Whether you stridently agree with Stephen Colbert that “a young adult novel is just a regular novel that people want to read” or you just need a few great recommendations to share with a lucky teen in your life, YALSA (the Young Adult Library Service Association) and a few of our awesome local teen book groups have got you covered.
Each year, teen book groups throughout the country agree to read, review, and select their top picks from over 30 large and small publishing houses. In exchange, participants are able to receive free advanced reading copies of the books and the opportunity to share their thoughts directly with those in the book industry. The result? An annual list of 25 amazing titles, hand-picked by teen readers as well as an annual Teens’ Top Ten, voted on by librarians, educators, and readers.
Before I share this year’s highly anticipated selections, please join me in giving a huge thanks and shout-out to the teen book clubs of the Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard Branches of Kitsap Regional Library, who are completing a third year as one of sixteen groups in the country chosen to participate. Because of the hard-work of these teens, program coordinator Stefanie Graen, staff, and amazing volunteers, readers may enjoy witnessing first love among the chaos of family turmoil, a terrifying silent alien invasion, or an adrenaline filled mash-up of Inception and The Matrix through this year’s list. Interested in becoming a Teens Top Ten participant? Contact Stefanie Graen at the Bainbridge Island Branch or Bradley Post at the Port Orchard Branch for more information.
And without further ado, drumroll please: