Thumbs Up 2009 Teen Vote

thumbsup.jpgWant to have a voice in picking this year’s Thumbs Up! Award?

“The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence in, and to celebrate the uniqueness of, Young Adult Literature. A committee, consisting of Young Adult and Teen Librarians, meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Winners are selected from books published in the U.S. during the previous year.

Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has included a teen vote. Teens that are 12 to 18 years old are asked to help select the 2009 Thumbs Up! winner. The list of titles has been narrowed to twenty.”

So, now’s your chance.  The list has been narrowed down to the top 20 and now you have until May 30 to read as many of the following books as you want, then submit your vote for the best book of 2008.  Ballots are available at your local KDL branch, or simply send an email with your top choice to

Here are your choices: (click here for an interactive list)

Anderson, Laurie Halse — Chains

Bodeen, S.A. — The Compound

Brothers, Megan — Debbie Harry Sings in French

Collins, Suzanne — The Hunger Games

Connor, Leslie — Waiting for Normal

De La Pena, Matt — Mexican WhiteBoy

Doctorow, Cory — Little Brother

Gaiman, Neil — The Graveyard Book

Galante, Cecilia — The Patron Saint of Butterflies

George, Jessica Day — Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Goldman, Stephen — Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath

Green, John — Paper Towns

Harmon, Michael — The Last Exit to Normal

Katcher, Brian — Playing with Matches

Krovatin, Christopher — Venemous

Lockhart, E. — The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau Banks

Scott, Elizabeth — Living Dead Girl

Scott, Elizabeth — Stealing Heaven

Stratton, Allan — Chandra’s War

Zarr, Sarah — Sweethearts


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Written by Josh


Josh is Branch Manager at the Englehardt Branch. He loves spending his days recommending a great book to anyone who walks in the door.

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