2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Vote for your favorites, starting August 15th, here!  The Teens’ Top Ten books will be announced the last week of October. Clicking on the cover will bring you to the title in the catalog – books are available in a variety of format, including Playaways, eBooks, and more!

Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. 2014. 338p.
As Leila struggles to come to terms with her new life, she grasps for the only thing she knows is real, the northern lights. On her cross-country trip to see them, she meets four people that not only change her, but change because of her.

Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. 2014. 369p.
Samantha’s mind is a blank slate after she disappeared with her best frenemy, Cassie. However, when Cassie’s dead body turns up, Samantha’s memories are the only clue to what happened that night. Unfortunately, Sam not having any memories may be the only thing keeping her alive.

Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. 2014. 376p.
Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city.

Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. 2014. 348p.
For the first time ever, Cassandra and Athena have a mutual goal: to kill the remaining gods and goddesses that have taken refuge on Mount Olympus. If they could just figure out how to work together, they might be able to accomplish it.

Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. 2014. 507p.
Magnus Bane, the mysterious High Warlock of New York, has been alive for a long time and has a mysterious past unknown to most of his companions. In this thrilling novel, secrets and stories are revealed, of lovers, of adventures, and of friendships.

Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. 2014. 373p.
In a steampunk world, after the British Empire won the Revolutionary War, a young Patriot named Charlotte finds a boy in the woods, running from British war machines. When he claims he cannot remember anything, she and the other rebels decide to find his true origin by going to the heart of the Empire: New York.

Dellaira, Ava.Love Letters to the Dead. 2014. 327p.
When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. 2014. 481p.
Haden, the disgraced son of Ren Hades, King of the Underworld, has been chosen to go to the surface and bring back Daphne Vince, his boon. Daphne’s alcoholic rock star father is giving her the chance she has dreamed of to further her music career, but in California, further away from home than she’s ever been. Their fates are entwined, and they’re about to meet for the first time.

Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. 2014. 355p.
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Howard, A.G. Unhinged. 2014. 387p.
Finally back in the “real world” all Alyssa has left is to ignore her darker side and enjoy the normality of high school and her life with Jeb. But does Wonderland leave her alone? Can the Red Queen let Alyssa get away with what she has done? Everything would be easier if Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest.

Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. 2014. 355p.
Scarred and cast out after surviving the blood plague, Adelina finds a place for herself among the Young Elites who use their magic to advocate on behalf of young innocents and who are targeted by the soldiers of the Inquisition Axis.

Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. 2014. 565p.
Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world.

Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. 2014. 449p.
Emily and Sloane are the bestest friends having an amazing summer, until one day Sloane disappears. Sloane leaves behind a to-do list of 13 tasks Emily would normally never try without Sloane by her side. With the help of Frank Porter, and a few other friends, will Emily finish the list?

Nielson, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. 2014. 317p.
War is on the horizon in Carthya, and Jaron needs to protect his country. However, the ruler of Avenia has also captured Jaron’s best friend and love, Imogen. Jaron needs to save both his friend and his country, but everything that possibly could go wrong, does go wrong.

Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. 2014. 358p.
As the perfect girl who had everything scheduled, always looked nice and studied hard, Jackie couldn’t predict her parents’ accident. She also didn’t see her future consisting of moving from New York to Colorado and living with twelve boys. How can she cope with her parents’ death and a dramatic change in lifestyle while still being the perfect girl she was?

Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. 2014. 489p.
As Lia tries to run from her bounty hunters, she begins uncovering one of her kingdom’s deceptive secrets, hidden by the years passed. Meanwhile, she begins falling in love with two men who are not what they seem to be…

Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. 2014. 355p.
When Kestral, aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, its an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. 2014. 305p.
Relocating with her family to the middle of nowhere to alleviate the symptoms of her brother’s baffling, life-threatening illness, Tella receives a mysterious invitation to compete in a brutal survivalist competition for the cure to her brother’s disease.

Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. 2014. 296p.
Abducted at age fourteen and trained by the F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow, guardian of a future leader, Ren Sharpe, now eighteen, is assigned to protect college science student Gareth Young, but with help from her secret love and fellow Shadow, Junie, she learns that F.A.T.E. itself is behind an attack on Gareth.

Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. 2014. 388p.
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.

Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. 2014. 337p.
Stuck in an elevator during a blackout in New York City, Lucy and Owen manage to escape and spend the rest of the blackout bonding on the darkened streets, a night they remember with longing when their respective lives separate them.

Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. 2014. 274.
When Monroe Blackwell, who is spending the summer at her grandmother’s Louisiana bed-and-breakfast, meets Nathan Everets, who has a court-appointed job there, they share, and begin to recover from, their respective feelings of loss and guilt.

Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. 2014. 326p.

When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock. Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. 2014. 368p.
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.



Official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced!

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard 
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

You can see all of these titles, plus titles from other YALSA book awards and booklists, with the Teen Finder Book App! It’s free, and available for Android & iOS.

2012 Teens’ Top Ten Books – Reserve Your Copy Today!

The 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Books have been announced today! This is essentially the Teen Choice Awards but for the book-set. And our winners are… (drum roll, please)…

1. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth


3. LEGEND by Marie Lu




7. CINDER by Marissa Meyer

8. THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

9. WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman

10. ABANDON by Meg Cabot


*YALSA publishes this list every year. For the nifty pdf, click here.

Teens’ Top Ten

More than 9,000 teens voted in ALA|YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten – the Teen Choice Awards for books, essentially!

The Top Ten Books for 2011 are…

1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

4. I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore

5. The Iron King – Julie Kagawa

6. Matched – Ally Condie

7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel – James Patterson

8. Paranormalcy – Kiersten White

9. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver

10. Nightshade – Andrea Cremer

Also! Every single one of these books? You can use them for a Teen Book Review. Make me happy, people!

Book ReCover Contest

In honor of this year’s Teen Read Week theme “Picture It @ Your Library,” Teen Services is hosting a Book ReCover Contest!

What does this mean? Think of one of your favorite Young Adult books. Did you ever think that you could design a much better cover? Here’s an example:

The Giver by Lois Lowry, Published Copy


The Giver as interpreted by Lucy Knisley


* Artist must be a resident of the Cold Spring Harbor Library district

* Open to artists in the sixth through twelfth grades

* Only one entry per participant

* All artwork must have been created between now and October 31, 2011

*Winners will be notified by November 7, 2011

* Winning ReCovers will be displayed in the Teen Services area of the Library.

What type of artwork are we looking for?

* Original artwork that you have created yourself

* The ReCover must be a book cover that you designed yourself, for an already-published Young Adult novel

* Artwork must measure 8×11 inches

* Artwork can be created with PhotoShop, mixed media, collage, watercolour, pencil, charcoal.

* Artwork will be accepted at the Youth Services desk and via email, cshrya [at] suffolk [dot] lib [dot] ny [dot] us until October 31, 2011.

* The Title and Author of the published work MUST be on your ReCover!

Books with Beat – The Half-Life of Planets

October 17-23 is Teen Read Week, and this year’s theme is Books with Beat. One of the newest items in our collection is currently being read by our Teen Services librarian. She swears it will be available to everyone else by Saturday (sixty pages to go!).

Books with Beat: Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drummer: The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Miss Kate has been reading The Half-Life of Planets this week, and the reason it’s taking her so long – she doesn’t want it to end. Liana and Hank, who tell the story in alternating chapters, are two high school students who have never met each other – until this summer. Liana Planet is into kissing, planetary sciences (she’s researching why stars twinkle) … and is giving up kissing ANYONE this summer. Hank is beyond obsessed with music – you mention a song, or hum a bar, and he can give you the entire history of the band. After a chance meeting in the women’s bathroom (a hysterically funny scene, if I may add), Liana and Hank fall into an interesting friendship. The story is sweet, the musical references are awesome, and it’s great to read about two people who dance to their own orchestras.
The Half-Life of Planets is available in hardcover in our YA section.

Teen Read Week- Books with Beat

October 17-23 is Teen Read Week, and this year’s theme is Books with Beat. Over the next few days, titles that are guaranteed to make you burst into song, rock out, or bust a gut laughing will be reviewed on the blog.

All these titles are available downstairs in our Young Adult collection in book and audiobook format (CD, tape, playaway). Several lucky titles are available to our patrons through Live-Brary in e-book and MP3/iPod compatible formats.

Here are some titles guaranteed to make you tap your toes, burst into song, or rock out. All these titles are available in our Young Adult collection – and a lucky few are also available either as e-books or audio books. Check out our catalog for more details.

Awesome Book With Beat: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Our Teen Services librarian read this back in May or June, and was bouncing around for a good week afterward. Audrey is your average music-loving girl – who just happens to have a song written about her. Think that’s awesome? It’s not in her case. Throw in a wisecracking best friend (“My name is Victoria, like the Queen”), a job at the Scooper Dooper, and a potted plant that serves as a hall pass – and you’ll be cracking up and downloading almost every song Robin Benway even *references*. (Miss Kate’s favorite song from the book: Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J).

Audrey, Wait! is available in hardcover in our YA section.