So, let me mention a few of the titles. I'll start with a couple of my favorites. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell is a Cinderella story. The story line includes the required Stepmother, Stepsisters, Prince, and of course Cinderella (Nicollete). But there is definitely a twist to the story as Cinderella is an independent, determined young lady.
Another favorite of mine is, The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons. This book will keep you reading from start to finish. In a culture where women are only valued for their ability to bear children, there is one girl who is fighting for freedom. Women who have escaped capture are hunted down and brought to The Garden to be groomed for auction. Those who are not considered good enough for the auction end up in the brothel houses. There is no concern for a girl's happiness. They are just women.
Scott Westerfeld's book Zeroes is on the list. I quite often find his books on award lists. Imagine a bunch of teenagers with unusual powers, but they don't call themselves heroes. They call themselves Zeroes. Lots of action and drama in this book.
Alive by Chandler Baker is a story of a life giving transplant. Stella receives a heart transplant that saved her life. But, is she just living her life now, or are there glimpses into someone else's life showing up? Where are the strange side effects coming from? Why is she drawn to the mysterious new boy in school? Can she trust her new heart to tell her the truth?
If you are a teen reader, take the time this summer to read from the Teen's Top Ten Nominations and then vote this fall.