Booklist: Best Teen Fiction Books of 2010


Heist Society by Ally Carter (Feb. 2010)

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector. By the author of the incredibly popular Gallagher Girl series, about a group of high school girls who are spies in training.


Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (Sep. 2010)

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project–an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills–he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.


As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins (April 2010)

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.


For the Win by Cory Doctorow (May 2010)

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.


Dark Water by Laura McNeal (Sep. 2010)

Living in a cottage on her uncle’s southern California avocado ranch since her parent’s messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home. Nominated for the National Book Award.


Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levitan (Oct. 2010)

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find. From the author of the popular book Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist comes another love story from multiple perspectives.


Historical Fiction

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Oct. 2010)

An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.


Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Jan 2010) and the sequel Forge (Oct. 2010)

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.


Countdown by Deborah Wiles (May 2010)

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that’s hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It’s 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear… Part novel and part illustrated clippings/text/etc.


Annexed by Sharon Dogar (Oct. 2010)

Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex, but what about Peter van Pels, the boy who was also trapped there with her? As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them? Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story goes on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps.


Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (Jan. 2010)

From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.


Adventure, Survival, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan (Oct. 2010)

Lena, almost sixteen, has always felt drawn to the waters of San Francisco Bay despite the fears of her father, a former surfer, but after she glimpses a beautiful woman with a tail, nothing can keep Lena from seeking the mermaid in the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (May 2010)

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Jan. 2010)

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.



I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Au

g. 2010)

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009) and the sequel Behemoth (Oct . 2010)

Leviathan: In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Behemoth: Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warships.


Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card (Nov. 2010)

Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others’ pasts, but revelations after his father’s death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.



Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (Dec. 2009) and the sequel Beautiful Darkness (Oct. 2010)

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. A good pick for Twilight fans.


The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Trilogy: The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), Mockingjay (2010)

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.


The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (The Kane Chronicles: Book 1) (May 2010)

After their father’s research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror by R.L. Stine (Sep. 2010)

A collection of thirteen scary stories by bestselling and award-winning authors: R.L. Stine, Heather Graham, Suzanne Weyn, Jennifer Allison, Heather Brewer, Peg Kehret, Alane Ferguson, Ryan Brown, F. Paul Wilson, Tuition Walter Sorrells, James Rollins, Tim Maleeny.


Graphic Novels

Odyssey Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds (Oct. 2010)

Twilight Graphic Novel art and adaptation by Young Kim (March 2010)

Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon written by Matthew K. Manning (Dec. 2009)

You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate (Jan. 2010)


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