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Teens choose “Clockwork Angel” as their favorite book in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teens cast nearly 10,000 votes online between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, with the official list announcement during Teen Read Week™, Oct. 16-22.

The 2011 Teens’ Top Ten is:

  1. Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  2. Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  3. Crescendo” by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
  4. I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  5. The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
  6. Matched” by Ally Condie (Penguin)
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel” by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
  8. Paranormalcy” by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
  9. Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  10. Nightshade” by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

Simmons College graduate students Amy Fiske, Mairead Duffy and Emily Meyer created a video announcement of the list at, which also features an acceptance video from Clare. The video can be also be accessed at YouTube and TeacherTube.  

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens as part of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. These groups evaluated books published between January 2010 through April 2011 and then created a list of 25 nominations. Teen voters across the country then cast ballots for their three favorites, creating the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted on Support Teen Literature Day, April 19 at

To learn more about the teen book groups and participating in the Teens’ Top Ten program, visit Publishers interested in participating in the program may contact Nichole Gilbert,, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:


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