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                                                The 2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees have been announced!

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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 in 15 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages 12 to 18 will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week (October 8-14, 2017) on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

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                                                       Here are the 2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominations


Nightstruck by Jenna Black

YA FANTASY BLACK,J          Lexile: 1020

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. A studious high school senior, her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations for her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. But that all changes on the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong. Unbeknownst to her, Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change at night. Strange creatures roam the streets, and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises in the morning, and no one can capture the strange changes on film, which prompts the government to declare that the city has been infected with some kind of madness and must be quarantined. Meanwhile, venturing out of one's house at night has become a dangerous proposition, and the moment the sun sets, most of the citizens of the city shut themselves up in their houses and stay there even in the case of dire emergencies. The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some individuals it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she's constantly tempted to shrug off all her responsibilities and join them. Joining the night world means being free of not just responsibility, but conscience, and it means no longer caring about the fate of others.


The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

YA HORROR BOSWORTH          Lexile: 840

When she was 10 years old Kenna discovered that she had the ability to drain the life from another human being, and ever since she has been afraid to touch anyone -- but when she uses that power to save her mother and twin sister from an attacker, her mother finally reveals the secret origin of her power, and she's forced to choose between the Kalyptra and a human life.


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she's inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she's never heard of. Until now. Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods and the servitude he's known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can't escape and the family that won't let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them - whether she wants to or not. Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods' grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.


Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

YA FICTION BUXBAUM          Lexile: 700

Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother's death, must move from Chicago to "The Valley," with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school's treacherous social waters.


Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell


In an alternate take on the classic fairy tale, the prince falls asleep and Aurora must escape the magical world created in her own dreams.


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

YA FANTASY CLARE,C          Lexile: 710

Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn race to stop a demonic plot that threatens Los Angeles.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

YA FANTASY DENNARD          Lexile: 810

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a 'witchery,' a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble -- as two desperate young women know all too well.


Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Lexile: 770

Think of all the pranks you have ever wanted to pull. The pranks in this story will top your wildest dreams. Don't Get Caught is story of a competition between two teams of pranksters. The new kids on the block vs. the anonymous Chaos Club. In this war, cunningness and lots of luck will be the way to victory. Let the pranks begin!


The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

YA FICTION FEDERLE          Lexile: 860

Teenaged Quinn, an aspiring screenwriter, copes with his sister's death while his best friend forces him back out into the world to face his reality.


We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

J 943.0860922 FRE 2016          Lexile: 630


In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. Archival photographs and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.


Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

YA FICTION GLASGOW          Lexile: 740

As she struggles to recover and survive, 17 year-old homeless Charlotte "Charlie" Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.


Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

YA FICTION GOUT,L          Lexile: 690

Three underprivileged young prodigies from across the world with incredible skills in technology and engineering team up to become the heroes the world never knew they could be.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

YA FANTASY HAMILTON          Lexile: 720

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself.


The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

YA SCIFI KINCAID          Lexile: 810

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.


Starflight by Melissa Landers


Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.


The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

YA FICTION MARTIN,E          Lexile: 630

A year ago Harper made the biggest mistake of her life by destroying her relationship with her best friend and first love Declan, so now that he is home from boarding school for the summer, Harper has three months to fix the year of miscommunications, secrets, and lies or finally let go altogether.


Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

YA SCIFI MCINTOSH          Lexile: 670

Teens Sully, Hunter, Dom, and Mandy team up in a race against unscrupulous billionaire CEO Alex Holliday to locate a collectible sphere, which may have a very steep price.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

YA FANTASY MEYER,M          Lexile: 780

In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.


All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

YA FICTION MILLS,W          Lexile: 880

In interweaving stories of 16 year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother's death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.


This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

YA FICTION NIJKAMP          Lexile: 630

Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

YA FICTION RUSSO,M          Lexile: 770

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.


Scythe by Neal Shusterman

YA SCIFI SHUSTERM          Lexile: 830

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed by professional reapers. Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe -- a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

YA ROMANCE WELCH,J          Lexile: 640

After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mother's journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother's secrets.


P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

YA FICTION WEST,K          Lexile: 570

Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to -- so when she finds out they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.


The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

YA FICTION WILLIAMS          Lexile: 770

David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

YA ROMANCE YOON,N          Lexile: 650


Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.


Posted by AngelaM on October 4, 2017