What’s Up Wednesday: 100 Best Teen Novels

I love lists, and I have a feeling I’m not the only one. This one doesn’t need much explaining; it’s a list of the top 100 teen novels according to NPR’s Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll of 2012. Quite a few I’ve read, and several more are on my 2014 Goals list (which I’ve been sadly slacking on). Over 75,000 people voted, and this is what they came up with. No surprise what’s number 1! Hopefully this will give you some inspiration for what to check out next. 

I’m only listing the top 10 because it’s a really long list! List has been copied from here and all titles are linked. Happy reading!

1

Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter series

The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

2

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games series

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

3

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.

4

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

5

Hobbit or There and Back Again

The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

6

Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

With the author’s death, the classic novel about young Holden Caulfield’s disillusionment with the adult world and its “phoniness” will only rise in popularity — and controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book.

7

The Lord Of The Rings

The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien’s seminal three-volume epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy literature.

8

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

In a far future world, television dominates, and books are outlawed. The totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be burned by “firemen,” whose job is to start the fires rather than stop them. But one fireman begins to see the value of the printed word.

9

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

10

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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