The 2013 YA CONTENDERS

The New York Times used to list the Top 10 sellers and that was it.  But beginning in January of this year (2013) they began to list an additional 5 books that I've labelled as 'contenders' for the top spots.  At first I didn't consider including them on a list, but then I began to think that we might be missing out on some great reads.  

Well, can't have that.  So here are the books that are good sellers, ie. very popular, that might have lost out by a sale or two, that are definitely worth checking out.  Note that if they make the Top 10 list, they will be removed from this list.

* Note that in alphabetizing, we ignore 'the' in titles.
** Newest editions to the list will be in bold
***Ratings from GoodReads (as of update)

AN ALPHABETIZED SUMMARY LIST:
  1. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
  2. CINDER
  3. CLOCKWORK ANGEL
  4. CLOCKWORK PRINCE
  5. EVERY DAY
  6. FALLING KINGDOMS
  7. RITHMATIST, The
  8. UNNATURAL CREATURES  
  9. WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE  
  10. WILDWOOD
  11. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON
  


bookcover of BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAYBETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
by Ruta Sepetys

**Starred Review** Kirkus
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** School Library Journal
**Starred Review** Booklist

4.33 Stars — 24,799 ratings

Sepetys book was on both the 2011 and 2012 BEST PAPERBACKS lists and was also a 2012 YALSA "Teen Choice" Nominee. 

The story is about 15 year-old Lina, her mother, and brother who are sent to Siberia. (YA)

Word Count: 64,750
Page Count: 344
Accelerated Reading level: 3.6 / points: 9.0
AR quiz: 142569
--sample pages available


bookcover of CINDER by Marissa MeyerCINDER
by Marissa Meyer

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly

4.07 Stars — 54,216 ratings

Cinder was also a 2012 YALSA "Teen Choice" Nominee, and made it's debut on the 2012 Best MG/YA Book list.

The story is about Cinder, a cyborg who is reviled by her stepmother and who becomes involved in intergalactic political struggle.

If you have a kindle you can read 5 chapters for free.

Word Count: 87,661
Page Count: 400
Accelerated Reading level 5.8 / points: 14.0
AR quiz: 148727
Lexile: 790L
--sample pages available 


bookcover of Clockwork AngelCLOCKWORK ANGEL
(Infernal Devices)
by Cassandra Clare

4.27 avg rating — 175,915 ratings

Clockwork Angel was on the 2011 and 2012 Best Paperback Book lists; the 2011 Best MG/YA Chapter Book list as well. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. (YA)

To see reading levels for the Clockwork series, click here.

Word Count: 131,487
Page Count: 512
Accelerated Reading level: 5.6 / points: 21.0
AR quiz: 139502
Lexile: HL780L
--sample pages available 


bookcover of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareCLOCKWORK PRINCE
(Infernal Devices)
by Cassandra Clare

4.48 avg rating — 92,376 ratings

The Clockwork Prince earned a place on the both the 2011 Best MG/YA Books

and the 2012 Best MG/YA Book lists

To see reading levels for the series, click here. 

Word Count: 139556
Page Count: 528
Accelerated Reading level: 5.7 / points: 22.0
AR quiz: 148254
Lexile: HL790L
--sample pages available 


bookcover of EVERY DAY by David LevithanEVERY DAY
by David Levithan

**Starred Review** Kirkus
**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal
**Starred Review** ALA Booklist

David's book is a 2012 Nebula Award Finalist!
  It first made it's appearance on the 2012 Best MG/YA Book list.

4.00 avg rating — 23,811 ratings

The story is about a character who wakes up every day --for only that day-- in control of another person's body.  He has their memories and his own.  And since it was the life he knew, he was good with that... until he met her.
Word Count: 74,593
Page Count: 336
Accelerated Reading level: 4.3 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 153413
--sample pages available 


bookcover of FALLING KINGDOMS  by Morgan Rhodes
(Falling Kingdoms #1)
by Morgan Rhodes

3.82 avg rating — 3,192 ratings

Multiple perspectives bring this story to life.  At the hub of the greater picture though are 3 kingdoms: Auranos, Paelsia and Simeros. There has been peace between them for many years.  That is until a lord kids a wine maker's son.

This small event kindles intrigue and four seemingly unrelated young people find themselves caught in the middle of it.

Word Count: 103,021
Page Count:400
Accelerated Reading level: 4.9 / points: 15.0
AR quiz: 155966
--sample pages available


THE RITHMATIST
(Rithmatist #1)
by Brandon Sanderson

4.29 avg rating — 4,231 ratings

Master writer Sanderson's first foray into YA.  In this book Joel wants to be a Rithmatist.  Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

Page Count:  378
no reading level information currently available


bookcover of UNNATURAL CREATURES  Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman
UNNATURAL CREATURES
Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

3.89 avg rating — 725 ratings

The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees
by E. Lily Yu
The Griffin and the Minor Canon 
by Frank R. Stockton
Ozioma the Wicked
by Nnedi Okorafor
Sunbird
by Neil Gaiman
The Sage of Theare
by Diana Wynne Jones
Gabriel-Ernest
by Saki
The Cockatoucan; or, Great-Aunt Willoughby
by E. Nesbit
Moveble Beast 
by Maria Dahavan Headley
The Flight of the Horse
by Larry Niven
Prismatica 
by Samuel R. Delany
The Manticore, the Mermaid, and Me
by Megan Kurashige
The Complete Werewol
 by Anthony Boucher
The Smile on the Face
by Nalo Hopkinson
Or All the Seas with Oysters
by Avram Davidson
Come Lady Death
by Peter S. Beagle

Page Count:  462
no reading info currently available


bookcover of WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah DessenWHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE
by Sarah Dessen

4.00 avg rating — 35,113 ratings

Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.

Word Count: 105,444
Page Count: 432
Accelerated Reading level: 4.8 / points: 16.0
AR quiz: 143325
Lexile: HL760L
--sample pages available


bookcover of WILDWOOD  (The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I)  by Colin Meloy
WILDWOOD
(The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I)
by Colin Meloy
Carson Ellis (Illustrations) 

**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal

 3.61 Stars — 6,542 ratings


When Prue's brother is abducted by a murder of crows.  She and her friend Curtis undertake a rescue mission that leads them to the Impassable Wilderness, a magical forest.



Word Count: 118,138
Page Count:  576
Accelerated Reading level: 6.3 / points: 19.0
AR quiz: 146438
--sample pages available

by John Green and David Levithan too!

**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal
**Starred Review** ALA Booklist
**Starred Review** Kirkus

4.00 avg rating — 59,490 ratings

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally they discover that they share the same name. Things get complicated when one of the guys begins dating the others best friend. Profanity and sexual references in this one.

Word Count: 74,277
Page Count: 336
Accelerated Reading level: 5.1 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 136568
Lexile: 930L
--sample pages available 


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updated August 2013

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