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NPR’s List of the Best Teen Literature

posted by Nell Minow

NPR has a great list of the best books for teens, from a poll conducted by the publishing trade association.  YA (young adult) readers are a bigger part of the book market than ever and books like the Twilight, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter series were first popular with teens and then became worldwide phenomenons — and box office-record-breaking franchise film series.  The top 100 includes those books, of course, but also classics from the 1960’s and earlier: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, Catcher in the Rye, Call of the Wild, and Fahrenheit 451.  More recent authors include Sherman Alexie, John Green, and Stephen Chbosky, whose listed book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is the basis for a film opening later this year.

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