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.
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.
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.