Friday, June 18, 2010

Teens' Top Ten 2010

Every year, members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country nominate their favorite books of the past year. The ballot is made available by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), and teens all over the country get to help decide which of these books makes YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten book list for the year. So if you’re a teen looking for summer entertainment, read these books over the summer, and then vote between August 23 and September 17 at The winners of the 2010 Teens’ Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 17-23.

For your convenience, the teen librarians at Burbank Public Library are making available a handy ballot sheet of the 26 nominees, so you can remind yourself which books you loved, which you hated, and which were only so-so. Pick one up at your branch, and check off your preferences.

There is something for everyone on the list, from intense personal stories like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls (dealing with the subject of anorexia) to lighthearted, slightly mocking titles such as The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks; from pure fantasy (Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games, or Tamora Pierce’s Bloodhound, a detective story set in the mythical land of Tortall) to steam punk (Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan).

We will remind you to vote for the ones you love at the end of the summer. And don’t forget—add the ones you read to your summer reading logs and/or write a book review, then enter our weekly drawings to win great prizes!!! Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Wahoo’s and Jamba Juice gift cards, AMC movie tickets and more!


WHAT? You haven’t signed up for “Make Waves,” the Teen Summer Reading program, yet? What are you waiting for?

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