Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Teens' Top Ten, YALSA

A post this morning from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog details the 2007 Teens' Top Ten. This list, "the only book award list that is recommended soley by teens," has been posted on both the YALSA blog and Teens' Top Ten web site. Bloggers are being asked to spread the word regarding nominated titles and the opportunity presented for teens to vote on their favorites during Teen Read Week.

Teen groups selected the twenty five books, all published in 2006 and 2007:

"Nominators are members of teen book groups in five school and public libraries around the country Connecticut, Kansas, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Utah selected for their experience in discussing books." - Teen Read Week, YALSA

The 25 Nominated titles are:
  1. Firegirl - Tony Abbott
  2. Clay - David Almond
  3. Road of the Dead - Kevin Brooks
  4. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location - Jen Calonita
  5. The Loud Silence of Francine Green - Karen Cushman
  6. Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
  7. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation - Simone Elkeles
  8. In Search of Mockingbird - Loretta Ellsworth
  9. The Christopher Killer - Alane Ferguson
  10. What Happened to Cass McBride - Gail Giles
  11. Hello, Groin - Beth Gobbie
  12. River Secrets - Shannon Hale
  13. Shock Point - April Henry
  14. Bad Kitty - Michele Jaffe
  15. Born To Rock - Gordon Korman
  16. New Moon - Stephanie Meyer
  17. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City - Kristen Miller
  18. Prom Anonymous - Blake Nelson
  19. Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever - James Patterson
  20. Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
  21. Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage - Susanna Reich
  22. All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) - Vivian Vande Velde
  23. Skin - Adrienne Maria Vrettos
  24. The Unresolved - T.K. Walsh
  25. Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog - Ysabeau S. Wilce

I have posted about two of these titles; Firegirl and Life As We Knew It. I checked the catalog at work and we have 14 (56%) of the books nominated for the top ten list. This is when differences between public, school, and academic libraries are more pronounced. Public libraries are purchasing for their young adult patrons, academic libraries are purchasing to support the university curriculum and pre-services teachers of young adults, and school libraries are purchasing young adult titles for their curriculum and instructors. Generally speaking, a public library will have a wider variety of young adult novels to service their patrons wants and needs.

It will be interesting to see what ten titles win.

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