Category Archives: YALSA Teen Top 10 Nominee

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house.  When a boy named Olly moves in next door, they meet and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and notes.

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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

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June and Delia were best friends who grew apart.  After Delia commits suicide, June believes she has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth–which, it turns out, is very complicated.

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

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Six California teens have special powers that aren’t always welcome.  Like Ethan, who has a voice inside of him that gets Ethan in trouble.  When that happens, the other Zeroes are the only ones who can rescue him, even though the members of this group are not exactly the best of friends.

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Scott Westerfeld   Margo Lanagan  Deborah Biancotti

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Samantha McAllister seems to have it all, but looks can be deceiving and she is hiding the fact that she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

 

Black Widow Forever Red

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is one of the world’s most lethal assassins, and she once rescued young Ava Orlova from being subjected to military experiments.  Now Black Widow and Orlova, who is 15, team up again to stop the evil Ivan Somodorov from wreaking havoc on the children of Eastern Europe.

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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

 

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Aya is a 15-year-old girl who has spent her life hiding in the mountains to avoid the fate of most women, who are treated like property and auctioned off for breeding.  After she is caught, she relies on the assistance of a wolf and a mute boy in her search for freedom.

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgewick

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Told in four episodes.  The first takes place during prehistoric times as a girl creates some of the first cave drawings.  Next, a 17th century girl named Anna is believed to be a witch.  Episode three is set in a Long Island mental institution, and finally a trip to the future as a spaceship travels to settle another world.

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Con Academy by Joe Schreiber

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Will Shea (aka Billy Humbert) is a con man who has scammed his way into Connaughton Academy, an exclusive school for the American elite.  He soon meets Andrea Dufresne, who has also conned her way in.  They make a bet to see who can con the school bully out of thousands of dollars.

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Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

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Penelope Landlow has an autoimmune disease that forces her to remain indoors.  She is also the daughter of a notorious crime family that is involved in the black market for organ transplants.  She soon gains her independence and is forced to survive on her own in the big city.

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Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen

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Set in Ancient Rome, Nic, a young slave, finds an amulet that gives him magic powers usually reserved for the Gods.  After discovering a conspiracy to start a war, Nic is forced to use the magic to defeat the empire’s most ruthless leaders and save Rome.

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