Best Books of 2009Beautiful CreaturesShiverGoing BovineLeviathanClaudette ColvinMarcelo in the Real WorldFireThe Ask and the AnswerCatching FireIf I Stay

Best Books of 2009

Top 10 Books: Teens

Welcome to our Best of 2009 top 10 lists for Teens. We've put our editors' picks and our 2009 bestsellers for each category on the same page together, so you can easily compare. Click on "Editors' Picks" to see our editors' list of the best books for teens of 2009, including our top pick, Beautiful Creatures, a delicious new Southern gothic fantasy by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. And click on "Customer Favorites" to find the bestselling teen books at Amazon.com during 2009. (Ranked according to customer orders through October. Only books published for the first time in 2009 are eligible.) See more editors' picks and customers' favorites in our Best of 2009 Store.


Editors' Picks | Customer Favorites
1. Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia
4.3 out of 5 stars (4,070 customer reviews)
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
December 1, 2009
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Amazon.com Review
Ethan Wate is struggling to hide his apathy for his high school "in" crowd in small town Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets the determinedly "out" Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams (literally--she has been in his nightmares for months). What follo... Read more

2. Shiver
Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater
4.1 out of 5 stars (1,180 customer reviews)
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Scholastic Press
August 1, 2009
Hardcover

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Amazon.com Review
Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater: Author One-on-One Brenna Yovanoff is is the author of The Replacement and has published in various journals. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Recently she sat down with Maggie Stiefvater to discuss Stiefvater's Ballad and The Wolves of Mercy ... Read more

3. Going Bovine
Going Bovine
by Libba Bray
4.0 out of 5 stars (148 customer reviews)
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Delacorte Books for Young Readers
September 22, 2009
Hardcover

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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up—In this ambitious novel, Cameron, a 16-year-old slacker whose somewhat dysfunctional family has just about given up on him, as perhaps he himself has, when his diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jacob, "mad cow" disease, reunites them, if too late. The heart of the story, though, is a hallucinatory—or is ... Read more

4. Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy)
Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy)
by Scott Westerfeld
4.5 out of 5 stars (331 customer reviews)
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Simon Pulse
October 6, 2009
Hardcover

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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 7 Up—This is World War I as never seen before. The story begins the same: on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated, triggering a sequence of alliances that plunges the world into war. But that is where the similarity ends. This ... Read more

5. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))
by Phillip M. Hoose
4.7 out of 5 stars (68 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
January 20, 2009
Hardcover

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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 6 Up—In Montgomery, AL, in March 1955, 15-year-old Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested, and although she received some help from local civil rights leaders, they decided that the sometimes-volatile teen was not suitable to be the ... Read more

6. Marcelo in the Real World
Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
4.4 out of 5 stars (138 customer reviews)
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Arthur A. Levine Books
March 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Artfully crafted characters form the heart of Stork's (... Read more

7. Fire (Graceling)
Fire (Graceling)
by Kristin Cashore
4.3 out of 5 stars (549 customer reviews)
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Dial Books
October 5, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—This fantasy, shot through with romance and suspense, is set in the same world as Graceling (Dial, 2008), but on the far side of the mountain barrier in the kingdom of the Dells. Here there are monsters, enhanced and exceptionally beautiful versions of various animal ... Read more

8. The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two
The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two
by Patrick Ness
4.5 out of 5 stars (150 customer reviews)
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Candlewick
September 8, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—Todd Hewitt, 13, is locked in a tower in New Prentisstown, a space colony, and separated from Viola, after the dramatic cliff-hanger in The Knife of Never Letting Go (Candlewick, 2008). Tracked down by the manipulative mayor of the all-male community he escaped, he is unaware that ... Read more

9. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
by Suzanne Collins
4.7 out of 5 stars (15,970 customer reviews)
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Scholastic Press
September 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Gr 7 Up--Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In ... Read more

10. If I Stay
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
4.2 out of 5 stars (5,585 customer reviews)
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Dutton Books for Young Readers
April 2, 2009
Hardcover

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Amazon.com Review
An Interview with Gayle Forman Q: You started your career as a journalist and your first book is a travelogue about going around the world. Is YA literature a departure for you? ... Read more