Day: February 10, 2012

VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2011

Out of over 1100 reviews of books for teens in 2011, VOYA reviewers only awarded 24 books perfect tens.  That means they scored a perfect 5 in both quality and popularity.  A rare thing indeed!  The fascinating thing is that these are very different books than those seen on recent award lists.

Here are the 24 perfect ten books for teens:


Ashes by Ilsa Bick

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

City of Ice by Laurence Yep


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3 by Alexander Gordon Smith

Everneath by Ashton Brodi


Fear: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

Hidden by Helen Frost


Legend by Marie Lu

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Rivals in the Tudor Court by D. L. Bogdan


Saving June by Hannah Harrington

The Shadowing: Hunted by Adam Slater

Troublemaker, Book1 and Book 2 by Janet Evanovich and Alex Evanovich


What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Battle of the Kids’ Books

School Library Journal has announced their 2012 contenders in the Battle of the Kids’ Books.  The competition is between 16 of the best books of 2011, and is judged by top authors in children’s books. 

Here are the contenders:


Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal


The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos


Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai


Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

2012 Battle Schedule

Round One

Match 1 (March 13, Judge TBA)

Amelia Lost vs Anya’s Ghost

Match 2 (March 14, Judge TBA)

Between Shades of Gray vs Bootleg

Match 3 (March 15, Judge TBA)

The Cheshire Cheese Cat vs Chime

Match 4 (March 16, Judge TBA)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone vs Dead End in Norvelt

Match 5 (March 19, Judge TBA)

Drawing from Memory vs The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Match 6 (March 20, Judge TBA)

Heart and Soul vs Inside Out and Back Again

Match 7 (March 21, Judge TBA)

Life: An Exploded Diagram vs A Monster Calls

Match 8 (March 22, Judge TBA)

Okay for Now vs Wonderstruck

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

10 books to help boost young boys’ reading | The Guardian #kidlit #yalit

EarlyWord » BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Moves Closer to Screen

Flavorwire » 10 Great Science Fiction Books for Girls (Frankly, great for everyone!)

The Hunger Games: The new teen franchise with Twilight in its sights – The Independent

Rebecca Stead and Patricia Reilly Giff at the Voracious Reader: How Do You Get Kids to Read in a World of iDistraction…

Royal Mail Releases ‘Roald Dahl’ Stamps – Love it!

Second Hunger Games Trailer! Enjoy!