Monday, October 19, 2009

Teens Top 10

The Teens Top Ten books were announced today and I have to say, I'm slightly surprised. Kuedos to John Green for taking the top slot, but I have to admit that really shocked me, that and the presence of Frankie Landau Banks- which, quite frankly collects dust on my shelves. I'm glad to see a literary book win out over the paranormal stuff that has been dominating YA fiction (not that paranormal stuff isn't great, I read as much of it as my teens, but...). Nerdfighters are apparently a force to be reckoned with! What do you think of this year's choices? What are you surprised about not making the list?

1. Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
7. Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


librarianista said...

Wow, Frankie is HUGE in Seattle--we've never once had a copy on the shelves, and the library has tons of copies. I'm surprised Hunger Games wasn't #1, but who can begrudge the Nerdfighters?

Brandy said...

Alissa, this is another post I'd swear I replied to and my response got eaten.

Frankie is on the 10th grade summer reading list for us, and I talked to one of the teachers last week about it--she said about 1/4 of the 10th graders choose that for their book and about 85% of them really love it, and they have great discussions about it. I'm hoping maybe the paperback cover will entice a few more to read it... I love the hardback cover, personally, but I'm not 15 years old and looking for the same things teens are.

And swooooooon for John Green, of course. Did you see his video announcing the win?

Also, I read Wake and was unimpressed, personally. Was it just me?