Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Teens' Top Ten for 2011!

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 22 and September 16 at The winners of the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 16-22.

For your convenience, the teen librarians at Burbank Public Library are making available a handy ballot sheet of the 25 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 the Groundhog Day-like "what if" of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall to contemporary twists on fairy tales like Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red; from dystopias (Mockingjay, the conclusion to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy, or Lies, the third of four books in Michael Grant's Gone series) to steam punk (Scott Westerfeld’s Behemoth).

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!!! Ben & Jerry's, Barnes & Noble, Wahoo’s and Jamba Juice gift cards, AMC movie tickets and more! READ TO WIN!

WHAT? You haven’t signed up for “YOU ARE HERE!”, the Teen Summer Reading program, yet? What are you waiting for?

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