Books For TEENS



from the world of Young Adult Literature

October, 2016

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker.
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
  3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough.
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
  6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.
  7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu.
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  9. When by Victoria Laurie.
  10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. By Lynn Weingarten.

Learn more about how you can apply to participate in Teens’ Top Ten here.



September, 2016

Picture13Check out The New York Times UPFRONT bi-weekly news magazine, currently circulating out of our Teen Section. Upfront examines important historical events and reinforces the civics, government, and economics concepts you need to teach.




Places No One KnowsMeanwhile… We were digging this article posted by the New York Public Library:
Thirteen YA Novels That Will Bend Your Mind
YA novels that will take your brain in unexpected directions!




Stay tuned for more updates




December 2015

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

Suggest a title for the Teens’ Top Ten!

The 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 sixteen school and public libraries around the country.






May 2015

Young Adult Top Ten

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and vote for their favorite books of 2014!

Readers of ages 12-18 will vote online between August 15 and October 12:; the winners will be announced in late October.

Watch a Youtube montage of the nominees: 


April 2015

Voting for the 2015 THUMBS UP! Award is now open through May 31

The Teen Thumbs Up Award recognizes and promotes an outstanding contributions to Young Adult literature, spotlighting authors whose works have both literary quality and teen appeal (ages 13-18).

indexThe Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association (MLA) established this award in 1986 and has included a special teen voting feature since 2001.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. Since 2001, the selection process has also included a teen vote.

The Top Ten Titles for the 2015 Thumbs Up! Award have been announced.

  1. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  6. She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
  7. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
  8. I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand
  9. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  10. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Now it’s time for the teens to vote! Through May 31, teens aged 13 to 18 can vote online for their favorite book from the top ten titles.

index (1)Voting can be done online from home or from the library through May 31, 2015. The winner of the Thumbs Up! Award and honor books will be announced at the MLA 2015 Annual Conference in Novi this October.

Would you like to check out the winner of the 2014 Thumbs Up! Award ? 
Click here




February 2015

Teen Tech Week!
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In this world of ever-more technological/online/digital interace, parents of tweens and teenagers are understandably concerned about appropriate use of the World Wide Web and various social technology. The complexity of the “online environment,” if you will, can be hard for teens to grasp.

Librarians are uniquely positioned to guide teens in this regard, providing them access to high speed internet and digital technologies so they can sharpen their digital literacy and learn responsible and ethical uses of technology (as well as social media).

Teens, even though they enjoy more independence than elementary age students, still need guidance and supervision to help keep them safe, in school and on a path to success. They also need age-appropriate resources and activities that meet their unique needs and interests.

That’s where Libraries come in…
We’re celebrating Teen Tech Week March 8 – 14 with the theme “Libraries Are For Making…” encouraging teens to embrace the Library as an environment where they can be inspired to be creative…to write or draw, to perform, to express themselves, anything that inspires them…can be found here in the library.


Teen Tech Week is an annual event hosted by libraries across the nation and facilitated by YALSA (a division of the American Library Association dedicated to strengthening library services for teens aged 12-18). More info is available here and, swing by the Teen Spot in the Ferndale Area District Library on March 8 to see our special Teen Tech Week display. 


downloadU.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: Public Libraries Offer More Than Just Books to Teens

“It’s a place where you can read and learn and truly find yourself and find your passion and you can be guided by highly trained professionals…”
Read on:

January 2015

You can join a live webcast of the press conference for this years awards for excellence in young adult writing and media on February 2nd! Find out which books, in fiction and nonfiction, take home the top prizes for 2015. You can also follow I Love Libraries on Twitter and Facebook to be among the first to know the 2015 winners. The official hashtag for the 2015 Youth Media Awards is  #ALAyma.

December 2014

Picture6Homework Help for Teens from the Michigan Electronic Library
English (via the MeL Teens home page).
Social Studies
Whatever you need help with, MeL’s here….
You can also locate reliable resources on personal issues and career planning; search for full length eBooks, comics, zines and audiobooks or prepare yourself for college and find the best pre-planning college guides, practice exams and scholarships. CLICK HERE. 


Teens, check out MeL’s Homework Help: You can bring the teacher home with you. Select tutorials and reliable research resources to help complete your homework assignments. Gain extreme access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.


November 2014

Official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

images (3)The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug. 15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 12-18, 2014). Altogether, over 12,000 votes were cast for the 25 nominees.

The official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

  1. Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin)
  2. “Splintered” by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. “The Rithmatist” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile)
  5. “Monument 14: Sky on Fire” by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. “Earth Girl” by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. “The Eye of Minds” by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)

Michaud-S.E.-Hinton-320Retrospective: “The Y.A. Debate” (a recent article on Outsiders author S.E. Hinton from The New Yorker)

This explores the “debate” (drummed up by critics, mostly) of  whether adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature that’s ostensibly written for children.

S. E. Hinton and the Y.A. Debate




October 2014

Editorial:  Why Are We Still Fighting About YA Lit? -by Sarah Arboleda Read it here. 

“…it’s easier for book snobs to set sights on the tastes of adult YA readers. After all, it seems more logical to say, “You’re not a teenager—stop reading books written for teenagers,” than it is to say, “John Grisham’s books are poorly written.”



Life Changing YA Reading Recommendations via: Epic Reads

Say What You Will

Book Thief 



The Fault In Our Stars 76c8ff3040e9e470bafa0e046745b134



It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

Saving Francesca 

Hate List

Falling Into Place



Never Fall Down

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 

Whale Talk


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Every Day

Mis-education of Cameron Post

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock

The Sky Is Everywhere





September 2014 News:

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle’s Debut Novel Nominated For National Book Award
John Darnielle is the lead singer/songwriter of acclaimed indie-rock outfit The Mountain Goats; his debut novel, Wolf In White Van has been nominated for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. The link above will take you to the music-centric zine Stereogum, but if you’d like to read more from the New York Times, click here.  

In other award news,, The National Book Foundation has announced the 2014 National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature. Read more here. 


Books for Teens

The_Book_Thief_by_Markus_Zusak_book_coverList of Award Winners 2014
like The Book Thief 



downloadA list For Fans of Divergent

WillGraysonList of notable LGBT Books
like Will Grayson Will Grayson



farMichigan Thumbs Up Nominees
like Far, Far Away


This-Is-What-Happy-Looks-Like-02_612x612Romance Books
like This Is What Happy Looks Like




parkerSports Books

like Stealing Parker



The_Fault_in_Our_StarsYALSA Teens Top Ten Nominees

…of course The Fault In Our Stars is going to be on THIS list…but what else? 



(More teen book lists coming soon!)

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