Teens’ Top Ten Winners Announced!

October 25, 2008

The votes have been counted for the Teens’ Top Ten 2008. It’s time to announce the winners!

The Wake County winners are:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  • Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
  • Jinx by Meg Cabot
  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  • Penelope by Marilyn Kaye
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

The National winners are:

  • Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wake County owns all of these titles, so feel free to check them out or put them on hold today!

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Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Penelope by Marilyn Kaye

September 15, 2008

(adapted from the screenplay by Leslie Caveny)

A modern day Beauty and the Beast story, in reverse. Penelope is a young woman who has wealth and luxury at her beck and call. She also has a pig snout for a nose thanks to an age-old family curse. Only a blue-blooded aristocrat can break the curse, so Penelope’s mother hires a professional matchmaker to find a prince for Penelope.

A slimy reporter who is hoping to strike it rich by publishing photos of the ‘pig girl’, devises a scheme to get what he wants. He hires Max, an aristocrat in dire financial straits, to pose as a potential suitor.

Meanwhile, tired of the constant parade of blue-blooded potential mates, Penelope strikes out on her own – eager to be free and discover the outside world. Will Penelope be exposed to the media? Will she ever find her prince and true happiness? Read this romantic comedy in fairy tale clothing to find out.

Penelope is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Jennifer M. @ North Regional Library


Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels

September 15, 2008

Josh is just a normal teenager who loves to play video games with his older brother Max, who is away at college. Totally normal, except for the fact that Josh is a ‘designer baby’, specially selected when he was nothing more than a few cells for his similarity to Max in hopes that his stem cells would cure Max’s cancer.

When Max is arrested for a horrendous crime Josh is forced to question his own existence. Is he guilty too? Should he ever have been born? Was Max supposed to die from cancer? Is Josh going to be just like Max?

This gripping story will make you think about good and evil as well as modern ethics. Read-a-likes include House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson.

Genesis Alpha is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Jennifer M. @ North Regional Library


Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

September 8, 2008

Jena, the second-oldest of 5 Transylvanian sisters, tells the sisters’ story of adventure and mystery at their castle home and in the Other Kingdom, their enchanted secret world. When the girls were young, they discovered a mysterious portal in the castle that appears every full moon and allows them access to the Dancing Glade in the Other Kingdom. Over the last nine years of full moon visits, they have become an accustomed sight at the dances, dressed in their finest gowns and dancing with friendly creatures of all shapes and sizes. They are welcome and comfortable here; it is their home away from home.

Things get turned upside down when their ill father travels to warmer climates, leaving Jena in charge of the estate and the family business. Their power-hungry cousin tries to take control of all that the sisters treasure, including their oldest and deepest secret. To make matters worse, sister Tatiana has fallen in love with one of the Night people, who are mysterious and feared in the Other Kingdom. Jena must try to make everything right, but can she take care of two worlds all by herself?

Wildwood Dancing is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Review by Michele @ West Regional Library


Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

September 8, 2008

Rose and Lissa are like most teenage girls. They like boys, like to shop at the mall, and feel misunderstood. The only difference is that they are vampires. Lissa is a Moroi princess, a member of the vampire royalty, while Rose is a dhampir guardian who has sworn to protect Lissa even to death. Two years ago, they ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private school for the Moroi and Dhampir races, for reasons that only Rose fully knows.

Now, the school’s guardians have caught up with them and want to bring them back to the academy against their will. The halls of St. Vladimir’s are filled with the same things they have always been: snotty Moroi, secrets, clan loyalties, and a deathly fear of the Striogoi: vampires who have become immortal and seek to destroy all of the royal family.

As a punishment for running away, Rose has to train every second that she is not in class. Her mentor is Dimitri, a stoic, handsome guardian whom she finds to be ever increasingly attractive. While Rose is training to become deadly to the Strigoi, Lissa is discovering how to be a royal without losing who she is inside. And why does someone keep planting dead animals in Lissa’s path? Is someone out to get Lissa, and if they are, can Rose truly protect her friend?

Vampire Academy is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Review by Lindsey at Eva Perry Regional Library


Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel

September 3, 2008

Beautiful and full of life, Zoe was the complete opposite of her younger sister Echo. Then suddenly, Zoe was brutally murdered. A year later, Echo is still trying to cope. Her mom is popping pills to stay numb, and her dad is never around. Emotionally she begins slipping away from her best friends Jenay and Abby. Now also dealing with high school and a new boyfriend, Echo knows that life will never be the same.

One day Zoe’s old boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoe’s diary. Echo thought she knew everything about her sister. Reading the diary, Echo learns about Zoe’s secret world. Uncovering the truth may force Echo to start rebuilding her life.

Saving Zoe is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Katherine S. @ Southgate Library


Teens’ Top Nominee for 2008: Ironside by Holly Black

September 3, 2008

In Holly Black’s third book in her series (the first two are Tithe: A Modern Faery’s Tale and Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faery), Kaye the punk pixie changeling finds herself at odds with her boyfriend, Roiben, who has been crowned the new King of the Unseelie Faery Court. A curse separates Kaye and Roiben, and to break the curse, Kaye begins an impossible quest: to find a fairy who can tell a lie. As Kaye begins her quest, she finds herself entangled between Faeryland and her other life with her mother and grandmother in New York City. Kaye will have to decide whether or not to tell her mother who and what she really is. In order to make her choice, Kaye will have to come to terms once and for all with whom she truly is and where it is that she belongs and wants to make her life.

There is a power struggle brewing between Roiben’s Court and Queen Silariel and her Seelie Court. Riddles are given, promises made, kisses given and curses are released as the traps by which Silariel hopes to get Roiben to hand over his power and allegiance to her. Kaye finds herself the only one who can stop the pending war and death of Roiben, if she can only fulfill her quest and find a fairy who can speak a lie. One lie, one chance, one love. But can she?

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Review by Connie Harr from Holly Springs Library.


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