Part 5: YALSA names 2010 top books for teens

Posted January 29, 2010 by Sara 1 Comment

This past week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), named its 2010 list of Best Books for Young Adults.

All this week, Novel Novice has been featuring the top 10 … and here are the final two titles:

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor


Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:

Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling: Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?


  • American Library Association Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • National Book Award Nominee for Young People’s Literature (2009)
  • Cybils Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2009)

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small


One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die.

In Stitches, Small, the award-winning children’s illustrator and author, re-creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David—a highly anxious yet supremely talented child—all too often became the unwitting object of his parents’ buried frustration and rage.

Believing that they were trying to do their best, David’s parents did just the reverse. Edward Small, a Detroit physician, who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son’s respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David’s cancer. Elizabeth, David’s mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hidden.

Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen—with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist—will resonate as the ultimate survival statement.

A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again. .


  • American Library Association Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • National Book Award Nominee for Young People’s Literature (2009)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction & Graphic Novel (2009)
  • ALA Alex Award (2010)

See our previews posts on YALSA’s 2010 Top Books for Teens:


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