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ALA Teens' Top 10

Every year, the American Library Association compiles the year's ten most popular books, based on votes from teens around the U.S.
         
2015        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1 Book Cover The Shadow Throne (Ascendance trilogy, bk 3) Nielsen, Jennifer Young King Jaron has had nothing but trouble with his advisors and regents since he ascended the throne of Carthya, and now King Vargan of Avenia has invaded the land and captured Imogen--and Jaron must find some way to rescue her and save his kingdom.
2 Book Cover I Become Shadow Shine, Joe Abducted at age fourteen and trained by the F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow, guardian of a future leader, Ren Sharpe, now eighteen, is assigned to protect college science student Gareth Young, but with help from her secret love and fellow Shadow, Junie, she learns that F.A.T.E. itself is behind an attack on Gareth.
3 Book Cover To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, bk 1) Han, Jenny Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
4 Book Cover My Life with the Walter Boys Novak, Ali Devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year old Jackie moves from New York City to Colorado to live with her mother's best friend, who has twelve children, including two boys who start to show an interest in Jackie that goes beyond brotherly.
5 Book Cover Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass series, bk 3) Maas, Sarah Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world.
6 Book Cover The Bane Chronicles Clare, Cassandra A collection of eleven short stories, previously published online, that illuminate the life of the enigmatic, flashy, and flamboyant High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane, a character in The Mortal Instruments series.
7 Book Cover The Young Elites (Young Elites series, bk 1) Lu, Marie Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.
8 Book Cover The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles, bk 1) Pearson, Mary On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love.
9 Book Cover Since You've Been Gone Matson, Morgan Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
10 Book Cover The Geography of You and Me Smith, Jennifer Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.
         
2014        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1 Book Cover Eleanor & Park Rowell, Rainbow Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
2 Book Cover Splintered (Splintered series, bk 1) Howard, A. G. A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.
3 Book Cover The Rithmatist (Rithmatist series, bk 1) Sanderson, Brandon As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.
4 Book Cover The 5th Wave (5th Wave series, bk 1) Yancey, Rick After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, just one rule applies: trust no one. Now it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother -- or even saving herself.
5 Book Cover Sky on Fire (Monument 14 series, bk 2) Laybourne, Emmy In this sequel to Monument 14, the group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two -- one group heading to Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters.
6 Book Cover Earth Girl (Earth Girl trilogy, bk 1) Edwards, Janet The year is 2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape,’ a ‘throwback,’ but this is one ape girl who won’t give in. Jarra invents a fake background for herself and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.
7 Book Cover The Testing (The Testing series, bk 1) Charbonneau, Joelle Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.
8 Book Cover Steelheart (The Reckoners series, bk 1) Sanderson, Brandon At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.
9 Book Cover Siege and Storm (Grisha trilogy, bk 2) Bardugo, Leigh Hunted across the True Sea and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret.
10 Book Cover The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine series, bk 1) Dashner, James Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out.
         
2013        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1 Book Cover Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity series, bk 1) Wein, Elizabeth In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
2 Book Cover The False Prince (Ascendance trilogy, bk 1) Nielsen, Jennifer In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
3 Book Cover Insurgent (Divergent series, bk 2) Roth, Veronica One choice can transform you -- or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves -- and herself -- while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction ; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horror.
4 Book Cover Pushing the Limits McGarry, Katie Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets.
5 Book Cover Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, bk 1) Cole, Kresley She could save the world -- or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life -- until, she begins experiencing terrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations are actually visions of the future -- and the visions are still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, Jackson Deveaux.
6 Book Cover The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle series, bk 1) Steifvater, Maggie Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them -- not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and he's a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys.
7 Book Cover Crewel (Crewel World, series, bk 1) Albin, Gennifer Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.
8 Book Cover Every Day (Every Day series, bk 1) Levithan, David Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
9 Book Cover Kill Me Softly Cross, Sarah When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.
10 Book Cover Butter Lange, Erin Jade Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make a live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.
         
2012        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1 Book Cover Divergent (Divergent series, bk 1) Roth, Veronica In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
2 Book Cover The Fault in Our Stars Green, John Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
3 Book Cover Legend (Legend series, bk 1) Lu, Marie In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
4 Book Cover Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, bk 1) Riggs, Ransom A horrific family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage that was home to children who were more than just peculiar, but possibly dangerous--and who may still be alive. Illustrated with vintage found photographs.
5 Book Cover What Happened to Goodbye Dessen, Sarah Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.
6 Book Cover Across the Universe (Across the Universe series, bk 1) Revis, Beth Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.
7 Book Cover Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles series, bk 1) Meyer, Marissa As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
8 Book Cover The Scorpio Races Stiefvater, Maggie Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
9 Book Cover Where She Went (If I Stay series, bk 2) Forman, Gayle Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.
10 Book Cover Abandon (Abandon trilogy, bk 1) Cabot, Meg A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.
         
