Announced today: 2009 Teens’ Top Ten from YALSA and the American Library Association.
From the YALSA site: More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten! The online poll took place from Aug. 24 through Sept. 18, with the winners announced during Teen Read Week.
(this week! on now!)
Top three books:
- Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
For the rest of the list, click here.
I’m excited that two of the top three are books I’ve read – they are each excellent in wildly different ways. (I probably won’t read Breaking Dawn. Sorry.)
Earlier today on twitter, John Green was very humble about Paper Towns’ position on the list,
There’s a simple explanation for this. Paper Towns was voted for by teens. Paper Towns is an awesome book. John Green is made of awesome. Nerdfighters get that. AND nerdfighters vote.
I love it when John Green talks about being a nerd, as in this video, where he says,
nerds are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff
nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in the-chair,
can’t-control-yourself LOVE IT
when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is,
“you like stuff,” which is just not a good insult at all
I’m a nerdy girl. And totally proud of it. I’ve raised an even nerdier girl, who is equally totally proud of it. And we are unironically enthusiastic about John Green.
Congratulations to John Green (and all the other authors on the list). Please come to Seattle.