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Check out the 2009 book nominees listed below. These books were nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country, including our very own Trails Teens at the Trails West Branch!
The winners of the 2009 Teens' Top Ten will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week, October 18-24.
2009 Teens' Top Ten Nominees
By Kristin Cashore
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, a debut author creates a mesmerizing medieval world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will captivate readers.
By Kristin & P.C. Cast
Zoey Redbird's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested and shocking true intentions come to light, in this spellbinding fourth novel in the House of Night series.
City of Ashes
By Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? In this sequel to City of Bones, Clare lures readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld.
The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
The acclaimed author of the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.
By Isamu Fukui
Fifteen years ago, the Mayor of the Education City was presented with twin six-month-old boys, but he had no way of knowing that they would change the city forever. One will try to destroy the City--the other will try to stop him.
The Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be "completely" normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family.
By John Green
With his trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty, the Printz Medal-winning author of Looking for Alaska writes in this novel about a teenage girl who has mysteriously vanished, and the boy who looks for her by following the clues she left behind just for him.
By Joanne Harris
Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith's world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours-all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The "ruinmark" she was born with on her palm proves it-and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy's mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.
By Ellen Hopkins
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are the twin daughters of a district-court judge and a politician mother. They are identical in almost every way, but each girl has dark secrets. The bestselling author of Crank gives voice to victims of childhood sexual abuse, in a moving and disturbing novel.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
By E. Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
Daughter of the Flames
By Zoë Marriott
Scarred and orphaned by enemy fire, 15-year-old Zira learns her true identityand fulfills her destiny, in this romantic fantasy adventure for young teens.
By Lisa McMann
For 17-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche--she is a participant.
By Stephenie Meyer
The fouth and final book in Meyer's vampire Twilight saga, this riveting novel answers questions and reveals the fate of Bella and Edward.
By Katy Moran
Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this debut novel set in eighth-century Britain transports readers to a time of blood and steel--a time when peace was fleeting and won at high personal cost.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
By Patrick Ness
Readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in this series that follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard--and the passage into manhood embodies a horrible secret.
By Alyson Noël
Since the accident that claimed her family, 16-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's entire history through one touch. She's been branded a freak at her new high school, but everything changes when Ever meets the mysterious Damen August.
By Robin Palmer
From the author of Cindy Ella comes a modern-day fairy tale in which a geek meets the princess of L.A.'s poshest high school, who lets the F-lister into her A-list world.
By Tamora Pierce
Pierce returns to the world of the Circle of Magic quartet with this new story. Four years have passed since Evvy left Chammur to begin her training as a stone mage. She's unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying.
Living Dead Girl
By Elizabeth Scott
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
By Cynthia Leitich Smith
With diabolical wit, the author of Tantalize revisits a deliciously dark world where vampires vie with angels. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous--and darkly hilarious--love story.
By Sherri L. Smith
When America enters World War II, the Army creates the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Having always dreamed of flying, Ida Mae Jones, a young African-American woman, suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific.
Wherever Nina Lies
By Lynn Weingarten
Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild ... and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.
By Nancy Werlin
Inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair, popularized by Simon & Garfunkel, this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance. It tells the story of a teenage girl who has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter.
By Lisa Yee
Meet Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara. Chessy teaches the students in her charm school her Seven Select Rules for Young Ladies, but she won't tell Maybe who her real father is -- or protect her from her latest scuzzball boyfriend. So Maybe hitches a ride to California with her friends Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (aka Ted) -- and what she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring .
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