Looking for a great book to read this summer? Try some of this year’s Teens’ Top Ten nominees!
Beginning August 15th, you’ll be able to vote online to help your favorites to make the final top ten list.
2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees
By Jenna Black
Becket, an ambitious but ordinary teenager, was walking her dog one night when she heard a baby cry. Going to help, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change by night: Innocent everyday items and buildings grow fangs, tails, and eyes.
By Jennifer Bosworth
Kenna Marsden has a secret. She’s haunted with the burden of knowing she killed a boy and she can’t explain how. Now, the boy’s dad seeks revenge.
By Alexandra Bracken
In a whirlwind of events, Etta finds herself in the 19th century on a boat filled with (legal) pirates, discovers that she had the power to time travel, and finds out that a family called the Ironwoods has her mother and wants her to find an object called the astrolabe. Nicholas, a pirate from the ship she sailed on, comes with her, and together they begin a journey to save Etta’s mother.
By Julie Buxbaum
A new city. A new step-monster. A new intimidatingly prissy private school. As Jessie transitions into L.A. life, she feels like everything about her is wrong. When she receives an email from a person called Somebody/Nobody, or SN for short, they offer to be a much-needed guide to her new school. As Jessie becomes increasingly close to SN, she can’t help wanting to meet them in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?
By Liz Braswell
In a battle of past, present, and future that reimagines Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora must face her true past and her fears, and fight for the future. If she doesn’t, she will lose everything at a time when she only just found something to live for—true love.
By Cassandra Clare
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire, which brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman who just wants to prove that her parents weren’t killed by Sebastian in the Dark War. Now she has the chance to do just that, and get Mark back from the Wild Hunt.
By Susan Dennard
Safi and Iseult, best friends, both have incredible powers. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible threads of the world that bind people together. Her dark past, however, threatens her new-found life as secrets and burdens long since forgotten come back to haunt her. Safi, a Truthwitch, is able to tell a person’s truth from lies. The rarity of her magic has forced her to keep it hidden from the world, but the wrong people have unearthed her secrets and both she and Iseult must use any means or magic necessary to protect themselves and each other.
By Kurt Dinan
After uncool eleventh-grader Max and four fellow students are set up by the epic pranksters the Chaos Club to take the fall for defacing the water tower, they’re ready for payback. In this prank war, cunningness and lots of luck will be the way to victory.
By Tim Federle
Quinn Roberts, a 16-year-old boy who lost his sister to a car crash six months prior, strives to write screenplays for real movies. To stop living in the past and follow his dreams, Quinn will have to work through challenges with his grief, his new-found love, his discovery of secrets about his friend and sister, and his reluctance to let go.
By Russell Freedman
An inspiring account of the brief and tragic lives of the Scholl children and their influence on the world’s perception of Nazi Germany. This true story highlights everything from their early lives as members of Hitler youth programs, to their adult careers as anti-Hitler activists.
By Kathleen Glasgow
Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Davis was a girl who used to cut herself with glass—until one day she tried to kill herself. Her journey through rehab and beyond is one of love, heartbreak, coming of age, and a normal girl and the painstakingly horrible truth of her pain and sorrows.
By Leopoldo Gout
Three teen geniuses—Mexican-American hacker Rex, Nigerian engineer Tunde, and Chinese activist Cai, must win a life-or-death game against 200 geniuses from around the world, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
By Alwyn Hamilton
Amani Al’Hiza is a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead. When Amani meets foreigner Jin, she sees him as the perfect escape route. This Aladdin-meets-dystopia fantasy follows Amani’s adventure through the desert of Miraji, using her sharpshooting skills and her wit to survive the dangers created by the djinn and the Sultan’s army.
By S.J. Kincaid
Diabolics are human-like creatures genetically engineered serve the person they are bonded to, no matter what it takes. Nemesis is a Diabolic, and when her master Sidonia is summoned to court by the Emperor to answer for her father’s misdeeds, Nemesis must protect her at all costs. But how far will she have to go in order to protect Sidonia and the empire from crumbling in the hands of the Emperor?
By Melissa Landers
Desperate to relocate to an off-world place where nobody cares about her humble working status or her criminal past, Solara Brooks indentures herself to a rich bully—who pretends to be her servant on a starship full of eccentric crewmates after he is framed for conspiracy on Earth.
By Emily Martin
Epic mistakes come naturally to Harper—worst of all, destroying her relationship with her best friend Declan. Now Declan is back from boarding school and has changed quite a bit. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis. And while she wants to make things right with Declan, he wants nothing to do with her.
By Will McIntosh
In a futuristic world, millions of spheres have appeared, and burning them makes people a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. However, there are some spheres that people will do anything to get their hands on. When they find a sphere that no one has ever seen before, Sully and Hunter have to decide what to do with it—and the fate of the world might rest on it.
By Marissa Meyer
The infamous line “Off with his head!” made her a terror in Wonderland. But before that she was just a girl with a dream who fell in love. This curious prequel inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, shows the eccentricity, phenomenon, and, ultimately ruination that turned Cath into the Queen of Hearts.
By Wendy Mills
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 proud Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.
By Marieke Nijkamp
When someone begins shooting after a school assembly, four students—each connected and with a personal reason to fear the shooter—tell the tale of the next terrifying 54 minutes from separate perspectives.
By Meredith Russo
When Amanda moves to Lambertville, Kentucky after a string of bullying incidents led her to attempt suicide, all she wants is to lead a normal life, make friends, and generally be happy for once. All of this seems possible until she meets Grant, who causes her to let down the walls around her heart. But Amanda’s past is haunting her—and in her past, she wasn’t Amanda, she was Andrew.
By Neal Shusterman
Humanity has overcome hunger, disease, war, and even death, and now only Scythes can take life. Citra and Rowan reluctantly train under a master Scythe who informs them that the one who successfully kills the other will become his apprentice.
By Jenna Evans Welch
To fulfill her mother’s dying wish, Lina visits Italy and discovers some well-kept secrets about her mother’s life there—and Lina’s mysteriously absent father.
By Kasie West
When aspiring songwriter Lily writes a lyric from her favorite indie band on her desk, someone responds. Lily and her mysterious friend seem to get closer and closer through their anonymous notes. What happens when she finds the true author of the notes?
By Lisa Williamson
Since birth, David has felt different, and only his two best friends know the real truth: he wants to be a girl. After meeting and befriending Leo, a fellow member of the trans community, David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl, while Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history.
By Nicola Yoon
Natasha and Daniel are polar opposites. Tasha believes in reason, science, and things that can be proven, while Daniel believes in Fate, the “meant to be,” and true love. When circumstances beyond their control force them together, they have exactly one day to stop Tasha’s family from being deported, one day for Daniel to realize that doing what’s expected of you doesn’t mean you should do it, and one day to fall in love.