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Chicago’s Veronica Roth is top YA author

Teen readers across the country have chosen “Divergent,” by Chicago author Veronica Roth, as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Roth’s story of a dystopian Chicago has been compared to Suzanne Collins’ million-selling “The Hunger Games.” “Divergent,” the first book in the trilogy, introduced readers to Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who leaves the “faction” she was born into to seek a more exciting life. In the second book, “Insurgent,” the five factions start to unravel as sinister master plans are discovered. The third, as yet untitled book, is scheduled for a fall 2013 release.

Teens voted online between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15; Here are the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten:

1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

2. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Juvenile)

3. “Legend” by Marie Lu (Putnam Juvenile)

4. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)

5. “What Happened to Goodbye” by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile)

6. “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis (Razorbill)

7. “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends)

8. “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)

9. “Where She Went” by Gayle Forman (Dutton Juvenile)

10. “Abandon” by Meg Cabot (Point)

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created by and for teens as part of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. To learn more about the teen book groups and participating in the Teens’ Top Ten program, visit To see videos and author interviews:

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