YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Nominees 2017

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Voting is open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is October 8-14, 2017. The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017, so check back to see the winners. Place your vote now!

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

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.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Also available in: e-book

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

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Also available in: e-book

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). 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.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

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.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

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.

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Also available in: e-book

In interweaving stories of sixteen-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.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

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.

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

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.

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

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.

Starflight by Melissa Landers
Also available in: e-audiobook

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

The Diabolic by S. J Kincaid

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.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Also available in: e-audiobook

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 Game by Leopoldo Gout

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.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

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

Also available in: e-book

The true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime.

Also available in: e-book

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.

Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Also available in: e-book

To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Also available in: audiobook

As the Twenty Year Truce in their homeland's centuries long war is about to end, two magic-wielding witches team up with a royal privateer to outmaneuver a vengeful witch and preserve the balance of power in their world.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

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

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.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
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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.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time, a man who wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value.

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

When she was ten 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 is forced to choose between the Kalyptra and a human life.

Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Struggling with her parents' divorce and high expectations while working on her college applications, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds and unleashing magical monsters into her Philadelphia community.

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