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The Young Adult Library Association announced their nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten Award. Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen can vote online in August and September, and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October. I love how YALSA runs their Teens’ Top Ten Award, because not only are the nominations determined by teens (who get to read ARCs in order to stay ahead of the publishing schedule) but it also allows the general public several months to get ahold of the books to read prior to making their decision.

The list is available on their official website as a PDFwith annotations of each title. If you’re too lazy to click over, here’s the list:

  • All Good Children by Catherine Austen (Orca Book Publishing, 2011; 9781554698240)
  • Ashes by Ilsa Bick (Egmont USA, 2011; 9781606841754)
  • Abandon by Meg Cabot (Point, 2012; 9780545040648)
  • Tempest by Julie Cross (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012; 9780312568894)
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile, 2011; 9780670012947)
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011; 9781442409057)
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2011; 9780525422945)
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (Walker Children’s, 2012; 9780802723468)
  • Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman (Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile, 2011; 9780670063116)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2012; 9780525478812)
  • Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge (Abrams/Amulet Books, 2011; 9780810997219)
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile, 2011; 978-0399256752)
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Egmont USA, 2011; 9781606841440)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, 2012; 978031261894)
  • Shine by Lauren Myracle (Abrams/Amulet Books, 2011; 9780810984172)
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay (Candlewick, 2011; 9781406311525)
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers, 2011; 9781442403154)
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Penguin Group/Razorbill, 2011; 9781595143976)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books, 2011; 9781594744761)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2011; 9780062024022)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Group/Philomel Books, 2011; 9780399254123)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press, 2011; 9780545224901)
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2011; 9780316036061)
  • All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011; 9780374302108)

While the website has some really great publicity, they don’t have an easy to distribute summary of the titles to give to teens. Taking the four page PDF printout, I condensed the descriptions even further to just a few lines, included the title, author, and book cover, and will be printing them out in a tri-fold for my teens. I’ve included a copy for others to use if you’d like. If someone can tell me how to add a Publisher file to the blog, I’ll add it in that format, but for right now, it’s available as a PDF or as an admittedly rough copy of a Word .doc file and you can paste your logo and contact information where it’s indicated. If anyone has an issue with what I did, just let me know and I’ll remove it.

How did I miss this? Following a trail of links, I discovered a project that has been in the works since 2009. Star Wars Uncut is the brain child of Casey Pugh, who with some help cut down the very first Star Wars movie into 15 second segments and crowdsourced it out for people to reproduce. The final compiled version apparently won a 2010 Primetime EMMY for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Fiction. In a New York Times article that appeared after the win, it explains that:

A computer program written by Mr. Pugh automatically plays the highest-rated rendition of each scene, and it compiles those scenes on the fly, so the movie can change in real time depending on the ratings of users.

I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but what I have watched is amazing, and any Star Wars fan should take a look. Apparently it’s even supported by Lucas Films! I feel like this is totally something you should have found in Ready Player One.

Last, but certainly not least for this Sunday Shout Out, is the Weapon of Mass Instruction. I don’t speak/read Spanish well enough to glean any information from the original site, but the blog I’ve linked to provides a basic translation as well as a link to a YouTube interview with the creator, Raul Lemesoff. Honestly, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

You can’t tell me this isn’t seriously cool… I’m extremely jealous.

Until next time!