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Teens' Top Ten Nominees 2013

Teen reading groups from around the country chose these books as the nominees for the Teens' Top Ten of 2013. Voting has already taken place this year; check out this year's winners.


Crewel by Gennifer Albin - In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples' very lives. Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it. Although it is often advertised as the perfect life, Adelice soon discovers things are far from what they seem.

Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks - Galen, prince of the Syrena, is sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. He finds Emma and after several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, Galen becomes convinced Emma holds the key to his kingdom.

Underworld, by Meg Cabot - In the second book of the Abandon series, Pierce Oliviera has been, yet again, kidnapped by John Hayden, the ruler of the Underworld. However, this time she can't escape, and when she gets a video on her phone predicting her cousin's death, Pierce panics and begs John for help. She will do anything if only he will help her cousin, including staying with him forever in the Underworld.

Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore - When her evil father King Leck dies, Bitterblue is made queen of a kingdom she barely knows. She finds herself surrounded by advisers she can't trust, struggling to come to terms with both who she is and the legacy left by her father. In an effort to turn her kingdom into a better place, Bitterblue tries to discover the secrets of her father's crimes by walking the streets of her own city in disguise. Can she help her people heal after 35 years of tyranny?


Poison Princess, by Kresley Cole - When Evie Greene's horrifying hallucinations turn out to be visions of the future, she finds herself in great danger and desperate for answers. Only bad boy Jack Deveaux can help her survive as she goes on a quest to find out the source of her visions. Can she find out what she needs to know while fighting an ever-increasing attraction to the troubled Jack?

Skinny, by Donna Cooner - Ever had always wanted to live in a fairy tale but with 302 pounds weighing her down it's difficult to achieve.  It's even harder with Skinny, her own private critic constantly belittling her. In this inspirational tale, Ever discovers the truth of learning how to overcome and accept the issues that plague her.

Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross - After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents had died. But when she gets there, she starts to notice that this isn't any ordinary town and that the teens that live here are fated to play out the Grimm's fairy tales. So when Mira finds out that she, too, has a role to play, it's only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.

Croak, by Gina Damico - Lexington "Lex" Battleby is a juvenile delinquent who is sent to her uncle Mort's after her latest stunt. Once there she discovers that he is in the Grim Reaper business and it's her turn to learn the family trade. She's just supposed to transport the souls, but she finds herself wrestling with the desire to help those who were murdered. Will she ditch the other Reapers and go rogue with her reaper skills?

The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda - For as long as he can remember, Gene's father has taught him how to keep a low profile so no one can notice that he is different.Gene is human and each day is a battle to keep his secret locked away or be devoured by the vampires around him. When he is chosen to hunt the last few remaining humans, he is thrust into the fight of his life and into the orbit of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Little does he know that she has a few secrets of her own.

172 Hours on the Moon, by John Harstad - When NASA holds a worldwide contest for returning to the moon, no one - not even the three teenage participants - can fathom what is really in store for them up on the airless, empty gray mass. Or is it truly empty? Unbeknownst to them, what they find up there will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone on Earth.

Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman - Dragons and humans have finally achieved a delicate peace, and the anniversary celebration is fast approaching. For Seraphina Dombegh, who is half dragon and half human, life is about keeping the secret of her heritage. When someone in the royal family is murdered, she is partnered with the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian to investigate. Can Seraphina protect the peace, her secret, and her life?

Wake, by Amanda Hocking - In the quiet seaside town of Capri, 16-year-old Gemma enjoys a close bond with her sister Harper and a growing attraction to her next door neighbor, Alex. Everything changes when Gemma wakes up after partying with newcomers Penn, Lexi and Thea, and finds that she has powers that will force a terrible choice.

Tilt, by Ellen Hopkins - Mikayla, Shane and Harley are three teenagers trying to deal with the chaos of their parents' lives while searching for love in their own. Each of them finds that love is not easy and neither is growing up. What do you do when everything goes crazy and your whole world starts to tilt? 

Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis - When Sunday Woodcutter meets an enchanted frog, she finds that he is the friend she has been longing for in her lonely life. One night, when she kisses him goodbye, his curse ends and he is transformed back into Prince Rumbold. Unfortunately, Rumbold is despised by her family and she isn't sure what to make of the prince who was once her friend, but he is determined to get her to love the man as much as she loved the frog.

Grave Mercy, by Robin LeFevers - Ismae is supposed to enter into an arranged marriage, but instead joins a convent where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she finds out that Death has blessed her with terrible gifts and that she will become a skilled assassin. When her assignment takes her to the high court of Brittany, she finds she is completely unprepared, both for the intrigue at court and the feelings she has for her next target. Can she maintain her loyalty to Death and her sisters or will her heart take her down another path?

Butter, by Erin Jade Lange - "Butter" is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible, but he doesn't really want to make a splash, either. One day, he's finally pushed over the edge and posts a blog about his plan to eat himself to death - live on the Internet. He's surprised to find people egging him on, and he starts to feel like he's finally popular. It feels good, but how can he deal with the fallout if he decides not to go through with his plan?

Monument 14, by Emmy Laybourne - It's a normal school day. Buses filled with kids are heading to the school when a killer hailstorm appears out of nowhere. Fourteen kids, kindergarteners to high-schoolers, find themselves locked inside a supermarket while the world falls apart around them. Dangerous chemicals in the air mean they can't leave, but they can't stay where they are forever. Follow up this riveting tale with its sequel, Sky on Fire.

Every Day, by David Levithan - What would it be like to wake up in a different body every day? That's how it is for A. That's just how it is and A has figured out how to deal, like not getting involved in the different lives. But things change when A wakes up in Justin's body and meets Rhiannon, someone A wants to be with day after day. Can it be done? And with what consequences?

Son, by Lois Lowry - In this conclusion to The Giver, we follow the life of Claire, a birthmother who forms an attachment to her baby. She feels a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit. In this riveting tale about the strength of a mother's love, you'll be whisked through an epic adventure of good vs. evil that explores the concepts of freedom, love and sacrifice.

I Hunt Killers, by Barry Lyga - Jazz is the son of the world's most notorious serial killer, and his father taught him everything he needs to know to be a successful murderer. Jazz's dad is locked up, but bodies are starting to pile up again and Jazz is under suspicion. He is determined to prove his innocence by finding the killer using what his dad taught him.

Pushing the Limits, by Katie McGarry - Echo is a high school girl with "freaky" scars on her arms and no memory of how they got there. Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future. Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, and they will go on a journey that will prove to themselves and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen - In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify his kingdom's divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including Sage. Sage must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layers of lies unfold until a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.

Between the Lines, by Jodi Picoult - Delilah is a lonely, straight-A freshman student who is shunned by nearly everyone at her school except for her punk best friend, Jules. Her mother pushes her to get out more by making her join the swim team even though she is always in last place. Her father has left for another family and never visits. So it's no wonder she would rather spend her days reading. She finds a fairy tale that she can't stop reading and falls in love with the prince of the story. Too bad he's not real...or is he?

Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes - In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power - brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth - In this sequel to Divergent, Tris Prior finds herself in the middle of a war zone as the five factions fight for power. Jeannine is looking for all the Divergent; now Tris must learn to embrace her own Divergence and understand it in order to help reveal the secrets of Jeannine’s plans.

Immortal City, by Scott Speer - Jackson Godspeed is the hottest Guardian Angel in the Immortal City, and people are clamoring to be protected by him. Maddy doesn't quite understand all the hype about Angels. When a serial killer threatens the Angels, Jackson asks for Maddy's help and she finds herself caught up in his glamorous world and their feelings for each other. Can she protect the protectors?

The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater - Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there - known as Raven Boys - can only mean trouble.

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein - It's 1943 and Verity is being held captive by the Gestapo. She is told to reveal secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face brutal consequences. As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds formed by it. Their tales intertwined form a suspenseful narrative of espionage and friendship.

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