2012 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Winners

2012 Teens’ Top Ten Winners!


2012 Teens’ Top Ten

  1. Divergent (Divergent Series #1)Roth, Veronica. Divergent. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books. 2011. (978-

    0062024022). Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity

    (peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where

    she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards

    independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these

    factions begins to fall apart?

  2. The Fault in Our StarsGreen, John. The Fault in Our Stars. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile. 2012. (978-

    0525478812). Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for

    kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,”

    they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the

    wondrous ways of the universe.

  3. LegendLu, Marie. Legend. Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile. 2011. (978-0399256752). June, a

    fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible

    for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the

    government is corrupt?

  4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenRiggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. 2011.

    (978-1594744761). When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the

    fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived

    there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where

    these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.

  5. What Happened to GoodbyeDessen, Sarah. What Happened to Goodbye. Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile. 2011.

    (9780670012947). Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in

    two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in

    six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.

  6. Across the Universe (Across the Universe Series #1)Revis, Beth. Across the Universe. Penguin Group/Razorbill. 2011. (9781595143976).

    Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new

    planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy

    discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder,

    the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder,

    lies, dreams, and stars.

  7. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series #1)Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 2012. (978-031261894). A

    futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic,

    lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing.

    Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help

    to save the future.

  8. The Scorpio RacesStiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2011.

    (9780545224901). Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio

    Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but

    the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her

    family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can win The Scorpio Races.

  9. Where She WentForman, Gayle. Where She Went. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile. 2011.

    (9780525422945). This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s

    ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented

    cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.

  10. Cabot, Meg. Abandon. Point. 2012. (978-0545040648). Pierce has experienced death

    before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla

    Huesos - Island of Bones - for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can

    she escape death once again?



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