Books With Bite Teen Reads




2008 teens’ top 10 nominations

Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

Tessa, who has terminal cancer, creates a list of ten things she wants to do in the months she has left to live. This fierce anddevastating novel explores end-of-life realities with honesty and grace.

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has accepted her powers and role as Leader of the Dark Daughters. But too soon the peopleZoey cares about from her old life are in danger, and it looks like the House of Night is killing human teenagers.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-yearoldClary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance and Colin Polhemus, illus.

Famous horror story writer R. U. Tremblin comes to the town of Maplewood to hold a short story writing contest, offering thefive finalists the chance to spend what turns out to be a terrifying–and deadly–night with him in a haunted house.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, hope just to survive, butwhen Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob and her relationship with Edward, but when Seattle is ravaged by a stringof killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the well-being of an entire city.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

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 toreport their story, but she knows that would propel her into a celebrity status she’s not prepared for.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student atan advanced crime academy.

Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels.

Brothers Josh and Max have an unusually strong relationship since it was Josh’s harvested stem cells that were used to savehis dying older brother’s life. But when Max is accused of murder, Josh considers his own role in Max’s path of life.

Glass by Ellen Hopkins.

Kristina is determined to defeat her addiction to crack in order to keep her newborn child, but when she is unable to manageher use of the drug and the pull becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

Voldermort is ruthless in his pursuit of the trio, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione have honed their magical skills in the past sixyears and are ready for battle.

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale by Holly Black.

As the possessor of Roiben’s true name, sixteen-year-old Kaye returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly-impossiblequest that will release him from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.

Jango by William Nicholson.

Seeker, the Wildman, and Morning Star discover that the mysterious warrior sect they had been so desperate to join is notquite what it appears from the outside.

Jinx by Meg Cabot.

Jean “Jinx” Honeychurch, the descendant of a witch, must leave Iowa to live with relatives in Manhattan after the first spell shecasts goes awry, but she will have to improve her skills to stop her cousin from practicing black magic which endangers the boythey both like.

The Luxe by Anna Godberson.

In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of societyand the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson.

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.

Penelope by Marilyn Kaye.

Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want: A wealthy, socialite family, an enchanted bedroom and some of the coolestclothes around. There is only one problem: She was born into a cursed family and has the face of a pig.

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël.

Instead of a fresh start, high school provides more grief and isolation to Echo, whose older sister died a year earlier, but insightsgained from Zoe’s diary about her sister’s life and death change Echo in ways she could have never expected.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.

A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.

At Spence Academy, Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine how best to usemagic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world and loved ones.

Tamar by Mal Peet.

In England in 1995, Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, begins to uncover the secrets of hislife during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on hislife and that of his family.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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 then life starts to go bad again . . .

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body partsharvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are foundand returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, pranks, and sinister plots.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle betweenthe Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magicalworld, the Wildwood. ( ALA )


YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

Where Teens Choose the Winners!

The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten

The vote is in! More than 8,000 teens voted on this year’s winners. The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten is:

  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

About the Teens’ Top Ten

Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted in April during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year during Teen Read Week. Readers aged twelve to eighteen can vote right here, online, anytime that week.

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Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Abadzis, Nick. Laika. First Second, 2007. $17.95 (ISNB13: ISBN13: 978-1596431010). How a small dog became the first cosmonaut.

Carey, Mike.
Re-Gifters. DC/Minx, 2007. $9.99 (ISNB13: ISBN13: 978-1-4012-0371-9). Win the championship or get the guy? Fiction.

Fleming, Ann Marie.
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam.
Penguin Group, 2007. $14.00 (ISBN13: 978-1594482649). Ann Marie traces the path of her great-grandfather’s life, uncovering her roots and the magic behind them. Nonfiction.

Giffen, Keith. Blue Beetle: Shell-shocked. DC Comics,        2006. $12.99 (ISBN13: 978-1401209650); Blue Beetle: Road Trip. DC Comics, 2007. $12.99 (ISBN13: 978-1401213619). It’s tough being a superhero when you have a curfew. Fiction.

Iwahara, Yuji.
King of Thorn,
vol. 1. Tokyopop, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-59816-235-6); King of Thorn, vol. 2. Tokyopop, 2007.     $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-59816-236-3). Awaking to a dangerous new world, can seven strangers escape their doom when danger lurks around every corner? Fiction.

Loux, Matthew.
Oni Press, 2007. $11.95 (ISBN13: 978-1-932664-50-8). Slacker vs. jock. Good cat vs. bad cat. And the love of a girl hangs in the balance. Fiction.

Mizushiro, Setona. After School Nightmare, vol. 1. Go Comi!, 2006. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617169); After School Nightmare, vol. 2.” Go Comi!, 2006. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617176); After School Nightmare, vol. 3. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617244); After School Nightmare, vol. 4. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617336); After School Nightmare, vol. 5. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99     (ISBN13: 978-1933617480). Ichijou’s struggle through the dream world will help him determine his identity. Fiction.

Mori, Kaoru.
vol. 1. CMX, 2006. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1132-5); Emma, vol. 2. CMX, 2006. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1133-2); Emma, vol. 3. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1134-9); Emma, vol. 4. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1135-6); Emma, vol. 5. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1136-3). In Victorian England, how long can the love of a lady’s maid and a gentleman survive? Fiction.

Sis, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2007. $18.00 (ISBN13: 978-0-374-34701-7). When your hairstyle, music and art are regulated, how do you find your voice? Nonfiction.

Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Arthur A. Levine, 2007. $19.99 (ISBN13: 978-0439895293). How do you build a new life when everything around you is so strange? Fiction.


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