Another TOP TEN for Enchanted!

From the YALSA website:

Happy Celebrate Teen Literature Day! Every year, YALSA sponsors this event, which “seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.” Celebrate Teen Literature Day is when the Teen Read Week website is launched … and when the Teens’ Top Ten nominations are announced!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list where every title is nominated and voted on by teens. The 2013 nominations have been posted on the YALSA website so that teens across the country can read them all summer; voting will take place Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 via YALSA’s brand new Teens’ Top Ten site for teens at, and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

YALSA encourages librarians and library workers to visit the Teens’ Top Ten site to access resources, such as a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit, that will help them promote the titles all summer long to their teen patrons, so the teens are ready to vote in August.


Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012; 9780547645704)
Sunday loves to write stories; the only problem is that when she reads them aloud, they tend to come true. So when a frog claiming to be a cursed human comes along, he asks her to do two things: to read a few stories that won’t harm anyone and to kiss him. When you kiss an enchanted animal — or in this case, a frog — the enchanted will return to his true self. What Sunday doesn’t know is that if she kisses him, her life will change forever.

Click here for the full list of nominated books!

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YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

From the YALSA site:

Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list after ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk.

(and then, further down the alphabetical list…)

*Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780547645704; $16.99.

Sunday’s child may be able to find her story with the help of ….a frog.


I cannot express my sheer amount of joy and overwhelming love I have for librarians right now. Thank you all so very much!!!

For the full list of REALLY GREAT BOOKS, click here!

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


Edited to add: Not to be outdone, ENCHANTED on audio also made the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list!

I am having a very, VERY good day.


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All In the Family

YALSA’s The Hub published an article about “Finding a Strong Family Connection in YA…Yes, It Can Be Done!”

So many YA books are about kids who are orphans, or who have difficult family situations. But there do exist some–a few–which concentrate on families working together to solve problems and help on adventures. (There just need to be more families like The Incredibles.)

Jessica Miller “decided to hunt around through the books I’d read recently for examples of strong families and was pleased to find some great reading choices! These are books where the parents care and are actively involved in their children’s lives and books with families made stronger throughout because of the obvious and open love between parents, children, and siblings.”

I am honored that Enchanted was named second on her list of six recent books with strong family ties. Hooray!!

I highly encourage you to read the rest of the article here.

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