Teen Choice Book Awards

I’m happy to announce the New Albany-Floyd County’s TEEN CHOICE AWARD winners!! No, we didn’t have a fancy award ceremony with celebrity guests or anything, but that’s fine, because we have plenty of BOOKS. These are the books the members of TSI, our teen advisory board picked when I asked them to name their ALL TIME FAVORITE books! Give them a try, won’t you?

teen choice books

Alexis’s Picks:

  • Brewer, Heather. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.
    For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents’ deaths, than he could have guessed.
  • Ōkubo, Atsushi. Soul Eater
    Maka is a weapon meister, determined to turn her partner, a living scythe named Soul Eater, into a powerful death scythe — the ultimate weapon of Death himself! Charged with the task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of ninety-nine humans and one witch, Maka and her fellow meisters strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld. But the meisters’ own personal quirks may prove a bigger obstacle than any sultry enchantress!
  • Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians
    After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
  • Satō, Daisuke. Highschool of the Dead
    A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak– among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school– maybe the whole town– is out for their blood?
  • Shan, Darren. Cirque du Freak
    Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.
  • Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events
    After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Angel’s Picks:

  • Abbott, Ellen Jensen. Watersmeet.
    Fourteen-year-old Abisina escapes the escalating violence, prejudice, and religious fervor of her home town, Vranille, and sets out with a dwarf, Haret, to seek the father she has never met in a place called Watersmeet.
  • Adornetto, Alexandra. Halo
    When three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town of Venus Cove against the gathering forces of darkness, their mission is threatened as the youngest angel, Bethany, enrolls in high school and falls in love with another student.
  • Black, Holly. Tithe.
    After returning home from a tour with her mother’s rock band, sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
  • Funke, Cornelia Caroline. Inkheart.
    Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
  • Kade, Stacey. The Ghost and the Goth.
    After being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate–who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts–to help her.
  • Mercer, Sienna. My Sister the Vampire series
    Upon moving to Franklin Grove, eighth-grader Olivia Abbott, a pink-loving cheerleader, learns that she has a twin sister, Ivy Vega, whose “goth” appearance hides a weird secret.
  • Riordan, Rick. The Maze of Bones
    What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family’s power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39
    clues? What if you were given a choice – take a million dollars and walk away … or get the first clue? If you’re Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the clue – and begin a very dangerous race.
Brianna’s Picks:
  • Beauty Queens.
    When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
  • Flinn, Alex. Beastly.
    Presents a modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
  • Harrington, Kim. Clarity.
    Sixteen-year-old Clare Fern, a member of a family of psychics, helps the mayor and a skeptical detective solve a murder in a Cape Cod town during the height of tourist season–with her brother a prime suspect.
  • Harrington, Kim. Perception.
    Trying to decide between her old boyfriend, who betrayed her but wants her back, and the new boy with whom there are definite sparks, Cape Cod high school junior and psychic Clare is puzzled by a secret admirer even as she tries to solve the mystery of a classmate who has suddenly disappeared.
  • Meyer, Stephenie. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
    Bree Tanner, a character introduced in Eclipse, and the army of newborn vampires prepares to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens.
  • Moceanu, Dominique. Go for Gold series.
    When twelve-year-old Britt’s family moves to Houston so she can train at an elite gym she looks forward to being part of a team, but after alienating the other girls and failing to impress her coaches, Britt begins to figure out what teamwork really means.
Celeste’s Picks:
  • Illuminate.
    A brainy, shy high school outcast interning at a Chicago hotel discovers that the hotel staff has an evil agenda planned for her classmates on prom night.
  • Candor.
    For a fee, “model teen” Oscar Banks has been secretly–and selectively– sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
  • Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games.
    In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.
  • Fitzpatrick, Becca. Hush, Hush.
    High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.
  • Johnson, Maureen. The Name of the Star.
    Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
  • Kate, Lauren. Fallen.
    Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.
  • Stiefvater, Maggie. Shiver.
    In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Michael’s Picks:
  • Angel Fire East
    As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the dark forces of the Void and his minions for twenty-five years.  The grim future he dreams each night– a world reduced to blood and ashes–will come true, unless he can stop them now, in the present.  
  • Graceling.
    In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
  • The Legend of Zelda.
    A boy named Link sets out on a quest to deliver the Emerald, one of the three spiritual stones that hold the key to controlling the land of Hyrule, to Zelda, the country’s princess, facing many perils on his journey.
  • Jacques, Brian. Redwall.
    When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
  • Kishimoto, Masashi. Naruto.
    In another world, ninja are the ultimate power–and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attached by a fearsome threat–a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force …
  • Weeks, Brent. The Way of the Shadows.
    Determined to escape the Warrens, Azoth seeks out Durzo Blint, the city’s most ruthless assassin, to persuade him to take him on as an apprentice and to teach him the deadly Way of Shadows.
Sam’s Picks:
  • Fullmetal Alchemist.
    As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to restore what they’ve lost.
  • Itō, Junji. Uzumaki.
    Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: “uzumaki,” the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world which causes the inhabitants to go mad
  • Jacques, Brian. Redwall.
    When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
  • Tezuka, Osamu. Black Jack.
    Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic young genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Though a trained physician, he refuses to accept a medical license due to his hatred and mistrust of the medical community’s hypocrisy and corruption. This leads Black Jack to occasional run-ins with the authorities, as well as from gangsters and criminals who approach him for illegal operations. Black Jack charges exorbitant fees for his services, the proceeds from which he uses to fund environmental projects and to aid victims of crime and corrupt capitalists. But because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil.
Stephanie’s Picks:
  • The Crossroads.
    When eleven-year-old Zack Jennings moves to Connecticut with his father and new stepmother, they must deal with the ghosts left behind by a terrible accident, as well as another kind of ghost from Zack’s past.
  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Found.
    When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.
  • Halliday, Gemma. Deadly Cool.
    When sixteen-year-old Hartley Featherstone finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she goes to his house to confront him and suddenly finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.
  • Kogler, Jennifer Anne.  The Death Catchers.
    Through a letter to her English teacher, fourteen-year-old Lizzy Mortimer of Crabapple, California, relates her discovery that she and her eccentric grandmother are kin to Morgan le Faye, charged with saving the last descendant of King Arthur from an untimely death that would endanger the world.
  • Kusakawa, Nari. Two flowers for the dragon.
    A romantic tale of a princess and love… maybe too much of it!
  • Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.  Princess Ben.
    A girl is transformed, through instruction in life at court, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kingdom of Montagne as it faces war with neighboring Drachensbett.
  • Putney, M. J.  Dark Mirror.
    When it is discovered that an aristocratic young woman has magic powers, she is sent away to school, where she joins a group of young magicians using their powers to protect England.

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