphobe with a passion for dancing rather than anything medical. Things don't get any less complicated when Mei develops a forbidden crush on her Japanese classmate, Darren. Connecting with Darren against her parents' wishes, Mei begins to realize her own individual cultural identity.

Book cover: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie LuBatman: Nightwalker
by Marie Lu
Random House Children’s Books/Penguin Random House

Bruce Wayne is about to inherit his parents' fortune and their company, but first must do community service and ends up volunteering at Arkham Asylum. There, he meets Madeline who is unlike any one he has ever seen. Bruce must uncover why Madeline is there in the first place to make sure the people he cares about don't end up dead.

Book cover: Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse AndersonSpeak: The Graphic Novel
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan

Melinda has a terrible secret; she was raped at a party during the summer by a high school senior. When she starts high school in the fall, she is shunned by her classmates because she called the police to the party at which she was attacked. This graphic novel describes her imminent struggle to overcome the shame of being a victim and an outcast.

Book cover: The Poet X by Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook. When she discovers slam poetry, it becomes a way to help her understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world.


Check them out at your library!  The entire list of 25 nominees is available on the Young Adult Library Services Association website.