It's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children's/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category.
Which is why we were only a little surprised to see the tremendous response that came in for this summer's Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll. A whopping 75,220 of you voted for your favorite young adult novels, blasting past the total for last year's science fiction and fantasy poll at, dare we say it, warp speed.
And now, the final results are in. While it's no surprise to see Harry Potter and the Hunger Games trilogy on top, this year's list also highlights some writers we weren't as familiar with. For example, John Green, author of the 2012 hit The Fault in Our Stars, appears five times in the top 100.
Selecting a manageable voting roster from among the more than 1,200 nominations that came in from readers wasn't easy, and we were happy to be able to rely on such an experienced panel of judges. But deciding what does and doesn't count as a young-adult novel isn't an exact science. If you're surprised not to see some of your favorite books among the winners, you might want to look at this blog post, which describes the thinking behind the tough calls.
Summer, like youth, is fleeting. But the books we read when we're young can stay with us for a lifetime. Here's hoping that when the school bell rings in a few short weeks, it will find you engrossed in just such a memorable read, selected by the NPR audience. Enjoy. (For your convenience, here's a printable version of the top-100 list, and here's a list of the 235 finalists.)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series
Anne of Green Gables series
His Dark Materials series
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Mortal Instruments series
An Abundance of Katherines
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Infernal Devices series
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Discworld / Tiffany Aching series
The Dark is Rising Sequence
The Princess Diaries series
Song of the Lioness series
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The House on Mango Street
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters series
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series
The House of the Scorpion
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci