The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) nominations for the best teen books of 2012 are here! These books have been selected by teen groups, just like our very own TAG, for a chance to be named one of the Top Ten Teen books of 2012.
Looking for a good read? Come out to your local library and try one of these fantastic nominees.
In a futuristic world where children are “cured” of bad behaviour through treatments that turn them into obedient, well-mannered citizens 15-year-old Maxwell Connors wonders if life outside of New Middletown might be a better alternative. When his younger sister Ally is targeted, Max and his family must make a choice: submit to vaccination, flee their home, or stay and fight…
When an electromagnetic pulse engulfs the Earth life as we know it comes to an abrupt end. No computers, no phones, no cars; all electronics are rendered useless in the catastrophe. With the world in chaos, and billions dying Alex must learn how to survive in this new world and who she can trust as society crumbles and humanity degrades.
A botched attempt to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years and females with a lifespan of only 20 years. Geneticists scramble for a solution and orphans crowd the streets as crime and poverty soar. In this nightmare world of genetic experimentation gone wrong, Rhine Ellery has been kidnapped and sold into marriage. With her life clock ticking out Rhine must find a way to escape her sordid marriage and sinister father-in-law before it’s too late.
Diagnosed with severe thyroid cancer at age 13, Hazel had prepared herself to die. Three years later, thanks to a miracle medical breakthrough able to drastically shrink the tumors in her lungs, Hazel grapples with the uncertain prospect of a long life. Tethered to an oxygen tank and reliant on a constant cocktail of chemicals to keep the cancer at bay, Hazel finds unexpected support in the guise of another cancer patient, Augustus. Together Hazel and Augustus re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define the legacy everyone leaves behind.
In this prequel to the classic Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein sets out to find the elixir of life in a desperate attempt to save his twin brother, Konrad. Delving into forbidden lore and risking life and limb, Victor and his friends prepare themselves to sacrifice everything to bring Konrad back from death’s door. Victor’s resolve will be put to the test however in this heroic venture as the cost for his brother’s life may be more than he ever dreamt.
Looking for more nominees you can find in the Wellington County Library collection? Try one of these acclaimed titles:
- Abandon by Meg Cabot
- Tempest by Julie Cross
- What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- Eona: The Last Dragon by Alison goodman
- Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Hourglass by Myra McEntire
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Shine by Lauren Myracle
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
- All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin