Books by J.R.R. Tolkien
NPR stories about J.R.R. Tolkien
Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Children have the gift of magical thinking — and writer Signe Pike thinks adults should, too. She recommends three enchanting tales — of fairies, goblins and folklore — that will fill grown-up children with a sense of wonder once again.
As kids we preferred indoor recess to the playground hullabaloo. As adults we're film dorks, comic book geeks and indie-music nerds. We do not, as a general rule, jet-ski. This is what we'll be reading as we try to avoid the sun.
Glen Weldon recommends the newly published Tolkien book, edited by Tolkien's son, Christopher. Set in the Elder Days of Middle Earth, the prequel is based on stories that appear in Unfinished Tales and reads, Weldon says, like classic Tolkien.