2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

YALSA has announced their Teens’ Top Ten nominees for 2020. The list is a teen choice list where teens nominate and select their favorite books from the year before. The list will be shortened to the official top ten after teens vote online from August 15 through October 12. Winners are announced the following week.

Here are the 25 nominated titles:

#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. Translated by Cathy Hirano

Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Illustrated by Frances Castle

Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki. Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Lovely War by Julie Berry

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World by Jeff Henigson

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Secrets of the Loon by Laura Purdie Salas

Secrets of the Loon by Laura Purdie Salas

Secrets of the Loon by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Chuck Dayton (9781681341583)

On the edge of a quiet lake, an egg hatches with pecks and wiggles. Out comes Moon Loon, who learns quickly that she can float in the water. Her parents feed her minnows and crayfish, then Mama takes her baby birds onto her back to protect them from predators. As days pass, the chicks grow too large for a parent’s back and stay in the water. When an eagle flies nearby, Moon realizes that she can dive down underwater to escape. Humans come too close and Moon’s parents move to defend her, but the humans move away. Soon it is time to practice flying. When Moon can fly, her parents leave. But once autumn comes, Moon knows just what to do and heads south.

Salas’s poetry rhymes with a lovely effortlessness that keeps the focus on the loons. She beautifully describes the loon’s habitat in just a few words, sharing details of the loon’s growth process and how they evade predators. The fascinating nature of their first migration is detailed further in the author’s note that offers more loon secrets as well as selected resources.

Dayton’s photography is done in a fascinating way. His clear and brilliant photos layer together to form forests, lakes, trees, reeds and more. Done through cleverly cut edges, the images form a complete picture of the loons and their lives.

A poetic glimpse of the Minnesota State Bird and its northern habitat. Appropriate for ages 5-9.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Minnesota Historical Society Press.