2011        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1 Clockwork Angel Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, bk 1) Clare, Cassandra When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld.
2  Mockingjay Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, bk 3) Collins, Suzanne Two-time Hunger Games survivor Katniss Everdeen is targeted by a vengeful Capitol that vows to make Katniss and all of District 12 pay for the current unrest.
3  Crescendo Crescendo (Hush, Hush Saga, bk 2) Fitzpatrick, Becca Sixteen-year-old Nora Grey struggles to face the truth while coping with having a fallen angel boyfriend named Patch and unraveling the mystery surrounding her father's death.
4  I Am Number Four I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, bk 1) Lore, Pittacus Friendships and a beautiful girl are distracting to a teenager who is hiding on Earth while he waits to develop the powers he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight those who destroyed their planet.
5  The Iron King The Iron King (Iron Fey, bk 1) Kagawa, Julie On the eve of her 16th birthday, Meghan Chase learns that she is the daughter of the summer faery king, and when her half-brother is kidnapped, she must journey into a fantastical world she never imagined to face an unknown enemy and save the people she loves.
6  Matched Matched (Matched Trilogy, bk 1) Condie, Ally Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.
7  Angel Angel (Maximum Ride, bk 7) Patterson, James Heartbroken after her best friend and soul mate, Fang, leaves her flock, Maximum Ride begins to believe the evil scientists trying to convince her she needs to save the world, and that Dylan, the newest member of her flock, is her perfect mate.
8  Paranormalcy Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, bk 1) White, Kiersten When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.
9  Before I Fall Before I Fall Oliver, Lauren After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
10  Nightshade Nightshade (Nightshade, bk 1) Cremer, Andrea Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it is their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shape-shifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla's heart, she is faced with a decision that could change her whole world.
         
2010        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1  Catching Fire Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Bk 2) Collins, Suzanne By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
2  City of Glass City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, bk 3) Clare, Cassandra Clary, who is still seeking a cure for her mother's enchantment, travels to get the City of Glass, the capital of the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, where she uncovers important truths about her family's past.
3  Heist Society Heist Society (Heist Society, bk 1) Carter, Ally A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.
4  Shiver Shiver (Shiver, bk 1) Stiefvater, Maggie In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
5  Hush Hush Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush Saga, bk 1) Fitzpatrick, Becca High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him.
6  Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures Garcia, Kami In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret.
7  Along for the Ride Along for the Ride Dessen, Sarah When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived even as she is having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.
8  If I Stay If I Stay Forman, Gayle While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
9  Fire Fire (Graceling, bk 2) Cashore, Kristin In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.
10  Wintergirls Wintergirls Anderson, Laurie Halse Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
         
2009        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1  Paper Towns Paper Towns Green, John  One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
2  Breaking Dawn Breaking Dawn (Twlight Saga, bk 4) Meyer, Stephenie  In the fourth and final book in the #1 bestselling teen vampire saga, questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.
3  Hunger Games The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, bk 1)  Collins, Suzanne In a future North America, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the annual battle to the death known as the Hunger Games.
4  City of Ashes City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, 2) Clare, Cassandra  Sixteen-year-old Clary continues trying to make sense of the swiftly changing events and relationships in her life as she becomes further involved with the Shadowhunters and their pursuit of demons and discovers some terrifying truths about her parents, her brother Jace, and her boyfriend Simon.
5  Identical Identical Hopkins, Ellen Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.
6  Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
7  Wake Wake (Wake Trilogy, bk 1) McMann, Lisa Ever since she was eight years old, high schoool student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow student that she discovers her true power.
8  Untamed Untamed (House of Night, bk 4) Cast, P.C. Zoey's life at vampyre training school takes a turn for the worse as she loses most of her group of friends and all three of her potential boyfriends and the High Priestess Neferet plans a war on humans that Zoey knows is wrong.
9  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Lockhart, E. Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
10  Graceling Graceling (Graceling, bk 1) Cashore, Kristin In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
         
2008        
Rank Cover Title Author Description
1  Eclipse Eclipse (Twilight Saga, bk 3) Meyer, Stephenie Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob, a werewolf, and her relationship with Edward, a vampire, but when Seattle is ravaged by a mysterious string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the well-being of an entire city.
2  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, bk 7) Rowling, J.K. The seventh and final book in the series about a school that teaches magic to those who go there.
3  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, bk 1) Kinney, Jeff Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
4  Vampire Academy Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, bk 1) Mead, Rachel Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training.
5  Saving the World Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, bk 3) Patterson, James The time has come for Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel to face their ultimate enemy and, despite many obstacles, try to save the world from a sinister plan to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race.
6  City of Bones City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, bk 1) Clare, Cassandra Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
7  The Sweet Far Thing The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle Trilogy, bk 3) Bray, Libba At Spence Academy, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world and loved ones.
8  Extras Extras (Uglies, bk 4) Westerfeld, Scott Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse, an Extra, just wants to lay low, so when she discovers the secret lives of the Sly Girls, she wants to report their story, but she knows that would propel her into a celebrity status she's not prepared for.
9  Before I Die Before I Die Downham, Jenny A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.
10  Twisted Twisted Anderson, Laurie Halse After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.