Teens' Top Ten 2013



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.


 

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. 



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.




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. 


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? 



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. 



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' 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. 



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? 


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. 



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?