Paper Towns
Paper Towns by John Green is a fantastic book and a wild ride. Green takes the audience through the adventures Quentin ‘Q’ Jacobsen has with Margo Roth Spiegelman. Q is a very bright senior who is planning on attending Duke the following fall. He is fairly shy and mainly just talks to his band friends. However, he has always loved Margo from afar. One night Margo slips into Q’s room and she takes him on the craziest night of his life. The next day Margo disappears. Q is shocked but he finds clues that Margo left for him. He religiously follows the clues in search of Margo.
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Happy Support Teen Literature Day! Did you rock the drop as part of Operation TBD? Be sure to check in at the readergirlz blog today for the post-op party at 6 p.m. today! Thanks to readergirlz and Guys Lit Wire for helping YALSA distribute 8,000 teen books to pediatric hospitals and a HUGE thank you to the 18 publishers that supported Operation TBD this year by donating books.

Teen Read Week Kicks Off Today Teen Read Week 2009 registration is officially open! Register online at — the first 100 registrants will receive a free graphic translation of Fahrenheit 451 from TRW Promotional Partner Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Check out the updated Teen Read Week website for tips on planning your event and publicizing Teen Read Week in your community. Teen Read Week is Oct. 18-24, 2009, with a theme of Read Beyond Reality @ your library, encouraging teens to read something out of this world for the fun of it.

After the jump, the Teens’ Top Ten (see Teri’s post too!), this week’s Road Trip information, info on tributes to Judith Krug, and the Great Ideas Contest.

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The list of books nominated for the 2009 Teens Top Ten List are now available (’ ‘  Teens (from select teen groups) nominate the books. Then, teens across the country have the chance to read the books and vote for their favorites. This year’s list of nominees include the Newbery winning THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman, one of the Morris shortlist books, GRACELING by Kristin Cashore,’  and National Book Award Finalist THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU BANKS by E. Lockhart.’  Of course, there are the requisite vampires, dystopians, and’  teen road trip books as well.

Get the list out to your teens now.’  Encourage them to read.’  Voting will take place in October.’  What better way to celebrate TEEN LITERATURE DAY than to locate the ones you have not read and give them a test drive?

Before I post about TTT, I just wanted to remind anyone who has not done so to register for midwinter and to secure housing. I plan to come early and stay over a day or so and get to see some of Denver since most of what I get to see are the insides of the meeting halls.

Now to the TTT:

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
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The votes are in … and Stephenie Meyer again rises to the top of the Teens’ Top Ten! More than 8,000 teens voiced their choice for their favorite books in the annual Teens’ Top Ten poll during Teen Read Week, Oct. 12-18, with “Eclipse,” the third book in Meyer’s vampire series easily taking first place. This is Meyer’s second time atop the Teens’ Top Ten list, as “New Moon” took the top slot last year.

Thanks to YALSA’s YA Galley committee and the fifteen teen book groups who made this year’s list possible! (Want to learn more? Check out the YA Galley Participants page on the YALSA site.)

Here’s the full list:

  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who voted!

Teen Read Week Is Almost Here! Teen Read Week starts on Sunday! Bookmark and have your teens begin voting for the 2009 theme (voting doesn’t open until Sunday)! The theme options are: Seek the Unknown @ your library’®, Read Beyond Reality @ your library or Unbelievable Reads @ your library.

Got a Cool Event for Teen Read Week? Tell Us! Visit YALSA’s Teen Read Week wiki and tell us what your Teen Read Week plans are! And after Teen Read Week, make sure to enter your event in the Best Teen Read Week Celebration Contest, from YALSA, AdLit.Org, Mirrorstone, 2008 TRW corporate sponsor.

Teens' Top TenAnd Don’t Forget the Teens’ Top Ten! Teens’ Top Ten voting starts Sunday as well! Encourage your teens to vote in the only booklist created entirely by and for teens! We’ve also developed a widget to add to your library blog or site to encourage teens to vote. Download the button to the left and link back to beginning Oct. 12.

Find out more news from the YALSA Office after the jump.

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Teen Read Week and voting for the Teens’ Top Ten begins in just 5 days. I can’t wait to see the votes come in and find out which of these books are teens’ favorites! Remember, this is the only teen choice where the books are nominated and voted on by teens all over the USA. It’s practically an American duty for teens to vote!

I asked a few teens what they were planning on voting for. Here are some of the responses: Read More →

This Is Your Last Chance to Save. After tomorrow, registration for the Young Adult Literature Symposium rises to onsite pricing. If you’re on the fence about going, visit the Symposium website and register before the pricing expires! Unfortunately, tickets are no longer available to the preconference or the genre luncheon. We are not opening up any more spots on the waiting list.

Midwinter Advanced Registration Open! Advanced registration is now available for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Jan. 23-28! Register for Midwinter by Dec. 5 and save over onsite registration prices. Housing is open as well. In addition, if you purchased 2009 bundled registration, you were not able to register for special events like YALSA’s Serving Today’s Diverse Teens Institute or the YALSA Mixer and Tech Playground on Jan. 23.’  If you’re interested in attending either the institute or the mixer, be sure to visit the Midwinter website and sign up today. Want to see what YALSA’s doing in Denver? Check out the YALSA wiki.

Find out more news from the YALSA Office after the jump.

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As I was looking over this years Teens’ Top Ten Nominations I realized how many of them have been adapted to audiobooks. Some that really stand out to me are Before I die by Jenny Downham, which is included out the Amazing Audiobooks Nomination list this year, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

I know often we do displays for Teen Read Week to promote this great nomination list, so I just wanted to bring to light that many have been adapted to audiobook and how cool the displays would look with the audiobooks included!

Lastly, check out of list of nominated titles so far and as the year closes out if you have listened to anything that was fantastic, amazing or wonderful, please nominate it using our field nomination form. We ‘ look forward to getting your nominations.’ Midwinter is only a few months away and I can’t wait to share our 2009 list with everyone!

Keep listening!

Teen Read Week is getting closer every day and with it the vote to decide which of the 26 nominees will be named the Teens’ Top Ten 2008.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist which is a teen choice list. Fifteen groups, known as YA Galley groups, read young adult literature all year long to narrow down the best of the best in teen books. Teens from the groups have to nominate books that will be on the final list. This year 26 titles made the final cut. Out of these 26 titles, teens all over the country get to choose the Teens’ Top Ten.

Why is this project important? Hey, this is teens’ turn to tell the young adult book industry what they are looking for in their books. Read More →