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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Top 10 teen books chosen -- by teens

By Valerie Strauss

Here are the top 10 books that thousands of teenagers picked as their favorites for 2010, released today as part of Teen Read Week.

The celebration of reading by teenagers this week is an annual initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that was started in 1998. Libraries around the world celebrate the week with events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to please for pleasure.

Teens’ Top Ten is a list created by kids ages 12 to 18, who nominate and then vote on their favorite books of the previous year. More than 8,000 kids voted this year on the following.

The Teens’ Top Ten 2010:
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The kids who do the nominations are members of teen book discussion groups in 15 school and public libraries across the country. Following are the groups just named for the 2010-12, and after that, for 2008-10.

* Bethesda Library Teen Reads, Bethesda (Md.) Library, advised by Kathie Weinberg
* BHS Book Club, Barrington (Ill.) High School, advised by Janet Anderson
* Book and Bag/Book and Bagel, Worthington (Ohio) Libraries, advised by Ann Pechacek
* Bookhype, Perry Branch Library/Perry High School, Gilbert, Ariz., advised by Allison Burke
* Bookmarked, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, La., advised by Elizabeth Kahn
* The Bookmarks, Duxbury (Mass.) Free Library, advised by Ellen Snoeyenbos
* Brunswick High School (Maine) Book Group, Curtis Memorial Library, advised by Melissa Orth
* Bothell /Kenmore (Wash.) Libraries Teen Advisory Board, advised by Catherine Schaeffer
* CPL Teen Reads, Coralville (Iowa) Public Library, advised by Karen Stierler
* HHS Reads!, Holman (Wis.) High School, advised by Erin Foster
* Mukilteo Library Teen Advisory Board, Sno-Isle Libraries, Mukilteo (Wash.) Library, advised by Kathleen Fernandes
* The MVHS Book Club & The MVHS Book Club of Manliness, Mountain View (Calif.) High School Library advised by Benjamin Lundholm
* The Sneak Peek Reviewers Club, San Leandro (Calif.) Main Library, advised by Christianne Selig
* Spruill Oaks Teen Group, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, Johns Creek, Ga., advised by Benjamin Scott and Lucinda Rittenhouse
* STAC-M, Student Advisory Club for Media, Lake Norman Charter School, Huntersville, N.C., advised by Kathy Cadden
* Young Adult Advisory Councils, Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kans., advised by Kate Pickett and Cari Albarelli

2008-2010 Teens' Top Ten Groups

* Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) Book Group, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine, advised by Brooke Faulkner
* Bethesda Library Teen Reads, Bethesda (Md.) Library, advised by Kathie Weinberg
* Bistro Book Club, Center for Adolescent Reading, Grand Junction, Colo., advised by Diana Tixier Herald
* The Bookmarks, Duxbury (Mass.) Free Library, advised by Ellen Snoeyenbos
* Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club for Teens, Eva Perry Regional Library, Apex, N.C., advised by Valerie H. Nicholson
* Galley Review Group, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library, advised by Karen Santamaria
* Hunterdon Central Bookworms, Hunterdon Central Regional High School Library, Flemington, N.J., advised by Heather Hersey
* Interesting Reader Society (IRS), Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, Colo., advised by Sue-Ellen Jones and Diane Tuccillo
* Mountain View (Calif.) High School Book Club, advised by Benjamin Lundholm
* Novelteens High School Book Club, San Leandro (Calif.) Main Library, advised by Kelly Keefer
* Park Tudor Student Book Clubs, Park Tudor Upper School Library, Indianapolis, Ind., advised by Jane Kokotkiewicz
* The Reading Group, Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta, Ga., advised by Jeanne Auensen and Lucinda Rittenhouse
* Teen Advisory Board, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind., advised by Mari Hardacre
* Teens Know “Best,” Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center and the St. Paul Public Library
* Dayton’s Buff Branch, St. Paul. Minn., advised by Adela Peskorz
* Trails Teens, Kansas City Public Library Trails West Branch, Independence, Mo., advised by Crystal Faris and Amanda Barnhart

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By Valerie Strauss  | October 18, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Reading  | Tags:  Laurie Halse Anderson, ala, catching fire, favorite teen books, reading, sarah desson, suzanne collins, teen reading, top teen books  
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Female authors only need apply?

Posted by: cassander | October 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting - my teenage daughter has read nearly all of these books, while my teenage son (who is a voracious reader and reads even more than my daughter) has read none of these books.

It would be interesting to see the demographics of the teens who voted on these books.

Posted by: FYIColumbiaMD | October 20, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

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