It's time to select the titles for the 2015 Teen Battle of the Books competition. Below is an annotated list of the nominees for this summer's battle. Follow the link to vote on your top three picks. You may also select two specific titles on the list and fill in a title of your own choosing by clicking the "other" box. The winners will be announced at the start of Summer Reading.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
When beautiful, smart Nicole, disfigured by acid that was thrown in her face, and computer hacker Jay meet in the school psychologist's office, they become friends and Jay resolves to find her attacker.
Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi
Acting out superhero fantasies on the streets and rooftops of Chicago, best friends Corey, Holly and Savitri are shattered by a murderous act of violence that leaves two of them disillusioned and unable to move on, in a tale complemented by comic-style art sections.
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs--but where does a time traveler fit in?
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
A first entry in a new series by the award-winning author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp follows the experiences of two survivors of apocalyptic disasters that have decimated life on Earth and transformed nearly everyone into crazed killers.
In the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to sâeances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing 17-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents and her 10-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.
A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine
Decades after the filming of a horror movie is halted in the wake of three actor deaths and rumors about a haunted set, Claire, the daughter of a failing studio head, helps with a production on the same site and pursues a relationship with her crush before a series of accidents threaten their ambitions.
Pinned by Sharon Flake
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Developing her mother's clairvoyant powers for seeing visions of people who are about to die, Blue is drawn into the life of rich private school boy, Gansey, who has involved three of his classmates in a quest that Blue believes will end with her involvement in Gansey's death.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegâe of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
A descendant of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 16-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother and predecessors until she discovers that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may be able to save her family from their age-old curse.
Thin Space by Jody Casella
Consumed by guilt after surviving a car accident that killed his identical twin, Marshall seeks to cross a mythical barrier into an alternate world in order to set things right, an effort that is challenged by the arrival of a neighbor girl whom Marshall fears will unravel his secrets.