The 2017 TTT nominees have been announced! The TTT are announced every year on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 9-15). Check out the video below featuring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, stars of “Everything Everything,” the new movie hitting theaters later this year and based on the best-selling YA novel by Nicola Yoon.
A total of 26 books were chosen by members of teen book groups from fifteen schools and public libraries in the U.S. Click on “2017 TTT Nominees” for a list of titles.
2017 TTT Nominees.
The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:
- Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
- Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
- Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
- Don’t Get Caught, by Kurt Dinan (for the record: Hilarious)
- We Will Not Be Silent, by Russell Freedman
- Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout
- The Diabolic, by S. J. Kincaid
- Starflight, by Melissa Landers
- Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
- All We Have Left, by Wendy Mills
- This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
- If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
- The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (One of the best books ever. I cried. The audio version is also one of the best book recordings for YA.)
“The Radius of Us,” by Marie Marquardt, give us the stories of Gretchen and Phoenix, told in alternating chapters by each of the protagonist’s point of view. Starred review here.
“The Bitter Side of Sweet: A Novel,” by Tara Sullivan, is the story of fifteen-year-old Amadou and his little brother Seydou, both who end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. Upon meeting Khadija, who fights every day to get away, the brothers plot and execute their escape. Starred review here.
“Windwitch” (Witchlands series, vol. 2), by Susan Dennard, the sequel to “Truthwitch,” continues with Prince Merik (Windwitch) attempting to locate his sister after he’s left for dead after his ship explodes.
“Uprooted: the Japanese American Experience During World War II,” by Albert Marrin, a National Book Award Finalist, chronicles the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; the book is published in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“Jazz Day: the Making of a Famous Photograph,” by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, tells the story, in verse and picture, how graphic designer Art Kane set about to photographing a group of influential jazz musicians in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Review here.
“Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific” by Deborah Hopkinson, compiles testimonies, personal stories, and photographs to chronicle the lives of members of the US Submarine Force as they waged a war as the “frontline warriors on a liquid battlefied.” Gripping and compelling, and a must-read for researchers and history buffs. Review here.
“Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven – see the trailer here – tells the story of Libby, a previously overweight home-schooled girl, and Jack, a student with face blindness, and their love story. “Flying Lessons & Other Short Stories” features a wide range of cultural fiction by some of YA’s most prolific authors: Kwame Alexander (“The Crossover“), Walter Dean Myers (“Sunrise over Fallujah“), Jacqueline Woodson (“Another Brooklyn“), and Grace Lin (“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon“). “Because of the Sun” by Jenny Torres Sanchez introduces us to Dani, whose mother has been suddenly killed. Dani is sent to an aunt she doesn’t know in New Mexico, and begins a journey of discovery and friendship with Paolo, a boy who seems to understand her pain. Finally, our Manga collection increases with the addition of volumes 9 and 10 of Assassination Classroom.
Theresa Flores was a 15-year-old girl when she was abducted by a fellow student and entered into human trafficking – all while living with her parents one street over in an upper-class neighborhood in Detroit, a few blocks away from her high school. Her book “The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking,” serves as a reminder that female sex trafficking is not a foreign phenomenon, but a tragedy that happens in the U.S. on a daily basis.
The White Rose was a group of students in Nazi Germany, appalled by Adolf Hitler’s mass slaughter of Germin citizens and determined to resist his regime at any cost. The group’s origins, significance, and its extraordinary members – willing to sacrifice everything for freedom – are recounted in Russell Freedman’s “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler,” and details the bravery of the young people who fought Germany’s Nazi regime from within.
The pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly became a household name in late nineteenth-century America, and readers followed her enthralling career as she performed “stunt journalism” that raised awareness of political corruption, poverty and human rights abuses. The journalistic stunt that skyrocketed her to fame is retold in this vivid biography “Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original ‘Girl’ Reporter Nellie Bly“: pretending to be insane, she was committed to the notorious asylum on Blackwell’s Island, and wrote a shocking expose of the clinic’s horrific treatment of its patients.
On August 9, 1945, six-year-old Sachiko, who lived in Nagasaki, Japan, was playing outdoors with four other children. Moments later, those children were all dead. An atomic bomb had exploded half a mile away, destroying everything in its wake. In “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” author Caren Stelson shares the true story – using pictures and text – of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb, and chronicles her long journey to health and peace.
Also in: The first volume in Amy S. Foster’s The Rift Uprising trilogy is a fast-paced action-adventure, where a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against, and the monsters she fights for.
Finally, in “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina, 17-year-old Nora Lopez lives through a freezing cold winter and a searing hot summer in 1977, when a serial murderer Son of Sam is terrorizing her hometown New York City, and the city seems on the verge to explode.
Click on the image above or the title below to access the record in our catalog. Books are listed alphabetically by author.
We’ve received a variety of nonfiction books on varied topics, including shuttle spacecrafts, 3-D Printing (paving the way for our soon-to-be-here 3-D Printer!), and the brain.
Click on the title or the image to access the record in our catalog. (Books are listed below alphabetically by author’s last name.)
- The Brain and Spinal Cord in 3D, by Jack Becker and Chris Hayhurst
- The Arab Spring, by Valerie Bodden
- Information Technology (STEM in Current Events series), by John Csiszar
- 3-D Printing, by Hal Marcovitz
- Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U. S. Navy Seals, by Simone Payment
- Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U. S. Air Force Combat Control Team, by Peter Ryan
- Strategic Inventions of the Vietnam War, by Cathleen Small
- Shuttles and Space Missions (Discoveries in Space Science series); Giles Sparrow, Judith John, and Chris McNab, eds.